The 9 Best Food Choppers of 2020

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Our Top Picks
"This chopper uses a pulling action that spins the blades."
"It will make quick work of chopping and it can be used to puree."
"This vintage-style one-piece chopper is the ultimate in simplicity."
"The zig-zag blade...performs more cuts per push than choppers with an x-blade."
"While this can be used for cutting other foods, it’s ideal for onions."
"The stainless steel blades inside the bowl spin rapidly for quick chopping of everything from onions to nuts."
"This little food processor has many of the features of a full-sized machine."
Best with Easy Storage:
OXO Good Grips Chopper at Amazon
"There’s a cover for the bowl, so foods can be prepped ahead and stored in the same bowl."
"No need for electricity, this cordless electric chopper has a 5-cup capacity."

Food choppers have been around for a long time, for good reason. First, they make chopping less messy since they usually do their chopping inside a container, and they’re particularly handy when chopping something like nuts that tend to fling themselves around when cut. Second, they’re a good way to let kids help in the kitchen in a safe way. They're also great for people who have poor knife skills or dexterity problems. And last, they’re fun to use. Manual choppers are easy to use and relatively inexpensive. They’re great for rough chopping nuts or vegetables, and particularly good for making salsa. Electric choppers are essentially mini food processors. They’re great for rough chopping, just like the manual choppers, but they can also be used for making small amounts of purees. They’re also easier to use than manual choppers since you just press a button to pulse or puree. With all choppers, the results are best if larger foods, like onions, are first cut into pieces. 

Best Overall: Kuhn Rikon Pull Chop 2 Cup Food Chopper

While most hand choppers require you to push down to chop, this uses pulling action that spins the blades – like the pull-start on a lawnmower, but on a much smaller and easier scale. A nonskid ring on the bottom of the bowl keeps it from slipping, so you just rest a hand on top and pull the handle with the other hand. The spinning blades work like a food processor for chopping foods as coarsely or finely as you like, and since the blades continue spinning after you pull, it only takes a few pulls to chop all the ingredients in the bowl.

The blades are removable, so after chopping your cole slaw, you can remove the blades to add the dressing and mix. This holds about two cups.

The lid should not be immersed in water or washed in the dishwasher, since it’s difficult to get the water out.

Best Electric: Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus Food Processor

This mini food processor won’t knead dough like a big food processor can, but it will make quick work of chopping everything from apples to nuts to zucchini, and it can also blend small amounts of foods into purees, or emulsify your salad dressing.

The blade is auto-reversing for the best grinding or chopping action, and the 3-cup bowl makes a nice batch of salsa without needing to empty the bowl over and over. With this little machine, you can chop herbs, garlic, or vegetables, grind spices or hard cheese, puree vegetables, and make mayonnaise or emulsified salad dressings.

There are two simple buttons (chop and grind) for easy operation. The bowl and lid are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. A spatula is included. 

Best Budget: Kwik-Kut Cutlery Serrated Food Chopper

This vintage-style one-piece chopper is the ultimate in simplicity, with no moving parts, no jar, and no extra pieces to keep track of. Best used in a flat-bottomed bowl, you simply push down to chop foods. Since it’s not confined in a small jar or bowl, you can chop large quantities of food. While a bowl is the best option, it can also be used on a cutting board. It’s great for chopping nuts, fruits, and vegetables.

Users say it’s the ideal tool for making tuna or egg salad, and because of the long handle, it can be used in a cooking pot to chop cooked greens or similar foods.

When it’s not being used for chopping, you can use it to tenderize meats or cut cookies, biscuits, or pastries. This is made from rust-proof stainless steel. Hand washing is recommended.

Runner-Up, Best Budget: Zyliss Zick-Zick Classic Food Chopper

The zig-zag blade in this chopper performs more cuts per push than choppers with an x-blade, and the blade rotates with each push so food is chopped more evenly. Wipers scrape food off the blade with each cut, so you won’t have large pieces of food stuck to the blades where they won’t be cut.

This comes apart for cleaning and can be washed in the dishwasher. It comes with a cover, so the base can be used for storage.

Best Manual Model: Norpro Big Mouth Chopper

Chopping onions is one of the most-hated kitchen tasks, particularly for people who tend to get watery eyes while chopping – not to mention the annoying scent of onion that clings to fingers.

While this can be used for cutting other foods, like firm tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, or similar foods, it’s ideal for onions, since the onion layers combined with the chopping grid result in diced onions with one swift motion.

There are three different cutting grids: 1/4 inch dice, 3/8 inch dice, and one that creates 1/4 inch slices or strips. The blades are stainless steel and all parts are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. A lid is included so food can be stored in the container for later use. It holds about six cups.

Like similar choppers, this isn’t ideal for soft tomatoes, but it works very well for celery, which often thwarts choppers because of the strings. Over time, the blades can become dull and won’t cut as well. However, replacement blades can be purchased from the manufacturer.

Best for Nuts: Mueller Austria Ultra Heavy Duty Chopper/Cutter

Designed for fast, even chopping, with an anti-skid base and suction cups that keep the chopper in place, this ingenious chopper can even be used one-handed. The hand crank is easy to turn, with a comfortable handle and oversized arm. The stainless steel blades inside the bowl spin rapidly for quick chopping of everything from onions to nuts. 

This chopper works like a small manual food processor, so it can also handle making pastry doughs, chopping nuts, or beating egg whites. Speaking of eggs, it has an integrated egg separator for recipes that require egg whites. This chopper disassembles easily for cleaning, and is top-rack dishwasher safe if it needs a more thorough cleaning.

Best High-End: KitchenAid KFC3516ER 3.5 Cup Food Chopper

This little food processor has many of the features of a full-sized machine, with a small 3 1/2 cup bowl. The blade locks in place, so you can empty the bowl without the blade dropping out, and there’s a handy pouring spout for dispensing liquids and purees. The lid locks on so you can operate the machine without having to hold the lid in place.

There are two speeds with pulsing, so you can get finely or coarsely chopped foods. A drizzle hole lets you add oil or other liquids slowly. The work bowl, blade, and lid are all dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

Best with Easy Storage: OXO 1057959 Good Grips Chopper

Great for prepping ahead, this chopper is larger than others of this style, with measurement marks on the bowl up to 1 cup, so it’s easy to see how much has been chopped. The measurements also mean there’s no need to dump the chopped food into a separate measuring cup to make sure there’s enough for recipes. Even better, there’s a cover for the bowl, so foods can be prepped ahead and stored in the same bowl, with no need for dirtying extra containers. A handy scooping spoon is included, to scoop out just a little of the chopped foods.

The blades are formed in a wave pattern and rotate for even chopping, while the non-skid base keeps the chopper from wandering around the counter while it’s being used. When chopping is done, this is easy to disassemble and it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. For folks who like to do a lot of prepping ahead, extra bowls with covers are available for separate purchase.

Best Cordless Electric: KitchenAid KFCB519BM Cordless Chopper

No need for electricity, and no need for manual pushing or cranking, this cordless electric chopper has a 5-cup capacity and can chop up to 40 onions on a single charge. A low battery indicator warns when it’s time to recharge the battery, which takes about 2 hours for a full charge. But if you need just a bit more work done and the battery is low, a 10-minute charge is enough to handle up to 11 more onions.

This chopper has two speeds for chopping, mixing, pureeing, and even whipping cream. It includes a multipurpose blade for chopping and blending, along with a whisking accessory. The accessories can be stored inside the chopper, and a case is included to keep the chopper neat and clean in storage. This is available in a variety of colors to match the kitchen’s décor.

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