by Daisy Dao
I'm crazy about vegetables. Yes, I'm literally crazy about them. I know its nutritional value, I love the taste and the varied flavors that you get from different varieties of vegetables. But do you know what drives me nuts? It's the prep work.
Preparing veggies just suck the life out of cooking for me. Chopping different kinds of vegetables especially during Summer when there's just too many to choose from is just too tiring for me. And who hasn't prepared onion? Did you wear a protective mask?
This is precisely the reason why I invested in vegetable chopper-I suggest that you should too. Vegetable choppers put the fun back in the prep work by making dicing and slicing veggies and fruits easy. You can really save a lot of time and energy and just focus on the best part-cooking and eating. If you're not that crazy about veggies, this machine works well with chocolate and nuts and just about any other food that requires some chopping.
In this review, I will break down the five vegetable choppers that I've used and give you everything you need to know about them. From pricing, pros and cons and some maintenance tips, I will give you everything just so you will come up with a wise buying decision, so read on.
The first thing that you need to decide on would be either to go manual or electric. There are some benefits of manual choppers but it still involves some work. I will focus on going electric since I'm trying to advocate convenience here and bringing the fun back in chopping vegetables and fruits.
With motor-powered blades, electric choppers offer both safety and convenience. Your hands can't touch the blade and it can all be operated hands-free. It has a lot of options for people with disability which are not available for its manually operated counterparts. Here are some things to look for:
While electric choppers will save you a lot of time chopping things, this is all for nothing if you will spend a long time cleaning it.
Disassembling your chopper and rinsing all the parts, and dunk them in a dishwasher in a short time will make all the difference in the world.
This means that you are free from scrubbing all the tiny bits and can focus your time on doing what you love most.
Now that you know what to look for in a vegetable chopper, let us examine what is available on the market today. I have tried these products and as far as my experience goes, these have really made my chopping experience a lot more convenient.
If precision cutting is what you're looking for, the Presto 02970 Professional SaladShooter Electric Slicer/Shredder is the perfect choice. It comes with 4 interchangeable cones which allow you cut thick slices, ripple cuts, regular slices and shreds. It even comes with a handy funnel guide. Aside from vegetable and fruits, this versatile chopper cuts through nuts, grates chocolates, and makes bread and cracker crumbs.
This machine is a no-brainer to clean. All you need to do is wipe the base and the rest, you can just dunk into the dishwasher.
If you're looking for a veggie chopper that will give you the best bang for the buck, the Cuisinart Mini Prep Plus fits the bill. With a simple push of a button, its razor sharp blades will effectively cut through any kind of vegetable.
With its two chopping speeds, you can efficiently chop a huge supply of veggies and decide how coarse or fine you want it to be. It also comes with a BPA-free 3-cup bowl where you can store what you've chopped. This machine is a mixture of efficiency, durability and affordability.
Another plus to this product is its compact design. You can put it in the most crowded countertop and it will still function like a champ. The blade, lid and bowl are all dishwasher safe, you don't have to spend so much time when clean up comes.
If you're looking for a product that has a long heritage of making reliable kitchen appliances, the Hamilton Beach 72705 Deluxe is what you're looking for. This lightweight comes with a 3-cup bowl size, spatula and oil dispenser.
The 1-touch pulse control ensures ease of use particularly for those who have hand issues. This versatile chopper comes with one year warranty.
If you're single, has a limited space in your kitchen and is looking for a budget friendly vegetable chopper, the BLACK+DECKER One-Touch Electric Chopper is for you.
It only has a 1.5 cup storage capacity with a stay-sharp curve shape stainless steel blade and a large one-touch button with pulse control that allows you to choose how coarse of fine the chopping should be. The lid, bowl and blade are all dishwasher safe and cleaning is just as simple as the chopping.
There's not much feature with this machine and you get what you pay for. With an unbeatable price, it's a low-risk, low commitment machine that you can easily add to your kitchen or travel kit.
A lot of the so called vegetable chopper in the market are functioning more like a food processor in the sense that they liquefy soft food like tomatoes and avocados.
If you want a perfectly diced fruit and vegetable regardless of how soft, what you're looking for is the Gourmia Power Dicer. It comes with a five blade option giving you a wide range of textures from dice to grate.
Since it doesn't come with a mixing bowl, you have the freedom to process as much or as little food as you like. All you need to do is place your food into a chute and what you'll get is the amount that you put in.
There is one caveat to this machine though, it's a bit more expensive compared to the rest of the machines in this review.
Due to its professional grade performance, the Presto 02970 Professional SaladShooter Electric Slicer/Shredder is the clear winner in this review. The versatility and power of this machine eclipse the price. As far as chopping is concerned there are a lot of things that you can accomplish with this machine.
Finally, other reviewers area have mostly positive things to say about this chopper and I believe it's because of its sheer power, flexibility and versatility. While there is one that complained about it getting easily stained when shredding carrots, this is not something we can't overlook. All in all, this is an excellent machine and most reviewers, myself included, are willing to shell out the extra cash for it.
Do you use any of these vegetable choppers? Why not share your thoughts in the comment section below.
About Daisy Dao
Daisy grew up on the beautiful Honolulu island where she often found herself spending the day enjoying ocean scent in sea waves. As such, Daisy came to appreciate the art of cooking seafood. She has experiemented Baking, Roasting, Broiling, Poaching, Grilling, anything you can think of to mess around with food preparation from the sea; and with all kinds of spices too. Now, she'd like to present her experience of what matters most about the art of cooking, healthy lifestyle, food product recommendation.