A food chopper can do more than chopping; some multi-task models (with more powerful motors) offer the ability to mince, dice, puree and emulsify with various attachments. Hence, the multi-task models can be considered as mini-processors.
Food choppers normally have smaller bowls in comparison with food processors. Most models will have a capacity between 1.5 and 3-4 cups. If you need more capacity (upwards of 5 cups) often, you may be better off with a food processor.
Most food choppers have the juice to chop foods like potatoes, garlic, tomatoes, etc. But some models may have a hard time chopping tougher foods like walnuts. In some cases, the motor heats up too much and the chopper may actually die. Get a more powerful model if you need to chop tougher foods.
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This is sort of a common problem people encounter. Some chopper models may leave food unchopped due to a couple of reasons. First, there can be odd spaces between the radius of the blades and the edges of the bowl, where some food may get stuck and untouched.
And second, most models do not have a “small batch” mode; which means that if you put in only a few pieces of food, the rotation of the blades may rise food to the top, preventing them from being chopped.
Apart from the motor, the durability of the bowl will be the most important factor that practically determines the lifespan of the food chopper. If it’s well made and durable, you can use the food chopper for years (provided that the motor is also up to par of course).
Some models have awkwardly placed touch buttons that make it hard for you to press, while other choppers have High and Low pulse controls which make chopping different foods much easier (some foods may require extra power and speed, while some others are more delicate and require slower chopping).
Some models have extra safety measures that seal the lid to prevent accidental spilling (this feature is very handy, especially when dealing with liquids) and/or lock the blades in place to prevent them from getting loose and potentially causing injuries. Both are very handy and convenient safeguards to have.
Unfortunately, most choppers on the market do not have either of the above features.
Most chopper parts are dishwasher-safe (except for the base). This is really convenient as it makes cleaning the machine easily after use.
Over-filling, especially with liquids, can be a real problem and cause foods to pour out from the top. Some models have clearly visible max liquid level markings which help users avoid such problems.
Some models require you to constantly keep the lid pressed down to work. This can be a real inconvenience as it doesn’t allow you to tend to other things while the chopper is working, and can be tiresome if you’re using the chopper for more than a few minutes.
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