When it comes to whizzing up breadcrumbs, making sauces, salsas and pestos, and finely chopping herbs for dishes such as tabbouleh, best mini choppers are an indispensable kitchen gadget which can make light work of more time-consuming food prep tasks.
Mini choppers typically come in one of two key designs; either a smaller version of a food processor, with a button-controlled base, or a small device with a large bowl on the bottom and a pushable button on top.
We also came across manual, pull-operated devices in our testing. Prices vary widely; the models we tested ranged from £15 to £70 and covered basic, entry-level models as well as more advanced and professional-looking devices.
Top 10 Best Mini Chopper in UK for 2021
Let check out the list of top mini chopper which we have researched recently for you.
1. Philips HR2505 Chopper
This model uses the aptly named ChopDrop Technology, which is almost like an even mini-er food processor within the mini food processor: Three staggered blades sit inside a perforated basket to chop onions, carrots, tomatoes, and more; as food reaches a uniform size, it falls through the basket, so even newbies are less likely to over-process. This technology does a good job of prepping consistently sized ingredients, but it does mean more parts to clean. It also comes with a standard blade post so to chop without the basket for foods like nuts, cheese, and bread crumbs. Besides, it also has highlighted features as: no buttons — just press the top to pulse or run; removable basket helps create uniform cuts; available in black, green, purple, red and white.
2. Russell Hobbs 24662 Desire Mini Chopper
The ever reliable Russell Hobbs has produced a truly great mini chopper with the Desire!
The Desire comes in a contemporary design with a flash matte black finish. It’s also super compact which makes it the ideal machine for those short on space in their kitchen.
We found using this machine is so simply due to it’s on-touch operation button and with a 200w motor it will clean any smaller items such as garlic.
The durable glass chopping bowl that comes with the Russell Hobb Desire can be easily cleaned after each use and we didn’t run into any issues in getting the chopped ingredients out of the bowl.
Much like the Ninja mini chopper, the Russell Hobbs unit comes with a filter lid for easy storage if you accidentally chop too many ingredients.
3. Kitchenaid 5KFC0516EBM Plastic Chopper 1.19 Litres
One of the only cordless models we tested, charge the KitchenAid chopper for up to two hours to use cordless – it claims to be able to chop up to 40 onions in that time. It’s relatively lightweight, compact, and small enough to keep out on the countertop, or to stow away without taking up too much space.
It’s also straightforward to use, offering one-touch operation via the power button on the top, and the speed controller dial on its side. It has two speed settings, and it can pulse, which means it can really get to work when making breadcrumbs, blitzing parsley stalks or taking on tougher ingredients such as meat and nuts.
4. Kenwood Mini Chopper, 0.35 Litre Dishwasher Safe Bowl
Great for everything chopping this mini food chopper comes with quite small, 0.35 litter bowl. It has 2-speed control setting, 300watts motor, and rubber feet. There is also a safety interlock feature at the press of the button. the rubber feet are for making the machine stable while in action.
The bowl is detachable and dishwasher safe. You can use it to create side sauces, chopping meat and vegetables. The cons of this product is small shape to even put one large onion on its and every easy to empty and operate.
If you are looking for the best value mini food chopper that is cheap but in high quality then try this one out, it is worth it.
5. OXO 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 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 folks who like to do a lot of prepping ahead, extra bowls with covers are available for separate purchase.
6. ZYLISS Easy Pull Food Chopper
Uniquely designed and Swiss made, the Zyliss Easy Pull Manual Food Chopper is strong enough to chop up even frozen foods. The Zyliss has a pull cord on the top which allows you to give it a few good pulls so the blades spin at lightning speed. This action allows you to even puree certain foods which gives you a bit more versatility.
The patented Swiss design provides even chopping results whilst a sweeper arm and booster arm ensure food is always directed towards the blades. You can manually adjust the chop level – 3 pulls gives a coarse chop, 10 pulls for a fine chop. Perfect for salsa, coleslaw, breadcrumbs and dips as well as soups, sauces and smoothies. The 750ml bowl has a non-slip base and is dishwasher safe, as are the blades. The lid can be rinsed clean under hot running water. Blades can be stored in the blade cover when not in use.
7. Chef’n 102-239-011 VeggiChop Easy Pull Vegetable Chopper
If you like the pull cord idea of a food chopper, feast your eyes on the Chef’n VeggiChop Hand-Powered Food Chopper. Technically, this pull cord unit is every bit as good as the top rated Zyliss thanks to stainless blades, easy pull cord, dishwasher safe (except for the head which should be wiped clean with a damp cloth) and it’s very compact. The issue here is it only comes with a 30 day manufacturer’s warranty. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t functional and durable and worth having in your kitchen, or it never would have made it here in the first place. Sporting a 20 ounce bowl, the Chef’n VeggieChop is one of the easiest units to use for light duty work like making salsa, chopping onions, or cutting lettuce.
8. Sensio Home Mini Food Chopper
The best mini chopper for baby food is the Sensio Home Mini Food Chopper. With a 600ml capacity and a compact design, this is perfect for smaller kitchens. It can be used for anything from chopping vegetables to grinding nuts and pureeing baby food.
This comes with 4 durable stainless steel blades that maintain their sharpness over time. The 300W capacity allows it to efficiently and effectively chop a range of foods, achieving your desired consistency within seconds. It can be stored in the fridge within the sealed bowl if needed. Finally, this is very easy to use and can be cleaned in the dishwasher. It comes with a 2 year guarantee.
9. Cuisinart Style Collection Mini
This Cuisinart Style Collection Mini chopper is using the same high-quality auto-reversing dual edge blade as the 2-cup processor reviewed above: One of the edges is very sharp and perfect for chopping things like herbs and pureeing soft foods. The reverse edge is blunt and excellent for grinding through harder foods and spices.
I really love the unique ‘BladeLock system’ that the CH-4DC model comes with. It sounds fancy, but it simply means that the blade locks into the bowl and allows you to pour ingredients out of it without having to remove the blade first. This feature is super handy as I absolutely hate messing with the blade while cooking, especially when it comes to purees and sauces.
10. The Pampered Chef Food Chopper
Well, we are at the end of our list. Our last item is maybe is the best slap chopper, which finishes work in only a couple of seconds. You can use it on your cutting board, simply place onion, tomato or whatever vegetable you intend to use, and cut it. If you want fine pieces, you will need to press the food chopper a couple of times. Slapchop in our review is excellent if you are preparing food in small quantities and if you don’t enjoy cleaning, just place it in a dishwasher. This best pumpered chef is strong and simple to use, good choice for small quantities.
How to look for a mini chopper
- Size and seal: The best mini food processors have a bowl capacity of around 2 cups. Make sure the bowl is cozy enough that all the ingredients will reach the blade, but not so small that you’re chopping half an onion at a time. Pay attention to how the lid locks on as well: You want a tight seal so you can make vinaigrette and puree sauces.
- Controls and speeds: Look for simple controls like large buttons, an easy-to-turn dial or just a top that you press. The best models have a pulse function, which allows you to better control your chopping and prevents over-processing by rotating food so the bottom isn’t more chopped than the top. Look for models with at least high and low speeds for more control when working with tough or delicate items.
- Additional features: Some models can slice and shred as well as chop. These make the mini food processor versatile and allow you to tackle different kitchen tasks quickly. Keep in mind that often, the small scale of the mini food processor means the shredder and slicer work only with narrow foods like carrots and celery.
Every mini food chopper/grinder on this list has something to offer. Whatever you settle for, I hope these reviews helped make your choice a little bit easier.