KitchenAid Food Chopper, 3.5-Cup

Last updated date: February 13, 2020

DWYM Score
9.1


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Overall Take

The KitchenAid Food Chopper, 3.5-Cup is designed to do more than chop foods and vegetables. You'll get two different speeds and a pulse button to let you get the results you like. It comes in a wide range of color options so that you can find the chopper that fits your own decor. In our analysis of 34 expert reviews, the KitchenAid KitchenAid Food Chopper, 3.5-Cup placed 6th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note February 13, 2020:
Checkout The Best Food Chopper for a detailed review of all the top food choppers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.5
5 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.9
3,411 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Highly praised for its reverse spiral action blade, which ensures uniform chopping among a wide range of food types. Comes in a range of attractive colors.
- BestReviews
As mentioned this food processor is lightweight and compact. Its size makes it perfect for countertops with its design and color compliment almost any interior kitchen decor. This makes the processor great for quick chopping of ingredients, preparation of sauces and dressings, etc.
- Consumer Online Report
It takes up almost no space on the countertop if you should choose to leave it out. I like it for quick processing jobs – because it is so quick to use and easy to clean up, but I would also recommend it for someone with a small kitchen.
- Baking Bites
Though small, it doesn't compromise on performance. Takes up almost no counter space. Come in 16 fun colors.
- Good Housekeeping
It chopped vegetables more evenly than the other mini models we tested. On top of that, its handled jar with push-button activation was the most convenient to use. And this KitchenAid is a great option for people who don’t want to invest in a $200 machine
- New York Times Wirecutter
What experts didn't like
It's loud, even for a food chopper.
- BestReviews
Has a non-tapering base which makes it difficult for people with small hands to grasp.
- Consumer Online Report
The only thing that I didn’t like about the processor is that it is a little tricky to get the bowl unlocked from the base.
- Baking Bites
Only comes with a chopping blase, so you won't be able to slice.
- Good Housekeeping
You can’t knead dough or shred ingredients in it.
- New York Times Wirecutter

From The Manufacturer

3.5 Cup Mini Food Processor This compact and lightweight 3.5 cup Mini Food Processor is ideal for every day use - whether you want to eat healthier, be more creative, or just save time on meal prep. Features Convenient Work Bowl Quick creations and everyday meal prep are made easy with a 3.5 cup work bowl that features a locking blade, handle and pour spout for easy serving. Stainless Steel Blade The uniquely designed stainless steel blade precisely chops and purees, and locks in place for convenient pouring. Precise Control 2 speeds and Pulse operation give you precise control to produce coarse or fine results - ideal for anything from creating a chunky pico de gallo, a creamy hummus, smooth sauce or tasty dressing. BPA-Free BPA-free work bowl.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Mueller Austria Vegetable Chopper
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 3
2. fullstar Vegetable Chopper with Container
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 3
3. fullstar Vegetable Chopper and Slicer. 1.5-Cup
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
4. Proctor Silex Mini Vegetable Chopper, 1.5-Cup
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Cuisinart Food Processor, 8-Cup
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
6. KitchenAid Food Chopper, 3.5-Cup
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
7. BLACK+DECKER Electric Food Chopper, 1.5-Cup
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 1
8. Zyliss Manual Food Chopper Bowl, 3.1-Cup
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
9. BLACK+DECKER Electric Food Chopper, 3-Cup
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 3
10. Ninja Food Chopper and Bowl, 2-Cup
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 3

An Overview On Food Choppers

Unless you’re a professional chef, you probably don’t enjoy spending hours in the kitchen chopping vegetables. In a tech-driven era, it seems like there should be an easier way than simply slicing using a knife and cutting board.

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Food choppers have been around for years, but previous iterations have produced soggy results. If you haven’t tried a food chopper in a while, you may not realize how far they’ve come. Today’s manufacturers use extra-sharp blades and sophisticated design to give your produce the same crisp cuts you’d get using a sharp knife.

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Choosing the right food chopper can be a process. You’ll see several different design options, including those that confine all the food you’re chopping to a big bowl. Many choppers are made similar to a waffle or panini iron, with both the lid and base clamping together to chop the items between them.

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Each design has its own benefits. A bowl design will contain everything in one place for easy cleanup, but a clamp design can be much more versatile. Instead of limiting yourself to only the items you can slip into the bowl, you’ll be able to slide large chunks of food inside. Some clamp-based choppers have a tray beneath to catch your chopped ingredients, keeping messes to a minimum.

DYWM Fun Fact

If you’ve ever watched a cooking show, you’ve probably noticed professionals have some techniques you haven’t yet used in your own kitchen. One of those techniques you should adopt immediately is to tuck your fingers back toward your palm while chopping to ensure your fingertips aren’t within reach of the knife. You’ll also get more control of the blade if you hold the knife at the base of the blade itself, rather than gripping the handle. When slicing items like carrots, it can help to keep the very tip of the blade steady on the cutting board, then rotate the rest of the knife at an angle. Make sure you curl your fingertips while you’re doing so to keep them safe.

The Food Chopper Buying Guide

  • Capacity can vary greatly from one chopper to the next. If you’re typically prepping meals for one or two people, a 1.5-cup version may do the trick. However, for larger households or entertaining friends, you may need a chopper that can handle four cups of ingredients or more.
  • The functionality of a chopper relies heavily on its blades. Many choppers use stainless steel blades due to their durability and rust-resistance. But it’s also important to ensure the blades are sharp from the start so they’ll be effective.
  • Many modern food choppers include interchangeable blades. That means instead of being limited to chopping onions and tomatoes, you can also slice hard fruits and vegetables or spiral slice for decoration. Some choppers even let you juice.
  • As always when working with blades, you’ll need to exercise extreme caution. Keep children away from it. You may also want to invest in gloves or finger guards if your chopper doesn’t come with them.
  • Some choppers are dishwasher-safe, which makes cleanup easy. If your chopper comes with a bowl that promotes being dishwasher-safe, make sure you place it on the top shelf of the dishwasher.