Zyliss Manual Food Chopper Bowl, 3.1-Cup

Last updated date: January 26, 2020

DWYM Score
8.8


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Overall Take

In our analysis of 32 expert reviews, the Zyliss Zyliss Manual Food Chopper Bowl, 3.1-Cup placed 7th 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
8.5
3 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.4
961 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Dices onions and herbs well. Straightforward to use. Good for chopping and breadcrumbs evenly.
- Good Housekeeping
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.
- The Spruce Eats
Uniquely designed, the Zyliss Easy Pull Manual Food Chopper is strong enough to chop even frozen foods. The Zyliss has a pull cord 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.
- Bestcovery
What experts didn't like
Less efficient at blending. Instructions not detailed enough.
- Good Housekeeping

From The Manufacturer

Unlimited Possibilities A versatile tool for chopping, preparing, blending and pureeing ingredients. The Easy Pull can be used to make sauces, smoothies, bread crumbs, dips, salads and even ice cream! Create Your Favorite Dishes In Just Seconds Spicy Salsa Just five pulls creates a chunky pico de gallo salsa. Throw in your favorite mixture of tomato, onion, cilantro, peppers and lime juice for a quick addition to any south of the border meal. Perfect Pesto Just eight pulls creates a smooth and rich pesto puree. Simply add basil, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, garlic cloves and olive oil to blend up a fresh topping for pizza or bread. Savory Smoothies Just 12 pulls creates a perfectly blended smoothie. Put in bananas, strawberries, pineapple, yogurt and honey for the ideal summer treat. Easy to Use and Clean Easy Cleaning 25-Ounce bowl and blades are top rack dishwasher safe. Lid should be wiped with a damp cloth, do not submerge. Dual Acid Etched Blades Two blades rotate in opposite directions to finely chop all ingredients. Booster arms on top and bottom keep food from sticking. (Important: Use Caution When Removing Blade Cover: Pull Off Bottom Booster Arm And Slide Cover Down). Compact Storage Collapsible handle folds on top for easy storage. The simple design is perfect for small apartments, camping and RV's. Simple to Use Place one hand firmly on the bowl while pulling up and away with the handle. The 2 foot cord will naturally draw back. Do not over pull.

Overall Product Rankings

1. fullstar Vegetable Chopper with Container
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 3
2. fullstar Vegetable Chopper and Slicer. 1.5-Cup
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 2
3. Proctor Silex Mini Vegetable Chopper, 1.5-Cup
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 3
4. KitchenAid Food Chopper, 3.5-Cup
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 5
5. Cuisinart Food Processor, 8-Cup
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 3
6. BLACK+DECKER Electric Food Chopper, 1.5-Cup
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 1
7. Zyliss Manual Food Chopper Bowl, 3.1-Cup
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 3
8. Mueller Austria Vegetable Chopper
Overall Score: 8.6
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.

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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.