Updated on January 15, 2021 by Lyric Fergusson
I’m sure you know one of the biggest challenges we all face today: Lack of time! It’s difficult to find time to cook healthy, fresh meals with the busy lifestyles we all have these days. Cooking seems to fall to the wayside…but with the right time-saving tools, it’s possible to still put together the meals you and your family want and deserve.
In our house, prepping vegetables is one of the things that seems to take the most time. And the most annoying vegetable of all to chop…we even cry about it…. those pesky onions! So, in an effort to find a solution, we started trying out the different onion choppers that are on the market. I’ve compiled a list of the top 7 onion choppers that not only save us time but are useful for chopping other foods and I have to admit, they’re pretty fun to use.
Best Onion Choppers For All Cooking Levels
(Best Value — $)
Why it’s great: I can’t believe all the things I can do with the Mueller Chopper. Onions are just one of the many things I can create in my kitchen with this. It’s perfect for slicing vegetables, chopping nuts, herbs, salsa, hummus, guacamole, and more. It will even mix cake batter and whip egg whites! The manual operation of this appliance allows you to achieve the consistency you want. As far as onions go, the powerful smell is controlled by the sealed chamber that keeps the onion smells at bay while chopping. Mueller even offers a LIFETIME warranty and includes an additional mixing blade for free. The large catching bowl doubles as a measuring cup as well. You can eliminate a lot of appliances that are taking up space with just the purchase of this one.
Keep in mind: if the ingredients get stuck, just move the handle backwards, then forwards to move the items into place.
Good for: Bakers as well as chefs.
(Most safety features — $)
Why it’s great: If you’re cooking larger quantities of onions and other vegetables, the Fullstar Vegetable Chopper is great because it has a large 1.2 quart catching container. I also like the rubberized, non-skid base, so I can eliminate mishaps and messes in my kitchen. One of my favorite features is the spiralizer because my kids love the design it makes. That means they will eat more veggies without prompting! Also good for the kids is the fact that the chopper has a safety lock for the cutting blades. On top of that, Fullstar provides a safety glove, as those blades are sharp! Having sharp blades does mean this device is a time saver—chop veggies in less than half the time of doing it by hand! Want to cube cheeses and meats as well? This chopper does it all.
Keep in mind: This isn’t meant for very soft foods, nor very hard foods (like sweet potatoes). .
Good for: Home cooks who have children.
(Fastest chopper — $)
Why it’s great: I love when my cooking process is streamlined. So the Vidalia Chop Wizard is so incredibly fast AND also having a measuring cup catch container, it makes me smile. On top of that, it comes with a cleaning tool, so I can do a quick clean before putting it into the dishwasher for sanitation. I love the size of this chopper; it’s smaller than most, so it doesn’t take up very much space on my counter nor in my cupboard. Another bonus of this chopper: replacement blades can be purchased on Amazon. Often you can’t do that with other choppers, so that’s a great feature. Especially since we eat a lot of vegetables in our house, and get so much use out of appliances like this.
Keep in mind: This doesn’t work the best with carrots nor sweet potatoes.
Good for: Newleywed couples, and people with minimal time to spare.
(Smallest size — $)
Why it’s great: This Vivaant Chopper not only rocks dicing onions in our house, but also chops almonds and baking chocolate; perfect for desserts! In fact, it’s so versatile, that we chop herbs with it, too. The rotating scrapers in this chopper/dicer/mincer will keep the foods off the sides, for even chopping. It’s also made of BPA free materials, so you can be confident that your food and your health are safe from unwanted chemicals and toxins. This device is super easy to take apart, clean, and put back together. And the locking button for easy storage and clean up puts this one towards the top of my list.
Keep in mind: This is best for small quantities.
Good for: Singles or couples who don’t need to make large meals.
(Easiest to use — $$$)
Why it’s great: This is the alligator with the perfect bite! One of the reasons this onion/veggie chopper is ahead of the rest is because of the uniformly sized pieces it creates, ensuring dishes have flavor consistency. There are three interchangeable blades, so you can pick the size of the food you’d like that evening. It even chops mushrooms, which are typically hard to use in a chopper. The Alligator chopper is so simple to use: just place and press. A BPA free food collector trap will hold all the veggie pieces for you, and then can be washed in the dishwasher afterwards. This onion chopper is made with durable stainless steel and has a modern design, so it fits right into the décor of my kitchen when I bring it out.
Keep in mind: this product and replacement parts may take longer to arrive , due to being manufactured in Sweden.
Good for: folks with limited hand movement.
(Most industrial — $$)
Why it’s great: This large chopper/dicer can meet the large demand you need, if you make large batches of food. It has an aluminum alloy frame and a stainless steel blade and comes with suction cups on the feet to hold it in place while you’re working. It’s very no-nonsense! The protective cutting gloves come in handy since you are working at a quick speed, and it also comes with extra blades for future replacement. It will almost all vegetables, even sweet potatoes, which tend to be firmer than the average potato. This chopper means business!
Keep in mind: you’ll have to put a bowl or something to catch the food underneath. It does not come with it.
Good for: small restaurant owners or large families.
(Easiest clean up — $)
Why it’s great: My grandma had a chopper that reminds me of this, but Black + Decker takes it to a whole ‘nother level. The pulse buttons on this chopper help me achieve the consistency that I want, and making salsa is a breeze with this. I can make homemade salsa or pico de gallo in just minutes; perfect for creating something quickly for surprise guests or last-minute get-togethers. My absolute favorite feature is that the catching bowls unattach and come with lids so that you can store the food right away in the fridge. That saves me cleaning time and keeps things fresh. Plus the blade comes out super easily and can be washed quickly.
Keep in mind: this needs an electric outlet and it can be a bit noisy.
Good for: people who like to prep food veggies of time and store them until needed.
FAQs about onion choppers
1. Are onion choppers electric?
Some are, but many rely on just the force of the movement of your hand pushing down. If you want very even pieces, it’s best to use a manual chopper. However, for people who have limited movement of their hands, electric choppers can be a nice alternative. They can also be convenient for blending together a few things at once, such as salsa.
2. How does an onion chopper save me time?
Chopping an onion usually entails first cutting vertically, and then cutting horizontally. Using a cutting board and a bowl, cutting up an onion can take around 2-3 minutes per onion, depending on how finely you would like the pieces chopped. A chopping appliance generally takes between 45 seconds to one minute to chop the entire onion (after removing the peel). It effectively chops your time in half.
3. Can I let my kids use an onion chopper?
Generally, onion/veggie choppers have very sharp components, and I would not recommend allowing a child under the age of 14 or 15 to use one. Even teens should be observed and coached the first few times they use one. Some onion choppers come with safety locks on the blades and/or gloves you can wear to prevent cuts. Those would be good options when children are old enough to help in the kitchen.
4. What should I avoid chopping in my onion chopper?
Many onion choppers also chop other vegetables. However, there are limits. Most of them state that chopping very hard items, such as large carrots or sweet potatoes are not a good idea, and can damage the blades.
5. Should I hand wash an onion chopper?
You certainly can, but be careful of the blades. These days, many choppers come apart and can be washed in the dishwasher, so that is usually a quicker, safer option. If you choose to wash it by hand, make sure to handle it carefully and not fully submerging the blades in soapy water. I’ve learned the hard way that reaching into soapy water to get out the chopper components can cause me to get cut.
6. Are onion choppers good for chopping other vegetables?
Generally, yes! Read the manual to see if there are any vegetables to avoid, such as sweet potatoes, carrots, or mushy vegetables such as avocados. Using your chopper to prep not only onions, but other foods such as tomatoes, celery, bell peppers, and more can save you time and eliminate extra dishes.
If you find the correct chopper to fit your needs, your prep time will be cut in half, fresh vegetables will be abundant in your home, and you’ll find yourself having fun while you make meals. All choppers are NOT created equal, and it’s important to look at the different features to see what fits you best. Whether you use small quantities or large, want electric or manual, need mincing or dicing or anything in between, there is a product for you. Hopefully the 7 choppers we rated above will help you figure out what you not only want but never knew you needed. Once you determine which model is best, you won’t shed another tear over an onion!