Updated on 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 11 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 you can do with the Mueller Chopper. Onions are just one of the many things you can chop up with this. It’s perfect for slicing vegetables, chopping nuts, herbs, salsa, making hummus or 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 odors 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 when you purchase 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. It also has a rubberized, non-skid base, which can eliminate mishaps and messes in the kitchen. One of the best features is the spiralizer because it makes fun designs that even the kids love. 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 having a streamlined cooking process. The Vidalia Chop Wizard is so incredibly fast AND also has a measuring cup catch container, which makes things so much easier. On top of that, it comes with a cleaning tool, so you can do a quick clean before putting it into the dishwasher for sanitation. The size of this chopper is perfect too; it’s smaller than most, so it doesn’t take up very much space on the counter or in the cupboard. Another bonus of this chopper: replacement blades can be purchased on Amazon. That’s usually not an option for most choppers, so that’s a great feature. If you eat a lot of vegetables in your house, you’ll get so much use out of appliances like this.
Keep in mind: This doesn’t work the best with carrots or sweet potatoes.
Good for: Newlywed couples and people with minimal time to spare.
(Easiest Clean Up — $)
Why it’s great: Black + Decker takes their chopper up to a whole other level. The pulse buttons on this chopper help you achieve the consistency that you want, so making things like salsa is a breeze with this. You can make homemade salsa or pico de gallo in just minutes, which makes it perfect for creating something quickly when you have surprise guests or last-minute get-togethers. The absolute best 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 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 and veggies ahead of time and store them until needed.
(Best Consistency — $)
Why it’s great: This Vivaant Chopper not only rocks dicing onions, but also chops almonds and baking chocolate, which is perfect for desserts! In fact, it’s so versatile that you can chop herbs with it, too. The rotating scrapers in this chopper/dicer/mincer will keep the food off the sides for even chopping. It’s also made of BPA-free materials, so you can be confident that your food is safe from unwanted chemicals and toxins. This device is super easy to take apart, clean, and put back together. Also, the locking button for easy storage and clean-up makes this one a fast favorite.
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 an 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 afterward. This onion chopper is made with durable stainless steel and has a modern design, so it fits right into the décor of any kitchen.
Keep in mind: This product and replacement parts may take longer to arrive because it’s manufactured in Sweden.
Good for: Folks with limited hand movement.
(Most Industrial — $$$)
Why it’s great: This large chopper/dicer can chop a huge amount of food, making it perfect for those that need a larger quantity of chopped veggies. It has an aluminum alloy frame, 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 work on almost any 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 underneath it to catch the food. It does not come with anything.
Good for: Small restaurant owners or large families.
(Most Versatile — $)
Why it’s great: This food chopper can do it all! It comes with accessories that will allow you to chop, dice, whip, juice, shred, and separate egg whites. This gives you the most versatility and takes the place of having multiple kitchen tools. You can chop or dice your veggies, shred cheese, make juice, whipped cream, guacamole, salsa, and so much more. It comes apart easily so you can quickly wash and rinse it out after each use. The bowl holds five cups, which is a larger capacity than a lot of the other options. The manual crank allows you to get the consistency you want and is very easy to use.
Keep in mind: This one doesn’t allow you to add items while you’re cranking. You have to remove the lid each time you want to add something.
Good for: People that do a lot of different types of cooking.
(Most Convenient — $)
Why it’s great: This chopper is nice and compact, so it doesn’t take up much room on the counter or in the cupboard. It’s very simple and easy to use. Just place the fruit or veggie over the blades and push down on the top. It also has an opening that allows you to pour out whatever you’ve chopped without having to open it up, making it super convenient to use. The whole thing is dishwasher safe and it comes with a removable grid that helps to get food out between the blades.
Keep in mind: This one only has one size that it can chop, so it doesn’t dice or work well for smaller items like nuts.
Good for: People looking for a quick and easy to use veggie chopper.
(Largest Capacity — $)
Why it’s great: This chopper is great because it’s manual, meaning it’s quieter than an electric chopper, but you don’t have to hand-crank it to use. You’ll simply press down on the top, which will rotate the blades. You can get the consistency you desire by pressing down as much or as little as needed. It’s easy to take apart and clean too. It also has the largest capacity bowl at 8.5 cups. You can even collapse the pump handle down for smaller storage, making it great for camping trips or taking it to use at a friend’s house.
Keep in mind: This one is not dishwasher safe, so you’ll have to hand wash it.
Good for: Larger families or taking on trips.
(Most Compact — $)
Why it’s great: This mini chopper is super easy to use. It’s electric and starts and stops with just the push of a button. It can handle harder vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes, but it’s recommended that you peel them first. It can even cut or puree meat. Another great feature is that even though this is electric, it doesn’t use an electric cord. It’s wireless and just needs to be charged for 3 hours once a month or so, depending on how much you use it.
Keep in mind: You need to make sure you don’t overload it and put smaller pieces in for best results.
Good for: Smaller quantities of chopping.
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 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 is 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!
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