In this mini food processor review lineup, we look at five products that will undoubtedly contribute to cutting down your prep time. Despite their utility, though, they are definitely items with small footprints: that means storage as well as counter space can be kept to a minimum for your convenience. Cleanup also tends to be quicker with these compact little powerhouses.
Of course, they have their limitations. They have relatively small capacity, for instance. They’re also generally limited to working with stuff such as vegetables. As such, they’re really for the home cook who doesn’t need to process enormous amounts of food in one go—people who live alone or 2 to 3 person households, for example.
This food chopper has roughly a 3-cup capacity for its sturdy, BPA-free plastic bowl. Two stainless steel blades are attached to the lid as well as a nylon cord that can be pulled with a handle at the top of the lid—this starts up the manual chopping mechanism. The bowl (and its lid) and blades are dishwasher safe.
- Easy to use
- Quite sturdy
- Very affordable
- Small capacity still requires you to prep some items
- Can only chop hard vegetables
This hand-operated processor is basically a vegetable chopper. It won’t do the job if you’re looking to mince meat and it won’t be much good at doing anything but pulverizing fleshy stuff like tomatoes, but throw an onion or pepper in there and you’ll really see where its value lies. It’s a fantastic little machine for that sort of job, and the blades are sharp enough to make the pull-cord action very easy to use and effort-free. It also costs only $16—not bad at all if all you want it to do is pull off a fine chop for some salsa or a salad.
Zyliss’s Zick-Zick is a small hand chopper meant for chopping small food items like nuts or garlic. The lower body opens for cleaning, and the plunger at the top can be locked in place for safe storage. The inner blades are made of stainless steel.
- Very sturdy
- Dishwasher safe
- Plunger locking-down design makes it easy to store
- Small capacity
The rotating blades inside this $15 chopper make it capable of chopping as well as mincing. It’s actually pretty good at these things and can turn out a nice, fine chop on things such as onions and garlic. However, its small size does mean that you still have to do a little (just a little) bit of food prep before using it, as you will have to chop veggies before putting them in it for finer chopping. That being said, it’s still worth it, as it saves so much time by cutting down on prep work.
The Black & Decker is a 1.5-cup capacity electric chopper has one-touch controls. The 70-watt motor powers a dual-level curved blade that can dice, mince, and chop. The bowl, its lid, and the blade are dishwasher safe for ease of maintenance. There is also a locking system on the lid for safety purposes.
- Works very fast, so only a few pulses are typically needed
- Easy to clean and take apart
- Has very sharp blades
- The small motor can overheat if used too much
- Can leave a few chunks on occasion as items get stuck under the blades
This super-cheap (it’s only $12!) mini chopper is perfect if most of your food processing is really just chopping and mincing. It’s quite sturdy, although the motor is tiny and heats up, so you have to avoid running it more than 10 times in a row. It may require you to use a spatula or small spoon to get stuff out from under the blades occasionally, but all in all, it’s a lovely little machine for a very small price. The construction feels like it should last for years too, so it’s definitely worth more than it actually goes for.
The 72860 is a food chopper, mincer, and mixer. It comes with stainless steel blades and a dishwasher safe glass bowl. To use the machine, you need only press on the lid of the bowl, which sends a message to the motor at the base to kick in.
- Glass bowl is very easy to clean
- Easy to use
- Reasonably priced
- Like most mini processors, should be given a rest in between long uses
- Rather loud
This $27.50 chopper is a nice, motorized mini processor for the kitchen. What really sets it apart from most of its competitors is its ease of use, relative power (in the motor), and its glass chopping bowl. The glass makes it far easier to clean than any plastic processor bowl and also means that no smells stick to the surface of the container.
With a powerful 250-watt motor, this Cuisinart offers serious processing power in a compact package. It has a 3-cup capacity bowl and uses a reversible SmartPower blade. The machine can do chopping, grinding, pureeing, blending and—like the bigger processors—emulsification.
- Versatile despite small size
- Easy to operate
- Bowl feels a touch less sturdy than would be ideal
The Cuisinart DLC-2ABC is priced at about $40 and can do a lot of stuff that the bigger food processors can. With a 250-watt motor churning along at its base, that’s little surprise. The only real complaint you can possibly have here is that the bowl’s plastic feels like it could be a little thicker, but it actually holds up well in use.
The best buy is the Cuisinart, with its big powerful motor that is packed in a small body. There are very few things to find wrong with it. And for the price, it can’t be beat. Coming in second is the Black & Decker because of its $12 price tag. If you’re looking for something that can tackle small chopping projects, this is the perfect choice.