Chopping onions can be a real pain. Literally. Any time there's an onion to chop, I find myself trying desperately to get someone, anyone else to do this chore for me. Not because I don't want to, but because I can't. Honestly, I can't chop onions. It is dangerous. After just one of two slices my eyes are watering, my nose is running and I can't see a thing. I could very easily chop my finger off as I'm basically chopping with very little vision at all. But help is at hand. An onion chopper can take all of the pain out of chopping onions. I have (very warily at first!) tried the best onion choppers available, and can recommend them all. Read on to find out which are the best onion choppers available today.
We've not just considered minimising the eye-watering effect of chopping onions in selecting our top three. The ability to chop an onion finely and quickly has also been factored in. Take a look at our top three!
Briefton's Manual Food Chopper
( 4.5 out of 5.0 )
Kitchen Aid KFC3511GA 3.5-Cup Food Chopper
( 4.5 out of 5.0 )
Vidalia Chop Wizard
( 4.2 out of 5.0 )
For me personally, the absolute number one reason is to rid myself of watering eyes, and the pain associated with chopping onions. There are other reasons though!
Easy, safe chopping of onions and more with your onion (or vegetable) chopper. A great, handy gadget.
An onion chopper, is an onion chopper. Right? Well actually, no. They come in difference shapes and sizes, with different functions and specifications. Our top three are all very different. Take a look at the different options available.
So it all comes down to versatility. If you want a product that can do more than chop onions, go for one of our top two choppers. If you're only going to chop onions (or possibly other foods) then a chopper only product may be a more cost-effective product for you.
Now, it is going to get a little scientific, so bear with me! Onions contain amino acid sulfoxides, which then form sulfonic acids within each cell of the onion. When you cut into the onion, the enzymes (which are kept in separate cells in the onion) and the acids mix. This produces propanethiol Sulfoxides. This is a very volatile sulphur compound. It starts to waft upward (it is a gas). This gas reacts to the water in your eyes and forms sulphuric acid. Yes that's right, acid, in your eyes. No wonder it burns!
?So, aside from getting an onion chopper, are there any other ways to minimise those tears? There definitely are. Here are some top tips!
All of our top three will take the pain and hassle of chopping onions away. And they'll each also do more than this. Which you go for is down to your choice and how you think you'll use the gadget.
When considering your options, you need to consider what you plan to use the onion chopper for. If you will definitely only use it for chopping onions, you may find our third placed product, the ?Vidalia Chop Wizard, the best value of the three products. If you think, having read our reviews that you would use the other functions of the onion choppers in first and second place, then consider our KitchenAid or Briefton's products. Note though, the Briefton's is manual. So if you don't feel up to providing the power, you might be better off going for the KitchenAid electric chopper (and more).
It is basically a mini food processor. A lovely little gadget, it will chop and puree onions and much much more. It looks great too!
As well as making chopping onions child's play, this lovely little gadget will do so much more. Hummus, baby food, or beautifully chopped veggies for your salad. It works brilliantly and if you don't have storage room for it (although it is only small) it will look great sat on your kitchen counter.
You can only fill the bowl 1/4 full at a time to allow the blades to properly function. So do need to chop in batches. It isn't a big hassle as the chopper quickly slices up anything in the bowl. Also this product is the more expensive option of our top three. And while we don't consider it over-priced when you consider all of its functionalities, for an onion chopper alone, it is a lot.
This product basically produces the same results of our first placed product, but operates manually. So you provide the power, and the results are the same.
We love the results and the value for money. It isn't as good looking a gadget as the KitchenAid, but does do a great job for less money. There wasn't really much to choose between the two products.
Nothing could really be improved about the product. However, we don't recommend this for anyone with maybe a weaker grip. As we said before, you provide the power by pulling the cord. So if you don't think your wrist and grip are up to the task, we would suggest our first or third placed gadgets would be a better option for you.
Whilst not strictly only an onion chopper, it is definitely a chopper only. No puree or blending functionality with this chopper. But for chopping onions (and more) it does a great job.
It is easy to use, simple design, well manufactured and will definitely do the job.
After some practice, we found that the chopper works far better when used with onions that have been cut in half beforehand.
We went with the KitchenAid. Although really there was very little to choose between this and the Briefton's chopper. We did feel though that the KitchenAid would work for everyone, as the Briefton's may be unsuitable for some people due to its manual nature.
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