Best Onion Choppers: Top 3 Reviews

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Mar 13
Best Onion Chopper Reviews

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

The Best 3 Onion Choppers

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! 

2nd

Brieftons Manual Food Chopper

Briefton's Manual Food Chopper

( 4.5 out of 5.0 )

  • Stainless steel blades
  • Powerful and versatile
  • Compact and safe to use
  • Can only fill the bowl 1/4 full to chop

1st

Kitchen Aid KFC3511GA 3.5-Cup Food Chopper

( 4.5 out of 5.0 )

  • 3.5 cup BPA free bowl and lid
  • 2-speed (chop or puree) one-touch operation
  • 1 year warrantee
  • Slightly tricky to assemble

3rd

Vidalia Chop Wizard

Vidalia Chop Wizard

( 4.2 out of 5.0 )

  • Handy gadget chops and dices in one swift motion
  • Catch container doubles as a measuring cup
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Worked better if sliced the onion in half or quarters first

Why Buy an Onion Chopper? 

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! 

    • No more crying! It's painful, dangerous, and can leave you looking puffy and red-eyed for hours! 
    • Chopping Onions finely is actually a real skill! Even if you somehow manage to not be full of tears when chopping an onion, getting a fine chop, or even harder, a dice from your onion is really really difficult. 
    • They chop more than just onions. Once you start using your onion chopper you will probably soon realise that it's a great little gadget for chopping many fruits and vegetables. So if you're making a salad, a soup or a casserole then turn to your onion chopper. It will be able to deftly chop any number of vegetables in quicker than you imagine.  

    Easy, safe chopping of onions and more with your onion (or vegetable) chopper. A great, handy gadget.

    What to Look Out for When Buying an Onion Chopper. 

    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. 

    • Electric Option: This is like our first choice. It is to all intents and purposes a mini food processer. It can handle far more than just onions. All vegetables, fruits, nuts etc. The electric option will chop or puree so great for chopping onions, making hummus or blending up baby food. Definitely more than just an onion chopper! 
    • Manual Food Chopper: This option is like our second placed onion chopper. It is a powerful hand held chopper of more than just onions; fruits, vegetables, nuts, herbs and will also puree food. It has the same functionality of the electric chopper, so a very versatile product for onions and more. 
    • The chopper: This more simple (and lower priced) option is all about chopping and dicing. It can absolutely handle more than just onions; cheese, any vegetables, fruits. But it won't blend and puree. 

    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. 

    The Science behind Onion Tears

    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! 

    1. If you have any fans, keep them off while chopping. If it is running, the air will be on constant circulation, which will mean that the gas will spread more and therefore you will get more tears! ?
    2. Refrigerate the onion before chopping. By putting your onions in the refrigerator you will stop the enzymes from mixing with the sulfonic acids. 
    3. Soak onions in water before cutting. The water absorbs the gas so nothing to react with your eyes! 
    4. Light a candle or a lamp near the chopping board. The gas emitted from the onions will be attracted to the flame of the burning candle or lamp. And therefore it doesn't reach your eyes. 
    5. Avoid cutting the onion to the root. This is enzyme central. 
    6. The other rout to consider is goggles. You can purchase goggles specifically for chopping onions. And while this may not be the best look, they do work. They don't however save others in the room who may be affected from the onions powers! 

    Detailed Reviews of the Best Onion Choppers

    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). 

    KitchenAid KFC3511GA 3.5 Cup Food Chopper

    Kitchen Aid KFC3511GA 3.5-Cup Food Chopper

    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! 

    Features

    • 3.5 cup BPA-free Bowl and Lid
    • Stainless steel blade
    • 2-speed (chop/puree) one touch operation
    • Wet ingredient adder (great for salad dressing and dips)
    • 1 year warrantee

    What's Good About It?

    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. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    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. 

    Briefton's Manual Food Chopper

    Brieftons Manual Food Chopper

    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. 

    Features

    • Stainless steel blades for fast chopping and mincing
    • Multi-functional, can chop vegetables, salads, onions, herbs as well as nuts, produce pesto, hummus and baby food
    • 3 cup capacity
    • Dishwasher sage and easy to take apart
    • Travel ready- can take this on your camping trip! 

    What's Good About It?

    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. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    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. 

    Vidalia Chop Wizard

    Vidalia Chop Wizard

    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. 

    Features

    • Chop vegetables, fruit and cheese in double quick time
    • Catch container doubles as a measuring cup, with marks from 1/2 cup to 2 cups 
    • Includes handy lid cleaning tool; dishwasher safe

    What's Good About It?

    It is easy to use, simple design, well manufactured and will definitely do the job. 

    What Could Be Improved?

    After some practice, we found that the chopper works far better when used with onions that have been cut in half beforehand. 

    Final Verdict on Best Onion Chopper

    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.