Which is better for cooking- a food chopper or food processor? This is a question that has many answers, as both appliances have their own strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, it depends on what you’re looking for in an appliance and what kinds of foods you plan to prepare. Here’s a closer look at the differences between food choppers and food processors to help you decide which is right for you.

A Food Chopper is good for:

  • For chopping small, solid foods such as garlic and ginger.
  • Chop vegetables and fruits into small pieces.
  • Making dips and purees, such as guacamole or pesto sauce.
  • Preparing food for babies or the elderly. A blender cannot chop solid foods very finely; you may end up with slices or chunks in your food, which might pose a choking hazard. With this in mind, you shouldn’t use your blender for chopping foods like carrots, celery and potatoes unless you’re whisking them into something liquidy (like soup).

A Food Processor is good for:

  • Producing large quantities of finely chopped foods such as diced onions and shredded carrots.
  • Making larger batches of family meals, like soups or stews.  
  • Turning whole foods into meal-sized portions with minimal effort.  If you’re someone who struggles to chew solid foods (perhaps because of a medical condition), a food processor is the ideal appliance for you since it can break down ingredients into a consistency that your body can handle.
  • Chopping food into larger pieces, which is ideal for making bread crumbs or chunky salsa. A blender may not be able to provide you with the texture you are looking for in these types of foods.
  • Preparing wet ingredients, such as doughs and batters.
  • Chopping hard, firm foods at a medium to fine consistency, such as cheeses.
  • Making smoothies and purees. A blender is not designed for finely chopping solid foods into very small pieces; when you use your blender for this purpose, you risk overheating the appliance and damaging its motor or blade assembly. Finely chopped food can also become lodged in the machine’s lid, which is a common cause of leaks. In addition to this risk, a blender cannot chop solid foods very finely; you may end up with slices or chunks in your food, which might pose a choking hazard. With this in mind, you shouldn’t use your blender for chopping foods like carrots, celery and potatoes unless you’re whisking them into something liquidy (like soup).

*Note: For chopping hard, firm foods such as cheeses or chocolate, a food chopper is not recommended because it causes warm air to circulate inside the machine and melt these foods; this can result in a fire hazard. A blender is better suited for chopping firm foods.

What is a food chopper?

A food chopper, also known as a mini chopper, is a compact kitchen appliance designed to chop and puree foods. It resembles an oversized blender but instead of blending ingredients, it chops them into small pieces. Food choppers are perfect for preparing baby food, cooking for the elderly or anyone with difficulty chewing solid foods since it can break down ingredients into a consistency that can be easily chewed and swallowed.

What is a food processor?

A food processor is a larger electric appliance that’s used to chop, slice and puree foods. The bowl of the appliance contains a rotating blade assembly that can be adjusted to produce different consistencies from fine to coarse. Most models have additional attachments for shredding, slicing and kneading dough. Food processors are ideal for creating homemade dips, purees and spreads; making bread crumbs, chopping vegetables and grating cheese. They’re also perfect for creating doughs, batters and pastries.

What is the difference between a food chopper and a food processor?

A food chopper chops solid foods into small pieces while the larger appliance (food processor) slices them into different sizes. A food chopper is not recommended for chopping firm foods since it causes warm air to circulate inside the machine and this can result in a fire hazard. A blender is better suited for chopping firm foods.