Food Processor vs. Food Chopper: What's the Difference?
Which Is Better: A Food Processor or a Food Chopper?
Some people may tell you to just learn how to use a knife and you won't need all those gadgets, and I can see the truth in that. However, food processors are simple and fast ways to prepare produce and are generally handy tools for healthy home cooking.
There are many items out there to use in the kitchen, such as juicers, blenders, food processors, and food choppers, and it can sometimes be a little tricky to figure out what each product is intended for and which one is best for the job you're doing. I decided to take a closer look.
Here's a quick comparison of food processors versus food choppers and how to use them.
- Size: Large
- Blades: Interchangeable blades and disks
- Best For: Kneading, chopping, shredding, slicing, grinding, grating, pureeing
- Not Good For: Fluids and creamy substances (smoothies, etc.)
Although big and bulky, my old food processor is still going strong and quickly gets me through the weekly load of veggies. Food processors are extremely versatile and can quickly grind, shred, chop, slice, and puree almost any kind of food.
What They Do
A food processor uses disks and interchangeable blades instead of a fixed blade, making it capable of doing a variety of tasks. The normal functions of a food processor are:
- mixing and kneading doughs
- chopping, shredding, and slicing vegetables
- grinding things (like meat and nuts)
- grating cheese or vegetables
I don't have any advanced culinary skills, so I mainly use my food processor for the basics, such as cutting and shredding vegetables, and the occasional bread making!
What They Don't Do
Food processors are similar to blenders in many ways, except blenders have a fixed blade and require some kind of fluid to process the food. Blenders would be the preferred option for fluids and creamy substances such as smoothies, milkshakes, soups, dips, etc.
- Size: Small
- Blades: Several sharp fixed blades
- Best For: Small, routine chopping tasks
- Not Good For: Bread making, pastry making, larger slicing tasks, chopping nuts (debatable)
Food choppers (which are not electric) are much smaller than food processors. They don't require as much room in the kitchen as a food processor does (depending on the size of the food chopper's ingredient bowl—some may be as small as one or two cups!).
What They Do
Food choppers have several sharp blades and are handy for everyday routine tasks in the kitchen. They are great for small tasks like quickly chopping up a few ingredients for use in a salad or dessert (e.g. onions, avocado, fruit, or nuts).
What They Don't Do
Chopping nuts in a food chopper works fine for me, but I know many people who prefer to run them through a food processor. The same goes for many major tasks such as bread and pastry making as well as slicing a lot of vegetables.
So, Which Is Better? It Depends on What You're Doing
A food processor would be the preferred option for big jobs, but for small, routine tasks, a food chopper will do.