The Pitch: "Dice, chop and mince in seconds"
March 2009. The Slap Chop is a handheld, cup-shaped mini food chopper. The more slaps you give the chopper's plunger, the finer its W-shaped blade dices. According to the website, the Slap Chop will easily dice, chop and mince nearly any fruit, vegetable, herb or nut in your kitchen. For the most part, the Slap Chop infomercial claims hold true, though users say it works better on some produce than on others. It does a great job of chopping most vegetables and nuts, but it doesn't work well on tomatoes; the blades don't easily cut through a tomato's skin and tend to pulverize it into a pulp. Potatoes are also a problem, as they are too hard and usually get stuck in the Slap Chop's blades.
Despite its general functionality, the Slap Chop gets mixed reviews from those who try it. A reporter for WBRE in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., tries out the Slap Chop, and finds it works well on most of the foods it's tested on. However, he gives it a mediocre review due to its inability to chop tomatoes and the availability of cheaper, comparable products. A tester for WXIA in Atlanta is also unimpressed with the Slap Chop because it's unable to chop tomatoes and potatoes. Jack Scalfani creates a video for Break.com in which he successfully uses the Slap Chop on a variety of foods and even finds a way to dice tomatoes (by chopping half a tomato facedown, rather than face-up). Users on the consumer-review site JennyReviews.com are all very happy with the Slap Chop, finding it easy to use on nearly everything and easy to clean too.
1. WBRE (Wilkes-Barre, Pa.)
Jeff Chirico puts the Slap Chop to the test with radio personality Sue Henry and her communications class at King's College. They try it out on a variety of foods, and find that it works great on onions, celery, carrots and walnuts. When tested on a tomato, however, the Slap Chop turns it into a pulpy mess. It also has trouble with a potato, which gets stuck in the chopping blades. Overall, the students give the Slap Chop a middling grade of "OK" since it works well on chopping some products, but not others.
Review: Tuesday Tryout: Slap Chop, Jeff Chirico, Jan. 27, 2009
2. WXIA (Atlanta)
In her "Try it Before You Buy It" segment, reporter Karyn Greer has viewer Tim Carlson try the Slap Chop in his home, and he's less than impressed with the results. He tries it on various ingredients for salsa, and likes how it chops an onion and makes removing the skin easy. The Slap Chop falls short when used on a tomato and potato: It has trouble cutting through the tomato's skin and winds up liquefying it, while the potato gets caught in the blades. Carlson gives the Slap Chop a thumbs-down, calling it "more of a time waster than a time saver."
Review: Try It: Slap Chop, Karyn Greer, March 18, 2009
In a video he created for Break.com, Jack Scalfani tests the Slap Chop in his own kitchen. He likes how it chops celery, garlic and nuts, though he warns that you have to actually slap it; slowly pushing the blades down causes the food to get stuck. When using the Slap Chop on half a tomato laying face-up, it has trouble cutting through the skin and makes a mess of the tomato. When he puts the other half face down, it does a better job of cutting the skin and dicing the tomato. However, Scalfani finds the Slap Chop doesn't work well on onions and he's left with messy pieces of skin.
Review: Slap Chop -- Product Review Video, Jack Scalfani
This website is dedicated to reviews of various products and services. The reviewer is impressed with the Slap Chop, and likes it better than similar products because of its W-shaped blades, which chop evenly sized pieces. A handful of customers also review the Slap Chop on JennyReviews.com; they are all very happy with its performance and say it's very easy to clean.
Review: Slap Chop Reviews, Editors of and contributors to JennyReviews.com