Owners who post reviews online love the Black & Decker Ergo EHC650 Mini Chopper, but some expert testers aren't so enthusiastic. Several owners say its unique design -- the motor's in the lid -- makes it easy to assemble and clean, but one expert source completely disagrees, saying it's messy and hard to clean. It scores well below the top-rated Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A (*Est. $40) and runner-up KitchenAid Chef's Chopper KFC3100 in two reliable professional tests, where it disappoints at chopping parsley and almonds and grating Parmesan cheese. The Black & Decker Ergo has a 3-cup capacity like most mini choppers, with two speeds and a one-year warranty.
We found professional testing of mini choppers at both ConsumerReports.org and Cook's Illustrated magazine, where editors test eight models with the same jobs: chopping, pureeing and dicing. ConsumerGuide.com gives the Black & Decker Ergo EHC650 perfect scores and identifies it as a Best Buy. We were able to get excellent insight from hundreds of owners posting their opinions at Amazon.com.
Editors at ConsumerReports.org provide ratings on 14 mini choppers. The Black & Decker Ergo EHC650 is one of the models evaluated for chopping and pureeing performance.
Review: Food Processors and Choppers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Cook's Illustrated magazine tests eight mini choppers, including the Black & Decker Ergo EHC650. Performance with dry ingredients, such as almonds and hard cheese, are tested as well as wet ingredients, such as ginger and herbs.
Review: Mini Food Processors, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Oct. 2005
ConsumerGuide.com gives the Black & Decker Ergo EHC650 nearly perfect scores and names it a Best Buy. Editors like its quietness and two pulse speeds, and approve of the non-slip base. Although the top-mounted motor makes assembly easier, it is said to be more difficult to clean.
Review: Expert Review Black & Decker 3-Cup Chopper EHC650, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, Aug. 28, 2008
Several hundred owners at Amazon.com give the Black & Decker Ergo EHC650 4.5 stars out of 5, saying it chops beautifully and the ergonomic design makes it easy to hold. However, one reviewer mentions it is "useless for tomatoes" and another says the lid and motor are not easy to clean after chopping raw meat.
Review: Black & Decker EHC650 2-Speed Food Chopper with 3-Cup Bowl, Contributors to Amazon.com