The KitchenAid Chef's Chopper KFC3100 handles most mini chopper tasks well in tests: One magazine review says it performs admirably at turning curry ingredients into a paste and chopping almonds, and another testing organization says it does a good job grating Parmesan cheese and pureeing peas and carrots, and a very good job chopping both moist and dry ingredients. Some consumers complain that purees and sauces can fly out through the holes in the lid. The Cuisinart Mini-Prep Plus DLC-2A (*Est. $40) does a slightly better job with grating in one test, and it has a longer warranty -- 18 months versus one year for the KitchenAid.
We found professional testing of mini choppers at both ConsumerReports.org and Cook's Illustrated magazine, where editors test a wide range of models with the same jobs: chopping, pureeing and dicing. Consumer-written reviews at Cooking.com, Amazon.com and Epinions.com give more insight into the pros and cons of the KitchenAid Chef's Chopper KFC3100.
ConsumerReports.org conducts thorough testing of many models of food processors and choppers, including the KitchenAid Chef's Chopper KFC3100. Models receive an overall rating, plus scores for specific functions.
Review: Food Processors and Choppers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Cook's Illustrated magazine tests eight mini choppers, each with about a 3-cup capacity. Editors try out each chopper, including the KitchenAid Chef's Chopper KFC3100, on a variety of wet and dry chopping tasks before assigning star ratings.
Review: Mini Food Processors, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Oct. 2005
More than 100 owners give the KitchenAid Chef's Chopper KFC3100 an average of 4.6 stars out of 5. The 70 owners who have written reviews mostly praise this mini chopper, with minor complaints about foods quickly turning into mush if you're not careful.
Review: Black Chef's Chopper Mini Food Processor, Contributors to Cooking.com
More than 200 consumer reviews at Amazon.com give the KitchenAid Chef's Chopper KFC3100 an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Owners appreciate the cord storage and opening in the top of the lid for adding ingredients. Several report liquid leaking through the holes in the lid, plastic pieces breaking and difficulty using the lid.
Review: KitchenAid Chef Series Food Chopper, Contributors to Amazon.com
About 20 reviewers praise the KitchenAid Chef's Chopper KFC3100, but a few complain it is noisy.
Review: KitchenAid Chefs Chopper KFC3100 Food Processor, Contributors to Epinions.com