First the Black & Decker chopper. This 70-watt one button wonder is perfect for when you want to whip up something quick and easy without all the trouble of hauling out a full-size food processor. For one thing it’s not bulky, it’s small and compact.
It comes with a 1 and 1/2 cup plastic container that’s ideal for making tasty sides like guacamole, hummus or my all-time favorite zesty salsa. Weighing close to 4 lbs. and standing nearly 4″ tall, the Chopper fits easily on a counter-top, especially one that has a limited amount of space. Best of all it’s dishwasher and microwave safe. Although I’ve heard it’s better to hand wash the stainless-steel blade to protect its sharpness, I don’t, preferring instead to put it in the dishwasher. I like the way that it cleans off the residue along with the hidden bacteria. Oh….and did I mention it only costs $10 at Walmart and only comes in white.
The Black & Decker Chopper also does a great job of mixing. Anything from onions to bread crumbs to whipping cream. Which reminds me, just recently I used it to make homemade butter using only heavy whipping cream, a dash of sugar and some salt. It took approx. 5 minutes. I couldn’t believe how good it turned out. This small machine can do so many amazing things in such a short period of time. It’s fast, easy and versatile.
The only downside to the Black & Decker Chopper is aligning the attachments. You have to align the holding cup with the machine just right or it won’t work. The same goes for the lid. Both have to click exactly into place. If you don’t align them properly you have to redo it over again.
Next, the overrated Ninja. This is the one you see advertised on late-night infomercials. The Ninja mini-chopper holds two cups and also comes with a 48 oz. blender. What makes this food processor unique is that it comes equipped with 4 blades instead of the usual one, plus it has a detachable motor. It sells for around $40. All I can say is, at first it works like a charm, providing uniform chopping in half the amount of time it takes a normal 1 blade machine. But then like most things you see on late-night television it will eventually stop working. With this piece of junk it was the motor. If you press the button down for a long period of time instead of pulsing it will eventually seize to operate. Another negative, it’s extremely noisy. It does however come with its own lid so you can store it in the refrigerator. Nice feature, but what good is it if the motor doesn’t work??
Compared to the Black & Decker Chopper the Ninja doesn’t even rate. Stay away from the Ninja’s and Magic Bullet’s of the world and stick with brands you can trust.
For ease of handling and durability at a reasonable cost choose the Black & Decker Chopper.