This Kenwood CH180 is a mini chopper for use in a domestic kitchen. It does the job of a food processor, but on a much smaller scale. It is then the perfect size for a small job, and as it has a small footprint it can live on the kitchen work surface ,and it will save you having to get the big heavy full-sized processor out. This is really useful if you just want to make a small quantity of something like pesto or hummus, or just chop an onion.
It is inexpensive (I paid GBP19.99 for mine which is around $40) and doesn’t take up too much space in the kitchen. Its maximum capacity is 350ml or 150g, so it’s perfect for chopping a few vegetables or making a sauce, but it is too small for making a soup, or a meal for a lot of people.
It has two speeds, though I must admit I don’t use the lower speed much. It’s quite powerful, but not so powerful that I’d want to reduce the power often by using the lower setting — it has a 300w motor, but it chops things like carrots really evenly, without a slush at the bottom.
It has a nice design with a cute curvy bit where the motor is and the bowl bit is one of those rounded ones. It is a bit of a hassle getting the bowl back in after you’ve taken it out, which is a bit annoying. The blade is stainless steel and you can put the bowl in the dishwasher.
I’ve got a 1-year-old and when he was weaning it was brilliantly useful for whizzing stuff up; it also chops herbs in seconds and, though I don’t think you could use it instead of a proper processor if you do a lot of grown up cooking, it is a really useful wee extra to do the odd thing, which saves washing up the big processor. If you were a single person this might just be all you need, perhaps with a stick blender for soups.
At the time of writing in the UK, where I live, they are out of stock everywhere at the moment for some reason, but are obviously going to be available again by the end of the month, so if you want one you’ll just have to be a little bit patient. I bought mine from e-Bay, but even they don’t have any just now.
It’s a good one though, so worth the wait!