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KitchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516 review

A mini food processor with impressive power

The itchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516
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TechRadar Verdict

The KitchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516 is much smaller than a food processor with just a 1.19-litre / five cup capacity. The small size means it’s easy to store and ideal for smaller kitchens. It can chop as well as whisk and is perfect for making small quantities of your favorite dips, sauces and for thickening cream or chopping vegetables and herbs. It aced all of our tests but is a bit expensive for such a small appliance.

Pros

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    Two speeds

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    Easy to store

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    Good performance

Cons

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    Small capacity

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    Have to keep finger on button to operate

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    Limited accessories

One-minute review

Bringing us premium kitchen appliances since 1919, KitchenAid is a beloved brand that spans generations and has a prized spot in many kitchens. It offers some of the best blenders and stand mixers, but its wide range of appliances has included food processors since 1993. The food choppers are the smallest of the current range. Here we review the 1.19-litre / five cup chopper, but there’s also a smaller 0.83-litre / three cup version available.

The KitchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516 is a very neat and compact appliance with a small footprint, so it’ll fit into even the smallest of kitchens. 

It comes with a main chopping blade that can be used to chop fruit and vegetables, nuts, and even grind meat. Additionally, it’ll come in handy for sauces, salad dressings, and dips, provided you don’t want to make very large portions. The whisking accessory is great for whisking small amounts of egg and cream. All the accessories can be stored inside the bowl, so it takes up the minimum possible space.

It’s an easy-to-use appliance that surprised us with how quickly and efficiently it chopped foods. And despite its size, it didn’t struggle with even the toughest of tasks such as grinding beef. However, the small capacity means it’s best suited to one or two person households or for daily use when you don’t want the hassle of getting a bigger food processor out of the cupboard.

The KitchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516

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KitchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516 price and availability

  •  List price: $64.99 / £99/ AU$199 

Available directly through KitchenAid as well as Amazon, the KitchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516 is the larger of two food choppers available from KitchenAid and will set you back $64.99 / £99/ AU$199. The smaller 0.83-litre / three cup version is priced at $54.99 / £69/ AU$169 but it doesn’t come with a whisk attachment.

It’s also worth noting that for just a small amount extra you can get the KitchenAid 1.7-litre / seven cup food processor that also comes with a shredding and slicing disc. This costs $99.99 / £119/ AU$299.

The KitchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516

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Design

  • Compact size
  • Two speeds
  • Drizzle basin in lid

The KitchenAid food chopper has a streamlined design that won’t look out of place in most kitchens. As is standard for KitchenAid appliances, it comes in a variety of colors. The main options are red, silver, black and white. In the UK and Australia, there’s a cream color but no white, and the silver color isn’t available in the UK either.

We’ve already mentioned its compact size several times, but in case you’re wondering, it measures just 25.4 x 17.8 x 16cm / 10 x 7 x 6.3 inches  (h x w x d).  The 1.19-litre / five cup bowl has a pouring spout as well as a handle and locks firmly onto the base. The lid features a drizzle basin, which is a small indent with a hole at the bottom, this makes it easy to pour liquids and oils in without removing the lid  - something making mayonnaise and other emulsified sauces requires.

The chopper won’t start until the lid is locked in place which is a useful safety feature. Once it’s assembled, it can be switched on or pulsed by holding the button at the top of the handle, and as soon as the button is released, it stops chopping. There’s also a toggle switch on the front of the base to switch between the two power levels.

It’s a simple appliance that’s very intuitive to use and for added ease, the bowl, lid and all accessories can be washed in the dishwasher. 

The KitchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516

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Performance

  • Easy to use
  • Even chopping
  • Speedy results

The KitchenAid food chopper impressed us with its performance across a range of foods. Because the on switch has to be held down to operate the chopper, it can also be used as a pulse button. And just a few quick pulses was all that we needed to mill whole hazelnuts. There was a little powder, but overall the texture was fine and even.

Next, we put four slices of bread cut into quarters into the chopper. Despite the fact it only just fit, we had fine and even breadcrumbs after only 30 seconds on the higher speed. It was similarly effective at chopping onion, however the instruction manual advises that the raw fruit and vegetables should be cut into 2.5cm / 1 inch pieces before being placed in the chopper. This does mean a bit of additional work, but even in a bigger food processor you’d have to cut the onion into quarters, so it’s not much extra chopping. And it produced even finely chopped onions in just a few short seconds on the higher speed, a great result.

Given the compact size and smaller blade we were skeptical about how well this KitchenAid food chopper could grind beef, but once again it didn’t let us down. It can only grind 217g / 0.5 lb at a time, but the meat was thoroughly and evenly ground in around 20 seconds, so even if you had to do a few batches to grind the amount you require, it’d still be worth it.

Lastly, we used the whisk attachment to thicken cream. Again, the size means it’s limited to just 240ml / 1 cup at a time or 420ml / 1.5 cups egg white. But just like our chopping tests, it was fast and effective.  

It can be quite loud in use, maxing out at 88dB when milling hazelnuts, which is the same noise level experienced when using a lawnmower, however, we think that’s acceptable as it's only for a short duration. 

The KitchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516

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Should I buy the KitchenAid Food Chopper KFC0516?

Buy it if...

You want effective results from a small appliance
It might be a compact appliance, but this food chopper certainly has the power to tackle tougher jobs like grinding meat and chopping nuts and it’s fast too. 

You’re short on space
If you don’t have the space for a full-size food processor, this food chopper will store neatly in a cupboard and will still be a useful addition to your kitchen, taking the hard work out of chopping vegetables, herbs and making sauces.

You want accessories that are easy to clean
The bowl, lid, and accessories can all be washed on the top shelf of your dishwasher, so there’s no fiddly cleaning required, although the small size means washing by hand isn’t too tricky either.

Don't buy it if...

You want to make large quantities
It may be an obvious point, but the small 5 cup/ 1.19-litre capacity is best suited to households with one or two people, it can’t whisk more than one cup/ 240ml of cream at a time or chop more than 3 cups/ 350g vegetables. 

You want shredding and slicing accessories
If you want to be able to slice and shred foods, this isn’t the model for you. The KitchenAid 1.7-litre /  seven cup food processor is its smallest model with a chopping and shredding accessory.

You want a hands-free chopper
To operate the chopper, you have to hold down a button on the handle. It's comfortable to hold and the chopper is very fast, so it’s not too inconvenient, but it’s worth keeping in mind particularly if you have health issues with your hands or fingers.

First reviewed: January 2022

Helen McCue
Helen McCue

Helen is a freelance writer who specializes in kitchen appliances and has written for some of the biggest home-related titles around. She has been reviewing small appliances, including blenders, juicers, and multi-cookers, for more than 8 years,  and also upholsters furniture when she's not testing the latest food tech gadgets.