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Want the functionality of a food processor but don't have the space for a large appliance? A mini chopper could be a wise investment. Read our review of this budget-friendly Lakeland version.
One of the smallest and most compact models we tested, Lakeland’s chopper is certainly nifty, and is able to take on nuts, breadcrumbs, meat and fish. In spite of its diminutive size, it does the job if you’re looking to whizz every day portions of onions and ingredients, but if you have a larger household, you may want to opt for a bigger capacity model.
It’s easy to use, with a one-touch operation. The bowl and lid are dishwasher-safe, but, like most models we tested, the blade isn’t.
To get it started, it’s a case of turning the bowl clockwise, with the arrows facing you, until the bowl tab clicks fully into place. The blade then slots onto the pin inside the bowl, and the lid also twists clockwise to click into place and lock.
While there’s only one speed setting, you can control whether you chop ingredients finely or coarsely. With its clear lid, you’re able to easily observe the consistency of your ingredients.
A coarse chop is achieved through short bursts of the power button, while a finer chop – which we used to chop parsley, onion and salsa – is gained by pressing the power button for slightly longer than the coarse chop. Be careful not to press for longer than 15 seconds at a time as this can cause the motor to overheat.
There’s a convenient hole on the top of the lid, if you’re looking to pour in extra liquid, such as olive oil, while the motor is running.
Garlic, onions and parsley whizzed up well, but this model didn’t chop breadcrumbs as finely as hoped. Unlike some of the larger models, we did find this could whizz up small quantities of ingredients well.
This is the most affordable model we tested. It’s ideal for everyday use, to tackle everyday tasks in the kitchen and to save some time, but for bigger quantities and households, you may want to invest in a larger model. It’s compact enough to keep out on the counter, and we found its respective parts easy to clean.
Lakeland mini chopper plus specifications
Components: 350ml capacity bowl, lid with pour hole, power unit, stainless steel blade
Dimensions: 17.5cm x 12 x 16cm
Speed settings: one speed
This review was last updated in December 2020. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.