Slap Chop

Last reviewed: February 2010

The claim

By slapping this gadget with your palm, you can "dice, chop, and mince in seconds" and remove skins from onions and garlic. "You're going to have an exciting life now," pitchman Vince Shlomi says. Cost: about $20.

The check

We slapped mushrooms, tomatoes, potatoes, carrots, chocolate, almonds, and other foods. We also assessed how easy the device was to use and clean.

Bottom line

No high fives for Slap Chop. It chopped unevenly. Harder foods, which needed about 20 slaps, tended to get trapped in the blades; we had to fork out the stuck bits. Garlic peels came off after five slaps, but onion skins were only partly separated after 10. The splash guard, which must be aligned with the blades, became misaligned in two of three choppers. Lots of slapping can make your hand sore. An exciting life? Hard to tell.