This multi-chopper arrived in 3 basic parts plus paperwork. (1) the motor, (2) the ChopDrop blade installed in the MultiChopper basket and clear Chopper bowl with the MultiChopper lid on top, and (3) the regular blade with a protective covering over the blade.
After unpacking the parts and reading the instructions, I washed all except the motor with liquid dishwashing soap and set them on a drying mat to air dry. I could have put those pieces in the dishwasher (the photo in the manual shows that the bottom rack is ok to use for this).
My main complaint with hand chopping is my eyes burn when I chop onions. My second complaint is the time it takes to hand chop food. So my ideal situation for this would be to stop my eyes from burning and get the job done quickly. The manual said to cut the food into 3/4 inch cubes or smaller. That would have been a deal breaker for me, so I decided to test the chopper with larger pieces. Otherwise, I know I wouldn’t use it. I cut an onion in half and cut one of the halves into 4 wedges. (This meant 1 cut to cut it in half and 3 more on one of the halves.) Then I decided to try the ChopDrop blade first. I set the MultiChopper basket in the Chopper bowl and then put in the ChopDrop blade, put in my 4 onion wedges, and covered that all with the Chopper lid. I set the motor onto of everything and plugged it in. Then I pressed down on the top of the motor. My 1/2 onion was completely chopped in just a few seconds. It chopped it much faster than I had expected. Since the Chopper bowl is clear, you can see your progress as you chop.
I decided to try the other blade for the other half of the onion. Three more cuts to get that onion half into 4 wedges. I removed the Chopper lid, Chopper basket, and ChopDrop blade and installed the regular blade. I dropped my 4 onion pieces into the clear Chopper bowl and placed the Chopper lid on top. Then I put the motor on top of that and pressed down. This time, the blade chopped most, but not all, of the onion. I went back to using the basket and ChopDrop blade to finish it and that worked.
All of the chopped pieces were of uniform size and you can see about what size that is by looking at my photos. I could easily see that using the ChopDrop blade will always produce that size because the pieces will fall through the holes in the baskets after they reach about that size. However, with the regular blade, since the blade is in the bottom of the Chopper bowl along with the food, you can chop for longer periods of time to get the pieces smaller or you could also chop it for a shorter length of time for larger pieces.
The manual says the ChopDrop blade is designed to cut onions, garlic, cheese, raw and cooked vegetables, cooked eggs, and fruits, etc. into small and evenly sized pieces. The regular blade is designed to cut nuts, raw meat, onion, hard cheese, boiled eggs, garlic, herbs, dry bread, etc.
The Multi-Chopper also comes with a recipe book with a few recipes for salsa, guacamole, hummus, and one or two more.
Clean-up was easy. I opted not to use the dishwasher again, but I could have. I rinsed the pieces (except the motor) to get the food off of them and swished them around in a sink with warm soapy water. I could have also used a dish brush but it just didn’t need that. Just be careful not to drop your blades in a sink of soapy water because when you reach in to retrieve them, you won’t be able to see the blades and they are extremely sharp. The manual recommends that you never touch the blades. I laid mine on a drying mat to dry, but I could have hand dried them with a dish towel being careful to only run the towel along the top and bottom sides of the blades and not the sharp edges. The manual also reminds you not to put away the Multi-chopper unless all of the pieces are dry. When storing the Multi-Chopper, reassemble it with the ChopDrop blade and store the regular blade with its protective cover in place.
This multi-chopper will definitely replace my hand chopping for onions and other time-consuming items. It does a great job and does it much more quickly than I could do. The pieces are uniform in size as well.