Thermomix. Who hasn’t heard of one? It seems to be the latest ‘must-have’ gadget, or is it? In case you’ve not heard of one (plenty of my family and friends in the UK haven’t), let me explain. This is from their website:
Thermomix is the most advanced kitchen appliance on the market today. The product of more than 40 years of German design and innovation, Thermomix unites the functions of 12 appliances in one compact unit. It can chop, beat, mix, emulsify, mill, knead, blend, cook, stir, steam, weigh AND melt!
The reported benefits are huge: compact, easy for non-chefs to use, meals don’t require constant stirring, you can cook from scratch yourself and I’ve also seen it being used to make body products! The downsides? It doesn’t brown things. This was a big disappointment for one of my friends. It is also reported that things taste different due to the different way of cooking. It seems like these things could take a while to get used to.
So here are my reasons why I won’t buy a thermomix:
1. I already own a Blendtec High Speend Blender
My Blendtec cost $800 and is the most expensive thing my kitchen. Apart from a few sports items (bicycle and stand up paddle board) and a house and car it may even be the most expensive thing I’ve ever bought. But it is worth every single dollar. I use it at least twice a day and it even comes camping with us. I make smoothies, bliss balls, nice-cream, pasta sauce, nut cheese. So many uses. I love it! And every time I demonstrate it at my smoothie workshops, people are amazed!
2. The smoothies don’t come out very smooth
I have a friend who owns a thermomix and a high speed blender and she won’t use the thermomix for her smoothies. If I only have one good device in the kitchen, I NEED smooth smoothies!!
3. I’m not time poor
I made big changes in my life last year and left my corporate job that involved a lot of interstate travel, being away from home and long hours in the office. I changed my lifestyle so that I was not so time poor. So if I have to stand over the cooker and stir my dinner, I will. And I don’t mind because I enjoy cooking and being in the kitchen.
4. I don’t have children
I am not trying to juggle a million things at once come tea-time (or any time of the day for that matter). I’m not trying to play with the kids and get dinner ready. I’m not trying to eat healthily whilst also having to feed children, do washing and fit the school run in. Perhaps if I was trying to juggle more, it would be useful?
5. The price tag!
The Thermomix starts at $1900, with the latest model retailing for over $2000. I resigned from my well paid corporate job last year and I certainly don’t have that kind of money to spend on ONE kitchen appliance. I find it hard to justify and there are many households nowadays on a very tight budget.
Here are a few thoughts after some research I did on Facebook:
‘Worth every dollar. Make sure you get the real deal’
‘I have one and love it, wouldn’t be without it’
‘Had one and hated it. Big, bulky and a pain to clean. It did what about 12 different appliances would do, but just not as good’
‘I don’t use it as much as I thought for the price’
‘It hasn’t saved me time and just seems like a very expensive blender’
‘The motor just goes and goes. That is why I wouldn’t buy a cheaper version. I wouldn’t be without it’
‘When you have children, it frees up more time to play with them and dinner is magically done!’
‘I could not justify spending that much money unless it did the dishes as well’
So the reports are mixed!
There are lots of much cheaper alternatives on the market (For example, Bellini, Thermochef, Magimix and one by Jamie Oliver now too). I understand the motor is not as good but they basically all do the same job so they may be worth looking into.
Maybe in time I will eat my words (pun intended) and there will be a post about how the thermomix is the best thing I’ve ever bought. I struggle to see that, but who knows! If I was still a stressed our corporate and money was no object or I had children, I can potentially see a place for it. In the meantime, I will keep stirring my risotto whilst casually sipping my red wine!
Do you own one? What do you think? Was it the best or worst thing that you’ve spent your money on? I’d love to know.