Why I don’t own a Thermomix

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.

8 thoughts on “Why I don’t own a Thermomix”

  1. We have had one for last 5 years and use it every day! I have 4 kids…maybe that’s why lol. I’m also not very keen on cooking. I tend to try to multi task and thermie stopped me burning stuff. We used our baby bonus for child no 3 to buy it and for us it has been worth it. That said I didn’t really have any other alternative kitchen machines (like blender, food processor, Kenwood) -thank you first husband, so ours really does replace all those other things 🙂

  2. I was gifted a thermomix about 3 years ago. Back then I thought they were just an overpriced blender that I would never buy myself. I had it for about a week and realized then that if my thermi ever broke I would replace it immediately! I use my thermi everyday! I’m a smoothie love too, mine always come out smooth though? I have an 18month old boy that is currently trying to eat me out of house and home so i love that i can whip up quick, healthy meals in a flash while keeping him entertained. About 2 months ago I upgraded to the new thermo and my life is that bit more awesome because of it! ????

    1. Wonderful Aimee-what a gift! Good to know about the smoothies as I’ve not heard that before.And it definitely seems to be a theme with those that have children and how beneficial the Thermomix is.So glad to know it is enabling you to make healthy meals for the family.

  3. I have recently brought one and I love it for all the reason you don’t have one pretty much. I am time poor as I work full time, I have 3 kids and although it was a huge cost to us I believe that it has been worth it, as I find what I buy in my shopping is more fresh and healthy to the processed easy meals that I use to buy and now I cook things from scratch and the have lots or fresh herbs, veggies etc and even the kids are using it to cook things for themselves as snacks rather than reaching for a packet of chips yesterday my daughter boiled herself an egg in it.

  4. Before I moved out I was just using it for smoothies and raw creations, but now I’m using it to cook too. I once tried a friends vitamix to make bliss balls and it was such a pain to get the mixture out of the jug,

    My smoothies are very smooth so many your friend needs to sharpen her blades or fix the motor or something.

    I love discovering all the different things I can do with it, since I’ve stopped using oil in cooking it’s helped a lot with that too. You can steam veggies, whip up stuff. I haven’t needed to buy a food processor or any other gadget for that matter. It’s easy to clean, it turns off after the set time.. It weighs stuff. If you are setting up kitchen its worth getting instead of buying everything else you might need….haha I can’t advocate it enough.

    Made tomato soup in it the other day, you add all the ingredients and cook it for 15 min and then you turn the knob to blend it up…

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