The Thermomix has a certain mythical aura around it. It’s not widely known or common within Southeast Asia. But most of us who have any interest in cooking or baking would have heard about it.
It’s the stuff of rumours and legends: that it’s a secret weapon that many fine-dining chefs (the likes of Heston Blumenthal, Gordon Ramsay and Ferran Adria) swear by. That it’s so popular in Europe people gift these things for weddings. That you can use it to do just about anything, that it’s near indestructible because of its made-in-Europe provenance, and so on. All that of course, only had us raring to put it through the paces.
How We Approached the Thermomix Review
There are plenty of sites offering their opinions on the Thermomix. However, what we’ve realised after years of researching and testing appliances (be it business or personal) is that sometimes it’s the little details that matter.
This might be one of the longest appliance reviews you’ll read, not least because the Thermomix is so multi-faceted. But we would rather be thorough than not, so that you can decide for yourself if the functionalities and limitations meet your requirements. All the bells and whistles are pointless if they’re not relevant to your life.
For our Thermomix TM5 review set, we grouped the functionalities into major categories and segmented the review accordingly. Each segment presents a list of relevant features and specifications, followed by our experience and feedback. This review is based on a three-week period of testing.
A Brief Introduction to the Thermomix
It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call the Thermomix the grand-daddy of high-tech, multi-function kitchen appliances. The very first model was launched in Germany in 1961, introduced as a handy gadget that could both blend and cook, and quickly gained popularity across France, Spain, and Italy.
The Thermomix is not without competitors. Other appliances muscling onto this universal food processor turf include the All-Clad Prep & Cook, Kenwood Cooking Chef, and KitchenAid Cook Processor, but based on our (armchair) research, they don’t encompass as many features as the Thermomix offers.
You can use it for everything from milling grains and chopping onions to blending smoothies. Go ahead and whisk egg whites and knead dough. Better yet, you can cook with it and leave the machine to take care of the stirring and mixing. And you can even use it for steaming.
Our Super In-depth Review
Thermomix Review: The Weighing Scale
- The Thermomix comes with a built-in weighing scale – and a rare function – so you can measure ingredients into the Thermomix directly while cooking.
- It can weigh up to 3kg at 5g intervals.
- It’s such a simple feature, but so useful it made me wish many more appliances also came with built-in scales. I find it faster than fussing around with measuring cups and spoons, and I certainly don’t mind having fewer knick-knacks to wash up. Helpfully, ingredient quantities in the accompanying Basic Cook Book were also written in mass than in volume – that’s definitely easier to work with than ambiguous terms like “six medium potatoes”.
- You don’t necessarily have to put ingredients into the mixing jug either. For instance, if the mixing jug is already in use, you can place a bowl or plate over the lid then tap the weighing scale icon to start. This is also useful for when you don’t want to accidentally add too much of a certain ingredient.
- A caveat though: When precision matters, you might want to pause whatever task the machine is running first, as the scale mechanism may be compromised when things are sloshing around at the same time.
- I must admit, I had high hopes that I would finally be able to weigh out 1g specks of salt and the like for fussy baking recipes, so I was a teeny bit disappointed that the Thermomix was only accurate up to 5g. For these itsy bitsy amounts, Thermomix suggests sticking to measuring spoons.
We made meringues with the Thermomix to test how well it grinds sugar and whisks egg whites.