Do you need a Thermomix?

What the heck is a Thermomix, and do you really need one?

Do you need a Thermomix?

The new ‘must have’ kitchen gadget, which can replace 10 appliances, is the Thermomix. But what the heck is it, and do you really need one?

The Thermomix is a device which can “chop, beat, mix, emulsify, mill, knead, blend, cook, stir, steam, weigh and melt”. You can use it to make salads, dressings, sauces, soups, cakes, ice-cream, smoothies, risottos, pizza, bread, jams, custard, juice, butter and more. It’s really an all-in-one and, as the product of more than 40 years of German engineering, you’d expect it to be well-made.

One of the major benefits of the Thermomix, often cited by those who have been converted, is the ‘healthiness’ of the food it can produce. All the cooking is oil-free, and you can make basics such as butter, dressings and sauces with natural ingredients, rather than eating shop-bought products which contain chemicals.

It is a good time-saver too, as you don’t have to watch it cook – it can stir as it cooks, so your meal won’t burn if you aren’t around to attend it. Having said that, it is never a good idea to leave appliances running while you are out of the house, so make sure you are home, if not in the kitchen, while it works.

Lastly this device is ideal for those living in smaller spaces, as it can replace some of your other appliances, such as a slow-cooker, blender, beaters and rice-cooker.

The Thermomix doesn’t come cheap – the average price in Australia is about $1939, before you’ve purchased any accessories. You can’t buy a Thermomix in a shop or online, either. The only way to buy one legitimately is to book an in-home demonstration with an official Thermomix consultant, and to purchase it from him or her.

But do you really need one? No, probably not. Anything a Thermomix can make, you can produce in a standard kitchen with appliances most homes already have. It’s just that the Thermomix makes it more quickly, efficiently and conveniently. Nobody really needs a Thermomix, but it’s definitely a gadget worth wanting.

Find out more at the Thermomix website

Thermomix owners, speak up. Do you use your Thermomix? Was it a worthwhile purchase? Let us know your thoughts on this popular appliance.





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    Jen
    12th Nov 2013
    10:22am
    I'll be interested to hear from anyone who has one, what they think of it. I have a friend who sells them, she sings their praises of course, but I'd rather a more...unbiased recommendation!
    Pass the Ductape
    12th Nov 2013
    10:36am
    As an older person I think I've heard just about every sales pitch there is - and have a good imagination about how any others might go! Years ago there used to be a high priced thing called a 'SPURGE' super mix. Don't see them around much any more and the same rules applied to purchasing one of these items. Apart from all the hype about how it was going to revolutionise cooking in the kitchen, about the only thing it did well was produce bread crumbs. I wonder if given time, the same might be said about the Thermomix?

    I usually take the view that if an item cannot be purchased in a retail shop, it's because it'll never justify it's high cost to the masses and as I come by my money not so easily these days, it won't be for this little black duck!
    Anonymous
    12th Nov 2013
    12:00pm
    Ductape I can tell you from experience that if a product is not sold by normal means it is because it is overpriced to buggery and only highly trained sales people can sell it to the masses.Make that the gullible.

    I worked for a time years ago for a company who`s pricing was 1/3rd to make 1/3rd to sell (sales commissions) and 1/3rd to the owner of the business and I doubt that this gimmicky product would be any different.

    If this product was to be used to its` full potential whilst the time may be saved in one area you will spend a lot of time cleaning between operations.

    How many people who have owned a microwave oven for 20 years still use it as often as they did when they got the first one?

    Expensive way to take up cupboard space.
    rtrish
    12th Nov 2013
    3:35pm
    Bofor, I am surprised at your comment about microwaves. I use mine several times a day, every day. When the old one stopped working some years ago, I tried to go without it, but in a few days I was at the store, choosing a new one. As to the Thermomix - it does sound expensive and for that reason I am not tempted.
    Thermielover
    12th Nov 2013
    4:35pm
    I Have been using microwave ovens for 30 years and still wouldn't be without one. I think it's about being open to new ways of doing things rather than sticking to the same old same old. A bit like the thermomix really. It is definitely a different (easier, faster and more efficient) way to do things but give it a try and You won't look back. And if you added up the cost of all the appliances that the TM replaces, it no longer seems expensive. And what other retailer will come into your home and spend 2 hours setting it up and training you in how to use it, not to mention the in-home demos. Of course that's built into the price, but it's certainly money well spent.
    Jenn
    12th Nov 2013
    11:42am
    I bought one but felt I was under utilising it so gave it to my daughter. She uses it everyday for everything from making her own butter and icing sugar to cooking dinner for her and her husband, on down to pureeing food for their five month old. Also cakes, slices and sauces. Dips are a two second job if guests pop in unexpectedly. it definitely has pride of place on her kitchen bench and she tells me it is the best thing in her kitchen
    Anonymous
    12th Nov 2013
    11:47am
    Until the novelty wears off Jenn.
    LeighWillaston
    12th Nov 2013
    12:05pm
    my wife and I attended a demonstration with friends who subsequently bought a Thermomix. They have a teenager and four small children, so time is of the essence, and they are using it regularly. One concern thay had was whether it could handle the quantity needed for a large family, but this was not a problem for them.
    I remembered reading about a "look-alike" which Target sells at around $400, and there are others on the market, including one with Jamie Oliver's name, selling for a bit over $500.
    They may not have the same quality as thev Thermomix, but at the price you could go through several of them before you spent the amount Thermomix commands.
    Mark
    12th Nov 2013
    12:56pm
    My girlfriend has a thermomix and loves it. I've used it once or twice just as a blender because I've never taken the time to learn about its features and capabilities. However, she uses it almost every day and has made everything imaginable in it. It weighs, cools, heats, chops, minces, mixes, pulverises. She has made butter, icecream, fruit sorbets, hot sauces, bread and cake dough, soups, dips, almond meal and bolognaise. Too many nice meals and desserts to remember. Yes, it's fast, and it's also easy for me to clean and wash up (my task), even without a dishwasher. She's had it for years, has read the guide, uses the thermomix recipe books and really knows what her machine can do. That's important if you want to get your money's worth from this machine. Like any advanced tool, it's only as useful as the owner makes it. I love my good cordless drill, she loves her thermomix. I can see (and taste) the benefits of this machine even though I don't use it myself much. Some of her friends bought theirs after seeing how useful hers is. I'm impressed by the design of it and the high grade materials it's made of. Nothing's useful if it sits in the cupboard, but this is a tool which really can be used every day (unlike my drill)!!

    12th Nov 2013
    1:00pm
    I was given a lunch by a friend who has had hers for about 10 years and she showed me how she used it, which she has done for every day for her family of 4. I was very impressed and it is easy to clean as it is just put through a cycle. The main benefit was the chopping (not purée ing as in a blender) and self stirring, if you have arthritis in your hands/shoulders it would be an absolute bonus to use for fresh products. The price is very high tho' but if moving into a smaller house and smaller kitchen and less cupboard space for appliances it makes sense.
    Pass the Ductape
    12th Nov 2013
    3:40pm
    Rachel...you say this in you4r article: You can’t buy a Thermomix in a shop or online, either.

    On television today, I saw the Thermomix being advertised for purchase online.
    Pass the Ductape
    12th Nov 2013
    3:42pm
    'you're' even!
    Pass the Ductape
    12th Nov 2013
    3:43pm
    Even 'your'!!! Like the Thermomix - plenty to choose from!
    Thermielover
    12th Nov 2013
    4:23pm
    I have had my thermomix for nearly 4 years and am still in love with it. In fact if anything terrible happened to it, I would buy another one. It makes kitchen tasks a pleasure instead of a chore and so I am inclined to do more cooking than I ever did previously. My life is neatly divided into 2 sections: pre and post thermomix. From butter, bread, soups, dips, mashed potato, rice, pasta, sauces, custard, cakes, puddings, biscuits, ice cream, smoothies ....the list is endless. The built in scales, timer and heating element mean that every thing is done in the one easy to clean container, and there is no guess work. just follow the instructions and you can't fail. I would never go back willingly to my pre thermomix life. And no, I am not a dealer, just a very happy customer.
    CC
    12th Nov 2013
    4:54pm
    My friend and her daughter both have a Thermomix and her 8 year old daughter has a mini Thermomix! They have produced some amazing meals and she woudl be lost without it! Sure it is an initial outlay, but wehn you can prepare the amnoutn of food you can in such a short time it is indeed worth the value.
    If I was starting out wiht a young family, I would certainly have purchased one of these units. On my own I really don't have that much need but I can see the advantages of owning one. " Jen " - I have tasted food out of this unit and it is restaurant quality! as a matter of fact, Masterchef have them on their show!
    Jen
    12th Nov 2013
    7:12pm
    Thank you CC!
    Fossil
    12th Nov 2013
    4:56pm
    I am not convinced, my daughter in law has one, husband herself and 4 children.. they eat to live --- I live to eat

    I like my food to taste look good and feel like I have put into it all the correct and available ingredients, and it must be Tasted as you go along.

    at 69 and still loving to cook, even better if for a large crowd, like grandchildren etc I don't think it warrants me buying one. I would have to cook the same thing 4 or 5 times, as the result is a very small volume... I make a pot of soup every 3 or 4 days and the pot holds 7 litres, I bought 2 ham bones today they will be cooked separately then the stock will be used for the pea and ham soup, with the meat from the bones flaked and added to the soup, I could never do that with the "Appliance" in question.
    so for the ones of you that can afford it, good luck to you.... I'll make my gnocchi from scratch, my pizza dough also, etc and as for the Bolognese sauce, IT IS NEVER THE SAME,, but always delicious the way I make it....
    chin chin to all of you
    I am on a budged and my garden and pantry produce miracles, long live the old methods...
    peterseaford
    12th Nov 2013
    7:28pm
    have read almost everything written about the Thermomix and I still need one.
    I believe that the everyday meals we make will taste different and the style of cooking may be healthier for the wife and I.

    My wife spends hours cooking for me and this machine will really help her and I can have fun with it as well

    Just another SKI experience for me anyway

    kind regards

    peter
    MONICA
    12th Nov 2013
    7:29pm
    As much as I would like one I am not crazy enough to spend $2,000.00 on one even if I won the lottery I doubt very much I would buy one

    12th Nov 2013
    7:41pm
    For just a couple of seniors I could not justify spending that amount of money and I can do everything I need to do with the few appliances I now have. Maybe for a family it would be worthwhile but I have a friend who has one and I honestly dont think she uses it to the extent it should be used.
    moke
    12th Nov 2013
    7:52pm
    Wow! sounds great, but it doesn't say Microwave, I have two and use them for most cooking, even the convection one, saves power and time with good results. Can also cook fat free etc.
    peterseaford
    12th Nov 2013
    7:56pm
    do you all remember just a few years back when someone mentioned COMPUTER.

    remember just the other day when "only the youngsters would want a computer"

    most of us would be lost without a computer now but at seniors club I bet there are any number of your mates who think about computers like many of you think of thermomix

    if you have tried one and cannot manage one - thats OK but give others a chance to at least try and let them form an opinion.

    how silly to suggest that something is "not worthy" because it costs and you have never tried.

    remember the computer and what you thought back then - if we believed you we would not be able to enjoy these contacts.

    microwaves - how fantastic - if you cannot use one does that make it bad or you lacking

    have a great day

    i have not got a thermomix but will buy one and apart from this site i do not know anybody with one

    regards

    peter
    Nightshade
    13th Nov 2013
    12:40am
    I don't believe it for a moment !
    Has anyone actually seen this thing up close & in action as a testament to its existence ?
    Nightshade
    13th Nov 2013
    12:43am
    I am living in the past .
    peterseaford
    13th Nov 2013
    10:59am
    Yep - your living in the past but how far in the past is the question.

    you believe in computers - how long did you take to believe in them?

    are you " a doubting Thomas " more to the point.

    have a great day

    peter
    Joanyyellowpony
    13th Nov 2013
    11:22am
    I have one and my husband loves it - he cooks more and we utilise those left overs and wilting vegies instead of throwing them out so it pays for itself eventually. I am still working fulltime so the timesaving is wonderful! it is also good and cheaper to make my own dough / bread/ sauces/ stocks etc. We also make all our own cereals using lots of nuts and fruits of our choice. My husband has his own porridge mix in the morning which he puts on, goes and has a shower and comes back and it is done to perfection - health low GI eating. Yes this can be done with other appliances but I dont have to search the back of the cupboard for the breadmaker, the processor and the pots and pans. Minimal cleaning required as not as many gadgets to clean and nooks and cranies in the gadgets that are hard to get to - it also cleans itself. I guess it depends on what you are prepared to pay for in life! I have had all the gadgets, never used them or they wore out - is this economical?? methinks not! You can buy a mercedes or a toyota just be happy with your choice and the rationale for the choice:)
    Golfer
    13th Nov 2013
    11:57am
    Touché, let the doubters say what they believe. Fact is the 'gadget' as someone described it is a great product.
    My daughter with a family of 5 has one, uses it all the time and in 12 months it has paid for itself in time, nutrition and ease of use.
    aline
    13th Nov 2013
    3:38pm
    Have had my thermomix for 3yrs .Use it most days for all our food prep .People pay more for coffee machines that only make coffee and you get 2 very small cups .Cooked corned beef in it last week....no more boiling in a big pot for 3-4 hours
    catsahoy
    13th Nov 2013
    7:12pm
    AS AN aged couple, we really dont need anything that does all that, apart from the fact that i like cooking, earned my living as a cook, my microwave is used every day, i love it, from defrosting to reheating, cannot beat it, i can see the advantages for a large family, but very expensive, wait 12 months and they will be half that price, like coffee machines, when they came on the market they were about $1000, now you can get them from as little as $30, all these gadgets are the same, im quite happy with my mixmaster and microwave, and other gadgets iv bought over the years.
    catsahoy
    13th Nov 2013
    7:12pm
    AS AN aged couple, we really dont need anything that does all that, apart from the fact that i like cooking, earned my living as a cook, my microwave is used every day, i love it, from defrosting to reheating, cannot beat it, i can see the advantages for a large family, but very expensive, wait 12 months and they will be half that price, like coffee machines, when they came on the market they were about $1000, now you can get them from as little as $30, all these gadgets are the same, im quite happy with my mixmaster and microwave, and other gadgets iv bought over the years.
    Lyn
    14th Nov 2013
    9:33am
    Has no one heard of Kogan. They sell these at a fraction of the price.
    http://www.kogan.com/au/buy/thermoblend-all-one-food-processor-cooker/
    peterseaford
    14th Nov 2013
    7:01pm
    sorry Lyn we are talking about THERMOMIX not THERMOBLEND -
    remember you get what you pay for.
    Jurassicgeek
    14th Nov 2013
    12:31pm
    who can afford one???
    peterseaford
    14th Nov 2013
    7:05pm
    people still pay for top quality goods - Audi cars cost a lot more than a Suzuki
    Maxzee
    15th Nov 2013
    6:45pm
    My daughter, and both her daughter in laws have a Thermomix, and some of my friends, I only hear good from them about the time saving, the nutrition and ease of use, I would get one if I had a family or even if there were two of us here, but being on my own I wonder would I utilise it? they are all full of praise for them and they love the meals they produce, Worth thinking about.
    downunder
    19th Nov 2013
    4:06pm
    I heard it is a top machine and as most 'Vorwerk' products (the famous German producer) it can only be bought via direct demo. We have 2 Vorwerk vacuum cleaners, they are about 20odd yrs old and are in tip-top working order. Of course if you troll eBay you'll find Thermomix from (for example) Spain for about $1300-1500 new. They of course come with Spanish warranty, which is pretty useless her in OZ. Would I buy a $2000 kitchen appliance? I would not and I do my fair bit of cooking and love it, but I know of several that have it and apparently are happy. Up 2 you...

    3rd Dec 2013
    4:02pm
    Seggie. One in the family but I didn't buy it. It makes the quickest soup ever, dips, mashed vegies., etc. I wouldn't pay the price but at my age,
    give me a potato masher, basin and a wooden spoon. For a family going to work, the speed in which, as I said, makes soup is incredible. I guess it would depend on your ages and more so, finances. Maybe if I were young, I'd think about it but best to have a demo.which we did.


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