Which? tries the Thermomix TM5It costs £925, but can it replace all your other kitchen gadgets?
18 April 2016
Cult kitchen appliance brand Thermomix - a regular on TV cookery shows - has launched a new version of its classic all-in one kitchen machine - the Thermomix TM5.
Billed as the 'ultimate food preparation device', the Thermomix combines multiple functions in one machine, and claims to make the rest of your kitchen gadgets redundant.
It can weigh, prepare and cook ingredients, tackling all manner of jobs from grinding spices to blending soup and kneading bread dough - even cooking dinner for you.
But it costs an eye-watering £925, and is only available to buy via a home demo. Is this pricey gadget worth the hype? To get our first look verdict, head to the full Thermomix TM5 review.
Thermomix TM5 - what you get
The TM5 has a 2.2 litre capacity steel jug with a detachable blade and auto-locking lid. Compared to other food processors it's light on accessories, as the main blade handles chopping, blending, mixing, kneading and stirring. Extras include a whisk attachment, steaming baskets and spatula.
The key change from older Thermomix models is the large colour touchscreen which replaces the many different buttons and dials on the older TM31. The TM5 also uses 'recipe chips' which attach to the side of the machine and allow you to access all the recipes from the accompanying recipe book on the touchscreen.
Thermomix vs KitchenAid, Tefal and Kenwood
If you're in the market for an all-singing, all-dancing kitchen helper, the Thermomix isn't your only option. KitchenAid, Kenwood and Tefal all launched cheaper rivals to the Thermomix in the UK in 2015.
We've tried all four of these kitchen heavyweights out. You can see how their vital stats compare in the table below, and see what we thought by following the links to the full first look reviews.
|All-in-one kitchen machines compared|
|Product||Thermomix TM5||KitchenAid Cook Processor||Tefal Cuisine Companion||Kenwood Cooking Chef|
|Controls||Colour touchscreen and rotary dial||Display screen and buttons / dials||Display screen and touch controls||Display screen and touch controls|
|Recipes||Recipe book and recipe chip for machine. Additional books and recipe packs available.||Recipe book and app||Recipe book||Recipe book and app|
(in addition to main blade)
|Whisk, internal and external steaming baskets, spatula, measuring cup||Mini blade and bowl, whisk, two-tier steam tray, stir-assist mixer||Kneading blade, beater, stirrer, steam basket, spatula, brush||Steam basket, stirring tool, cleaning brush, measuring cup, spatula|
|Cleaning||Dishwasher safe, blade unscrews for cleaning||Bowl must be washed by hand||Dishwasher safe||Dishwasher safe|
|Read the full first look||Thermomix TM5 review||KitchenAid Cook Processor review||Tefal Cuisine Companion review||Kenwood Cooking Chef review|
All-in-one kitchen machines - are they worth it?
None of these appliances come cheap, and they won't suit everyone. It's worth taking the time to look at what appliances you already have, and which kitchen jobs you hate doing by hand.
If you want to be able to cook homemade food from scratch with minimal effort, and also do the occasional bit of chopping, bread-making or baking, an all-in-one kitchen gadget could work for you.
However, they are large and expensive gadgets that you'll need to find a permanent home for on your kitchen worktop. A cheaper product like a powerful compact blender or soup maker might be all you need, and will cost you a fraction of the price.