Thermomix: A Frank Review

I have a Thermomix. That sounded like a confession.

I’ve held off talking about it on my blog because the Thermomix appears to be one of those things that has the potential to divide people into groups — people who have them, and people who don’t — and I don’t really want to facilitate that. However, the time has come to do a frank review.

Nine months ago, my friend Liz from Lush Thermosphere turned up at my place with the Thermomix I had saved up for 6 months prior.

Thermomix Review

What IS a Thermomix?

Just in case you haven’t heard about it, essentially, a Thermomix is a kitchen aid that weighs, chops, kneads, mills, whisks, stirs, mince, cooks & steams.  It comprises of a jug with a heating like elelment (a bit like a electric jug), and a cleverly design blade that will cut, stir or mix depending on what speed you set it.

My hesitations

When I first heard about the Thermomix I thought no, not for me.  My main hesitations were thus:

  • Price: just shy of $2,000 seemed excessive
  • Size: with a family of 6 to cook for every night, I thought it would be too small
  • Recipes: I didn’t want to have to re-learn to cook everything, giving away all my quick stable recipes

Why I bought one

After seeing Thermomix in action a few times, I began to change my mind.  After many conversations with other users, I bought one.  A few main reasons led me to this decision:

  • Kitchen equipment: I’ve moved many times, so I keep things basic in my kitchen.  When my last (cheap) hand beater broke a few years back, I didn’t replace it.  So aside from my toaster, electric jug and slow cooker, I didn’t have any other kitchen appliances.  Yes, I used to hand whisk my own thickened cream and egg whites.  So by purchasing this machine, I didn’t feel like I was wasting other appliances.
  • I don’t enjoy cooking so having something (anything!) to help me in the kitchen is welcome.
  • Health:  As I become more aware of food, I strive to cook more food from scratch and the Thermomix is great for this sort of thing.

What I like

Has the Thermomix lived up to my expectations?  In one word: yes. I love that, while I still don’t enjoy cooking, I try more and make things myself that I would have purchased pre-packed.  So for example, when making the children’s birthday cakes, in the past I would buy pre-made sponges to decorate.  Now, I make my own cakes, like these two recent creations below made with a chocolate cake centre and cream cheese icing.

duck birthday cake -- woman's weekly kids birthday cake book

number six cake

Other things I love about the Thermomix:

  • I come home after picking the kids up from school and can have fresh hot cinnamon scrolls on the bench in 15 mintues or sorbet made from fresh fruit in 2 mintues.
  • I make chicken stock (never done that before) and it makes my chicken noodle soup even more yummy.   Food made from scratch using whole ingredients tastes better.
  • I can set the timer to cook, and walk away and do something else.
  • It’s easy to clean and dishwasher safe. Plus I don’t need as many items to cook a meal which means less cleaning up.
  • It doesn’t have too many bits.  I find it frustrating to have too many attachments for machines because it’s too fiddly.
  • I make breadrolls, often.
  • I can make risotto!
  • It doesn’t take up a lot of room on my bench, and I like how I don’t need to get it in and out of a cupboard; it’s just there waiting for me anytime I need it.
  • There are many recipes on the web and I find it easy to convert my regular recipes for the Thermomix.
  • IT’S UBER FAST!  Hand kneading takes 10 mintues; Thermomix takes 1 minute.
  • It is big enough to make meals for my family.
  • I use my Thermomix almost every day, and even sometimes up to 10 times a day. I’m only scratching the surface of what this machine can do, so there’s a lot of potential.
  • I find myself making more of an effort with food and that makes me happy.  For example, on a cold Winter night on the weekend, I’ll say, “Hey, I’ll make custard.”
  • It easy enough for my older kids to use.
  • One of my favourite things is the weighing function in the jug. It’s quick and fuss free (I rarely have to measure out cups anymore).

What I don’t like

After using the Thermomix for 9 months, these are the things I don’t like:

  • While it does brown meat, you don’t get the same colour as if you use a fry pan.
  • Setting the timer: This is only a minor picky thing, but to set the timer for longer periods means pressing the buttons multiple times as it goes up in increments.
  • When I cook store bought mince (I haven’t tried mincing meat yet) it comes out a little too fine for my taste.  I like it a bit more chunky. However, it still tastes fantastic!
  • It is big enough for my family. However, when I want to do bulk cooking, I tend to use a combination of the stove and the Thermomix for different elements.  The only thing I find it doesn’t cook enough of for my family is rice, so I continue to cook rice in the microwave.
  • I’m still learning about the varoma (steaming) baskets (used on top of the Thermomix jug). I know there are many more ways I can use it, but it’s taking me longer to adapt to this aditional way of cooking.
  • Cleaning after kneading dough or cooking things like custard is a little more tricky (but not hard).
  • It is expensive. For me it’s been worth it, but it’s one of those big purchases you want to be sure about.

varoma basket thermomix

Should you buy one?

There’s no denying it’s a fabulous machine, and I think anyone could benefit from a Thermomix in the kitchen.  However, I think it depends on what you want to get out of it.  Some who like basic food preparation (eg. a piece of meat and salad/veges for dinner) and others who adore the entire process of cooking, perhaps wouldn’t utilise it so much.

If you want efficiency, don’t like cooking (or love cooking), have allergies, like the idea of cooking from scratch with whole foods, there’s huge value in having a Thermomix. Go to a demo, or have one yourself (seriously the best home party you could have: a few friends and the consultant cooks all the food!) to see what it can do, and ask around for other’s experiences.

Is it worth it?

Is it as amazing as the buzz? Well, for me, it’s made a HUGE difference to my cooking and the types of food I cook.  I use fresher ingredients; try more; make more.  My husband said to me one day in a cheeky patronising voice, “It’s good darling; your cooking HAS improved.” Ha!

So yeah, I love (LOVE) my Thermomix every. single. day.

Do you have one? Do you want one? What do you like or don’t like?

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Kelly loves life at both ends of the spectrum: wearing high heel shoes one day and hiking boots the next; sipping tea out of a pretty cup and slurping hot coffee from a camping mug; challenging herself physically and stopping for quiet unhurried moments to feel the wind on her face. Kelly and her husband Matthew seek to live a fun and adventurous life with their four children and pet bird.

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  1. says

    I am dying for a thermie, my hubby cannot justify the price tag :( I literally am entering every comp that is giving away one (not many) in the hope I may win one and then he cant tell me off! *fingers toes & everything else crossed*

  2. Debbie says

    I used to be a die hard Thermomix lover. Now the sight of it makes me angry.


    I was told by the lying, deceiving, unethical Thermomix company that the plastics used are ‘food-safe’. Yet now I find out it contains BPA!!!

    BPA is connected by scientific studies to diabetes, heart attack, cancer and hormone disruption.

    Thermomix poisons your family and you pay $2000 for that privilege. I am truly gutted by the level of Thermomix’s deception and lies. Money is their god. If you love your family, don’t get this unsafe, expensive appliance.

    I have found this company money-grubbing and lying in other ways completely unrelated to the BPA issue. They are not trustworthy. I’m going to look into the Hot Mix Pro and the MyCook as other options.

  3. Leah says

    Thank you so much for your honest yet handy review. Your pros and cons were very very similar and I too have hummed and haaaard for the last two years. I have just this week decided to bite the bullet (so to speak) and purchased one. A four week wait and then I’m sure I’ll revisit your website. Thanks again. Great news to hear.

  4. John says

    Meh. I’ve owned 2 and started using it less and less. I miss chopping and frying and getting all those aromas. This isnt cooking….
    Don’t get me wrong, I love to whiz and mix and grind. But I can do that in a cheaper machine. My wok fries and steams so I’m covered.

    Sorry, but this thing is just too expensive. And to be honest, I liked the TM31 better than the TM5.

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