Thermomix - Is It Worth The Cost?

 



Hi folks

An important note before I launch into this post .... we do own a Thermomix but are in no way affiliated with or sell Thermomix products, nor are we getting any kickbacks for this post.


We have had a Thermomix for some time now and to be perfectly frank, it has taken quite some time to get the best out of our Thermomix. It's an entirely different way of cooking and thus can be challenging to intuitive cooks initially. (BTW, the corned beef steaming in the Thermomix as we speak smells just wonderful!)

We feed lots of people each week and the Thermomix gets used at least once a day (sometimes it is working for many hours a day when we do batch cooking).  This is an important distinction in that we cook 95% of our food from scratch and food prep is a big component of that. For this reason our Thermie works hard and certainly pulls its weight. 

We ended out buying an additional pot for our Thermie so we could easily swap pots and continue on with the next recipe. This works especially well when there is more than one person working in the kitchen at a time creating separate courses or meals. The extra cost for the additional pot was worthwhile for efficiencies sake (your mileage may differ).

A new Thermomix is around the $2200 mark at time of writing and can reasonably expect to last at least a decade. That's a yearly cost in today's money of $220/annum. Do your sums to see if this is really worth it for your particular circumstances.

A Thermomix will efficiently chop, beat, blend, whip, weigh, mill, knead, mince, steam, cook, stir, boil and confit.  Additionally, there is an online community which is astoundingly useful when learning and experimenting with a Thermomix with literally 100s of thousands of recipes available and many expert users happy to share their knowledge freely. 



Pros

  • Does the job of many separate appliances
  • Extremely space efficient
  • Robust and engineered to a high standard for longevity
  • Actively supports whole/fresh food regimes
  • Eliminates waste 
  • Easy to cook for nutrition (e.g. fresh baby food from scratch)
  • Very fast food prepping
  • Saves significant amounts of time
  • Single pot clean up
  • Power efficient compared to using oven/cooker and separate appliances


Cons

  • Does not caramelise or brown like traditional cooking
  • Is an entirely different way to cook (learning curve anxiety)
  • Removes the cook from essential techniques of cooking (a boon for bad cooks but a pain for excellent cooks)
  • Does not cook several dishes at once - cooks linearly.
  • Expensive upfront costs
  • Veracity of online recipes can be questionable (AKA Pinterest nonsense recipes)
  • Some recipes are just better done traditionally (e.g. scrambled eggs IMHO)
  • It can't cook everything (e.g. a roast with crackling or ice cream etc)

Verdict

You can live without a Thermomix - no doubt about it, however if you have a large family and cook from scratch daily, then buying a Thermomix is something you may consider committing to.

Learning to cook in a Thermomix is a commitment. To get the best out of your Thermomix you'll have to commit to relearning how you cook and prep to get the very best out of your Thermomix. (The sales demo is simply not gonna cut it)

Unless you can truly afford it, then do not buy a Thermomix new. Look on Gumtree or other community sites and you will see Thermomixers for sale with very little use. Remember that many Thermomixers are sold via party-plan and end up being underutilised, or worse, not used at all after the first week of ownership. Right now on Gumtree in my neck of the woods there are two for sale with little use and many attachments still unopened for 60% of the new price - keep an eye out in your area as I reckon good bargains will come and go from time to time.

We love our Thermie and use it continually. Could we live without it? Yes - but we would genuinely miss it.

Take care and stay nice

Phil

Comments

  1. I have never even heard of a thermomix. Where do you live? I suppose I knew but have forgotten.

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    1. We live in Australia.

      Thermomix are distributed world wide but I think In Italy they are called a Bimby. They are made by a German company in Germany and France.

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  2. I have owned a Thermomix for many years now. The model I have is quite old, still works brilliantly, and I have resisted upgrading. I use it at least once, typically more, times a day.

    Meg

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    1. It seems like yours is pulling its weight too Meg

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  3. Nope no worth had a tm31.. two tm5s and biggest con sorry to say I regret wasting well over 5k the second tm5 was as you say a steak for $1300 but it was a edge of money . I now have a ninja foodi blender and a Tefal cook 4 me.+ And they together do the job that the tm5 could but so much better

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    1. I'm glad you have found a combination that works for you now - that is important. That's a lot of Thermomix machines to have paid for in the process of figuring that out. Gosh!

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  4. I bought the TM31 in 2011 and use it just about every day. Still going strong after 10 years.

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    1. That's excellent mileage then Kathy. Seems like yours gets the same workout as ours.

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  5. Great post Phil - wish I had read something like this before we bought ours a few years back. There is only the two of us at home and has been for a few years now and we simply do not use the TM enough to justify the cost.

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    1. If it is just sitting in the cupboard nowadays and it is still in good order it may fetch a reasonable price on the second hand market maybe? You might be able to recoup some of the cost. Just a thought.

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    2. Exactly what we have done - we have listed it on the local buy and sell Facebook page and have already had interest ✅

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  6. We waited 8 years to buy, from the first demo we attended. We bought the new TM6 model which had just come out, so a little under 2 years ago.
    We have been quite happy with it, it is certainly a handy gadget to have.
    It has opened up a few new recipes to us, though we don't really get much out of the cookidoo recipes, which seem more geared to those with food intolerances.
    It makes a really easy cheese sauce though, and risotto - both without having to stand over the stove to constantly stir.
    Mostly it just makes our everyday cooking a bit easier... but it could just be that my husband uses it more than me! :)

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    1. It's great from making wholefood alternatives e.g. milling your own baking flour, making your own peanut butter or hummus and also non food stuffs like homemade washing powder etc.

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  7. Hi Phil,
    I am only just catching up on your posts, it has been a while. I don't own a thermie, although I was impressed at what it could do when I went to a demonstration. Honestly I cant justify the cost of them. I keep my cooking simple using the appliances I already have. Mostly I use a pressure cooker {old fashioned one on the gas stove} for meals, I just love simple one pot meals. Recently I was tempted by the cheaper, good quality Australian made version of a thermomix {Thermocook}, but I thought it over for a while and resisted lol. xTania

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