We review three all-in-one kitchen machines, priced from $329 to $1934.
We've rated each appliance for:
- performance, and
- ease of use.
The Thermomix has been around since the 1960s, when it first launched in Germany as a food processor. After many years of innovation, it found its way onto the Australia market in 2000, combining the functions of 10 appliances in one unit.
We first tested the Thermomix as a "first look" back in 2010. Since then a number of young pretenders have sought to topple the king of kitchen machines, and members have been clamouring for us to test their claims directly against the Thermomix and see whether it really does justify its high price.
Our home economist, Fiona Mair, has tested these machines and is impressed with the performance of all of them. They are true multi-taskers that can chop, beat, mix, whip, grind, knead, mince, grate, juice, blend, heat, stir and steam. The Thermomix and Thermochef even have inbuilt scales.
For more information about benchtop appliances, see Kitchen.
We also looked at the Kenwood Cooking Chef - it's different in design to the other all-in-one machines and we felt it was unfair to compare it directly. It looks like a traditional Kenwood Chef benchtop mixer, but with an induction heating element that allows you to cook food in it as well. See What to Look For
, for more information about the Cooking Chef.
Brands and models tested
- Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master BTMKM510W
- ThermoChef Natura
- Thermomix TM31
How we test
Performance our home economist, Fiona Mair, assesses the functions of the kitchen machines by conducting a range of tests from chopping, to kneading, to braising and making risotto, steaming and crushing. A total of 16 tests are conducted on the machines and the results are averaged into the overall performance score.
Ease of use Fiona assesses how easy the controls are to use, the general ease of use of the machine and how easy it is to clean and store.