We review four current all-in-one kitchen machines, priced from $795 to $2634, including the new Thermomix TM5.
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 Australian market in 2000, combining the functions of 10 appliances in one unit.
We first tested the Thermomix TM31 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.
Brands and models tested
- Hotmix Pro Gastro (newly tested)
- MyCook Premium (newly tested)
- ThermoChef Natura
- Thermomix TM5
- Bellini BTMKM510W (discontinued)
- Thermomix TM31 (discontinued)
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.
The officially-discontinued Thermomix TM31 is still included in the table as there is an active second-hand market for it. Since our last test, we have changed our scoring system slightly to favour ease of use over performance.
We will test the newest Bellini once it comes out later in 2015.
How we test
Performance Fiona Mair, home economist from the CHOICE test kitchen, assesses the functions of the kitchen machines in a range of tests from chopping, to kneading, to braising and making risotto, steaming and crushing. A total of 13 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.