The Thermomix claims to combine 10 appliances in one easy unit. If you're time poor and want a true kitchen workhorse, this could be the all-in-one machine for you: it can chop, beat, mix, whip, grind, knead, mince, grate, juice, blend, heat, stir, steam and even weigh food.

But when you're expected to shell out more than $2000 and you have to go through the rigmarole of an in-home demonstration before you can buy one, it's definitely worth asking yourself whether the Thermomix really is the right choice for you. Preferably before you take the plunge.

Why should I buy a Thermomix?

  • It's compact: Unlike other kitchen appliances that need to be dragged out and pieced together every time you need to use them, the Thermomix is surprisingly compact with minimal parts. It's designed to live on your benchtop and with a flick of a switch it's ready to go.
  • Hands free: The Thermomix is set and forget with a timer and the ability to stir while cooking. Best of all, this means no burning.
  • Veggie smuggling: If you battle to get your kids eating their greens, the Thermomix is a great partner in crime when it comes to sneaking veggies into meals. Its powerful blades will pulverise carrots, celery, broccoli and more into pasta sauces, risottos and soups.
  • Cooking from scratch: Even a reluctant baker can be coaxed into cooking with a Thermomix. Muffins appear in minutes. Biscuits and even pastry are equally easy and fast. Other fast faves include smoothies and juices – all whipped up with ease.

Any downsides?

While the Thermomix can do a lot it doesn't do everything.

  • Cost: This is the obvious one. It's really expensive and has a number of competitors that claim to be just as good, one of them at less than a quarter of the price. To check how the Thermomix compares against the Bellini and Thermochef see our all-in-one kitchen machines review.
  • Meats: It doesn't brown or caramelise.
  • Slow cooking: The timer only runs to a maximum of an hour.
  • A different style: It can take some time and practice to learn how to get the best out of the Thermomix.
  • Mixing: It doesn't perform well when mixing heavy batter.