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All-in-one kitchen machines are true multi-taskers that can chop, beat, whip, grind, knead, mince, juice, blend, heat, stir, steam and more. In light of the recent issues with the Thermomix, we have reviewed all previously tested and current models for safety. This has changed the way we recommend all-in-one kitchen machines. Our buying guide describes the features you need; how we test explains our rigour.
Please note that while CHOICE found both the TM31 and TM5 Thermomix machines to be excellent all-in-one kitchen machines, we are suspending our recommendation of them due to increasing safety concerns and substandard customer service.
Our all-in-one kitchen machine test covers all major multi-task kitchen appliances, from the Thermomix to the Bellini Supercook, so long as they have comparable features. Our kitchen lab performs more than a dozen real-life cooking and ease of use tests to find the machine that:
Our interactive comparison tool helps you easily compare the features of each machine, and our Recommended rating quickly helps you see which models come out on top.
List of brands we tested in this review.
This is the typical retail price as of May 2016.
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We recommend models that score at least 80% overall. We don't recommend models that fail safety requirements.
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If a product fails safety requirements we don't recommend it. We consider speed cut out to be extremely important, whereby the speed will automatically cut out if the temperature inside the bowl is above 60°C. If a model doesn't have this feature it's automatically not recommended. In the case of the ThermoPro PRO-TP and Optimum ThermoCook we don't recommend these models because the lid lock mechanism doesn't work effectively.
A total of 13 tests are conducted on the machines, including chopping, kneading, braising, making risotto, steaming and crushing, and the results are averaged into the overall cooking performance score. Performance accounts for 40% of the total.
Whenever possible, we follow the manufacturers' recipes.
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How easy the controls are to use, the general ease of use of the machine and how easy it is to clean.
A built-in scale lets you weigh ingredients as you cook.
When cooking in these machines at high temperatures some models are equipped with a speed cut out system that doesn’t allow you to apply high speeds (or automatically reduces the speed) when the temperature inside the bowl is above 60°C.
Most machines won't operate unless the lid is locked into the main unit.
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