Thermomix, Tefal Cuisine companion, Kitchen Aid Cook Processor, Kenwood Kcook, Bellini, ThermoChef, ThermoPro are all thermo-appliances on a very competitive market. Let’s compare!
In my cooking appliances craze (I have an indecent collection of electrical treasures), I am wondering which one of these amazing machines is going to find its place on my kitchen bench! I started to look around on the net, then I went up to the usual Australian cooking appliances retailers and after piling up a huge amount of documentations, Excel tables and Google Chrome tabs, I went to see for myself and signed up for all possible demonstrations.
After this fun and extensive research and when I realised that a lot of my friends were very interested with the data, I decided to publish a simple table summarizing the most important features for me.
A complete table of each machine’s marketing and technical documentation wouldn’t fit on a computer screen so the best way was to 1) make it simpler, factual and straight to the point 2) create a separate article for each machine I saw working for real.
I am starting with 1) and soon will publish a more descriptive review on each machine.
In this table and article, you will only see facts, no judgement on my part :) (and I saw some funny stuff happening, believe me…) I gathered all I could find in user’s manual, by asking each product’s rep and double checking on the net. From the same company, I sometimes had contradictory data. I tried to put on what I thought was the right info.
Also some data are a bit difficult to gather. For example, the weight: it looks pretty simple but actually a machine has a weight without any accessory, or with the bowl but no attachment such as an upper steam basket, or with everything, or even in the shipping box.
It is nearly impossible to get the same calculations for each and every one of them. So I decided to take the only data when there was only one, and the weight with accessories but no packaging or box when there was a choice.
The prices indicated were taken on May 1st 2015 online. The cheapest I could find. I noticed that some prices vary during sales periods (Bellini) for some products and not at all for others (Thermomix). I found funny to find out what the price in France and in Euros was. It is sad to say but appliances of that sort are much more expensive in Australia. A lot of my friends bring a Thermo or a Moulinex (the French name for the Tefal Cuisine companion) in their suitcase when they come back to Australia after a family trip.
A few terms need to be clarified:
– by “Internal scale” I mean a scale that is not only part of the machine, but can weigh your ingredient straight in the bowl without needing to remove the bowl and put it somewhere else to be weighed. Some brands sell a scale with their machine which you can store wherever you want. Some others have a scale on top of the machine but you have to move the bowl up there to weigh your ingredient.
– by “Bowl real capacity” I mean the extreme limit of what you can put in a bowl. Some brands have a 4,5l bowl but you can only fit 2,5l of liquid or ingredients in it.
– by “External steam bowl” I mean a bowl or basket you can steam food in while you are cooking something else in the main bowl. For me it is a major advantage: it means that you can cook your meat and steam some veggies plus couscous on top and all of that in 3 different spaces.
– by “Cooks intact” I want to differentiate the machines which have either a special stirring attachment or a reverse movement with a two sided blade (one side blunt, the other very sharp) with the machine having a fixed, non-removable blade which will end up shredding the food even on low speed.
– by “Internal recipe” I mean chips or SD-cards you can plug into the machine which carry recipes you can make step by step following the instructions on the LCD screen.
– by “Watts” I want to check how many watts max can the machine go up to maximum (being the motor or the heating).
– by “Slicing” I want to talk about fine round, perfect slices cut with a slicing disk.
Here are some photos that I took on the brands’ websites for you to have an idea of what they look like. I tried to give them a proper scale but it is very difficult without having all the machines standing in front of me at the same time. I did it by remembering their actual size when I saw them.
There might be some mistakes in my table, please feel free to comment below :) I will be happy to correct them or add missing info.
The market is crazy at the moment so I am sure there will be many more on our shelves soon. I already saw a few more while preparing this study. I chose not to add some of the machines available because they had very poor reviews… I was not considering them in the list of possible machine for my own kitchen.
If you know a good machine which can compare to these, please let me know in your comment below.
I hope you will enjoy this comparative table and that it will help you make the right choice if you are after a thermo-processor.
Photography: from Vorwerk, Tefal, KitchenAid, Bellini (Target), New Wave, Pro Appliances and Kenwood.
Last update 05/04/2016
A few important things have changed since my article published on June 5th 2015.
– Tefal is now offering an internal chopping / grating contraption in option. This makes it a much more versatile machine.
– KitchenAid Cook Processor is fully dishwasher safe now.
– Thermomix had a few very serious incidents which caused major burns on users (one in France, one in Perth and one in Adelaide from what I’ve read so far) and didn’t have a very reassuring PR afterwards.