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December 18, 2016

Thermomix TM5 review – CNET

by John_A

The Good The $1,300 Thermomix TM5 is a countertop multicooker that knows its way around a dozen common kitchen tasks, from cooking tomato soup to kneading bread dough. You can connect a magnetic dish to it to access a cookbook’s worth of easy-to-follow, adaptable recipes.

The Bad It costs $1,300. The mixing bowl where the action takes place doesn’t have a pour spout. Dough and other food bits get easily caught in the multicooker’s blades. And, once again, it’s $1,300.

The Bottom Line The Thermomix TM5 is a luxury kitchen gadget worth pining for.

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The Thermomix TM5 became available in the US in September, but has been on the international market for more than 40 years.

Chris Monroe/CNET

The Thermomix TM5 is a new addition to the American appliance scene that claims to tackle a dozen common kitchen tasks. The price of this souped-up blender/food processor/cooker/mixer is as lofty as its promises: $1,300 (it’s available in the UK for £925 and Australia for about AU$2,090). The Thermomix’s high cost and bold goals made me skeptical. Then I began to test it.

I used the Thermomix to whip egg whites, knead bread, steam vegetables, boil pasta, blend smoothies, and more. The gadget completed all of these tasks at a proficient level or above. The Thermomix was also easy to use, thanks in large part to an accompanying cookbook chip that you connect to the machine. And the hard copy of that cookbook outlines how to adapt your own recipes for the Thermomix.

I have a few qualms with the Thermomix’s design. The mixing bowl in which you put your food doesn’t have a pour spout. Dough and other gooey ingredients get caught in the Thermomix’s blades. And the Thermomix could make better use of its turn-wheel control.

Overall, the Thermomix lives up to its promises and exceeds expectations. But the price makes it an aspirational product in the same vein as a KitchenAid stand mixer or Viking range. You don’t need any of these products, and a lot of folks certainly can’t afford them. Yet the Thermomix, like other expensive appliances that have become status symbols, is worthy of a spot on your wishlists and Pinterest boards.

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Take a closer look at this German import

A German company called Vorwerk began to sell the Thermomix in France in 1971, and the product eventually spread worldwide. Vorwerk released the TM5 model in 2014, and the company began to make it available in the US in September. Picking up a Thermomix is more complicated than visiting a Target or ordering online, though. You have to contact a Thermomix consultant for an at-home or online demonstration of the appliance before you order it (similar to a Pampered Chef situation, but with only one product).

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