Comparison: Thermomix vs Tefal Cuisine Companion vs Magimix Cook Expert

Comparison: Thermomix vs Tefal Cuisine Companion vs Magimix Cook Expert

All in one kitchen machines that can cook, stir, whip, dice. slice, grate, puree have exploded onto the Australian scene. 

 

Three that I have interacted with are:


This post describes my impressions of the:

 

Natasha with the Thermomix. Photo: Willunga Wino

Natasha with the Thermomix. Photo: Willunga Wino

 Let’s take a closer look at the Thermomix vs Tefal Cuisine Companion vs Magimix Cook Expert.

 

About the Companies

All three companies have been around for donkey’s years.

  • Thermomix manufactures in France,
  • Tefal Cuisine Companion in France, and
  • Magimix Cook Expert in – you guessed it – France.

All three companies offer generous warranties.

  • Thermomix offer a 24 month warranty against faulty parts and workmanship when used in a domestic environment.
  • Tefal Cuisine Companion has a two year replacement warranty.
  • Magimix Cook Expert has a 30 year warranty on the motor with 3 years on parts.

 

Simple user interface. Photo: Willunga Wino

Tefal’s simple user interface. Photo: Willunga Wino

About the Machines

Motor:

  • Thermomix 1500 watts;
  • Tefal Cuisine Companion 1550 watts;
  • Magimix Cook Expert 900 watts.

 

Cleaning:

  • Thermomix has a self clean and dry program. Most components of the Thermomix are dishwasher safe. 
  • Tefal Cuisine Companion  has easily removable attachments which are dishwasher safe.
  • Magimix Cook Expert has a self rinsing program. Magimix has easily removable attachments which are dishwasher safe.

 

Magimix Cook Expert product review road test

Magimix looking smart with metal bowl. Photo: Willunga Wino

Functions:

All units can 

  • Make gelato or sorbet from fruit in seconds, mill, chop, grate, slow cook, cook & stir, blend many mixtures for baking, whip cream and eggs, make cream and sauces.
  • Thermomix and Magimix can also make flour from grains and pulses, and icing sugar from raw sugar. 
  • Magimix Cook Expert can perform sous vide cooking with its 1 degree increment temperature control.

 

Heating:

  • Thermomix uses resistance technology;
  • Tefal Cuisine Companion uses resistance technology;
  • Magimix Cook Expert uses induction technology.

 

Thermomix First Impressions Review

 

Temperature:

  • Thermomix has a 120 degree Celsius maximum;
  • Tefal Cuisine Companion has a 130 degree Celsius maximum, some users report being able to sous-vide;
  • Magimix Cook Expert has a 140 degree Celcius maximum in 1 degree increments allowing for sous-vide cooking.

 

Integrated Scales:

  • Thermomix has integrated scales;
  • Tefal Cuisine Companion has separate scales with 1gm increments;
  • Magimix Cook Expert has separate scales with 1gm increments.

 

Recipes:

  • Thermomix has a recipe chip and has on-screen guided cooking. It also has cookbooks.
  • Tefal Cuisine Companion comes with a 1 million meals cookbook;
  • Magimix Cook Expert comes with a hardcover cookbook and a recipe app.

 

Price:

  • Thermomix $2089;
  • Tefal Cuisine Companion $1699;
  • Magimix Cook Expert $2099.

 

Inside the Tefal bowl. Photo: Willunga Wino

Inside the Tefal bowl. Photo: Willunga Wino

First Impressions

Visually, my least preferred is the Thermomix, which resembles a UFO, especially with the plastic steamer attached.

The Magimix Cook Expert is an attractive addition to the benchtop, with it’s large metal bowl and narrow but deep base. The look is changed to plastic components when using the stacked 3 bowl processor. 

The Tefal Cuisine Companion has a wide metal bowl on a neat stand with prominent display screen jutting out. 

 

Magimix Cook Expert product review road test

Veggies in the Magimix. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

How Good Was The Food Made in Each?

All three make tasty meals. 

I think the magic here is in the ingredients, and the cook!

 

Which is quieter?

The Noisiest of the three is the Thermomix. This is due to having the highest volume when grinding/processing, cooking/stirring, and alarms for end of program.

The quietest of the three is the Magimix Cook Expert.

Tefal was in the middle of the two.

None are as noisy as my New York Smoothie Blender, and usually the noisiness doesn’t last very long as the unit is very efficient at breaking down ingredients quickly.

All are at their quietest doing gentle mixing and heating/cooking (like cooking risotto), when you basically cannot hear them at all.

 

Grated zucchini and diced eschallot made so easy in the Magimix. Photo: Willunga Wino

Grated zucchini and diced eschallot made so easy in the Magimix. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Which is easiest to clean?

The blade attachments easily pop out of the bowl to allow for dishwasher cleaning in the Tefal.

The Thermomix can be washed by putting cold water and a dash of detergent in it and running the blades, then you just tip out the suds and rinse with water. It can also go in the dishwasher. There’s a special brush to clean under the blades if needed.

I asked about whether it could dry itself by putting in a tea towel like on the hilarious Katering video, my consultant hadn’t heard of it but google says you can, on reverse speed 2 for a few seconds.

The Magimix has a self rinsing program that very nearly is all the cleaning that is needed. A quick wipe with a soapy cloth and rinse under the tap after that, or a quick cycle in the dishwasher is all that’s needed.

Both Magimix and Thermomix are equal easiest to clean.


 

What can they do?

All units can:

  • make sorbet from fruit & ice
  • blend mixtures for baking in an oven – cakes, muffins etc
  • knead dough for baking bread, making pizza, or pasta
  • grate things finely or more chunkily
  • make sauces
  • whip cream and eggs
  • cook things that need low temperatures, slow cooking (up to 130 minutes) and constant stirring
  • make a low temp stir fry
  • make instant ice cream from frozen cubes of dairy/nondairy milk or cream, or bananas
  • chop ingredients finely
  • chunky dice vegies by using lower speed and pulsing.

Beyond that, the Thermomix is specifically marketed as being able to also:

  • make your own flour from whole grains / pulses
  • make your own icing sugar from raw sugar.

 

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What can’t they do?

  • None of the units cook bread dough inside the bowl. You still need to put it in the oven to bake. So for those with a breadmaker you would likely keep using it.
  • You can’t grill or stir fry in either product so you would still be using the stovetop frypan or bbq for those meals.
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What did I love?

  • I prefer to know what goes into my food and loved to make my own basics and meals from scratch;
  • Spending less time cooking & cleaning up afterwards – especially after teaching my husband to use the self rinse cycle!;
  • Being able to cook healthy meals without having to pay absolute attention on the cooking process;
  • Using pre-defined but still easily customisable recipes;
  • Making their own ingredients too, like flours, sauces etc, all the time.

 

What were the downsides I observed?

  • If you have already invested in two or more of : a KitchenAid, a blender, an ice cream machine, an oven, a cooktop – you already have machines that do what the Magimix, Thermie or Tefal do and sometimes more.

 

 

Tefal lid during cooking with the stopper out. Photo: Willunga Wino

Tefal lid during cooking with the stopper out. Photo: Willunga Wino

 

Which cook processor do the Experts use?

Apparently, “The Passionate Foodie” – a gourmet food producer in Adelaide – makes their commercially sold products in a Thermomix. 

I’ve also seen the Thermie on Australian MasterChef.

However the Magimix and Tefal are well loved in Europe.

So that means, all of them!

 

Do the Numbers Stack Up?

It is a serious investment.

You would need to accept the value proposition either by valuing time, bench space and cupboard space saved or money saved on buying foods that can be made in the machine.

Thermomix showed us a worked example of a household which eats an average amount of everyday foods like 3 loaves of bread a week, ice cream or cake or sorbet for dessert everyday, muesli bars for kids lunch boxes etc. By making all of those things in a cook processor, you would save around $1,000 a year. That way you would save back the purchase price for the machine in around two years.

The units boast long lifespans – up to thirty years is not unheard of – so you can make your money back if you continue to use it for most of your cooking.

For smaller households, the money saving value proposition is weaker. However, you may place a greater value on time, or cupboard space saved.

 

Magimix Cook Expert product review road test

Magimix Clear glass lid to see what’s cookin’. Photo: Willunga Wino

Which one would I get?

 
I would have to think hard about the investment required to purchase any of the units.
 
The ease of use, long warranty and robust steel construction of the Magimix make it the clear winner for me. It is safe, reliable and more stylish on my kitchen bench and can do everything the Thermomix can.
 
 
There are other machines on the market too, like the KitchenAid Cook Processor.
 
Whichever way you are leaning, choose the unit that most fits your cooking profile and where you place your value. And that might mean sticking with what you have already got, which in the short term, is what I’m going to do!
 
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Magimix Australia sponsored this post. Magimix Australia loaned me a machine for 8 weeks. As always, I only ever write my honest opinion.

 

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49 Comments

  • Alex says:

    I’ve not ever been to a Thermomix party but they’ve never appealed – mainly because I have or have access to a LOT of kitchen kit (including an oven and cook top!). Really, how hard is it to stand in the kitchen with a glass or two of wine & stir a pot of risotto?!

    • admin says:

      I love my kitchen and my cooking (glass in hand and usually into the pot too!), am lucky to have a KitchenAid, a blender, and more, plus have always cooked from scratch from market ingredients. So at the moment, I can’t justify the spend. I can see how it would work if you had a job, small kiddies, and still want to make big batches of healthy stuff from scratch. I wouldn’t say no if someone loaned me (or gave) me one to see how it is in real life!

    • Red Laser says:

      tHE THERMI HAS AN INBUILT WEIGHING DEVICE WHEREAS THE tEFAL IS AN ADD ON UNIT..THE THERM HAS A SMALLER BOWL

    • Jan says:

      No No No Alex. It’s not about having other kitchen stuff or being too hard to stir a pot of risotto. Honestly, you will never know unless you actually see it work. It took me 3 demos and in the end my hubby bought it as a surprise because I still hadn’t decided. I LOVE IT. It’s the best thing I’ve ever owned in my house and the one thing that I would hate to do without. It’s just a whole different concept and it was so hard to get my head around how a machine can make icecream and cook!!! One simple thing…. throw 300g frozen fruit, a spoonful of sugar (optional) and 1 eggwhite (also optional but definitely best) zap and in 20 seconds you have the most delicious, healthy, gelato. And I could go on and on…………. expensive? yes. But if you can afford it (and by that I mean scrimp and save if necessary) it is 100% worth it. I read that it’s 24 months interest free at the moment. Please don’t discount something unless you really understand it. It’s like an analogy I give my grandchildren… If you have never tried icecream, how do you know you don’t like it? and what might you be missing out on?

    • Jan says:

      As if my last post wasn’t long enough, I have a PS. I don’t sell Thermomix but I’ve owned mine for six years.There are many competitors out there now and one or two may be excellent but the Thermomix is such good quality IMHO it will be running long after most of the others have been discarded. My Kenwood Chef can’t be repaired because parts are no longer available but twenty year old Thermies can. If you really want to make a decision, read the posts of people who actually own Thermie. Even to compare side by side doesn’t take away the longevity and backup factor. If a Tefal or KitchenAid machine (which may be excellent functional machines) need out of warranty attention in five years from now, where do you take them? To a service centre where they repair all sorts of appliances AND these service centres often close or change hands. Thermie is serviced by Thermomix. Re cost, if you add the cost of a quality blender, food processor and mixer you are actually saving money and still Thermie does much, much more. As I have said previously, unless you have used one, you will never understand the sheer joy of using such a wonderful machine.

      • JULIA says:

        It’s just such a shame that TM is sold in a pyramid scheme, party plan style way. That is enough to turn me off instantly, in what could be such a great product, and thus has turned me off even going to a demo. I’ve been so undecided of what to purchase instead, that I was thrilled to bits to randomly come across the Magimix, which I can purchase from David Jones (who have an excellent return/refund policy) and so far all the reviews seem to be outstanding..

        • jan Piro says:

          The TM is sold in a party plan style because it allows purchasers and prospective purchasers to really learn how to use the machine and get the most out of it. It would be a shame not to go to a demo and miss learning something that may benefit you. It may have made you less undecided. It’s good to find a product you think you will enjoy but if you have deleted one from your range of choices (and I think it’s the best one) then it’s not a truly informed choice.

  • Hello there!

    This is an excellent and thorough assessment and comparisson but I just wanted to add my two cents… It’s about that list where you mention who the Thermomix is best suited for. I just want to say that prior to owning a Thermomix I was a very hands-on cook who only cooked by feel and not by recipe. I thoroughly enjoyed the tactile and sensory aspects of cooking and NEVER thought I’d ever use a gadget such as this. But I fell in love with the machine after about two days of borrowing a friend’s… I still cook by feel and very rarely use a recipe (even though as use stated, there is plenty of online support for recipe lovers out there!).

    This machine (or maybe I should say “these machines”) really allow us to explore new ways of cooking and eating and that’s where the bonus has been for me. Since owning my thermal blender I have gone to foodie places that I never would have dared to try before. Fun, fun, fun. I think the “fun factor” is hardly ever discussed and it’s huge. I mean, why do people go on expensive vacations, on ski trips, etc? For fun! Well for some of us it’s a fun adventure to enter the kitchen each day and make something different with Thermomix. Seriously, I’ve had mine for six years now… I do not sell them, and never have… but each day I have fun with it. Thanks again for your thorough review — your candor and perspective were much appreciated 🙂

    • admin says:

      Hi Helene! Thanks for stopping by and adding a Thermie-user’s perspective. I’d love the opportunity to road test one of these smart machines, in my own kitchen. Fun is a very good reason to invest – trying new recipes and techniques is the spice of life! 🙂

  • JP says:

    Great review – I like how you approached the subject analytically rather than emotionally. I’ve mulled it over and probably don’t need one and wouldn’t get the ROI on it. I imagine the days of the 2k thermie are on the decline. Tefal are undercutting with a similar spec by 25% and Kitchenaid have a unit which is more aesthetically appealing at a similar price. I can see why a commercial kitchen would have one (or several), but at home I have to make a lot of dip and risotto to get the ROI.
    “Cooking” with a thermie is about the same as “making coffee” with a Nespresso. It appeals to those who favour convenience.

    • admin says:

      Thanks JP. It is interesting to see that Adelaide’s best restaurant, Orana use a Thermie! The convenience aspect is a huge one, and may be more important to some people than others. I love to experiment, and one commenter mentioned the fun she has with her Thermie, another factor. While I have no immediate plan to buy a unit, I would never say never, and hope you are right re the price of machines over time!

  • Dawn says:

    I came across this review after seeing an ad for the Tefal machine. I bought my Thermie 5.5 years ago & was interested to find a comparison. As Helene says, you can get creative & don’t need to follow a recipe, although these machines do make it easy for those who aren’t very confident cooks. The only things in the “can’t do” list that are correct are grilling & the baking of bread – although you can steam bread in the Varoma 😉 However, with the fast kneading time (a couple of minutes for most things), you’ll still be able to turn out a loaf of bread faster than many bread-makers. It doesn’t freeze like an icecream machine, but you can use cubes of frozen milk/cream (dairy or non-dairy) or frozen bananas to make icecream. You can get chunkier chopped veg by using a lower speed & there is a Turbo function for pulsing. It can also turn out a pretty good stir-fry type meal. The food made at demos is chosen to show the most functions in a short period of time, but obviously, not everyone is going to eat risotto or sorbet all the time. I still have a big Ilve range (what a lemon that is, and it was WAY more expensive than the Thermie), slow cooker & icecream maker, but if anything ever happened to the Thermie, I’d definitely want to get another one. Just a shame that pricing won’t drop due to the distribution set-up, but that extra $300+ also buys you one-on-one support from a consultant who really don’t make a lot for the hours they put in to their businesses.

    • admin says:

      Hi Dawn! Thanks for your comment. I wish I could borrow a Thermie & a Tefal in my home for a week, to run them through their paces and really discover for myself some more of their capabilities. And then there is new (and very pretty!) KitchenAid cook Processor to try. Interesting idea using frozen cubes of dairy or non dairy milk/cream or bananas to make instant ice cream, that is amazing. I wondered if it was possible to chop chunky veg – thank you for clearing that up for me. And the hot tip for stir frying in the Thermie. I’ll amend my post!

  • kitty says:

    Really enjoyed review and particularly liked for pros and cons. I would simply never buy either of these products as I thoroughly enjoy cooking (which you noted as a con) and in reality for me almost all of these meals can be made easily without a machine.

  • Ali says:

    Another foodie who loves the Thermomix! (I don’t sell them, just for the record).
    I often notice that reviewers or commenters who don’t own a thermal cooker don’t always quite “get” the Thermomix’s appeal.
    I have a vast number of kitchen appliances, but my TMX is the only one that lives on my benchtop (other than my espresso machine and grinder…)
    Yes, I could previously have made almond aioli, or yoghurt, or fresh cheese, or baked my own bread. I had the equipment and I possess the skills and confidence.
    But mostly I didn’t make those things myself, because it was much slower and more labour intensive, or because it resulted in enormous piles of washing up.
    Cooking has always been a fun adventure for me, but having a Thermomix has really intensified the pleasure and convenience of cooking, and made previously difficult project cooking much more achievable.
    Now, for instance, I can make a perfect lime or raspberry curd in a few minutes, knowing that there is no chance it will seize or go lumpy, and without needing to use a water bath. Another two minutes and I’ve made pastry for a chocolate tart shell.
    For dinner, I can make a spicy lentil dahl with plenty of hidden veggies without endless chopping and stirring, and serve it with roti bread and my own mango chutney.
    As a busy mother to small kids, there wouldn’t be enough time in the day to cook this way without my Thermomix.

    • admin says:

      Hi Ali, It sounds like the TMX has really made a difference to your creativity and fun in the kitchen, as well as being able to save time and whip up healthy treats for the whole family. What a fantastic story. Thanks for sharing!

    • Shashi says:

      Hi Ali, Thanks for your input. Is TMX or TEFAL suitable for Indian style of cooking apart form Dahl & Roti.

      Really confused to either go for Kitchen aid mixer plus a Blender Or TMX/Tefal.

      Will appreciate your response.

      • Ali says:

        Hi Shashi. I make meat curries a lot in my Thermomix. Skinnymixer’s blog has done excellent recipes to check out.
        I’ve just purchased the new KitchenAid Cook Processor, though, and based on the greater capacity, stirring attachment and higher temperatures for searing ingredients and properly browning onions I would probably recommend it over the Thermomix for someone who likes to cook Indian food.
        But definitely buy a thermal cooker over a blender/mixer combo! A thermal cooker can blend and mix, but blenders and mixers won’t cook your meal and that makes all the difference!

        • Kirsten says:

          Hi Ali. I’m currently tossing up between the TMX and the cook processor. I’m leaning towards the cook processor because of the ability to sear and caramelise with the higher temps. Would you say the TMX meals are ‘stewed’ in comparison? Also can you do a sorbet in the cook processor as well as the TMX?

  • Marlies says:

    Would be interesting to compare the nutrient levels?! As far as I know the thermo is a big plus as it doesnt destroy the enzymes and therefor the food holds its nutrients which is a big plus for me.
    Not sure about the new models coming up on the market, anybody does?
    Ps thanks for the article, great one 🙂

  • Leonie says:

    Thanks for a great review, I have a friend who has lost her home TMX to the cafe she runs as it blasts through a bunch of prep, she loves it. But now needs a second one. I wonder if she will choose the Tefal this time???

  • Lynda says:

    Great to read this. I currently have loan of the previous model Thermomix to see whether it is an investment that would suit out household. We are a family of 5 here which includes teenage boys so good usually disappears quickly.

    I do find it a great product, I like the fact I can on the whole cook and prepare concurrently without having to stir etc and I like how you can weigh ingredients directly in to the machine. I think ini had one it would make my life easier for sure but the reality is right now the sacrifices we’d have to make to buy one do not outweigh the benefits. Everything I’ve made in it I could have made from scratch anyway, I just need to make the effort. It’s more a case of adjusting my mindset rather than buying an expensive gadget. When we have more spare income then I would definitely consider it!

    Ps I read there have been a few issues with the new Thermomix and people are preferring theT31 model, have you heard of this?

    • admin says:

      Hi Lynda, Great to hear from you on trialling a Thermomix in home. Your experience reflects my feelings, that having the Thermie is a time & labour saving device, that each purchaser needs to weigh up the cost and benefit of. Interesting to hear that some people prefer the previous T31 model, I know of a friend who loves her older model unit, but not that there have been issues with the new one. Happy cooking!

  • missy says:

    Well I can honestly say I am very pleased with My Cuisine Companion. I am able to do everything I need and more. After going to 2 Thermomix Demos in the last year I know I made the right choice. The number one thing that turned me right off is the Thermomix its self. The cult of Thermomix crazies who attack anyone who has either had a problem with one or just doesn’t care for it. I see the attacks daily online by thermie devotees towards those of Us that can see past the hype and choose to buy other products. To each his own. But as I have mentioned I for one am very satisfied and have made some beautiful meals.

    • admin says:

      Hi Colleen!

      Glad you are happy with your Tefal Cuisine Companion. They have a long proven history, previously being called Moulinex (my mum had some Moulinex appliances).

      Luckily there are quite a few processor / cooker machines out now, one for everybody who wants one, and at all different price points, including a cheapy from Big W.

      May you continue to make many more beautiful meals!

      Cheers,

      Louise

    • Marlene says:

      Hello, I am happy to find someone here who has probably used this machine a lot. Could you please tell me if you have made smoothies in your Cuisine Companion, and if so, are they comparable with smoothies that come out of a Vitamix or Blendtec? Are they just as smooth? Can you throw in big chunks of f.i. carrot or uncooked sweet potato and will it blend well? Thanks a lot for your comment, I looked all over the net and cannot find any info on that….I also intend to make almond butter in it and wonder if that turns out okay without adding additional oil (as is required in the Vitamix and I don’t want that). Thank you thank you thank you!

      • admin says:

        Thanks for stopping by Marlene! I’m hoping one of my readers who has a Tefal can answer your question. Over to you, dear readers!

    • NUBBIES says:

      I totally agree with “The Thermie Cult Factor”!! The Cult is so real and scary… it completely put me off from purchasing one. I have a friend who own TM31, she is very much loves her machine and always tell us how it save her time and she can now creating wonderful meals… But she still order “Lite N Easy” meals… I am a traditional cooker and rarely buy frozen or pre-packed meals (except for peas, corn and occasionally Fish Fingers). Me and my partner are very health cautious. We don’t like heating up food in any plastic container (even it is BPA free plastic). I went to Thermie demo a couple months ago thinking the Thermie will help me in preparing healthy food. But I was quite disappointed with the price of the unit and with all the hype I have heard. The unit didn’t live up to my expectations (the steamer and veroma made of plastic – this is a real turn off point for me). So I am now looking into alternative and found Tefal Cruisine Companion might win over TM (stainless steel steamer!). So Thank you so much for your reviews! I found it insightful and fair!

      • admin says:

        Thanks for your thoughts Nubbies! I’m still cooking without Tefal CC or Thermie, and produce varied and tasty meals, perhaps not as quickly as our friends with a cook-processor appliance, but I don’t mind the time taken for cooking. Cheers, Louise

  • Karen says:

    Hi Louise. I think one of the best kept secrets with the thermomix is it’s non refundable. Thermomix will take you to court to stop you from requesting a new one no matter how many faults with it. I can provide proof unfortunately. I know of people who have been without their, paid for product, for months while they try and fix it for the forth or fifth time, adamantly refusing a replacement. I don’t think this would happen with the tefal but correct me if I’m wrong.

  • Jan says:

    Hi, I loved your writeup but rarely comment on blogs, however there are a few things I couldn’t let pass. The mention of “Cult” status by Missy and Nubby… There’s no cult, Thermie owners just love the TM because it’s a great machine and would love to share the joy. Perhaps there is a Non-Thermie Cult. I’ve often noticed the less than nice comments made by those who don’t own/have never tried a Thermomix. Honestly, TRY one and you will be vocal about how great it is too. Re Karen’s comments about faults, as with any product, you may occasionally have a problem but to make it sound like a dud is misleading. The Thermomix is such an outstandingly well made quality machine that problems are very rare. I’ve had mine for several years and almost all my friends and family also own a Thermie and I haven’t heard of a single problem.. honestly, not ONE. I love to cook and Thermie adds to the joy. I could go on and on about just how good the TM really is.

  • Nicole says:

    Thermomix is made in Germany not France.

  • Jan says:

    To Ali (who has just bought a Kitchen Aid Cook Processor and Sharshi (who asks about cooking Indian food in a Thermal Cooker… I’d love to know about the capacity of the Kitchen Aid. I believe although it’s got a 4.5L bowl you can only fill it to 2.5L, is this correct? And Sharshi, I have a Thermomix and it cooks Indian Food beautifully. There is a dedicated Indian Cookbook printed for the TM. I’m amazed that you can walk away and leave it to dry roast spices for 8 minutes or whatever is necessary – no stirring, no burning.

    • Ali says:

      Yes, the Cook Processor bowl capacity is 4.5L. If you’re cooking soup that will be blended you can’t fill a Cook Processor beyond 2.5L, but for a curry or similar you can fill it to over 3L.

  • Dulcie says:

    Hi I’m looking at purchasing some appliances and am really keen to try an all in one. I need a food processor for one and blender. Like you I was super impressed at the thermomix and wanted something that covers a few bases. But can’t justify the cost involved.
    Kogan thermoblend retails for around $220 but doesn’t do as much as the other two mentioned in this post. Would you suggest tefal IS worth the extra money for what it does??

  • Jan says:

    No. A cheaper copy is a cheaper copy. You usually really do get what you pay for …. You will remember the quality long after you have forgotten the cost. Get a thermomix you will love it and you’ll turn into a crazy ranting thermie lover like me.

  • mags says:

    I love my kitchenaid cook processor. It is awsome for curries and cassaroles. I reckon i could fit about 4L of curry in it, its great for doing skinnymixers curries with extra meat! As Ali said the 2.5L max is for thin liquids only that would splash a bit when stirred at a higher speed or for when you use the inner basket. The CP is great for larger families or bulk cooking. I often double thermomix recipes with no problem its just a matter of using your judgement as to whether it will work or not. Would love the OP to do a review of the CP too, although the milling capabilities are less than a TMX the way it cooks main meals is superb!

  • Lyn says:

    Does the Tefal cook 3things @ the same time , like the Thermomix can & does it have a warmer

  • Lorraine says:

    I love my Tefal CC. I have always loved cooking, and my TCC just makes my experience easier and faster. I don’t have a preference between Thermomix and TCC. If you enjoy cooking and want to make cooking easier then don’t delay, purchase a thermomix or a TCC.

  • Marjon says:

    These have been THE most informative posts to read…. I am so divided between the Thermomix and the Tefal cc. I have a Thermomix lady coming around tomorrow arvo for a demo. Still, one half of me was saying to go with the Tefal. I think I’m good to stay with the Thermomix, the couple of worries I had about it seem to be gone after this great read! Thanks ladies!

    • admin says:

      Thank you so much Marjon, really glad to be able to help you in your decision making. I wish you many happy years with your chosen machine – and lots of great meals! Cheers, Willunga Wino

  • Sandy says:

    I too have been undecided on TM or Tefal for quite some time and this blog has some very good information. I have a friend who’s husband is Celiac and she has had to relearn the way she cooks, now she makes her own flour for bread and everything from scratch in her TM. Another friend who is a very accomplished cook swears by his Tefal. So I have now decided to buy a tefal which now comes with a second bowl and a Mothers day freebie steamer valued at $150. Heres to many happy days cooking.

  • I love my Tefal CC and, must say, so far it has not burned me!

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