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:
- Thermomix from a Thermomix party demonstration;
- Tefal Cuisine Companion from a VIP demo;
- Magimix Cook Expert from an in home 8 week test drive;
- My Comparison of Thermomix vs Tefal Cuisine Companion vs Magimix Cook Expert.
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.
About the Machines
- Thermomix 1500 watts;
- Tefal Cuisine Companion 1550 watts;
- Magimix Cook Expert 900 watts.
- 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.
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.
- Thermomix uses resistance technology;
- Tefal Cuisine Companion uses resistance technology;
- Magimix Cook Expert uses induction technology.
- 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.
- Thermomix has integrated scales;
- Tefal Cuisine Companion has separate scales with 1gm increments;
- Magimix Cook Expert has separate scales with 1gm increments.
- 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.
- Thermomix $2089;
- Tefal Cuisine Companion $1699;
- Magimix Cook Expert $2099.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Which one would I get?
Magimix Australia sponsored this post. Magimix Australia loaned me a machine for 8 weeks. As always, I only ever write my honest opinion.