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Multifunction Cooking Devices: A Comparison

  • Find and invest in your perfect kitchen assistant that can do the cooking for you!

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If you’re searching for a fast and easy solution to get delicious dinners on the table every night, you may have been looking at multifunction cooking devices. These are the appliances that can chop, whisk, slice, blend, cook, boil, broil, make frozen desserts and more with ease, giving you every amateur cook’s dream: less time in the kitchen, more time with your loved ones.

But while multifunction cookers can be an invaluable and indispensable tool in the kitchen, it’s important to note that not all of these devices are created equal. When it comes to finding an appliance that’s just perfect for you, you’ll want to make sure you choose one that includes all of the features and functions you need. It may sound insignificant, but choosing right in the first place can make the difference between purchasing a gadget that just collects dust and one that will be a truly time-saving assistant, used every day.

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With this in mind, let’s take a look at some comparisons between different multifunction cooking devices that are available today on the market, to help you find one that’s best for your needs – not to mention your wallet.

A Look at Multifunction Cooking Devices

Multifunction cooking devices really are a dream come true for many of us. These multi-purpose machines can chop, stir, blend, mix, steam, knead, slow cook and boil, saving you time and hassle in the kitchen. They also allow you to create expert meals that taste like they’ve been prepared by a chef. They’re a perfect addition to our busy lifestyle today, allowing us to get healthy meals on the table easily and in a fraction of the time.

But as we’ll see, these devices vary considerably in terms of quality, durability features and functions. We’ve narrowed down the possibilities for you to four stand-out, high-end models:

  • 1. Vorwerk Thermomix TM5

    SPECS:

    Functions: 12 auto functions

    Capacity: 2.2 L

    Temperature Range: 37°C to 120°C

    Warranty: 2 years domestic

    Price: $2,089

The Thermomix TM5 is a multifunction cooking device that’s considered to be state-of-the-art. It’s branded as a “compact kitchen” and includes options for mixing, steaming, blending, weighing, stirring, grinding, whipping, emulsifying, heating, kneading, cooking and chopping.

It also includes an integrated scale, as well as a coloured touch screen to display recipes and guide you through the cooking process. Guided cooking ensures that recipes are prepped perfectly, for better results. There’s also a slot for recipe chips, which can be used to expand your recipe collection even further. However, these add-ons must be purchased separately.

The downside to this device is the big price tag. However, with 12 functions, there’s a lot that beginners and budding chefs alike can do with the Thermomix TM5.

  • 2. Tefal Cuisine Companion

    SPECS:

    Functions: 6 auto programs

    Capacity: 2.5 L

    Temperature Range: 37°C to 120°C

    Warranty: 2 years domestic

    Price: $1299

The Tefal Cuisine Companion is another option that’s available for those who are looking for a multifunction cooking device.

With six different automatic functions – Sauce, Soup, Slow Cook, Steam, Pastry and Dessert – this machine boasts the ability to chop, emulsify, whisk, crush, melt, beat, knead and mix, and can replace up to 10 appliances. It includes a recipe book with 300 different recipes for everything from starters to main courses, desserts and more.

The downside to this device is the fact that it doesn’t bake or fry. Its multi-buttoned control panel may also be a bit daunting for first-time users.

  • 3. Magimix Cook Expert

    SPECS:

    Functions: 12 auto programs

    Capacity: 3.6 L

    Temperature Range: 30°C to 140°C

    Warranty: 3 years domestic

    Price: $2,099

The Magimix Cook Expert is another high-end option, with twelve auto programs including Puréed soup, Creamed soup, Simmer, Steam​, Pastry/Cake​, Bread/Brioche, Whisk, Blender, Smoothie, Frozen dessert, Crush and Food Processor. It also includes a full-colour digital interface for ease of use, as well as an auto-rinse function. And trust us, the auto-rinse will come in handy.

  • 4. Optimum ThermoCook Pro

    SPECS:

    Functions: 20 auto functions

    Capacity: 2 L (Large steamer has 3 L capacity)

    Temperature Range: 37°C to 120°C

    Warranty: 2 years domestic

    Price: $1,600

With the stainless-steel blade, powerful 500W motor, 1000W heating element, overheat/overload protection and safety protection system, the Optimum ThermoCook Pro gains extra points for durability and performance.

The device features 20 convenient functions that are designed to help you create a range of impressive meals and dishes. You can choose from: Quick Soup, Thick Soup, Chop, Sauté, Stir, Steam, Stew, Warm, Reheat, Boil, Yoghurt, Rice, Porridge and Kneading – just to name a few. The ThermoCook is capable of chopping, whipping, mixing, emulsifying, milling, kneading, cooking, blending, stirring, steaming, precise heating and more.

The brand Optimum has been a global leader for many years in offering high-speed domestic and commercial blenders, juicers, dehydrators and other kitchen appliances. Quality and efficiency are values they care about and they’ve spent years researching and improving their products in this regard.

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The Optimum ThermoCook Pro features a bright, easy-to-read LCD. The easy-to-use intuitive interface and the single selector dial allows for easy and precise control. As a plus, the variable controls give you the freedom to supervise and modify every aspect of the cooking process. You can set the timer from 1 second to 12 hours, select temperatures from 37 to 120C and choose from 10 speed levels with pulse function and heat power. It also includes a steamer tray, cooking basket, mixing tool, measuring cup, spatula, digital scale and a recipe book – so you would really get your money’s worth.

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You can click on the video below to see the Optimum ThermoCook Pro in action:

Budget Options

Aldi (Quigg/Studio Kitchen Machine) and Lidl (Monsieur Cuisine, Monsieur Cuisine Plus) supply budget alternatives, with similar functions to more top-of-the-line machines. However, these machines tend to be quite limited in terms of cooking and blending. Additional features like touchscreens, integrated scales and online recipes are also not provided.

Furthermore, most of these machines are slower, not reaching the rounds per minute of the Thermomix, Magimix or ThermoCook. When compared to the brand Medion, the Thermomix TM5 was much faster. Additionally, Thermomix recipes do not work in the budget options without adjustment.

If you do purchase a budget machine, you cannot expect the design, features and feel of a high-end device. Also, it’s important to ensure that your cooking habits and the entry-level machines are compatible: the budget machines will usually require a lot more supervision than the professional brands. For example, you may have to remove the dough from the sides of the bowl or assist with mixing.

Mid-Range Options

For a bit more, you can get a mid-range option like the Severin KM and the Krups Prep & Cook HP 5031. Both machines, like their budget counterparts, can cook, chop, and stir. Like with the entry-level machines, an integrated scale and internet connectivity are missing.

Final multi-thoughts

While there are plenty of options, they vary considerably in terms of what they offer. When making your decision, you’ll want to ensure that you choose a device that will meet your budget, as well as the needs of your busy kitchen, allowing you to create delicious meals and stunning desserts in far less time than they would otherwise take - while at the same time expanding your recipe repertoire.

Based on this comparison, our recommendation is to avoid going for a budget appliance and invest in a multifunctional powerhouse such as the Optimum ThermoCook Pro. The Optimum brand, which distributes high-end kitchen appliances in over 40 countries, is a trusted provider and one of the brands dedicated to high quality customer service, both before and after the purchase.

The Optimum ThermoCook Pro offers more auto programs that allow you to cook a wider range of dishes and to use the appliance in many of your kitchen activities, clearing out your counter space and making other appliances clearly unnecessary. It also comes with extra accessories and, at a much better price than the Thermomix or Magimix, it’s the clear winner for any consumer wanting to make the most of their multifunction cooking device.

If you want more information about the product or Optimum’s industry leading warranty, visit their website, where you can also find recipes made with the ThermoCook by Optimum’s partners worldwide.

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