Multifunctional kitchen appliances: Thermomix & Alternative in comparison – the test!

Today we would like to take a closer look at one of the most famous modern kitchen appliances in the world: the Thermomix. Everyone knows it, many have and love it, there are own recipe books just for the Thermomix – but what exactly is it? The original Thermomix is an invention of the well-known German company Vorwerk. As a multifunctional food processor, it can chop, blend, heat and even cook food.

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Thermomix TM5 and TM6 in comparison

Thermomix TM5 (2014)

The Thermomix TM5 is a proven device from Vorwerk and has been available on the market since its release in 2014. With a maximum power of 500 watts, it covers a speed of 40 when gently stirring to 10,700 in turbo mode. The speed is infinitely variable, but there is a special setting (alternate mode) for making dough. In addition to the mixing bowl over 2.2 litres in volume, the TM5 comes standard with a steamer insert, known as a Varoma, which has a capacity of 3.3 litres. A wide range of accessories can be purchased separately.

  • Accessories: 2.2 l stainless steel mixing bowl, Varoma cooking insert
  • LCD display with touch screen function
  • 12 preparation functions and modes
  • Guided Cooking Function
  • Integration Cookidoo recipe portal with Cook-Key
  • Stepless speed adjustment plus alternating operation
  • Motor power: 500 Watt
  • Size: 32.6 cm x 33.3 cm x 33.5 cm (LBH)
  • Weight: 7,7 kg
  • Colour: silver
  • Price for new goods: 1.199,00 Euro

Thermomix TM6 (2019)

The Thermomix TM6 is the brand new kitchen machine from Vorwerk and the latest model from the Thermomix series. As gehbt the TM6 has a motor power of 500 watts. Compared to its predecessor, the TM5, it offers a number of advantages and innovations, such as 5 additional functions and modes for even more versatile use in the kitchen. That’s why the TM6 also comes with a few more accessories directly in the set. Of course, this offer can be optionally supplemented by many more parts. As a special feature, the new Thermomix is WLAN-compatible and has the popular Cookidoo online portal for recipes pre-installed, including 6 months of free use. With the help of the step-by-step Guided Cooking function, nothing can go wrong and every recipe is guaranteed to succeed, according to the manufacturer! To make life with the Thermomix even easier, an automatic pre-rinse function is integrated, so cleaning is also done in no time.

  • Accessories: 2.2 l stainless steel mixing bowl, splash guard, Varoma cooking insert with lid, stirring attachment, spatula, measuring cup
  • LCD display with touch screen function
  • WLAN function
  • Pre-rinse function for easy cleaning
  • Scale with 1 gram increments
  • Stepless speed adjustment plus interval operation
  • 17 Preparation functions and modes
  • Guided Cooking Function
  • Integration Cookidoo recipe portal (already pre-installed)
  • Motor power: 500 Watt
  • Size: 32.6 cm x 32.6 cm x 34.1 cm (LBH)
  • Weight: 8 kg
  • Colour: silver
  • Price for new goods: 1.359,00 Euro
  • Price incl. basic cookbook and 3 issues of THERMOMIX magazine, free cookery course as well as 6 months free access to Cookidoo

Simply Thermomix: The new Thermomix TM6 – Unboxing

Together with the viewers, the Einfach Thermomix team discovers all the new features of the TM6, shows the accessories included in the scope of delivery and explains all the information about the brand-new TM6 model, including completely new preparation functions and modes such as caramelizing, fermenting and sous vide.

Common questions about the Vorwerk Thermomix and their answers:

  • When did the first Thermomix exist?
    Answer: 1980, Model: TM3000
  • What Thermomix What is it?
    Answer: a multifunction food processor
  • What can you do with the Thermomix?
    Answer: there are 17 cooking functions and modes
  • How big is a Thermomix?
    Response: 21.6 cm x 32.6 cm x 34.1 cm (LBH)
  • What does the Thermomix weigh?
    Answer: 8 kg
  • How much does a Thermomix cost?
    Answer: 1.359,00 Euro, Model: TM6 (2019)

In addition to Vorwerk’s Thermomix, there are many other kitchen appliance manufacturers that also successfully launch universal kitchen appliances. Our top recommendations for buying a cheaper multifunction food processor as an alternative to the Thermomix:

Bosch MUM5 CreationLine – MUM58L20 Kitchen Machine

The MUM58L20 food processor from the MUM5 CreationLine by Bosch is an all-round package that leaves nothing to be desired. In addition to the extensive equipment including stainless steel mixing bowl (3.9 litre volume), through-feed chopper, mixing attachment and partisserie set, which can be easily stored in the supplied accessories bag, the MUM58L20 stands out above all for its simple and convenient handling and easy assembly. The EasyArmLift makes it easy to change mixing tools and the 3D PlanetaryMixing mixing gear ensures lump-free sauces and desserts. The powerful motor with a 1,000 watt output kneads up to 1 kilogram of flour plus other ingredients into a dough in a flash. Bowl and accessories are of course completely dishwasher safe. All in all, an absolute test winner – says Stiftung Warentest!

  • Stiftung Warentest 12/2018: Test winner (satisfactory: 2.6)
  • Accessories: 3.9 l stainless steel mixing bowl, continuous chopper, mixing attachment and partisserie set incl. accessories bag
  • 3D PlanetaryMixing agitator gearbox
  • EasyArmLift for easy changing of the stirring tools
  • Motor power: 1,000 watts
  • Size: 27.1 cm x 28.2 cm x 28 cm (LBH)
  • Colour: silver
  • Rating: 4.4 / 5.0 (122 customer reviews)
  • Price: 199,00 Euro instead of 349,00 Euro
  • To the offer

Bosch MUM5 Styline – MUM56340 Kitchen Machine

The MUM56340 food processor from the MUM5 Styline from Bosch also impresses with an extensive complete package of accessories and expansion tools. In comparison with the MUM58L20, a citrus juicer and a meat grinder are also included in the set and if you are still missing something, you can further equip your appliance with a french fries disc or a piping biscuit attachment for an additional charge. The MUM56340 has a stainless steel bowl with a capacity of 3.9 litres, so it can easily hold up to 2 kilograms of dough or ingredients. Of course, both the bowl and the individual accessories are completely dishwasher safe. Thanks to the EasyArmLift system and the one-button operation of the multifunctional mixing arm, the operation of this multifunctional food processor is very pleasant and goes effortlessly from the hand, durhc the division into 7 working levels, all types of ingredients can be perfectly prepared, plus there is a momentary stage for particularly strong kneading and mixing moments.

  • Accessories: 3.9 l stainless steel mixing bowl, continuous chopper, mixing attachment, citrus juicer, mincer and partisserie set incl. accessories bag
  • 7 working stages plus strong torque stage
  • One-button operation of the multifunctional stirring arm
  • EasyArmLift for easy changing of the stirring tools
  • Engine power: 900 Watt
  • Size: 27.1 cm x 28 cm x 28.2 cm (LBH)
  • Colour: silver / grey
  • Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (935 customer reviews)
  • Price: 249,00 Euro instead of 349,00 Euro
  • To the offer

For an additional charge, the Bosch MUM5 Styline – MUM56340 kitchen machine can also be purchased with additional accessories:

  • With french fries slice: Total price 261,99 Euro / To the offer
  • With spritz biscuit attachment: Total price 262,45 Euro / To the offer

Klarstein Bella Orangina: food processor, mixer, kneading machine

The Bella Orangina is a powerful multifunctional food processor from Klarstein. It is remarkably quiet during use and yet contantly powerful with a 1,200 watt motor. With the help of the quick release system, all accessories can be easily changed and the planetary mixing system ensures wonderfully airy doughs and masses. The Bella Orangina comes with a stainless steel bowl with a volume of 5.2 litres and can prepare mixtures and blends of up to 2 kilograms. Its 6 power levels provide the perfect speed adjustment for kneading, mixing, beating, blending and pureeing.Accessories include a kneading hook and a whisk. Unfortunately, the mixing elements are not suitable for the dishwasher.

  • Accessories: 5.2 l stainless steel mixing bowl as well as dough hook and whisk
  • Quick release system for easy change of accessories
  • Planetary stirring system
  • 6-step speed
  • Motor power: 1,200 watts
  • Size: 23 cm x 39 cm x 36 cm (LBH)
  • Colour: orange
  • Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (935 customer reviews)
  • Price: 104,99 Euro
  • To the offer

Philips Viva Collection – HR7762/90 Food processor

From the Viva Collection, Philips presents the HR7762/90 food processor and accessories – a simple but effective multifunctional food processor that does all the usual kitchen tasks for you. The 750 watt motor runs on two power settings as well as a strong torque setting – the accessories are colour-coordinated to match the two speeds, showing the manufacturer’s preparation recommendation for fantastic doughs, fluffy desserts, tasty smoothies and much more. Included in the scope are a 1.5-litre stainless steel bowl and a 1.0-litre capacity stand mixer made of shatterproof plastic, plus dough hooks, stainless steel discs and, as a special extra, a grinder for grinding coffee, spices and pesto. In total, Philips promises the HR7762/90 food processor has over 28 functions for grating, grating, slicing or cutting fries. Not included, but to be purchased separately, is an innovative drawer insert that perfectly stores all accessories of the HR7762/90.

  • Accessories: 1.5 l mixing bowl incl. dough hook, stainless steel discs, stand mixer and grinder
  • Safety system: lid and bowl detection, mechanical brake
  • Over 28 preparation functions
  • 2 power stages plus one torque stage
  • Engine power: 750 Watt
  • Size: 30 cm x 57 cm x 36,5 cm (LBH)
  • Color: black
  • Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (756 customer reviews)
  • Price: 79,03 Euro instead of 119,99 Euro
  • To the offer

KitchenAid Classic – 5K45SS Food processor with tilting motor head

The well-known manufacturer of electric kitchen appliances from America, KitchenAid, offers with the 5K45SS food processor with tiltable motor head from the Classic series the perfect entry-level model for everyone. As a full metal construction, the basic appliance is particularly stable and durable and the motor with direct drive ensures the necessary power of the appliance. The 5K45SS comes with a stainless steel bowl over 4.8 litres in volume, a flat beater, dough hook and a whisk, providing the basis for preparing simple doughs and dishes. Thanks to the 10 different speed levels, the multifunctional food processor is prepared for all eventualities. Optionally, KitchenAid offers a wide range of additional accessories for the Classic series, which can be easily docked to the multi-purpose accessory hub.

  • Accessories: 4.8 l stainless steel mixing bowl, flat beater, dough hook and whisk
  • Multi-purpose accessory hub for the use of further optional accessories
  • Original Planetary Agitator
  • 10 speed levels
  • Motor power: Direct drive
  • Size: 35,3 cm x 35,8 cm x 22,1 cm (LBH)
  • Color: black
  • Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (84 customer reviews)
  • Price: 322,00 Euro instead of 529,00 Euro
  • To the offer

Alternatively, the KitchenAid Classic – 5K45SS food processor with tiltable motor head is also offered in other color variants:

  • Colour white: Total price 324,52 Euro instead of 529,00 Euro / To the offer

WMF KÜCHENminis – Food processor One for All

WMF has brought out a food processor for everyone: with the KÜCHENminis food processor One for All, no wishes remain unfulfilled. Small and space-saving, the multifunctional food processor comes with a motor power of only 430 watts. Nevertheless, it offers 8 different speed levels, with electronic speed control and soft start, as well as an extra under-lift level for lifting particularly sensitive ingredients. An LC display with timer function, an automatic cable retraction, a mixing bowl – not made of stainless steel, but of Cromargan… many details make the Oe for All stand out from the crowd. In terms of accessories, in addition to the 3.0 litre bowl including a practical splash guard lid, it also offers a glass blender attachment with 0.8 litre capacity – ideal for smoothies – as well as a flat beater, dough scraper, whisk and dough hook. Technology At Home also says: very good!

  • Technikzuhause.de: Test winner (very good: 1.0)
  • Accessories: 3.0 litre mixing bowl made of Cromargan, splash guard lid, mixer attachment, flat beater, whisk, dough hook, dough scraper
  • Planetary agitator
  • 8 speed levels with electronic speed control and soft start as well as extra underlift level
  • Timer function with LC display
  • Automatic cable retraction
  • Motor power: 430 Watt
  • Size: 28.4 cm x 35 cm x 22.7 cm (LBH)
  • Colour: dark grey
  • Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (52 customer reviews)
  • Price: 268,94 Euro instead of 449,99 Euro
  • To the offer

Alternatively, the WMF KÜCHENminis kitchen machine One for All is also offered in other colour variants – all versions can be purchased with an additional vegetable cutter for an additional charge:

  • Colour Ivory Mud: Total price 326,14 Euro instead of 449,99 Euro / To the offer
  • Colour Powder Rose: Total price 307,49 Euro instead of 449,99 Euro / To the offer
  • Vegetable slicer single: Total price 29,87 Euro instead of 79,99 Euro / To the offer

Kenwood kMix – KMX750RD Food processor

The Kenwood KMX750RD food processor from the kMix series immediately catches the eye with its high-quality metal housing and the polished stainless steel bowl with handle (5.0 litre volume). The 1,000 watt motor processes up to 2.5 kilograms of dough or ingredients without any problems and thanks to the unique under-lift function, ingredients can also be stirred briefly and impulsively. In general, the KMX750RD offers intelligent, infinitely variable speed control at 6 speed levels and the tried and tested planetary mixing system for perfect handling of any type of ingredient. The energy efficiency of the appliance deserves special praise: the multifunction food processor scores an A+ energy efficiency rating! Kenwood offers a wide range of optional accessories for the KMX750RD and has added a low-speed port in the front of the food processor especially for this purpose. In total, there are over 20 accessories not included in the set for even more cooking flexibility.

  • Accessories: 5.0 l stainless steel mixing bowl, splash guard, whisk, dough hook and dough hook, incl. patisserie set
  • Low speed connection for a wide range of optional accessories
  • High quality metal housing
  • Planetary stirring system
  • 6 speed levels plus underlift function
  • Energy efficiency class: A+
  • Motor power: 1,000 watts
  • Size: 38,5 cm x 24 cm x 35,5 cm (LBH)
  • Color: red
  • Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (103 customer reviews)
  • Price: 264,99 Euro instead of 399,00 Euro
  • To the offer

Alternatively, the Kenwood kMix KMX750RD food processor is also offered in other color options:

  • Colour black: Total price 245,56 Euro instead of 399,00 Euro / To the offer
  • Colour white: Total price 245,56 Euro instead of 399,00 Euro / To the offer

Russell Hobbs 25182-56 Food processor: compact food processor

The Food Processor 25182-56 from the Retro Vintage Cream food preparation series comes from Russell Hobbs. Completely dedicated to the design style of the 50s, the multifunctional food processor of the British manufacturer captivates in delicate eggshell-colored or retro cream. The scope of delivery includes on the one hand a plastic bowl with a volume of 1.7 litres including safety lid and filling aid, and on the other hand a stand mixer attachment, an emulsifying insert, stainless steel discs as well as plastic dough tools – all accessories are of course dishwasher safe – the stainless steel blade is of course removable for this purpose. The Food Processor does not necessarily look like its 850 watt motor power, but with the 2 speed levels and the extra functions for impulses and the production of crushed ice, the small food processor is nevertheless prepared for all cases, from whipping cream and mixing smoothies to kneading dough and grating cheese to cutting vegetables.

  • Accessories: 1.7 l mixing bowl made of plastic, safety lid, filling aid, stand mixer attachment, stainless steel discs, emulsifying insert, dough tool
  • Retro display with revolutions per minute view
  • Safety lock on the base
  • Anti-slip feet
  • Cable rewind
  • 2 speed levels
  • Pulse & Ice Crush Function
  • Engine power: 850 Watt
  • Size: 24 cm x 19,5 cm x 41,7 cm (LBH)
  • Color: Retro Crème
  • Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (935 customer reviews)
  • Price: 88,99 Euro instead of 99,99 Euro
  • To the offer

Alternatively from the Retro Vintage Cream food preparation range by Russell Hobbs:

  • Hand blender: Total price 39,99 Euro instead of 59,99 Euro / To the offer
  • Hand mixer: Total price 39,46 Euro instead of 59,99 Euro / To the offer
  • Stand mixer: Total price 68,50 Euro instead of 89,99 Euro / To the offer

Cooking with pressure cooker – devices in comparison

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