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The Best Thermomix Alternatives in Australia for 2022

Or how to take the hassle out of fancy fare.

The Best Thermomix Alternatives
Updated 
Feb 21, 2021

Every foodie worth their salt has heard of the Thermomix. It's an all-in-one kitchen machine, famed for the grunt it packs in the kitchen and its equally hefty price tag. While they don't babysit the kids or fold the laundry, all-in-one kitchen machines are one way to get dinner on the table with less hassle.

So what does a Thermomix actually do? All-in-one kitchen appliances are essentially fancy food processors or blenders, usually with heating elements, timers, screens and scales. The best Thermomix alternative is well-made and easy to use with solid safety features to boot. We’ve spent hours researching to bring you our guide to the best all-in-one kitchen machines in Australia.

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How we picked

It can be hard to tell the difference between one Thermomix alternative and another, so we started by consulting the experts at Australia’s biggest consumer advocacy group, CHOICE. CHOICE reviews a number of all-in-one kitchen machines, and we added some of their picks to our list. Next, we ventured over to ProductReview.com.au to see what Aussie consumers had to say.

After adding a few more of the highest-rated Thermomix alternatives to our choices, we set out on a window shopping expedition to be sure our picks were readily available. Several all-in-ones, like the KitchenAid, KENWOOD, and Tefal models, proved hard to find. We phoned some of these companies and major retailers to get the lowdown.

We discovered that some of the major brands have discontinued their all-in-ones, which may be due to the potential safety issues around heating food in a food processor or blender. If you’re wondering whether Thermomixes are safe, we’ve included our 2 cents in the FAQ section below. After balancing safety features, price, and availability, we ended up with our list of Australia’s best all-in-ones.

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The best thermomix alternative

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Bellini Intelli Kitchen Machine
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At around $399, the Bellini Intelli Kitchen Machine is one of the most affordable all-in-ones on the market. With simple controls, a 60-minute timer and a 10-speed motor, it's also easy to use. No wonder the Bellini Addicts Facebook group numbers nearly 50,000.

What we love

Family-sized bowl

2.2L stainless steel bowl for hungry households.

LCD control panel

Control everything from the LCD screen with simple buttons and a 60-minute timer.

Integrated scale

Add and weigh as you go.

10 speeds

10 different speed options with a turbo boost.

Dual motors

1,000w heating power and 800w mixing motor.

Affordable

At around $399, it's an accessible option for the everyday gourmet.

Community recipes

Trade recipes with over 45,000 fellow Bellini Addicts in the Facebook group.

The not so good bits

Quality

Two reviewers on ProductReview.com.au had issues with jug blades breaking, while others were unable to get machines repaired outside of warranty.

Warranty

This machine has a 1-year replacement warranty, which can only be redeemed through Target.

Additional specs

At $399, the Bellini Intelli Kitchen Machine is a surprising little machine that packs serious bang for buck. It's one of the simplest all-in-ones you'll find on the market, with a 2.2L stainless steel bowl, 60-minute timer and 10 speed motor. The LCD control panel has good old-fashioned dials and knobs to make cooking a breeze even if you're not tech-savvy. It comes with a recipe book, steamer, spatula, basket and mixing tool.

While the Bellini Intelli Kitchen Machine isn't reviewed by CHOICE, the older model scores nearly 4 stars from around 10 reviews on ProductReview.com.au. A similar number of reviewers score it full marks on the Target website, saying it 'does nearly everything that the Thermomix does at a 1/3 of the price.' Aussies love that you can put the jug in the dishwasher, and say it does a great job overall. They like that you can download recipes, with thousands more from users on the Bellini Addicts Facebook group.

The best luxury thermomix alternative

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Magimix Cook Expert
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The French-made Magimix Cook Expert one-ups the Thermomix with a 30-year warranty and induction motor. It's pricey, but we love its massive 3.5L double-walled stainless steel bowl and watertight glass lid. It even doubles as a full food processor with an extra set of Magimix bowls.

What we love

Induction heating

Induction gives you more precise control over heat, with a range from 30 to 140 degrees celsius.

Huge capacity

Cook for a crowd with a 3.5L double-walled stainless steel bowl.

Digital interface

Full colour digital interface lets you select from 12 automatic programmes.

Keep warm mode

Two-hour 'keep warm' mode with energy-saving auto-standby after 2 - 8 minutes.

Heat warning light

Lets you know when the temperature exceeds 60°C.

Child lock

Stop those pesky little fingers meddling with your prize kitchen gadget.

Cook Expert app

Create shopping lists, watch demos and find recipes from other uses with the free Cook Expert app.

Doubles as a complete food processor

Comes with full-scale Magimix food processor bowls.

Glass lid

The watertight glass lid allows you to keep an eye on things as you cook.

Cleans itself

Automatic rinsing function makes clean-up a breeze.

Warranty

An impressive warranty of 30 years or 1,000 hours of motor use.

Thermal failsafe

Protects the motor from overheating.

Accessories galore

More accessories than you can poke a stick at.

The not so good bits

Accessories galore

You'll have to clean the cupboards out to find room for the extras.

Price

At around $2,300, it's not for everyone's budget.

Additional specs

The Magimix Cook Expert is hands-down the best all-in-one on the Aussie market. But at around $2,300, it's not a budget-friendly option for the masses. Even so, these top tier all-in-one kitchen machines one-up the Thermomixes, functioning as full food processors. They're also reviewed by CHOICE. The Magimix Cook Expert scores nearly 5 stars from over 450 reviews on ProductReview.com.au, too. This machine is made in France with a warranty of 30 years, or over 1,000 hours of motor use.

While pricey, the Magimix Cook Expert is packed with features to make foodies weep with delight. It uses induction heating for precise cooking control, and boasts a 3.5L double-walled stainless steel bowl with a watertight glass lid so you can see inside. This machine comes with 3 transparent food processor bowls, as well as a mini bowl and mini blade for smaller prep tasks.

The Magimix Cook Expert comes with a steamer basket, egg whisk, slicing and grating discs, a metal blade for meat and fish, a universal blade for simmering and blending, a spatula, a recipe book, a free Cook Expert app and even a set of kitchen scales. There are also optional extras, like a citrus press, and a dice and french fry kit. In terms of performance, you can choose from 12 auto programmes, like simmer, steam, smoothie, bread / brioche and automatic rinsing. Oh - and it'll keep food warm for up to 2 hours.

The Cook Expert won the ProductReview.com.au award for its category for the past 2 years running. Aussies say it won't shred meats to smithereens and has excellent temperature control. They also like that you can use it with the blade moving intermittently or not at all. Aussies rate Magimix's customer service, too. The Magimix doesn't mill grains as well as the Thermomix, but this probably isn't a dealbreaker for most.

The best value Thermomix alternative

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Kogan ThermoBlend Elite
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The Kogan ThermoBlend Elite All-in-One Food Processor & Cooker comes to the rescue when your heart says 'Thermomix' but your wallet says 'no.' This budget all-in-one machine has a 1,000w motor and LED screen with a 2L stainless steel bowl. It won't last forever, but it's one of the most affordable.

What we love

Child lock

Keep sticky fingers safe from their own meddling.

5,000 max. RPM  

Powerful 1,000w motor with max, RPM speed of 5,000.

2L capacity

Ample size for small families or couples.

Built-in scale

Save time by weighing as you go.

Overheat protection

Helps protect the motor from burnout.

Budget-friendly

At around $349, this is the cheapest all-in-one we found in Australia.

The not so good bits

Quality

Several people find electrical faults with similar Kogan models.

Additional specs

The Kogan ThermoBlend Elite All-in-One Food Processor & Cooker is the cheapest Thermomix alternative we found at around $349 RRP. It's similar to other models in its price range, with an ice crushing function and multifunction LED screen. It has a built-in scale and timer, with a 1,000w motor and overheat protection. It comes with a 1-year warranty, and has an impressively fast max RPM speed of 5,000. The 2L stainless steel bowl is dishwasher-friendly, too.

This machine is reviewed by CHOICE, and at the time of writing, there was 1 review for the ThermoBlend Elite on ProductReview.com.au scoring this model 3 stars. Reviewers score the similar KoganThermoBlend Pro just over 3 stars from nearly 70 reviews. Several folks have issues getting the lid on, while others have found electrical faults with their machines.

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Others worth considering

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Optimum Thermocook Pro-M 2.0
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The Optimum Thermocook Pro-M 2.0 claims to be 'Australia's #1 Thermomix Rival,' with built-in recipes and scale, WiFi capability and a massive digital LCD display. It comes with a 2.5L stainless steel bowl, cooking basket, scraper, steamer, and butterfly whisk, too. With 20 different functions, you can make jam or soup, knead bread, whip mousse and more. We also like that it has an integrated scale.

The Thermocook Pro-M 2.0 is designed to save you counter space with an upright design, using a 700w motor with 1,000w of heating power. While the Optimum Thermocook Pro-M 2.0 isn't reviewed by CHOICE, the older-model Thermocook Pro scores around 4.5 stars from over 60 reviews on ProductReview.com.au. For about $1,300, the Thermocook Pro-M 2.0 is pretty pricey given it's not induction, but the extra-large LCD screen is sure to please some.

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Thermomix TM6

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Thermomix is the machine that started it all. The TM6 has WiFi connectivity, integrated scales and a massive 15.2 x 20.3cm touch screen, as well as a basic cookbook and 120 pre-programmed recipes. It includes complex functions, like sous vide, slow cook and ferment. The Thermomix has overheat protection, and a 2.2L stainless steel bowl, with temperature sensor and 'integrated heating system.' This machine also comes with a 2-year warranty.

Thermomixes are only available through consultants by home appointment, and consultants will continue to invite you to 'cooking classes' after you buy. While we don't recommend these machines, they're reviewed by CHOICE and score nearly 3.5 stars from over 20 reviews on ProductReview.com.au. Even so, Aussies aren't particularly happy about having to pay $49 a year for the Cookidoo app on top of the $2,269 RRP unit price. They don't rate the customer service, either.

The bottom line

All-in-one kitchen appliances have their share of dedicated users, and it's easy to see why. A great Thermomix alternative saves time in the kitchen without the hassle of different pots, chopping boards or utensils. This makes them ideal for people low on time or energy. They're also great for folks who like to experiment in the kitchen, as they take the stress out of gourmet cooking techniques.

We reckon the Bellini Intelli Kitchen Machine is the best all-in-one for most Aussies because it's affordable and easy to use. It has a 2.2L stainless steel bowl and 10-speed motor, which you control from one simple LCD screen. There's also a Bellini Addicts Facebook group where users trade their recipes, so you'll never run out of ideas.

When only the very best will do, the Magimix Cook Expert is our top luxury pick for Thermomix alternatives. It's a splurge at around $2,300, but we reckon the cost is well worth considering given its 30-year warranty, induction motor and top quality construction. This machine truly does it all, with great safety features and automatic functions for everything from brioche to smoothies. It even doubles as a food processor with a full set of Magimix bowls.

Our top budget pick is the Kogan ThermoBlend Elite All-in-One Food Processor & Cooker. At around $350, this machine is a cheaper option for those curious about trying Thermomix alternatives. It has a 2L stainless steel bowl and 1,000w motor with overheat protection. Some folks have issues with the quality of similar Kogan models, but many will be willing to overlook this for the price.

Is a Thermomix really worth it?

We don't recommend the Thermomix in line with CHOICE safety recommendations, but it's worth considering Thermomix alternatives. If you're often wishing you had an extra set of hands in the kitchen, an all-in-one could be a good investment. They're ideal for families with young children, as an all-in-one takes care of the stirring and the timing so you can focus on the little ones. These machines can also help hide veggies in soups and sauces.

Because they offer that extra bit of help, older folks or people with disabilities may also find all-in-one kitchen machines useful. They're also worth considering if you're a bit of a foodie as they automate complex prep tasks to make gourmet cooking more accessible. If you have specific dietary requirements, a Thermomix alternative could save you time cooking from scratch.

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Safety features

When you're mixing hot ingredients at high speeds, it's a good idea to opt for a machine with solid safety features. Some machines offer a speed cut out function, automatically stopping or reducing the blade speed when food is heated over 60°C. This is different to auto cut-out, which is another useful safety feature that automatically stops the motor overheating. Many machines also have child lock functions.

Lid and bowl lock

Just like food processors and blenders, all-in-ones have locking lids and bowls to ensure the machine can't be used without being securely assembled. It's important to read safety instructions to make sure your machine is sitting correctly, as mixing boiling liquids at high speed can pose a safety risk. Many models also have measuring cups inside the lids, which need to sit properly to allow steam to escape. The pressure from steam build-up can also be hazardous, so again, it's important to ensure proper assembly. Most lids include rubber seals, which can deteriorate when put through the dishwasher. Keep an eye on the condition of your seal, and always replace it if you're not sure it's secure. 

User friendliness

From simple LCD displays with a few knobs, to full-scale digital control panels with RAM to envy your computer, the user-friendliness of Thermomix alternatives varies widely. If you're not tech-savvy, a simpler machine may suit you better. While pricier machines see reviewers complaining about complexity, models like the Bellini have loyal followings for their easy to use controls.

In-built scale

All-in-ones are designed to save you time, which is why many have scales built in.

Recipes

If you've never used an all-in-one before, it helps to have a wide range of recipes so you don't get bored. Most models include either a recipe book or digital resource to get you started. If reading all your recipes from a screen doesn't sound appealing, look out for models that include printed recipe books. Some models, like the Bellini, also have unofficial Facebook groups, where users trade recipes with each other.

Common questions

What does a Thermomix actually do?

Most people use Thermomix alternatives for cooking pastas and risottos, making soups and sauces, as well as steaming, stewing, blending and pureeing fruits, vegetables and meats. You can use all-in-ones as grinders to mill grains and nuts for specialty flours, too. You can also grind coffee beans in a pinch (though a coffee grinder will give you the best result). 

Most all-in-ones also crush ice and knead dough. You can also try whisking things like eggs or cream, or making frothy milk for your morning latte. These machines chop and mince meat, herbs, nuts and vegetables too. Some will grate chocolate and hard cheeses. All-in-one kitchen machines don't fry, dehydrate, bake, roast or pressure cook. 

As a general rule, the more surface area at the base of the unit, the better your all-in-one will brown food. But again, you won't be able to fry an egg or bake chicken nuggets. All-in-one kitchen machines are designed to heat rather than cool, so you can't freeze ice cream or gelato in these machines. They won't roll out your pasta, either, though they'll help with the dough.

What's the difference between a multicooker and an all-in-one?

They might sound similar, but multicookers and all-in-ones perform different functions. Instant Pots and multicookers are more like fancy slow cookers, while all-in-ones are like fancy blenders or food processors.

Similar to a rice cooker or bread maker, you can usually pop all your ingredients into a multicooker, then 'set and forget.' Multicookers can generally boil, simmer, fry, roast and steam food, with functions to keep warm or start cooking at a certain time. Some double as pressure cookers, too. Multicookers don't have blades inside, so they won't chop or stir ingredients. Even so, the extra surface area makes for better browning and frying. 

Thermomix alternatives, on the other hand, are designed similarly to food processors and blenders, but with heating elements underneath. This means they can perform several prep tasks on top of heating and stirring. Many all-in-ones also include scales, so you can weigh ingredients as you go. Pricier models tend to be much more high-tech than multicookers, too, with touchscreens and WiFi connectivity.

Are all-in-one cookers safe?

Just like steam irons, air fryers and hair straighteners, any electronic appliance with a heating component poses a safety risk. You can reduce this risk by taking a few simple precautions, and by always reading the safety information first. All-in-one cookers are designed to heat and mix things, but shouldn't be used to mix at high speeds when the inside bowl temperature is over 60°C. Some machines have a speed cut out system which prevents this.

It's important to take care of your all-in-one kitchen machine by repairing or replacing warped or damaged parts. The lid and bowl should lock into place securely, and rubber seals or steam valves should be free from damage or obstruction to avoid pressure build-up. Try to hand wash the lid where possible to prevent damage or warping. If you do put your all-in-one parts in the dishwasher, the top shelf is best.

A 2016 investigation by CHOICE found that the Thermomix TM31 had a faulty sealing ring, which led to 'widespread scalding incidents.' According to CHOICE, Thermomix in Australia was fined $4.6 million in 2018 after an ACCC investigation found that 'the Australian-based sales team… violated consumer law by failing to report dangerous defects.' 

What's the difference between induction vs electric resistance heating?

'Resistance' heating happens when an electric current is passed through a resistant material to create friction. This, in turn, generates heat. When you place cookware on top of an electric cooktop, you're heating the pan via the cooktop surface, rather than the direct source of heat. This isn't the most efficient cooking method, as you're losing energy as the heat transfers from the cooktop to the pan. 

Induction heating, on the other hand, is more efficient as it's designed to transfer energy directly to the bottom of your cookware. With induction, a current is passed through wire coils to create an electromagnetic field between the coils and the cookware. This method of heating is more efficient than traditional resistance heating, as you're heating cookware directly. As a result, there's less energy loss and more precise, steady temperature control.

Sources

  1. 'Is a Thermomix worth it?', CHOICE
  2. 'Find the best all-in-one kitchen machine', CHOICE
  3. 'Best All-In-One Kitchen Appliances', ProductReview.com.au
  4. 'Thermomix: What to Know Before You Buy', New York Times
  5. 'Thermomix to pay $4.6m for downplaying burn risks', CHOICE
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