The Tesla of kitchen appliances


It’s not often that you see a kitchen gadget heading north of three digits, but the Thermomix TM6 brings in $ 1,500 and has set the bar for expectations very high.

Very popular in many European homes, Thermomix has been changing the cooking game for 50 years now, serving as a personal assistant for everyone from world-class professional chefs to the most novice home cook. But with the current price tag so steep, we wonder if the handyman is really worth the hype. Spoiler alert: it is. Not only is the TM6 intended to merge your Instant Pot, Grain Cooker, Slow Cooker, Vitamix, KitchenAid Stand Mixer, and even your stovetop into one splurge-worthy device, but it offers features that will make your food drop. dust on your knife, grater and wooden spoon too.

Overview

The TM6 uses high-tech German engineering to revolutionize the cooking process. It offers built-in WiFi capabilities, a rock-solid touchscreen and a digitally synchronized online recipe platform (called Cookidoo), which offers more than 70,000 recipes along with step-by-step instructions. The initial setup doesn’t take more than 15 minutes, and while you don’t necessarily need to download the Cookidoo app on your phone to use the TM6, it greatly simplifies meal planning and shopping list creation. (The TM6 comes with a six-month subscription, but after that, the Cookidoo Sub costs $ 39 per year.)

The TM6 can perform up to 24 different functions and techniques, delivering full, gourmet meals and helping you from start to finish. It uses volumetric measurements, so if you’re used to measuring cups and tablespoons on a recipe card, it might seem odd to see ounces. That being said, the TM6’s built-in scale automatically weighs your ingredients as you add them to the mixing bowl and displays the measurement clearly on the touchscreen, eliminating the need to remove a cup or cup again. measuring spoon.

Thermomix measurement.
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Ability to create weekly meal plans

Visually speaking, the TM6 is not for the faint of heart. Sure, some might consider it big and overwhelming, but it’s not a device meant to be put away. It’s supposed to stand out. Serve as a conversation starter. Act as a decorative element as it adorns your kitchen countertops. See the TM6 as a precious commodity that is worthy to be exposed. In Europe, it’s almost like a right of way, and showing it off on your counter is standard practice for those who can afford it.

If you are new to the Thermomix world and feel intimidated by the dizzying amount of features, options, and recipes, after purchase the brand offers the option to book a free demo with an expert consultant to guide you. every step of the way. After all, if you shell out $ 1,500 for an appliance, you might want – and frankly demand – a full concierge experience. And that’s exactly what the starter demo provides to ensure a shortened learning curve and ultimately confidence when cooking with the device.

What can a Thermomix do?

The real question is: what can TM6 do not to do? Anything you can think of (other than air frying) the kitchen workhorse can accomplish Рweigh, whisk, whisk, caramelize, brown, chop, steam, saut̩, stir, saut̩ boil, knead, ferment and emulsify. It comes with a built-in scale (located on the legs, so be careful to slide it across your counter) as well as multiple modes ranging from baking eggs to baking rice. Needless to say, this is the mother of all multicookers.

An overview of all functions of the Thermomix TM6.

An overview of all functions of the Thermomix TM6.
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Several independent cooking modes

After connecting your Cookidoo account to the unit itself, you can browse the digital library of Thermomix guided recipes. You’ll find everything from turkey chili and shrimp pasta to homemade chicken broth and New York cheesecake, and if you’re visual like me, you’ll appreciate that each recipe has a photo of the end result. The Cookidoo platform is extremely user-friendly, easy to navigate, and designed to be a center of content inspiration, effectively bridging the gap between finding a recipe and executing it.

How to use the thermomix

While you can use the TM6 independently of Cookidoo’s Guided Recipes, I have found that following the Guided Recipes is the easiest way to cook with it. Once you land on a dish you will see a traditional recipe overview with serving size, prep time, cooking time, basic nutritional information, step overview, cooking tips and recipe variations (for example, making a vegan dish). The screen will tell you what measurements, steps, and accessories to use, taking all the guesswork out of cooking.

Parmasan cheese before.

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Once the cheese is grated.

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Using the TM6 is as easy as reading the step, following the step, and clicking Next. It will automatically adjust the cook time and heat setting based on the recipe you choose, meaning you won’t have to consider some things you would do on a stovetop (i.e. hot).

I tried a parmesan risotto and the meal took me 30 minutes from start to finish. He finely ground chunks of Parmesan in under six seconds (albeit loudly), softened and chopped my onions and garlic, stirred my rice, and cooked my risotto to perfection. It was satisfying to see a meal I prepared turn out exactly like the recipe photo, especially when it was an overly complicated and almost impossible to master dish like risotto, which usually requires keeping kids on the stove, the perfect balance of low heat and precise stirring and more patience than I thought.

Before, during and after cooking the onion and garlic mixture.

Before, during and after cooking the onion and garlic mixture.
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The final product.

The final product.
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Is the Thermomix worth it?

If you lack inspiration in the kitchen, are a distracted cook, or are looking for a kitchen appliance that will do all the precise cooking for you, the TM6 is definitely worth your money.

While the built-in scale initially put me off, as it’s not something I’m used to, I eventually found out that it made measuring my ingredients a hassle-free task. I love that its powerful blade gives my veggies a chef-worthy cut and offers multi-level cooking so I can make a complete all-in-one meal with protein, veg and grains. . If you like the visual process of seeing a dish come to life, or prefer to cook on the stovetop with a wooden spoon, you better stick to the basics.

Michelle rostamian is a freelance beauty, wellness, and lifestyle writer with signatures on Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Yahoo, W Magazine, Women’s Health, and more.


Karl M. Bailey