I’ve made this chart for people are thinking about getting their first thermal cooker. It’s not meant to prove that one machine is superior to another – it just depends what is important to you. If you really want to cook and steam simultaneously, then the ThermoBlend or HotMixPRO will be less appealing. If a reluctance motor will seal the deal, then a Thermomix is your best option. Let me know if there are any glaring errors.
One more important point: this table doesn’t reflect the durability of the machines. The $500 and under machines usually have more reported faults and returns. All the machines have facebook pages/ user groups – these are a good place to get feedback about this issue.
The bowl capacity of every one of the machines is 2L. All prices are in Australian dollars. I haven’t included a separate section for Lakeland’s MultiChef (only sold in the UK) as it is identical to the MaxiKa SuperChef (sold in Australia)
UPDATED: 14.4.2013 with new lowest price for Bellini
UPDATED: 22.4.2013 with new lowest price for HotMix Pro Easy
UPDATED: 29.9.2013 with different price for ThermoChef. I’m sure it was once offered at $499 on TSVN, but I can’t find anyone else to verify, so I might have it wrong. So realistically, the lowest price is $595.
|Thermomix||ThermoChef||Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master||Kogan ThermoBlend||MaxiKa SuperChef / MultiChef by Lakeland
|Retailer||Sold via Thermomix consultants only (not retail outlets)||Matchbox stores and multiple online retailers||Target||Kogan||Maxi Kitchen Appliances (manufacturer direct)||HotMix Pro Australia|
|Australian website||Thermomix||ThermoChef||Bellini Intelli Kitchen Master||Kogan ThermoBlend||MaxiKa SuperChef||HotMix Pro Easy|
|Cheapest price||$1,939 (inc delivery)||$595||$259||$199 (pre-sale)||$299 (inc delivery)||$1688.50 (inc delivery)|
|Standard price||$1,939 (inc delivery)||$795||$399||$249 (delivery extra)||$399||$2,085|
|Warranty||2 years||2 years||1 year||1 year (can purchase 5 year warranty)||2 years||2 years|
|Integrated Scales?||Yes (can weigh directly in the jug)||Yes – on side of the machine (not in jug)||No – latest model does include a separate set of digital scales in the box||No||No||No|
|Minimum temp (degrees Celcius)||37||37||37||40||40||25|
|Maximum temp (degrees Celcius)||114 (steaming temp)||110 (Steaming temp)||110 (Steaming temp)||120||130||130|
|Temperature precision||10 degree increments||10 degree increments||10 degree increments||10 degree increments||10 degree increments||1 degree increments|
|Steam and cook simultaneously?||Yes||Yes- only machine with stainless steel steamer basket (all others plastic).||Yes||No – but can add bamboo steamer basket on top. Has a separate steamer.||yes||No – but can add bamboo steamer basket on top|
|Reverse function (reversing the direction of the blades allows food to stirred without the risk of chopping)||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
|Alternative to reverse function||None needed||Knead function (moves at Sp1 then rests for a second)||Blunt mixing blade included as well as standard chopping blade||Plastic blade cover included to clip over chopping blade||No alternative – slowest speed recommended||Very slow speeds or option of cooking without blades moving|
|Motor type (n.b. Reluctance motor has less moving parts)||Reluctance motor||Brushed motor||Brushed motor||Brushed motor||Brushed motor||Brushed motor|