They’re versatile but are they worth the hefty price?
An all-in-one kitchen appliance is an automatic, set-and-forget machine that can do everything from whisking to cooking – but at a steep price. Here’s what to consider before buying and the safety features to look for.
All-in-ones are a big investment, so take stock of the appliances you already own and identify what tasks you do most. It could be that a food processor, benchtop mixer or multi-cooker is all you need.
All-in-ones also take up lots of room in your kitchen cupboard or on your bench. Plus, their availability is often limited, so you might have to buy one online or during a home demonstration.
Safety features: No matter how easy a model is to use or how well it performs, if it lacks certain safety features, we won’t recommend it. These features are:
speed cut-out, where the unit automatically reduces the speed (or stops you from applying a high speed) if the temperature inside is higher than 60°C
lid lock, where the machine won't operate unless the lid is locked in to the main unit.
Noise: Most all-in-ones are noisy, even at low speeds.
Integrated scales: Not strictly necessary, but convenient.
Instructions: An all-in-one should be simple to master, but clear instructions to help you use it safely are important. Likewise, recipes created specifically for your model will help you get the most from your investment.
Attachments: Fewer attachments makes storage easier and cooking simpler.
Handles: They should be well insulated and comfortable, as a full bowl can be heavy.
Cleaning: Look for smooth, easy-to-clean surfaces. Check for cracks and crevices where food could become trapped.
Between 29 March and 9 May 2016, 87 Thermomix owners in Australia filled out a mass incident form and reported a problem with their machines (83 with the TM31 model and four with the TM5). The TM31 model had a faulty sealing ring that had caused widespread scalding incidents. Of the 45 people who said they’d been injured, 18 needed medical treatment.
We want to hear about any incidents with any all-in-one-kitchen machines on this side of the ditch. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.