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#1 FiveAus

Posted 25 January 2013 - 05:41 PM

Looking at getting one shortly, they are fairly expensive so I thought I'd get some feedback on them first. The local House store has a range of KitchenAid appliances and we went there tonight to have a look but they didn't have the food processor. The other appliances are lovely quality though.

The good? The bad? Any extras I should consider?

#2 unicorn

Posted 25 January 2013 - 09:22 PM

I have one, I don't use it a lot but it is quite, works well, easy to clean. It came with 3 different sized bowls and various blades.
It is darn heavy though, once my kitchen is finally finished it will have a permanent place on the bench alongside Big Bertha my KA mixer.

#3 credence

Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:37 AM

I had one and it broke down after about 6 months. Perhaps my experience is different to the norm and it obviously wasn't a positive one, so it's not surprising that I don't recommend it.

It broke whilst I was slicing onions. It just jammed, blew the motor and stopped working. I was very disappointed.

They say that Magimix is the best brand for food processors, though I don't have experience with them.

I now have a thermomix and it's definitely more powerful and the metal bowl is a lot better than the plastic (which scratched and scuffed up easily), though you can't slice with it which is a bummer.

#4 FiveAus

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:48 AM

QUOTE (credence @ 26/01/2013, 08:37 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I had one and it broke down after about 6 months. Perhaps my experience is different to the norm and it obviously wasn't a positive one, so it's not surprising that I don't recommend it.

It broke whilst I was slicing onions. It just jammed, blew the motor and stopped working. I was very disappointed.

They say that Magimix is the best brand for food processors, though I don't have experience with them.

I now have a thermomix and it's definitely more powerful and the metal bowl is a lot better than the plastic (which scratched and scuffed up easily), though you can't slice with it which is a bummer.



Thanks for that, I don't want to just hear glowing reports, I want to hear the bad as well as the good.

I tried to look up Thermomix online but it seems you can only buy one by party plan, which I definitely do NOT want to do, and I don't really get the whole concept anyway. It say it cooks, but I can't see how? Are you able to explain it?

#5 credence

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:04 PM

The thermomix is also in a completely different price bracket - so it's not really fair to compare. There are about a gazillion threads on EB about the Thermomix with lots of information about them. It cooks because it has an inbuilt heating function up to a bit over boiling point.



#6 sad small umbrella

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:14 PM

Reviews of the KA food processor are pretty mixed.  At that price, I'd probably buy a different brand.

And what credence says about the TMX.  It is possible to buy without a demo if you get insistent enough with the demonstrator.

#7 Escapin

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:21 PM

We've got the KA food processor. It's worked fine for me so far. It's certainly heavy as a PPer said. The blades are unbelievably sharp - I was using a silicon spatula to clean down the sides and the blade actually cut a bit off the end of the spatula - you have to be VERY careful when cleaning.

#8 cuddlebud

Posted 26 January 2013 - 12:38 PM

If you are looking to spend that kind of $$$ on a food processor, check out the magimix's too. We've had one for four years, three different bowls, lots of slicing and grating attachments, a real work horse. Also made in France. Petersof Kensington normally has them at pretty good prices.

If possible, I would keep saving up for a thermomix. I would maybe use my food processor once a week but I use my thermomix 2-3 times a day.



#9 purplekitty

Posted 26 January 2013 - 01:44 PM

QUOTE (Escapin @ 26/01/2013, 12:21 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
We've got the KA food processor. It's worked fine for me so far. It's certainly heavy as a PPer said. The blades are unbelievably sharp - I was using a silicon spatula to clean down the sides and the blade actually cut a bit off the end of the spatula - you have to be VERY careful when cleaning.
I have one.
I was looking at this or the Magimix and found in my research mixed reviews for both of them.
I ended up with the KA because it matched my mixer and blender.


#10 FiveAus

Posted 26 January 2013 - 07:13 PM

I've been trying to find out how a Thermomix works, I watched some Youtube videos and Alvin (Masterchef contestant from a couple of years ago) was using one to mix some stuff. And in a Masterchef segment Darren Purchase described one as a "high-powered blender" but I take it that it's more than that.
What exactly can you cook in it?

#11 *Caro*

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:07 PM

I had a KA food processor and I got rid of it.  It worked fine, but I just didn't like the design of it.  I got it on points from our credit card, so I didn't feel *too* bad about passing it on.
I have now upgraded to a thermomix which I much prefer biggrin.gif

#12 sad small umbrella

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:14 PM

A tmx can blend, chop, steam, cook rice, cook pasta, cook stews/curries, make doughs, make cake mixes, curry pastes, spice mixes.
It's a very versatile machine.

#13 purplekitty

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:19 PM

It took a while for me to get used to it as it locks together etc. oppositely to the Breville Professional Whizz I had before.
I could never justify a Thermomix at this stage.

#14 sad small umbrella

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:31 PM

The thermomix is certainly priced at a very high level.I'd probably look at a thermochef now.

#15 whoisme

Posted 27 January 2013 - 05:55 PM

I use a good knife, grater and good old elbow grease to chop, slice, dice, grate and mix.  It is all free, takes me a little more time, and easy to clean, takes up less room in the dishwasher, I get an amazing sense of satisfaction about doing it all myself and saves electricity.  biggrin.gif

Before my kids were diagnosed as coeliacs I would also make and bake own bread and pastries.  Sadly, now I buy the GF pastry/bread.....

Tonight I've done the Jamie Oliver Pot Roast Meatloaf and I've done it all by hand, grated mushrooms (my little addition), grinded the cumin and coriander seeds in a mortar and pestle etc and so forth.



#16 FiveAus

Posted 27 January 2013 - 06:25 PM

QUOTE (whoisme @ 27/01/2013, 06:55 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I use a good knife, grater and good old elbow grease to chop, slice, dice, grate and mix.  It is all free, takes me a little more time, and easy to clean, takes up less room in the dishwasher, I get an amazing sense of satisfaction about doing it all myself and saves electricity.  biggrin.gif

Before my kids were diagnosed as coeliacs I would also make and bake own bread and pastries.  Sadly, now I buy the GF pastry/bread.....

Tonight I've done the Jamie Oliver Pot Roast Meatloaf and I've done it all by hand, grated mushrooms (my little addition), grinded the cumin and coriander seeds in a mortar and pestle etc and so forth.



Yes, I like doing it by hand too, I find it very therapeutic, but there are times when I'd like to make things quicker, shred them finer, mix them better and this is where I think a decent food processor would be great. I've got an old Goldair one that I've had since Noah built the Ark, but it's very small and I can't use it for a lot of recipes I'd like to use it for because the bowl simply doesn't hold enough.
Tonight I made the Jamie Oliver Beef Kofta curry, and dragged out the food processor to mix the veges and liquids together, and realised I couldn't fit the can of cocnut milk in as well as the other stuff.
Plus it leaks as it has a small crack in it.

The Thermomix sounds fantastic, but I believe they're about $2000 and there's no way I can justify that, seeing as there's only two of us to feed. Plus I like to do courses, and side dishes, so how do you use it for other things if you're using it to cook something in it?



#17 sad small umbrella

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:11 PM

Yes the tmx is $2000.  It's all in the timing if you are going to cook in it and want to do other dishes.  The thermosaver will hold dishes at a hot temperature if you score one of those at the demo.

GF pastry is very easy to make if you are doing short pastry.

#18 Genabee

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:21 PM

We have on, along with several other KA appliances.

We barely use ours to be honest. I find it a PITA because all the attachments are kept in a separate box (at the top of the pantry)... My Mum has the Sunbeam Cafe Series one and all her attachments fit in a slide out drawer at the bottom of it - much more user friendly. It just sits on her bench and it is all right there...

I've never had a problem with it's functions though (of the KA). We tend to only use it for things that require lots of chopping or grating... sausage rolls or lasagne. There are just too many bits that need washing.

#19 thespottedcat

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:28 PM

We are happy with our ka food processor but maybe not in love. Excellent and very fast at mincing meat. The mini bowl is sometimes a bit awkward. It has an egg whipping attachment that also does cream but I found that attachment a bit of a waste. We've also never used the juicer attachment. In all honesty we just prob don't use it enough to justify its (expensive and heavy) existence. Takes up a lot of dishwasher space too by the time you put in separate bits of bowl, blade, and three piece lid (feeder tube thingy is in two bits).

Sadly I still pull out the little kenwood stick wand for cream whipping and pureeing little bits and pieces for child.

#20 cuddlebud

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:34 PM

OP - Here's the contents page for the thermomix everyday cookbook. A good indication of what you can do quite easily but there's a lot more as well.

http://www.thermomix.com.au/libraries/docu...-contents01.pdf

#21 Mumma3

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:39 PM

I have a magimix food processor, and it is wonderful. My mum has had hers since I was a kid, and it is still going strong.  My parents gave us ours for a wedding present - which means that I have now had it over 18 years......!

I did go to a Thermomix demo and also had one, but other than the cooking function, I can do everything they do in the THermomix in either my Magimix or my stand mixer (I have a breville professional wizz mixer, similar to the KA, but cheaper).

I'm another who recommends looking at the Magimix, I think they have a 30 year guarantee, as well.


#22 lotsa

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:41 PM

I am domestically challenged and have killed my last two cheaper food processor so I am currently waiting to pick up my magimix 4200xl, it should be Tues/Wed this week and I can't wait biggrin.gif . I went with magimix of kitchenaid due to the 30 year warranty. I found a great price online in Sydney and was able to get a Melb store to match it so it worked out to just under $600 and if you buy before the 31st of Jan you are able to redeem a $199 dicing kit  http://www.magimix.com.au/promotions.php.

#23 FiveAus

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:47 PM

Thanks, yes i am reading reviews for the Magimix at the moment, and the 30 year warranty is winning out.

I have a Sunbeam mixmaster, which I've had since I was 19
(i am now in my 50s), and its been a real workhorse and still going strong.

#24 MrsLexiK

Posted 27 January 2013 - 08:57 PM

QUOTE (Mumma3 @ 27/01/2013, 09:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I did go to a Thermomix demo and also had one, but other than the cooking function, I can do everything they do in the THermomix in either my Magimix or my stand mixer (I have a breville professional wizz mixer, similar to the KA, but cheaper).

I'm another who recommends looking at the Magimix, I think they have a 30 year guarantee, as well.


I'd recommend the magimix as well, I recently went through the exercise I went for the breville in the end and if it breaks I will go out and buy the magimix and tell DH I told you. The problem was the price between the two was too much (I got mine on a myer sale and even then there was a big difference in price about $300 worth) but I would have gone the magimix over the KA because when I looked online the reviews were just to mixed for the KA.
Like the PP I didn't like the thermo at all. I prefer using my stand mixer for doughs nod cakes, using my processor to slice and dice and mince and even blend, the stuff it cooks I can make in about the sametime using my stove or rice cooker. I would have had to have kept my rice cooker because the jug is smaller then my rice cooker making rice to feed our family (as in extended) I'm not doing it in two lots when I can do it in one. I cook ago is risotto with no stiring anyway and things like casseroles and spag bog taste so much nicer to me when they are slow cooked (so again would have kept the thing), I also don't like pouring ingredients into one bowel that measures, and didn't like that I would use my scales anyway and then tip into the jug. Things like sauces, dips, sorbets Etc I have made in just my blender long before friends where raving about making them in their thermo. (My processor now does them much quicker and my blender is getting a rest)

#25 Chchgirl

Posted 27 January 2013 - 09:06 PM

QUOTE (FiveAus @ 26/01/2013, 10:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Thanks for that, I don't want to just hear glowing reports, I want to hear the bad as well as the good.

I tried to look up Thermomix online but it seems you can only buy one by party plan, which I definitely do NOT want to do, and I don't really get the whole concept anyway. It say it cooks, but I can't see how? Are you able to explain it?


Just be strong and insistent. I was upfront with the girl and told her I wanted a Thermomix and did not want a party, she did a demonstration for me and a friend and was fantastic, no pressure at all....




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