I bought a mistral when they were on special, they are the same as the belini all the way down to the cook book that comes with them. There are loads of Bellini recipe sites online and you can use the thermomix recipes. 2 blades instead of 1 so no reverse, and it doesn't have built in scales but that's really not a problem. I'm just starting to use mine, but white/cheese sauce, custard, lemon curd, rocky road, potatoe and bacon soup have all been great. Clearly the thermomix is a superior machine, but I just couldn't justify the cost at this stage.. Perhaps if I use this one regularly I will convert over once this one dies.