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    I'm in the very blessed position of having all 3. In terms of "most used", we rate them:
    - Thermomix
    - Airfryer
    - KitchenAid

    I (politely) disagree that jams, sauces etc can be as easily done without the Thermomix. I can't just dump everything into a pot, set it to go and come back in a while and have it done, and I don't have the inclination to stand over a stove and stir and what not. I have surprised myself with what I can now make myself with the Thermomix, that I would never have tried before. But OP, you are right, that the recipes do tend to focus on sauces and stews and all. That's not to say that you can't do other things with it, but those are the things where you really notice how hands off the Thermomix method of cooking is (that, to me, is a huge advantage of the machine).

    The Airfryer is not something I would ever have bought myself but it was given to me for Christmas and I use it a lot. At least 4-5 times a week. I mostly use it as a mini oven - saves me turning the oven on just to roast a tray of veggies then having to watch like a hawk that my toddler doesn't wander over to it. I'm loving that we can make or own chips and snacks don't need to have much oil in them as well.

    Poor old KitchenAid has taken a bit of a back seat to Thermomix, but it still stands proudly on my kitchen bench (mostly because I painted a feature wall in my kitchen to match it). I actually use it more for the attachments that you can get for it - the ice cream churner, the pasta maker and the juicer are the most used. I also prefer the consistency of egg whites and cream whipped in the KitchenAid, over the Thermomix. There are definitely some dishes where I use both the Thermomix and KitchenAid - such as ice cream where I will prepare the creme Anglaise in the Thermomix but churn it in the KitchenAid.

    OP, have a think about what you really want to do with the appliances. If it's to branch into things like making your own sauces, dips, jams etc as well as basic meal prep, then consider a Thermomix.

    The KitchenAid itself can't cook, but the attachments it comes with are pretty nifty - perhaps if you go down the KitchenAid + AirFryer line, which is much cheaper, you could pick yourself some attachments for it?

    Good luck with the decision making! (It's a very pleasant tough decision!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    If you were just starting out stocking up a kitchen they would probably be very good value.
    Probably. I will say that I do find making certain things a lot easier than before I got it. And I love to make a full dinner in it. I put rice in the bowl. ..salmon in the steamer plus veggies with a sauce over it. . turn it on and leave it. I go do my daughter's bath etc. But I still like to cook on my stove/oven too.

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    How about kitchen aid/air fryer and a thermomix copy (Bellini etc)? Still under the cost of a thermomix and you get 80 -90% of the same function.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tamtam View Post
    Yep. They are a big expense. I love cooking. I love cooking even more with one. I didn't have a good food processor or anything before I got one. So for me it's awesome. But it's a personal decision and not everyone will like them.

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    I'm with you @Tamtam I have had mine a month and love it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by NancyBlackett View Post
    I can see that the walk away without needing to stir aspect might make it slightly easier - but not $2000 easier!

    A food processor chops onions so that's not really a benefit unique to a thermomix.

    I'm sure they're very handy if you aren't big on cooking to begin with - or running a commercial kitchen - but honestly jams and sauces and pastry and risottos and cake batters really are just as easy without them.
    No... With respects of course, but they're not. There's so much that's easy with a tmx that is much harder from scratch. Have you ever made hollandaise from scratch on the stove? I would not consider that easy at all. Eggs sous vide? Your own nut milk? Infused olive oils? Puff pastry? Fresh fruit sorbet? Just a few examples. And conversely, I've always loved to cook and still do. I've just expanded my repertoire considerably!

    I get that they aren't for everyone, that's cool, but they do make many things easier and many recipes more accessible as well as the option for healthier foods, less additives etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Atropos View Post
    No... With respects of course, but they're not. There's so much that's easy with a tmx that is much harder from scratch. Have you ever made hollandaise from scratch on the stove? I would not consider that easy at all. Eggs sous vide? Your own nut milk? Infused olive oils? Puff pastry? Fresh fruit sorbet? Just a few examples. And conversely, I've always loved to cook and still do. I've just expanded my repertoire considerably!

    I get that they aren't for everyone, that's cool, but they do make many things easier and many recipes more accessible as well as the option for healthier foods, less additives etc.
    Heaps of the things that people have mentioned in this thread that they make are not healthy at all IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sycx View Post
    I'm in the very blessed position of having all 3. In terms of "most used", we rate them:
    - Thermomix
    - Airfryer
    - KitchenAid

    I (politely) disagree that jams, sauces etc can be as easily done without the Thermomix. I can't just dump everything into a pot, set it to go and come back in a while and have it done, and I don't have the inclination to stand over a stove and stir and what not. I have surprised myself with what I can now make myself with the Thermomix, that I would never have tried before. But OP, you are right, that the recipes do tend to focus on sauces and stews and all. That's not to say that you can't do other things with it, but those are the things where you really notice how hands off the Thermomix method of cooking is (that, to me, is a huge advantage of the machine).

    The Airfryer is not something I would ever have bought myself but it was given to me for Christmas and I use it a lot. At least 4-5 times a week. I mostly use it as a mini oven - saves me turning the oven on just to roast a tray of veggies then having to watch like a hawk that my toddler doesn't wander over to it. I'm loving that we can make or own chips and snacks don't need to have much oil in them as well.

    Poor old KitchenAid has taken a bit of a back seat to Thermomix, but it still stands proudly on my kitchen bench (mostly because I painted a feature wall in my kitchen to match it). I actually use it more for the attachments that you can get for it - the ice cream churner, the pasta maker and the juicer are the most used. I also prefer the consistency of egg whites and cream whipped in the KitchenAid, over the Thermomix. There are definitely some dishes where I use both the Thermomix and KitchenAid - such as ice cream where I will prepare the creme Anglaise in the Thermomix but churn it in the KitchenAid.

    OP, have a think about what you really want to do with the appliances. If it's to branch into things like making your own sauces, dips, jams etc as well as basic meal prep, then consider a Thermomix.

    The KitchenAid itself can't cook, but the attachments it comes with are pretty nifty - perhaps if you go down the KitchenAid + AirFryer line, which is much cheaper, you could pick yourself some attachments for it?

    Good luck with the decision making! (It's a very pleasant tough decision!)
    Can I ask what airfryer you have??

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    You don't need a thermomix to eat healthy. This catch cry gets thrown around all the time and its just plain wrong. I follow quirky cooking but I don't own a tmx. Wholefood simply are not tmx recipes. Good luck deciding. If money is no object get the tmx decide if you like it if not sell it and get the kitchen aid.

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    I didn't buy a thermomix for health! I make way more naughty foods since getting it!! Argh!!

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    Yeh I don't get why a thermomix is healthier and you use less additives ? I don't use additives and cook most things myself ?

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