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Thermomix TM6 Review

Image of a TM6 Thermomix with splatter guard, varoma and butterfly on a tile in Bec's Table Kitchen

(Updated May 2024)

During 2019 I had the chance to review the new Thermomix TM6. It was packed with exciting features not available in the previous TM5 model. As a hands-on review, I explored the device’s new functionalities and capabilities thoroughly. Here are my thoughts.

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Close up of a Thermomix TM6 screen.
Thermomix TM6 screen

The new model of the Thermomix boasts a significant improvement with its massive screen, making it easier to use than ever before. One of its standout features is its online recipe search capabilities, including Cookidoo, an online recipe platform. By simply swiping right on the screen, you can access over 70,000 recipes from Australia and worldwide.

While Cookidoo requires a yearly subscription costing $69, your TM6 purchase includes a complimentary six-month subscription, making it a great value for money. With numerous useful features and an extensive recipe database, Cookidoo is undoubtedly a major selling point for the Thermomix TM6.

The Cookidoo platform that comes with the Thermomix TM6 may require a subscription, but it provides a vast recipe database. Personally, I believe this makes it a worthwhile investment. With over 80,000 recipes currently available (and new ones added regularly), it surpasses the offerings of a single cookbook. Additionally, the recipes undergo thorough writing, testing, and research processes. It’s important to acknowledge that real individuals are employed to fulfill these tasks on a monthly basis. Considering these factors, I’m content with paying $1.32 per week.

Additionally, you can add your own recipes or adapt Cookidoo recipes, making them your own guided recipes. You can create favourites lists, plan menus, generate shopping lists, and even order groceries online. This makes it a perfect solution for weekly meal planners or for those with food intolerances or picky eaters. I run all sorts of Free Zoom Sessions to help you get the most out of your Thermomix. I’ll add a link at the end.

Another exciting feature of the TM6 is its modes, which can be accessed by swiping left on the screen. These programmed shortcuts combine different functions to create unique combinations, making it easier to create your own recipes and play with different cooking methods.

I find this area really beneficial for me as I have loads of my own recipes and love to play. These clever combinations of functions are now programmed into the machine as automatic shortcuts.

The Thermomix TM6’s modes screen is designed to replace other kitchen appliances with one touch of a button. With 14 different modes and counting, this feature is a game-changer for busy cooks. For example, the blending mode gradually speeds up to maximum speed, making hot blending much safer and easier.

The pre-clean mode automatically senses how dirty the bowl is and cleans it accordingly. Other modes include the kettle mode, fermentation mode, sous-vide mode, and slow cooking mode, which are perfect for busy people. Slow cooking mode is brilliant for cuts of meat that require longer cooking times.

With the slow cook function, you can adjust the flavours of your dishes to suit your preferences. For example, the TM6 can be used to make pulled pork by placing a boneless pork shoulder into the bowl on top of the blades and setting it to cook for six hours. Excess liquid can be poured off at the end of the cooking time, and the pork can be shredded with the blades on the reverse setting for a tasty result.

All the components you get with your TM6 Thermomix.
Thermomix TM6 simmering basket

The new high-heat function of the Thermomix TM6 is a game-changer for confectionery items like honeycomb and toffee. With a maximum temperature of 160°, the Thermomix can now reach the Hard Crack stage in sugar temps, which was impossible in the past. Not only did the earlier models not reach the high heat required, but the constant movement of the blades would have caused sugar to crystalize and seize, but with the TM6, this is no longer an issue due to the built-in guided cooking feature. This new development is a significant improvement that unlocks another area of use for the Thermomix.

Looking inside the bowl of a Thermomix at bubbling honeycomb.
Caramelising sugar in the Thermomix TM6

That said, when I tested the honeycomb, it produced a good result and wasn’t weepy the next day, proving that the temp did indeed get high enough to do an excellent job of this sugar technique.
A few other notable changes included the improved spatula, which has gone from the hard plastic to a softer, more flexible end, and is far more suitable for scraping out the bowl (finally – someone heard us!).

But that’s not all – the TM6 also boasts a range of other improvements that make it an even more useful tool in the kitchen. The improved spatula is more flexible and easier to use, while the new splatter guard and simmering basket lid help to prevent messes and spills. The new MC (measuring cup) is made of a solid material that reduces noise and stays securely in place, and the built-in speakers allow you to watch and listen to process videos that come with some recipes.

Perhaps the most significant improvement of all is the ability to add your recipes to the TM6. This means you can easily follow your own favourite recipes or modify Cookidoo recipes to suit your tastes. With internet connectivity and the ability to add new recipes all the time, the TM6 is a truly versatile and customizable kitchen tool that will deliver consistent results every time you use it.

While the high heat function is a great addition, I’ve noticed some users think that they have to use a guided recipe from start to finish to achieve caramelisation. There are many ways to use this feature, and if you need help learning more about it, jump in on one of our free Zoom sessions. You can achieve things you may not have originally thought were possible. While the TM6 can help you to reduce and start the caramelisation process, achieving true caramelisation still takes time. Nonetheless, the Thermomix TM6 is an excellent appliance that offers a range of exciting features and improvements that will be sure to impress any home cook.

Things I don’t like:

I’m being really picky here, but honesty is important to me.

  • Locking Arms: If you’re used to the TM31 with not locking arms, you may find the TM6 unlocking process slower, especially when hot liquid is inside. However, it’s a minor inconvenience that can be managed by doing something else while waiting.
  • Internet Syncing: Unlike the TM31, the TM6 takes a few seconds to sync to the internet when turned on. While this may be frustrating for some, it can be easily managed by taking care of other things in the meantime.
  • Upgrade Timing: Upgrades (via the Internet) are usually done in the mornings, which may be inconvenient for some users who prefer to use their machines at that time. While it would be great if upgrades were done overnight, it’s not a major issue as the upgrades are crucial for the machine’s optimal performance. Thankfully there are not a lot of updates, Vorewerk is smart, and they seem to bundle things together for us. After all, if we do have to wait to use our machine for 15 mins or so, we can look forward to new exciting functions.
  • Price: The Thermomix TM6 is a premium appliance, and its cost might appear high to some. Nonetheless, I believe it is a worthwhile investment due to its exceptional build quality and easily accessible service. When compared to other top-notch appliances in the same price range, its features, long lifespan, and durability justify the investment. My oven, hotplates, and dishwasher all have a similar price tag, yet they lack the intelligence of the Thermomix TM6.

Function list to date

  • Blend,
  • Beat,
  • Chop,
  • Cook,
  • Crush ice,
  • Egg
  • Boiler,
  • Emulsify,
  • Ferment,
  • High Heat,
  • Kettle,
  • Knead,
  • Mill,
  • Mix,
  • Pre-Clean,
  • Rice Cooker,
  • Sear,
  • Steam,
  • Stir,
  • Slow cook,
  • Sous vide,
  • Sugar,
  • Thicken,
  • Warm-Up,
  • Weigh,
  • Whip

Additionally, the internet connectivity and recipe options are unparalleled, making cooking with the TM6 more convenient and enjoyable. For those that need inspiration for evening meals, are short on time or want to be able to cook good wholesome food for their family, it’s a great investment.

However, the decision to upgrade ultimately comes down to personal preferences and needs. You have to see a benefit for you; if you’re uncertain about purchasing your first Thermomix or upgrading, consider chatting with me. I can show you the TM6’s capabilities first-hand.

As is always the case, seeing and learning what a Thermomix can do is the best way to make your mind up. If you’d like to organise a demonstration and see the TM6 for yourself, I can do them here at the cooking school (in Melbourne) or as a virtual consultant via Zoom. Or jump in on one of the regular Free Zoom sessions on any subject where I’m using a TM6; you’ll be able to witness the difference.

Conclusions

If you already own a Thermomix, you may question the need to upgrade to the TM6, especially if you have the TM5. Although the disparities may not be immediately apparent, the TM6 represents a substantial advancement over its predecessors. There truly is no other appliance available that can match the capabilities of the TM6.

As mentioned earlier, the most notable enhancements include a larger screen, which greatly enhances the user experience. Additionally, the TM6 continuously updates its features, such as high-heat guided recipes, online shopping, menu planning, and the ability to create your own guided recipes. With numerous modes and functions, the TM6 is truly a versatile machine.

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8 Comments

  1. It’s a very versatile piece of kitchen equipment no doubt but also not cheap. Hence you wonder why one needs then to pay what is a reasonable amount on top of this yearly in order to access the recipe database of cookidoo. Surely that should be all inclusive.

    1. I understand your sentiment, but I’m content to pay the $1.35 weekly considering the continuous addition of new recipes and updates. We’re not only paying for recipes; we’re also investing in software updates and constant improvements, allowing us to upgrade our existing machines instead of purchasing new ones. I’ve written another post on this subject, thank you for commenting. https://becs-table.com.au/why-should-we-have-to-pay-for-cookidoo/

  2. Hi Michelle,

    You can create up to 100 your own recipes on Cookidoo. You can also edit existing one and apply changes.
    Hope this helps

    Kind regards
    Karo

  3. I share some of the frustration on social media about cookidoo. Whilst you get oodles of recipes for your subscription you never actually own them. You are locked into paying to have ongoing access. It’s a subscription model a lot of other companies have adopted with music, books etc,. I’m not a fan. I also wish cookidoo had a rating system./comments. I appreciated that in the recipe community. I understand there is less likely a need for it as the recipes are tested and checked but I loved the input from others in the comments.

    I’d also love to add some of my own recipes to cookidoo but doubt know if that feature exists. It’d be nice to add some from my favourite cookbooks too but obviously only accessible to me to protect copyright. I have quite a wish list…
    Bring on free cooking with the high heat. Can’t wait till that’s a possibity. I say that with hope and an assumption that will happen eventually. Fingers crossed.
    Great review
    Thanks Bec.

    1. Thanx Michelle,

      No worries Michelle, I agree with all you have said, although I really don’t mind paying for the subscription. The amount you spend over a year isn’t much, I don’t buy magazines, so that’s how I justify it. Knowing it’s there when I want it is enough, I tend to scroll through the recipes like it’s Pinterest lol. I think there will be a lot more available to us down the track. I can see the Thermomix and new Thermomixes in the future just getting better and better as they add the features we desire.

      Regards
      Bec

    2. Good news Michelle, most of these frustrating issues have been completely solved by Vorwerk. I love how they keep listening to us.

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