Although the kitchen machine from Vorwerk costs a hefty 1359 euros, the Thermomix is a real bestseller. It saves time and money when cooking – at least that’s the argument of many buyers. atechbook has calculated when and for whom the investment is really worthwhile.
The Thermomix TM6 has many fans. After all, the latest cooking machine from the Wuppertal-based company Vorwerk is supposed to make numerous individual kitchen appliances unnecessary. A scale is included, as are a blender and steamer, and there are also step-by-step instructions for individual recipes. However, there is one big catch: the steep price of 1359 euros. This begs the question of whether you’re actually saving money as well as time. We help you with the cost-benefit analysis and break down for whom the investment in a Thermomix is worthwhile.
- Example calculation: Thermomix for a family of four
- Thermomix for couples or singles
- Important note: Recipes cost extra
- Inexpensive alternatives from 200 Euro
Example calculation: Thermomix for a family of four
atechbook has done the math.
Example family 1 eats together five times a week and is willing to fully rely on the Thermomix.Example family 2 even eats together seven times a week, but does not want to use only the Thermomix.
Also interesting: what you should know about the manufacturer Vorwerk.
Example family 1:
Weekly costs without Thermomix: 96 euros
- Food is ordered on two evenings per week; at about 7.50 euros per person, this makes a total of 60 euros per week
- Cooking takes place on three evenings. The food costs 3 euros per person. This results in a total cost of 36 euros per week.
- Add to this the additional time spent cooking, about an hour, that a family member also has to invest
Weekly costs with Thermomix: 60 euros
- For the Thermomix from Vorwerk, the family has to invest 1359 euros once.
- In addition, there are the costs for the ingredients. At 3 euros per meal and person, that’s 60 euros per week for five days
Example family 2:
Weekly costs without Thermomix: 114 euros
- Cooking takes place on four evenings. The food costs 3 euros per person. This results in total costs of 48 euros per week.
- On two evenings, there is snacking for 2 euros per person per meal. That is 16 euros. This should remain the same with Thermomix.
- Once a week, we go out to eat or order in. On average for 50 euros. This should also remain the same
- Then there is the additional time spent cooking, about an hour, which a family member also has to invest.
Weekly costs with Thermomix: 114 euros
- For the Thermomix from Vorwerk, the family has to make a one-time investment of 1359 euros.
- In addition, there are the costs for the ingredients. At 3 euros per meal and person, that’s 60 euros per week.
Orders and food result in weekly costs of 96 euros for example family 1. If we were to prepare all meals together with the Thermomix, i.e. if we were to do without orders or restaurants, we could save 36 euros each week. With this weekly difference, our test family would have to cook for almost 38 working weeks in order to make the appliance worthwhile. If you save a lot of restaurant visits by using the Thermomix and are otherwise employed, you can make the purchase worthwhile within eight months. In addition, you gain valuable time that is not lost in cooking – a value that everyone must quantify for themselves.
In the case of example family 2, the Thermomix does not pay for itself – at least not in terms of price. Here, the time savings and potentially healthier food would have to be important to the buyers. That can also be worthwhile.
Thermomix for couples or singles
A household with two people only has a weekly benefit of 18 euros. For the Thermomix to be worth its price, you would have to cook with the appliance on at least 335 evenings. If you live alone, you would have to cook with the appliance continuously for 2 years to amortize the costs.
May be worthwhile from a health perspective
Financially, a Thermomix is obviously not worth it for couples or singles. But: The kitchen appliance can help to buy less ready-made meals in the supermarket. Homemade bread, fresh sauces – you simply make them all yourself. In this way, you avoid unnecessary additives and flavor enhancers that are contained in many everyday foods.
Important note: Recipes cost extra
But beware: The above sample calculation only applies if you operate the Thermomix yourself. If you want access to the large recipe database with “Guided Cooking,” you’ll pay another 36 euros a year for the recipe subscription.
So our example family from earlier would have to cook with the appliance continuously for another week to make the expense financially worthwhile. Owners of the predecessor, the Thermomix TM5, still pay a one-time fee of 99 euros for the WLAN antenna.
Inexpensive alternatives starting at 200 euros
If the original Thermomix TM6 from Vorwerk is too expensive for you, you can fall back on numerous competitors.
The ever cheaper alternatives, which are often on offer at Aldi or Lidl, sometimes cost just 200 euros. atechbook took a close look at the Thermomix competition. The conclusion: If you can do without smart bells and whistles like the recipe chip, you’ll be well served by a Thermomix alternative from a discounter.