Thermomix vs Vitamix
Does anyone have experience with these machines and can compare them. I know the thermomix has more functions but not sure it's really worth it to spend the extra money. They are both quite pricey so I want to get the most useful appliance for me.
Yes, the Vitamix 750 can knead dough. Work as a grinder, food processor, food mixer ,ice cream machine etc . It can also make soups, cook oatmeal and make hollandaise sauce. It can heat up to making and boiling soup through friction if you want to.
Something a standard blender you buy at Wal-Mart can't do.
It can do all those functions except steam food and weight it as you pour it in.
The notion that the Vitamix is just a blender is absolute nonsense.
Thermomix is a Vitamix 750 plus steamer and an extremely accurate scale. Is that worth $1k ?
Then the Vitamix 5200s at Costco for $375 is a hell of a deal.
Advantages of 750 over 5200(s)
There is a tension sensor on the blade that corresponds to the preset modes so the blender knows at what speed and how long to rotate for puree, frozen treat or whatever. I like the auto wash preset.
Without tamper in place, the 750 will fit under standard kitchen cabinets.
Because of the overall design of the carafe you will need to use the tamper less often.
The cooling fan works at all speeds on the 750 while on the 5200 it only works on high speed.
It has .2 more horsepower, longer blades and operates at lower rpm therefore most people perceive significantly less noise. It depends on Kitchen acoustics and your particular ears but generally lower noise.
"The notion that the Vitamix is just a blender is absolute nonsense"
In that case, what is it then? It's a blender. It's a very powerful and well-built blender, but it's still a blender.
Here's one for you: The notion that the "Thermomix is a Vitamix 750 plus steamer and an extremely accurate scale" is absolute nonsense. The Thermomix has a heating element. It can make hollandaise sauce, cook oatmeal, knead dough, blah, blah,blah...
I'm not a fan of the Thermomix. I think it's overkill for the home cook, and I hate how it's marketed, but it's more than a glorified blender.
I don't know if they're really comparable. First off, the Thermomix is almost four times the price of a Vitamix. Secondly, the Thermomix is a multifunction machine and the Vitamix is just a blender. If you're hesitating between one or the other, then you don't need a Thermomix.
I can't offer a comparison on both, but I just bought a Vitamix from QVC. It doesn't have a lot of buttons: On/Off and Hi/Low. I've used it a few times to liquify fruits and veggies (I'm on a health kick, and that's the only way I'm gonna get them in my body!). I have a Cuisinart blender, but haven't used it in about 4 years. It just couldn't handle more than mixing a Rita. The Vitamix I got is a beast for sure. I'm a little afraid of it actually. Would probably liquify my laptop if I threw that in!
I guess it all depends on what you want out of it. I wanted to do healthy "smoothies", make soups and sorbet. My particular vitamix came with a "dry" attachment that I can grind my own grains and make bread if I ever wanted to. My advice is to research research research! If you buy it and it isn't living up to your expectations, get it from a store (or the Q) where you can return it for your other option.