When we met face to face with the Bimby TM6 we were struck by a kind of awe. Not because it is particularly complex but because we were sure we were dealing with a unique product of its kind. After all, it is truly impossible not to have ever heard of Vorwerk’s Bimby, it is THE food processor par excellence.
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A few minutes were enough to change your attitude: Thermomix TM6 welcomes you with a modern and intuitive look, a huge display and a comfortable wheel that also acts as a power button. In a handful of steps you are ready to make the most of italso adding the official Cookidoo application which guarantees access to a flood of recipes.
However, we don’t want to overwhelm you with a flood of information condensed into a few lines, so let’s take a step back and start from the beginning.
The Vorwerk Thermomix TM6 review
The first inevitable step is the unboxing. Inside the box you will find much more than just the Vorwerk Bimby TM6 which, in its basic configuration, includes:
- the central unitwhich includes the motor, the controls, the display, the robotic arms that hold the lid of the mixing bowl and the LEDs that signal – in green or red – the temperature of the mixing bowl, so a quick glance is enough to understand whether or not you risk burning yourself touching it;
- the already mentioned mugwith handle and base (removable) in plastic, blades in metal (also being removable) and body in stainless steel.
Inside the package you will also find the plastic lid which prevents splashes from dirtying your kitchen. And no, you don’t have to worry about holding it still manually since the robotic arms are used to grab it and keep it firmly anchored to the mug.
The lid has a small opening that allows the insertion of the spatula or that you can cap with the measure give 100 ml.
At your disposal you also have the basket with lid and the varomaboth convenient for steaming, butterfly and the perforated splash guard.
They complete the picture the instruction manual e a recipe book which you can consult but which you will not necessarily need since the Cookidoo portal, accessible both from the Thermomix and from the app, includes hundreds of proposals.
Does it take up a lot of space?
Dimensions are as follows:
- Height = 34.1cm
- Width = 32.6cm
- Depth = 32.6cm
The weight is 7.95 kg.
Basically it’s not very light or super compact, but it doesn’t take up much space in the kitchen.
In the end we managed to find space for it even in ours which is a few square meters.
What can I do with the Thermomix TM6?
And no, that’s not an exaggeration.
Vorwerk’s super food processor supports around 20 different functions. You can caramelize, knead, steam, grind, heat, blend, weigh, whip and much more. This version also includes high temperature cooking (up to 160°C), slow cooking, vacuum packing, fermentation, rice cooker and also the possibility of thickening creams, sauces, puddings and soufflés.
Last, but not least, it is the self-cleaning function. Add the water, a drop of detergent or white vinegar and then select the most suitable mode based on the use you have made of the mug: the Thermomix TM6 will clean itself, leaving you at most the burden of rinsing off the few remaining residues .
And if the encrustations seem terrible to you, just remove the base and the blades and put the mug in the dishwasher.
Where do I start?
Simple: from the recipe.
During the initial configuration Vorwerk Thermomix TM6 will ask you to be connected to the network, thus giving you access to the Cookidoo portal which you can consult using the 6.8-inch touchscreen display.
The platform includes many different recipes and an excellent search function that allows you to find the right dish, perhaps starting from a basic need.
For example, you want to make polenta but you don’t know with what. Search for “polenta” and let yourself be inspired.
Or “risotto” and try to figure out which one is right for you.
Once the recipe has been selected, Thermomix guides you step by steptelling you which accessories to use, which ingredient to add and in what quantity, with the integrated scale that weighs everything for you without having to use and dirty other tools.
Each preparation therefore becomes extremely simple, leaving you free to do other things while the robot cooks for you. When it needs you, it will beep so you know to intervene.
Small note on Cookidoo: there is a free trial of the service after which you will have to spend 48 euros per year to maintain access to the portal.
Well spent? Absolutely yes!
Vorwerk Thermomix TM6 review: do I have to be good at cooking to use it?
Let’s dispel a myth right away. Or rather, let’s debunk two of them.
During this month in the company of Thermomix TM6 we collided with two different currents of thought: the first sees this appliance as a great ally of the incompetent, the second instead associates the Vorwerk food processor to which he is really super passionate about cooking or, even , a professional.
They are both wrong and right at the same time.
What does it mean? That no, you don’t have to be good in the kitchen to take full advantage of it but this does not mean that it is a tool suitable only for those who are unfamiliar with the kitchen.
On the contrary, we have discovered that the Thermomix is truly for everyone.
Put yourself in the shoes of someone who is short on time to be used for food preparation. A product like the TM6 helps you cook good, healthy dishes by asking for your assistance only occasionally: you choose the recipe, prepare the ingredients and then intervene when it asks you to. In the meantime, do something else.
If, on the other hand, you love to cookthe Thermomix is a very valid aid because simplifies complex preparations and allows you to easily carry out more cooking, perhaps using the Thermomix a little and the stove a little.
This, in fact, is what happens in restaurant kitchenswith chefs using the Vorwerk food processor because it’s fast, simple and very very precise.
In essence it is convenient if you are not very good in the kitchen, if you have little time, if you are passionate and even if you are professionals in the sector.
What advantages does it offer?
We actually anticipated them a bit, but let’s try to summarize them:
What do I do with the application?
The Cookidoo app is seamlessly integrated with the Vorwerk Thermomix TM6. In fact, you use the same account and this allows you to synchronize everything. But all what? Well, first of all you can search for recipes and add them to a Collection or to your Bookmarks.
You can plan the dishes for the whole week to find them in the “My week” tab and even add the ingredients of the selected foods to the shopping list.
The app also allows you to change portions. For example, you have to prepare the Torta della nonna but counting on being 4 people. Instead of following the standard 12-serving recipe, select the 8-serving one and the app will recalculate the ingredients for you.
Consume so much?
Wattage is 1500 watt and the voltage is 220 volts.
Which, we understand, might just seem like numbers.
Let’s try to translate: no, in fact it does not consume much. Continuous use does not affect the bill, not to mention that you will save on the gas or electricity that is usually used in the kitchen so everything is more than balanced.
How much does it cost?
The price of Vorwerk Bimby TM6 is around 1.200 – 1.300 euro.
Many? Few? Too many?
Surely it is a demanding but balanced investment compared to what it offers this product. In fact, you will have in your hands a food processor that can help you in many operations, which allows you to experiment with hundreds of recipes, which helps you to save time, effort and resources. A real helper in the kitchen.