When it comes to budget copies of high-end appliances, ALDI is the go-to store.
So if you’ve had your eye in a Thermomix for a while, you may want to check out ALDI’s Special Buys on September 9.
The German retail giant are selling a Smart Wi-Fi Thermo Cooker which is almost identical to a $2269 Thermomix – but shoppers are divided over whether it will work.
ALDI sold a similar all-in-one cooker copy back in 2019 and it appears their latest version has a lot of new and improved features making it more like the popular TM6 appliance from Thermomix.
Apart from the very different price point, here’s how the two compare.
The ADLI Version is by a brand named Ambiano and comes with:
- 100 recipes pre-installed which walks you through recipes step-by-step
- A Thermo cooker app which allows you to download new recipes or create your own.
- A three-litre capacity jug that allows you to chop, boil, steam, stir, sautee and slow cook.
- A seven-inch touch screen that allows you to scroll through recipes and control heat, time and speed functions.
The Thermomix TM6 which retails for $2,269 has very similar features including:
- Built in WiFi connectivity
- Over 50,000 recipes on their app Cookidoo
- Step-by-step guided cooking on 15.2cm x 20.3cm touchscreen.
- 20 functions and modes, including sear, ferment, slow cook, sous vide, blend, chop, beat, blend, whip, weigh, mill, knead and mince.
- Integrated scales accurate to 1g
- A 2.2 litre jug capacity
When you purcahse a Thermomix you also have a dedicated consultant who offers customer assistance when needed.
This ALDI version has sparked interest from both Thermomix owners and ALDI shoppers.
“I’d be interested to know how it goes. But I’m def confident it won’t be as good as thermomix,” one person said on Facebook.
“I remember Aldi had a similar machine last year. I was told that they broke down after a few months after using it and then had problems getting them fixed,” commented another.
“My friend had one for one year, it broke and Aldi wouldn’t replace it/didn’t sell parts for it either. She ended up buying the TM6,” said a third.
For some, spending over $2000 on a kitchen appliance was a little hard to justify.
“I’m after the thermo cooker. Looks like I’ll be heading to Aldi after a night shift trying to stay awake long enough to grab one,” one shopper said.
“I literally have been spending all night researching thermomixes and can’t bring myself to spend over $2000 on one, then this pops up omg!” Commented another.
“It’s the second time they’ve released it. From what I hear it’s amazing for its price. I probably would have preferred it to thermo if I didn’t already have one. Aldi have far better customer service,” commented a third.
ALDI isn’t the only company to release and sell a Thermomix copy. Kitchen appliance companies like Kenwood, Kogan and Harris Scarf all sell an all-in-one cooking copy of the popular brand.
Time will tell whether the ALDI version is a winner. So how quickly do you think they’ll sell out?
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