Sunday, September 14, 2014

The New Thermomix TM5 v HMP Gastro

I have to admit, I have been out of the loop so to speak about all of this drama over the brand new Thermomix model that has recently hit the party plan circle. It has taken a day of lying in bed sick to catch up on all the drama. Yes, I have to say drama and I do apologise for the overuse of this word, the teacher in me is going crazy, because with Thermomix there is never anything but drama. You are either being abused for saying anything against their blessed Thermi or criticised for saying anything else is comparably better....believe me I know!  Now they have presented Australia with the new model TM5 but they have gone about it all the wrong way - wow no surprises for me!! Now I had heard rumours since I started blogging about my HotMix Pro (HMP), that a new model was going to be released within a year that would be better than the HMP - and I thought they weren't bothered by competition! I do hope all the people who have been mislead about the release of the new model are being looked after. I don't see how something like this can be considered good business ethics, regardless of whether it is legal or not.

From what I can tell, all the new functions of the TM5 are interestingly similar to what the HMP Gastro has and yes, I do find this rather ironic. All the back lash and comments I have received over the years from blinded lemming followers of the Thermomix Cult attacked me about how the TMX 31 was set to the best healthy cooking temperature. Anything higher would destroy the food molecules and I would be feeding my kids dead food - yes again, rather ironic! How then, are you going to explain why Vorwerk decided that the TM5 needed an increased temp range to 120C? Is there new scientific proof that 10C more is now better for our food molecules? Now, don't get me wrong, I don't think everyone thinks like this, but this is for the people who don't think for themselves and believe everything they hear.  Other than the cookbook chip, the slightly higher temp, and the slightly faster motor - which again the HMP was criticised for and now they are competing with - again, the irony over floweth! There is also a larger Varoma, but can we really tell how much larger it is? At the end of the day, if I was going to consider this new machine the only thing that would make me think for 10 seconds longer would be a larger bowl. This is the one thing that most woman want, and yet they still can't deliver. Who cares about a new design measuring cup and butterfly - whoopy whoo!  However, the biggest thing on most people's lips is, "tell them the price son"!  They currently have an introductory price of $1939, but what will it be when this is over? Who knows? I wish I did because if its the same price as the HMP I will laugh until I pass out.

At the end of the day, the TM5 is an attractive machine and the cookbook chip is clever. But is it still the absolute best machine on the market that is deserving of what I can only guess will be a price tag above $2000? I recommend you take a look at my previous posts of the HMP. See what is on offer, compare the two and see what the HMP offers for their price tag and compare to what the TM 5 is offering. Personally, and yes of course there is bias in this, as there is bias in every Thermomix owner's mind too, I highly recommend you try the HMP Gastro. The HMP Easy comes at a lower price tag, but for a little more, the Gastro offers a faster motor and higher temp range. I use my HMP Gastro almost every day. It does all the things a TM 5 or TM 31 can do, though it doesn't come with a Varoma, but a steaming function can still be achieved. Do the homework people, don't always settle for what you know or what your friends have. Thermomixers are a lot like Dyson vacuums. Its the in thing to purchase, and you aren't a good vacuumer unless you are using the "Dyson" - give me a brake!  Thermomix shermomix and Dyson shmyson! Buy what you like and what works for you, even if you don't purchase an HMP, please oh please do the research on all the available thermal cooking machines that are currently on the market. Buy what suits your circumstances and especially your budget.

Okay Thermomix lovers bring it on, I'm ready!!

** apparently the bowl is a little larger, 2.2L to be precise - not a deal breaker for me personally and the introductory price is $1989 not the above mentioned price of $1939 - sorry to get you excited over saving $50. ;-p*****


7 comments:

Meg said...

I've been following your reviews as I too have been looking at TM for a few years and was hesitant due to warranty and cost, but now I've decided to look more seriously and with the facts on HMP I'm now not so convinced on the TM (which many of my friends have).

I would like to know whether either of these machines can beat egg whites for things like pavlova or egg & sugar for sponge?

What warranty does the HMP have as TM now has 2yrs?

Thanks for your honest, unbiased reviews with the dash of humour,,

FoodMuster said...

HI Meg, the HMP can most definitely beat eggs whites into submission!! I love beating egg whites, as it's so simple and the results are so good. I make macrons with my HMP and the results are awesome.

Amy A said...

I've had a TM31 for over a year. I've never heard of anyone saying the temp would destroy food molecules or any of that. Not have a seen any thermie fans abusing people for having a different machine and I belong to a few online groups/fb pages that are for all brands of thermal cookers. To clarify. The increased bowl size equates to about one extra portion- which is ok but yeah, could be larger. The bigger varoma coiled with this is an overall larger meal capacity though. But yes this is something many owners (certainly not just women) would like to see. The reason I went tmx over hmp was a much better motor, which seemed important when considering how often it would get used, plus the ability to steam and cook at the same time.

Six Little Hearts said...

I am going to wait 100 years for the price to drop altogether and when it's available at Big W, I will purchase one!

Rebecca Senyard said...

I've chosen not to go to a demonstration because I know I will want to buy it but I don't have $2000 spare to splash on one-well I do but other things take preference. Nice to know I'd save $59 if I bought the latest one.

Anonymous said...

Okay I have all three ! I have had the TM31 for years like it ,have the HMP for a year like it ,but do not use it as much as the TM 31 ,which I think for evevryday day is better . Just got the TM31 and i like their menu setup better then that of the HMP - very tediuos to get to and again ease of use for every day cooking great. I think it hat ever you want to do with the machines ,they are all grreat but serve slightly different purposes.

Anonymous said...

Meant to say TM5 -sorry

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