The Omni Prepare dinner is a rival to the favored Thermomix. It was developed by Chunmi Know-how, a model inside the Xiaomi ecosystem.
You’ll be able to see what we considered the Thermomix by testing our evaluate, however the Omni Prepare dinner – whereas nonetheless expensive – is a little more budget-friendly. Not solely will your preliminary outlay be decrease (the Thermomix prices £1,149/ $1,499) however when you’ll must subscribe to entry Thermomix’s library of recipes, these from Omni Prepare dinner are solely free – though there are fewer of them and there’s no option to obtain and entry them offline.
The Omni Prepare dinner’s design and construct
6.Eight inch color touchscreen
Heavy, cumbersome equipment
The Omni Prepare dinner is a plug-in sensible equipment, with a white encompass, black moulded plastic floor and chrome steel trim. It’s chunky, in regards to the measurement of a bread maker (35 x 22 x 20cm /14 x 9 x 8in with out its jug), so that you’ll want loads of area to make use of it.
It’s additionally fairly heavy at 19.4lb/ 8.8kg, so it’s not perfect to maintain in a excessive cabinet. Actually, to profit from it, it’s best to discover a everlasting spot for it in your countertop, so it’s useful for any jobs you could have across the kitchen.
Inset into its base is a full-colour, 6.Eight inch touchscreen. In contrast to the Thermomix, the Omni Prepare dinner’s display screen is portrait fashion.
Subsequent to it’s a massive (2.2 litre), prime quality chrome steel jug with blender blades. You will be utilizing this for the whole lot from steaming to weighing. The jug clicks into place on theOmni Prepare dinner and there is a launch button to free it, so it is safe throughout use.
There’s a cable tidy on the again, which is a pleasant contact, and the equipment sits on 4 suction cups in order that it received’t skate when it’s mixing.
In addition to the jug, the Omni Prepare dinner comes with plenty of sturdy equipment: a steam basket, a silicone scraper, a set of measuring spoons and a whisk. There’s additionally a detachable measuring cup that sits within the centre of the jug lid.
The blades on the base of the jug will be eliminated – however the jug can solely be used with out them for those who purchase the sluggish prepare dinner plug (£35 from Tokit), which lets you fill the ensuing aperture.
There are extra equipment obtainable from Tokit, together with a full steamer set, in addition to replacements for the bits that include the equipment.
What does the Tokit Omni Prepare dinner do?
Multifunctional: weighing, steaming, mixing & extra
Entry to 1,000 recipes
The Omni Prepare dinner has plenty of performance. It may well weigh elements, knead, mince, chop, grind and juice, steam, stew, sous-vide and make yoghurt. The place acceptable, you possibly can then specify size of time, temperature and blender pace.
There’s even a setting to wash the jug after use, a lot in the identical approach you’ll a blender jug.
You need to use the Omni Prepare dinner in certainly one of two methods. Both you should utilize its capabilities individually – as a scale, a steamer or a blender – as you want them, or you possibly can decide to comply with one of many 1,000 recipes optimised for the equipment.
In case you determine on a recipe, the Omni Prepare dinner will information you thru it step-by-step.
It’s simple to arrange out of the field. When you’ve washed the equipment and clicked the jug into place within the Omni Prepare dinner’s base, you simply want to modify it on and comply with the on-screen directions so it will probably be part of your own home Wi-Fi.
It related right away in our take a look at however it’s best to notice that you just’ll want a good Wi-Fi connection in your kitchen to make it work – it’s not one thing you possibly can transfer nearer your hub.
You want the related performance so as entry the database of recipes. You’ll be able to browse by programs (important course, appetiser, dessert) or different cooking choices (beverage, baking, sauce or sous-vide).
Go for important programs and there’s a sub menu of recipes – meat, fish, vegan, pizza and extra. There’s an awesome choice of every, though we did notice a couple of suspiciously tacky “vegan” recipes.
As you may think, given the Omni Prepare dinner’s nation of origin, there are many historically Chinese language dishes comparable to congee, however loads extra worldwide choices.
To get a flavour of what’s on supply, you possibly can see a choice of recipes within the recipe part of the Tokit web site.
The Omni Prepare dinner’s efficiency
Nice baking assistant
Cuts down on washing-up
Much less good at sautéing
I began off by selecting a banana cake recipe. All of the instruments and elements you’ll want are listed. From then on, it’s a case of following the step-by-step onscreen prompts. You swipe ahead on the touchscreen to get to the following instruction however for those who assume you’ve missed one thing, you possibly can swipe again to double test.
What’s revolutionary is that you are able to do the whole lot – besides really baking the cake – on the Omni Prepare dinner itself, in a single jug, with out having to clean something up as you go. It weighs the elements as you add them, melts the butter and mixes the batter when it’s full.
I adopted the directions to the letter, the cake got here out completely and as an alternative of winding up with a flour-bombed nightmare kitchen, I solely had the Omni Prepare dinner jug and a cake tin to wash. And I used the automated setting to wash the jug.
It made baking a lot faster and cleaner – and it might be straightforward to adapt the recipe to make your favorite cake or cookies and nonetheless use the step-by-step directions.
The steaming basket is equally straightforward to make use of (add water, set a timer) and I adopted a recipe for devilled eggs that was equally profitable, steaming the eggs as an alternative of boiling them.
Nonetheless, the Omni Prepare dinner does have a couple of limitations. It may well sauté, but it surely’s not a patch on doing it in a pan. The security settings imply that it’s a must to preserve the lid on everytime you’re utilizing it, though you possibly can take away the inset measuring cup. So you possibly can’t stir the frying meals your self, though it’ll gently flip the elements utilizing the blender blades.
The blades additionally imply that elements can get caught beneath and are a ache to take away – except you additionally shell out for the plug and take away the blades.
Lastly, if you wish to mix elements after cooking, you’ll most likely must let the equipment cool for a number of minutes between levels. I attempted cooking a stew and needed to cease mid-way by for a cool-down interval earlier than I may use one other operate.
Worth and availability
The Omni Prepare dinner is obtainable globally from the Tokit web site. In case you’re within the US, it prices $899. UK patrons can get it for £768.
This makes it a way more budget-friendly purchase than the Thermomix, which has roughly the identical performance however prices £1,149 within the UK and $1,499 within the US. There’s additionally no want for a paid recipe subscription for those who go for the Omni Prepare dinner.
The Omni Prepare dinner makes multi-step recipe preparation very simple and it is very satisfying to prepare dinner one thing sophisticated and wind up with solely a single jug to clean up.
It is a expensive equipment however for those who bake usually, it may very well be price it because it’ll lower down your prep and clean-up time considerably. It is also a severe various to purchasing a single operate equipment comparable to a sous-vide or steamer – the Omni Prepare dinner can try this and far more.
There are some things that it will probably’t do as effectively, comparable to frying, however for those who even have an air fryer, you can make most recipes with out even your oven or hob, which may very well be excellent news for vitality payments.
And for individuals who wish to be taught to prepare dinner, the Omni Prepare dinner would make a superb tutor: you are able to do the whole lot from boiling an egg to baking a cake to creating a shepherd’s pie or sous-vide steak, with minimal problem.
Tokit Omni Prepare dinner: Specs
Dimensions: 355 x 244 x 364mm
Jug capability: 2.2l
Weight (together with jug): 8.4kg
Complete rated energy: 1500-1700W