The Omni Cook is a rival to the preferred Thermomix. It used to be advanced by way of Chunmi Technology, a emblem inside the Xiaomi ecosystem.
You can see what we considered the Thermomix by way of trying out our evaluation, however the Omni Cook – whilst nonetheless expensive – is a little more budget-friendly. Not handiest will your preliminary outlay be decrease (the Thermomix prices £1,149/ $1,499) however whilst you’ll want to subscribe to get right of entry to Thermomix’s library of recipes, the ones from Omni Cook are fully unfastened – even though there are fewer of them and there’s no option to obtain and get right of entry to them offline.
The Omni Cook’s design and construct
- 6.8 inch color touchscreen
- Stainless metal jug
- Heavy, cumbersome equipment
The Omni Cook is a plug-in good equipment, with a white encompass, black moulded plastic floor and stainless-steel trim. It’s chunky, concerning 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 a number of house to make use of it.
It’s additionally beautiful heavy at 19.4lb/ 8.8kg, so it’s no longer best to stay in a top cabinet. Really, to benefit from it, you will have to discover a everlasting spot for it to your countertop, so it’s to hand for any jobs you have got across the kitchen.
Inset into its base is a full-colour, 6.8 inch touchscreen. Unlike the Thermomix, the Omni Cook’s display is portrait taste.
Next to this is a huge (2.2 litre), prime quality stainless-steel jug with blender blades. You’ll be the usage of this for the whole lot from steaming to weighing. The jug clicks into position at theOmni Cook and there is a liberate button to unfastened it, so it is protected all through use.
There’s a cable tidy on the again, which is a pleasant contact, and the applying sits on 4 suction cups in order that it gained’t skate when it’s mixing.
As smartly because the jug, the Omni Cook comes with quite a lot of strong equipment: a steam basket, a silicone scraper, a collection 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 may also be got rid of – however the jug can handiest be used with out them if you purchase the gradual prepare dinner plug (£35 from Tokit), which lets you fill the ensuing aperture.
There are extra equipment to be had from Tokit, together with a complete steamer set, in addition to replacements for the bits that include the applying.
What does the Tokit Omni Cook do?
- Multifunctional: weighing, steaming, mixing & extra
- Access to at least one,000 recipes
- Step-by-step directions
The Omni Cook has a large number of capability. It can weigh substances, knead, mince, chop, grind and juice, steam, stew, sous-vide and make yoghurt. Where suitable, you’ll then specify duration of time, temperature and blender pace.
There’s even a atmosphere to wash the jug after use, a lot in the similar means you can a blender jug.
You can use the Omni Cook in one in all two techniques. Either you’ll use its purposes for my part – as a scale, a steamer or a blender – as you want them, or you’ll choose to practice one of the vital 1,000 recipes optimised for the applying.
If you make a decision on a recipe, the Omni Cook will information you thru it step by step.
It’s easy to arrange out of the field. Once you’ve washed the equipment and clicked the jug into position within the Omni Cook’s base, you simply want to transfer it on and practice the on-screen directions so it may well sign up for your house Wi-Fi.
It attached in an instant in our check however you will have to observe that you just’ll desire a respectable Wi-Fi connection for your kitchen to make it paintings – it’s no longer one thing you’ll transfer closer your hub.
You want the attached capability so as get right of entry to the database of recipes. You can browse by way of classes (major path, appetiser, dessert) or different cooking choices (beverage, baking, sauce or sous-vide).
Opt for major classes and there’s a sub menu of recipes – meat, fish, vegan, pizza and extra. There’s a perfect number of every, even though we did observe a couple of suspiciously tacky “vegan” recipes.
As it’s possible you’ll consider, given the Omni Cook’s nation of starting place, there are many historically Chinese dishes comparable to congee, however lots extra global choices.
To get a flavour of what’s on be offering, you’ll see a number of recipes within the recipe phase of the Tokit website.
The Omni Cook’s efficiency
- Great baking assistant
- Cuts down on washing-up
- Less excellent at sautéing
I began off by way of opting for a banana cake recipe. All the equipment and substances you’ll want are indexed. From then on, it’s a case of following the step by step onscreen activates. You swipe ahead at the touchscreen to get to the following instruction however in case you suppose you’ve ignored one thing, you’ll swipe again to double test.
What’s innovative is that you’ll do the whole lot – except for in reality baking the cake – at the Omni Cook itself, in a single jug, with no need to scrub anything else up as you pass. It weighs the substances as you upload them, melts the butter and mixes the batter when it’s entire.
I adopted the directions to the letter, the cake got here out completely and as a substitute of finishing up with a flour-bombed nightmare kitchen, I handiest had the Omni Cook jug and a cake tin to wash. And I used the automated atmosphere to wash the jug.
It made baking such a lot faster and cleaner – and it could be simple to evolve the recipe to make your favorite cake or cookies and nonetheless use the step by step directions.
The steaming basket is in a similar fashion simple to make use of (upload water, set a timer) and I adopted a recipe for devilled eggs that used to be similarly a hit, steaming the eggs as a substitute of boiling them.
However, the Omni Cook does have a couple of obstacles. It can sauté, nevertheless it’s no longer a patch on doing it in a pan. The protection settings imply that you must stay the lid on every time you’re the usage of it, even though you’ll take away the inset measuring cup. So you’ll’t stir the frying meals your self, even though it’s going to gently flip the substances the usage of the blender blades.
The blades additionally imply that substances can get stuck beneath and are a ache to take away – except you additionally shell out for the plug and take away the blades.
Finally, if you wish to mix substances after cooking, you’ll most certainly need to let the applying cool for a number of mins between phases. I attempted cooking a stew and needed to prevent mid-way thru for a cool-down duration ahead of I may use some other serve as.
Price and availability
The Omni Cook is to be had globally from the Tokit web page. If you’re in the USA, it prices $899. UK patrons can get it for £768.
This makes it a a lot more budget-friendly purchase than the Thermomix, which has kind of the similar capability however prices £1,149 in the United Kingdom and $1,499 in the USA. There’s additionally no use for a paid recipe subscription in case you opt for the Omni Cook.
The Omni Cook makes multi-step recipe preparation very simple and it is very gratifying to prepare dinner one thing difficult and finally end up with just a unmarried jug to scrub up.
It’s an expensive equipment however in case you bake frequently, it might be value it as it’s going to lower down your prep and clean-up time considerably. It’s additionally a major choice to shopping for a unmarried serve as equipment comparable to a sous-vide or steamer – the Omni Cook can do this and a lot more.
There are some things that it cannot do as smartly, comparable to frying, however in case you even have an air fryer, you are able to make maximum recipes with out even taking a look at your oven or hob, which might be excellent information for power expenses.
And for individuals who need to learn how to prepare dinner, the Omni Cook would make a very good tutor: you’ll do the whole lot from boiling an egg to baking a cake to creating a shepherd’s pie or sous-vide steak, with minimum trouble.
Tokit Omni Cook: Specs
- Dimensions: 355 x 244 x 364mm
- Jug capability: 2.2l
- Weight (together with jug): 8.4kg
- Total rated energy: 1500-1700W