Lidl “Monsieur Cuisine” in comparison to the original Thermomix

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About this food processor talks over Germany: The Thermomix Vorwerk. Whether it is because you love him, or because you do not understand all the hype.

the German discounters will benefit from the success - so there is some time Thermomix clones of Lidl and Aldi, around which the fans have been beaten in the market even.

Now is the Lidl variant, the food processor "Monsieur Cuisine", available again. the device looks like a bargain at 199 euros - will cost the real thing but a whopping 1,109 euros. But what can the low-cost option? We have subjected the device to a test!

"Thermomix" vs. "Monsieur Cuisine"

Thermomix in review: Men in the Kitchen: The Brigitte.de editors Henning Hönicke and Florian Meyer have tested the Lidl Thermomix.

Men in the Kitchen: The Brigitte.de editors Henning Hönicke and Florian Meyer have tested the Lidl Thermomix.

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The Lidl food processor is a replica of the Thermomix - and it shows almost everywhere: The pot has the same shape, the features are almost the same, even the accessories (Gar-use and a plastic spatula) to be at first glance little from the original differ.


Yet there is already in the functions some serious differences between original and clone: ​​Thus the "Monsieur Cuisine" as opposed to the original no built-in balance and the blades can rotate in only one direction while only stir the Thermomix in an anticlockwise direction without crushing. In addition, the Lidl device Teigknet the function and mixing bowl and missing Steamer are ten percent smaller than in the Thermomix.

What Monsieur Cuisine completely missing is the digital component: During the Thermomix now has a touch screen and a function that displays the individual steps of a recipe lacking Lidl device of this type "digital cooking" completely.

The test: "Monsieur Cuisine" in use

Thermomix in the test: From these ingredients a hollandaise sauce should be a time.

From these ingredients a hollandaise sauce should be a time.

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Enough theory, let's try the Lidl machine easy try. For our test, we decided to try two recipes from the included Cookbook: Lemon Hollandaise and a mushroom risotto with parmesan.

First, take care of me us about the Hollandaise: The ingredients (butter, egg yolks, lemon juice, water, spices) come into mixing bowl and vermixt at 70 degrees for seven minutes.

What is the result?

Thermomix in review: The finished lemon hollandaise: Pretty liquid, taste but good!

The finished lemon hollandaise: Pretty liquid, taste but good!

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After seven minutes clear: The hollandaise falls in literally into the water! The sauce is so thin that it would flow from each plate - here really too much water was probably in there. This can be the "Monsieur Cuisine" certainly not accuse, but the amounts given in the recipe cut here obviously not right out.

Taste the hollandaise is but fully in order: Behind the water layer gives an idea that could have been so well do not get on the cooking pot in time itself a tasty sauce.

As it cooks with the "Monsieur Cuisine"?

Thermomix in review: The plastic of the cover is damaged after only a few uses.

The plastic of the cover is damaged after only a few uses.

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We put it like this: Who knows the real Thermomix will know after the test of the Lidl clone what he has to the original. Not only that, the whole machine works processed rather cheap and smell the plastic parts also strange - you also love cooking his effort.

So it is a minutes-long battle, in the first put on the lid of the food processor. He constantly hooked, is crooked, can not be hooked - there we have it with the original Thermomix Vorwerk easier: Here the cover is placed simply and the machine locked independently and safely.

Thermomix in review: The Lidl clone lacks the built-in balance - we always have to resort to a separate bowl and kitchen scales.

The Lidl clone lacks the built-in balance - we always have to resort to a separate bowl and kitchen scales.

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Practically, however, the suction cups are at the Lidl device: Small cups on the bottom prevent slipping on the countertop. When Vorwerk original are the feet "just" non-slip rubber grips - otherwise you go but not because of the Thermomix has a built-in kitchen scale that measures over the feet.

This lack of basic function then annoying need with a generous cooking when one is accustomed: The Thermomix you can easily its ingredients "weigh out": Rice pack tear, pour equal in mixing bowl until 250 grams are shown on the display, ready!

When Lidl counterpart we have to pick up a bowl for each ingredient and consult the kitchen scale. This is not only time consuming but also increases the Spülberg artificial.

Next test: The mushroom risotto with Parmesam

Thermomix in the test: From these ingredients to be a risotto.

From these ingredients a risotto should be.

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Now we go one step further: In "Monsieur Cuisine"-Kochbuch we find a recipe for a mushroom risotto with parmesan - sounds delicious! And is exactly the right recipe to time to test the performance of Lidl machine.

The first step is first ground Parmesan: At full power (Level 10) chop the knife the cheese block, which we have previously placed in the mixing bowl. That sounds louder (and a bit anguished) than in real Thermomix takes a little longer - but in the end the result looks neat!

Also chop, fry the onions and cook risotto turns the "Monsieur Cuisine" not stupid to: The risotto is cooking for 22 minutes a comfortable, at the end we will have the first ground Parmesan cheese - done!

A matter of taste: the risotto from the Lidl food processor

Thermomix in the test: The finished risotto from the & quot; M. Cuisine & quot;

The finished risotto from the "Monsieur Cuisine"

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In the end we have a ready-made risotto with little effort. But it taste good? Clear answer: Yes and no!

Our testers found the risotto too salty, the colleagues from the editorial team's but really tasted good part. Result: a matter of taste! Those who prefer less salty, next time can of course simply add less broth - because, in combination with the Parmesan cheese already for quite salty note.

CONCLUSION: "Monsieur Cuisine" vs. "Thermomix" in the test

At the end of our great tests is certain: No, come to the Thermomix "Monsieur Cuisine" certainly not ran. Too big are the compromises in functionality and great are the differences in quality.

However, one must also keep in mind that the Lidl copy less than a fifth of the thermal mix costs (!): Here are 199 euros to 1,109 euros on paper. And since then you have already swallow and say, But how much cheaper is the Lidl version, it is not so bad.

It is unclear how long it has its joy of cheap machine - but the price / performance ratio seems about the same for both devices: the "Monsieur Cuisine" Although poor processed and may be less - but also costs less radically. What do you expect even more for the money?

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