TOKIT Omni Cook food processor for 712€/$699 | Global version of the Xiaomi Ocooker
Yay! The Ocooker food processor that made a splash on Xiaomi’s Youpin platform last year is finally coming as a global version! However, under a different name. The TOKIT Omni Cook makes it its business to stand up to the top dog. This already starts with the price, because the TOKIT Omni Cook or the Ocooker food processor can only be financed for 712€/$699 in crowdfunding.
The “kitchen Porsche” is often ridiculed, but if you exclude the price, the Thermomix from Vorwerk is certainly a good product. I already wished for a “Xiaomi Thermomix” in the 2018 Year in Review and apparently Xiaomi was looking in the direction of Wuppertal (Vorwerk headquarters). At the end of 2020, the Ocooker food processor then appeared in crowdfunding on, but not for us. Until now! The product in question is the TOKIT Omni Cook. The Thermomix alternative is now crowdfunding on Kickstarter and available there for a price of 699€/$699. This makes it just half the price of the current Thermomix TM6!
- TOKIT Omni Cook
The Thermomix from Vorwerk is a very popular german kitchen gadget. There might not be an american equivalent but it is also available for the US. It is comparable to a luxurious slow cooker with a lot more functions.
“Xiaomi Ocooker” or TOKIT Omni Cook?
This Thermomix alternative already caused a stir at the end of 2020 because it was also assigned to Xiaomi. This was because the Ocooker food processor was sold via Xiaomi’s Youpin platform, which is why it was nicknamed the “Xiaomi Thermomix”. However, the Xiaomi Ocooker food processor was only available in China and didn’t even find its way into China stores. But now this machine is planned for the global market and will be launched under the name TOKIT Omni Cook as a Global version of the Ocooker!
More than a Thermomix copy?
Xiaomi is not the first to “copy” the food processor from Vorwerk. Silvercrest (LIDL) has also made several attempts in this area and was recently able to adapt the successful recipe. Bosch also offers an alternative to the Thermomix with its Cookit food processor, but sets slightly different priorities. The Circle Kitchen Intelligent Multi-Purpose Cooking Robot White (thanks, Google Translator) from Xiaomi uses the same idea, but relies on an independent design. As is so often the case, Xiaomi does not appear as a producer itself, but leaves that to the manufacturer “Ocooker“.
Unlike the Vorwerk models, the mixing bowl is not centered, but sits on the left, while the touchscreen display is on the right. This offers a display diagonal of 7 inches, so it is even slightly larger than a Redmi Note 9 Pro, for example. There is also a rotary knob underneath, which is also essential for operating the food processor, just like in the original. In addition, the Xiaomi Ocooker is equipped with a speaker that provides spoken instructions for the selected recipe or lets you know when the dish is ready.
TOKIT Omni Cook with cloud recipes
But why do you need a touchscreen display on a food processor anyway? Vorwerk has been doing it since the TM5 and Xiaomi has been inspired by it. Recipes are already “pre-installed” on the Ocooker, including instructions and ingredient list that you can easily read off. In addition, the food processor is an IoT product, so it is equipped with WiFi and can download new recipes via the in-house CookingIoT. Android serves as the basis here, which can also play videos on the touchscreen display.
Unlike the Thermomix, where you have to pay for an annual Cookidoo subscription, the cloud recipes are free of charge. Where the manufacturer gets the recipes from and whether the number of several hundred recipes will be expanded is not yet known.
Performance of the TOKIT Omni Cook
However, the integration to the Internet and the smart aspect are only one facet of the “Xiaomi Thermomix”. Xiaomi itself pitches it as a “21-in-1” device. Like the new TM6, Xiaomi’s version can probably sauté, but of course it can also cook, knead, stir, chop meat or even ice, grind, ferment, boil rice, steam, and so on. In terms of performance, this should put it on a par with the “twice as expensive” TM6. Of course, a scale is also integrated, which, in contrast to the original, hopefully won’t be ruined immediately if you move the device.
Inside the 7.4 kg device is a 500W motor that drives the stainless steel mixing blade. Like the original, this also consists of four blades that are slightly offset. The mixing bowl has a capacity of 2.2 liters, just like the Thermomix TM5 or TM6, and should be enough for about 3 servings, according to Xiaomi, although that certainly depends on the dish. The Ocooker food processor or the Omni Cook can reach a temperature of up to 180°C/356°F.
As someone who has often disassembled a TM31 or TM5, the details remind me very much the original. Especially the mixing knife, but also the four pins on the bottom of the mixing bowl, as well as the steaming attachment and the butterfly attachment for kneading dough. Xiaomi has been much more “inspired” by the original than by the design of the food processor itself.
Price & release of the TOKIT Omni Cook
The TOKIT Omni Cook was available in crowdfunding on Kickstarter even at the Super Early Bird price of 599€, but it was severely limited. The Early Bird price is 699€/$699, but the regular price of the Thermomix alternative is 899€. For the price, you get the food processor, the mixing bowl, a cooking insert, a stirring attachment, the measuring cup, a set of measuring spoons, the stainless steel blade and a silicone scraper.
The Omni Cook is scheduled to start shipping in Europe in August 2021, but shipping apparently won’t start until October 2021. After the launch, the online store for other Omni Cook accessories and spare parts will follow. In addition to spare parts for the mixing bowl, knife, scraper, measuring cup and stirring attachment, the manufacturer offers other accessories.
For example, there is a steam cooking insert, which Vorwerk calls “Varoma”. There is also an attachment for slow cooking, which sits in place of the stainless steel blade and turns the mixing bowl into a pot. There is also a plastic blade attachment, which is supposed to ensure that liquid is better distributed and not all food is chopped by the blade.
The Ocooker food processor, also known as the “Xiaomi Thermomix”, was originally only planned for China. We are very happy that the manufacturer TOKIT, which is quite unknown here, decides to bring the Thermomix alternative to the rest of the world as well. However, one will have a hard time. The competition with Thermomix is huge. The Monsieur Cuisine in particular is even cheaper. On the other hand, you can perhaps benefit from the large community, so that recipes can be implemented more or less 1:1.
The midfield position with a Kickstarter price of 699€ between Monsieur Cuisine and Thermomix is certainly also an advantage. In terms of features, the LIDL Thermomix stands out with more rpm, higher temperature and even more functions. In return, the LIDL device is still more suitable for families due to the higher capacity and costs just less.
We will definitely get a TOKIT Omni Cook and let it compete against a Thermomix. Do you find the “Thermomix killer” just as interesting?To the gadget