So a few months ago I was very kindly given a Magimix Cook Expert by the folks at Magimix to review. Now before you click away thinking that I’m going to get all “kitchen cult-y” about this new kitchen bling, I want you to know why I took three months to write this review, and why I like it so much.
First of all, if you know me personally, or have followed Kids in Adelaide for a while, you’ll know that “great” and “cook” are probably not two words you’d use when describing me. I’m not a bad cook, I’m just not a very inspired cook, so our weekly meals have previously been pretty standard fail safe recipes that are easy and I know are going to get eaten.
Since owning a Magimix I can honestly say that we have prepared and eaten meals that would have NEVER happened otherwise. Guys, we’ve had sous-vide chicken for dinner MORE THAN ONCE and MY HUSBAND made it!!!! I wanted to hold off writing this review until we’d had it for a while, and I could make sure it wasn’t a phase that we’d use for a few weeks, and then go back to our old dinners, but now after 3 months, I can tell you that we’ve been using it at least once a day.
And it’s not just new meals that we’re now confident to try, our old favourites like risotto and chilli con carne really are so easy to prepare and serve on those busy school nights where you just need to get the dinner job done! The 2 soup settings (creamy and pureed) have been getting a major workout and I’ve been hiding all sorts of veggies in my spaghetti bolognaise and sausage roll filling.
For my porridge loving daughter I’ve been getting up in the morning, throwing oats and water into the machine to cook for 10 minutes, getting her dressed and ready and then coming back to a beautiful bowl of porridge! Oh and the mashed potato! Oh the mashed potato is divine!!
The Magimix Cook Expert has 12 automatic programs soup, smoothie, bread dough, slice & grate and more. It comes with a 3.5 litre induction bowl for your cooking, three sizes of plastic bowl for food processing, a 2mm and 4mm blade for slicing and grating, 2 level steamer basket, spatulas, scales and a 300 recipe cookbook. I am now slicing, dicing, making, baking and blending with the best of them. No ok that’s not true, not with the “best” of them, but I am actually doing all of those things on a regular basis, I am creating and experimenting and trying new things when I cook and I’m really enjoying it!
Just a few of the things I like about my Magimix and why it’s GREAT for busy Mums and Dads.
- Not coming from an overly “masterchef” background, I love that we are now in the kitchen a lot more than before experimenting with all sorts of recipes and ingredients. We feel far more confident now to try new things and make up our own combos (soups, cookies, health balls etc) We’re using ingredients we’ve never used before and making our own breads and even butter to go with it! Imagine the all preservatives and other yucky stuff we’ve cut out!
- It’s easy to use. The programs are pretty self explanatory and once you’ve had a few test runs you’ll quickly pick up what does what.
- Great warranty! 30 year motor warranty! Yes you read that right THIRTY year motor warranty.
- It cleans itself, and it actually does a really good job of cleaning itself. We’ve had all sorts of sauce, dough, meats and mixtures in there and the programmed self clean function does a great job of removing most if not all of the remnants. We always give it an extra hot soapy wash after every use, but honestly most of the time you could get away with just the self clean function.
- It makes it really easy to follow a recipe exactly. I am a SHOCKER for guesstimating quantities which results in some unusual baked goods at times. Magimix comes with a set of quality scales that make measuring really easy and the induction heating system lets you set temperatures to 1 degree. You have to try pretty hard to get it wrong.
- It’s a French company and therefore just naturally a bit oh la la! But seriously it’s really great quality. It’s solid and it’s heavy which I love and it doesn’t move an inch unlike my old nutribullet that would shake it’s bon bon half way across the bench by the time it had finished mixing a juice.
- The main stainless bowl is BIG (3.5 litres). We’re only a family of 3 but I’ve cooked for 6 before using the Magimix and had no problem.
- The food processor is a BEAST! True, I have never actually owned a food processor before, but boy can this thing slice a potato, grate some cheese and blitz some breadcrumbs.
- It’s got a glass lid so you can see exactly what’s going on in there.
- We are loving the steaming function. The steam basket and shelf make it REALLY easy to steam your chicken or fish at the same time as your veggies. This is where it truly becomes and all in one cooker and I just throw my meat and veggies in, set the timer and come back when it’s ready.
- The metal bowl keeps things warm for ages. So if you get sidetracked with the kids you don’t need to worry about reheating.
- It comes with a recipe book full of 300 recipes from simple dips and sauces right through to more complicated main courses. There is also a really great Facebook group that has given me lots of recipe ideas and answered my amateur cook questions, and now also an app for your phone with all the book recipes and more.
- Obviously the price is fairly ouchy on the old purse BUT you honestly can do away with your food processor, your nutri bullet, your slow cooker and your pressure cooker. This does the work of all of those things and takes up MUCH less space in your cupboard or benchtop.
- This is a bit lame but the metal bowl doesn’t have a pouring lip so can get a bit messy transferring sauces to serving bowls as we found out the other night making pepper sauce. Or maybe I just need to practice my pouring technique a little more.
It’s not an “all in one bowl” situation. The Magimix has a seperate main metal bowl for your cooking and then a seperate food processor bowl. Thermie-peeps out there might argue that it’s therefore not as convenient, but I would love to see a head to head food processor challenge and see which machine wins. I just can’t see the Thermomix slicing, dicing and chopping as well as the dedicated food processor of the Magimix. The scales are also seperate and not built in like TM. Not sure this is a big deal but it does mean you need that little bit extra bench space.
It’s not small. When the box arrived my first thought was Shit! where am I going to fit this! But happy to now report that after 3 months of Magimix we really have packed away pretty much all of our other kitchen appliances, and now have Magimix corner!
And for those who like to know the specs
- 3.5lt Thermo Bowl: Double wall for heat retention
- Glass Lid: Full 360° view
- 3 Food Processing Bowls: BPA Free- 3.6lt main bowl with blade, 2.6lt midi bowl, 1.2lt mini bowl with blade.
- Slicing/Grating: 2mm & 4mm slicing & grating discs included
- Display: Digital intuitive colour interface
- Heating System: Induction with temparature range of 30°C to 140°C
- 12 Automatic Programs:
Cook: Creamed Soup, Pureed Soup, Steam, Simmering
Baking: Pastry/Cake, Bread/Brioche, Egg Whites/Whipped Cream
Blender: Smoothie, Frozen Dessert, Crushed Ice
- Manual Program:
Expert: Control all features of the Cook Expert – Time, Revolutions & Temperature
- Energy Efficient:
Keep warm for 2 hrs
Auto standby from 2 to 8 mins
- External Weigh Scales: 10kg capacity
- Recipes: 300+ recipe book included plus hundreds more on the Magimix Cook Expert app on the App Store or Google Play
- Material: 100% BPA Free
- Motor: 900W
30 years (or 1000 hours use) on motor
3 years parts & accessories
1 year labour
Warranty applies to manufacturing faults. Domestic use only.
The Magimix Cook Expert retails for $2,099.
Magimix Cook Expert is available from Myer & DJs Rundle Mall & General Trader Marion.
Find a demo here