Tokit Omni Cook review
The Omni Cook is a rival to the popular Thermomix. It was developed by Chunmi Technology, a brand within the Xiaomi ecosystem.
You can see what we think of the Thermomix by checking out our review, but the Omni Cook – while still expensive – is a bit more budget-friendly. Not only will your initial spend be lower (the Thermomix costs £1,149/$1,499), but while you’ll need to sign up to access Thermomix’s recipe library, Omni Cook’s are completely free – although there are fewer of them and there is no way to download and access it offline.
The design and construction of the Omni Cook
- 6.8 inch color touch screen
- Stainless steel jug
- Heavy, bulky device
The Omni Cook is a smart plug-in appliance with a white surround, black molded plastic finish and stainless steel trim. It’s chunky, about the size of a bread maker (35 x 22 x 20 cm /14 x 9 x 8 inches without the pitcher), so you’ll need plenty of space to use it.
It’s also quite heavy at 8.8kg, so storing it in a tall cabinet isn’t ideal. Really, to get the most out of it, you should find a permanent spot for it on your countertop so it’s handy for all your kitchen chores.
A 6.8-inch full-color touchscreen is embedded in its base. Unlike the Thermomix, the Omni Cook’s screen is in portrait format.
Next to it is a large (2.2 liter) high-quality stainless steel jug with blender blades. You’ll use this for everything from steaming to weighing. The jug snaps onto the Omni Cook and there’s a release button to release it, keeping it secure during use.
There’s a cord wrap on the back, which is a nice touch, and the unit sits on four suction cups to keep it from slipping while mixing.
As well as the jug, the Omni Cook comes with a range of sturdy accessories: a steamer basket, a silicone scraper, a set of measuring spoons and a whisk. There is also a removable measuring cup that sits in the center of the jug lid.
The blades at the bottom of the jug can be removed – but the jug can only be used without them if you buy the Slow Cook Plug (£35 from Tokit) which you can use to fill the resulting opening.
There are other accessories available from Tokit, including a full steamer set, as well as replacements for the bits that come with the appliance.
What does the Tokit Omni Cook do?
- Multifunctional: weighing, steaming, blending & more
- Access to 1,000 recipes
- Step by step instructions
The Omni Cook has many functions. It can weigh ingredients, knead, mince, chop, grind and juice, steam, stew, prepare sous vide and yoghurt. If necessary, you can then specify the duration, temperature and mixing speed.
There’s even a setting to clean the jug after use, similar to a blender jar.
You can use the Omni Cook in two ways. You can either use its functions individually – as a scale, steamer or mixer – as required, or you can choose one of the 1,000 recipes optimized for the device.
Once you decide on a recipe, the Omni Cook will guide you step-by-step through the recipe.
It’s easy to set up out of the box. Once you’ve washed the accessories and snapped the jug into the base of the Omni Cook, all you have to do is turn it on and follow the on-screen instructions for it to connect to your home WiFi.
It connected instantly in our test, but you should note that you’ll need a decent Wi-Fi connection in your kitchen for it to work – it’s not something you can get any closer to your hub.
You need the connected functionality to access the recipe database. You can search for dishes (entree, appetizer, dessert) or other cooking options (drink, bake, sauce or sous vide).
Decide on mains and there is a sub-menu of recipes – meat, fish, vegan, pizza and more. There’s a wide variety of each, although we’ve noticed a few suspiciously cheesy “vegan” recipes.
As you can imagine, given the Omni Cook’s country of origin, there are many traditional Chinese dishes like congee, but also many more international options.
To get a taste of what’s on offer you can view a selection of recipes in the recipe section of the Tokit website.
The performance of the Omni Cook
- Great baking assistant
- Reduces washing up
- Less good at it sear
I started by choosing a banana bread recipe. All the tools and ingredients you need are listed. From then on you have to follow the on-screen instructions step by step. You swipe forward on the touchscreen to get to the next instruction, but if you think you’ve missed something you can swipe back to check again.
What’s revolutionary is that you can make everything – except the actual cakes – on the Omni Cook yourself, in a pitcher, with no washing up in between. It weighs the ingredients as you add them, melts the butter, and mixes the batter when it’s ready.
I followed the directions exactly, the cake came out perfect and instead of ending up in a flour bombed nightmare kitchen, all I had to do was clean the Omni Cook pitcher and a cake pan. And I used the automatic setting to clean the jug.
It made baking so much faster and cleaner – and it would be easy to adapt the recipe to your favorite cake or cookies and still use the step-by-step instructions.
The steamer basket is similarly easy to use (add water, set the timer) and I followed an equally successful deviled egg recipe and steamed the eggs instead of boiling them.
However, the Omni Cook has some limitations. It can sear, but it’s not a patch for doing it in a pan. The safety settings mean you have to keep the lid on each time you use it, although you can remove the inserted measuring cup. You cannot stir the food yourself, even though the ingredients are gently swirled around with the puree blades.
The blades also mean ingredients can get caught underneath and be a hassle to remove – unless you also shell out after the stopper and remove the blades.
Finally, if you decide to blend ingredients after cooking, you will likely need to allow the appliance to cool for a few minutes between each step. I was trying to cook a stew and had to stop halfway to cool down before I could use another function.
price and availability
The Omni Cook is available worldwide from the Tokit website. If you’re in the US, it costs $899. UK buyers can get it for £768.
This makes it a much more budget-friendly buy than the Thermomix, which has roughly the same functionality but costs £1,149 in the UK and $1,499 in the US. There’s also no need for a paid recipe subscription when you opt for the Omni Cook.
The Omni Cook makes preparing multi-step recipes extremely easy, and there’s great satisfaction in cooking something complicated and ending up with only a single pitcher to wash up.
It’s an expensive piece of equipment, but if you bake often, it might be worth it as it cuts your prep and cleanup time significantly. It’s also a serious alternative to buying a single function appliance like a sous vide or steamer – the Omni Cook can do that and then some.
There are a few things it’s not so good at, such as: B. frying, but if you also have an air fryer you can cook most recipes without even looking at your oven or hob, which could be good news for energy bills.
And for people wanting to learn to cook, the Omni Cook would be an excellent tutor: you can do everything from boiling eggs to baking a pie to preparing a shepherd’s pie or a sous vide steak with minimal effort.
Tokit Omni Cook: Specifications
- Dimensions: 355 x 244 x 364mm
- Capacity jug: 2.2 l
- Weight (including jug): 8.4 kg
- Total rated power: 1500-1700W
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