December 07, 2011 by

Official Thermomix App for iPad (HD) is now served!

Thermomix app review, updated January 10, 2012

On September 12, 2011 the official new app by Vorwerk began downloading to iPads and iPhones everywhere. While the app initially received high marks for production value (slick), user-friendliness (easy), and functionality (useful!) — that version was disappointing to iPad users. (Turns out the first release was only intended for iPhone!) Good news is that on December 7, 2011 the iPad HD version became available at the App Store. Click to download the app for iPad.

So, what does the Thermomix app do exactly?
First, it’s important to note that this first official Thermomix app by Vorwerk is built on recipes from the previously released “My Way of Cooking” (MWoC) book, available in nine different languages.

Thermomix app by vorwerk

photos from Thermomix App page -- click to visit

So if you already have the book, you’re not going to be in a huge hurry to “need” this app. But you may still “want” it.

Recipes and more
The app features 145 recipes in a handy portable format. For those (like me) who don’t yet have the hardcover original, this is an easy way to get those reliable Vorwerk-tested recipes, and at a good price too. (Price varies slightly between countries but is about 1/3 the cost of the book.) Designed for users of iPhone, iPod or iPad it should be a boon to busy Thermomix fans who plan,  shop, and prepare while on the go.

Bonus points for:

  • great photos and easy step-by-step instructions
  • twelve new videos
  • nutritional content shown for all recipes
  • ability to quickly make and edit shopping lists from a recipe’s ingredients and then email the shopping list
  • ability to add personal notes for each recipe
  • search function (think ‘index’) so you can find recipes by ingredient
  • integrates with facebook to share and promote recipes
  • free “Lite” version available for trial

Points deducted for:

  • a screen shot on the app’s promo page indicates that users can “edit recipe” but this function must have been eliminated during production. On my version the “edit recipe” button has been replaced with a “sharing” button.  This is an understandable marketing decision, as the ability for users to share the recipes (and the app itself) will benefit Vorwerk far more than the ability for app users to edit recipes. The ability to “soft edit” recipes by appending notes,  will satisfy some users but not all of us.
  • I hate to be a downer but the videos are not all that useful. They are well produced, but are wordless (no voice or text is superimposed). Again, this is an understandable marketing decision as the wordless videos will translate to all languages seamlessly. However, because the step-by-step recipe instructions are thorough, and the videos somewhat “breezy” they are redundant. (Nice eye candy, but not necessary, nor very useful.)
  • The free “Lite” version of the app doesn’t offer much…
  • The price tag is steep. Vorwerk should make this app gratis for those who own the machine. That would have been a great marketing strategy to leverage some online hype from Thermomix owners who have been waiting a long time for better a virtual presence from the parent company.
  • Navigation within each recipe and between recipes is a little clunky.
  • There is a known issue that occurs sporadically when editing items in the shopping list.  Tthe navigation buttons disappear and there is no way to return to the recipe. In such cases, it may be necessary to power down your device and restart the app :(
  • In a facebook comment Thermomix fan Sarah Goddard was told by the developers that the version just released is not a dedicated iPad version and that when the iPad edition becomes available, we’ll have to pay for it separately. Says Sara, “if you buy the current app you will then have to pay again for the ipad version…”

If you don’t have an iPad or iPhone, are you missing out?
Yes and no. You’re missing out on the little online party that will take place for a while. And no, you don’t really need this app to have fun with Thermomix. If you already own the “My Way of Cooking” book, you’re not missing much by not having this app. (Unless you really, really, really need to make a shopping list from these 145 recipes.) So raise your chin high, dry those tears, and go make something in the Thermomix — old school. Visit the forum, chat with friends on Twitter and Facebook and rest assured that you cook with the coolest, most fun, most super kitchen machine on the planet.

The verdict?
Vorwerk’s international division has accomplished a real coup with the release of this app in multiple languages. The time is ripe for Thermomix to become a household name around the world and this app will help spread the word at lightning speed. Great marketing strategy that will satisfy existing Thermomix owners and help new cooks become interested in the super kitchen machine.  (At times like this, I wish I were affiliated and selling Thermomix!)

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See 38 comments from people who cook with Thermomix:

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    Jo @ Quirky Cooking 11 September 2011 at 12:55 am (PERMALINK)

    Thanks so much Helene, I’m drying my tears, and I’m off to make something in my ipad-less kitchen with my super cool kitchen machine! :D xx

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 11 September 2011 at 12:57 am (PERMALINK)

    Glad to hear it Jo! You do JUST FINE without having an app — your fans probably know this even better than you do ;-)

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    Shai 11 September 2011 at 12:58 am (PERMALINK)

    Are there plans for Android support as well?

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 11 September 2011 at 1:13 am (PERMALINK)

    Hi Shai — I’m not in any way affiliated with Thermomix, so I don’t know! … But… I have just emailed the developers to ask the question that you and so many others want to know about. I will update the blog and facebook when I hear back. (Fingers crossed!)

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 11 September 2011 at 1:43 am (PERMALINK)

    Have just heard back from the App development team at Vorwerk! Here is their answer: “At the moment, our App only operates on an Apple device, nevertheless we are studying the different possibilities with other operatives systems like Android and we will keep you informed about our new launches through this same media.”

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    Madame Thermomix 11 September 2011 at 11:27 am (PERMALINK)

    Like @QuirkyJo I’m drying my tears and slipping into my iPadless kitchen to make something in my Thermomix from My Way of Cooking. I’m lucky enough to have the hardcover book so I’m set for a while. But it really cheeses me off that so many corporations of any and all kinds kowtow to the iPad/iPod/iPhone and leave us Android fans in the lurch. So thanks for letting me down gently, Helene; I’m no longer worried about missing the party!

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    Nora 11 September 2011 at 11:45 am (PERMALINK)

    Helen, thanks for the info! I’ll have to steal my hubbie’s iPhone to use the app but I’m sure if it means I’ll be cooking a great dish with Thermomix, he won’t mind too much ;-)

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    Carmo 11 September 2011 at 12:39 pm (PERMALINK)

    Helen, thank you for informing us about the first official app from Thermomix.
    I just purchased from Itunes Store, I LOVE IT!!!

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    Mara 11 September 2011 at 12:56 pm (PERMALINK)

    No iPad. No iPhone. So sad….

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 11 September 2011 at 1:09 pm (PERMALINK)

    Glad to hear it Carmo — I like it too! Sorry Mara and Madame T., but compared to the Thermomix itself, this app is just a teensy wee little toy and certainly not worth crying about. (If I already had the book, I wouldn’t use the app at all.) Go forth and cook your sorrows away :)

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    rachel 12 September 2011 at 12:08 am (PERMALINK)

    I shall express my annoyance by referring to it as a i-mix from now on.

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    winnie chen 13 September 2011 at 8:51 am (PERMALINK)

    I am in love with Thermomix super kitchen machine.

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 15 September 2011 at 2:10 pm (PERMALINK)

    Oh Winnie, you are among friends here — we love it too!!! Many of us have (secretly) kissed our Thermomix machines…

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    Bootobethin 16 September 2011 at 2:04 pm (PERMALINK)

    Hi All. I too enjoy my Thermomix. I hope that headoffice are able to release the app in a form that all of us using android phones an tablets can access it also. Here’s hoping!
    Thanks for your great website Helene!

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 16 September 2011 at 5:48 pm (PERMALINK)

    Thanks Bootobethin! Am keeping fingers crossed here, you are not alone in asking for that Android app. I think Vorwerk is a responsible company that listens to it’s customers better than most. The app for iOS is still so new, there’s bound to be an Android in the works…

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    Gretchen 16 September 2011 at 6:54 pm (PERMALINK)

    I agree this app needs some work to make it practical. I won’t be downloading the full version just yet. I love my iPad and my Thermomix although I have not kissed my Bimby I give it a good licking now and then.

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 16 September 2011 at 8:51 pm (PERMALINK)

    Oh you are a cheeky one Gretchen! If I could reach that far I’d spank your bottom with the wooden spoon. Oh wait… no can do! — I gave that wooden spoon away when Thermomix arrived ;-)

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    Carla 19 September 2011 at 2:35 am (PERMALINK)

    Thanks for the great review. I paid for the app and then realised it won’t work on my prehistoric iPhone 3GS as it’s only for iPhone 4. I’m glad to hear I’m not missing out on much!

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    Robert McGovern 9 October 2011 at 4:19 am (PERMALINK)

    Ah now how did you get the developers email? I’d love to send along some suggestions, particularly to kill the annoying behaviour of the left hand list of recipe types. I want to be able to touch the type and swap to it, NOT load the selected recipe in the right hand list. Drives me batty.

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 9 October 2011 at 10:46 am (PERMALINK)

    Hi Robert — nice to hear from you!

    Just click the tab in the bottom right corner for “more”, then click “feedback”, then on the next menu click “feedback” again. For me this resulted in a couple of almost instant replies from the developers. If it doesn’t work, get back to me and I’ll send you their email address directly.

    I fully agree with your comment above. It’s what I referred to in my review as the somewhat “clunky” navigation system. (I always try to be gentle when it comes to criticism of other people’s work, to give the benefit of the doubt — as in “maybe I’m the only one who noticed or cared about this clunky navigation…”) I wrote the review above just after downloading the app, but the more I use it, the more this clunky (archaic? antiquated? counter-intuitive?) navigation frustrates me as well. This, and the way you have to scroll back through the screens of “steps” to check your ingredients. If it says “add the butter” and I’ve forgotten how much butter was in the recipe, I have to scroll back, and back to find out. (Makes me think the developers have not actually cooked with the app, merely tested it by clicking around.) This defies the purpose of an app, really, which should be to improve on the convenience of a book. For some people the ability to add ingredients to a shopping list will appeal, but this is a function I do not use ever. For me, the book (if I had this book!) would be my default, and not the app. That said, for those of us who don’t have the book, this app is an okay option. :-)

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    Mara 11 October 2011 at 7:19 am (PERMALINK)

    I was wondering, is “in the mix” an “official” thermomix book? Because, if it is, I might still have hope of finding it in Spain or sometime maybe even have it converted into an application,.

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 11 October 2011 at 11:32 am (PERMALINK)

    Hi Mara – It’s my understanding that “in the mix” is not an official Thermomix cookbook, as it is in fact published privately by the Slattery Media Group. The book however, has the support and endorsement of Thermomix Australia who are exclusive distributors for the book at this time. Response has been somewhat overwhelming due to the great vision of its author Dani Valent to feature a mix of recipes by high profile chefs and bloggers — something never done before in the English-speaking Thermomix world. I think if the popularity of this book bears out, an app would be a likely follow up. (That’s just my opinion of course, nothing has been said about it yet.) I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you and others in Europe (and elsewhere) who are keen to expand their Thermomix horizons ;-)

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    Mara 12 October 2011 at 5:56 am (PERMALINK)

    Thanks Helene. I’ll just pray hard and leave dozens of “in the mix” comments everyday. Maybe we could suggest that the Slattery Media Group create a kindle version of the book and you put it up on your shopper’s guide and then all of us from Europe could have easy access to it.
    Mmmm, I’m starting to like my idea.

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 12 October 2011 at 12:52 pm (PERMALINK)

    Great minds think alike Mara… this same suggestion was made to them some time ago ;-)

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    Mara 12 October 2011 at 11:26 pm (PERMALINK)

    What would we do without you?
    IN THE MIX!!!!!

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  26. avatar
    HELLO 13 October 2011 at 9:03 am (PERMALINK)

    THERMOMIX IS THE BEST I BEATS ALL THE REST

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    Gdaiva 16 December 2011 at 8:50 pm (PERMALINK)

    App is available, but Thermomix is not….great!

    American.

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    Mara 17 December 2011 at 10:58 am (PERMALINK)

    Poor Gdaiva, I do feel for you!

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    Cookie1 7 January 2012 at 8:50 pm (PERMALINK)

    Thanks for that Helene. I have just become one third owner of an ipad with DD.

    Thanks to Gretchen for telling us about this also.

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 7 January 2012 at 10:15 pm (PERMALINK)

    Lucky you Cookie1 — I am envious!!! Yes, I too am glad to see Gretchen back online and “in the mix” these days =)

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    lucy delgado 5 February 2012 at 7:44 pm (PERMALINK)

    FAVOR DE DECIRME EL COSTO DE THERMOMIX TM32 ME INTERESA ,LUCY DE PUERTO RICO. GRACIAS

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 6 February 2012 at 10:17 am (PERMALINK)

    Querida Lucy – este sitio tiene que vender Thermomix. Para obtener más información acerca de los precios Thermomix, por favor, siga las instrucciones que aparecen en esta página. Gracias por usar este sitio ;-)

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    Margie 27 September 2012 at 12:17 am (PERMALINK)

    Luv the app, great in the super market.
    Much cheaper than the book.
    Luv thermi too

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    Shama 17 October 2012 at 3:07 pm (PERMALINK)

    Hi Shai! Are they going to make it in russian?

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    ThermomixBlogger Helene 17 October 2012 at 7:55 pm (PERMALINK)

    Hi Shama! I don’t know if the app will be released in Russian. I do know that Vorwerk reads this blog though… so maybe they will answer your question ;-)

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  36. avatar
    Shama 19 October 2012 at 6:11 am (PERMALINK)

    Thanks Helene

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