Perfect allrounder Debbie NI originally had an aldi thermomix, but unfortunately it broke. I ventured to the good guys and a sales rep told me about the k cook. At first I was gobsmacked by the price and then when she went through all the attachments I thought this has to be good.
On taking it home I immediately started to use it. I was so impressed the machine is so big and spacious and so easy to clean. All the attachments are amazing. It has an attached vegetable or cheese slicer which goes directly into the bowl, so much convenience in stead of having to get a p... Read morerocessor out of the cupboard to do the same job. It heats up so quickly and chops and processes everything in a very professional manner. The veroma or steaming tray is massive you can do so many things in it because of the size of it. It also has a set of scales which are separate but work just the same as normal. I have now thrown out my food processor as this little machine does everything that I need in the kitchen. Cakes, desserts, bread (oh yum) stews, slow cooking, meats the list just goes on and on. The recipes on my phone are absolutely fantastic and I also incorporate the thermomix ones too. I could go on and go but would definitely recommend this machine and especially because of the price.
LOVE ITThis is an all in one cooker. I do bulk Bolognese and risotto and freeze. It does the most amazing white sauce. I just did a quince paste the other day. I would like to see more recipes on the app but you can use other Thermo recipes in this when you get used to the manual setting. I absolutely love it. I havent had any problem with the lid but a handle on the side would be helpful its a bit awkward pouring out. I would definitely recommend this as a alternative to the Thermo mix if you cant afford one. I got mine from Kenwood Clearance $499 Show details
Amazing life changing productGreat product for the price $540. Does everything! Love that it includes food processor simultaneously.
Also has top cover I can remove to add things whilst machine still working.
Only thing is that the stirr insert doesn't touch the Base, so often get bit of food at stuck at Base.
Also abit Difficult to pour things out of pot as no ergonomic single handle unlike thermomix.
Steam Gets abit hot is not careful when plastic cup if open.
Don't like that the steamer is plastic. But can make do.
Food app is average.
Otherwise cant fault it. Use it daily! Life changing.. Highly recommend. Within budget. Show details
Great product ... but troubled by the lidIt keeps saying that close the lid while the lid is already closed. The product is otherwise great. But I am done with the lid issue. Have asked for a warranty case. Yet to hear back from them. Show details
My Sous ChefAfter the initial fiddly setup, this kCook certainly helps speed up your cooking. Build quality is excellent and it isn't as noisy as competitor. If you are looking for a bang-for-buck thermomix equivalent, this machine should be in your list.
Only wish it comes with a four-black chopper accessory as chopping isn't fine enough even at highest No.12 speed eg. for making very smooth peanut butter. Also, recipes in apps website limited. Show details
TerribleI paired my phone to it and followed instructions perfectly and it completely overcooked egg in the bowl so it was stuck to the bowl and extremely hard to clean off.
What a piece of junk. Show details
so in love!! cant live withoutgot this off from kenwood website at a steal for 540$ two weeks ago.
absolutely in love with this & cant live without it . . no regrets at all.
i never have to cut onions / garlic / ginger every again!!
never have to slice / shreded anything for salad as everything fits into the direct prep food processor easily .
can mash potato etc so quickly!
have made many meals with it so far.
found that it heats up to temp very quickly.
i like the digital buttons to it.
can add things from the top cover whilst its still cooking and stirring. bonus!
only thing i dislike about it
- bit trouble to wash the lid cover
- can potentially burn at the base if not careful / too high heat
otherwise, would totally recommend this to everyone! Show details
Working perfectly and now it stoppedGot my kenwood kcook a month ago through Amazon. Used it a couple of times and it was working fine but now a warning light keeps popping up saying the lid is not well placed. Tried several times but she warning light doesn't disappear and I'm unable to use the machine. It's only been a month since I got it. Very disappointed and ill be contacting the Kenwood support tomorrow. Show details
The Swiss Army Knife of the Thermal Cooking WorldI have had this machine for 3 months now and except for a glitch when it decided randomly that the bowl was “hot” when it was empty, dry and had not been used and the room temperature was about 16 degrees....I have been very happy with it.
I am a long time user of thermal machines starting with the Thermomix TM31 through to the TM5. I currently own a Kenwood Cooking Chef (the first model), a Tefal Cuisine Companion, Magimix Cook Expert, Kitchenaid Cook Processor, Thermomix TM31 and the Kenwood kCook Multi Smart. I have found that the kCook Mu... Read morelti Smart (KMS) is the best all round machine offering high temperature cooking and the convenience of independent food processing. I have been so happy with the machine that I actually moved my TM5 to a new home. I have however been disappointed with the support that the machine has received from Kenwood/De Longhi. I believe that the machine should come with a recipe book as the app is very clunky and hard to navigate to find the particular recipe you want.....it is also buggy when run on Android devices, although seems to be more stable on iOS devices. I have basically given up on trying to find anything in the app and am now importing the recipes into Paprika App so that I can more easily find things. It is a great shame as there are over 1000 recipes available in the app and a lot look really good, but it is too hard to find them. I was also disappointed with the customer service. When I had the random heating problem with my machine, Delonghi were slow to respond and the end result was I was told to take it to a service agent for diagnosis as they had no idea what could be causing it. When the service agent was contacted, I was told it would be at least a week until they could even LOOK at it and they could not tell me when I might get it back as if they had to order parts (I was given the impression that they don’t carry any for the KMS) it could be weeks. I don’t find that acceptable on a machine that was only a few weeks old. When I experienced a problem with my Magimix CE that was over a year old, a new base was dispatched to me and the faulty base collected. Luckily I had to go away for a few days and left the machine completely powered off and unplugged while I was gone. When I came back, the fault had gone away and has so far not reoccurred. The machine feels very well constructed and solid and the interface is easy to use. Great thought has been put into the storage for the different attachments. It is a very safe machine as well with the lid firmly attached to the bowl even when removed from the machine. When compared to the thermomix whose lid just “sits” on top when the jug is being move, this feels much safer. The magnetic connection of the blades is also a benefit as the contents of the bowl can be poured out without a sharp blade falling out as you pour. The stirring blade and whisk are easily lifted out and removed even when the contents of the bowl are hot. I would highly recommend this machine to anyone who wants a thermal all in one machine that is truly an all in one (I forgot to mention it really can slow cook as they give you a plug that inserts instead of the spindle) and that can cook a meal without turning it into baby food. I just wish that the importers (Delonghi) would truly support this machine....maybe even make it easier to find on the website and consider advertising it!
Time saving device* i am enjoying getting to know my machine
* It was a bit fiddly getting set up at the start but once I figured it out it’s much easier.
* The bowl weighs 2kg so it’s hard to hold with one hand while scraping into a bowl with the other - I would suggest it might be a bit tricky for elderly people to use.
*The app is very helpful when choosing what to cook and I love that I can send the shopping list straight to my mobile phone. Unexpected bonus - the teenager in the house has the app too so she can go through and choose something yummy to … Read more · 1cook. She’s not normally interested in cooking at all. * The scales work really well * I’m having some issues with Kenwood sending me an expired coupon code for the Marley Spoon pack I was promised when I bought the machine, but I’m hoping their customer service dept sort that out soon.
So good, I sold my ThermomixI've been using my Kenwood for a couple of months now, and it hasn't skipped a beat. I have owned a TMX for a couple of year, so I was already experienced with multicookers, but I was impressed by the features of the Kenwood, and stoked to give it a go.
The direct prep, variety of blades and tools, functions, and connected app, make this the most 'multi' multicookers I have encountered- and I'm an appliance junkies, so I have played with many. I especially love the stirring tool- unlike 'reverse' or similar concepts on other machines, the K... Read moreenwood allows food to retain it's shape, where TMX and others tend to reduce food to mush, and change the texture completely. The app was a bit limited at first, but the variety of recipes has really improved over time, with more and more items being added regularly. Family favourites for us have been chicken, pea, and asparagus risotto, pizza dough, chicken curry, and cauliflower soup. As other users have said, I would love to be able to add recipes, I have been converting some of my generic multicookers recipes for my friends, and it would be great to share them more widely. So happy with my beautiful machine, would definitely recommend it!
Fantastic productI have been using this machine for a few weeks, I guess the biggest fear was to buy a cheaper version of the Thermomix and then to find out it was not quite the same thing.
This machine is beautifully built and designed, robust and solid, t comes with a lot of bits and pieces which can be easily stored in a plastic box provided with the package.
The steamer is easy to install and to clean and all the pieces are dish washer safe which also save a lot of time.
Using the app is a walk in a park, you can follow simple steps on how … Read more · 1to connect the kCook to the home WiFi and after this all devices can just connect to it. The scale as well, through the Bluetooth, is simple to setup. With my wife we have tried stirfry, soups, pasta, also made jam using the manual commands. The direct preparation tool is quite handy when you need to chop a lot of veggies or you can just chop them manually if there are not many needed in the recipe. The is only one thing about the app, this could be sensibly improved adding a weekly meal planning and groceries list which would be fantastic for my wife, or just allowing the user to download the selected recipe in a different format text (OMG) like mmf so to be imported on other meal planning apps... Other improvement could be allowing people to create their own recipes. Not sure if there is anything like this scheduled by Kenwood. However, the kCook hardware is exceptional, have used it for 2-3 weeks every day and I can definitely recommend it to other people. 5 Starts
A Surprisingly Intelligent and Innovative Approach to CookingThis is a very good product. My wife, who is an accomplished cook and I (not a bad cook either) have been using our Kenwood kCook Multi Smart Cooking Food Processor (Type CCL45 Model 450CLSI) regularly for about 3 weeks. We have used it often enough and across a diversity of recipes to now feel very comfortable with it and we have concluded that it’s an amazing addition to our kitchen. It connects to our home's WiFi network and we use it mainly in conjunction with the Kenwood World App.
Initially we were daunted by the number of components… Read more · 2and it takes time to become familiar with the instructions and with the attachments, blades, cutters, and most importantly the seals. It is also necessary for users to have an Apple or Android device that is able to support the Kenwood World App and interface with the appliance. We had initial difficulty because our iPad which is only about 4-5 years old could not download the Kenwood World App as it needed to have iOS10.0 capability as an essential minimum and it could not be upgraded. We got around this problem by using our Samsung Android Smart Phone with no problem at all. Although we thought we would have preferred the convenience of the larger screen on the iPad in reality we found the Smart Phone was perfect. At initial set up we also had some difficulty understanding the ‘Instructions’ with respect to passwords/PIN because we didn’t understand at first what is required – a PIN is required for the Kenwood World App and the WiFi password for the appliance to connect to the WiFi network – the Instructions should be made clearer, and in fact there is a need to improve them generally to make them more easily understood. The Kenwood World App provides a vast array of recipes with a variety of dishes to suit almost everyone. It’s a really useful tool and we think great for novice cooks because the App walks the user through the cooking process step by step. There is a good lead in to each recipe with a preview describing ingredients, quantities, calories, cooking time, number of persons that the meal will cover etc, and this enables the user to get organized. Then as the next step and when the user is ready it takes the user through the cooking process step by step in real time using the Smart Phone or device as an interface. Just brilliant we thought. We found is very easy to use the ‘Manual’ function. Experienced cooks will easily adapt favourite recipes and we also adapted slightly some of the recipes from the App to ‘tweak’ the result to produce a flavor we wanted, such as for example adding 1 minute extra cooking time to improve the risotto recipe. The appliance is perfectly suited to casseroles, stews, curries, and anything that needs slow cooking and an occasional stir. But we also found it wonderful (and I don’t use that adjective carelessly) for cooking curds, rice puddings, risotto, chutneys and jams because they need to be continually stirred with a steady reliable heat control and the appliance does all of this automatically. We loved being able to control the stir mode and used the appliance in this way a number of times. We also found the ‘Keep Warm’ facility was very useful after we had prepared the main meal. The Direct Prep processor attachment allows the user to chop, slice and grate ingredients and have them flow directly into the cooking bowl as we did several times, or you can semi rotate it to have them go into a separate bowl as for example when making salads. The scales are fantastic! They operate independent of the machine but have Bluetooth connectivity to the user’s device (Smart Phone in our case) so that the readings are read off the Smart Phone. We also used them sometimes independently of the appliance for non cooking purposes. Although we have used the ‘Steamer’ we probably will not use it very often unless it’s in conjunction with the normal cooking process as it sits on top of the cooking bowl. But for simple steaming I think the microwave will be quicker. A disadvantage is that the appliance is high with the steamer attachment. We calculated that with the steamer attached the appliance was about 55 cms high, and when it’s realized that most kitchen benches are 90 cms high this means that the top of the appliance is 145 cms approximately from floor level. For short people or people with arthritic hands this would be a problem particularly as the steamer can be very hot. Note that the appliance must be positioned so there are no overhanging cupboards and it’s important to have clear bench space of at least 34 cms long x 30 cms deep to accommodate the base unit, and more length is necessary if prepping into an adjacent bowl. The steamer is bulky and storage might be an issue for some users. I think this unit is ideal for younger tech savvy time poor people, and for those setting up home for the 1st time, or for people who are downsizing as it replaces a range of appliances and utensils such as food processor, blender, mixer, steamer, and slow cooker. We will continue to use it for some recipes but not for all so it will be integrated into our kitchen set up without being dominant. The base unit without the steamer is an attractive addition to our kitchen bench top. The whole appliance appears to be of high build quality – it is engineered and designed in the UK, and manufactured in China – and Kenwood has included a number of good safety features which are explained in the Instructions booklet. The Warranty period appears to be 5 years for normal domestic use. In conclusion the appliance is an intelligent and innovative approach to cooking and will suit some people very well as explained above. Highly recommended.
A genuine contender to Thermomix and a step up from anything I've ever usedDisclaimer: I’m a member of the Productreview.com.au Ambassador Program and did not purchase this item.
I'm not a great cook. I'll be the first to admit that. Sure I can do the simple stuff reasonably well, but I struggle to manage complex creations and lack the finesse needed to turn good into great. I've recently purchased a slow cooker and managed to produce some pretty tasty fare, but it still took some serious consultation with online recipes and a massive amount of messy prep. Enter the Kenwood kCook Multi Smart.
I was super excited… Read more · 1to receive the kCook and spent some time eagerly unpacking the plethora of components, attachments and blades. The outside of the box does a great job of selling the benefits and I quickly had visions of creating an endless array of culinary masterpieces that would normally have been far beyond my meagre abilities. Slicing, dicing, steaming, stirring, kneading, sautéing or slow-cooking, the kCook does it all. Was the Kenwood kCook Multi Smart the answer to my prayers? The answer is yes and sadly, no. Once I’d unpacked everything, I did the usual male thing and completely ignore the setup instructions. I was really eager to turn the appliance on and see why it needed Wi-Fi and what the app was used for. While the quick start instructions suggested the setup would be simple enough, the Wi-Fi wizard did not complete properly (despite doing everything correctly). I had to revert to the printed instructions to troubleshoot. This is where I discovered that the instructions were obviously an afterthought. Poorly laid out and lacking y’know… words, it was a real chore to work out how I could reset the kCook to flush the Wi-Fi settings. As an example, the schematic diagram is a few pages in but the parts list (matched up the numbers on the diagrams) is another 3 or 4 pages onward. Why? Considering that the Kenwood World app is well crafted and the kCook has inbuilt Wi-Fi, the suite of technology definitely could have been used better to deliver an improved setup process. Eventually I got the Wi-Fi setup and turned my attention to the included parts. The most obvious place to start was the scale. It’s very light, is only about 10cm in diameter and designed to sit underneath the kCook bowl. I actually thought it was a bit odd that the scales were not built into the kCook instead of being separate as they are. The scale requires Bluetooth to pair with a smart phone (and the Kenwood World app) and thankfully, it was much simpler than the Wi-Fi setup. In fact, the kCook is really only useful when paired with the app. I had read the app was a little challenging to setup, but thankfully I downloaded it from the App Store and I was up and running in minutes. I resisted the urge to browse the app any further and turned my attention to what else was in the box. Now I have to say that the array of components included with the kCook is truly wonderful. There are tons of blades and attachments provided. My initial impressions were that the build quality of everything in the box was excellent and certainly representative of a $1500+ product. I spent some time reviewing each part to see what purpose It served (referring to the instructions) before I washed everything and got ready to test the unit in anger. As the kCook takes up substantial bench space, storing away bits and bobs that are not required was a real priority and I’m delighted to say that the steamer box does an outstanding job of storing them. Enough fiddling about. I wanted to try the unit out with one of the built-in recipes, so I browsed the app and came across the Creamy Corn Soup recipe (see below). I like corn soup and it looked simple enough as a pilot run, so I went ahead. The Kenwood World app provides step-by-step guidance for each recipe, including any preparation work (e.g. slicing) before you start to cook. As previously mentioned, the app links to the Bluetooth scale, so you can measure ingredients straight into the bowl as prompted by the app. Using the Direct Prep attachment, the kCook allows you to slice ingredients in a uniform fashion straight into the bowl. The bowl can either be attached directly to the kCook in it’s usual position, or the Direct Prep attachment can be swivelled 180 degrees so you can sit the bowl on the Bluetooth scale and weigh ingredients directly. Now while the Direct Pre worked well for the most part, occasionally it did fail to slice properly resulting in ingredients becoming stuck in the main chamber of the attachment, which resulted in a complete disassembly in order to reach the offending item. This was a real buzzkill when it happened. I followed the recipie to the letter and was pleasantly surprised. I needed to add a little more seasoning than advised, but otherwise, I’d made a pretty tasty soup at my first attempt. The texture was smooth (not lumpy at all) and I’d been able to prep what I’d needed ahead of the actual cooking. So far so good. Others have complained about the recipes being somewhat inflexible, but I was fine with experimenting as I went along. The fact that I could use the included recipes as a basis for what I was creating meant that I could concentrate on fine tuning. I found improvising with additional ingredients on the fly did not impact the quality of what I was producing and in fact seriously improved my cooking. For example, I added a touch of balsamic vinegar and parmesan to my focaccia and it made it outstanding. Results I have made 5 recipes over the past few weeks: Creamy Corn Soup The first thing I made and honestly one of the tastiest. I was so impressed with the ability of the Direct Prep as it saved so much time and mess. I was also a huge fan of the way the app worked, guiding me along each step with a little tick to say I’d finished and could move on. There was a theme that presented itself in most recipes however, the lack of seasoning. I had to add a little more salt and pepper as the base recipe was bland. Slow Cooked Beef Bourgeon This was a recipe I adapted from one I’d previously attempted in a pressure cooker. I thought I’d give it the full slow-cook treatment this time. I was a little dismayed that I could only set the slow-cook timer to 8 hours, but I persevered by resetting the timer about 4 hours in to reach my 12 hour goal. It was during this recipe that I discovered that the kCook’s temperature control was super sensitive in manual mode (as this was not a Kenwood recipe). If I set the temperature at 93°C, it would very barely bubble (not even a simmer). Set it to 94°C however and it all went pear shaped with everything furiously boiling over. It was such a stark contrast between the two that I had to try it a few times to make sure I hadn’t messed up. I hadn’t. I simply couldn’t get the appliance to simmer rather than boil. I left it at 93°C for the bulk of the cooking time and hoped for the best. While the result was good, I didn’t think it was as good as other times I’d made it. It was certainly runnier, which I put down to the temperature being too low. Chicken Nuggets This one looked simple enough and who doesn’t like nuggets? This was crazy tasty and much healthier than the store bought ones. The addition of cream cheese made them irresistible. I paired them with a blue cheese dip and handed them out when we had some friends over for afternoon tea. They were a big hit. Rosemary Focaccia I love carbs, so this was always going to be a winner. I modified the recipe slightly by including some exquisite balsamic vinegar I’d purchased and a shaving of parmesan to give it kick. After fiddling around with the mini blade for longer than I’d like (a dough hook would have been better) I ended up with a bread that we all enjoyed tearing apart and dipping into some fresh Tatziki. Yum! Butter Bean Ragu with Crusty Panini This was proper comfort food. Full of hearty vegetables I was able to whip it up in less than 30 minutes from beginning to end. I added a squeeze of lemon and a little more salt, but otherwise used the stock recipe. The Direct Prep jammed a few times during the process, but otherwise all went well. Conclusion: The kCook is a valid competitor to the Thermomix. It offers a number of features not present on it’s more well known competitor and for me that gives it the edge. The Kenwood World application is well laid out and with the addition of more and more recipes, it will only get better over time. While it’s not perfect, I was able to produce some pretty good results with a minimum of experimentation, not having to deviate from the default recipe too often. I’m not sure that I’d pay over $1500 for an appliance of this sort, but it’s only because I don’t cook often enough to warrant it. It’s apparent that subsequent versions will be even better and that Kenwood have put a great deal of thought into the design and functionality. If you’re a half decent cook and want a machine that does it all, or would like to cook more often but like me you are a horrible cook, then this could be the kitchen appliance you’re looking for. Pros + The Kenwood World app is super easy to use and provides access to loads of delicious recipes + Direct Prep of ingredients into the kCook Bowl saves time and produces great results (when it works properly) + The quality of the kCook Multi Smart appliance, the attachments and the Bluetooth scale is excellent + Easy to store considering it is a large appliance with many pieces + kCook integration with Wi-Fi allows for some innovative functionality including alerts to your smart phone + The number of cooking modes allows for a range of recipes to be prepared Cons - Somewhat inconsistent manual temperature controls make some cooking modes fiddly - Ideally the Bluetooth scale should have been built into the unit instead of being seperate - Direct Prep can fail to deliver consistent results and often jams requiring the assembly to be dismantled - It is difficult to properly clean the underneath of the kCook Bowl - The initial Wi-Fi setup was somewhat flaky and challenging to troubleshoot - Slow cook timer needs a longer option than 8 hours - The printed instructions are woeful - The inclusion of a dough hook would produce better dough for bread and pizzas
Much easier to use than expectedWe have now used the Multi Smart kCook for around six weeks & have so far used it six times. First impressions were that it was dauntingly complex but not so, there are so many pieces but after the initial learning curve it is in fact very easy to use.
I would suspect that the technically challenged may find the smart phone integration somewhat perplexing as the app is pretty much essential, though the integration is absolutely fantastic. The recipes are many & varied, we have added around eight favourites. Some of the recipe terminology is … Read more · 1unclear, things such as Pearl Onions (better known as Shallots in Australia, or Baby Onions), Orzo (Risoni) & All-purpose flour (Plain flour). Easily solved using Google. Previous appliances of this type have been difficult to clean but not so with the kCook although for simple minimal chopping we did not use the slicer/chopper. This is of course optional. We have left reviews on most of the recipes though notice that few do! The end results have all been excellent & we are total converts, the machine is well made & for what it can do has a small footprint & easy storage. To date we have made Vegetable chips, Garlic sausage pasta sauce & Orzo, Far Breton, Chicken with ginger & Black Bean sauce & Simple beef stew (twice). Not having ever been a great cook this machine takes all of the variables out of the equation & every time has been a complete unmitigated success! My only possible criticism is the Smart Phone Android application, it could do with some improvements or modification. Several times after simply looking at the app the annoying alarm starts & can’t be stopped only by turning the phone off. A minor criticism but as for the machine five stars!!!
Questions & Answers
How do you boil an egg in the machine ?
Just purchased the kenwood kcook multi smart cooker.
Tried making pumpkin, tuna pasta.
When I put the water in to boil it said to put stirrer in as well and the machine seemed to be moving quite a bit whilst it was heating up the water
Can the kcook multi smart knead bread dough? Secondly can it cook bread?
Can knead. But bake in oven
ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.