Tefal Cuisine Companion FE800A60 has been discontinued and replaced by Tefal i-Companion XL Connect FE90C160.
Makes a wide variety of tasty foods
Simple to use
Tefal Cuisine Companion
I love my CC. I have a family of 5 so wanted the larger capacity and I use it more for meals than baking (though I have used it for my rare baking as well, including bread). I mainly do curries, soups, risottos and bolognaise etc. .The big sell for me was the capacity and the fact it is way quieter than a TMX (cannot handle the noise they make). You can actually saute onions and cook the flour in the butter before you make bechemal sauce etc. (Though the recipe book does not do it this way and I hate white sauce that tastes like flour)....Blades are really easy to change and the wider bowl makes it easier for getting your hand in if washing by hand. You can't mill in it unless you get the mini bowl but I don't tend to so this did not worry me. I love that my chicken, steak etc. stays in however big chunks I made and does not mash it as there is a stirring attachment. Great machine!
Purchased in April 2018 at Harvey Norman for $1,200.00.
I used to love it but it's all over now!
The CC is great for a couple of years and then issues begin to occur. My CC jumps around if I try to do anything with bulk e.g. piza dough, even though I follow the recipe exactly and do not overload it. My CC is also leaking from the base and so I have ordered a new seal from the Tefal online shop, which states the items are in stock but then, after I'd paid for the items, informed me I'll have to wait 6 weeks for the seal to arrive from France, which means I can't use the appliance in the interim.
Unfortunately, this is the 3rd Tefal produc...t I've had problems with (previously the Tefal Optigrill XL GC722 which ceased working just outside of the warranty and the Actifry). Consequently, I will not buy any more of their products as they are expensive, unreliable and mostly irreparable!
Purchased in January 2017 at Harvey Norman for $1,295.00.
Cuisine Companion Vs Thermomix overview - its kinda long :)
Im one of those people that likes to research things a fair bit before purchasing. I previously had an Optimum Thermocook pro which is a blender style thermocooker that is very similar to the Tmx. Late 2019 I first heard about the Cuisine Companion and after lots of researching ended up buying one second hand early 2020....I use it several times a week and find it much better than the thermocook machine I had before. I find I can do a lot more with it and more one pot meals since I can grate directly into the bowl. We're a family of 5 and th...e large CC bowl is just the right size for our meals. Plus I can throw pretty much everything into the dishwasher, including the extra accessories, so clean up is much quicker and easier. Im always talking to my family and friends about how great it is so I thought I may as well write a review and share some of the things Ive found since owning a few different thermo cookers. In my researching I was mainly tossing up between the CC and the Thermomix, when I looked into it I realised they are actually quite different machines in that the CC is more of an automated food processor, whereas the Tmx is more of an automated blender....so each has different strengths. Personally I have found an automated food processor to be more useful in meal prep day to day which is why Ive stuck with my Cuisine Companion. It seems to be quite good quality, my machine is 13 months old and its never skipped a beat. For anyone interested I wrote out the main points of comparison for someone previously so will include that below >>> CC vs Tmx BLADES: The CC blades can be easily popped in and out from the top so after the meal is prepared, the blade can be quickly removed leaving a good size bowl to serve from/ there is much more space to get a ladle in etc. The Tmx always has to have the blade left in place while food is in the jug and food can often get caught underneath the blade which requires some extra time/ bit awkward to scrape out with a spatula. SCALES: Internal scales are nice to have, but they can be a bit fragile and can be damaged just by tapping a spoon on the edge of the Tmx jug, which then requires recalibration by a professional which can be costly. For this reason many prefer to use external scales which tend to be more solid/ reliable and can be easily and cheaply replaced if ever needed.
Purchased in January 2020.
Unreliable and very poor support from TEFAL
UNRELIABLE and very poor support from TEFAL. Great while it worked which wasn’t long!
I was initially impressed enough with the performance to buy the overpriced grating attachment. However, about 5 months after purchase, I noticed meals weren’t cooking as expected. The appliance made stirring sounds but the finished result wasn’t as even as it had been. Remember this is supposed to be an “all in one appliance” that you can set and forget for an hour or so without further intervention. It’s also not possible to take the top off to see that i...t’s working properly so sound is all you have to go by. It wasn’t until I decided to make a ‘quick’ cake that I realised that the blades only turned a couple of times then stopped. Apparently, this is a common fault. The product has a two-year warranty, so I contacted TEFAL expecting a replacement machine for such a major fault on a new product. However, I was simply directed to the nearest repairer which wasn’t very close. The repairer expected the repair to take a week but when contacted a week later, told me the faulty part isn’t expected to arrive from France until the end of June at the earliest! In summary, I paid over $1,000 for a top of the range all in one cooking appliance that failed after 5 months of light use and I’m expected to wait another couple of months for repair! This is extremely poor service from TEFAL and I won’t be buying another TEFAL appliance ever again. I definitely recommend staying clear of the TEFAL Cuisine Companion but if you really want one, second hand ones are available from $200, that would be the way to go as the warranty is worthless.
Purchased in September 2019 at Myer Online Store.
Great Machine but Questionable Reliability
Bought this product in Apr 2018 and used it seldomly inside the 2 yr warranty period. Whilst making pizza or cookie dough, the machine blade would slow & then stop completely once the dough ball formed. It was like the electric motor had partially lost torque.
Contacted the retailer (Harvey Norman) who told us they only sold a limited range of Tefal products and due to a commercial break down with Tefal could not help us.
Contacted Tefal customer service and was told to take the unit to the only repairer in QLD (1.5 hrs away from Brisbane, so 6...
Purchased in April 2018 at Harvey Norman for $649.50.
Was good when it was working, stopped working after 6months of normal use
bought this in march 2019, was good when it was working, but it stopped working in October 2019 all of a sudden, contacted Tefal was told i have to go to one of the repairers, and possible charges will incur for inspection and repair, very pool service. i work full time, don't have time to make the visit to the 3rd party repairer during mon-5 9-5pm.
will avoid tefal products from now on for poor service.
Purchased in March 2019 at Peter's of Kensington for $800.00.
Amazing Thermal Cooker
Bought from Harvey Norman a year ago on sale, what an absolute amazing product. Ive ummed and ahhed about a thermal cooker for a few years but could not justify the cost. Enter the Tefal Cuisine Companion. Quick and easy to use. Great customer service from Tefal as well. It's quieter than the party plan thermal cooker, and with the flat bottom sautes well. I can do salmon and veggies, all steamed in 30 minutes. There's preset buttons to make cooking easier. I made pizza dough tonight and after mixing proves in the bowl! No hassle whatsoever. Love love love this machine.
Purchased in August 2018 at Harvey Norman.
We are in danger of Wearing this out, it's so great
We have been using this most every night - It's a welcome change having picky adult children still at home not saying much but eating voraciously. Only complaint is that the wording of some of the recipes in the supplied (and extensive) recipe book can be confusing - my wife has misread some of the instructions, and still it manages to make a good meal - I think this is a badge engineered French Moulinex, and the translation might have been semi-automated. Will be buying another for the kids when the move out, as well as a second bowl for convenience,
Purchased in March 2019 at Peter's of Kensington for $803.00.
OO LA LA MY CC
I have had this for 2 days and The cuisine companion is a applience which makes cooking all sots of food easy and simple . No need to have many applicences when you have a cuisine companion . It’s not to complex either . Recipes are easy to follow and it’s quite while cooking . Highly recommend . I have cooked vanilla cream rice , it turned out perfect . Not mush and the taste was smooth and creamy .
Also if needing a extra spare bowl XF382E39 suited for the cuisine companion ending in model number 702 .
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Purchased in February 2019.
Learning how to use the Tefal cuisine companion to master my Vegan cooking
So far my Tefal cuisine companion has been a wonderful blessing in my kitchen. I’m trying to learn quickly how to make my own vegan recipes. It’s been a bit hard to set the cooking times and which blade to use. So far I’m so happy with the results of my food. Extremely happy. The only thing I’d say would be a bonus on future updates could be in the added feature of an alarm setting. This would be an awesome bonus as I have found that if I’m in a different room after setting the cooking time (especially with rice) sometimes you don’t kno...w wether it’s stopped or not without continuing to have to check, which spoils the fun. I must admit that all my finished cooking has been outstanding. To say that I’m impressed by my Tefal cuisine companion is an understatement. Pictured is a recipe that I’ve actually followed. Fudge bean brownies. Yum. Baking that actually turns out thanks too the whizz of this machine. Well done Tefala!
Purchased in January 2019.
My Kitchen Companion
Have been looking at all brands of these sorts of appliances for sometime, but couldn't justify the price. Jumped in before Christmas and bought one. It does pay to study the manuals, but once you get how the controls work it is a breeze. The first thing I look at is weight as I am not keen on keeping appliances on the bench and it is light enough to put in the cupboard when not in use. The basin is a good size. I like how the attachment blades are neatly stored in their own container, most of the parts are dishwasher safe, and the controls...are easy to use. I have so far cooked bread, made pasta, soups, Thai green chicken (although I make my own recipe), minced meat for lasagne sauce etc so I have given it a good run and can thoroughly recommend. I am seriously thinking of getting the shedder attachment and then I have everything I need. I have already passed on food processor etc which are no longer required.
Awesome addition for the kitchen benchtop
So easy and great to use. Quick soups to whipped cream in a flash.
Make great dips, dough, pasta sauce.
Easy to clean which is a big bonus.
Looks great on the kitchen benchtop.
Bought mine at harvey norman at 50% off, comes with a great recipe book and user manual.
Have had the machine for two years now and definitely feel its one of my 'can't do without' appliances in my kitchen. Makes the best no fuss risottos, fantastic soups, pancake mix/waffle mix for a horde, cake mix, no fuss spaghetti sauce, scone dough without the timely rubbing in of butter by hand, and a butter chicken that can turn the room into a toxic spice napalm if you don't have the exhaust fan running (tastes amazing though) . Fantastic machine. Don't need a mixer, food processor, and can replace or act as a number of other less used ...appliances in your kitchen. Being able to take out the blade and other attachments is a huge benefit and makes it very easy to clean. Bowl is large enough to make risotto as a main meal for 4 adults. Lack of a scale for measuring directly into the bowl can be overcome by placing the bowl directly on the free digital scale you can get from Tefal, zeroing it and placing ingredients straight in. I have the grater attachment for the cuisine companion which works really well when prepping for soups etc. and while I don't use it very often it definitely beats doing it by hand. Negatives are the lack of a pouring spout and handle on the bowl which would be handy.
My mother"s day gift could not have been a better product, makes soups smooth & creamy but also can have it chunky. Have made stews, bread rolls, pizza dough & still experimenting. The motor noise is comparable with others as far as noise goes. Only shortfall is cleaning, not being unable to separate the bowl from the base, makes it harder to wash especially with arthritic hands & no dishwasher. Would like to see Tefal bring out something to work with models (incl this one)to enable a separate bowl. A handle on the bowl would make it a lot easier to hold when emptying contents. Overall a great product & no worries about it exploding. Will definitely be buying the other accessories This is my 4th Tefal product I have in my kitchen.
Wont blow up , happy days
Reduces my work load ! Yes saving time is my favorite benifit ( next to safety of course !)
No more burnt custard or creamed rice boiling over and making a mess ! Steamed potatoes then mashed with the whisk, has never been better !
Fantastic bread and scones , heaps of recipes online and a few FB groups ...i could go on ! But yes, i love it !! Very pleased with my purchase . Only down side ? Cleaning the dual layer lid is a bit of a bother ? Really needs a re design !
Happy with purchase
This replaces worn out Bellini kitchen master which Target no longer sell.
Very happy so far. It makes a wonderful chunky soup without turning it in to puree. Peel and cut veges, put in TCC. Come back in 45 minutes. Eat.
Motor strong enough to mix dough. Wonderful italian bread made with 3 minutes mixing. 1 hour sitting. 30 min baking.
Easy to swap blades while still ingredients in bowl.
Easy to clean. Mostly dishwasher proof. You have to remove spindle which is simple.
Quite awkward and difficult to empty contents when using spatula...
The must have all in once kitchen machine
The Cuisine Companion does everything for you, it chops the onion, fries it, stirs the curry whilst you are busy outside the kitchen. It cooks rice, steams pudding, is awesome at dough making. The external steamer adds so much extra space. A second bowl really makes the experience better. It's so much better than a thermomix. 1) it's lots cheaper, but the quality and Tefal are behind it 2) it's a food processor shape, so it's better at sauté food, doesn't mush meat 3) it cooks just the same was as a saucepan could so it's easy to learn. The Shine with you Cuisine Companion cookbook helps you learn how to get the most from this amazing machine. My machine came with it, but if yours doesn't get a copy too
Omg why didn’t I buy this earlier
This is an amazing alternative to the thermomix. At about $1000 cheaper it does pretty much exactly the same stuff except a few things. Ie doesn’t have internal scales but that is a fantastic thing as you do not have to get it calibrated all the time. And tefal send you a starter welcome pack with digital scales in
Versatile and High quality
As an enthusiastic baker but terrible cook I bought this as a method to make cooking whole meals easier. I have to say that it’s definitely made making risotto and dishes that require frequent stirring and blending easier and it makes the best potato mash. It takes a bit of getting used to and experimentation to work out how the different blades work. The cookbook that comes with it is okay but the Facebook community is a fantastic resource. Although it’s got an internal steamer basket this is small so not very useful I find for my family of fo...ur. Where I’ve found this product shines is when I’m baking- it’s very easy to convert mix and bake recipes such as brownies, hummingbird cake etc and it’s so quick and easy that I’ve not used my stand mixer since getting this. Buttercream icing is super easy because I don’t even need to sift the icing sugar as the blade just mixes everything so smoothly and the lid keeps everything contained. What I love is that I just have one bowl to clean and it’s very easy to clean- the centre just clicks out and it’s easy to clean the bowl. The lid also clicks into place so there’s no risk of contents exploding unlike other multifunction cookers. It has four separate blades which are removable and easy to clean. However sometimes bits of food can get stuck such as when making macaroni and cheese and the bottom can burn. I love this appliance and highly recommend it.
Almost Perfect, but....
I wish that for Slow Cooking mode had
- Temperature settings to be possible with 1 Celsius changes (57, 58, 59...), not current 5 Celsius changes (55, 60, 65, ...)
- Cooking Timer setting to be possible up to 6 Hours, not current 2 hours.
These would be so helpful for Sous-Vide Cooking.
Questions & Answers
Why is it so expensive in price
Why is my CC locked?
What do you mean - locked? Are there any messages displayed on the CC? More information is required to be able to assist you.
how do you mill ordinally sugar to castor sugar
- 6 automatic programs, including: prepare and make sauces, steam, make soups and broths, slow cook, prepare pastries and dough, and cook desserts.
- 12 variable cooking speeds, as well as a Pulse and Turbo mode
- Manual mode allows more control for the chef, when you prefer to choose the speed, heat and time settings
- A 2.5-L working bowl capacity provides sufficient space for most ingredients.
- Dishwasher-friendly parts help the ease of the cleaning process, with a removable pot and steam basket.
- Accessories provided include a steaming basket, mixer, beater, kneading and crushing knife for dough, pastry, batters, nuts and ice; and an Ultrablade cutting knife, for chopping vegetables, meat and fish.
Points of Praise
- The cooking versatility of the Tefal Cuisine Companion was greatly appreciated by reviewers . Food cooked includes soups, dips, pizza dough, curries, lasagne, scones, and ice cream.
- It’s quieter than many other similar machines from competitor brands on the market.
- The Cuisine Companion was often described as easy to use and clean, overall making cooking a much easier experience that’s convenient and enjoyable. This opinion was commonly shared by both seasoned home cooks and reviewers describing themselves as beginners or people who weren’t natural cooks.
|Category||All-In-One Kitchen Appliances|
|Replaced by||Tefal i-Companion XL Connect FE90C160|
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