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Thomson i-GeniMix robot cooker test: a new rival for Lidl’s Monsieur Cuisine Connect

The i-GeniMix robot achieves the feat of offering an XXL bowl in a fairly narrow motor unit that does not take up too much space on a worktop. Neither wide nor deep, this robot cooker is one of the most compact in our comparison (36 cm deep and 18 cm wide). As for the bowl all in height, Its overall capacity of 4.5 liters and 3.5 l useful allows cooking for 1 to 8 people.

The white and black plastics are reminiscent of those of Monsieur Cuisine Connect or Digicook. We obviously suspect that all these robots come from the same manufacturing plants or almost.

Left: the Thomson i-GeniMix; right: Lidl's MCC.

Left: the Thomson i-GeniMix; right: Lidl’s MCC.

As with the food processor in mass distribution – but not only, Moulinex and Magimix too! -, the bowl is handled using two handles on the sides, as you would with a pressure cooker. This is inconvenient when it comes to pouring the contents of the tub when it is hot. We would have preferred a system similar to that of the Kenwood CookEasy + which not only has two side handles, but also a large central handle. Fortunately for him, the bowl is quite light (1.5 kg), but the catch is that the engine block is too (4.8 kg). Suddenly, when the bowl is removed from its base, the motor unit tends to rise. The suction cups do all they can, but when the tub is full, they give up the standoff.

While closing the lid of the Lidl Monsieur Cuisine Connect bowl put us in trouble, closing the i-GeniMix is ​​no problem. It is light and slides very easily in its hinges. It is really a good thing that Thomson took care of the lid of his bowl; the difficulties which one can meet with badly ruined lids are enough to discourage when one has to handle it several times during the same recipe. Entirely made of plastic, it provides a small hole to insert ingredients during cooking. It is not really very wide and risks causing some overflow concerns.

We cannot miss the large 7-inch touch screen, well tilted towards the user, which offers good readability. Of course, it gives access to the guided kitchen. The catalog includes 500 recipes which are organized in alphabetical order or by type of dish (side dishes, appetizers and spreads, drinks, desserts, fish / meat / vegetarian starters, ice creams and sorbets, one pot, pasta dishes. / fish / meat / vegetarians, sauces, soups and soups, pies, quiches and salads). Unlike the Bosch Cookit, the i-GeniMix interface judiciously provides a search bar to better navigate the catalog.

In overview, you can access basic information: preparation time, cooking time and number of guests. We regret that it is not (yet) possible to change the number of guests to automatically adjust the list of ingredients and preparation times, as Moulinex offers in particular on its Cookeo Touch. When you enter the recipe, the list of ingredients, the sequence of the recipe, some tips for “pimping” it, as well as the list of accessories to use are displayed. The guided cooking is quite clear and well detailed, but it happens quite often – not to say systematically! – that there are 5 or 6 steps within the same step. We much prefer the step-by-step Thermomix and Cookit: one step: one action!

Like a Vorwerk Thermomix TM6, the i-GeniMix provides automatic programs (knead, steam, simmer, grate / slice, or clean). These modes automatically adjust the program duration and the cooking or blending temperature when necessary. For experienced cooks, it is obviously possible to go through the manual mode for which the user can select the duration of his cooking program (from 1 s to 90 min), the temperature (between 37 and 130 ° C in stages of 5 ° C) and the blade rotation speed (up to 12 + turbo speed).

To sublimate everything, the i-GeniMix also incorporates a scale, accurate to within 5 grams. If the display is happier than that of the Digicook almost illegible, we still deplore this slight delay in the display. This little the G risk of compromising a recipe if the sugar is poured too quickly into the bowl. We must be vigilant on this point.

Clearly, the interface of the i-GeniMix does not pose any particular problem. The screen is responsive, the menus are clear, the information and recipes are plentiful; the more so as the catalog will grow at the option of the monthly updates which will enrich the robot with 10 new recipes each month.

Far from being stingy in accessories, Thomson delivers with its robot-cooker a complete panoply of utensils to make it versatile: an interior steamer basket, an XXL steamer tray, a kneader, a whisk, a 4-blade knife, a spatula and a vegetable grater. It is very smart for the manufacturer to provide this accessory which is lacking in many robot cookers, including the Thermomix.

Unlike the Bosch Cookit bowl which has the same capacity – and which weighs over 2.8 kg – the i-GeniMix’s bowl is quite light (1.5 kg), which makes it easy to clean between two preparations. The cover, which is all transparent plastic, has no gaps and its gasket is removable, which is a good thing when you want to replace it.

The knives are also removable, but unlike those of the Thermomix, they cannot be removed by unlocking the ring under the cover. It suffices to dislodge them from the central rod. This also applies to the drummer.

The engine block is very easy to clean with its smooth coating. The robot’s screen is very sensitive to fingerprints. By dint of manipulation, he is completely covered with fingerprints. To clean it, the best is to arm yourself with a damp cloth.

If it is slower than a Silvercrest Monsieur Cuisine Connect, the i-GeniMix is ​​still not a lightning of war. The temperature rise from 20 ° C to 40 ° C takes 15 min (5 min less than the Lidl robot) and the change from 55 ° C to 95 ° C takes 25 min. What must be seen, however, is that in simmering, the robot works not to exceed low temperatures, like most of the robot cookers in our comparison.

Suddenly, the stability is almost irreproachable, whether it is asked to reach 37 ° C (minimum temperature), 40 ° C, 55 ° C or 95 ° C. The temperature differences do not exceed 0.2 ° C, which is irreproachable.

Homogeneity at 130 ° C Thomson i-GeniMix.

Homogeneity at 130 ° C Thomson i-GeniMix.

For homogeneity in browning, it’s a different story. To begin with, the robot climbs extremely quickly to 130 ° C (1 min 30 s). The problem is that it goes so fast that it gets too hot. We obtained a peak at 200 ° C in the tank (while its maximum range is 130 ° C). Fortunately, the temperature does come down eventually, but very slowly. In general, our probes revealed quite significant differences in browning: 165 ° C at the hottest point, 140 ° C on the right side, and around 120 ° C at the bottom. Once the temperature has dropped too much, the i-GeniMix starts up again and climbs again to around 190 ° C, to then drop. And so on…

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