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As far as kitchen machines are concerned, the Thermomix TM6 from Vorwerk sets all standards. No wonder, after all, there is next to nothing that the premium device cannot do. The 17 (!) Different functions of the TM6 also have their price: The food processor costs a whopping 1,359.00 euros.
But there are also cheaper alternatives to the Thermomix. The Monsieur Cuisine Connect from Lidl’s own brand Silvercrest * is particularly popular and almost as iconic as the original. The food processor is always available in the online shop and in the branches of the discounter – and is significantly cheaper at a price of 399.00 euros, but offers a similar number of functions.
Thermomix alternative from Lidl: Sales stop for the Silvercrest Monsieur Cuisine Connect in Spain
In fact, the Lidl version of the Thermomix is so similar to the original that a commercial court in Barcelona has ruled that it infringes Vorwerk’s patent rights. For Lidl, the ruling means that the Monsieur Cuisine Connect will no longer be imported into Spain and sold or stored there. In addition, Lidl has to pay damages to Vorwerk. How high the payment will be has not yet been determined.
Does the judgment from Spain also affect the sale of the Monsieur Cuisine Connect in Germany?
It is not yet clear whether the popular Thermomix alternative from Lidl will also have to be taken off the market in Germany. The discounter did not want to answer a request from the “Handelsblatt” on this subject. At first it doesn’t seem like it, because Lidl is currently advertising the Monsieur Cuisine Connect from Silvercrest in the online shop. The kitchen machine, which is currently sold out, will be available online and in stores again from March 1, 2021 *. In addition, it is on offer for only 349.00 euros instead of 399.00 euros. So you save another 50.00 euros or just under 13 percent.
The affordable Lidl alternative to the Thermomix will be available again from March 1, 2021 – what can Silvercrest’s Monsieur Cuisine Connect do?
Monsieur Cuisine Connect – 349.00 euros instead of 399.00 euros at Lidl *
Although the Monsieur Cuisine Connect from Lidl * is not equipped with all the functions that the much more expensive Thermomix TM6 from Vorwerk offers, the Lidl device covers the most important requirements. This includes cooking, chopping, stirring, weighing, mixing, steaming and even searing, which Vorwerk only introduced with the latest version TM6. Ten selectable cooking functions on the Lidl device are compared to 17 functions on the TM6. Like the TM6, the Monsieur Cuisine can also be connected to the Internet via WLAN and controlled via a color touchscreen display that reliably navigates through the preparation processes. You can find the right recipes in the large recipe database, which is updated regularly.
The highlights of the Monsieur Cuisine Connect at a glance:
- easy to use thanks to the large display with touchscreen
- diverse recipes with step-by-step instructions
- Access to online recipe database
- integrated kitchen scales
- large capacity
- easy cleaning (dishwasher safe)
- At 338.58 euros, it is many times cheaper than the Thermomix from Vorwerk
Conclusion: is it worth buying?
Can the Thermomix alternative from Lidl keep up with the original from Vorwerk? Not quite. But for the relatively low price, the Lidl device offers numerous helpful and practical functions that will simplify your life in the kitchen. If you can do without the additional features of the TM6, you will not be disappointed with the Monsieur Cuisine Connect *.
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