I have been resisting the temptation to join in, but I can't help myself.
I love kitchen gadgets, and the Thermomix does seem wonderful, albeit pricey!
On the "kit front" I have a cherry red KitchenAid and blender too.
My pride and joy is the 5 litre Magimix - I used to have a Magimix for years and eventually after long and faithful service, it went to that mixer graveyard in the sky.
I then bought a Kenwood processor, and was very disappointed with it, as it just wasn't in the same league (my daughter has it now and it is still going strong)
I wanted a Magimix, but thought it was expensive, so I kept looking on Amazon, Ebay etc.
I was just at the point of buying one for around £275, and a wonderful person decided to sell hers,after a little bit of use, on ebay. It was £175, with quite a few accessoiries, cover, cutting blades etc.
She sent it to me, and it was like new - the plastic was still on lots of the pieces, and I was delighted.
Bottom line?? I tried to get value for money from a "liquidiser and processor combo" by buying the Kenwood, and it was very false economy, and Magimix rocks.Simple as that!
We try and re-use things and pass them around in the family, so my daughter has it and loves it, as for her it was an upgrade from a French Sebb, also a combo.
The Sebb saw her through uni and early work years, and now, minus the liquidiser which went west long ago, sits atop my stepmother's work surface. It was a bit tired when she had it, but as she has arthritic hands, she was thrilled with it. She scoured the internet, and managed to pick up the missing bits (not the liquidizer), and it looks like new.