A sous chef for your home kitchen.
The TOKIT Omni Cook is a powerful cooking machine that can replace a bunch of kitchen gadgets, including a food scale, mixer, blender, rice cooker, yogurt maker, and many more. While it's great for lazy chefs and inexperienced cooks, it's unlikely to replace your stove or oven. You also need at least some basic cooking skills to manage cooking modes and adjust preset recipes.
If you need to break the takeout habit but have nowhere decent to whip up a meal, the TOKIT Omni Cook could hit the spot. From chopping to steaming, this cooking machine covers all the basics. And it saves a ton of space compared to buying individual kitchen appliances.
But should you put all your eggs in one multifunction basket? Let's check it out.
TOKIT's Omni Cook is a cooking machine for passionate home chefs who don't have enough space for "all the things." The Omni Cook can replace your kitchen scale, spice and coffee grinder, blender, mixer, food processor, yogurt maker, rice cooker, and sous vide machine. Of course, it also functions as a cooking pot, meaning you can heat, boil, fry, and steam food with it.
The Omni Cook takes up only a little more space than a Kitchen Aid mixer, which makes it rather compact considering everything it does.
Originally a Kickstarter, the Omni Cook is now available to order directly in the US and elsewhere.
We received the Omni Cook main engine frame with the following parts:
The package also included an operation manual.
You can separately order a steamer that snaps on top of the mixing bowl, as well as additional accessories and replacement parts.
Setting up the Omni Cook is a breeze. You just plug it in, which also turns it on (alternatively, use the on/off button on the right side), and follow the instructions on the built-in touchscreen. When you first run it, it will guide you through connecting to your Wi-Fi network, as well as downloading updates from the cloud. Once the machine is ready, you can navigate the included recipes, (cooking) modes, and settings.
Within the settings, you can set up the Wi-Fi network, control the volume, brightness, and sleep timer, set the measurement system (metric or imperial), region and language, review favorites (recipes) and cooking records (used recipes), clear the cache, reset the machine, find out more about the device, and access support.
Before we took the Omni Cook for a spin on a proper dish, we tested some of its basic functions.
Here's a complete list of all the (cooking) modes the Omni Cook supports: weighing, kneading, soy milk, steaming, stewing, juicing, ice shaving, mincing, chopping, mixing, grinding, sous vide, yogurt, as well as pre-clean (more below) and turbo.
Note that the operation manual has recommended ingredients for each mode. This also serves as guidelines for the maximum amount of ingredients to use in each mode. For example, 450g (15.87oz) flour and 300ml (10.14floz) water is the maximum for the kneading mode.
Finding a suitable recipe is possibly the most difficult part of using the Omni Cook. You can browse the Cloud Recipe collection on the device, but it lacks options. You can either search all recipes or browse recipes by category. Unfortunately, you can't apply filters, but you can sort by region, popularity, or latest update. While the recipe database is also available on the web, where searching and saving recipes is a lot easier, you can't sync your web cookbook account with the Omni Cook, because the device lacks an account login option.
The recipes themselves are hit-and-miss. For beginner chefs, most are too fancy and complex. We found a few recipes with typos, some confusing. Also, watch out for missing steps, such as cleaning the mixing bowl or removing ingredients from the previous step. To be fair, though, most recipes, while possibly exotic to Westerners, look well-composed.
What's great is the presentation. All recipes come with clearly laid out ingredients and preparation steps, as well as a preset program, so you don't have to manually input cooking modes and settings. Moreover, step-by-step videos for many recipes help you visualize the process.
The true success of the Omni Cook depends on whether the included recipes actually work.
After confirming that all the basic modes worked to our satisfaction (see above), we proceeded to a couple of easy recipes. Most cooking machines can prepare a soup, so we wanted to try something a little more delicate. We went with the following recipes:
All-in-all, these three dishes took about an hour and a half to prepare. If you have a stove and more than one pot or pan, you could get them done much more quickly.
The Omni Cook comes with a pre-clean mode that makes the cleanup so much easier. Just add water and a bit of detergent to the mixing bowl, run the program, and return to an almost clean bowl. For better results, you can run this program two or three times. All accessories are also dishwasher safe, though the mixing bowl and blade set should not be soaked in water.
After cooking our risotto, despite following the instructions to stir the rice at the bottom with the scraper between steps, we had a layer of lightly burned gluten at the bottom of the mixing bowl. Two pre-clean cycles didn't make much of a dent, so we disassembled the bowl and put it in the dishwasher. When it came out, we still had a bit more residue to scrape off, which wasn't too bad.
Note that the main engine frame has a drainage hole at the base of the mixing bowl dock. Should you spill anything during cooking, the liquid will drain onto your countertop. Obviously, you can't submerge the main engine frame in water. Instead, wipe it down with a moist kitchen cloth or sponge.
The TOKIT Omni Cook is an impressive little machine. It delivered on all the tasks we threw at it and helped us produce one of the most delicious meals we'd cooked in weeks. Unless you're really pressed for space, however, the Omni Cook is unlikely to replace your stove.
Before you invest in the Omni Cook, you have to keep a few things in mind:
As a "sous-chef" gadget, the Omni Cook could be amazing. It's perfect for steaming veggies, cooking rice, or making a smoothie. You can also cook sous vide, knead dough, or make yogurt with it. If you have neither the budget nor the space for all the fancy kitchen gadgets, this could be the one.
Yes and no. The main unit isn't watertight and can't be submerged in water at all, nor put into the dishwasher. The mixing bowl and blade set should not be submerged in water for extended periods of time. However, you can put all accessories, including the mixing bowl and blade set, into the dishwasher.
Mostly yes. The interface is intuitive, the included recipes are easy to follow for the most part, and using the Omni Cook with third-party recipes isn't too hard. The challenge is to find a simple recipe that doesn't require too many exotic ingredients or too many confusing steps. For simple things like steaming rice, stir-frying vegetables, or making soup, the Omni Cook is great.
Technically yes, since the Omni Cook unites multiple appliances into one. Note, however, that many included recipes depend on appliances other than the Omni Cook, such as an oven or a vacuum sealer (for sous vide cooking). Also, the machine can produce a lot of steam, so you'll want a way to vent that, either by placing it near a window or installing a range hood.
The Omni Cook has a powerful motor. When you give it tough things to chop, grind, or knead, it can wobble around quite a bit. However, the main frame sits on four powerful suction feet. Just make sure you put the Omni Cook on a flat surface that engages its suction feet. This will make it harder to move it, both for yourself and any force it generates on its own.
The Wi-Fi connection is pretty weak, so the Omni Cook's internet connection can be spotty. Be sure to set it up close to your router or set up a Wi-Fi repeater in your kitchen.
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While completing a PhD, Tina started writing about consumer technology in 2006 and never stopped. Now also an editor and SEO, you can find her on Twitter or hiking a nearby trail.
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