Similar to a Thermomix, the Multo is a standalone unit capable of performing a number of different cooking related tasks. The Multo is a scale, it blends, kneads, cooks, steams, stirs and more. It’s comprised of two main parts, the actual hardware device and an accompanying tablet computer that guides the user through a recipe and controls the device.
CookingPal sent me a review unit to test out, and it’s a pretty slick device. The hardware is attractive, solidly built and easy to set up. The tablet offers up a number of recipes users can choose from, and once selected, it tells you how to prep your ingredients based on the number of servings you want and then walks you through each step of making that meal.
As you work your way through the recipe, the Multo acts like a scale, so you weigh ingredients as you add them, and turns on the necessary function needed at the time. So when I made mac-and-cheese, for example, after I added water and pasta (and secured the lid for safety), I would hit start on the tablet and the Multo would stir and heat the pasta for the proper amount of time. It also told me when to affix the steam tray to cook the chicken, and mixed the sauce ingredients. At each step of the way, I just tapped a button and the Multo would do its thing.
I also used the Multo to make almond milk, and knead bread dough. And while the bread required that I still proof the dough and cook it in an oven, the Multo lived up to its promise. I could do just about everything with the device itself — no extra pots or pans needed. Clean up was also easy as the mixing bowl comes apart easily for hand washing.
The Multo seems best suited for people who live in small spaces with less kitchen space. While the device takes up less room than a large microwave, it really can replace a number of different appliances that could take up precious counter and cabinet space (cooktop, blender, food processor, steamer, etc.). The Multo’s software is also, thankfully, easy to connect to WiFi and pair with the device, and the UI is straightforward enough to where you don’t get lost.
All that functionality doesn’t come cheap, however. The Multo sells for an MSRP of $999, and will come with 100 recipes built-in right out of the gate (5 recipes will be added each week). For those in the market for such a multi-function device, the Multo could be a multo bene purchase.