Review of electric mills Komo Fidibus 21 and Fidibus Medium

Electric mills Komo Fidibus 21 and Fidibus Medium – instruments for amateurs and experienced millers

This comparative review continues a series of articles that tell readers about unusual kitchen appliances. In this article we will not discuss the need for home-made flour and the differences in the properties of such a product from those sold in stores. Those who know why they need it, do not need explanations. Those who do not feel the difference between the factory-made and homemade flour, who are satisfied with the quality of the product of industrial production, most likely, will frighten off the price of the home mill. Therefore, we will try to give only an objective review of two devices that got into our test lab.
Devices look the same, but differ in the power and range of processed products.
Fidibus 21 is an entry-level home mill up and running with a limited range of products, while Fidibus Medium – a powerful device that can be turn into flour solid grains such as corn or beans. On both devices the manufacturer gives 12 years of warranty, which gives some optimism about the reliability of the devices.

Komo Fidibus 21

As we said above, Fidibus 21 is capable of processing a limited range of cereals. First of all, this mill will have to be the user who plans to make flour from soft grains: wheat, oats, barley and polba.

Komo Fidibus 21

Characteristics

Manufacturer Komo
Model Fidibus 21
Type Electric grain mill
Country of Origin Austria
Warranty 12 years
Power 250 W
Body material beech
Millstone material stone (corundum-ceramic alloy)
Diameter of millstones 75 mm
Capacity of the loading container 850 g
Grinding speed 100-250 g / min
Power cord length 1.2 m
Device dimensions (W × H × D) 15.5 × 33 × 21 cm
Package dimensions (W × H × D) 29 × 37 × 25.5 cm
Device weight 6.2 kg
Weight with box 7.4 kg
The cost at the time of publication of the article $399

Komo Fidibus 21 – price. Where is the best place to buy?

The Komo Fidibus 21 recommended retail price in the US is $ 399. At this cost, you can order it on Amazon. I would not recommend ordering anywhere else except on Amazon. Since you are less likely to find cheaper, and if you do not take into account the fact that Amazon is probably the most reliable online store, it still very often provides free shipping.

Package Contents

The mill is packed in a box in the form of a parallelepiped. The box is fairly compact, but quite heavy. The packaging design is extremely laconic: pictograms for employees of the warehouse on the front sides and labels on the side with the name of the device, a small image and brief technical characteristics. Handles for carrying on packaging are missing.

Komo Fidibus 21
From the unpretentious-looking packaging, the lid, mill housing and three brochures were removed. The space inside the box is organized using cardboard tabs and seals. The motor block was surrounded on all sides by a three-dimensional carton structure. In general, the protection against shocks and damage can be considered quite satisfactory.

Appearance

The case of the device is of rectangular shape made of beech plywood. Material well-treated, smooth to the touch, the joints are not felt.
Komo Fidibus 21
On the front side you can see a sticker with the name of the model, a hole for the exit of the finished product and a grain grinding scale. On top of the casing is screwed load container. On the right side of the case is a power switch.
Komo Fidibus 21
The capacity of the charging bowl is 850 grams of grain. In the center, there is a hole at the bottom of the product supply to the grinding chamber. The chamber contains horizontally oriented corundum-ceramic millstones with a diameter of 75 mm. The grinding chamber can be reached by turning the loading container counterclockwise.
Komo Fidibus 21
The bottom of the device is equipped with four rubberized legs and ventilation holes.
Komo Fidibus 21
The mill is equipped with a solid beech lid for the loading container. There is a seal around the perimeter of the lid.
Komo Fidibus 21
The design is simple and clear, the quality of the body and individual parts can be assessed as high. The mill does not take much space.

Instructions

The kit included three documents to the mill: a manual for operation in English, exactly the same instruction, but in German, and a colorful booklet, unfortunately, also in a German language that we could not understand.
Komo Fidibus 21

All documents are exactly the same as Komo Fidifloc 21 has already tested and waiting for its turn Fidibus Medium. Based on this, we conclude that the set of documents is standard and is attached to all the mills and Komo grain jaws. Manual universal, it keeps you informed of the safety measures, construction, principle of operation of electric mills and care for this type of devices. The instructions describe the benefits of different cereals, contains tips for preparing the grain and two recipes for meals.

Control

Two aspects are distinguished in the control of the mill. First, you need to set the desired grind value. This can be done by rotating the charging cup counter-clockwise according to the scale from the smallest to the larger size of grains. After that, you should fill the grain in the container and turn on the mill. The on / off button is located very conveniently – at the bottom of the right side face of the case.

Komo Fidibus 21

If the millstones are stopped during operation, and the flour ceases to be produced, you only need to adjust the thickness of grinding flour a little, turning the loading container counterclockwise towards the more coarse.

Operation of the mill

Before use, the unit should be installed on a firm, level surface. The openings on the bottom should remain open and not obstructed to provide free air current and the outlet of heated air from the motor. We did not manage to find any recommendations for preliminary cleaning of the device before starting work.
The mill is elementary in the control and tuning of the grind, it looks pretty and does not take up much space. The main thing when working with it is to adhere to the rules for selecting suitable raw materials for grinding. Model Komo Fidibus 21 is ideal for processing soft grain and spices.
Note the convenience of adjustment, which is that it is possible to change the grinding size without stopping the operation of the device. So, if the user sees that the mill produces coarse flour, it is always possible to adjust the settings. In this case, one hand should hold the body of the device, the other – rotate the loading bowl. We used this opportunity quite often, especially at the very beginning of work with the mill. As the experience grows, the user will already intuitively guess at what position of the bowl relative to the scale will be obtained flour of the desired fineness of grinding. In this model, even with the finest grinding, the millstones were not rubbed apart so that the stone from their surface fell into the flour, as was the case with testing Fidifloc 21. In general, we did not have any complaints as to the operation of the device under test.
Care of the mill is the periodic cleaning of the millstones from the remains of flour. This procedure should be carried out if the device has not been used for a long time, for example, during the holiday. Cleaning is carried out with a vacuum cleaner. It is necessary to fill 2 or 3 tablespoons of barley or spelled into the bowl, set the mill for coarse grinding, turn on the mill and direct the nozzle of the vacuum cleaner first to the loading container, then to the exit port of the flour. The case does not require special care. The instruction manual recommends only as necessary to treat the wooden surfaces with linseed oil.

Testing

Objective tests

The power of the Komo Fidibus 21 electromillage depends on the grain culture and the grind size. On average, when working with soft grains, the index fluctuated in the range 170-235 W. It’s no secret that we test the operation of devices in extreme conditions, often even violating the requirements of instructions. Therefore, we milled hard grain grades in the device. The maximum power of 360 W was measured during the production of flour from a solid culture – buckwheat. At the same time, no foreign smells or sounds were noticed. In general, the noise level can be estimated as unexpectedly low.
In the course of experiments, we grinded different grains, paying attention to the grinding speed, power and process of work as a whole. Unless otherwise agreed, all tests were performed on the finest grinding. Testing was carried out as follows: the regulator was set to the leftmost position, the mill was turned on, and the container was slowly turned to the coarse grain until the grain was caught between the millstones, and the finished product began to be poured from the flour outlet. Some grains required a two-fold grinding: first they were turned into cereals, then – into tender flour.

Oats

200 g of bare-grained oats on the finest grinding were processed in 1 minute 45 seconds. Power fluctuated between 165 and 176 watts. The flour was immediately sifted. The amount of waste (left in the photo) is quite high – it is a shell of grain and flake-like fragments.
Komo Fidibus 21

Result: excellent.

We have no comments, except advice to carefully choose the grain. We got not the best quality oats with a lot of hard shell. Thus, flakes made from this product when testing Fidifloc 21, were inedible at all because of the abundance of hard, non-chewy shell.

Wheat

Wheat is the product for which the Fidibus mill is intended to grind. 250 g of wheat were turned into a fine grinding flour in 2 minutes 40 seconds. The device demonstrated power from 220 to 245 watts – ideal.
Komo Fidibus 21

Result: excellent.

As a result of the test, we got a fine-grain flour. There was practically no waste during sieving. In the sieve, there remains an infinitesimal number of untwisted shells of grain. On the resulting flour, we kneaded short pastry for a pie with raspberries.
Komo Fidibus 21

Barley

For this experiment, we used pearl barley, which is a refined, polished grain of barley without an outer shell. 100 g of fine grinding flour were made in 1 minute 2 seconds. Power remained within the limits of the norm: 225-235 Tues.
Komo Fidibus 21

Result: excellent.

Since the grain is already cleaned from the rigid outer shell, there is no debris left after sieving in the sieve.

Buckwheat

The tests carried out showed that the mill copes effortlessly with soft grain. Therefore, it was decided to try to grind a harder grain. To facilitate the work, the grain was processed in two stages: the first time using coarse grinding, turning the croup into small grain. 300 g of buckwheat groats were ground for 1 min. 31 seconds Power exceeded nominal – the measurements reached up to 315 watts.
Komo Fidibus 21
Then the processed mass was processed into flour, adjusting the mill for the finest grinding. The process proceeded slightly more slowly – 1 min. 38 seconds, and the power exceeded the previous readings and reached 360 watts.
Komo Fidibus 21

Result: excellent.

Sowing of buckwheat flour is mandatory because of the presence of untwisted shells of grain. That’s how much waste we got after sifting 300 grams of still warm flour:
Komo Fidibus 21

Rice

Each next test should traditionally be more complicated than the previous one. The next test for Fidibus 21 was a conventional round-grain rice. We complicated the task and set the adjustment to the finest grinding. A rice weighing 200 g turned into an excellent white flour for 1 min. 36 seconds The power was higher than stated, but did not exceed the readings of the previous test – it fluctuated between 290 and 300 watts. There was practically no waste after sieving.

Komo Fidibus 21

Result: excellent.

Conclusion

Komo Fidibus 21 left the impression of a pleasant and easy-to-use device. Appearance corresponds to the purpose, materials from which the device is made, natural and environmentally safe. The device takes up little space, works extremely quietly and stably. The results of all practical experiments are rated “excellent”. Despite the recommendation to process in this model only soft grains, the mill excellently coped with rice and buckwheat.
Komo Fidibus 21
We can not write any comments about exploitation or care – they are simply missing. Accordingly, not a single minus has been identified.

Pros:

  • Cute eco-design
  • Low noise in operation
  • Makes flour even from hard grain
  • Excellent results of all tests

Komo Fidibus Medium

Fidibus Medium is designed for advanced millers. According to the manufacturer, the device is the best solution for home. The mill can not only effectively grind wheat, rye or oats, but, thanks to the increased engine power (360 W instead of 250), it also copes with such hard grains as corn or millet. Also using Fidibus Medium you can grind peas, chickpeas, other beans, coffee, spices and even rock salt.
Komo Fidibus Medium

Characteristics

Manufacturer Komo
Model Fidibus Medium
Type electric grain mill
Country of manufacture Austria
Warranty 12 years
Power 360 W
Body material beech
Millstone material stone (corundum-ceramic alloy)
Mill diameter 85 mm
Capacity of the loading capacity 850 g
Grinding speed 150-300 g / min
The length of the power cord 1.2 m
Device dimensions (W × H × D) 15.5 × 33 × 22 cm
Package dimensions (W × H × D) 29 × 37 × 25.5 cm
Device weight 6.8 kg
Weight with box 8.2 kg
The cost at the time of publication of the article $459

Komo Fidibus Medium – price. Where is the best place to buy?

The Komo Fidibus 21 recommended retail price is $ 459. At this cost, you can order it on Amazon. I would not recommend ordering anywhere else except on Amazon. Since you are less likely to find cheaper, and if you do not take into account the fact that Amazon is probably the most reliable online store, it still very often provides free shipping.

Package Contents

The mill has the same packaging as the formerly reviewed model Fidibus 21. Packaging of light brown color contains schematic information for correct and safe storage and transportation. There are two stickers on one side. On one of them the device is shown and its name is written, on the second – the basic technical characteristics of the device in English are resulted. There is no carrying handle.
Komo Fidibus Medium
Inside the box among the cardboard sealers, which well fix the device, you can see: mill housing, cover and three brochures.

At first sight

As we indicated in the diskimeter, the appearance of the Fidibus 21 and Fidibus Medium models is identical. The body, the loading container and the lid are made of perfectly processed beech plywood. The motor block has the form of a parallelepiped. At the top there is a loading bowl, on the front side you can see a hole for the exit of flour. Between them the vertical scale is a grinding scale from Fein (fine) to Grob (rough). The power switch is at the bottom of the right edge.
Komo Fidibus Medium
According to the manufacturer, 850 g of grain will interfere in the charging bowl. At the bottom is a hole through which the product is fed to a millstone. To get to the grinding chamber, it is necessary to rotate the loading container counter-clockwise in the direction of coarse grinding. The diameter of corundum-ceramic millstones, between which the grinding process takes place, is about 85 mm. The larger diameter distinguishes this model from the previously considered Fidibus 21. The thickness of the millstones is about 14 mm. The distance between the millstones, which determines the grind value, is established by means of two springs fixed in the walls of the lower part of the grinding chamber.
Komo Fidibus Medium
At the bottom of the mill there are four rubberized legs about 7 mm high, which provide a stable grip to the table surface, and ventilation holes that serve to remove hot air from the motor.
Komo Fidibus Medium
Vent holes are also available at the top of the rear of the engine block. In the lower part is the power cord. In our opinion, its length is sufficient for domestic use of the mill. If necessary, the loading container can be closed with the beech cover supplied. On the perimeter, this part is lined with a sealant.
Komo Fidibus Medium
The mill looks very neat, the beech plywood is perfectly processed.

User’s manual

The contents of the operating instructions are standard and contain information about safety measures, a description of the design, operation, maintenance and cleaning of the device. The last pages of the brochure are devoted to the presentation of Komo products, accessories and additional equipment. This section will be of interest to both beginners and advanced millers.
Komo Fidibus Medium
Komo’s standard kit for mills and grain cleaners includes three documents: an instruction manual in English and German and a bright booklet.

Control

The power switch is located at the bottom of the right side of the case. Before you begin grinding the flour, you need to select the degree of grinding by rotating the loaded container counter-clockwise. Then fill the tank with a grain, cover it and press the power button.
Komo Fidibus Medium
It is possible to adjust the degree of grinding directly during the mill operation. For this, you only need to rotate the loading container in the necessary direction: to the right – for the coarser, to the left – to obtain fine grinding flour. If the millstones are stopped during grinding, this means that the degree of grinding must be adjusted to a more coarse one.

Exploitation

The mill operating requirements are the same as for Fidibus 21: the device must be installed on a firm, level surface. Vent holes on the bottom should remain open and ensure a constant air flow. According to the instructions, the mill does not require pre-cleaning before starting work.
All impressions from the operation of Fidibus Medium coincided with the sensations from the previously tested models of mills from Komo and are described literally in two words: simply and cleanly. No comments appeared. We did not encounter difficulties in making flour from both grain and beans. This model works faster, the performance is higher, which is explained not only by the higher power of the motor, but also by the increased diameter of the millstones. The weight of the device is slightly greater than that of Fidibus 21. However, there were no problems with the transportation and movement of the mill on the surface of the table.
Care of the mill provides for the cleaning of millstones from the remains of flour. It is recommended to clean it using a vacuum cleaner. The procedure described above is simple and time-consuming. The case of the device is made of beech plywood and beech wood and processed with vegetable oils. Care of the body is a rare, as necessary, lubricating wooden surfaces with linseed oil. After making the flour, we rubbed the wooden surfaces first slightly moistened, and then with a dry cloth.
During the unsuccessful test with grinding the dried onions, a rather thick layer of adhered and extremely hard onion caramel was formed on the millstones.
Komo Fidibus Medium
A hard brush did not help get rid of the burnt onions. Then we soaked the millstone in warm water with a usual cleanser. After 10 minutes we took it out, brushed the contaminated surfaces, dried it well and returned it to the grinding chamber.
Komo Fidibus Medium
Pay attention only one nuance: the lower millstone should be removed from the shaft with a hexagon in an unfamiliar direction – clockwise.

Testing

Objective tests

The rated power of the Komo Fidibus Medium is 360W. Its readings depend on the hardness of the raw materials being processed and the amount of grinding. Average indications when grinding soft grain were from 232 to 260 W. When processing solid raw materials, the power ranged from 310 to 350 watts. Peak indicator was recorded when grinding buckwheat – on the display panel of the wattmeter, we saw a value of 475 watts. There was no extraneous or specific smell of the mill. The noise level is estimated as low.
As in the experiments with Fidifloc 21 and Fidibus 21, we paid special attention to the speed of grinding and the power of work when processing different grains and cereals into fine grinding flour.

Oats

200 g of oats were processed into a fine flour in 1 minute 12 seconds. Power practically did not change and ranged between 232 and 235 watts. The flour was immediately sifted. The amount of waste is quite high due to the characteristics of the raw materials. On the right side of the photo you can see the waste after sieving.
Komo Fidibus Medium

Result: excellent.

Wheat

200 g of wheat were processed into a fine grinding flour for 1 min. 8 seconds The power in this case was higher than when grinding oats: 303-309 W.
Komo Fidibus Medium

Result: excellent.

Net wholegrain flour is perfect for making any type of dough.

Barley

The flour of fine grinding from barley weighing 100 grams was obtained in 1 minute. 10 seconds Power remained in the range from 250 to 259 W. We hope that the quality of the grind can be seen in the photo. No waste was found after sieving.
Komo Fidibus Medium

Result: excellent.

Buckwheat

Grain grinded in two stages. On the first 300 g of buckwheat groats were processed into a very coarse flour for 48 seconds. Power remained within the nominal: 310-318 W. At the second stage, the mill was adjusted to the finest grinding. The process took 1 min. 10 seconds, and the power exceeded the nominal and reached a peak of 475 watts.
Komo Fidibus Medium

Result: excellent.

After sifting the flour is pure, strongly smelling of buckwheat. You can get great pancakes!

Rice

200 g of ordinary round-rice rice were ground into a white, powder-like flour in 54 seconds. Power at the same time did not exceed the factory readings and was 350-358 watts. There was no waste after sieving.
Komo Fidibus Medium

Result: excellent.

Chickpeas

In conclusion, it was decided to grind large and hard Turkish peas. For the experiment, we took a small amount of chickpeas in 150 g. We made flour from it in several stages. Crushed chickpeas several times, with each iteration gradually reducing the amount of grinding. The grinding was adjusted during the work in such a way that the groats became smaller. As a result, we managed to get chickpea flour of the finest grinding. Flour is a pleasant slightly yellowish color with a delicate nut-and-bean smell. In the photo – waste after sieving.
Komo Fidibus Medium

Result: excellent.

The process of making flour from large ingredients can be estimated as more labor-intensive than from wheat or rice. But in general, the mill copes well with grinding legumes. After sifting, only fragments of the shell remained in the sieve, not a single piece of pea was found.

Onion powder

Fidibus Medium is suitable for grinding spices, dry herbs, flowers and seeds.
Komo Fidibus Medium
The grinding regulator was set to an intermediate level. Unfortunately, the test went not according to plan. In the beginning, flattened soft sausages were sent from the outlet of the finished product, then the millstones were completely stalled. Inspection grinding chamber have little frightened: onion pieces turned into a homogeneous mass, warmed by friction and formed a smooth layer of caramelized. As we got rid of it, it is described in the section “Operation”.
Komo Fidibus Medium
Apparently dried onions, due to the large amount of sugars contained in it, are not suitable for grinding even in powerful grain mills.

Conclusion

Impressions from the study and testing of the electric mill Fidibus Medium completely coincide with the sensations from the operation of other Komo devices. The mill is made of a pleasant, “warm” to the touch and visually material. The device is compact enough, it works quietly, it has a high (by the standards of domestic mills) performance and stability of the result. There were no problems and difficulties for the whole time of our acquaintance with Fidibus Medium. The results of all practical experiments are rated “excellent”. The mill easily, without noticing a special difference, turns into flour soft and hard ingredients such as legumes, corn, rice.
Komo Fidibus Medium

None of the minus, except for a relatively high price, for the entire operation time is not revealed.

Pros:

  • cute eco-design
  • low noise at work
  • universality: works with all products allowed for this type of processing
  • Excellent results from all tests

Cons:

  • high cost of the device

General conclusions

The home mill, in our opinion, undeservedly remains a rather rare device. Meanwhile, such devices can be useful not only for vegetarians, but also for people who adhere to diets for medical reasons, as well as for culinary people who love to experiment with cereals and pastries. We can call the high quality of production and reliability in work a distinctive feature of both considered Komo mills. Both models are made from expensive wood – Austrian beech, look stylish and original. Management and maintenance are extremely simple, the noise level during operation is minimal. Both mills effortlessly cope with the grinding of soft and hard grain, and the less powerful Fidibus 21 for working with solid grains, generally speaking, is not intended. In both devices, the choice of the degree of grinding from the coarse to fine is provided, which makes it possible to make flour for recipes in which the grinding level matters.
Practical tests only confirmed the initial observations. Komo Fidibus Medium and Komo Fidibus 21 have identical appearance and dimensions. Despite this, the models differ in three parameters: engine power, millstone diameter and weight. This determines the higher performance of Fidibus Medium. For clarity, we reduced the data of practical experiments to the results table.

Product Komo Fidibus 21 Komo Fidibus Medium
time power time power
Wheat
100 g
1:04 248 W 0:34 306 W
Oats for 200 g 1:48 171 W 1:12 233 W
Barley – 100 g 1:02 230 W 1:10 255 W
Buckwheat
300 g
1:38 348 W 1:10 462 W
Rice
200 g
1:36 295 W 0:54 354 W

As you can see, the Fidibus Medium mill is more powerful and productive. Komo Fidibus 21 is intended for grinding only soft grains (wheat, oats, rye), but it coped well with solid varieties of cereals – rice and buckwheat. We grind them, however, at our own risk, not following the recommendation of the manufacturer. Fidibus Medium has a wider functionality that relates it to the category of mills for advanced users. With its help, you can make flour of varying degrees of grinding from legumes, solid cereals and corn. She effortlessly turns into a fine powder dried spices, coffee and rock salt. Therefore, when deciding on a purchase, we would recommend to think carefully about which raw materials are to be grinded in the mill. If the user needs an apparatus for making flour mainly from ordinary wheat and rye, then the cheaper Fidibus 21 will perfectly cope with this task, and from time to time it can also be operated on hard raw materials.



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