Bosch Universal Plus Mixer with Blender.Includes Cookie Paddles. by Meat Mixers
Updated on 5-8-2013.
I was looking for a either a kitchen-aid or Bosch mixer and after much research decided to go with the Bosch. The new kitchen-aids seem to be more concerned with offering the right selection of designer colours than making careful decisions about quality manufacturing. I have read all the reports of Kitchen-aids with melted plastic gearbox housings and leaking oil. They may have fixed some of these problems by now but the pedigree is not that of the Hobart produced machines of old. When whirlpool bought the kitchen-aid brand they obviously did a redesign to cut corners and make more money without due care to quality. I am not willing to spend over $400 on a machine that could fall apart after the warranty runs out, Bosch still builds there own machines and care about their reputation.The machine does everything I have tried. Whips eggs better than any other mixer I have tried. Makes cookie dough faster than I thought possible(used cookie mixing paddles). Made a batch a of scones easily (used cookie mixing paddles). Tried it with pastry it worked perfectly(used pastry wire whips, not the whips that come with the machine. Made a batch of bread buns with the interesting looking bread hook, and they turned out great. The dough hook was even able to perfectly distribute the raisins I added part way through the kneading process.I was a bit worried by some kitchen-aids users saying the Bosch would not handle small batches well, but I didn't have a problem with small batches. I tried large and small batches, both worked well. Maybe if you were only mixing a few cups of something it may not be the best choice, but really I would rather save the hassle and mix that in a bowl by hand. The kitchen-aids might have a slight advantage with less to clean, but it is only small difference. The Bosch is 800watts, double most of the new kitchen-aids and well I have a hard time believing people that try to say a kitchen-aids will do more than 2 loaves of bread with their lower powered motors. Also the Bosch takes up less counter space and can be easily slipped under cabinets away from the work area when need be.I think Bosch makes a good mixer.