In Germany I bought my first stand mixer. It was an inexpensive German brand 220v. I got a lot of great use out of it and had no problem selling it before we moved back. Now I am looking for a really good stand mixer that will hopefully last for a number of years for my life in the States. I had always thought I would get a KitchenAid stand mixer. However, it seems like since KitchenAid is no longer owned by Hobart, the quality is not what it used to be. Lots of people love them but then there's a certain percent that get a bad one. Although it is noteworthy that for many years, KitchenAid was voted No. 1 by Consumer Reports, even though it's no longer what it used to be. However, recently, Consumer Reports has rated another kitchen stand mixer No. 1, Breville, which looks really awesome. Another friend told me Bosch is the best brand. However, based on reviews, their larger kitchen mixer doesn't seem like it's as good for smaller batches. If you have a large family and bake large amounts at a time it would be perfect. Bosch does, however, have a compact mixer that could work for us. It reminds me of my German mixer except my German mixer didn't have a shield to keep the batter inside.
I would love to get your opinion on this. If you own or have used one of these, did you like it? I mainly bake cookies, brownies, and occasionally bread. If there's another mixer you love, I'd love to learn about it.
Here are the mixers I'm considering:
1. Breville Scraper Mixer Pro - $285.53 at Amazon. It has 550 watts, 5 qt. stainless steal bowl, 12 speeds, and a timer. It actually looks like an awesome mixer. I just had never heard of it before. The only downside is you can't add attachments like you can on KitchenAid. But I'm not sure if I would even buy or use any attachments, so this might work fine. I'm actually leaning toward getting this one because of all the user friendly baker features. Including high watts and timer.
KitchenAid Artisan has 325 watts, 5 qt. bowl, and 10 speeds. Lots of colors to choose from.
KitchenAid Professional 600 series has 575 watts, 6 qt. bowl, and 10 speeds.Both are made in the USA.
3. Bosch Compact Mixer - $199.99 at Amazon. The pros is it's less expensive than the other two and can do basically what the other ones can do and is smaller. It has 400 watts and has great reviews for making bread.
Negatives are, it's made of all plastic, although this makes it lightweight. It also only has four speeds.
I just don't know if this one is really as good as the others. Consumer Reports didn't even consider this one in it's study. I also don't really like the color white but I would probably store it in my cabinets anyway.
|Bosch Compact Mixer|