There are few things that can be counted on in life, and that includes the longevity of one’s kitchen appliances. When I was offered the gift of a Bosch Universal Mixer a couple of decades ago, I accepted it as a temporary piece of equipment: It was a given that eventually I’d purchase a KitchenAid, since they’re the gold standard of kitchen mixers.
Many a year, and countless meringues, breads, cakes, cookies, marshmallows, and whipped potatoes later, I continue to hold on to my Bosch.
I have my Bosch’s quick work to thank for much of my baking and decades of great results.
Bosch MUM6N10UC Universal Plus Stand Mixer
Motor is on the bottom of the machine
Two-piece splash guard
Unmatched mixing speed
Not as attractive as a KitchenAid
I’ve made plenty of baked goods using a KitchenAid, and admittedly, I think they’re more attractive thanks to the bright colors they come in, but if ever my Bosch dies, I’d immediately get another—KitchenAids just don’t compare. There are three factors that make the Bosch a better machine: the motor placement, two-piece splash guard/lid, and unparalleled mixing speed.
A KitchenAid mixer has the motor on top, and you have to lift and lower the bowl or the motor in order to use it, but the Bosch mixer houses its motor underneath. Because of that, it sits like a regular mixing bowl. You can easily add ingredients to it while it’s sitting on its base—something that can be challenging with a KitchenAid. The mixing bowl shape is similar to a bundt pan, with the whisks or paddles sprouting out from the center, which ensures that no areas are missed when it’s in use.
A splash guard is included with the Bosch and is actually a two-part lid. If kept together, you can use it to securely cover the bowl so that as you mix items with flour, not a speck of dust gets on your counter or cabinets. Or, you can remove the center and use only the splash guard, which will prevent any liquids being mixed from making their way out of the bowl. It has never come apart on me while in use, which two-piece attachments often do, and I’ve thrown it in the dishwasher regularly.
Lastly, and most importantly, the Bosch is a time saver. When I look at recipes, I know that the actual time I’ll spend mixing is one-third to one-half of what a recipe says for a stand mixer. The mixer whips up egg whites to stiff meringue peaks in less time than is normal for soft peaks, and for bread doughs that claim they’ll need 10 minutes, I experience my dough passing the windowpane test in less than five.
It continues to run perfectly, and I still have the original wire and batter whisks.
If you’re short on space, it’s hugely convenient that the mixer base has a small, covered, circular area on top to which you can attach accessories. A blender attachment, citrus juicer, and food processor can all be purchased to add to your mixer, enabling you to have multiple pieces of kitchen equipment that are all housed within one small appliance.
I’ve been tempted to upgrade my Bosch to the newer model, but since parts continue to be available for my old one should I need them and, despite being white plastic, it hasn’t discolored much with age, I haven’t seen enough of a need. It continues to run perfectly, and I still have the original wire and batter whisks. I lost the dough hook sometime over the years, and when, like many, I wanted to delve back into making it during quarantine, I was easily able to order one for my old model on eBay.
Baking can be time consuming, and I’m not the most patient chef around. I have my Bosch’s quick work to thank for much of my baking and decades of great results.
Capacity: 6.5 quarts | Speeds: 4 | Dimensions: 11 x 12 x 15 inches | Included: 6.5-quart mixing bowl, dough hook, wire whisk, plastic whip driver, dough hook extender, splash ring, mixing bowl lid | Warranty: 3 years on motor and transmission, 1 year on attachments and other parts
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Ariane Resnick is a special diet chef, certified nutritionist, and bestselling author. She has more than 20 years experience in the food and writing spaces and believes in a joy-filled approach to health and wellness.