Updated: Mar 10
If you are making the $400 dollar leap into high-quality mixers, you've probably come to the point where you are trying to decide which high-dollar machine you want to invest in. KitchenAid or Bosch? At least that's where I got stuck.
Be comforted knowing that both are great mixers and you really can't go wrong with either, but you still have to make a decision so I'm here to help! Let's start with the pros and cons of KitchenAid!
I started my baking journey with a 5qt KitchenAid stand mixer. It was great and I loved it unconditionally until it broke. Mind you, I USED that thing. I used it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I got 5 years out of it and I ran it into the ground during those five years. From cookies, cakes, dinners, and breads, I sometimes used it 3 or 4 times a day. I'm not even kidding. It only lasted me five years, but I probably gave it ten years worth of work.
The Things I love About KitchenAid.
It was easy to clean. You pop the bowl out of the base and throw it in the dishwasher. I had the dishwasher-safe cookie paddle as well so clean up was minimal.
It was easy to pour out. For scraping out cake batter and frosting, that handle on the side of the bowl is a silent hero. I didn't know how much I loved it until I switched to Bosch.
It looked good. Yes, I will admit it. I was primarily a KitchenAid fan because it looks so good in a kitchen. It's like owning a fancy car that you want to show off.
The tilting head. This feature was a love/hate. The head sometimes got in the way of adding ingredients, but I liked it more than the lever version on KitchenAid's larger model. The tilting head made it easier to remove the mixing attachment. If you go with KitchenAid, I strongly suggest getting the 5qt with the tilting head.
Its great for small batches. Chip dip, taquito filling, and other small jobs work great in the kitchenAid, especially because after using it on something small, its easy to throw in the dishwasher. The bosch can't do small batches like the KitchenAid.
Things I Didn't Love About My KitchenAid.
After a few years, it lost power. By the time my KitchenAid mixed it's last batch of dough, speed 3 was the same as speed 10.
Thick dough, like bread dough or really thick cookie dough really bogged down the motor.
It was not good for big batches. I make big wedding cakes and get big cookie orders. To make enough cake batter or cookie dough, I'd have to make 6 separate batches! It was exhausting to say the least.
It was hard to add ingredients. Whether you have the tilting head or not, (although the tilting head is slightly better) adding ingredients to the bowl is awkward. You get used to guiding your cup of flour under the head and over the bowl (hopefully without spilling), but it's something I don't miss. Some people love the pouring shield, I didn't love it enough to wash it every time I used my mixer.
Powdered Sugar. I have to add this one because I make frosting a lot. The KitchenAid's bowl is uncovered even as it mixes (again, not impressed with the pouring shield on this topic either). So, if you like a clean kitchen, powdered sugar + KitchenAid= worst enemy. Yes, you can mix slowly. Yes, you can drape a towel over the mixer, but it still finds its way out. Remember what I said about how awkward it is to add ingredients? My kitchen floor is well acquainted with powdered sugar and flour. . . and cocoa. . . and regular sugar.
If You Go With KitchenAid Here Are My Recommendations:
Get one with a tilting head.
Get a timeless color. (I picked red and after 5 years, red was no longer my thing.)
Get the dishwasher safe cookie paddle. It's extra, but so worth it.
Don't bother with a glass bowl. They are heavy, cost more, and do the same thing as the stainless steel bowl.
Do get an extra mixing bowl. It's nice to have a back up on hand if the other one is busy or dirty.
The KitchenAid Is Perfect If You:
Are just cooking for your immediate family. You aren't planning on running a business.
Are planning on making smaller or single-serve batches, and not bulk recipes (freezer meals).
Plan on using it for sauces, frostings, casseroles, dips, cookie dough and thin/soft recipes that don't require a lot of power.
The KitchenAid Is NOT For You If:
You are regularly preparing food for 10+ people, making bulk freezer meals, or running a food service.
You plan on making a lot of bread dough, or other thick mixtures.
After my beloved KitchenAid sang its last song, I had a large cookie order on hold and had to make a quick decision on whether I would purchase another KitchenAid or venture into Bosch territory. I did some research and ultimately decided to give Bosch a try. It was a great decision for me and was a great fit for what I do, but it came with a bit of a learning curve. If you just purchased a Bosch and are wondering how to run the thing, check out my "Bosch Tips" blog post.
Things I Love About Bosch:
It is a power horse. Holy smokes. When I dumped my first batch of cookie dough in that thing, I thought it was going to jump off the counter. Okay, not really, but compared to my tired KitchenAid, the Bosch brought muscle I wasn't used to. It is made to work through the tough dough.
It can make A LOT! What used to take me 6 separate batches only took me 2 in the Bosch. I can double, and sometimes, triple my regular recipes.
It has a lid. This is amazing particularly when making anything with flour or powdered sugar. No more puffs of white powder all over your floors and counters.
Its sooo easy to add ingredients to the bowl. No more powdered sugar on my floor! There is nothing in the way of the wide open bowl so you can dump freely!
Things I Don't Love About Bosch:
The clean up. The only thing that is dishwasher safe is the lid. Everything else needs to be disassembled and washed by hand. Ugh. This makes me avoid using it for smaller tasks.
Dumping out stuff. Where KitchenAid has that nifty handle, Bosch has nothing of the sort. I have to heft that bowl on my shoulder and blindly fill my cake pans.
It's not as cute. It's a minor thing, but it doesn't shine on my counter top like the KitchenAid did. It even takes up a little more space too.
It's not good for small batches. I have to double or triple my pizza dough recipe in order for it to mix properly.
If You Go With Bosch, Here Are My Reccomendations:
Don't buy the baker's bundle and extra attachments. I can mix everything with the dough hook, even frosting. The only other attachment I use is the whisk and only for whipped cream or similar recipes.
Don't use the cookie paddle. It's not made by Bosch and breaks when mixing chocolate chips or other thick/hard things.
Read my Bosch Tips post to help with the learning curve.
The Bosch Is Perfect For You If:
You regularly make big batches of cookie dough, bread, cake batter or meal preps.
You primarily make breads and other thick-consistancy recipes.
The Bosch Is Not For You If:
You consider yourself a beginner baker and don't bake very often.
You bake in small quantities.
You like quick clean-up.