The Bosch Universal mixer has a strong, belt-driven, AC motor. Its unique-shaped belt gives it strong torque without sacrificing speed (see this post for an inside look). It includes a large 6.5-quart bowl that can handle multiple loaves of bread and large batches of cookies. The Bosch Universal Mixer is available in white and black.
In the box, you’ll get the Bosch Universal Mixer, bowl, lid, plastic whip driver, wire whips, and dough hook. The wire whips are great for incorporating air into a mixture. We used the wire whips for whipping cream, making macarons, and buttercream. The dough hook is great for bread and other thick doughs. We also suggest using it to incorporate chocolate chips or other add-ins into cookies.
The Bosch Universal Mixer has many extra attachments. Most of them are meant to attach to the side post adjacent to the bowl (also known as the blender post). The post is actually the strongest part of the blender because it attaches directly to the motor. Here’s a list of Bosch’s additional attachments: blender, cookie paddles, cake paddles, metal driver, bowl scraper, citrus juicer, food processor, meat grinder, pasta roller set, ice cream maker, dough divider, flour sifter, and stainless steel bowl.
Products Worth the Extra Cost:
If you use your Bosch a lot, we highly recommend buying the cookie paddles, cake paddles, metal driver, and bowl scraper. The cookie paddles are great for thicker doughs. Their construction helps them hold up to dense doughs such as cookie dough. The cake paddles work well for batters and incorporate more air compared to the cookie paddles. If you plan on using the cookie or cake paddles, you’ll need the metal driver. The cookie and cake paddles don’t work well with the plastic drive piece and can break. Last, we cannot recommend the bowl scraper enough! We love this attachment and it makes using the Bosch much easier. It scrapes the sides of the bowl, reducing the need to do it manually, and helps the ingredients blend together better.
What it’s best for:
We loved this mixer for cookies and bread, but it did a great job with whipping cream, buttercream (with room temperature butter), cake, and unconventional tasks like mashed potatoes. To see the results of everything we tested in five different stand mixers, CLICK HERE.
The bowl, lid, and splash ring are dishwasher safe. Some other parts, like the wire whips, are top-rack dishwasher safe, but most attachments are handwash only. None of Bosch’s metal pieces or attachments are dishwasher safe. A lot of the Bosch Universal Mixer parts are made from plastic which could potentially melt or warp in the dishwasher, so when in doubt, handwash your mixer attachments!
Tips for Using the Bosch Universal Mixer:
During our testing, we were surprised at how fast the Bosch Universal Mixer operates. Even its lowest speed is quite fast. We suggest you keep a close eye on recipes that can be easily overmixed (like cake and meringue). When making bread, knead your dough on the lowest speed for no longer than 6-8 minutes. Going longer than that can wear on the belt and overheat the mixer.
Bosch has so many attachments, so be sure to utilize them! Really, the bowl scraper will change your life! Don’t be afraid to switch them out partway through your recipe if needed. For example, using a dough hook instead of cookie paddles while adding chocolate chips is not only easier on your mixer, but makes it easier for you as well! Another helpful tip is to only use the plastic driver with the wire whips. If you use the plastic driver with other plastic attachments, it will break. If you’re using a set of plastic paddles, then you’ll need the metal driver for added strength.
Take a look at how the Bosch Universal mixer scored in our stand mixer testing: