Have you ever wondered about the Bosch vs KitchenAid Mixer debate? Which is better? Which one gives you more bang for your buck? Look no further. We dive into the differences between Bosch and KitchenAid mixers to tell you the truth and help you decide which one is right for you!
With the evolution of the kitchen appliance industry in the United States, there has been a constant comparison between two top brands: Bosch and KitchenAid.
These brands are not only known for their mixers but also for their wide range of kitchen appliances!
They’ve got high-end dishwashers, refrigerators, and more.
Some people really prefer the KitchenAid dishwashers while others prefer the Bosch dishwashers.
Then there are those that can’t get enough of the Bosch refrigerators and others who swear by the KitchenAid refrigerators.
But their primary point of contention? The stand mixer. They’ve each got a bunch of unique features that bakers will go to battle for!
So do you need both mixers? Are they equal? Just how much money should you be willing to shell out here?
What if you’ve got a small kitchen? You can’t possibly fit all the KitchenAid appliances and the Bosch appliances too!
And what about quality? How long will they last? What are their different attachments?
This article will help you break down some of the pros and cons of Bosch vs KitchenAid mixers.
And there are pros and cons to each!
Depending on what you cook and bake will determine what kind of mixer you need.
It’s also important to note that this is not an everything review.
So, I’ll be comparing two of the most popular kinds of kitchen mixers.
But a smaller or larger mixer on either side could tip the balance for one or the other.
Bosch vs KitchenAid mixers. What’s the bottom line?
Bosch vs KitchenAid Mixing Bowl Size
Bosch mixers typically come in two main sizes:
- Artiste Mixer: 6.5 quart mixing bowl, 500 watts, 6 pounds of dough, 6 speeds & pulse feature (6 loaves or 34 dozen cookies)
- Universal Plus Mixer: 6.5-quart mixing bowl, 800 watts, 4 speeds & pulse feature and 14 pounds of dough (14 loaves or 34 dozen cookies)
KitchenAid does one better in terms of variety, offering four distinct sizes:
- Artisan Mini 3.5 quart Tilt Head Stand Mixer: The compact option with a 3.5-quart bowl.
- Classic Series 4.5 Quart Tilt Head Stand Mixer: A middle-ground option that comes in various colors.
- Artisan Series 5: 5 Quart Tilt-Head Sand Mixer. A common choice with numerous design and bowl variations.
- KitchenAid 5.5 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer: 11 speeds and plenty of colors.
- Professional 600 Series 6 Quart Bowl Lift Sand Mixer: The premium choice, with a 6-quart bowl, ideal for larger batches.
- NSF Certified Commercial Series 8 Quart Bowl Lift Sand Mixer – The ultimate choice in the kitchenAid mixers for home baking.
As you can see, what you want to do with your foods may determine what you want to buy.
The Bosch has a larger mixing bowl than the largest KitchenAid version.
But the KitchenAid has a smaller mixing bowl option than the Bosch.
So if you compare the largest capacity of both – the Bosch Universal 6.5 Quart and the KitchenAid Professional 6 Quart, the Bosch edges out with a slightly larger bowl.
This difference might be minor, but for those who frequently deal with larger batches or want to mix larger quantities, it makes a huge difference.
How huge? Even though there is only .5 quarts difference, the Bosch Universal Plus mixer can make almost 3 times as much cookie dough and 2 times as much bread as a kitchenAid at one time. That is a HUGE difference.
This is really a main difference of the two. While other features go back and forth on which one might win, this is a big deal for me.
Both mixers can handle single batches or large batches, but only one really shines on how much it can handle!
Costs of KitchenAid vs Bosch Mixers
So let’s get to one of the first questions! How much do they cost? What’s the price point and just how much are you going to have to spend?
At the time of writing, the Bosch Universal is priced at $429.00, whereas the KitchenAid 6 Quart mixer has a price tag of $549.99.
On the surface, Bosch seems like the more economical option!
But the price range can also vary based on sales, newer models, and additional features.
Life Span of Bosch vs KitchenAid Mixers
Given the investment in these high-quality products, the lifespan becomes a crucial factor.
KitchenAid: Has an average life expectancy of 15 years though some have been known to last 30. Comes with a 1 year warranty.
Bosch: Average life expectancy of 20 years, though some have been known to last over 30. Comes with a 3 year warranty.
Again, a straight comparison of the numbers, it looks like Bosch will last long time and comes with a longer warranty too.
If you’re all about the warranty? The Bosch mixer is definitely the way to go.
Attachments that Come with KitchenAid vs Bosch
It’s all about the attachments!
Well it’s not ALL about it, but seriously, you need the right attachment for the right job!
When you buy a Bosch or a KitchenAid, you not only get the mixer and the bowl, but also these attachments:
KitchenAid: Coated Flat Beater, Coated Spiral Dough Hook, Wire Whip, and Pouring Shield. That’s four total for what you usually get in the package.
Bosch: Dough Hook, Wire Whips, Plastic Whip Driver, Dough Hook Extender, Splash Ring, Mixing Bowl Lid. That’s six total that usually comes in the package.
Now, the Bosch mixer needs more attachments to make it work.
For example, the wire whips need the plastic whip driver or they won’t work.
And the dough hook extender works the dough hook.
That being said, honestly these are almost equal in their main attachments.
However, there are many, many more attachments you can buy for either machine as well.
KitchenAid’s stand mixer can add up to 10 extra attachments!
Some of the extra Kitchenaid Attachments and advanced features include:
- Pasta Press
- Shave Ice
- Ice Cream Maker
- Scale and Sifter
- Meat Grinder
- Fruit and Vegetable Juicer
- Grain Mill
- Sprializer, Peeler, and Corer
- Food Processor
- Slicer / Shredder
The Bosch also has many extra attachment options including:
- Meat Grinder
- Slicer / Schredder
- Food Processor
- Bakers Pack – Cookie Paddles, Cake Paddles, Metal Whip Driver and Bowl Scraper
- Ice Cream Maker
- Flour Sifter
- Citrus Juicer
You’d have to search their websites if you want price comparisons on everything, but both of them do have many options available.
As always, the different attachments cost more than the original cost of the mixer however.
KitchenAid vs Bosch Color Options
The color options are where KitchenAid mixers really take the cake.
Bosch has two color options: white and black. These are classic colors that fits with every kitchen.
KitchenAid on the other and can cater to many different personalities and styles with over 14 color options!
You can even have your KitchenAid engraved before ordering. That’s some serious style options.
Which means that while the Bosch is often stored away until you need it, KitchenAid mixers can be a centerpiece in modern designs!
Bosch cannot compare to the KitchenAid when it comes to style and color options.
However, if you love black and white, then you’ll love the sleek look of Bosch.
Bosch Mixer vs KitchenAid Mixer Motors
Wanna bake a big batch of bread and not have your motor killed off?
For those aiming to make large batches or heavy mixtures, motor strength becomes a deciding factor!
Turns out one brand is better than the other in terms of sheer strength.
Bosch: The Bosch has an 500 Watt Motor. That’s a lot of power. Bosch Universal Plus Mixer can whip up anywhere from 1 to 34 batches of cookies at one time!
KitchenAid: The KitchenAid has a 575 Watt Motor. Which sounds more powerful, but even with the larger motor it can’t keep up with how much Bosch can mix. The KitchenAid 600 series can whip up between 1 to 13 batches of cookies at at time. I wonder what the point of the extra power is, if it can’t do more work.
I have heard stories from friends of their Classic KitchenAid’s being totally overpowered when making a heavy dough and having to finish the kneading process by hand. With a Bosch you’ll never have to worry about that. It’s guaranteed to keep up.
KitchenAid vs Bosch Batch Sizes
As the Bosch has a bigger bowl, it’s much better at handling large batches.
However, the Kitchen aid can actually be better at small batches.
Bosch models sometimes struggles to get everything whipped together when doing a small batch.
So if you bake a lot of small batches, KitchenAid model may honestly be the right fit for you.
That being said, don’t forget about your hand mixer!
If you occasionally do a small batch? The hand mixer is much cheaper than either mixer, and definitely cheaper than owning both.
Usually you can do a large batch no problem with the Bosch and a smaller batch no problem with a little mixer.
At least that’s what I’ve found over here.
Adding Ingredients to the Bosch vs KitchenAid
I’m not the only one who adds wet ingredients or dry ingredients while the mixer is still mixing am I?
Actually, you know some recipes really need that!
If you’ve ever tried to add ingredients to the KitchenAid while it’s mixing, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say, it’s not very easy.
The pouring section is very small as most of the bowl is taken up by the mixer itself.
Of course they do have the pouring shield which can help.
I highly recommend using the pouring shield by the way! Otherwise be ready to get flour ALL OVER the kitchen.
However, the Bosch mixer has a more open top design. It’s a lot easier to add ingredients that way and is a great option for all of you who add while mixing.
Though the flour may sit right on the top of the mixer area if you do and you’ll need to knock it off.
And that’s actually another good thing to talk about! How often are you going to need to scrape down the sides?
And with either… You’ll probably have to scrape it down. Unless you get the scraper attachment from Bosch. It scrapes and blends all at the same time.
For smaller batches, you’ll find yourself using the spatula much more often.
For larger batches, you won’t need it as much. But either is occasionally going to need to be scraped down.
Is the KitchenAid or Bosch Louder?
Both of these mixers have so many great features! But what about how loud they are?
That can actually be a big question for those looking for quiet operation.
So what’s the verdict? Honestly… neither.
Those cookie paddles beating around the bowl? The motor itself? Yeah, they’re both loud.
Cleaning the Bosch or KitchenAid
How about cleaning? You’ve got your the quietest dishwasher brand. But will the mixers fit in it?
First, neither of the large bowls will fit on the upper rack. Though the attachments will easily.
The bottom rack will fit both bowls.
I don’t find either need additional wash cycles to get clean though as long as you’ve got a good dishwasher.
In terms of Bosch there is one bonus feature and one downside feature, which seems to balance them out.
Bonus: You can take apart the middle shaft to easily clean the center. It’s a BREEZE to clean because of this feature. If you’ve ever had to clean out stuck on dough to the KitchenAid you know it requires toothpicks, patience and occasionally a q-tip, which makes cleaning a pain.
Downside: The metal attachments like the head and dough hook need to be washed by hand. They are not dishwasher friendly. So that is a slight downside.
Bosch vs KitchenAid
So what’s the final answer? Which one is better?
In the grand scheme, both Bosch and KitchenAid stand mixers have their strengths and areas where they shine.
If you’re someone who values motor power, longevity, and cost-effectiveness, the Bosch Universal Mixer might be your go-to.
But if style, color options, and small batch efficiency top your list, the KitchenAid mixer would be a fantastic addition to your kitchen.
In essence, it boils down to personal preference, kitchen requirements, and budget.
As with any kitchen equipment, evaluate what you need it for, how you’ll use it, and then make a decision from there.
I make a lot of really big batches and love my bosch for its large bowl and powerful motor. I bake A LOT!
If you make small batches, or really want something to match your kitchen designs, the KitchenAid may be a better fit.
Whether you’re eyeing a new dishwasher, mixer, or refrigerator, both Bosch and KitchenAid promise quality, innovation, and customer service.
They are both firmly cemented in the appliance industry!
The Bosch vs KitchenAid Ultimate Tests:
If you’ve scrolled down through the article you’ve noticed two sets of photos. There are actually two tests I recommend you do yourself to find out which one will impress you the most.
Egg White Test:
The first test is an egg white test.
We took one of each mixer, sat them next to each other and added one egg white.
Then set the timer to 2 minutes with the wire whisk attachment.
We then started both mixers on high and after 2 minutes turned them off.
As you can see from the photos, the Bosch Universal Plus was able to get super fluffy egg whites, which the KitchenAid barely touched the egg white.
The KitchenAid whisk can’t reach the bottom of the bowl leaving whatever is down there virtually untouched, while the Bosch was able to whip away.
Colored Dough Test:
The second test we did was we took two batches of dough.
We placed one batch of dough in each mixer and added 5 drops of blue food coloring to the top.
Using the dough hook, we then ran the mixers for 1 minute.
As you can see, the Bosch Universal Plus was able to mix the dough to the point that it’s almost completely blue, while the KitchenAid was able to only leave a few streaks. This is due to the bosch double dough hook which completely kneads the entire dough ever 4 rotations. Again Bosch was the clear winner.
In this house we have tried both mixers for years and ultimately decided on the Bosch Universal Plus. Not only was it more cost effective, but it was able to meet all my baking and cooking needs without breaking a sweat.
When it really comes to it, I need a machine that can do the job well every time and for me that’s the Bosch.
I get it though if that’s not for you. Whatever your choice in the Bosch vs. KitchenAid Mixer debate, make sure to match it with your kitchen’s needs, and you won’t go wrong.
Let me know what your favorite is in the comments below!