KitchenAid vs. Bosch vs. Ankarsrum: 3 Top Mixers for Bread Making
Deciding which heavy duty stand mixer to purchase for bread making is a BIG decision.
These are expensive machines and you want to pick the right one for your needs!
Watch the video where I compare features side by side of three top contenders: KitchenAid, Bosch, and Ankarsrum. Each one has its strengths – and it quirks, and having used all three, I share not only the specs, but what I have learned from day to day use over the years to help you arrive at the best decision for your household.
Making Bread the Old-Fashioned Way
Both of my grandmothers baked their family’s bread supply by hand on farms in North Dakota in the 1930’s forward. My German Grandma used a large enamel wash basin to mix up 8-10 loaves every Saturday for her family and the hired hands, along with other German-from-Russia ethnic treats like kuchen, kechla, kase knoephla, and cookies.
My Norwegian Grandma used a bread pail like this one. Watch the video to learn more about this antique bread maker!
The best way to learn bread making is by hand. Mixing bread dough by hand acquaints you with how the dough feels and helps you develop your baker’s intuition, a set of skills that helps you recognize what the dough is doing and what adjustments you need to make in order to to make good bread. Those skills transfer over to a mixer.
Once you have process of making bread by hand down pat (if you’re physically able) then is the time to consider a mixer. If you have physical limitations that prevent you from making bread by hand, then by all means skip ahead to purchasing a machine to help you!
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All 3 Brands Are Quality Machines
Each of the three mixers is backed by a reputation for excellence in the home kitchen. Your task is to match your needs with a mixer that will work with you within your budget.
1st Contender: KitchenAid Artisan
Makes 2 sandwich loaves at a time.
KitchenAid was introduced by Hobart in 1919 and is currently owned by Whirlpool. Every KitchenAid mixer is assembled at the KitchenAid factory in Greenville, Ohio from die cast parts manufactured around the world. (If you can get your hands on an older Hobart-built mixer, those are built like a tank.)
2nd Contender: Bosch Universal
Makes up to 5 sandwich loaves at a time.
Bosch was introduced in Germany in 1952 and is now made in Slovenia, a small country in southeastern Europe south of Austria.
3rd Contender: Ankarsrum Assistent
Makes up to 7 sandwich loaves at a time.
The Ankarsrum was introduced in Sweden in 1940. The body is made from 100% recycled materials. Each mixer is assembled by hand at the factory in Ankarsrum, Sweden. Note: The Ankarsrum has formerly been known as Magic Mill, Electrolux, Vernona, and AEG 2000.
Shopper’s Comparison of 3 Top Heavy Duty Stand Mixers
Use the handy chart below to compare features of all three when shopping for a heavy duty stand mixer.
Watch the video to learn the basic breadmaking procedure for each machine, along with more information learned from years of experience with each one in my kitchen at Chocolate Box Cottage.
I am in the process of filming/editing a series of videos for each mixer, so stay tuned!
KitchenAid vs. Bosch vs. Ankarsrum
|KitchenAid® Artisan||Bosch Universal||Ankarsrum Assistent|
|Price (April 2022 in the U.S.)||$449||$449||$749|
|Colors||about 14||white or black||about 12|
|Bowl||5-quart stainless steel||6.5-quart sturdy plastic bowl with some flex||7.5-quart stainless steel bowl + 3.7-quart Triton copolyester bowl|
|Standard accessories||enamel flat beater, enamel dough hook, metal whisk||dough hook, wire whips, dough hook extender, splash ring, bowl lid||roller, scraper, dough hook, custom spatula, cookie whisks, balloon whisks, reversible lid|
|Footprint||14″ x 8 1/2″ x 13 3/4″ high||18″ x 15″ x 15″ high||10 1/2″ x 15 3/” x 14 1/4 ” high|
|Weight||25 lbs. 8 oz.||12 lbs. 12 oz.||19 lbs.|
|Power||325 watts||500 watts||600 watts|
|Motor type||gear driven||belt drive transmission with overload motor protection||worm gear transmission|
|Motor placement||overhead||in the base of the unit||in the base of the unit|
|KitchenAid® Artisan||Bosch Universal||Ankarsrum Assistent|
|Capacity||7-8 cups of flour or 12 egg whites, realistically||14-15 cups of flour, realistically||Stainless steel bowl: 21 cups of flour. Plastic bowl: 12 egg whites.|
|Quantity of 8”x4” sandwich loaves||2 loaves||5 loaves||7 loaves|
|Noise (1=silent, 10=unbearably loud)||5 – medium level of noise||7 – loud; cannot carry on a conversation while using||3 – fairly quiet; can carry on a conversation while using|
|Cleaning||Bowl and beaters are dishwasher safe. Restore shine to bowl with Barkeeper’s Friend.||Bowl is slick; cleans easily. Standard accessories are dishwasher safe except for dough hook.||Bowls and standard accessories are dishwasher safe.|
|Warranty length||3 months to 2 years||3 year motor, 1 year parts||7 year motor, 1 year parts|
|Expected life||10 years||20 years||Lifetime|
|Add-on accessories||meat grinder, ice cream bowl, sifter & scale, pasta maker, spiralizer, sausage stuffer, and many more||stainless steel bowl, blender, meat grinder, citrus juicer, spiralizer, food processor, pasta maker, and more||meat grinder, berry screen, pasta maker, ice cream bowl, citrus juicer, flake mill, blender, and more|
|Special features||Iconic kitchen design. Easy to learn to use. Will serve most home cooks well for a variety of purposes. Most published recipes are written specifically with KA in mind.||Unique ergonomic design. Lightweight, easy to move. Suction feet grip the counter for stability. Handles small batches as well as large. Pulse function. Accessories less expensive than those of the Ankarsrum.||Classy workhorse at home in a modern kitchen or retro setting. Roller and scraper mimic hand kneading for softest bread. Timer allows you to multitask. Quiet motor. Very stable, will not rock or walk.|
|Drawbacks||If stored under cabinet, mixer needs to be pulled forward to tilt head up. Do not use recipes calling for more than 6 cups whole grain flour. Heavy loads may cause mixer to walk. Watch for motor strain to avoid damage. Beater doesn’t quite reach bottom of bowl.||Functions differently than KA, requiring patience to master. Vigorous mixing action may not be suited to ancient grains. Bundt shaped bowl is not always practical. Motor is loud. Available in 2 colors only.||Functions differently than KA, requiring a patience to master. Speed control knob lacks directional marking. Bundt shaped plastic bowl is not always practical. Accessories are expensive. Plastic bowl is delicate.|
Tell Me What You Think
I hope this comparison is helpful to you. Would you do me a favor? Let me know in the comments which mixer you chose and what you appreciate about it and what you consider its chief drawback.
🌸 🏡 🌸 Blessings, Michele