Nutrimill artiste mixer vs KitchenAid vs Bosch — which will reign supreme in this in-home review and testing.
I have been making bread at home like a pro since 2009. I initially bought at Kitchenaid Professional 4.5 qt mixer (later upgraded to the 6 qt) due to a small kitchen space, but have recently tried the Nutrimill Artiste and the Bosch Universal and wanted to give you a side-by-side of the three.
Full Disclosure: I was sent both the Bosch Universal and the Nutrimill Artiste for my full reviews with no requirements that they be positive. They were aware I would give my full, valued opinion. Just so’s you know. 🙂
**I did a photo of each of them in the same spot on my counter to help you get an idea of sizing.**
Nutrimill Artiste Mixer
The Artiste is actually still in production. I got a demo model, it wasn’t ready for prime time — but I did get a good look at what it would be when it’s ready!
Nutrimill is the sister company to Bosch in the US. They are the distribution arm for Bosch in the US — so the fact that they work together is super cool!
The idea behind it seems to be that it’s a little smaller (it doesn’t have the 2nd drive shaft with the blender area). It also will only be 600 w but the bowl and attachments fit both the Artiste and the regular Bosch — which is AWESOME!
I did test the artiste. I will say that the motor isn’t as sturdy. Truly a story of you get what you pay for. BUT, it IS great. Probably as good as the Kitchenaide. I love the price point and I think it’s a great option for someone who wants a mixer, but isn’t ready to invest in the Universal.
BTW, it’s bowl is interchangeable with the Universal (as are all the attachments).
The Bosch Universal Mixer
The Bosch Universal has an 800 w motor and can mix up to about 15 pounds of bread dough.
So, it is clearly the workhorse out of these three.
It is a bit bulkier than the Artiste, although not as tall so if height is an issue that might be a plus for it.
It has 2 drives — a high speed drive (for use with the optional blender and other attachments) and the high torque drive for the mixing bowl.
Here is the Artiste and the Universal side by side:
Keep in mind that both the Bosch AND the NutriMill have LOTS of attachments you can use them.
They sent me the ice cream maker and it was AMAZING (it did ice cream in about 15 minutes, which was AMAZING!!!). They also have a meat grinder, large slicer shredder, pasta maker, berry de-seeder etc. It seems to be all the attachments the Kitchenaid touts. Super handy!
The Kitchenaid that I had was the 6 qt that says it can do up to 14 cups of flour — but the manual recommends not to use more than 8 cups of whole wheat flour. I can do two or three loaves in it, and I have to do about 50% white flour in order to get it to finish the load.
When I bought the Kitchenaid I knew that it wasn’t as powerful of a machine, but — at the time — our kitchen was a VERY small galley kitchen with maybe 1 yard of counter space total? I was looking for the smallest footprint, and went with the Kitchenaid.
It has served me well and I like it a lot, but it is dying. It’s frustrating to spend so much on something only to have it die — but that’s how the cookie crumbles. Get it, cookies. Yum. 🙂
It can’t even finish the 3 loaf recipe before it starts to smell and then dies. #sadface
The Bosch Universal powered through my bread dough recipe like a boss. In fact, I think I’m going to do the math to make 2 more loaves (for a total of 6) the next time I try it in this.
The “kneading” does look very different with the Bosch. If you’re looking at the two, just keep that in mind.
Yes, the Bosch and the Kitchenaid have similar bowl sizes (6qt vs 6.5 qt in the Bosch) but because the Bosh’s dough hook is much more compact it works better. Also, I constantly had tough “climbing” my Kitchenaid dough hook. That won’t be a problem in the Bosch.
My bread recipe has an initial sponging period after adding the flour, gluten, water and yeast.
The Kitchenaid took about a full minute to combine those ingredients, and the Bosch took about 20 seconds. The Bosch does seem to combine things faster. I love that.
The Bosch also combined the full ingredients much quicker than my Kitchenaid.
The Bosch does have a different pattern to kneading. In total it probably kneaded for a similar amount of time for double the amount of dough. The bread turned out great — all four loaves (my KitchenAid would’ve only done 2-3 loaves).
It did a great job, I’m thrilled — just like ALL my friends said I would be. 😉
As far as mixing other items I had always heard the Bosch Universal wasn’t great at making things like cookies/batters etc.
They were wrong. With the new bowl scraper attachment, it is AMAZING!
I actually think the Bosch mixes cookies, batters, etc BETTER. Also, because the beaters are close to the bottom of the bowl — even when I’m just doing 2 egg whites it does a GREAT job (the KitchenAid wouldn’t hardly even touch 2 egg whites, so I was REALLY happy with that).
It’s hard to envision it (or video it — because it goes so fast) but the mixer blades go around the bowl, plus they spin on their own, and they’re also spinning at an angle, so gravity plays into it.
I think of it as to how the earth spins around the earth, and the earth is spinning around the sun. Just spead up a lot to beat your egg whites in an insanely short period of time.
I’m sure that’s why it goes so much faster. I made cream one night and it made it just in a few minutes.
All stainless parts do have to be hand washed. On all mixers.
The Kitchenaid dough hook seems to be a little easier to clean than the Bosch, but not a whole lot easier (just more surfaces to clean on the Bosch)
The bowl seems a bit easier to clean on the Bosh/Nutrimill. I find that the stainless easily gets stuff built-up on it, vs the white bowl it came off a bit easier.
Kitchenaid Vs Bosch
All in all I think they’re all great mixers. I don’t think the KitchenAid is a poor purchase, but I DO think that if you have the right space and the cash, the Bosch Universal is 100% the right way to go. And once the Artiste gets going it will also be A-mazing! I’m really excited to share with you guys when that happens.
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Originally written in Sept 2017, but has been updated since then.