Nutrimill Artiste Mixer vs KitchenAid vs Bosch Universal — which stand mixer will reign supreme in this in-home review and testing?
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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.**
The Bosch Universal Mixer
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 — that’s the thing jutting up to the right.
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.
I always knew that the Bosch did a great job on bread — and it does! There will be no motor burn-out with this one. No weird burning smell or noticing that I am absolutely KILLING the motor.
I am still having a hard time watching it knead bread, as it does it VERY different than the Kitchenaid (that I am used to). I have just held true to the timing I’d used with the Kitchenaid and while I don’t think the dough looks as smooth — it’s turned out great.
If you’re used to the Kitchenaid — bread making (the kneading) just looks different. However, the motor WORKS — and it will work for a lot of bread. That’s really where the Bosch shines for most bakers (due to the vast quantities).
BUT, I am in LOVE with creating batters with it. Because of the angle of the blades, it incorporates air and everything seems to taste better than it did with my Kitchenaid.
I was really surprised by how much I liked it.
The Kitchenaid is always touted as all of its cool attachments (although I’ve had friends who haven’t had luck due to the lack of motor on the KitchenAid).
The Bosch has tons of attachments. I have the blender, the slicer/shredder and the ice cream maker.
The ice cream maker and it was AMAZING (it did ice cream in about 15 minutes, which was AMAZING!!!).
I also love the slicer/shredder and the blender — and MOSTLY it’s nice to have such a GREAT motor that works so well and then add attachments (which will save you space in the kitchen, vs having each one and their own motor separate).
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 BEST part of the bosch is a WORKHORSE of a motor. it really is the high point. Keep that in mind as you compare the mixers I’m sharing.
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Ok — back to the comparison of the Bosh vs the KitchenAid Mixer
Kitchenaid Professional Stand Mixer
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 (this one is the 2nd one after my last mixer died). 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
I like the Kitchenaid. It worked well for quite a while. It comes in many colors and it seems to be the standard on cooking shows. But, I just don’t know why people keep rating it above the Bosch.
Really. My KitchenAid (because I actually have all 3 of these mixers) sits in a closet downstairs — and I haven’t looked back.
BUT, the main benefit of the KitchenAid mixer is:
- The price. A lot of the time, you can get it cheaper than the Bosch (keep in mind the Bosch will last you 3 or 4 times longer, so the price is actually alot more, but I get wanting to stay in budget).
- The footprint is still smaller. For smaller kitchens, it’s nice. If I had to re-do my purchase, I still don’t know that I’d pick the Bosch vs the Kitchendaid mixers, just because it’s still a lot bigger.
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Nutrimill Artiste Mixer
The Nutrimill Artiste is actually a recent addition to the stand mixer scene. 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 good. Probably as good as the Kitchenaid. 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) — that makes it SUPER handy if you have both!
Bosch vs Kitchenaid Mixer
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, and because of how it mixes — it works better.
The Bosch is also completely contained with its lid, vs the KitchenAid that just gives you a funnel to add flour to.
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.
Whipped cream happens in seconds, not minutes.
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 would barely 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 moon spins around the earth, and the earth is spinning around the sun. Just speed 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.
Also, I found that the Kitchnaid 6qt was hard with smaller batches of cream of egg whites. The Bosch does fine with small or large quantities, again — because of how the blades work.
Bosch Universal Mixer Vs KitchenAid Clean-Up
All metal parts do have to be hand washed. On all mixers — except the Kitchenaid bowl can be put in the dishwasher.
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.
Clean-up on both isn’t bad at all.
Bosch Stand Mixer vs Kitchenaid
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.
After having both, I still think KitchenAidnaid has a nicer footprint for smaller kitchens, and it is cheaper.
If money is an issue — check out the Nutrimill Artiste! I don’t think the motor is quite as good, but it’s still a great little workhorse. Also, if you were ever wanting to upgrade to the Bosch Universal, all of your stuff can be used with that as well….
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Originally written in Sept 2017, but has been updated since then.