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Diane's picture
Diane

Which Bosch?

I recently gave my daughter my much-loved Bosch Universal Plus. After researching DLX versus Bosch, and I decided that I want to purchase another Bosch for myself. I've hit the "pause" button because the Bosch Universal, while fabulous, has a rather large footprint on the counter (and counter real estate is dear).  I don't anticipate buying the blender or attachments that can go in the tower.

In comparing the two Bosch Mixers, I've read that both models will handle 6 lbs of dough. The Bosch Compact includes a 4 quart mixing bowl, 400 Watt Motor, 4 speeds, and 3 separate drives. (A larger stainless steel bowl is available for purchase.) In comparison, the Bosch Universal  has a 6.5 quart mixing bowl, 800 Watt Motor, 4 speeds, 2 separate drives with overload and restart motor protection. Clearly, the most blatant difference is that the Universal has double the watt power, but whether that is significant, I have no idea.

Any advice regarding which one to purchase?

Thanks,

Diane

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Whole Grain Mama

From everything that I've read, the bosch will hold up to 15 pounds of dough. It does not take up that much space either. I comes out as far as the upper cabinets do, so you still have space in front of it. I had the Viking Stand Mixer before and that took up WAY more space. Also a couple of the attachments go on the same drive as the bowl. I have used the flaker attachment (to make fresh oatmeal) and was VERY impressed. For making bread the Bosch is top of the line. Hope that helps! Here is a site that has lots of info on it: http://www.everythingkitchens.com/boschvskitchenaid.html

Diane's picture
Diane

Thanks for the reply.  On the Bosch site, it states that both mixers can handle 6 lbs of dough. Perhaps you are referring to cups of flour....

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Whole Grain Mama

That's weird, I just looked it up: http://www.bosch-home.com/us/MUM6N10UC.html and it lists "Bowl Max Dough Content (kg) - 4" (which equals 8.8 pounds). All I know is that I have friends who make bread with 20 cups of whole grain wheat flour and it has no problem. :) I hope that helps!

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flourgirl51

The Bosch Universal plus will handle up to 15 lbs of whole grain dough. I use it weekly for our farmers' market baking.

I have info here www.organicwheatproducts.com and can also get the Bosch Compact Mixer. It all depends on what you are going to use it for. You can always do small batches of dough in the Universal Plus, but can't increase the amount that the Bosch Compact will hold. The dimensions of the Bosch Compact mixer are 10.5" tall, 11.5" wide and 12" deep while the dimensions of the Universal Plus are 11" deep, 17" wide and 10 3/4 tall. If you would like more information you can call the toll free number on my website and I would be happy to send you information.

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johnr55

I've had Bosch big mixers since the 70's and Compacts since the 80's.  Wattage doesn't mean much of anything; it only says how much electricity the motor requires.  For example, I still have my Bosch Magic Mixer from the the 70's, with 450W of power.  It'll do the same number of loaves as the new Universal Plus.  My Magic Mixer blender will crush ice, etc., just as well as my Universal.  The Compact is a fantastic little mixer, so lightweight it weighs less than some bloated hand mixers.  My criterion for using the Compact for bread is a 2-loaf recipe, and I've made dozens of them in it (I have two Compacts, one old, one almost new).  Keep in mind, though, that the 4-quart bowl doesn't mean you can put a gallon in it.  Because of the mixing action of the Compact, you have to be more careful making cake batters, for example, than you do with the batter whisks in the Universal.  Not a problem, just different.  I have every accessory for my Compacts, and they work just as well as those on the Universal.  The blender is smaller, the FP is identical, and the endless shredder/slicer is very convenient.  Meat grinder works perfectly.  If you don't need more than two loaves at a time I'd go with the Compact because it's so easy to put away.

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tikidoc

The biggest question would be what do you want to do with it?  The Compact is a great little machine, and if you only want to make a couple loaves of bread at a time, I think you would be happy with it.  It's small and can be easily stored in a cabinet, and it's very light so it is easy to move around.  I have made recipes with about 1 kg of flour with no problem.  I have heard of people making much bigger batches but since I have the Electrolux, I use the bigger machine when I want to make more.

I have a Compact and an Electrolux and have no experience with the Universal, so I can't comment on that, but you already know that machine.  If you need more capacity, go with the Universal, if you just want to make small to medium batches, consider saving some cash by getting a Compact.

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barryvabeach

Diane,  I have the compact and the old Universal.   I do mostly pizza dough, but some bread dough - though nearly always whole wheat.  The usable capacity of the compact is much less than the universal, and as you approach the upper limits, the Compact seems to struggle.  On the other hand, I find the Compact much more forgiving to use - if the dough is extremely wet, it has no problem, while in the old Universal it gets stuck around the central column.  If it is too dry, the dough slides around the Universal with no mixing, again not the same problem with the Compact.  As would be expected, the compact handles small loaves beatifully,  and the Universal struggles with those.  The Universal has a more efficient mixing procedure, using the 3 arms, so I would guess it would take a little longer to get the same amount of kneading in the Compact.        P. S.  If you are concerned with whether the Compact will handle a particular recipe, send me the recipe and I will try it in the Compact and let you know. 

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Diane

Many thanks for everyone's input.  I do enjoy reading others opinions based on experience.  I've decided to buy the Bosch Universal Plus for those days that I want to make many loaves for many friends ;->

Now I am going to post a question about grain mills. For me at least, there is no end to furnishing and justifying accoutrements for bread baking.

Diane