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mixer for a large family

geered's picture

mixer for a large family

Hello, I have 5 teenagers at home.  They often eat nearly a whole bread each for a snack.  I used to make everything by hand but I can't keep up  anymore!  Is there one of you with the somewhat same challenges (4-5 loafs a day) that could counsel me with which mixer to buy?  I'll start looking for a used one right away.  Thank you.

geered's picture

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pmccool's picture

Do the same thing that you did with your mixer question: just create a new thread and go!  That way you and others can focus on that topic, instead of having it mixed in with the mixer discussion that you have started in this thread.


sphealey's picture

=== Is there one of you with the somewhat same challenges (4-5 loafs a day) that could counsel me with which mixer to buy?  I'll start looking for a used one right away.  Thank you. ===

The Hobart N50 comes to mind.  I occasionally see one on eBay, but you are more likely to find one at a used restaurant equipment dealer.


Yerffej's picture

While the N50 is undoubtedly one very tough workhorse it may lack the capacity for 4-5 daily loaves.  The Electrolux Assistent (or whatever they call it these days) is a much more likely candidate.  Beyond that a larger Hobart mixer like a 10-12 quart might be appropriate if you have a large kitchen and if you want to live with a physically large mixer.


LindyD's picture

A Hobart N50, new, is over $2,000.  That's a five-quart mixer.  

You might want to checkinto the Electrolux Magic Mill DLX mixers, which are considerbly less ($570 to $600), have an 8-quart bowl, and can mix 7-10 loaves of bread in one mix.

A few TFL members swear by this mixer so maybe they will pop in with some advice.


Nickisafoodie's picture

I have a 20 quart Globe mixer that I bought used for $900, barely used.  handles 15 lbs of dough, I make 5 2.25 lb loaves at a time, mostly whole wheat.  doesn't break a sweat.  only problem is it weighs 265 lbs, thus is on a heavy table stand in my garage.  But that is fine and works well.  It kicks butt.  New ones can be found for $1500-1600.  All metal and brass, commercial all the way, 110volts so plugs into a regular socket.  Look at their web site for dough capacity.  a 10 quart machine is likely not big enough for 10 lbs of dough in one shot.

Another choice I havent used but is heavily favored by the baking community is Electrolux DLx 2000 - is supposed to handle quite a large bit of dough, at least 5 loaves, for a $600 cost. but suggest Google to find out more - superb for bread if the capacity works for you.  there are likely other postings on this forum if you search...

Good luck!  A grain mill cant be far behind, and you will be glad you follow that path when you have a calling...


toyman's picture

I've got an Electrolux and normally mix approximately 5000 grams (11#) of dough in a batch.  It works great and I would highly recommend it.  I'll get 6-8 loaves out of a batch, keep one on the counter and freeze the rest. 

kneading's picture

I can make 5 loaves at a time in my Bosch mixer.

UnConundrum's picture

I can easily make 5 loaves by hand using a no-knead method.  I use large plastic bins I get at the restaurant supply section of Sams, add the ingredients and mix by hand just till integrated.  Let sit 20 minutes.  Turn out onto a work table and fold a few times.  Return to the bin and rest another 20 minutes.  Repeat 3 times.  Let rest 2.5 hours.  Portion, shape, final rise and bake.  A 10# dough should be no problem at all ;)

I have a multi-grain recipe HERE that makes 4 loaves a little over a pound and a half each.  I actually made 2 loaves and a bunch of rolls.  There's pictures showing the process.