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Recommended Mixer size?

Bread obsessed's picture
Bread obsessed

Recommended Mixer size?

I've kneaded by hand so far but difficult to knead large batches.

The most I would make is enough dough for approximately 4-5 average-sized loaves of bread?

Mixers seem to have 4.5 to 6 quart bowls... any recommendations from experience? (any other advice also welcomed!)

Bread obsessed's picture
Bread obsessed

6-9 quart??

Bowl lift vs Tilt head?

Help! 😂😂

Camarie's picture
Camarie

8 to 10 should do it.

idaveindy's picture
idaveindy

A friend has one of these: http://wondermix.com/

Scroll down to see a video of a large batch.

 

suave's picture
suave

Well, not a KitchenAid.  You need an Ankarsrum, or may be the larger Bosch.

MTloaf's picture
MTloaf

Is the mixer I have. It can handle a large amount and it seems to be powerful and well made. If I could do it all over again and money was no object I may have gotten the Ankarsrum. Though I have not seen one perform I believe it would handle higher hydration doughs better than the Bosch. The Wonder Mixer looks like an older model of the Bosch at a much cheaper price. I started with a Kitchen Aide which is a popular mixer but it was straining too much to do bread dough.

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Bread obsessed

I read negative comments about mixing smaller dough batches of hydration dough, but they dated back many years, how long have you had yours, do you know if that's been resolved in recent models?

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MTloaf

I have been using it a lot more recently and like any mixer there is a learning curve. I have no issues with smaller batches (single loaf) of dough and have learned to mix high hydration dough better by withholding some water and slowly adding it as the dough develops. The newer models have a stainless steel bowl but the plastic one seems fine to me. If bread is your main objective it is a very good mixer.

Camarie's picture
Camarie

Get a Globe SP05 or the Arteste mixer. I have both & they are very good!!

Bread obsessed's picture
Bread obsessed

Thank you! I do have a budget unfortunately 😁

And as a very new bread maker, I wouldn't invest in a pro mixer at this point.  So I'm looking for a home mixer that won't die after 3 month because I mainly mix bread dough.

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BaniJP

I have had great experience with my KitchenAid so far (5 qt.). If I wanted to make larger amounts, I would just mix multiple batches. Since it's consistent mixing, I can just time it and have same results with every batch.

You should be able to pick it up for 300$ online, it can be used for other mixing tasks too and they are known to last a lifetime.

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Danni3ll3

But mine is the 7 qt pro line. Unfortunately it’s not cheap but it was a gift thank goodness. I never mix dough at a speed higher than 2. If you go higher, it’s a sure way of killing your machine. Watch the max dough amount recommended and never exceed it. I make 12 loaves in mine but not all at once. I make 4 batches of dough that are around 2 to 2 and a half kilos ~(5 lbs) each. My machine apparently can handle 8 lbs but I’ve never pushed it to that. 
Looking at a Bosch or an Anksarum might be a good idea too. Good luck. 

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Camarie

 

I'm through messing around with Ebay! The n-50 mixers are way to expensive & they don't come with any beaters or bowls. I'm gonna get the one pictured above that comes with the beaters & bowl, then I'll be finished. It is brand spanking new & comes with everything!!!

It comes with a flat beater, wire whip & a spiral dough hook, plus it has a 10-qt stainless steel bowl. it's very heavy though. But it will last a lifetime.

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Alex_Dew

If you are looking at KitchenAid, the sizes are:

  •  Tilt-Head Mixers: 3.4-, 4.5- & 5-quart capacities
  • Bowl-Lift Mixers: 4.5- and 8-quart capacities
  • Artisan Mini: 3.5-quart capacity
Camarie's picture
Camarie

I saw a Globe SP08 Mixer on Ebay that I bought. The bowl & beaters have to be bought separately. This is the last time that I buy a mixer from there without the bowl & beaters.

Kitchenaid is off the list for me. They are no good now, since Hobart is not making them!!

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Camarie
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Camarie

Just have to repaint the top in white to get rid of the spots.

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Bread obsessed

Thank you all for the input!  Commercial 10 qt++ are too much for my needs and space.  In the end my family and friends are getting together for an Ankarsrum, since I'm having a party for a milestone bday in April, very excited!

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barryvabeach

Congrats, and be sure to post back about your experiences with the Ank, it may help others with similar questions in the future. 

Camarie's picture
Camarie

Breadobssessed.

Sounds like you need to get the Nutrimill Artiste. The bowl is 6/12 quarts. You can at least get 4 loaves of bread with it.

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Bread obsessed

Hahahaha!😁

I am, but also work 50+ hours at the moment.