Oh dear, another thread about Bosch vs. Assistent/DLX mixers!
Hi All -
I can't decide between these two stand mixers. I know I want one of them (not interested in KA at this time or any other brand) but I'm so stuck! Everything I'm about to share is based on all the reading I've been doing online (not sure how factual any of it is).
The Bosch is butt ugly (okay that's my opinion) but powerful and makes a good dense most chewy bread (can do high-hydration dough if using the metal bowl w/ bottom hook apparently, but primarily excels at lower-hydration and average doughs) and seems to also successfully do mashed potatoes as well as dense cookies, pie crusts, whipped cream, meat loaf, creams, etc. Doesn't do well with cold butter creaming though (I don't really care too much - I don't think the Ankarsrum does either though).
The Ankarsrum (Assistent, Electrolux, Magic Mill, DLX, whichever name you choose to call it) is drop-dead gorgeous to my eyes (love all the colors and retro look and how well-built it looks and is - no plastic parts on the inside either) and makes very good bread they say but my issues are that the whisk and cookie/cake whisk look weak and I've read it can't make good mashed potatoes or pie crust for whatever reason (not sure what parts that reviewer was using - whisk or roller or what). I also prefer dough that is lower-hydration more often than not...that makes sandwich bread with a tighter/closed "crumb" (the inside of the bread looks dense instead of spongy, with larger holes) as well as pizzas, bagels and rolls. I like the more open crumb breads too - the artisan breads are something that's nice with the right cheese and wine - but I'm thinking about the entire family when I think about the convenience of one of these mixers (trying to be practical). This machine is better for the airy, light, open crumb breads and artisan (hearth?) breads, if I'm understanding correctly. And I wouldn't mind so much making those by hand just cause those are gentler on the tennis elbow you know? Though it can do your basic sandwich bread, pizza and everything else, too - just might be more light, for lack of a better word. The whisks, as well as the new cookie/cake paddle-whisk thingie, can only be used with the slightly smaller, plastic bowl. I don't like that - I want the option of stainless for both bowls, like the Bosch has.
But did I tell you I LUUUUUV the way the machine looks? Lol. I don't mind the learning curve and I don't mind the higher-hydration dough necessarily. But I do mind if it can't make a good gigantic pile of creamy mashed potatoes or a nice pie dough. I want it to do more than just make bread dough and whip cream.
Does anyone have experience to share on this ridiculous, very first-world matter??!
Thank you! :)