While many bread machines do a reasonable job, and a basic stand mixer with a dough hook can handle a single loaf of white bread, serious home bakers who want to make several loaves at a time, or who want to make heavier whole grain bread, recognise the need for a heavy-duty mixer. Such mixers are designed to handle large quantities of heavy dough, and handle the kneading process from start to finish, minimising or eliminating the need for hand kneading.
Kitchen Aid Professional 600 Series
This Kitchen Aid mixer has a 575 watt motor and a six quart stainless steel bowl, with the capacity to handle up to 14 cups of flour in a single batch, for a yield of eight loaves of bread or 13 dozen cookies. Unlike lower priced mixers, the top of the line Kitchen Aid has all steel gears in its direct drive transmission. It also supports a wide variety of attachments, including grain mills, meat grinders, pasta makers and many others.
Viking 7 Quart Stand Mixer
The Viking 7 quart mixer is equipped with a 1,000 watt motor, metal gear transmission and three power outlets for attachments, including blenders, slicer/shredders, food grinders and pasta makers. This heavy blender also boasts handy rear wheels for easier manoeuvring around the countertop. This mixer will handle up to 3.63kg. of bread dough at a time.
Electrolux Magic Mill DLX2000
This mixer has been used in its native Sweden for over 50 years and is now gaining popularity worldwide. Its unusual "roller/scraper" design mimics the hand kneading of bread, producing smooth and elastic dough in any size batch. It has a 600 watt motor and an eight quart bowl with the ability to handle up to 28 cups of flour at a time.
Bosch Universal Plus
Bosch upgraded its popular Universal mixer to the new Universal Plus, with a larger 800 watt motor and the ability to handle 6.8kg. of bread dough at a time. The company also broadened the speed settings to offer an ultra slow mode as well as a pulse setting. Another unique feature of the Bosch mixer is the addition of suction cups on the feet, to prevent the machine from vibrating around the counter like some other mixers.