Kenwood mixers are great, but they do cost a pretty penny! If you want a mixer to help with baking, there are other options, and ones that aren’t going to break the bank either. Today we’re taking a look at one of those options, the Bosch MUM46A1GB.
Whilst Bosch aren’t exactly well known for their mixers, they do have a reputation for making solid and dependable kitchen appliances. This model, in fact, earned a coveted “Which? Best Buy” award. Let’s dive in and see what this machine has got to offer.
Aware of the huge amount of attachments available for the more expensive mixers on the market, Bosch have taken the multifunction approach with this machine too. For around £100, you’ll get a machine that does all the usual mixing tasks, as well as shredding, slicing, juicing, and blending. Can’t be bad!
Powering the mixer is a 550 watt motor, with 4 speeds and a standby mode. This isn’t the most powerful mixer available by quite a long way, however this basic motor should be just fine for home use. Still, we’ll take a look at how it performs a little later just to make sure.
The machine has quite a nifty compact design, and its definitely one of the smallest stand mixers you’re going to find. It has an anthracite finish which, as far as we can see, is simply a pretentious way to say that it’s silver in colour!
Despite its compact footprint, it comes with a reasonably sized 3.9 litre stainless steel bowl, which can hold a maximum of 2kg of dough. This is perhaps not the mixer for large families, but for light use, small families, or those with small kitchens it could be just the ticket!
It’s a light machine too, weighing in at just 5kg (featherweight compared to some of the other mixers around)! So that it doesn’t get thrown around when working on harder tasks like kneading dough, there are suction cups on the bottom so that it anchors itself to your work surface and won’t go walkabout!
Included in the box are all the usual mixing tools: dough hook, beater, and whisk. You also get the shredding, and slicing discs too. Finally, the citrus press and liquidiser attachment round off what is quite a versatile little package.
With all those accessories you’d be forgiven for worrying about cluttering up your cupboards, however the mixer also comes with a handy wall-mountable storage rack for all the bits and pieces.
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Bosch MUM46A1 Features and Specifcations
- 550 watt motor – 4 speeds and a standby mode
- 3.9 stainless steel litre bowl – can accommodate up to 2kg of dough
- Includes dough hook for kneading, whisk, and beater attachments
- All shreds and slices – various discs included for shredding/slicing
- Citrus press included – squeeze fresh orange juice
- 1 litre liquidiser attachment include – blend up smoothies, milkshakes and soups
- Which? Best Buy
Customer Feedback and Reviews
Bosch seem to have scored pretty well in terms of keeping customers happy. Of all the comments that we collected, 90% of customers were happy with the MUM46A1GB. In fact, about 87% of customers awarded the machine top marks of 4 or 5 stars.
A lot of people who went for this mixer had small kitchens with little worktop space, and they all appreciated the compact design. It’s perhaps not the most attractive device in the world, but it’s certainly the most compact stand mixer you’ll find.
That said, if you don’t want to leave it out on the side, customers found that storing it in a cupboard wasn’t a problem. It’s nice and light, and easy enough to lift out and put away after mixing.
Speaking of mixing, the vast majority of customers were really pleased with its abilities! For smaller amounts, the mixer does a very good job.
The arm is slightly angled so that the beaters are able to incorporate all of the mix, and to compensate the bottom of the bowl is slightly raised so that no ingredients get left behind on the bottom. Whilst some people reported that the mixer does need to be stopped to scrape down the side of the bowl sometimes, this is something that must be done with more expensive mixers too.
One customer pointed out that he had poor results when using hard butter straight from the refrigerator, saying that it tends to clog up on the beater. He said that this was easily solved by using spreadable butter instead. Not a big problem, but something you should be aware of (especially if you’d like to make pastry with the machine).
Whilst the motor that powers the Bosch isn’t exactly a powerhouse, this does have its advantages too. It means that the mixer is quiet compared to more powerful ones, and this was noted in the comments of a lot of customers. You won’t think a jumbo jet just took off when you turn it on!
As for the added accessories, these were well received too. By all accounts, the liquidiser can blend up a great smoothie as well as turn its hand to things like chopping nuts.
The slicing and shredding discs work well too. Although the pieces were a little on the thin side for some people’s taste. Stil, there are several discs included which prepare the veg to various thicknesses, so you should be able to find one to suit your tastes.
Apart from the need to give the bowl a scrape from time to time, there were very few complaints. One slight problem which a couple of customers mentioned, is that the rim of the bowl is a little on the sharp side. That’s the problem with these stainless steel bowls, we’ve seen this is a lot of different mixers, so do be a little careful when washing it.
Overall, the Bosch MUM46A1GB is a great alternative to the more expensive mixers on the market, especially if you’ve got a small kitchen. Do be aware, though, that it’s only for smaller quantities, so if you need something a bit bigger you might want to look at the Andrew James 5.2 litre mixer.
With the added bonus of a liquidiser and the slicing discs, this is the most versatile mixing machine in its price range. It works well, has a nice compact design, and is perhaps one of the quieter mixers on the market. A thoroughly decent little mixer!