Look Into My Crystal Bowl
You may have noticed that there are a lot of similar stand mixer models that are different from each other by just one small change. The small change can actually make a big difference to the functionality of the mixer, but it doesn’t change the whole unit.
While embroiled in my search, I found that the KitchenAid 5-Qt. Artisan Design Series I love so much (which I reviewed here) also comes in a similar model that replaces the stainless steel bowl with a glass bowl. I don’t think it makes much of a difference for the actual functionality of the mixer, but I wanted to make sure. I also wanted to determine the importance of having a glass bowl, and what kind of cooks opt for it over the stainless steel version.
Keeping It Measured
The biggest advantage I can see to having a glass bowl is that it works as a clear measuring cup as much as it does a receptacle for your ingredients. If there are ingredients in your recipe like flour and sugar that need to come in mass quantities, you may be able to get it all together in the bowl without needing separate measuring cups, resulting in fewer prep dishes to dirty. You will still need measuring spoons for smaller ingredients, but it seems you could do quite a bit of the work with just one bowl.
I don’t know if the standard version of this mixer comes with these, but the attachments that come with this model seem super upgraded to me. They come in a pretty brushed metal, and it makes sense if you consider that they’re going to be seen much more than the ones that come with the stainless steel bowl. I don’t know if it makes them any more durable, but it does make a difference in the upscale look.
There are not as many colors available with the glass bowl mixer, but that doesn’t make it boring, by any means. You can still get a bunch of different options from jewel tones to pastels.
Because the attachments are made from metal, they have quirks the traditional nylon ones do not have. For instance, they can tarnish, which the nylon ones will not do because they don’t have exposed metal. That’s a bit of a drawback for me because I don’t like things that look dirty, but they are the only ones that come with the mixer.
Don’t Get Glassy Eyed
You probably know by now that I’m in love with KitchenAid mixers, so there is no question about this one having my heart. Even so, I’m not personally convinced that it’s a better option than the model with the stainless steel bowl. I think it might be better to get the more durable tools with the stainless steel option and then buy a second glass bowl.
With that being said, if you want to keep things transparent and are ready to get started, don’t let me stop you from buying one now.