The mixing bowl is one of those “must have” kitchen items. It’s their versatility that is probably their greatest asset. From cakes to mayonnaise, there’s really not much they can’t do!
Obviously, the requirements you have for the bowl will affect which bowl you buy. Do you want nesting bowls to reduce space? Do they need to be able to go in the freezer, the microwave, or the dishwasher? All important considerations!
What kinds of mixing bowls are out there?
Actually, quite a lot! There’s a wide variety of mixing bowls, some simple, some fancy. There are mixing bowls in a number of sizes, and some come in nesting sets. This article will look at what I think are the best mixing bowls for baking.
The bigger, the better!
The Lakeland Stainless Steel Mega Mixing Bowl is great for big quantities. The seven-liter capacity allows you to produce really big batters. It has internal markings to assist with measurements and is completely dishwasher safe.
This model a non-skid silicone base, because when the mixing steps up a gear, there is always the possibility that everything goes flying! It’s also surprisingly lightweight for its size. The stainless steel is durable and will not accumulate the wear and tear marks that plastic models get.
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I’m on a budget!
A cheaper, and certainly more colorful, option is the Baker’s Mixing Bowls by Weezdo Brands. This is a full and fair kit that includes different sized bowls. Weezdo also throws in a colander and four measuring cups.
This set includes three bowls, 1-quart, 2-quart, and the big 5-quart. The smaller two both have a non-slip rubber base, but surprisingly and disappointingly the big one does not. The plastic is sturdy and BPA-free. All the pieces stack together nicely to help save space in your kitchen.
Give me one of everything!
The Pyrex Smart Essential 6-piece Mixing Bowl Set is another favorite of mine. There are three mixing bowls, 1-quart, 1-1/2 Quart and 2-quart glass bowls, which each come with a plastic lid.
The bowls are made of non-porous glass, which will maintain its shape and color after heavy long-term usage. Sometimes bowls similar to these can warp, especially if going through extreme temperature changes. These bowls, however, won’t warp, stain, or absorb odors! This means that these bowls can be put in ovens, microwaves, fridges, and freezers. They are also safe for the dishwasher, just place the lids on the top shelf.
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I also like that they are US made and manufactured and come with a two-year warranty.
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Pretty bowls, pretty please!
For a more expensive, but classic vintage look, the Mason Cash Bake Me Happy Mixing Bowl is one of the best. It will certainly set you back a few more of your hard-earned dollars, but it looks great and has lots of things to recommend it.
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This bowl is made from earthenware, but is chip-resistant and exceptionally durable. It has a 2.85-quart capacity. The bowl is decorated, with “Bake Me Happy,” subtly written around the sides. It’s a nice touch, and also provides better grip for holding the bowl.
This model is surprisingly light, certainly light enough to hold in one hand while stirring with the other. Unfortunately, it does lack a non-slip surface on the base to make life even easier. It’s dishwasher safe, so cleanup isn’t a problem. The inside of the bowl is a white glossy color, which is useful for assessing color and consistency of your mixture. Although the exterior is chip resistant, the inside can scratch easily. Be aware of that if you are using a whisk or blender.
My final recommendation is the Huji 3-Piece Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls. It’s a set of three bowls (small, medium, and large), all made with quality stainless steel. They have silicon handles for ease of use when baking or pouring. Plus, they feature internal markings for measuring your mixture. The non-slip silicone base is a great touch. You can choose between red or blue for the handles and base.
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