Mixing bowl review 2020 – our best buys
A mixing bowl is a kitchen must-have for all manner of tasks, from baking cakes through to making mayonnaise. It’s a useful holding vessel, too, for example, when you’re soaking beans or shelling peas.
When buying a mixing bowl, think about the kind of tasks you use it for. Are you making massive cakes, or just the odd batch of fairy cakes? Do you prefer high or shallow sides? Do you want one that can withstand heat?
One important thing to take into account is the weight of the bowls – some are heavyweight and some much lighter. Also think about whether you prefer to grip it by the side or with a handle.
If you’re short on space, nesting bowls, with or without other utensils, are a great solution but only if you will actually use them. Some of the bowls on our list were massive, so you might need to opt for a smaller one for practical reasons.
The best mixing bowls to buy
VonShef 3 piece mixing bowl set
Best value set
Key features: Nesting, three bowls, internal measurements, handles, pouring lip, non-slip base, dishwasher-safe
These three bowls – 5litre, 3 litre and 1.6 litre- have all the features you could need and are great value to boot.
We particularly liked the well-designed handles on one side, which are shaped so you can get a really firm grip and tuck your fingers underneath. The other side has a pouring lip.
Together with the non-slip rubber base, the handle helps you hold the bowl very steady when mixing. It’s a great bonus when scraping out mixture into cake tins too.
Internally, there are four different measurements including ml and cups. The stainless steel bowls are all very light and sit inside each other to minimise storage space.
Mason Cash innovative kitchen mixing bowl
Best mixing bowl design
Key features: Dishwasher proof, microwave proof, tilts on side for mixing
Heavy, solid and sturdy, this 29cm bowl is perfect for large families or anyone making big cakes on a regular basis.
What makes this one particularly clever is that you can tilt it on its side on the worktop, to get extra air in it while mixing. (Note to self – don’t do this until the eggs are mixed in). The tilting also really helps when scraping out cake mixture.
This one is microwave proof – we planned to soften butter but hit a snag as the bowl was too big to fit through the microwave door. So if it’s an important feature for you, check your microwave first.
It also goes in the dishwasher but we found it washed very easily by hand.
Judge at Horwood mixing bowl
Best budget mixing bowl
Key features: Stainless steel, 23cm, dishwasher, oven and freezer proof.
Small and lightweight, this is a bowl that will earn its keep many times over. It will take up little of your precious cupboard space, and goes in the dishwasher, oven (up to 240 degrees) and freezer. It has a relatively big base so is stable when mixing.
With deep sides, it’s ideal for whipping up smaller cakes and sauces and is attractive enough to use as a serving dish. The price is attractive too, and the 25-year guarantee is an added bonus.
Cornishware Cornish standard mixing bowl
Most stylish mixing bowl
Key features: Dishwasher and microwave safe, 3.5litre capacity
Too good-looking to hide in a cupboard, this medium sized mixing bowl could easily double up as a fruit bowl or anything else.
There is a small but useful handle on either side – more of a thickening. We tested the traditional blue striped bowl, but you can also get it in yellow and red – and there’s a pudding basin available in three colours too.
This is weightier than the stainless steel bowls we tested but lighter than some of the other ceramic ones, so it’s a good compromise if you want something more solid but not too heavy.
We liked the shallow sides of this one which meant it was easy to scrape mixture down.
Tala Mixing bowl
Best traditional mixing bowl
Key features: 5litre, 30cm, microwave, dishwasher, oven, freezer and fridge safe
This traditional stoneware bowl is a whopper, and it perched rather precariously on our kitchen scales.
We found the sides a perfect size – tall enough to stop ingredients like cocoa powder flying out of the bowl when mixing on a high speed, while low enough so our hand mixer could still drip over the sides.
The Tala bowl is everything-proof including freezer and, unusually, the oven up to 220 degrees. It can also go in the microwave, which can be useful for tasks like softening butter or reheating if you’ve used it as a storage bowl. However, it was too big to fit into ours.
It scored highly for looks, with an embossed design, and you’d be hard pressed to find anything sturdier – though this does mean it’s quite heavy to lift with one hand.
It’s the kind of bowl you can imagine being handed from parent to child with much reminiscing about what it’s been used for.
Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus
Most innovative mixing bowl
Key features: Nesting, two bowls, colander, sieve, American cup measures, tbsp measure, dishwasher-safe
This is several kitchen essentials in one and is ideal for small kitchens or to give to a student leaving home for the first time. There are two bowls, a colander and a sieve as well as measuring cups/ spoons. It all stacks neatly together, including the measuring spoons, so will take up minimal space, and it’s very light in weight too.
The bowls have handles to grip and non-slip bottoms. The largest is a roomy 4.5litres and it’s well designed – it isn’t too tall, despite its size, so our electric beater could be left to drip into it while fetching the next ingredient.
We also liked the flat bottoms on the measuring cups so they could sit unaided on the work top, leaving an extra hand free. The smallest measuring spoon has markings for both teaspoons and tablespoons.
The smaller bowl is 0.5l so is good for tasks like making a sauce, and it has interior measurements too. The colander and sieve are good quality with handles at the side.
Lakeland stainless steel Mega mixing bowl
Best mixing bowl for batch-baking and big cakes
Key features: 7-litre capacity, pouring lip, non-slip base, internal measurements, dishwasher-safe
This has the highest sides of all the bowls we tested, making it ideal for big batters and keeping ingredients firmly inside when mixing rapidly. The non-skid silicone base will also keep it steady on the worktop.
It’s very lightweight, so if you prefer to pick up and mix, that’s no problem either. Stainless steel is exactly that, stainless, so you don’t need to worry about marks when you’re doing heavy-duty work.
This is a durable product, ideal for withstanding hard knocks and tumbles. Added touches are internal measurements in both metric and imperial, and a pouring spout.
What we looked for when testing mixing bowls
Versatility Was the bowl dishwasher-safe? Did it offer extra features, for example, pouring lip, handle and lid? Was it also safe for microwave, freezer and oven?
Sturdiness vs weight We had two criteria: either lightweight but non-slip or heavy-based.
Durability Did the bowl mark easily? Could it withstand kitchen knocks?
Capacity The bowl had to be big enough for standard kitchen tasks such as making a cake. High sides were a plus.
Ease of storage We opted for stackable bowls and ones without an excessive footprint.
Easy washing Mixing bowls inevitably messy so needed to wash up well and go in the dishwasher.
How we tested mixing bowls
We road-tested the bowls with an electric beater to see how they fared with scuffing, noise and sturdiness. We tried common mixing bowl tasks by hand, too, using a balloon whisk and wooden spoon. Plus, we tested added features like pouring lips, colanders and handles.
What didn’t make the cut?
The bowls had to withstand day-to-day wear and tear. For an everyday bit of equipment, being dishwasher-safe was deemed essential, too.
This review was last updated in December 2020. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability please get in touch at email@example.com.
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