Chances are you didn’t realize that buying mixing bowls even needed a guide, but here you are reading my Mixing Bowl Buying Guide. After you purchase your mixing bowls, make sure you are picking the right bowls for the job HERE!
This is your guide to buying mixing bowls with pros and cons to each type and few tips and considerations I bet you didn’t even know existed!
First, establish a price point. Bowls can range from under $5 to over $100. Size(s) are also important based on their primary purpose, the volume of food they need to handle and how much storage space is available when they are out of use. Ideally a mixing bowl height should be only slightly taller than its radius.
However, a short wide bowl is good for salads and a bowl with taller sides and a narrow base is best for batter and dough. Are you in this for functionality or do you prefer something more aesthetically pleasing and decorative?
Lastly, and most importantly, what type of material is needed for the type of cooking being done? No clue? You are in luck, below are the pros and cons of the major materials for your reading pleasure.
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls
Pros: virtually impossible to break, cheap, lasts an eternity, can be used as a double boiler, lightweight, non-reactive (majority)
Cons: Gets really HOT! , generally not used when whisking, dents easily, ugly and plain
Plastic Mixing Bowls
Pros: Lightweight, microwave safe, easily transportable, shatter proof, microwave safe, non-glare for photos
Cons: Reactive material, easily melts, warps, discolors
Ceramic Mixing Bowls
Pros: Can double as a serving dish, heavy, decorative, non-glare for photos, microwave and oven safe, non-reactive
Cons: Heavy, more expensive, can scratch easily, breakable
Glass Mixing Bowls
Pros: Can double as serving dish, non-reactive, temperature resistant (if tempered), heavy
Cons: Heavy, breakable, slippery surface does not grip to some foods as well
Copper Mixing Bowls
Pros: Great with egg whites, pretty
Cons: Very expensive, reactive
Other Materials: silicone (flimsy, reactive), wooden (porous, absorbable), bamboo (porous, absorbable), cork (really? Cork?), aluminum (reactive), cast iron (reactive)
Other considerations are purely personal preference and functionality:
- Do you want pour spouts? I have never had an issue with needing a pour spout, but some people swear by them.
- Would you like lids for storage or transportation? You can always cover your bowl with a temporary topper- plastic wrap or aluminum foil. Keep in mind aluminum foil is reactive and will have the same effects as a reactive bowl.
- Do you prefer non-skid bottoms? Quick tip- you can always wrap a kitchen towel around the bottom of any bowl or set it on a silicone trivet to prevent skidding.
- Do you want a grip or handle? Now that you have your list of wants and needs, you can purchase the mixing bowls of your dreams!
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