A mixing bowl can be one of the simplest and most unimpressive kitchen accessories, but its importance should not be underestimated. Mixing bowls can come in various sizes and are usually made out of any one of these 5 materials – stainless steel, plastic, glass, ceramic, and copper.
Depending on the type of material used, and the shape of the mixing bowl, its performance will vary for different scenarios. That said, let’s take a look at 4 of the most popular and well-designed mixing bowls on the market today. These have been chosen on the basis of overall build quality, features, and customer feedback. Choose one that fulfills your requirements the best.
OXO Good Grips 3-Piece Mixing Bowl Set
With its soft handles and non-slip base, the OXO Good Grips 3-piece mixing bowl set gives you a set of three plastic bowls for under 30 bucks. There is a small mixing bowl, a medium sized bowl, and a large bowl. The bowls are made from plastic and are dishwasher safe. The wide lips and spouts make it easier for you to pour ingredients while mixing, and the 5-quart bowl comes with a specially designed wide mouth that is ideal for tossing salads or for serving popcorn.
If you’re wary of using plastic bowls due to their oil-absorbing nature that may cause them to carry odors, then you don’t have to worry, because these bowls are made from premium grade plastics that do not stain or absorb food flavors over time, no matter how frequently you use them. Also, they can double up as lightweight serving bowls.
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Pyrex Smart Essentials 6-Piece Glass Mixing Bowl Set
A glass mixing bowl set this inexpensive? Sounds impossible? Well, the Pyrex Smart Essentials 6-piece mixing bowl set is here to dispel all your doubts. It is actually a set of three bowls, with 3 proprietary plastic lids that are provided alongside the bowls. The lids are made from BPA-free plastic and are rated as dishwasher safe (for the top rack).
As far as the bowls are concerned, they come in three different sizes – small, medium, and large. Each set has 3 bowls, one for each size. The bowls are made from nonporous Pyrex glass that won’t warp, stain or absorb colors. These bowls are also classified to be safe for microwave usage, and are made in the USA. They also carry a 2-year warranty.
Stainless Steel Mixing Bowls by Finedine (Set of 6)
Made from premium grade stainless steel, this set of 6 bowls will make a great addition to any kitchen. These also double up as serving bowls, and the best part about them is that they are non-reactive, meaning that they don’t stain or absorb any colors, odors, etc. These are the sizes for each of the six bowls that you’ll find in this set, ranging from smallest to the largest – 0.75, 1.5, 3, 4, 5, and 8 in quarts.
The wide rims on the top allow for easy handling, while the stackable design allows you to save space while storing these bowls. They are also rated freezer, dishwasher, and refrigerator compatible so you will have no issues with storing foods in them, or with cleaning up the bowls.
Chef Essential Stainless Steel Non-Slip Mixing Bowls Set
These bowls from Chef Essential are among some of the most well-designed stainless steel mixing bowls on the market, and each set contains three bowls, one each in small, medium, and large sizes. The stainless steel bowls have a premium polished metal finish with black plastic handles on the rear and wide rims on the top to allow for easy handling.
These bowls are made from 18/10 gauge stainless steel, and carry rubber anti-slip bottoms to prevent them from sliding on your kitchen counter as you knead the flour or pour in your baking ingredients. They are dishwasher, freezer, and oven safe, but are still not meant for cooking in the oven, so you should use them for preheating purposes only.
Choosing the Best Mixing Bowls for Baking
Here is a breakdown of the characteristics of each of the 5 types of mixing bowls, based on construction material used:
This is the best in terms of price-performance. Stainless steel bowls do not chip, break, or crack and the non-reactive types will not have a metallic odor either. They are perfect for all usage scenarios, including baking and salads, and you can also make dips, sauces, etc. in them. They are relatively affordable and will last a lifetime, and are not as heavy as ceramic or glass bowls.
These are the lightest as well as the cheapest of the lot. Plastic bowls can also double up as serving bowls, so you’ll have fewer dishes to clean after everyone has finished eating. These are also good for outdoor use, and do not chip or break easily. The only downside is that some poorly made plastic bowls will absorb odors from oils and spices overtime.
Glass bowls are really pretty and cost a lot more compared to plastic or metal. They are also great for microwave cooking and can easily be used to serve food. The downside of glass bowls compared to metal or plastic ones is the fact that these tend to chip away over time, and are pretty susceptible to cracking or breaking. They are quite heavy as well.
Same as glass bowls, great for serving and mixing, odorless, and can be used in microwaves as well. These are quite heavy and can cost a fair bit more than plastic or steel.
Copper is the most attractive of the lot if you’re into vintage looks, and has absolutely no odor absorbing nature. It is the best for mixing egg whites, and tends to cost a bit more than stainless steel or plastic bowls, and some of these can even cost more than glass or ceramic bowls. They are lighter than glass or ceramic, and are quite long lasting too.
Other than these above categories, you can also choose a bowl based on its extra features. Those include side-mounted handles, non-slip bases, and spouts. All of these make it much more convenient to handle the bowl, and you can comfortably use it for tasks other baking if it has a spout.