Well after 20 years we finally see a new design to our wonderful Bosch Universal. The sleek new unique shape and more powerful motor plus many more new features make this machine worth waiting for. We are impressed with the easy way it went together as well as the smart new look and the great job it does on all tasks we try with it. It still makes 4 loaves of 100% whole wheat bread and will whip anything from an egg white to a gallon of icing. The rim around the edge of the bowl makes it easy to pick the bowl up and the suction cups on the bottom and lock in base of the bowl, make is very stable when mixing/kneading small or really large quantities. The cleanup is easy as well, in the dishwasher and the inside steel shaft of the bowl lock off to clean inside as well if you wish. Bosch has sold this series of mixer since 1950 and its quality is renowned. They have a much higher than average lifetime for mixers in this class and a vary high customer satisfaction rating.
The Bosch Universal Plus Mixer has even MORE Power: The new Bosch Plus features an 800 watt motor, the strongest ever from Bosch. Our biggest competitor (the sales-volume leader) calls their strongest model the "Professional." Its motor is rated at 525 watts. The Universal Plus motor is more than 1.5X stronger. The Universal has always had the power to mix better and last longer than competitors — now the advantage is even greater.
The Universal Plus has a Stronger Transmission: Even more important than the motor is the transmission, which converts motor power into work. Our mass-marketing competitors build transmissions with inexpensive spur gears. The first shortcoming of spur gears is that they break under stress. Stress is a bowl full of bread dough or a triple batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies. Things you need your mixer to handle. Buyers tell us frequently that they're getting a Bosch Mixer now because their other mixer, often brand new, failed. The Universal Plus has a new sealed transmission for ultra-longevity.
The Bosch Mixer is More Efficient: The second major problem with spur gears is that even before they break, they transmit torque poorly. Torque is the ability to exert power at low turning speed — exactly what's required of a good mixer. The Universal's competition starts with a much smaller motor, then squanders much of it on the friction that is inherent to a gear drive system. Which is why many big mixers have surprisingly little oomph.
The Bosch Belt: The Universal Plus transmission uses a belt drive design so strong that fewer than 1% have failed within twenty years. And that's twenty years of heavier work than most mixers ever see, because the Universal's reputation as a workhorse causes it to be purchased by a higher percentage of cooks who place high demands on their equipment. The belt drive of the Bosch Mixer also prevents motor failures from the heat that develops in the cramped gear enclosures of overhead drive machines, a major cause of "mixer meltdown" in other machines.