Stand Mixer Turning Bowl Vs Tilt Head – What’s The Difference?

A stand mixer is an indispensable tool for chefs, bakers, and many other professionals in the food industry. It falls under the general category of kitchen electrics and motors. The two bowls that come with a stand mixer are the bowl used to mix ingredients and the bowl that will be lowered on top of a mixing bowl or saucepan to scrape dough from it. There are a few differences between the two bowls, and to explain them, let’s look at a diagram of a stand mixer:

The bowl that is used to mix ingredients comes with a ‘chute. This is the small channel on top of the bowl that the whisk or beater will come out of to mix ingredients if you are using the whisk. The dough scraper attachment, on the other hand, has holes in it so that you can use it without having to scrape dough from a bowl. Now let’s look at how these three parts work together with this diagram:

Let’s start by looking at the ingredients bowl. You can see that the top of the bowl has a small channel, and this is where the whisk or beater will come out to mix ingredients. The material that makes up the bowl is heavy-duty stainless steel. It also has a rubber gasket located underneath it. The rubber gasket helps prevent food from splashing out of the bowl while mixing. This bowl is ideal for liquid ingredients because it won’t leave you with those annoying clumps of flour at the bottom of your finished product.

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The second type of bowl that comes with a mixer is used to scrape dough off of a mixing bowl or saucepan as you are rolling out cookie dough or pizza dough. This bowl also doubles as your storage container. It will also be used for other types of mixing, such as when you are making whipped cream or pasta. It is made out of melamine and it has a rubber gasket to prevent food from splashing out of the bowl.

You will notice that there are holes in the sides and bottom of this mixing bowl while some come with built-in tabs to assist in lifting the bowl up and off its base. When using this type of mixer bowl, it is important to note that you should always scrape dough or other materials into the holes because they may tear if you try to lift it through directly above them. You should also note that not all stand mixer bowl attachment sets include this type of bowl.

So which type of mixer bowl should you choose? It really depends on your baking, mixing and cooking needs. Many stand mixers come with a flat beater and a dough hook, but some don’t. If you are planning on using your stand mixer to make more than just cookies and cakes, you should choose either the flat beater or the dough hook as they have edged blades that will allow you to scrape the sides of tall mixing bowls while other beater attachments have round blades that cannot reach into taller bowls as effectively. Bladed attachments will also do a better job at scraping batter from a pan when making cookies or cake roll out dough.

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What is the difference between a tilt head and a stand mixer?

Tilt-head mixers have separate mixing bowls. They don’t come with any attachment bowl (like the bowl that goes on top). You can only use the mixer as is…no attachments.

What attachments are available for a tilt head mixer?

The typical attachment is a flat beater, but not all tilt-heads come with them. Some mixers come only with a dough hook.

Do I need both molds for my tilt head mixer?

Yes, both molds are required in order to complete your tilt-head equipment set. Purchasing both allows you to use one without the other.

What is a tilt head stand mixer?

A tilt head stand mixer has its mixing bowl mounted on a tilting arm.

Is it possible to use the tilt head mixer without the attachment?

The short answer is no. You can only use the tilt-head as is…no attachments.

Can I get a tilt head with attachments, like the flat beater, dough hook, and bowl lifter?

It depends on your model. Not all tilt heads come with these attachments….but some do.

Final Thoughts:

The tilt-head mixer is usually the least expensive one to purchase. It is considered a basic model and can be purchased for less than $100. Models that come with attachments average around $150-$200. There are many other accessories and options that you may want to consider such as a double bowl mixer with a dough hook attachment for about $250-$350 or a triple bowl mixer that has a flat beater, dough hook, and bowl lifter at around $450-$600.

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