This page was updated in August 2020.
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. And do you want a bowl that’ll go in the dishwasher, oven, freezer and microwave?
If you’re short on space, nesting bowls, with or without other utensils, are a great solution but don’t be blinded by a ‘more is better’ approach. If you don’t use American cup measures, ever, then why bother?
If you want fancy design, you’ll have to pay a premium, but if practicality on a budget is more your thing, opt for a bowl that’s durable and able to withstand heat. Sets that you can stack, and add to, make good sense as well.
Best mixing bowls to buy
Joseph Joseph Nest 9 Plus
Most innovative mixing bowl
Key features: Nesting, two bowls, colander, sieve, American cup measures, tbsp measure, dishwasher-safe
If you’re stocking your kitchen or looking for a house-warming present, this makes for an impressive all-in-one. The large mixing bowl is 4.5 litres, a good size for prepping big bakes, then there’s a little bowl for smaller jobs. Neatly stacked inside, the colander and sieve are large enough to tackle standard tasks. The handles are easy to grip but the sieve doesn’t have a long handle or feet, so care will need to be taken when draining hot liquids. Plastic is probably the best choice if you’re not a fan of kitchen clatter, and the whole set together, with cups and tablespoon measure, is ultra-lightweight.
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 high-sided bowl is ideal for big batters. Its super non-skid silicone base means it doesn’t travel when you’re mixing, but equally 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.
Pyrex Prep & Store 2-litre glass mixing bowl
Best value mixing bowl
Key features: oven-, dishwasher-, microwave- and freezer-safe, lid
Pyrex bowls come in a variety of sizes, they stack comfortably within each other and you can add to your collection one at a time. We’ve had plenty of experience using this brand; it’s a kitchen classic and for good reason. There probably isn’t a better product out there for versatility; it’s temperature and thermal shock-resistant, meaning it’s a great companion through all stages of a recipe. The bowls can stand up to metal utensils, although they do scuff over time. We like the option of a lid, dispensing with cling film when resting, proving or chilling.
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.
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.
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