KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl Review

Turn up the heat with a heated mixer bowl for your KitchenAid Mixer!

Red KitchenAid mixer with heated mixer bowl. Precise heat for a variety of jobs.

Introducing The Precise Heat Mixing Bowl for KitchenAid Mixers

Here’s a twist on how to use your mixer, turning it into a slow cooker of sorts, or even like a self-heated double boiler pot.

This heated mixing bowl comes in two different models:

You can use the heated bowl attached to your mixer or you can also use it as a standalone unit.

It allows you to select any temperature from 70° to 220° F (21° to 104° C) in two degree increments, so you can get really… well, PRECISE!… about the temperature. Not only are the heat settings programmable, but there is also a timer you can set for up to 10-hours.

There Are Many Uses for the Heated Mixing Bowl!

The KitchenAid ® Precise Heat Mixing Bowl can be used to melt chocolate, maintain heat for bread making and to melt cheese. It’s a kitchenaid appliance that will allow you to temper chocolate, keep fondue hot and melted, proof bread dough, and you can even use it for making soups, yogurts and lots more.

Tempering Chocolate in the KitchenAid Heated Mixing Bowl

pic of chocolate in heated mixing bowlOne of the pluses of using the precise-heat mixing bowl for tempering chocolate is that you can use the mixer to stir the chocolate during the tempering process instead of trying to continually beat it by hand. Saves a lot of wear and tear on your arm!

However, you might have to do some tweaking to get the heated mixer bowl to work just right for tempering chocolate. Here’s a bit of advice I found on that subject:

My wife chopped up some good Valrhona chocolate and double pressed the melt chocolate button as directed. The temperature was too high for a good temper so she had to hack it. By manually setting the temp to 115 degrees, the chocolate began melting as it should. Using the bowl as an attachment to the KitchenAid pro 600 series mixer, turned on the flex edge beater and brought down the temperature to the low 80s before ‘seeding’ the melted chocolate with already tempered chocolate. That cools the melted chocolate and incorporates just the right amount of beta crystals. Motion keeps the good crystals happy and blends them all into a smooth mix. Finally, she manually raised the temperature to 89 degrees — the perfect heat for dark chocolate to maintain its beta crystals in temper. (Forbes: Why KitchenAid’s Latest Mixing Bowl Is Wowing Serious Cooks)

So keep that in mind if you want to use this for tempering chocolate!

This Heated Mixing Bowl Comes Apart to Be Dishwasher Safe

One of the really great things about the heated mixing bowl is that there is an inner liner. Of course this is the part that gets dirty, and that makes it a great thing that you can pop it in your dishwasher safely to get cleaned up.

Diagram of kitchenaid heated mixing bowl parts.The lid can also be put in the dishwasher, but the base should NOT be put in there since it has electrical components. Instead, you should just wipe it clean with a damp cloth.

Oh, and another good thing to know… the lid is clear so you can check the contents without having to lift the lid. If you’ve used a slow cooker, you know that every time you lift the lid, it affects the temperature of the contents.

Learning To Use The Kitchen Aid Heated Mixing Bowl

Thankfully, the bowl comes with a manual. This is handy because it helps to be able to see diagrams of the different parts (that’s where I got the graphic above), and to now how to program it.

The manual is 60-pages long and outlines the ways to use the heated mixing bowl safely, the different parts, explains the control panel display, and how to use the bowl with either a bowl-lift stand mixer, or with a tilt-head stand mixer.

Closeup pic of timer on kitchenaid heated mixing bowl.

There are instructions on how to program the heated mixer bowl, tips for good results and how to care for and clean the mixing bowl and base. It also includes trips on troubleshooting any problems.

The manual has both the English and Spanish version, so it’s really only about 30 pages worth of instructions… enough to give you the information you need without being totally overwhelming.

Diagram showing the different functions of the programmable timer for KA heated mixing bowl.

Is The KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl For Me?

Of course, only you can answer that question. However, if you like the idea of having a bowl with a beater to temper your chocolate, you might want this heated bowl.

If you like to make fondue, and want a precisely heated bowl for the fondue, you might like this mixing bowl. Remember, it can stand alone to be used, just like a slow cooker, so you don’t have to keep it attached your KitchenAid mixer all the time.

Which brings us to another “If you like”…. If the versatility of being able to use the heated mixer bowl not only on the mixer but as an extra slow cooker when you want one is something you’d enjoy, then this might be just the thing for you!

Also, it’s good to know that this specialized mixing bowl comes with a 1-Year Hassle-Free Replacement Warranty from KitchenAid.

To get your own Precise Heat Mixing Bowl for you KitchenAid mixer, click one of the links below, choosing a bowl that works with your type of Kitchen Aid stand mixer:

==> KitchenAid KSM1CBT Precise Heat Mixing Bowl for TILT HEAD Stand Mixer Models

==> KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl for Bowl-Lift Mixer Models