Summary: Mom had a bosch when I was a kid. My wife has made bread by hand and I decided to help her out. I got the new model of the bosch and it performs every bit as good as the old models did. It's actually more powerful. Great product and I expect to get years of use out of it.
Summary: I purchased this mixer for my wife two years ago and all in all she loves the unit. It does handle all of her bread and cookie making needs very well as many have written, but we have just found a possible safety concern. If you have one of these units please carefully check your power cord (with it unplugged). We have only used this unit a handful of times and always push the cord back into the housing as it was designed to do.
Summary: I've been using my Bosch Universal Plus for a year now. It's not perfect; but perfection is the enemy of the possible. It makes outstanding bread - and very easily. While some have complained about the clean-up, I've found that I can easily do this with time to spare while the bread is rising. The standard bread recipes that come with the machine are simple and can be easily modified.
Summary: After going through several of the Kitchenaid 600 Professional mixers over the past few years, I finally had enough and returned my last Kitchenaid mixer and bought a Bosch Universal Plus.. It was the best decision I have made. My Kitchenaid motor was getting hot just mixing up ONE loaf of bread, keeping with the 4 minute knead time that Kitchenaid suggests.
Summary: I have now had my Bosch for a couple of months. The model I have is a slightly more powerful (1000W) European version with the metal bowl, but otherwise it is the same. It replaces a much-loved Kitchen Aid mixer which I had in the States. I must say that as much as I loved my Kitchen Aid, this Bosch model outperforms it as well as many other mixers. My first impression of the machine upon using it to make bread was that it was way too easy.
Summary: I just sold my kitchenaid and purchased this machine a few weeks ago. I love it so far. A few things I love are the suction cups on the bottom so that the machine stays in place as it works on bigger batches. I recommend you store it on it's side, (there are rubber pads on the side to store it this way.) It seems like if you store it flat the suction cups will wear out faster.