I have never used the ss bowl, just the plastic one that came with it. I love it! I have been experimenting with super hydrated doughs lately thanks to many regular forum members going that route, and I have to admit, the bosch may not be the best mixer for this style. I don't know if you ever go above 65% hydration, but if you do you might be better off with an electrolux. For under 65 I like the bosch much better, and it certainly does a great job with other things like making icing/whipping egg whites etc. Good luck.