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KitchenAid Artisan vs. Professional

KitchenAid is a well-known and respected name, with an excellent reputation for their stand mixers. Two similar top-rated KitchenAid stand mixers are the KitchenAid Artisan and the Kitchen Aid Professional 600.  Deciding which to purchase can be difficult, so let’s compare the two mixers.

KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer has 10 speeds, a 325-watt motor and a 5-quart mixing bowl with an ergonomic handle.  This serious stand mixer can mix dough for up to nine dozen cookies at a time, or enough dough for 4 loaves of bread. This mixer has received perfect scores for whisking egg whites, mixing cake batter and kneading pizza dough.

The KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer is the highest-rated stand mixer by more than 1,900 Amazon customers. Many owners say they’ve been using this mixer for over a decade, referring to it as a workhorse, and very durable. Owners are also impressed by the array of color choices (27), and the splash guard that fits onto the top of the bowl.

The KitchenAid Artisan stand mixer comes with a flat beater, dough hook and wire whip, features a 2-piece pouring shield, and is backed with a 1-year warranty. Amazon reviewers give it an overall rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars, and 160 reviewers at Cooking.com give it a rating of 4.9!

KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer

For those who are willing to spend a bit more on a mixer, and plan to mix up large batches of thick, heavy dough on a frequent basis, the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer may be the better choice. A popular food magazine recommended this mixer for mixing thick cookie and bread dough.   Also, reviewers on Amazon mentioned they like the newly designed spiral dough hook better because it brings the mix to the center of the bowl, and dough does not stick to the sides.

This mixer features 10 speeds, 575 watts of power, and has a 6-quart bowl, meaning you can mix enough dough for 8 loaves of bread or 13 dozen cookies in a single bowl! It is definitely a power horse and can handle any job you throw at it.

A difference with this mixer compared to the Artisan, is that on the KitchenAid Professional 600 stand mixer, the bowl slides up and down, rather than lifting the motor head.  Another notable difference is thsy with the larger motor, this mixer is noisier than the Artisan.

The Professional 600 stand mixer is available in 11 color choices, and comes with a wire whip, burnished flat beater, spiral dough hook, and pouring shield, and is backed by a one-year warranty.

The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand also earns solid reviews from owners. More than 1,200 owners give it an overall rating of 4.3 stars at Amazon.com. At Cooking.com, 147 reviewers give it an average rating of 4.8 stars.

Summary

Both the KitchenAid Artisan and the Professional 600 are high-quality mixers with excellent reviews.  When deciding which to purchase, consider the amount of dough you’ll be mixing at one time, the thickness of the dough, and, of course, how much you can afford, or are willing to spend, on a stand mixer.

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