After much debating we finally got the KitchenAid Pro 600. It is a 6 quart mixer that can supposedly hold 14 cups of flour, and the largest mixer that KitchenAid makes. The decision was between this mixer and the Viking 7 quart mixer. The Viking mixer is the same mixer as the ones from Hamilton Beech Commercial, DeLonghi Stand Mixer and the Wolfgang Puck Mixer. All of these mixers are based upon the now defunct Kenwood Stand Mixer. They have all gotten good reviews and supposedly have more capacity based upon the bowl size and wattage.
- Wattage doesn’t mean much. The wattage is a measure of how much power a machine takes, not of how much work it can do. Depending on the design, one machine maybe better designed than another.
- Bowl capacity doesn’t matter too much either. It can be a good general reference, but it is like judging a cars performance based upon the size of the trunk.
- How many cups of flour a mixer can handle is relevant only between mixers that have all been tested the same way.
Here is why I went with the Pro 600
- KitchenAid makes tons of mixers… millions! If I need replacement part or service, it is much easier to find. For all of the other companies, mixers are a sideline business, how knows who committed they are to their lines.
- There have been postings that KitchenAid has not been as good since Hobart sold the company to Whirlpool. However, the mixer comes with a 1 year no hassle warranty. If appliances break, it is usually in the first year, so I felt covered. Also, this basic model has been in production for a long time, so I am not counting on too many design flaws.
- While it may not be the largest consumer mixer out there, it is still a pretty big honking mixer.
- As a home baker I only need so much capacity, I am limited by the size of my oven. I can easily make two standard loaves or 1 rustic loaf in each batch and that is around all can fit in my oven. If I wanted to double up, I can always do two batches.
- Another great thing is the cool attachments they keep coming out with and refining. The two big highlights for me are the ice cream maker and the pasta roller. The pasta roller itself pretty much sealed the deal. Another great thing is that almost all of the attachments work with every KitchenAid mixer that has ever been made, so I am not too worried about finding attachments in the future.
- The company supported chat area, KitchenAid Conversations was also a big selling point. It is an open forum where they allow positives and negatives. KitchenAid is very responsive and they have there top engineers check in from time to time to answer questions. I thing this is truly a great example of how a company should operate.
I have only had the mixer for about a week, but I have managed to put it through a few recipes. I have made pizza, a double batch of whole wheat and white bread, along with a rustic Italian load and a batch of cookies. It handled this a perfectly. I think it even laughed at the double batches. I might even be able to get another loaf in there. Either way this is one serious mixer, and up for practically anything I can throw at it. It is possible that other mixers, like the Viking could have more power… but you don’t need it. This mixer is a joy to use and I definitely recommend it. And just in case you are interested the color is Nickel Pearl, and yes it is bad-ass looking!