Kitchenaid 600 Series Stand Mixer

Kitchenaid 600 Series Stand Mixer in Pearl Metallic

Recently, I received a kitchenaid 600 series stand mixer as a gift to go with my new kitchen. I have always wanted to own a Kitchenaid stand mixer as nothing says quality like Kitchenaid but didn’t think I could afford one.  Well, as I will explain later, it turns out I was wrong!  Not about the quality, this is a serious piece of professional equipment.  I mean wrong about the price!

The first thing I noticed before I even unwrapped the gift was that this thing was heavy!  There is no way you will suffer from an out of control mixer skating across your bench top with one of these.  The weight is a sure sign of quality and, as I later found out, is due to a full metal gearbox and casing and a 575 watt seriously powerful electric motor.  It also comes with a 6 quart stainless steel mixing bowl with enough capacity to knead 2 loaves of bread at the same time.

My Kitchenaid 600 series stand mixer came in gloss white and the paint finish was very high quality (like a sports car according to one of my friends).  The mixer comes in a range of colors but choose carefully as the color can dramatically change the price. My kitchenaid 600 pro is permanently on display in my kitchen and never fails to impress visitors.  I have heard one person complain that it was too large to fit in their under bench storage but why would anyone want to hide it?

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The performance of the kitchenaid 600 pro mixer is truly impressive.  There are 10 speeds for a full range of mixing tasks with a soft start to minimize ingredient splatter (no more sneezing from flour puff!).  The powerful motor and direct drive steel gearbox will mix up to 14 cups of all purpose flour (less for high gluten or multi-grain) and produce up to 8 pounds of mashed potatoes.  The included PowerKnead spiral hook kneads double batches of bread dough easily and has cut down the time and effort to bake my own bread by hours!  There is also an overload protection feature to prevent overheating in case you are a little ambitious with your quantities.  The recipe book that comes with the mixer helpfully points out the mixing differences between this professional mixer and standard mixers to help when using your family recipes.

The kitchenaid 600 series stand mixer is fitted with a professional bowl lift to raise the bowl into the mixing position.  Other accessories included are a professional wire whip, a burnished flat beater, a spiral dough hook, and a one piece pouring shield.  It also comes with a multipurpose attachment hub to attach additional attachments such as an ice cream maker, sausage stuffer, food processor, juicer, grinder and slicer, and many more. Personally, I will be adding the ice cream maker this summer (and probably about 10 pounds!).

Kitchenaid Pro 600 in Empire Red

If I had one complaint, and to me it is only minor, it would be that the supplied attachments aren’t dishwasher safe and need to be washed by hand as the harsh chemicals in your dishwasher will tarnish the metal on the attachments.

And now to the price. These mixers are very well priced online at Amazon.  Please do your own research before you buy but I would be very surprised if you could find a better price at a traditional store or other online retailer than Amazon.  At the time of writing, you can save up to $181 (depending on the color) off the list price and also receive a post purchase rebate of $40 plus FREE shipping to US addresses.  Suddenly the kitchenaid 600 series stand mixer is an affordable alternative to the standard domestic mixer with professional features and performance to blow the competition away.

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