Post # 1
i’m beyond excited that i will get one of these fancy machines for christmas! how great is that! eeeekkk!!!!
now i have to pick the model. i’m currently looking at the artisan OR the smaller professional (500 not 600). i’ll be using the machine about twice a week mostly to make dough for bread and cookies. and mostly only for Darling Husband and I – so not in very large quantities.
which one would you recommend and why?
Post # 3
We wanted a stand mixer to make dough as well. I found that the artisan has just the right amount of power to mix dough. I believe the smaller one, professional, does not have enough power to mix dough well enough.
Post # 4
I have the artisan and I love it. I mix up icing and big batches of muffins and such in it all the time. I can make a double batch of buttercream in it no problem.
Post # 5
It’s been awhile since I’ve shopped for them – but I’m pretty sure a huge difference is the artisan has the tilt head, while the professional has the up/down head.
I have the Professional 500 and it does dough just fine. It does tend to skip on the counter after a couple minutes – so you have to babysit it – but the motor doesn’t seem to have an issue.
From what I recall – the bowl and lever handle between the Professional 500 and 600 is a little different (600 is more padded and I think the bowl is bigger).
I’ve never used a KA with a tilt head – so I can’t really compare the differences between that and the one i have… sometimes it’s a little awkward to scrape the bowl with the up/down – you have to turn the motor on to get the arm out of the way – but, it’s seriously not a huge deal and I’m happy with the machine!
ETA: if you could – I’d get the prof 600. I know it’s more $, but I think the upgrade would be worth it. If it’s not possible, I’d do 500 vs. artisan. 🙂
Post # 6
I have the professional 600. You have to be careful, at least when I bought mine a year ago, that the Artisan series have models that have plastic gears that can strip when doing heaving doughs for breads and cookies. I love my 600!
Post # 7
I voted for the Artisan. But thats because I have it and I love it! congrats – Kitchenaid is the best – you’ll be so happy with either!!
Post # 8
thanks for the votes and your comments!
seems like i’m getting a great christmas gift 😉
i actually like the look of the artisan better. but i don’t like the plastic parts that come with it. this is the point i’m most concerned and makes me think i should rather go with the professional one. has anybody had issues regarding that?
Post # 9
I have the pro but my Mother-In-Law & SIL both have the artisan so I’ve used both. I personally prefer the pro but the artisan will still get the job done. I don’t use mine all that often but I do know that my Mother-In-Law, who uses hers constantly, is jealous of my mixer (and she bought it for me!). The main difference for me is the adjustable head. On the artisan, the head tilts back so you can remove the bowl. On the pro, there is a lever on the side that lifts the whole thing up. The pro is also more powerful than the artisan and the bowl is a little bigger. There may be some more differences but that’s all I’ve found so far. I feel like I could have gone with the artisan and still have been happy with my choice but the pro was just a little more expensive and seemed like the better mixer.
Post # 10
Go for the Pro, my aunt has had her pro for thirty years and she uses it almost daily. With proper care and maintenance it will last a lifetime. If you are going to have something for a lifetime like that the I would go with the bigger one with more of the options. I want to upgrade mine so bad, but it will wait a few years.
Post # 11
I have the Pro 600 and love it (not sure what the difference is between the 500 and 600…sorry). I find that the artisan is harder to manuver since it has the tilt head rather than the lever.