(Closed) Kitchenaid Stand Mixer Models – HELP

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I have the artisan. I love it. It’s never been too small for me. I make cookies, pizza, dough, cakes, breads, and pasta with it all the time. The pasta definitely stresses the motor (when it’s extruding through the attachment) but it doesn’t sounds like it’s going to blow. I’ve had mine for maybe 6 years. It still works like brand new.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I don’t bake a lot either and have the base model kitchen aid. I frickin LOVE it! 

Go with the Artisan model. You will appreciate having the pouring shield that comes with it!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have the Pro 600 series and it’s AMAZING! I recently used my relatives artisan and it doesn’t even compare to my mixer. I don’t have any experience with the Pro that you’re considering but if it’s anything like the 600 (or even just close to it), I totally vote that one. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Unless you’re using it for a lot of heavy duty stuff or are running it all day every day, the Artisan will probably be fine for you.  You mentioned that you’re not a big baker, so from my experience, you will maybe use it 20 times a year at most and the Artisan is more than capable of handling that workload without engine burnout.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I got my pro 600 on a black Friday sale with an added coupon and rebate for under $250 at Kohls. I don’t know your time frame but if you can wait to that time if year, you can get a much better deal. Also check amazon. They sometimes have them cheaper too. Definitely glad I didn’t get a smaller one.

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

If you don’t have anything against vintage or slightly used I would go with a K5-A from when Hobart made Kitchenaid mixers. I have one that was my grandmothers and it works so much better than the Artesian that I had the opportunity to try. I’m not sure if anyone else on here has one but they seem to last forever. Depending on condition you can find them on ebay and the like for $150-$250. I also read that the Hobart motors are way better made than the ones that Kitchenaid has now so if you ever want to make pasta or knead stiff bread dough I would definately say the K5-A is the way to go.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MsJ2theZ:  I have the artisan and I LOVE it! I am a pastry chef so I use it daily. I have had it for almost two years and have had no problems. I personally recommend it. As far as buring the motor out that uaually only happens when you over mix, over use it, or when the product is too stiff, hard or thick for the machine. 

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

The two you’ve posted are very different.  The Artisan has a tilt-back head, and the Pro series has bowl lift.  

My KitchenAid has a bowl lift, which I love.  However, the bowl lift models don’t give a lot of room for adding ingredients.  But then again, I can keep it on my counter under the upper cabinets without having to move it to accommodate the tilt-head. It can stay in one place, which is nice, because it weights at least 25 pounds.

KitchenAid is very well made, so you can’t go wrong with either model. 

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MedicBride2Be:  I agree that hobarts are wonderful. They are made for professional kitchens use, so they have stronger motors and will last forever. Smile I use them in my bakery. I use my kitchenAid at home. 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I LOVE my Artisan KitchenAid mixer! I’ve only had it a little over a month, so I can’t really speak for its long-term motor performance.  But, I’ve made at least a dozen things with it already, and I am so, so happy with it! 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Mostly it’s motor power.  I have a Pro-5 Plus and it’s pretty good.  Sorta wish that I had a 600, but the one I have was on sale for a good deal 🙂  If you’re going to opt for a tilt-head, get the Artisan.  

If you have time, you can stalk the amazon prices (or get your Aunt to do so).  Awhile back there was a sale and I got an Artisan for $160, incl shipping.  The Artisans go down to about $220 fairly regularly, but not before big seasons like Christmas.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

A big difference, that many people are unaware of, is that the Artisan has some plastic casings over their gears, which – in very rare cases – can heat up and burn out. The pro doesnt. 

If you’re a big bread baker, I say go pro. Otherwise, you’ll be just fine with the artisan! 

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