(Closed) Kitchenaid Artisan or Professional

posted 7 years ago in Cooking
  • poll: Which model should i get?
    Artisan (Kitchenaid) : (7 votes)
    41 %
    Professional 500 (Kitchenaid) : (10 votes)
    59 %
    other brand - i'll explain : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    3618 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2011

    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
    7779 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
    7173 posts
    Busy Beekeeper

    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
    110 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    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
    786 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    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 # 9
    10288 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011

    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
    14495 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    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
    5977 posts
    Bee Keeper

    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. 

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