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A mixer is one of the essential pieces of any complete kitchen. The thing about purchasing one is that you need to be well informed so that you do not end up having to double spend or having to deal with a mixer that you don’t like for a long period.
These are not items that are purchased often and, therefore, there is a need to get the purchase right on the first attempt. I intend to help you do so today by doing a brief review of the Kitchenaid Professional and Artisan mixers. Hopefully, once I’m done your choice is a clear one.
1. KitchenAid Artisan
2. KitchenAid Professional 600 Series
The first feature I’ll dive into is the aesthetic that Kitchenaid presents in each model. The color variety is the first point of note here. If there is a theme to your kitchen or you just like a color, chances are you can get it no matter which of these models you choose. The Professional series offers over 15 unique colors while the Artisan series offers over 20.
Each model also includes a mixing bowl to support the creation of your delicacies in the kitchen. The Professional series boasts a six-quart stainless steel bowl that has a handle for easy maneuverability. Such a large bowl means that you can theoretically prepare eight loves of bread or 13 dozen cookies with the quantity of dough that can be processed in a single go. The Artisan model has a five-quart bowl with a handle that allows for mixing of up to nine dozen cookies.
The Artisan model has a head that can be tilted, which means that you can add ingredients as you see fit after the mixing process has begun. While you can do the addition with the Professional model as well, the design is not conducive to making it as easy a process as if it had a tilting head.
In terms of the features, we can start with the attachment accommodation. Both models are built to accommodate 10 different available attachments that are sold separately. While an extra spend is required to acquire them all, having a hub powered appliance center is very convenient.
Both models have a total of 10 speeds that allow for variation in the intensity applied to the mixing process, which is an indicator of the kind of results that can be expected with same. The speeds are the same across both models and the variation is well implemented as there is a speed for any task you can think of.
While the Professional model is not shipped with additional components, the Artisan model ships with a pouring shield, a wire whip, and a coated flat beater.
The Artisan series offers 59-point planetary mixing which ensures that it services many areas of the mixing bowl with each rotation. While the 59-point mixing is impressive, the professional model gets the edge here as it has 67-point planetary mixing.
Finally, there is the motor. The Artisan model has a 325-watt motor powering it, which is less powerful than the Professional model’s 575-watt motor.
Based on the brief comparison above, you now have a fair understanding of where each mixer stands and the advantages that each has over the other. Let’s go over some of the main considerations you need to have in mind when making your choice.
The first is price. You should never buy outside of your budget regardless of the features that may interest you. The Professional model has the better features overall and so it is the more expensive model to have. If you are on a tighter budget, however, it’s best to stick with the Artisan Model.
The second aspect is power. What is more important to you, a stronger motor or conserving energy? The Professional model offers more power while the Artisan model while it has a weaker one, it is better for energy saving.
The third point of focus is quantity. Both models can mix reasonably large quantities of dough at a time. However, the Professional model can mix a whole quart more than the Artisan model can. If you need the extra room, the professional is your best bet.
As you can see, there is a trend here where the professional model has the higher end features. If any interest you and you can afford it, go for it. However, if you do not need all those extra features, the Artisan model is a solid choice.