The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer boasts a 575-watt motor and a 6-quart mixing bowl for large quantities and heavy loads. Like the Artisan Series mixer, it comes with three attachments -- a flat beater, dough hook and whisk -- and a pouring shield, but reviewers aren't as impressed with this model's durability. The mixer is available in 10 colors and comes with a one-year warranty.
Good, but not great. In their recommendation, editors at Cook's Illustrated magazine call the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer a workhorse, powerful enough for the thickest cookie dough and the tackiest bread dough. Users, however, say it may not hold up over time. We read hundreds of complaints about durability issues from owners at Amazon.com (where the mixer nevertheless earns a high overall rating). Several owners complain that the mixer stopped working shortly after the warranty period ended.
Reviewers also have mixed opinions about overall performance of the Pro 600, even while still functioning. The mixer earns stellar ratings from reviewers at Viewpoints.com and Cooking.com, where users say it makes easy work of all mixing jobs. Several, however, say it isn't suited to heavy bread mixing. Owners who use it for lighter jobs tend to be more satisfied than those who bake several loaves of bread each week. Testers at Good Housekeeping say that smaller KitchenAid stand mixers perform better overall. Still, the Pro 600 Series may be a good option if you regularly make large quantities of light-duty foods such as cakes, pies and icing.
Tricky to set up, then smooth sailing. Testers say the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer is relatively simple to use. The speed settings are easy to read and click into place effortlessly. Reviewers also like that the mixing bowl has a handle -- making it easier to carry. A few reviewers say it can be a bit tricky to attach the bowl to the mixing unit itself, but once you get the hang of it, it's not an issue.
The Pro 600 uses a spiral dough-hook, rather than a C-shaped hook like those that come with the Artisan and Classic models. Users say it does a much better job of kneading dough and speeds up the process considerably. Other appreciated features adding to the mixer's ease of use include a slow-start function -- which helps prevent splattering before ingredients are combined -- and the inclusion of a pour shield.
Stylish space hog. The Pro 600 is available in 10 colors. Users say it has a sleek appearance and a solid build. But, at 32 pounds, it can be quite cumbersome to move; most owners leave it on the counter, although it takes up quite a bit of space.
Very loud. Users say the Pro 600 has a lot of power, but it also makes a lot of noise. Robert Barnett, a reviewer at BreadMachineDigest.com, says, "just turning it to the first speed had the thing sounding like a cement mixer." Users agree. One at Viewpoints.com says, "My only complaint is that it is very noisy. My kids run from the room and everything in the house halts when I put the mixer on high speed." Many say it quiets down, however, when it's mixing a heavy load such as a batch of bread dough.
The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer has a 6-quart capacity and stronger motor than smaller KitchenAid models, but reviewers say it doesn't hold up to regular heavy-duty use. The mixer is easy to use, but it's heavy, cumbersome and very loud. Although it earns high overall ratings, it also receives consistent complaints from hundreds of users. Its questionable durability, combined with lackluster performance on heavy-duty jobs, makes it a less-than-stellar value. Reviewers, in general, prefer the KitchenAid Artisan Series Stand Mixer (*Est. $350).
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1. Good Housekeeping
Excellent Editors at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute put a dozen stand mixers through a battery of tests in a laboratory setting. The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series is one of the largest and most powerful mixers on the market, but editors say "its performance paled a bit next to the smaller models in the KitchenAid family." They do recommend it for cooks who bake large quantities, however.
Review: Stand Mixer Reviews, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, Not Dated
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Very Good The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer is included in Cook's Illustrated magazine's latest roundup of high-end stand mixers. Mixers are rated for design, performance and features.
Review: Stand Mixers (High-End), Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, March 2008
Good Although the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer earns an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5, , there are a number of complaints about durability and poor quality. Several owners say the quality isn't as good as older models, while others complain that it can't handle heavy dough or large quantities. The motor frequently overheats and many say it died right after the warranty ended.
Review: KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Contributors to Amazon.com
Good More than 300 owners posting to Viewpoints.com review the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer. Most say they use the mixer regularly with excellent results, but several say it's very loud and heavy.
Review: KitchenAid Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer KP26M1X Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Good The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer earns a 5-star overall rating from about 150 owners at Cooking.com. Most are impressed with the large capacity and power of the mixer, although some say it is a bit tricky to set up.
Review: Empire Red 6-Qt. Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer by KitchenAid, Contributors to Cooking.com
Fair BreadMachineDigest.com, a website dedicated to bread machine reviews and recipes, reviews the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer. The author tests the machine with several recipes for his own personal use. He says he likes the new spiral dough hook that "kneads like a champ" but he says the mixer is quite loud and the pour shield is worthless. No other models are specifically mentioned.
Review: KitchenAid Professional 600 Stand Mixer Review, Robert Barnett, Not Dated