With 10 different speeds, multiple attachments available, and quality parts all around, the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series stand mixer can pretty much do anything you’d like to your food; it’s great for bakers, but there are so many other uses for it besides baking! In fact, the first thing I made in this was actually mashed potatoes, which is still a simple use in comparison with what all this mixer can do. With the various attachments, you can actually eliminate your need for quite a few other kitchen tools, and instead employ your mixer in preparing almost any course you can imagine!
This mixer has a 575-watt motor, and according to Better Homes and Gardens, it is able “to mix dough for 13 dozen cookies, 8 loaves of bread or 8 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch.” I haven’t had the need to make quite that much at a time, but I have made multiple batches and still had room to add more if I had needed to.
The stainless steel bowl and the attachments are dishwasher safe, but I prefer to wash the bowl especially by hand, so that it stays very shiny. The bowl holds 6 quarts, which has been perfect for large batches of cookies during the holiday season, or big batches of the potato soup that I make and freeze. The first few times, it was very hard for me to snap the bowl in and out, but it seemed to loosen up a little after that. I may have just been a little scared that I was going to hurt my new kitchen gadget and didn’t pull up very hard.
The guide actually comes with quite a few recipes to get you started, and recommendations for which speeds to use for desired effects and to ensure the machine is not damaged – for example, kneading dough should be done on using speed number 2 with the dough hook. As you would imagine, the slower speeds are good for stirring dry and liquid ingredients together, and the faster speeds are for creaming and whipping.
My mixer, which is red – Empire Red, to be exact – was a Christmas present from my husband. He knew I had ladybugs all over my kitchen, and red mixing bowls, and so he chose this color by himself to match my décor. The fairly large mixer has become as much a part of the décor as it is a highly functional piece of equipment – and I’m all about functionality.
One of my only complaints about the mixer, which of course I blame on the fact that I live in a 100+ year old house more than on the mixer itself, is that my beautiful mixer doesn’t fit under the upper cabinets when sitting on my countertop, and cannot sit back all the way. So, it stands in the corner, where this is just enough counter space for it at an angle to sit out, which is slightly awkward, but less work than storing it under the cabinet and taking it out all of the time. They also make covers if you’d rather play it safe and protect your mixer, but let’s be real – you’ll want to leave it out to brag about it!
As for the main body of the mixer, I often just wipe it down with soap and water – because it does get splashed on sometimes during use. The slow start feature helps to reduce this, though.
There are actually 10 different colors of mixers available, one of which is sure to match your kitchen:
- Copper Pearl
- Dark Pewter
- Majestic Yellow
- Green Apple
- Empire Red
- Gloss Cinnamon
- Cobalt Blue
While this is not as many colors as the KitchenAid Artisan Series provides as options, it is more than the traditional colors. (The Artisan Series, for comparison, comes in Imperial Black, Onyx Black, Caviar, Grey, Silver Metallic, Metallic Chrome, White, White On White, Bay Leaf, Green Apple, Pistachio, Cinnamon Gloss, Empire Red, Boysenberry, Pink, Persimmon, Tangerine, Buttercup, Pear, Majestic Yellow, Cobalt Blue, Blue Willow, Cornflower Blue, Crystal Blue, Ice, Raspberry Ice, Almond Cream, and Watermelon – but it only has a 5 quart bowl.)
With fun names like those, you can see why it’s trendy to get a unique color of mixer for your kitchen! I remember walking by a store with a friend shortly after these came out, and seeing a beautiful rainbow display across the storefront windows. We just had to go in – even though I already had a mixer, and she wasn’t planning on getting one – to check out the colors closer up.
But enough of the superficial – this mixer was made to do some heavy work! While the mixer has up to 15 different possible attachments, to begin with, it comes with 3 basic attachments that are very useful for common, daily dishes – the PowerKnead Spiral Dough Hook, the Wire Whip (whisk), and the Flat Beater. These are all sturdy, metal attachments that have held up very well so far.
To attach any of these three main components, the bowl is lowered by using the lift handle at the side, and then raised again before mixing occurs.
Other attachments include a pasta roller, food grinder, ice cream maker, food tray, fruit and vegetable strainer, roto slicer/shredder, sausage stuffer, and a citrus juicer. (Who would have thought that you can make ice cream with your KitchenAid mixer?) Some of these actually come with several different parts or sizes of parts. You can also buy extra bowls, or glass bowls with storage lids, of course. Most of the attachments can be found for reasonable prices.
Speaking of price, this mixer rarely goes on sale, but it’s worth the cost. I blew and threw several hand mixers that literally went up in smoke just preparing icing before we bought this one. This KitchenAid Professional 600 Series stand mixer is so powerful it can make double and triple batches without trouble.