KitchenAid Professional 600 Series KP26M1XER Review

The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series is a 575-watt mixing tool with a massive 6-quart bowl and a solid long lasting design constructed entirely of metal. But the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series is actually much more than just a high powered mixer. Although it comes as a raised mixing bowl intended for heavy duty mixing, its head can be swapped out for many different mixing implements, including dough hooks, wire whips, and a flat beater.

In addition to this the bowl can be swapped out for other bowls as well as entirely different functions, turning the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series into a multipurpose tool capable of dicing vegetables, pressing and cutting pasta, shredding cheese, grinding meat, and more.

Features

The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series is not only one of the most powerful mixers in the commercial market but also one of the most versatile. Some of the features include:

  • Long lasting durable metal construction
  • Detachable bowl for ease in cooking and washing
  • Replaceable heads that allow for different functions
  • Ten different power settings
  • 575 Wattage mixing tool
  • Weighs 29 lbs
  • Height: 16 ½’
  • Width: 11 ¼’
  • Bowl Depth: 14 ½’

Pros

  • 10 power settings allow fine control as well as power in mixing
  • 12+ exchangeable parts giving many uses beyond mixing
  • Sturdy and durable all-metal construction
  • Elevator function allows the bowl to be raised and lowered toward the beater
  • Accommodating bowl grip allows different bowls to be used
  • 10+ color options

Cons

  • Quite heavy
  • Bowl can be confusing to secure to machine
  • Most attachments need to be purchased separately

Summary

This mixer meets KitchenAid’s high standards in every area, from its durability and long lasting warranty to its power and versatility. It can replace just about every power tool in the kitchen and its modularity doesn’t come at the cost of performance in any way. Its wide range of color options and small size make it an easy appliance to match with any countertop or kitchen set.

Comparison

Litchi’s Stand Mixer 6-Speed Tilt-Head Food Stand Mixer falls short of the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series in elegance and versatility, and it comes in at a little over half of the price of the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series. It only has six speed options to control a powerful 650-Watt motor, resulting in poorer fine-tuning and messy mixes. However, it does have a splatter guard cover that can prevent flying particles at the cost of being able to add ingredients to the bowl during mixing. The arm of the Litchi Stand Mixer is obtrusively bulky, and must be tilted back for the bowl to be fixed in place.

On purchase, it comes with more options than the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series, including an egg whisk, a C-dough hook, Y-shape mixing blade, flex flat beater, meat grinder and a sausage maker, all made of stainless steel. However, these are its only attachments, falling short of the 12+ of the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series. It is 2 lbs lighter than the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series and significantly larger at 23 ¼’ tall and 20 ⅕’ wide with a bowl depth of 11’.

The Cuisinart SM-70BC has a 1000 watt motor with 12 speed options and a 7 quart bowl, making it significantly more powerful than the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series and able to prepare slightly larger yields as well.

There are only has three available alternate heads, namely  Chef’s whisk, flat mixing paddle and dough hook. Despite its 12 speed options, it also requires a splashguard, and its bowl is very tall and thin relative to the machine, making it difficult to remove stickier cooking materials like dough.

Like the Litchi, it has a tilt-arm. It has two additional beat settings: slow-start and gentle-fold. It weighs 25.1 lbs and is 15 ½’ tall, 11’ wide, and has a bowl depth of 14 ½’. It is priced the same as the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series.

Verdict

Overall, the KitchenAid Professional 600 Series is a masterful balance of power, versatility and quality, excelling most of all in its adaptability over similar products of similar price range. Although its power is lower than other products it’s well known that wattage actually means relatively little when it comes to mixers. Its bowl is massive but, unlike other mixers, can be exchanged for smaller ones if needed — and this modularity extends to its beaters as well as its arm, making it a true jack-of-all-trades.

It also exceeds competitors in looks, having more options for paint finishes than both of the other mixers listed. The KitchenAid Professional 600 Series’s peerless functionality,  eye-catching design, and long lasting construction make it worthwhile investment for any home kitchen.