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Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer vs. Kitchenaid Professional

My favorite wife and I are planning to buy either a Kitchenaid Arisan or a Kitchenaid Professional. We'd like feedback from anyone about either one. The Professional is more powerful, bigger bowl, etc., but it appears to us to be more cumbersome to use...is that a true assessment? Thanks for any input. (Or, if you've used Kitchenaid and didn't like it, please say why and what you switched to, intead.)

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    1. re: Sherri

      Definitely on the right track with KitchenAid; now that they have a steel gear box instead of plastic it's hard to think of a negative. Pro Mixer is bigger in size of course, but that shouldn't matter if you need the extra room and power for larger tasks with bread for example.If you are just getting a mixer for smaller tasks, then yea just an Artisan would suffice. In the rare event something happens KitchenAid always has good customer service that takes care of you anyway. But if you plan on experimenting and doing some daring things with your mixer I advise spending a little bit more for the professional 600. As of now you can get a Licorice KitchenAid 600 Pro series mixer for 323$ + free shipping
      - that's only 75$ more than the cheapest new Artisan's. It's hard to pass up that kind of value for something that is going to last you many years. http://shop.kitchenproductdeals.com/s...

    2. If you're going to do a lot of heavy work - grinding meat for sausage or making lots of bread go with the bigger mixer. A friend of mine used one commercially to make all of the baked goods in his coffee shop until his volume grew to the point that he needed a commercial sized Hobart unit.

      I love my Professional. A buddy of mine and I makes sausage in 60 lb batches and it doesn't get hot or lug down like his smaller KA did.

      One caveat. It's got metal gears and it's much noisier than the smaller models.

      You can often get good deals at the KitchenAid site in their Refurbished or Outlet sales.

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      1. re: Calamityville

        Thanks to both of you...great, useful information.

        1. re: Calamityville

          Yeah, I've noticed that all the cupcake bakeries around here use professional KitchenAid mixers.

          I finally bought one since they were on sale at Williams Sonoma for $275 (plus a free bowl).

          The colors on sale were: copper, brass, lavender and light blue. Not sure if it's still going on.

        2. I have the professional Kitchenaid and I Love it!! I did buy it because it has more power, and that can only be a good thing. The only thing that may cause an issue is that you have to lower the bowl to scrape down the sides, but I think on the other one you probably have to tilt up the motor to do the same. It is also hard to add ingredients like flour and sugar without lowering the bowl, but I don't really see that as a problem because of how great the machine is. I read a review in Cook's Illustrated and the professional Kitchen aid was rated the best. Viking was rated almost the same, it does have a bigger bowl, but no more power than the Kitchen aid. It is loud and I think they said it moves on the counter. Of course Hobart is an excellent brand, but they are quite expensive. Go for the professional Kitchen aid, you won't be dissappointed.

          1. FYI: If price is an issue with you, Amazon is having a deal on Professional 5/Heavy Duty refurbished models. $189.99 - $25 coupon = $164.99 + free shipping.

            I've purchased many refurbished products from Amazon and have never personally had a problem.

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            1. re: Pupster

              FYI: Several colors of Artisan model on sale today for $199.99 at Amazon.
              Also, $25 off Amazon coupon and $20 Kitchenaid rebate = $154.99 + free shipping

            2. I have a Professional and have been really happy with it...

              If you're thinking about the Artisan....I work in a kitchen store and we got a memo today that the Artisan is going up by $30 later this week....Kitchen Aid is generally priced the same everywhere so expect the price increases at most outlets....and if the Artisan is what you decide on grab it soon....