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KitchenAid: Is the Pro 6 too much mixer for me?

I'm planning to buy a KA soon and have done tons of research here - thanks, everyone who's written about theirs.

I'm leaning towards the Pro 6 for all the obvious reasons (CI rated it best, plus the general view of 'buy the most power you can afford') - but there's one thing worrying me. I'd be making mostly smallish stuff: one cake, small batch of bread, a small souffle, maybe a occasional double batch of cookies. And I've read reviews suggesting the Pro 6 doesn't do so well with small batches - the beaters don't reach to the bottom of the bowl and therefore mixing isn't as thorough, etc.

If the Pro 6 does small batches as well as it does large, then perfect. If not - well, 90% of the time I'm cooking for two, so in that case an Artisan might be a better fit for me.

Any advice from Pro 6 owners?

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  1. I can't speak to the Pro 6 ability with small stuff because I have a different model. I just wanted to chime in and remind you that there are choices other than the Artisan and the Pro 6. Last fall I got the Professional 5 Plus model. More power than the artisan, less than the Pro 6. It's worked great for me so far.

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    1. I have a Pro 6 and love it. I use it for heavy duty work, kneading bread dough and grinding meat in addition to the usual mixer chores. It has metal gears and it's much noisier than the smaller models with non-metal gears.

      Bought mine on the KA website outlet store for about the same the smaller mixers sale price.

      1. I was about to get the Pro 6 and than decided that the Artisan was a better fit for the amount of baking that I do plus I really liked the design of the tilt head. I love the mixer.

        1. I have a Pro 6 and love it, but you will not love it for small batches. I tried to make a small serving of mashed potatoes in it over the weekend - just using 3 potatoes. The mixer attachment worked ok, but switching over to the wire wisk it would barely touch the potatoes in the bowl.

          On the other hand, it works great with large batches, :)

          I too, got it off the KA outlet, model RKP2671XWH via Amazon.com, refurbished, for $155 which was a steal. I'm just sad that none of the stuff goes in the dishwasher afterwards, it's handwash only. Is that the same for the other KA mixers?

          1. I have an Aritsan and I love it. We are just 2,( or I am cooking for 6-10 people for dinners, and it is just the right size. ) I have had it for 4 years and I have only once wished it was the larger version. (At Christmas- I was making cakes for gifts...) It fits really well on my counterto, without taking up too much room. Who says bigger is always better?? :)

            1. The KA is a lot of mixer. However, it has always suited me except when I have tried to do very small amounts. The attachments stay off of the bottom of bowl and so if you want to whip a few egg whites to peaks then you will have some problems but overall it KA makes great mixer (of course) they are just not perfect for all applications.

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              1. The Pro 6 does have a 3Qt bowl available for small jobs as a special order/available at some stores. The beater can be adjusted in the KA if it is not reaching the bottom of the bowl, just read the directions on how to adjust, making sure not to grind it against the bottom.

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                1. re: Budser1228

                  Hmm, that's interesting, maybe I could have the best of both worlds.....

                  Thank you, Budser1228 and others. This has been really helpful - keep posting your opinions, please.

                  1. re: Budser1228

                    Budser, do you have any additional information about this bowl, as I didn't see it on either the Kitchen Aid of Williams-Sonoma websites? Thanks!

                  2. i have the pro 6 and love it for big and small batches alike. i make souffle, one or two batches of cookies at a time, small and big batches of mashed potates, knead bread..... and i've never had a problem with the size of the job. I'm a bit confused by those who say they do. i've whipped a quarter cup of cream in mine and a few egg whites without incident. you can adjust the beaters so they hit the bottom of the bowl. it makes sense, too, because the 5 quart and 6 quart bowls are interchangable on the pro 6.....

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                    1. re: eLizard

                      well, that would make things a lot easier. I guess I need to get busy adjusting!

                      1. re: frankiii

                        you should be able to put a dime in the bottom of the bowl and have the flat beater push it around..... and you can make an adjustment in order for it to happen. and since the 5 and 6 qt bowls are interchangeable on the pro 6 it doesn't seem like size should be an issue, if that makes sense. the souffle in my avatar was made with 5 egg whites that i whipped in the pro 6.

                    2. I've been using a 4.5 qt for years and got a pro 600 last year. If you're just using it for smaller items that don't require a lot of mixing power, I'd get the smaller one. I actually prefer the 4.5 qt for small batches of cookie dough and cakes.

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                      1. re: emily

                        I don't know if it still comes in this size but 3 years ago I got a Pro in 5 qt. Perfection. Perfect for large jobs and small. I got it on sale with a free extra bowl. All the benefits of the pro mode; with a smaller size bowl.

                        I love it so much I named it. BIG RED

                      2. I've worked as a wedding cake baker and worked for Williams-Sonoma for a long time, so I've had a LOT of experience with KA mixers- big and small. So, I'm confident when I say that most people overbuy their mixers. I can't tell you how many people I've spoken to who are frustrated with the quality of product that they get from their Pro 6 and even their Artisan mixers. The reason they are frustrated is because they went out and bought the biggest, most powerful mixer that they could find and now their meringue is grainy, their cakes are dry and tunneled, and they are generally experiencing a whole host of other kitchen maladies.

                        The only people that I've spoken to who generally love the larger mixers are dedicated bread bakers.

                        So, I think the best approach to choosing which to buy is not starting with the volume of the mixing bowl, but really understanding what you want to do with the mixer, and then looking at the volume of the bowl.

                        Are you looking to whip meringue, cream, cake mixes, and other light duty work? Then get a hand mixer because they give you more control over the foam and aeration. I love the KA hand mixers and would always suggest that people have one on hand regardless if they have a stand mixer.

                        Are you doing one crust pizza/bread doughs, up to three batches quick breads at once, larger cake batters, cookies, 9x13 inch pans of brownies? Get a smaller stand mixer and cut down the time that you are mixing the ingredients to ensure that you're not overmixing. Also, most of the add-on tools like the pasta rollers, the juicer and such work well with these models.

                        Are you multiplying batches of breads (more than 3), making layers for wedding cakes, using any of the grinding attachments? Then get the larger ones like the Pro line.

                        I actually bought an Ultra Power like 10 years ago (I'm not even sure that they offer that anylonger) for like $200, and now you can't really touch a model for under $350. I knead bread/pizza dough, make four loaves of quickbread sometimes, double batches of cookies, double batches of brownies, and roll fresh pasta- and it works like a champ. So, I am guessing that KA is putting these HUGE models on the market because they can convince people that they need the more expensive models.

                        So, if you aren't doing a lot of volume, I would suggest you actually try to find something that is a step down from the Artisan and buy the pasta roller attachments as a gift for being so wonderfully frugal.

                        Good luck and enjoy!!