KItchen Aid "Blue Willow" color: have you seen it? Need opinions.
Hey! I'm hoping to upgrade, this month (rebate time) to a larger, more powerful mixer (my old kitchenaid is the 325 watt model) so I can make more bread at once without burning out the motor. I like the larger bowl, too.
I live in a rural area and don't have any way to see the models in person. I'm interested in the KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series and was going to go with the Empire red, which I have seen, as the "cobalt" looks rather drab, to me. THEN I clicked on the Amazon links and saw Blue Willow! Wow...on my computer, this appears to be much closer to what I think of as "cobalt"--probably incorrectly; my artist daughter would laugh--as a brighter, lighter, more cheery blue: close to Swedish blue, or even CNN political blue <g>....
My kitchen is primarily in old Fiestaware colors: sunny yellow, bright red, jadite green, BUT I don't really care for the dark, dark fiesta blue...and as a result I've got more pure royal blue.
Have you seen this in person? Is it a pure, clear blue....or muddy? Can you compare it to something? I'd be very grateful. Thanks.
Here it is on the qvc.com website.. I've not seen it in person.. but to me.. it strikes me as a bit of a rich cornflower blue.
I'm not sure this is of much help.. but hope so!
I have the Professional 5 Plus in the blue willow -- it's sort of a dusty cobalt blue with a slight periwinkle undertone... it's quite pretty. I think it's the most cheerful of the colors available now (the Artisan seems to have much more "fun" colors -- but, I vastly prefer the pro model with the lift bowl).
Oh, well...that does sound lovely but I need a very clear, solid royal blue or light cobalt. Shucks.
Anyway, I decided to go with the Pro 600, instead (hoping I don't get one of the lemons!) so now the question is moot. The only bright color they had that would work is the Empire Red, so, red it is.
Thanks for the help, though. I wish I could have settled on the Artisan, but I need more room/power for breadmaking. Currenlty, I only have a (very trusty and reliable) Classic 250 watt in white.
Does anyone keep their older KitchenAid when they move up? I'm really attached to this one and I *am* a bit fearful I'll get one of the Bad 'Un's that seem to pop up frequently in the Pro 600 range....However, I feel a bit ridiculous trying to justify a TWO stand mixer kitchen, especially given my shortage of counter space.
I have had a red 600 pro for 5 or 6 years and it's just great. The first one I got had a problem (don't remember what) and Kitchenaid exchanged it immediately. The bowl for the 600 is very big so if you have room to store your present machine, I think that it's easy to justify as you might want it for smaller batches ( a little whipped cream, perhaps?). And just the comfort of having a trusty back up.....
You've already made your decision, but an ironclad rule of thumb: If color is important to you, there is absolutely no way on Earth to see what it really looks like without viewing the item itself in the flesh.
Analog and digital color reproduction is always inaccurate, sometimes wildly, regardless of how well-calibrated presses or monitors may be.
And, people actually "see" and respond to color differently -- one person's "cheerful" might be another person's "overwhelming" or even "boring". And seeing a color in a small sample doesn't always give someone the full impact of the color (think paint chips). Add into it the environmental conditions (lighting plays a large role in color), and color becomes a very individualized choice.