Welcome Home, My Dearest Friend
You know the feeling you get when you see something and instantly fall in love with it because it reminds you of something else you once loved? Yeah. I experienced that very thing thanks to the KitchenAid 6 Qt. Professional 600 Series. Now this feels like home to me. I had an older version of this mixer, which bit the dust when we moved. It didn’t stop working; it was dropped to its untimely death. It was my weekend warrior, and it loved to make delicious treats for all to enjoy. It was pretty much the best thing in the world, and I’m so sad it’s gone.
The only thing is, my mixer was significantly more expensive than this when my husband bought it. Yes, that’s a bit irritating to me because it was really expensive and he broke it, but now that I’ve found this, it looks like I won’t have to spend as much for a replacement after all!
Most Kitchenaid mixers look alike. Well, they all look a little different because they come in a bunch of different colors and sizes and such, but they look pretty much the same overall. And they’ve looked the same way for going on..hmmm… forever? Anyway, this one is a little bit different because the bowl is huge and handles up to 6 quarts. The machine itself is also taller, to accommodate the monster bowl, and it has arms that wrap around the bowl in a big ol’ hug. That is just so sweet!
Get It In All the Colors
If there’s a color you want this in, you can probably have it. If you’re looking for a really weird color or some kind of pattern, ok, not so much, but everything else you could want is all wrapped up in this beast.
On A Side Note
Okay, this has absolutely nothing to do with the abilities of the mixer. A lot of people would say it’s not even important, but my mind is totally boggled so I have to mention it. You can get decals for these mixers so you can make them look like anything you want. So if you wanted a polka dotted mixer, you could have one. Ok, so it’s a small thing and kind of weird, but I’m so excited!
Lift It Up
The thing I loved about my old mixer is that it had the bowl lift rather than the tilting head. I’ve seen some pretty convincing cases for the tilting/locking head design since I’ve been on this hunt, but none of them have stolen my attention quite like the bowl lift on my last mixer did. It was convenient and much less likely to cause messy mayhem.
One of my biggest regrets is that my old mixer did not come with a pouring shield like this one. My mixer definitely did not have this handy attachment, and I can’t believe I survived with all my messiness without it. I’m a messy person who hates messes, so I would spend as much time cleaning as I did baking. A pouring shield would save me from that stress and become my bestest ever friend.
All KitchenAid mixers are like this, so it’s not specific to this one, but it is still pretty neat that you can get a bunch of different attachments that basically make it capable of just about anything. You can even get a pasta maker for it. How awesome is that? There is a round port-like area on the front of the mixer that is covered by a chrome circular piece. Behind that is where the attachments are… well, attached… and it’s the key to all sorts of amazing things.
Heating Up Before You’re Baking
There have been some issues reported with the motor on this mixer, and I’m starting to think it has a different design than the one I had because that was never an issue with mine. That being said, this one sometimes struggles when it’s working too hard for too long.
Now, to be fair, this is not all of them and could just be a few defective models, but it’s definitely something to keep in mind. However, and this cannot be said of most other mixers, it won’t try to continue to chug through when it gets too hot. It will turn off to cool down so it doesn’t burn itself out.
Not What They Used To Be
Unfortunately, it’s been really difficult to find a good mixer that can stand up to the bread dough test. I, personally, don’t bake a lot of bread, but so many mixers are famous for just dying when you put the motor through the test of kneading bread. It’s one of the big reasons many people buy stand mixers, so the fact that they have a tendency to die out without a lot of notice is pretty lame. These things were popular all the way back to the 1950s, and some of those are still being used today. When it comes to stand mixers, those really were the good old days.
I haven’t written this one off, and I am certainly going to keep it on my list of possibilities while I continue my search for perfection. I’m more convinced about the build quality of the KitchenAid Artisan Series (reviewed here), but I like the design of this one better plus it’s slightly bigger, so I’m still on the fence.