Below we compare and contrast the mid-level Artisan and the professional-level series of stand mixers by KitchenAid.
|KitchenAid Artisan||KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus||KitchenAid Professional 600|
|1. Motor||325 watts||450 watts||575 watts|
|Classic Plus, Artisan Mini, Artisan, Professional 5 Plus and Professional 600: all of these have AC motors (alternative current). They are great; but if you want even more power, you need a stand mixer with a DC motor (direct current) such as this 1.3 Horse Power KitchenAid mixer OR this 1.0 Horse Power KitchenAid mixer. If you do a lot of dough (bread, pizza, bagel) often and/or work with large batches/quantities, you need one of these DC motor-powered KitchenAid stand mixers.
|2. Bowl size||5 quarts||5 quarts||6 quarts|
|3. Flour power||9 cups||12 cups||14 cups|
|4. Bread power||4.5 loaves with a single mix||~6.5 loaves||~8 loaves with a single mix|
|5. Cookie power||9 dozens with a single mix||10 dozens with a single mix||13 dozens with a single mix|
|6. Mashed Potatoes||7 pounds with a single mix||7 pounds with a single mix||8 pounds with a single mix|
|7. Direct drive transmission||Yes|
|8. All-steel gear transmission||No||Yes|
|9. Soft start feature||No||Yes
|10. Electronic speed sensor||No||Yes
(monitors operation to maintain precise mixer speed)
|11. Commercial style motor protection||No||Yes
(automatically shuts off the mixer when overload is sensed to protect the motor)
|12. Flat Beater – Burnished metal or Nylon coated?||Nylon coated, hence, Dishwasher safe. The WHITE COLOR is due to the nylon coating. ONLY White color attachments can go in the dishwasher
|Burnished metal! They look metallic and fancier, but get discolored in the dishwasher.|
Pros and Cons of Burnished Metal Mixer Attachments:
Pros and Cons of Nylon-Coated Mixer Attachments:
Bottom line: what you should opt for depends on your preference on the looks and whether you will use the dishwasher or not, to wash them!
|13. Dough Hook – Burnished metal or Nylon coated?||Nylon coated, C-shaped hook. DW safe||Nylon Coated White Spiral Dough Hook. Not burnished metal, hence dishwasher safe||Burnished metal! (Powerknead Spiral), not DW safe|
|14. Price||Cheaper This KitchenAid Professional Model is roughly the SAME PRICE as the Artisan – Check it out here…||~$60 – 100 more expensive depending on the model|
10 PROS of a PRO model compared to an Artisan
- More powerful motor – 575 watts vs 325 watts
- Larger bowl – 6 quarts vs 5 quarts
- Can accommodate more flour/batter, therefore more bread and cookies with a single mix
- All-steel gear transmission is more reliable and durable
- Soft start feature minimizes splatter
- Commercial-style motor protection – automatically shuts off the mixer when overload is sensed to protect the motor
- Built-in electronic speed sensor – monitors operation to maintain precise mixer speed
- The spiral ‘power knead’ dough hook included with the PRO is more efficient
- No need to tilt the head – some people prefer the bowl-lift over the tilt-head
- Shorter than the Artisan when the Artisan is tilted back (the PRO is 16.5 inches in height while the Artisan is 18″ tall when the head is tilted back)
5 CONS of a PRO model compared to an Artisan
|1. Price – approx. $80 – 100 more expensive depending on the model||
|2. The fancier, burnished metal flat beater and dough hook are NOT dishwasher safe||Replace the ‘Burnished Metal’ attachments with ‘Nylon Coated’ attachments. Nylon coated accessories are dishwasher safe!1. Nylon Coated White Spiral Dough Hook2. Nylon Coated, White Flat Beater|
|3. It’s not very good for small batches – the beater/whisk can’t get to the dry ingredients at the bottom of the bowl (true at the start of mixing when the ingredients are still dry)||
No mixer is good at mixing very small quantities. But if you must, there are not 1, but 2 solutions!
1. Buy a 3 quart bowl specifically made for working with small batches
2. And/or buy a Scraper Beater. The rubber ‘scraper’ brushes tight against the bowl-wall and picks up even the tiniest of amounts!
|4. ~Five pounds heavier than the Artisan – A PRO model is ~30 pounds while an Artisan is ~25 pounds in weight||
There aren’t any attachments to make it lighter It has to have a dedicated counter top space. Storing it in a cabinet and moving it to a counter top when you want to use it, may not be a healthy option for your back
|5. ~2.5 inches taller than the Artisan – the artisan is generally about 14 inches while the Professional 600 is ~16.5 inches. This will be a problem only if the space between your kitchen counter top and the hanging cupboards above it is less than 16.5 inches.However, don’t forget that the shorter tilt-head model becomes taller than the bowl-lift professional model when the head is tilted back (from 14 inches to now ~18 inches).||
Pull it out from under the cabinet when you’re ready to use it. Make sure you have some kind of a slippery mat under the mixer, so that you can easily pull it out and push it back under the hanging cabinets once your job is finished.
Clearly, the PROS of the Professional Series outweigh its CONS.
It’s common sense that features like (1) the all-steel gear transmission is more reliable and durable than a plastic gear-system, (2) the soft start feature minimizes splatter at the start of a round of mixing, (3) the commercial-style motor protection system which forces the machine to automatically shut down when overload is sensed, and (4) the built-in electronic speed sensor which continuously monitors mixer operation clearly give an edge to the professional series.
- If you can afford to invest the extra ca$h, by all means, go for a Professional Series KitchenAid mixer.
- If you can’t afford to invest the extra ca$h, by all means, go for a Artisan or Classic Plus. 99% of the time, you wouldn’t have a problem
Yet, you might wonder why the Artisan is so much more popular than the Professional series mixers. Well… that’s likely because (1) of the huge color variations available with the Artisan, (2) the slightly competitive price of the Artisan, and (3) because home-use doesn’t necessarily call for those professional features.