KitchenAid Artisan vs Professional Series: 15 CRUCIAL Differences

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

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KitchenAid Professional 600

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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

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5 quarts 6 quarts
3. Flour power 9 cups (~1125g) 12 cups (~1500g) 14 cups (~1750g)
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

(minimizes splatter)

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:

  1. Some people like the look and feel of metal over plastic-like attachments
  2. It has no coating, therefore nothing would peel off even after 20 years
  3. NOT dishwasher friendly: Go here to hear from this reviewer to find out what happens

Pros and Cons of Nylon-Coated Mixer Attachments:

  1. Some people find the burnished metal attachments too ‘shiny’ and ‘cheesy’. They like the look and feel of nylon-coated ones better.
  2. These are dishwasher friendly
  3. But they can have one small problem as they age: Read all about it from this helpful reviewer

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!

Update: October 2017 – if your attachments or the bowl get discolored, you can try a baking soda paste or even Bar Keeper’s Friend Cleanser and Polisher (Thank you Anne)

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

  1. More powerful motor – 575 watts vs 325 watts
  2. Larger bowl – 6 quarts vs 5 quarts
  3. Can accommodate more flour/batter, therefore more bread and cookies with a single mix
  4. All-steel gear transmission is more reliable and durable
  5. Soft start feature minimizes splatter
  6. Commercial-style motor protection – automatically shuts off the mixer when overload is sensed to protect the motor
  7. Built-in electronic speed sensor – monitors operation to maintain precise mixer speed
  8. The spiral ‘power knead’ dough hook included with the PRO is more efficient
  9. No need to tilt the head – some people prefer the bowl-lift over the tilt-head
  10. 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

 Problem Solution
1. Price – approx. $80 – 100 more expensive depending on the model
  1. Go for a smaller Professional Series KitchenAid Bowl-Lift mixer like the PRO 500 instead of the PRO 600. This is more or less the same price as the Artisan (may even be cheaper)
  2. Look for a refurbished/used KitchenAid PRO on KitchenAid.com, Amazon.com, Ebay.com or your local thrifty/Goodwill store
 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 Hook

2. 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.

Bottom line

Clearly, the PROS of the Professional Series outweigh its CONS.

Our Recommendation

It’s common sense that features like:

  1. 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.

 

KitchenAid Mixer 2017 Holiday Deals (Post-Black Friday Deals)

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KitchenAid Professional 600

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Major Specs of the Professional 600 Series

  • 575 watt motor and 6 quart bowl is powerful enough to mix 14 cups of flour to give 8 loaves of bread or 13 dozen cookies or 8 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single mix
  • It has got 67-point planetary mixing action
  • Similar to the Professional -Plus, the 600 series comes with direct drive transmission, all-steel gear transmission, soft start feature, electronic speed sensor, and commercial style motor protection (high-end specs that the Classic Plus and the Artisan do not possess)
  • Best suited for heavy residential or even commercial users. Not only do you bake cakes and cookies on a weekly/daily basis, you also knead bread dough, bagel dough and/or pizza dough weekly or even once every few days.
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KitchenAid Artisan Series

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Major Specs of the Artisan Mixer

  • 325 watt motor and 5 quart bowl is powerful enough to mix 9 cups of flour to give 4.5 loaves of bread or 9 dozen cookies or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single mix
  • It has got 59-point planetary mixing action
  • Best suited for light to semi-heavy users. You frequently bake cakes and cookies. You also want to knead bread, bagel, pizza dough once every few weeks when your friends and family visit you. You’re also a fan of the multiple colors of the Artisan :)
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Major Specs of the Professional 6000 HD

  • Powerful 1HP DC motor – DC motors are comparatively more energy efficient
  • Extra-deep, Tulip-shaped, 6 quart mixing bowl
  • Coated dough hook and flat beater
  • Similar mixing capacity to the Professional 600: 14 cups flour to give 13 dozen cookies or knead dough for 8 loaves of bread in a single bowl
  • 67-Point Planetary Mixing Action for better mixing of ingredients
KitchenAid Classic Plus Series

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 Major Specs of the Classic Plus

  • 275 watt motor and 4.5 quart bowl is powerful enough to mix 8 cups of flour to give 3.75 loaves of bread or 6.75 dozen cookies or 6.5 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single mix
  • It has got 59-point planetary mixing action
  • Best suited for light users. You bake cakes, cookies often, but you rarely knead bread dough, bagel dough or pizza dough
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KitchenAid Classic Series

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 Major Specs of the Classic Series

  • 250 watt motor and 4.5 quart bowl give the Classic series the same mixing capabilities (bread, cookies and mashed potatoes) as the Classic Plus
  • Usually, the prices of the Classic and Classic Plus are the same or only a few tenners different. Therefore, there’s no reason to buy a Classic-series mixer. ALWAYS go for a Classic Plus, over the Classic-series because of the extra power of the former (275 watts vs 250 watts)
KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus
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Major Specs of the Professional 5 Plus

  • 450 watt motor and 5 quart bowl is powerful enough to mix 12 cups of flour to give 6.5 loaves of bread or 10 dozen cookies or 7 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single mix
  • It has got 67-point planetary mixing action
  • It has some additional features like direct drive transmission, all-steel gear transmission, soft start feature, electronic speed sensor, and commercial style motor protection that the Classic Plus and the Artisan do not have
  • Best suited for semi-heavy to heavy users. Not only do you bake cakes and cookies often, you also knead bread dough, bagel dough and/or pizza dough once every 1-2 weeks.
KitchenAid Artisan-like Mixer

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  •  This model is very similar to the Artisan Series except for the following few features
    • Motor is 300 watts instead of the 325 watts on the Artisan Series. However, this is more powerful than the 250 watt Classic series and the 275 watt Classic Plus.
    • Has a glass bowl instead of the polished stainless steel bowl of the Artisan series
    • Comes with a Flex Edge Beater instead of the burnished Aluminum beater that comes with the Artisan series
    • As both the Artisan and this model are 5-quart models, their cookies yield etc. are the same
  • Go here and scroll down to see a more detailed comparison of this model with other KitchenAid stand mixers

 

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2016 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals (Now Expired)

2016 black friday kitchenaid ad kohlsKitchenAid Classic Plus (Total Savings = $189)

  • Kohls KA PlusRegular Price: $299.99
  • Sale Price: $229.99
  • 15% savings with coupon: NOVSAVE15
  • Take home price after coupon: $229.99 – 15% = $195.49 + Tax = ~$210
  • Kohl’s cash = $60 ($15 for every $50 spent)
  • Yes2Yes rewards member points = $10
  • Mail in Rebate = $30
  • Final expenditure after Kohl’s cash, rebates etc. = $210 – $60 – $10 – $30 = $110 (note that you won’t receive any cash for $60 Kohl’s cash and $10 Yes2Yes rewards. But you can buy $70 worth of stuff from Kohl’s)
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  • If you don’t like dealing with coupons, rebates, rewards etc. –> Check out the KA Classic here

 


KitchenAid Artisan (Total Savings = $182.50)

  • Kohls KA Artisan

    Regular Price: $349.99

  • Sale Price: $329.99
  • 15% savings with coupon: NOVSAVE15
  • Take home price after coupon: $329.99 – 15% = $280.49 + Tax = ~$305
  • Kohl’s cash = $75 ($15 for every $50 spent)
  • Yes2Yes rewards member points = $12.50
  • Mail in Rebate = $50
  • Final expenditure after Kohl’s cash, rebates etc. = $305 – $75 – $12.50 – $50 = $167.50 (note that you won’t receive any cash for $75 Kohl’s cash and $12.50 Yes2Yes rewards. But you can buy ~$90 worth of stuff from Kohl’s)
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  • If you loathe dealing with coupons, rewards, rebates etc. –> Check out the KA Artisan deals here

 


KitchenAid Professional 600 (Total Savings = $230)

  • Kohls KA Pro 600Regular Price: $449.99
  • Sale Price: $409.99
  • 15% savings with coupon: NOVSAVE15
  • Take home price after coupon: $409.99 – 15% = $348.49 + Tax = ~$377.35
  • Kohl’s cash = $90 ($15 for every $50 spent)
  • Yes2Yes rewards member points = $17
  • Mail in Rebate = $50
  • Final expenditure after Kohl’s cash, rebates etc. = $377 – $90 – $17 – $50 = $220.50 (note that you won’t receive any cash for $75 Kohl’s cash and $12.50 Yes2Yes rewards. But you can buy ~$107 worth of stuff from Kohl’s)
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  • If you hate dealing with coupons, rebates, rewards etc. –> Check out the KA Pro-600 here