- Number of Speeds: 10
- Features: Direct Drive Motor
- Includes: Instruction Manual, Balloon Whisk, Dough Hooks, Flat Beaters, Pouring Shield
- Material: Zinc
- Care and Cleaning: Dishwasher Safe Parts
If you own a pre-2006 Kitchenaid Professional 600, be aware that it will probably come to a grinding, screeching halt if you make a lot of bread. When it crashes you will be assaulted by one of the most painful and soul-crushing sounds you are likely to hear in a kitchen. Your beautiful mixer is dead. What is worse, Kitchenaid just doesnt give a damn.My Professional 600 was a gift from my wife, who thought she was buying her bread-crazy husband the biggest, baddest mixer on the block. It is cer tainly marketed that way."The overachiever of the stand mixer family, it has a Flour Power rating of 14 cups. That means it can mix enough dough for 8 loaves of bread or 13 dozen cookies in a single bowl Powerfully churns through yeast bread dough and triple batches of cookie dough."So why did my 8-cup, soft sandwich bread recipe kill it? As it turns out, the Professional 600 mixers made before August of 2006 have a plastic gear housing that is completely inadequate for the size of the motor. Put a strain on the mixing head bread dough, for instance and the housing flexes, throwing the whole gear train out of alignment. When that happens every gear strips, locking up the whole assembly and causing an ear splitting shriek that will be etched in your memory forever. It is a horrible sound. Kitchenaid redesigned the gear housing in 2006, replacing it with a metal housing capable of taking the load put out by the motor. They repaired the Professional 600s that died under warranty but didnt put out a service bulletin or recall notice for the others. We were left on our own. You see, the mixer doesnt self destruct the first time you use it, the problem is cumulative. The flex gets worse with time until one day the gearbox flexes just far enough to cause a train wreck. It happened often enough that the Kitchenaid engineers built a new gearbox. They just didnt tell the rest of us. It took an engineer with a dead mixer to find out why the gears stripped the way they did.My mixer is out of warranty so I wanted to see what my options were. I did a little research and found dozens of other Professional 600 owners who experienced exaclty the symptoms and mixer death. One of them was an engineer who took his mixer apart. It was he who discovered why the gears stripped the way they did. There was a detailed analysis with photos on his website, but it is no longer available. Given that this was a known design flaw one that Kitchenaid admitted when redesigning the gearbox I asked them to cover the repair of my mixer. They refused, charging me $150 to replace the gears and gearbox housing. Their customer service representative claimed A) that mixing 8 cups of flour for seven minutes, rather than the recommended five, was responsible for the lockup that killed the mixer, and B) that while the gearbox did indeed crack, the gears stripped first, so the gearbox couldnt have been the problem. I pointed out that the gearbox flexes, causing the gears to strip before
I do not know what happened to Kitchenaid in recent years but their quality has gone downhill BADLY. My wife and I purchased the Kitchenaid "Professional" 600 mixer a couple of years ago. In the first six months it overheated while mixing a 6 cup pizza dough recipe and shut down. This was WELL under the maximum cups it claims to handle. After about 30 minutes it started working again. It has never sounded right since then. We talked to kitchenaid about the problem but because it was running their wasnt much they would do. Fast forward a couple of years and today the gearbox fell out that holds the mixing tool. I talked to Kitchenaid support about this issue and they informed me that they would gladly help by sending me a box to return it in and then bill me for the box and the return shipping. THEN I would have to pay [$] for a diagnostic fee and at that point I would be notified how much it would actually cost to fix it.
I have been on target.com many times over the past 3 years checking out all the different kitchenaid stand mixers. I couldn't decide which size to get. Finally settled on the Professional 600 because I wanted to be sure it would handle my needs when the family get togethers are held at my home, and they usually are.I was worried that this machine would be too big, too bulky. While it is big, it isn't near as big as I thought and I don't worry about weight b/c I never plan to move it. I use it a lmost every day. It's got the power, it's beautiful, very easy to clean and the first time I made meringue in it I was shocked! I can now make my favorite lemon/lime meringue pie with joy! It has taken the pain out of mashing large amounts of potatoes for potatoe salad, and my cheesecake pies are now a breeze!
I recently purchased this KA mixer and so I am still getting used to it. Because it is a heavy duty mixer, as the instructions explain, batters, doughs, et al will require less mixing than may be indicated in a recipe which is written for an "ordinary mixer". So, it may take some experimentation to produce the desired results. I am looking forward to it. Thus far I have made bread dough and pizza dough. The dough hook handled the kneading so I didn't have to - and that saved time and produced a better product. I am very pleased with the power of the machine. Be prepared, however, this mixer is very tall and heavy; it will take up a lot of counter space or cabinet space if you chose to store it. It may be a chore for a person of slight strength to "lug" out. Enjoy.
Got a KitchenAid Pro 600 mixer as a gift replacing my 21 yr old, tilt top KitchenAid that was working fine. After adjusting the bowl & mixing attachments, I made my regular double batch of chocolate chip cookies. I always use the wire whip for this so I did the same with the new one. The whip is close to the bottom of the bowl but on the sides it is not close and leaves a lot of batter that does not get mixed & needs scraping which was awkward to do. I could scrape part of the bowl and then had to move the whip to get the rest. Not a problem in the tilt top. It took me longer to get the dough ready. When I went to take the bowl off, I had to mash the whip into the batter to get it off which required extra time to clean. I also found the mixer to be extremely noisy. I considered using hearing protection as the loud whine was very unpleasant. Way louder than my tilt top. Oh, and you cannot wash the whip, paddle or hook in the dishwasher. Really? I wish I still had my tilt top KitchenAid.
The KitchenAid stand mixer has been a creature of my dreams for years. I have pined for one for so long! Thankfully I received one as a wedding gift from my aunt. It is a beautiful white machine that is the perfect partner in the kitchen. Already we have tackled bread, cupcakes, and ice cream with the handy ice cream maker attachment. It is sturdy, well built, easy to use, and a dream come true!
This mixer is the Cadallac of all mixers. After purchasing this mixer you will never need another mixer. Easy to use, not complicated at all. It is for the experienced cokk and baker as well as can be so user friendly for the beginner. It is heavy duty and you will never have to worry about it tippin over from certain speeds. Just love it.
Excellent Service. Product was received quickly, and in good condition. Just what the Baker, Cook, and Chef wanted and needed. Thank you for having this upgraded product available.
I got this as a college graduation gift from my parents about 2 years ago. It was the best gift ever. I'm the baker in the family and christmas cookies are my specialty. It does it all egg whites to cookie dough. Love the hooks on the sides that attach to the bowls for extra stability. I recommend it 100%.
I bought this from Target 2 years ago and I have to say, it's by far and away the best mixer I've ever owned. I used to have an Artisan model but the bowl lift is much better. I bought this one because I make cheesecake and with the power this thing has, there's no need to soften the cheese before beating. Expensive, big, heavy, pricey attachments, but worth every single penny I've spent. I've outfitted my mom and 2 friends with this same unit and swear by it's design and workmanship. I had a q uestion about the mixer once and called KitchenAid...surprised again by customer service. Can you believe they didn't try to sell me anything? Well deserved and earned reputation for the company AND the product.
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