Appearance and Design
The KitchenAid Pro 600 is an upgraded version of the very popular Artisan stand mixer. It is therefore no surprise that when it comes to appearance, the Pro 600 has a more modern and functional look than its ubiquitous predecessor. Eschewing the somewhat bulky outlook of the Artisan, the Pro 600 is streamlined, edges are well-cut and defined, and the whole design screams precision and efficiency.
More than their overall appearance, these KitchenAid stand mixers also display noticeable variations in their design styles and eventual operation. The KitchenAid Artisan features a tilting head mechanism. Here, the bowl rests on the base of the machine while the head can be tilted to achieve the desired position for the mixing process. In simple terms, the bowl is stationary while the head is flexible. The Pro 600 has a reverse design: the head is fixed and doesn’t move while the bowl can be adjusted via a crank (or lift handle) to suit the mixing needs of the owner.
As expected, each of these design mechanisms has its pros and cons. The tilt-head design of the Artisan mixer provides increased accessibility and ease of use. Users claim the tilt-head makes it very easy to attach other accessories to the mixer, remove said accessories when done, and easily scrape and clean the bowl after mixing. The downside to this design is the stability of the mixer when large batches of ingredients are to be mixed. Since the head is held in place by a locking pin, the mixer becomes less stable under heavy use. On the other hand, the KitchenAid Pro 600’s bowl-lift design and fixed motor head ensure the mixer maintains its stability even under intense and large workloads. Unfortunately, its stationary nature and stable build makes cleaning quite difficult and the attachment and removal accessories a cumbersome venture.
Despite these differences, both KitchenAid stand mixers possess a few similarities. The mixing bowls are fitted with handles for better grip and easy transfer of the mixture or batter. A pouring shield or guard on the bowls also helps to prevent or minimize the splatter of ingredients while mixing or pouring.
The KitchenAid Pro 600 proves its superiority over the Artisan in terms of the quality of construction. It possesses a gear system completely made of steel, ensuring its reliability and durability compared to the all-plastic gear transmission of the Artisan.
The mixing bowls of both mixers are constructed from stainless steel. Owners of KitchenAid Artisan mixers desiring glass bowls can purchase them separately. However, a special Artisan series known as Artisan Design comes with glass rather than stainless bowls.
Placing the two models side by side gives the impression that the Pro 600 is much taller than its predecessor. However, if the tilt-head of the Artisan is adjusted to its full height, it becomes the taller of the two machines.
The Artisan is usually lauded for its smaller footprint and shorter height (when the tilt-head is at its lowest position) as that translates into a smaller storage space and increased storage options.
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The amazing range of color options is arguably the biggest reason why the Artisan is the most popular model of all KitchenAid stand mixers. With more than 30 crowd-pleasing colors, the Artisan offers users an impressive number of options to choose from. The Pro 600 model is available in a significantly lesser number of color options.
Due to its internal metal construction, the KitchenAid Pro 600 is heavier than the Artisan.
Bowl Size or Volume
The Artisan has a bowl volume of 5 quart while the Pro 600 comes with a larger 6-quart bowl. This makes the Pro 600 an ideal choice for large projects and/or those requiring a quick turnout.
Soft Start and Electronic Speed Sensor
While both mixers are equipped with the same number of speed settings, the Pro 600 goes a step further with the Soft Start feature. The machine is designed to start slowly and softly and then gradually increase its speed to the desired level. This delayed motion or slow start-up helps ensures the ingredients being mixed do not splash on the user and kitchen surfaces. The Soft Start feature works regardless of the speed setting.
The Pro 600 is also designed with an in-built electronic speed sensor that monitors the thickness of the bowl’s contents and automatically adjusts the speed of the mixer to ensure the resulting mixture is smooth and consistent.
The Pro 600 is well-suited to heavy workloads; however, in the event that it is becoming overworked and/or the motor is beginning to overheat, it is designed to automatically shut itself off. This helps to protect the motor against overloading.
Both mixers come with a wire whip or whisk, a dough hook, and a flat beater. However, the design of these accessories and the material of construction differ from one mixer to the other. If the KitchenAid Artisan is purchased, users get a C-shaped hook, a 6-wire whisk, and a flat beater, all coated with nylon. The Pro 600 ups the ante with a spiral dough hook that does a better job at kneading dough than the Artisan’s C-hook, an 11-wire whip, and a flat beater, all made of burnished metal. The nylon-coated accessories of the Artisan are dishwasher safe while their burnished counterparts are not. However, burnished accessories tend to last longer than nylon-coated ones.
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Power and Performance
Fitted with powerful AC motors, these KitchenAid mixers come with a 47-inch 3-prong 110V power cord for plugging into power outlets. However, while the Artisan has a substantive power of 325 watts, the Pro 600 is more powerful with a rating of 575 watts.
For small to medium cooking and baking projects, both mixers perform extremely well and provide the desired results. However, the Pro 600 with its increased stability, extra features, better accessories, and more powerful motor provides the same impressive performance for large and more difficult projects while the Artisan lags behind.
The general consensus among KitchenAid users is that the Artisan struggles with bread-making and is more suited to cakes and cookies. The Pro 600, according to a large number of reviews, is far better at kneading yeast dough and making bread, even the grainy ones.
The KitchenAid Pro 600 is reputedly noisier than the Artisan. This can be attributed to its more powerful motor and metal construction.
Both KitchenAid mixers come with a one-year warranty.
Pros and Cons of the KitchenAid Pro 600
- Superior construction
- Larger volume
- Greater power and capacity
- Recommended for large and difficult projects
- Increased durability
- Has in-built speed sensor
- Motor protection
- Soft start feature
- Fewer color options
- Fewer storage options
Pros and Cons of the KitchenAid Artisan
- Wider range of color options
- Suitable for normal household use
- Easily stored
- Virtually made from plastic
- Smaller volume
- Reduced power and capacity
- Less stable