Appearance and Size
KitchenAid KP26M1XNP Professional 6 Quart Stand
When you take a look at these machines, you get the feeling that they are in fact the same unit. While there are definitely some internal differences you’ll be hard pressed to find them on the façade as there are but a few. For example, the 6500 – which is the updated version of the 600, has a chrome attachment cap compared to a matte finish on the 600.
One of the things that draws people to the KitchenAid mixers are that they are available in so many different colors. This people a lot of options to match their kitchen or add a fresh accent that gets lots of attention. Some of those colors like tangerine and green apple really do stand out from the crowd.
There are over 24 different colors that are available for the 600. Which makes sense because this model has been the main 6 – quart mixer for the last 10 years or so. On the other hand, the 6500 has but a handful of different colors but this model was just introduced a few years ago (2014).
Power and Performance
The KitchenAid 600’s AC motor has about 575-watts of power that will help you power through dough and batter and pretty much any other concoction that you can conjure up. But that beast of a motor also makes a lot of noise. And if a machine can be quieter, it should.
The motor for the 6500 is a DC version and a lot more quiet than its predecessor. And according to customers, it’s more efficient as well. Some users even claim that the 6500 is quieter on the number 10 speed than the 600 is on the number 1 speed. It also seems to handle heavier items like dense dough’s easier than the 600.
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Bowl Lift Design and Mixing Bowl
Both the 6500 and the 600 have a lifted design. Unlike other models i.e. the classic or artisan where the bowl sits on the base. These two actually have two arms that support the bowl. There is a lever that lifts the bowl to perfect height for your beater to make contact with bottom of the bowl. This lift provides for a more efficient mixing experience.
The 600 comes standard with a metal mixing bowl (a glass bowl is optional for separate purchase) while the mixing bowl for the 6500 is glass. Some people prefer the glass bowl or vice versa (I would prefer to have a glass mixing bowl, I think that it looks better). Both of these mixing bowls have a 6-quart capacity and have attached handles.
The six quart capacity of the mixing bowl means that you can make up to 13 dozen cookies in a single batch which is absolutely perfect for entertaining for the holidays or bake sales.
Accessories and Attachments
KitchenAid Professional 6500 Design Series
Both of these machines come with the accessories that you need to get started including a dough hook, a flat beater, and a steel wire whisk.
One of the biggest benefits to owning a KitchenAid mixer is that there are so many different attachments available for them. It essential turns your small kitchen appliance into many. There are 12 different attachments that you can get for both of these machines including a pasta attachment (which a lot of people use). There is even an attachment that you can use to grate cheese.
Both of these stand mixers come with a one-year warranty.