Appearance and Design
The KitchenAid Pro 600 is an upgraded version of the very popular Artisan stand mixer. So, it should come as no surprise that the 600 has a more modern and functional look. It is certainly flashy than it’s predecessor. While the Artisan line is a little on the bulky side, the designers streamlined the Pro 600. Just take a look at it, you’ll find a slick look with defined and well-cut edges. Really, the whole design screams precision and efficiency.
Mixing Head Differences
More than their overall appearance, these KitchenAid stand mixers also display differences in their operation. For example, 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.
But, what does all of this mean for you? Well, 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. It’s also very easy to remove those same accessories when finished using them. But there is a downside to Artisan tilt-head. Since the head is held in place by a locking pin, the mixer becomes less stable under heavy use. Heavy use refers to mixing large batches of ingredients.
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On the other hand, the KitchenAid Pro 600’s bowl-lift design and fixed motor head ensure the mixer remains stable even under intense and large workloads. Unfortunately, its stationary nature and stable build makes cleaning more difficult and the attachment and removal accessories a cumbersome venture.
Despite these differences, both KitchenAid stand mixers possess a few similarities. For one, the mixing bowls are fitted with handles for better grip and easy transfer of the mixture or batter. Also, both come with a pouring shield or guard on the bowls. This helps to prevent or minimize the splatter of ingredients while mixing or pouring.
The KitchenAid Pro 600 is superior to the Artisan in terms of quality of construction. It possesses a gear system completely made of steel. This steel gear system ensures 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 than the Artisan. 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. Still, the Pro 600 is available in at least 10 different colors. So, even if you go for the Pro model you should be able to find a color that makes you smile.
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 the obvious choice if you regularly make food for bake sales or family events, for example.
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 ensure that 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. Then it 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. It also comes with 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 much more powerful with a rating of 575 watts.
For small to medium cooking and baking projects, both mixers perform extremely well and will provide you with desired results. But, the Pro 600 has increased stability, extra features, better accessories, and a more powerful motor. All the while providing the same impressive performance for large and more difficult projects. The Artisan lags behind here.
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 reviewers, 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