Some KitchenAid stand mixers that are so close that the line distinguishing them is blurry. An example is the Professional 600 and Professional 610.
If you have been wondering about these models, here is a full comparison of KitchenAid 600 vs 610. Let’s have a look at a list of their features in the Table below. Side by side, you can clearly see their similarities and differences.
KitchenAid Professional 600
KitchenAid Professional 610
|Bowl Type||Stainless Steel with handle||Stainless Steel with handle|
|Electronic Speed Sensor||Yes||Yes|
|Accessories||Flat beater, spiral dough hook, 6-wire whip, pouring shield||Flat beater, spiral dough hook, 11-wire whip, pouring shield|
|Attachments||Accepts all KitchenAid attachments||Accepts all KitchenAid attachments|
But, what do they mean? Is one better than the other? This write-up discusses how their differences affect performance and their benefits. It also reviews features that they share and for what applications they are suited for.
Then, we tell you where you can find the best deal for these mixers should you decide on one. Finally, our verdict and recommendation will help you make a wise pick.
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How Do the KitchenAid Pro 600 and Pro 610 Differ?
These stand mixers differ in two aspects: power and wire whip. Let’s see if these differences lead to a substantial difference in performance, efficiency and capacity.
Motor and Power
The KitchenAid 600 series has a 575-watt motor while the Professional 610 has 590 watts. So, what does it mean in terms of what they can do?
I own a Professional 600 and I make 3 loaves of white bread with it 3-4 times a week. I have tried 4 loaves and it did fine. I also make 2 loaves wheat bread once or twice a week. My friend uses her Pro 600 to make 3 loaves of bread daily.
One time I chanced upon an acquaintance at the baking supplies of our local grocery store. We got to sharing some baking tidbits. I learned that she purchased a KitchenAid 610 stand mixer three months ago. She makes a lot of cookies and usually makes a triple recipe with her mixer. She also makes 3 loaves of bread everyday.
Quite a number of owners say that the Pro 610 is a workhorse and handles a lot of baking, like on holidays, pretty well.
How Do They Perform?
The 600 series shakes with really heavy dough. But it’s not alarming. I haven’t experienced it walking on the counter. It does get hot, as some say, with big volumes and extended kneading.
A number of people say that the Pro 610 smells when mixing dough. One owner said it smells a little when there is too much flour in the mix and the dough becomes stiff. What she does is cut back on the flour a bit.
What’s With Their Wire Whips?
Majority of KitchenAid’s stand mixers have the 6-wire whisk. The balloon whip of the Kitchenaid Pro 600 is bigger than those of the smaller stand mixers. It’s built and designed to match the shape of the 6-quart bowl. It does a good job of whipping cream and egg whites.
The Professional 610 design series has 11 wires to its whisk. The advantage? It aerates faster and finishes the job 33% more quickly. Benefit? Speed that saves time.
You can buy a separate 11-wire whip for the Pro 600 if you need it.
Features That Are Similar
Bowl Lift. The bowl is easily raised and lowered via a crank lever. Lowering it provides access to bowl and contents and to the accessories. It should be in this position when removing accessories and bowl. Raising it allows optimum contact of the content with the beater, whisk or dough hook.
When raised, it is important that the clearance between the bowl and the accessories should be set correctly. Otherwise, it will be hard to achieve uniform mixing.
Speed Settings. All KitchenAid stand mixers have 10 speeds plus a STIR function. Aside from STIR, the 600 and 610 models are further equipped with a soft start feature on all Speed settings It raises the speed slowly to prevent splashes and splatters.
Bowl Capacity and Type. Both models have 6 quarts stainless steel bowls with comfort handle. For a volume this big, the handle is essential. Try transferring 3-recipe batters if a bowl has no handle. It won’t be pleasant.
Electronic Speed Sensor. Mixers tend to stall when batter or dough becomes stiffer. The electronic speed sensor senses any changes and adjusts the speed accordingly so it remains consistent all the way. This yields better batter and good dough formation.
Motor Protection. The motor will automatically shut-off in case your machine becomes overloaded. this prevents the motor from burning. When this kicks in, you’d have to wait 20 to 30 minutes to be able to run the machine again. Some folks find this annoying but it is there to save their mixers.
Attachments. KitchenAid has 15 different attachments for all their stand mixers. They attached on the power hub in front of the mixer. These attachments will let you prepare more than just cakes and bread.
The various pasta maker attachments, the ice cream maker and food grinder are some of the most sought-after attachments.
What About Customer Reviews?
The KitchenAid Pro 600 is the second best-selling stand mixer among all brands. There are now more than 3,000 reviews on Amazon and almost 1,500 on the KitchenAid site. Verified purchases on amazon continue to increase. This stand mixer is in-demand.
It garners a 4.3 star rating out of 5 stars. Total 5-star and 4-star ratings is 81% and total 2-star and 1-star ratings is 14%. The stats show a solid vote of approval.
Most common issues from the low raters are the auto shut-off protection and the noise. They get irked when the machine stops when overloaded and they’d have to wait. Also, most low ratings are from years back when the Pro 600 has a plastic component that holds the gears. KitchenAid has since replaced that with metal.
In contrast, the Professional 610 only has 3 reviews on Amazon and 47 on KitchenAid. This shows it’s not in-demand, although it gets a 4.8 out of 5 stars on KitchenAid.com.
How Much Do They Cost?
Model 600 is under $300 and the 610 variant’s cheapest price is almost $400. Amazon has the lowest price for almost all stand mixers, except in this case, KitchenAid has the lowest cost for their 610 model.
What’s The Verdict?
- Has more sales and reviews, and continues to be one of the top sellers.
- A big majority of reviews are positive.
- A wide array of color choices
The Pro 600 series certainly have issues just like other models. A few folks reported getting lemons. But, will people continue buying it and giving positive reviews if it is not good? Also, in case your purchase turns out to be a lemon, take note that it is covered with a 1 year replacement warranty.
The 11-wire whip that fits the 600 series costs under $30. Total price if you also get this is still less than $300; and you will have an extra whisk. This KitchenAid model also comes in 25 attractive shades. Some colors are more expensive.
The KitchenAid 610 will suit you if you make a lot of whipped frosting. It is just as good as model 600 series but for $50 – $70 more. It is available in four different colors.