Looking for an in-depth comparison of the KitchenAid 6500 vs 600 stand mixers? Want to know whether more muscle justifies the high cost?
Is the more powerful KitchenAid 6500, better or just at par with the Professional 600?
…You’re in luck, because we answer these nagging questions. How do we do that?
…First by focusing on their differences and the benefits you stand to gain from them. Next we move on to their most important features.
In a hurry?
Don’t you love tables? They make comparisons easy, clear and quick. We shall start with the comparison Table below that lists the essential features of our rival mixers.
Let’s roll by starting with the probably the weightiest factor in this debate…
Comparison of Power and Motor Performance
Why only a 575-watt motor for the Pro 600 while the Professional 6500 needs 1.3 hp for the same 6-quart capacity?
The KitchenAid 6500 has a robust 1.3 hp DC motor which makes it more expensive than other 6-quart models. Generally, a DC motor is more expensive than an AC motor. However, it has advantages that can be useful for certain tasks.
In a stand mixer, a DC motor provides excellent speed control. It makes the mixer run at a consistent speed even when its load becomes denser like when kneading dough.
It doesn’t stall or jerk, and it does not get hot only warm. That is why some people are saying that the Professional 6500 runs smoothly and is much, much quieter.
It is also able to take extended kneading without getting hot or straining.
On the flipside, a DC motor needs higher current to push it. It’s not really a negative, but they are more expensive compared to AC motors that can do the same task.
The KitchenAid Pro 600 is provided with a 575-watt AC motor. An AC motor requires lower current to start and run. However, it does not provide accurate speed control.
The Professional 600 shakes and gets hot with dense content and prolonged mixing and kneading. The hotter a stand mixer gets, the more taxed it is. Hence, you have to be more careful with the KitchenAid 600. But, that doesn’t mean it’s a mediocre mixer.
I have a red 600 series KitchenAid mixer and it has served me well. I use it within its limits… never go beyond Speed 2 when kneading dough and I let it knead up to 3 minutes maximum. I can make 2 -3 loaves of bread in it per batch. It does all other mixing jobs efficiently, but may require some occasional scraping.
Read my full review here.
Conclusion: Motor type and power are the biggest difference between these two KitchenAid stand mixers and is also the main reason for the big price gap.
Admittedly, the Pro 6500 has a more powerful motor and is hands down superior in terms of handling heavy loads and big volumes.
Comparing this to running…the 6500 mixer has more stamina and can therefore run longer distances.
Both models are equipped with an electronic speed sensor to maintain consistent speed. However, the DC motor of the 6500 model is still better at maintaining accurate speed which is essential for proper dough formation.
Comparison of Accessories
The Professional 6500 Design Series includes a beautiful and elegant 6-quart glass bowl with handle. Its upside is you can see the contents to determine whether there are unmixed portions.
The downside is it’s heavy, especially when full. And, of course, you have to be careful when handling glass.
The glass bowl is not microwave-safe. You can however put it in the freezer and the dishwasher.
This KitchenAid model uses their patented F-series coated flat beater and spiral dough hook plus the standard 6 wire whip. The coating is made of durable food grade nylon which is dishwasher safe. The spiral dough hook simulates forceful hand kneading.
The Professional 600 comes with a durable polished stainless steel bowl with a handle. The bowl is not heavy and is easy to control when pouring content.
If you hate mess, you’ll love the bowl’s pouring shield which reduces splashes, especially if you are preparing a big batch of anything.
The included beater and spiral dough hook is made of burnished metal. Some people say burnished metal oxidizes and forms grey powder, hence, it should never be placed in a dishwasher and should be dried at once. But, I have never encountered grey powder and I always hand wash my burnished beater and dough hook.
Conclusion: The choice of which bowl is better will be a matter of personal preference. A glass bowl is beautiful but is heavy and requires care. Personally, I prefer a stainless steel bowl because it’s rugged, easy to clean and easy on the hands. You can, however, interchange the bowls of these models.
I don’t think that whether or not the accessories can be place in the dishwasher is a big factor. You can, however, get a coated flat beater and coated spiral dough hook, which are dishwasher safe, for the 600 series.
Comparison of Other Features
Both KitchenAid models have bowl-lift mechanisms and planetary mixing actions. They have 10 speed settings and auto shut-off protection that activates when the motor is overloaded.
KitchenAid’s 12 different attachments can be used for both stand mixers via their power hubs.
Comparison of Performance
The KitchenAid Professional 6500 mixer efficiently mixes and kneads bread dough and other mixtures. However, it is rather big for everyday recipes.
Those who are bothered by loudness will welcome this because it is quiet. To get an idea of how quiet, a reviewer on Amazon said that it is quieter “on speed 10 than the Professional 600 is on setting 1”.
KitchenAid’s Pro 600 model works well for all mixing needs…light to heavy and small to big volumes. It kneads dough quite well and in multiple recipes per mixing batch.
It’s a bit loud, even in low speed settings, and it might bother you if noise stresses you out easily.
Conclusion: The models both function efficiently, however, the Pro 6500 is more robust, steady and runs smoothly because of its powerful DC motor.
Pros and Cons of the KitchenAid Professional 6500
- DC motor provides speed control with high accuracy
- Very quiet
- Does not shake even with tough load
- Works excellently with tough dough
- Mixes and kneads efficiently
- Works well for small and big volumes
- Beautiful and elegant glass bowl
- Motor needs more current to start
- Glass bowl has no lid
Pros and Cons of the KitchenAid Professional 600
- AC motor does not need high current to start
- Can be used for making bread on a daily basis
- Efficiently mixes and kneads
- Works for both small and big volumes
- Not so expensive
- Durable stainless steel bowl has handle and pouring shield
- May shake with really tough dough
- Gets hot with heavy load and prolonged kneading
- A bit loud
Which One Should You Pick?
To answer the question whether ‘bigger is not always better?’…
…In this case ‘bigger is better’ in terms of capability for difficult tasks.
First, have a look at the Pro Line series which has the same motor and power, a bigger 7-quart bowl, but is cheaper than the Professional 6500.
The Pro Line’s bowl is stainless steel and the beater and dough hook are burnished metal.
If you don’t have $550 to spend on a a 6500 mixer, the Pro 600 is a wise choice. You can prepare 2 – 3 loaves of bread at once in it, and it also works well for small volumes. It is also the second best-selling KitchenAid stand mixer with thousands of customer reviews on Amazon.
Where Can You Find The Best Prices for KitchenAid Mixers?
There are several online retailers that carry KitchenAid Mixers. Go here for more details about the Professional 6500 KitchenAid.
If you have decided on a Professional 600 series, check this out for more details and see complete color choices.