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KitchenAid KP26M1PSL Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Stand Mixer, Silver
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- 575 watt motor, 10 speed control
- 6-quart polished stainless steel wide-mouth bowl with contoured steel handle
- 67 point planetary mixing action
- Packaged and shipped in recyclable, easy-to-open packaging
- Includes: 6 quart stainless steel bowl with comfort handle, burnished powerknead spiral dough hook, flat beater and wire whip.
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|Color||Silver||Nickel Pearl||Blue||Sugar Pearl Silver||Contour Silver||Silver|
|Item Dimensions||17.3 x 13.3 x 19.4 in||7.25 x 9 x 17 in||11.3 x 14.6 x 16.5 in||14.6 x 11.4 x 16.4 in||17 x 9 x 7.25 in||11.3 x 14.4 x 16.4 in|
|Item Weight||—||29 lbs||29.65 lbs||28.8 lbs||28 lbs||25.8 lbs|
|Material Type||Aluminum||Steel, Iron||Stainless Steel||Zinc||Zinc||Zinc|
|Wattage||575||575 watts||575 watts||550 watts||575 watts||—|
This stand mixer has a 575 watt motor with 10 speed control. The 6-quart polished stainless steel wide-mouth bowl has a contoured steel handle for easy moving. Includes a burnished power-knead spiral dough hook, flat beater and wire whip, which move in a 67 point planetary mixing action for more even mixing. The KitchenAid Professional 600 series (KP26M1P) stand mixer's deliver power, versatility and reliable performance to make this the #1 choice for the kitchen.
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MODEL NUMBERS: Also notice the specific model number for each review. Since KitchenAid doesn't change the exterior appearance, you will see that many people are reviewing outdated products. The current production of this mixer (as of January 2014) is the KP26M1X the letters after that are color indicators. Most people are NOT reviewing this current model mixer. You would not know that unless you checked the KitchenAid web site. So if you're thinking of purchasing now, look for the KP26M1X, or if you're purchasing later check the web site for the most current model number.
DURABILITY: The mixer now has all metal gears and metal gear box. This unit has not had plastic gears for 5 years. The other common thread I saw in the negative reviews is the owners apparently either did not read the instructions, or thought that as bakers, they knew "better" than the instructions. (1) Never knead dough on a higher speed than "2". With other mixers which have less powerful motors and that old HOOK dough hook, the mixer had to use a higher power to produce the same torque. This mixer utilizes a new style of dough hook and the power of the mixer do a great job on the number 2 speed setting. And (2) do not knead the dough longer than 2 or 3 minutes. I have been making bread and pizza dough for years, and at first I was skeptical about the knead time as well. But after reading some of these reviews about motor overheating, once the dough was thoroughly mixed, I only let it knead for two minutes. It turned out perfect every time. I use mine several times a week and it works perfectly every time.
NOISE: I agree that it makes more noise than my Artsian model which I used for 20 years. The metal gears probably do create more contact noise and the mixer could possibly be sound insulated, but I suspect that would trap heat inside the motor--which you would not want to do. It is not so loud as to be objectionable (not to me at least), but it makes more noise than the Artsian does.
PERFORMANCE: Someone complained that the beater leaves unmixed residue in the bottom of the bowl. Again, read the manual. There is an adjustment point where you can raise or lower the bowl slightly when it is in the "up" position. Mine was fine right from the factory, but some adjustment may be necessary. I make crepe batter frequently, and used to prepare it with a simple whisk. Since this mixer is so heavy, and since I have space to leave it on an island counter now, I started using the mixer to prepare crepe batter. I simply put all the ingredients in the bowl at one time, click on the whisk, and walk away. In a minute or two the batter is perfect - nothing left un-mixed in the bottom of the bowl. Much easier than doing it by hand and the clean up is the same as if I used a metal bowl and a hand whisk. Perfect!
ACCESSORIES: There is a beater that KitchenAid sells separately that I feel should be standard on all their mixers. It includes a silicone "scrapper" attached to one side of the beater blade. It scrapes the bowl as it mixes. This would obviously not work well with heavy batters (like bread), but for mixing thin batters it is ideal. I have ordered this, which you can get from Amazon. Be careful to order the correct size, the KP26M1X series has a 6 Qt. bowl. I know there are other brands that make this beater, but they are within a couple of dollars of the KitchenAid and I know the KitchenAid brand will fit the bowl correctly so why take a chance. Also, aftermarket beaters with the scraper on both sides may create too much drag on the motor.
CONVENIENCE: This mixer uses the lift mechanism rather than the "tilt head" to remove the beaters from the bowl. I do find this to be less convenient than the Artisan and I wondered what the advantage could possibly be. Then I realized that with a 6 quart bowl, the beaters are much larger than the Artisan and would not clear the bowl when attempting to tilt the mixer back. That's the only reason I can see that there is the lever to raise and lower the bowl. It is slightly more inconvenient to change beaters, but once you get used to it, it's hardly noticeable. The pouring shield was a nice addition, as I did not have that with my Artisan and you know what a mess that can be if you're not careful sometimes.
As you can tell, the mixer is very heavy and large. That makes it hard to store, so it's best if you have space to leave it on the counter. I have discovered that since it is on the counter all the time now, I use it for everything. I also have a KitchenAid hand mixer that was once the "go to" mixer, but I haven't even reached for it since this one is always available now. So leaving it on the counter is an unexpected convenience. As I said, I have plenty of counter space; that has not always been the case so it's something you would want to consider.
Another good point is that all the power hub attachments that fit the Artisan will also fit this model. I have the grinder attachment that I have used for years to grind my own beef, so it was good to know I would not have to purchase another.
I feel prospective consumers need to read reviews written on the CURRENT model numbers during the CURRENT production cycle. Why would a review for a model made 14 years ago apply to the model being produced today? Just because the shell looks the same? It doesn't make any sense to me. I do believe that KitchenAid listened to the remarks about earlier models and used those to improve on the current model.
If the mixer does fail to be as durable as my old one, you can bet I'll come back here and let you know and change the review accordingly. But for now, it's everything I hoped it would be.
The PRO 600 on this listing has been around for over a decade and has been a standard in kitchens everywhere. Readers will notice the reviews have been around a long time, but have been conscientiously updated by reviewers. There were some problems with earlier models though many of those problems were fixed by the company (like the change to metal gears). However, Kitchenaid has introduced a new model with the same body and different motor. Which one works for you may depend on the money you are willing to spend and your comfort level with the sound levels. I brought in both models and did some side by side testing and comparison. The newer version of the 6 qt Professional line changes the motor from the previous AC 575 watt (in the older 600 KP26M1X) to the newer version with DC motor 1HP (6500 KSM6521). I will give a little more detail below, but you will notice the power is not a direct comparison as the older Pro 600 on this page is in wattage and the newer 6500 is in horse power. However, the company claims the newer is more powerful and I can confirm it at least feels more efficient and substantial while also being more quiet. The body is essentially the same as most 26 series so some aspects are interchangeable. More on that below. Here are some key differences and impressions as I tested them side by side:
--- The motor on the newer 6500 is much more quiet yet substantial feeling. The 6500 is almost more quiet on speed 10 than the 600 is on setting 1. I did at least get the feeling the 6500 was either more powerful in general or better at delivering torque. It sounded smoother and less whiney or rickety than the 600. That is not to say there is a problem with the 600. I understand some old issues have been fixed many years back. I felt the 6500 was more capable of handling heavier dough than the other machine. However, this has only been on the market since around the start of 2014 so the longevity of the machine is still being proven. I suspect it will go well.
--- The bowls are interchangeable between the glass and the standard metal. I tried it myself. However, it is important to remember that the bowls are different shapes though the width is the same where they mount and you MUST USE the mixing attachments for that specific bowl, metal or glass. You have to use the F series beaters that come with the glass bowl, when you are using the glass. They are actually smaller than the ones you use in the metal bowl. Also, the glass bowl and beaters do not touch at bottom the way the metal bowl does. You will have to do a tiny bit more spatula work on wet batters when using the 6500 and glass bowl. It was necessary on the sides when using the metal bowl (and Pro 600) so getting down to the bottom a little didn't bother me on the glass bowl and 6500. It rests maybe an 8th inch off the bottom where the beaters on the metal bowl will scrape the bottom lightly. The glass bowl with its accompanying beaters is well over $100 as an accessory, so if you are considering buying just the 600 machine and the glass bowls, you are getting closer to same cost. At time of writing, the 6500 still costs more than buying the 600 and adding the bowl later.
--- NOTE ON COLORS: The 600 has been the high volume seller in the 6 qt size for over a decade now. So there are myriads of colors and you will get crazy good deals on it during the holidays. The 6500 at time of writing this review only comes in a handful of colors if you search around and the deals are not as great.
--- This is a small thing but it's nice. The attachment cap on the front of the machine is chrome on the 6500 where the one on the 600 is matt. It is a matter of personal choice which you prefer. I thought the chrome looked classy.
FINAL THOUGHTS: If cost is an issue, the 600 is still a great machine at sometimes half the cost or less. I worry that it would have to be replaced before a 6500, but that is such a subjective and conditional thing. If money is no object, then I definitely recommend the 6500. Color is also an issue since many people wish to go with a theme in their kitchen. For the moment that is a real problem with the 6500 at maybe 6 colors until they expand the line. I was told that the DC motor is the direction Kitchenaid is beginning to lean. I can't verify that is correct but I suspect the 6500 was released as an answer to some concerns expressed in the past. For me it answered the bill.