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KitchenAid Professional 6500 Design Series Frosted Pearl White Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer with 6 Quart Glass Bowl
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- Frosted pearl white colored base with glass bowl
- 10 different speeds
- Mix, knead and whip ingredients with ease
- Bowl-lift design features quiet and robust DC motor
- Hand wash
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|Color||Frosted Pearl||Candy Apple Red||White||Empire Red||Black||Silver|
|Item Dimensions||14 x 19.6 x 20.1 in||14.6 x 11.4 x 16.4 in||7.25 x 9 x 17 in||17 x 9 x 7.25 in||13.9 x 19.6 x 20 in||11.3 x 14.4 x 16.4 in|
|Item Weight||9 lbs||28.8 lbs||29 lbs||27 lbs||9 lbs||25.8 lbs|
|Material Type||Stainless Steel||Zinc||Steel, Iron||Zinc||Stainless Steel||Zinc|
Mix dough for nine dozen cookies, four loaves of bread or seven pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch using the KitchenAid Professional 6500 Design Series Bowl-Lift stand mixer. The bowl-lift design features a quiet and robust DC motor and a large capacity that easily mixes recipes. With ten different speed settings you can mix, knead, and whip ingredients with ease. The clear six quart glass is easy to see through and features a handle for carrying.
6 quart capacity
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This is a newer version of the 6 qt Professional line that changes the motor from the previous AC 575 watt (in the older 600 KP26M1X) to the newer version with DC motor 1HP (6500 KSM6521).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 is in wattage and the newer 6500 shown on this page 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 fixes 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 decided. 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 so if you are considering buying just the 600 machine and the glass bowls, you are getting closer to same cost though the 6500 is still more at time of writing this review.
--- 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 offered here 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.
--- Note on Colors. There is a slate grey listed as a specialty color through at least one retailer. That is a matt grey with a little bit of gloss finish and no metallic flecks. Kitchenaid has at least two other grey/silver metallics in Silver Medallion and Sugar Pearl. I bought the Silver Medallion which is lighter than the fairly dark slate and also has metallic fleck. Sugar Pearl is the lightest of the metallic gey available at time of writing and shouldn't be confused with Frosted Pearl which is an off white with a little pearlish sheen. So of the greyish or metallic colors, Slate is the darkest and Sugar Pearl is the lightest.
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 unless you hate the metal bowl. 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.
The motor: Kitchenaid says it has a 1 HP motor--the web page gives the specs as 1.2 HP-- but the finer print in on the box says it delivers .4 HP to the bowl. We all know from vacuum cleaner ads that appliance manufacturers have their own special use for "HP" or "Horsepower" that isn't bound by physics. So, let's do the math: one HP or Horsepower (hydraulic or electrical, give or take a fraction of a watt) is about 746 watts. And 0.4 HP is about 298 watts--big difference, right, but we're not at the truth yet. The motor in the machine is etched with certain specifications including "120V 2.1A Int. Duty" This means it runs on 120 Volt power source (your typical home power), consumes 2.1 amps under normal use, which equates to 252 watts. "Int. Duty" means the motor is intended only for intermittent use (i.e., not to be run continuously for long periods or without rest periods). A tag on the bottom of the mixer says "400 watts maximum." This means the maximum energy consumption is 400 watts--the maximum consumption is when the motor is at full load, not turning, such as for brief microseconds when you turn on the machine or, heaven forbid, something, like a spatula, jams the machine to a standstill. The maximum rating is the motor overload condition, not the power of the motor in normal use.
Unless Kitchenaid has figured out how to defy the laws of physics and make a 100% efficient, absolutely zero friction machine, the energy delivered to the bowl is something at least a tiny bit less than energy consumed, somehthing less than 252 watts (or 0.34 HP). Why doesn't Kitchenaid just tell you the normal operating motor energy rating? As you can see, "HP" as Peak HP is more impressive even though it seems somewhat disingenuous.
Under the kindest interpretation, Kitchenaid is using a Peak HP rating like the vacuum cleaner makers used to do -- which is what the motor does for a microsecond before the mass of the rotor and friction of the dynanometer slow it down and not what the machine uses or provides under normal load. If it was, then a comparable amperage consumption figure would have to to marked on the motor. This is a 252 watt motor. A motor consuming 252 watts (0.34 HP) does not produce 298 watts (0.4 HP) of output; it's not magic. If you want to assess or compare mixers, get the amperage ratings; HP ratings are just a lot of jiggery pokery.
Some of the machining of interior parts, e.g., the metal transmission housing, is rough but not where it would affect function. The exterior is well fitted and nicely painted.
The control has ten power settings. Five would probably suit any cook equally well-- most recipes call for slow, medium, fast -- but 10 won't hurt.
Compared to our 26-year-old model K5SS (specified as 325 watts maximum) this machine is not significantly quieter. However, compared to a new Professional 600 (KP26M), it seems much quieter. The Pro 600 has a plastic transmission housing vs metal for the KSAM6521. The transmission is also a noted point of common failure in the Pro 600, so we're hoping the KSM6521 holds up as well as the K5SS. We will keep the K5SS in storage as backup just in case.
The KSM6521 is much easier to disassemble than older models.
The glass bowl weighs 6 pounds 11 ounces empty. Glass imparts no taste but it can impart a sore wrist from hefting this bowl. Some might prefer the convenience of a much lighter steel bowl.
Btw, the transmission, motor and fan are all one assembly that can only be ordered whole, so if you need to replace any part in the assembly, even if just a gear or the plastic fan, you must buy the whole assembly.
btw2, the K5SS with the 325 max watt motor-- that is the max rating; the service manual says that watts should measure at 135 when the machineis run with the bowl empty. it's possibly at 175 - 200 watts or so under normal load.
I'd feel a whole lot better about Kitchenaid and its mixers if I didn't have to feel like it was trying to give me the business about its specifications.
The mixer comes standard with a basic compliment of paostic voer for the glass bowl, wire whip, beater, and dough hook but not a wiping beater, which is part KFEF6L (not KFE6L) for this machine. That costs about $50 extra.