KitchenAid KP26M1XOB Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer, Onyx Black
- 10 Speeds
- 6-Qt. stainless steel bowl
- Power hub fits optional attachments from food grinders to pasta makers and more
- 67 touchpoints per rotation for thorough ingredient incorporation
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Color Name: Onyx Black
10 speeds, 575-watt motor
The Professional 600 Series Stand Mixer.The overachiever of the stand mixer family, it has a Flour Power Rating of 14 cups. That means it can mix enough dough for 8 loaves of bread or 13 dozen cookies in a single bowl. All you have to do is hope they're hungry.
Gourmet Quality Equipped with a high-performance, professional-level motor, this multi-function stand mixer does it all -- mixing, whipping, kneading, everything from egg whites up to 14 cups of all-purpose flour per recipe (the mixer is capable of mixing ingredients for up to 8Œ 1-pound loaves of white bread, 13 dozen chocolate chip cookies, or 8 pounds of mashed potatoes).
Attachments: From citrus juicer to pasta press, KitchenAid stand mixers can handle just about any job in the kitchen. One mixer, over 12 attachments, endless possibilities.
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- Ten mixing speeds allow you to stir, knead, mix, or whip at the velocity appropriate for the recipe; a soft start feature helps prevent ingredient splash-out and flour-puff by starting the mixer slowly before stepping up to the selected speed.
- Planetary mixing action eliminates the need to rotate the bowl and ensures quick, thorough mixing; this efficient mixing action spins the beater clockwise and the shaft counterclockwise, moving the beater to 67 different points within the bowl.
- Three styles of beaters provide you with the right tool for each job. The specially designed flat beater works with the planetary mixing action to thoroughly mix ingredients in every area of the bowl; the flat beater is ideal for mashing potatoes, mixing cakes, quick breads, and cookie dough.
- Professional Wire Whip rapidly increases airflow into egg mixtures for stiff souffles and rigid peaks of meringue; with the planetary mixing action, the wire whip creates silky decorator icings and whips cream as light as air.
- Powerful Spiral Dough Hook replicates hand-kneading with a forceful punching and rolling action to knead thick, heavy doughs.
- 6-quart Stainless Steel Bowl with contoured handle accommodates large batches of heavy dough and thick batter. A pouring shield fits around the bowl and prevents ingredients from splashing out; a chute makes it convenient and easy to add ingredients while mixing.
- Professional Bowl-lift Design includes muscular metal arms for stable mixing and a comfortable bowl-lift lever which raises heavy ingredients into the mixing position.
Why Choose KitchenAid?
Reliable for 95 years:
The iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer has been assembled in Greenville, Ohio, USA for the past 95 years.
It’s Easy to Use:
Although we're popular among chefs, you don't have to be one to use our stand mixer. Simply add the ingredients and the mixer does the work for you, ensuring just the right consistency. It's hands-free so you can multi-task and move on to other steps in your recipe - or, you can sit back and enjoy that glass of wine while your whipped cream peaks.
KitchenAid offers a wide variety of colour options that other competitors do not. There are currently over 28 different colours to choose from - keeping in mind that each model varies in colour options.
The Attachment Hub:
One of the most exciting features of the stand mixer is the attachment hub that fits over 12 different attachments. You can slice, dice, juice, grind, shred and more! These versatile attachments transform your stand mixer making it so much more than a mixer.
'Kitchenthusiasts' like to keep a clean workspace while cooking. Unlike hand mixers that can spray butter outside of your mixing bowl, KitchenAid stand mixers are sturdy and remain steady to reduce splatter. They're also incredibly easy to clean, and because you can mix all your ingredients in one bowl, it's an even faster clean up.
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Professional 600 Series Mixer
|Bowl Size ||4.5 Quart |
|Capacity||Enough capacity to mix dough for up to 8 cups of flour, 6 dozen cookies, 3 loaves of bread, or 6 pounds of mashed potatoes |
|Head Type ||Tilt-Head |
|Available Colors |
|Mixing Style* ||59 point planetary mixing action||67 point planetary mixing action||67 point planetary mixing action||67 point planetary mixing action|
|Multipurpose attachment hub, 5 Quart stainless steel mixing bowl with comfort handles, flat beater, burnished powerknead spiral dough hook, and wire whip |
|Watts ||325 watt motor|
|Attachment Power Hub ||Yes || |
From the Manufacturer
KitchenAid 6-Qt. Professional 600 Series
The Professional 600 Series 6-Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer is perfect for heavy, dense mixtures.
Professional 600 Series
Burnished metal flat beater, PowerKnead Spiral Dough Hook and 6-wire whisk will help you mix, knead and whip ingredients into culinary masterpieces quickly and easily. And for even more versatility, the power hub fits optional attachments from food grinders to pasta makers and more.
Over 10 Colors Available
Choose from all the color options to find the one that best matches your style and personality.
Power Hub (Over 12 Attachments Available)
The power hub turns your stand mixer into a culinary center. With more than 12 optional attachments use the power of your stand mixer to help you make fusilli pasta from scratch, shred a block of Parmesan cheese in seconds and so much more.
6-Qt. Stainless Steel Bowl with Comfortable Handle
6-Qt. stainless steel bowl with comfortable handle offers enough capacity to mix dough for 13 dozen cookies, 8 loaves of bread or 8 pounds of mashed potatoes in a single batch. The bowl is also dishwasher-safe for quick and easy cleanup.
67-Point Planetary Mixing Action
67-Point Planetary Mixing Action means 67 touch points per rotation around the bowl for thorough ingredient incorporation. The beater, dough hook or wire whip rotates around the bowl, giving incredible bowl coverage for comprehensive mixing.
|Professional 600 Design||Professional 600||Custom Metallic||Artisan Design||Artisan||Classic Plus|
|Bowl Material||Glass with Handle||Polished Stainless Steel with Comfortable Handle||Polished Stainless Steel with Comfortable Handle||Glass with Handle||Polished Stainless Steel with Comfortable Handle||Brushed Stainless Steel (No Handle)|
|Flat Beater||F Series Coated||Burnished Aluminium||Coated||Burnished Aluminium||Coated||Coated|
|Dough Hook||F Series Spiral-Shaped Coated||Spiral-Shaped Burnished Aluminium||C-Shaped Coated||C-Shaped Burnished Aluminium||C-Shaped Coated||C-Shaped Coated|
|Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty||1 Year Hassle-Free Warranty|
|Color||3 Colors Available||Over 10 Colors Available||3 Colors Available||Over 5 Colors Available||Over 20 Colors Available||1 Colors Available|
|Usage||Cookie Yield - 13 Dozen||Cookie Yield - 13 Dozen||Cookie Yield - 9 Dozen||Cookie Yield - 9 Dozen||Cookie Yield - 9 Dozen||Cookie Yield - 6.75 Dozen|
The bowl-lift design provides sturdy bowl support for stability when mixing heavy ingredients or large batches. The lever smoothly raises the mixing bowl into position for efficient beater-to-bowl contact.
10 Speed Settings
Powerful enough for nearly any task or recipe, whether you’re stirring wet and dry ingredients together, kneading bread dough or whipping cream.
Professional 600 Series Includes
Includes Powerknead Spiral Dough Hook, Flat Beater, and Stainless Steel Wire Whip.
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NEWLY EDITED 11/30/07:
IF YOU ARE ABOUT TO BUY a PRO 600 & you have done your research, you already know there is a plastic/metal parts issue, so PLEASE read my info: KA customer service KNOWS which Pro 600s have the metal transmission cover "fix" (via serial numbers), but some reps are refusing to give you the serial numbers to look for; but they might "allow" you to call them from the store with the serial number off a Pro 600 box before you buy to ensure it has the metal transmission cover. So, be insistent! Here's my story:
The first rep I called was a supervisor "Kelly", who refused to tell me which serial numbers to look for! Nice! I spent too much time researching ,so I called back & the next rep (Rachel) gave me her extension & told me to call her from the store & she would tell me if the one I found was made after the "fix". By the time I found one I wanted - at the second store visited - KA cust serv was closed. I bought it anyway, crossed my fingers, & called the next day. "Rachel" wasn't available, but another rep told me the serial number was one of the newer mixers I wanted. (pls read all the "negative" reviews here for good info)
IMPORTANT: This rep also gave me crucial I want to pass on as it's the info I tried to get before I bought my mixer - the serial numbers of the Pro 600 6 qt, 575 watt mixers with the metal cover "fix" (made from mid-April 2007)begin with numbers higher than "14" (my serial number is WU1503109, so it's above "14") Depending on the rep you get, only a couple are willing to confirm this info, so be prepared for frustration but just hang up and keep trying until you get a good rep.
ALSO IMPT: There are a few 6 quart KA mixers made - I am only speaking of the store bought PRO 600 6 QT, 575 watt mixer found in stores like Bed N Bath/Linens N Things. So, read all these reviews carefully & note the dates they were written - I think there is a possibility of people writing both pro & con reviews about 6 qt mixers that might be different. However, the plastic issue is the same, just the power would be different. For example, QVC sells a 6 qt KA mixer with a smaller motor, and there's a Williams Sonoma 6 qt mixer as well.
I wanted this powerful mixer as I have a 30 yr old KA mixer with a 250 watt motor, but it has a small bowl. My old mixer has never had a problem with a thick batter cookie I make every year at this time. I was anxious for the large bowl & to see how my new "workhorse" with its 575 watts would handle this batter because many have complained that it burns out on thick doughs/batters. UPDATE: I just made my thick cookie batter with my new 575 mixer & it did a super job!( My recipe uses 1 1/2 lbs of brown sugar, 8+ cups of flour, one pound of butter and 2 cups of Karo syrup - no other liquids or eggs so it's a tough batter for any machine) Once I began to add the flour (using the nice pouring shield) I never went above speed 2 (as suggested by KA for heavy batters/doughs) & speed 2 was all that was needed. A nice rep also suggested to rest the mixer if I needed to mix beyond 7 mins, but I never came close to that.
SIDE NOTE: when I opened the box last nite, the electric cord was folded in half & tied into a knot; there was a very sharp/jagged piece of metal on the lifting guide; a blob of dried paint on the top of the bowl holder; & bits of white crystals in the bowl that tasted like salt. Of course I called KA & Robert, with permission from his supervisor, offered a replacement immediately which I didn't ask for & certainly wasn't expecting! He said the "presentation upon opening the box" wasn't professional & they wanted to correct that. He also told me to go ahead & use this unit until the replacement arrives! WOW! Once it arrives, KA will send UPS to pick up the one I bought. Another WOW! I then told Robert about my Serial Number fiasco & he said that he would have provided the S/N info before I shopped! He also said that he stood by his fellow reps, but he agreed that someone like me, who had done hours of research, should have been given the requested info from the first call & certainly not have been forced to call from a store! In my case, I wanted a mixer made after the mid-April date which is the date KA began putting metal transmission covers on instead of plastic.
My WARNING: There is old stock, with the plastic cover, out there, yet KA still insists there is nothing wrong with this, so I'm giving you a big head's up..
Until I made my batter, I rated this mixer a 2 for the lousy customer service/runaround I got from 2 of 5 reps. Now that I've made my batter, I am vamping it up to 5 stars BUT KA needs to get more reps like Robert and the other guy who helped me. (If not for them, KA would NOT have this sale) So, while I wasn't treated right at the beginning, I am happy now & have edited my review accordingly. KA has quality issues re cust serv, especially supervisor "Kelly". (Try to avoid her as she thinks she works for the CIA.) I hope I have saved at least ONE person from all the frustration I suffered through to get what I wanted. In the long run, I think you'll be happy & customer service is great IF you get a good rep!
1. The motor consumes over 50% more electricity (and is certainly more noisy) in the pro 600, but how much of that is being converted to extra torque, I'm not really sure. What I do know is that I can only do a single batch of bread at a time in either mixer.
2. As has been mentioned in other reviews, the Artisan mixer came with a "coated" paddle and dough hook, whereas the pro 600 has "Brandished steel". This means the Artisan's implements are dishwasher safe but the pro 600's are not. I had assumed those bright, shiny implements that I saw in the store display were stainless steel, but I guess not.
3. My Pro 600 model suffered the broken gear fate that other reviewers have spoken of. I was able to order the parts to fix it myself which was pretty inexpensive and not too terribly difficult, but I'd like to point out that my Artisan has never broken.
On the plus side...
3. I love the new spiral dough hook--it is much better than the C shaped one in my Artisan
4. The soft start feature is a nice touch. Then again, it would be even nicer if there was a speed lower than the lowest one provided.
5. The larger bowl is nice
6. There is more of a difference between speeds 7-10 than the Artisan
Things I'd like to see changed in the next iteration:
--A gear box. I have a cordless drill that has a high and low gear. As could be expected, low is for more power, high is for more speed. Why don't these mixers use a simple gear selector like that? This would be a HUGE improvement--it would not only provide more power, but the lower speed I would like, as mentioned in point 4.
Someone commented that you can get this on units that are well over $1000. My cordless drill was about $100 total so I don't see why this feature should add any more than $100 or so to implement. Just sayin'...
--Stainless steel implements as mentioned in point #2
--A clutch. The same drill has a clutch built into it. The purpose of the clutch in the drill is to prevent you from screwing things in too tight. On this mixer, the clutch would prevent this silly problem of the gears stripping when the load is too high. Again, the whole drill is $100 so this should not add much extra cost.
A very nice mixer, but so is my "Artisan". If you are going to buy a new mixer (and don't have an unlimited supply of money to throw at it), I wouldn't recommend the Pro 600--get one from the Artisan series instead--it is much cheaper and does just about as good a job. There are small advantages to the Pro 600, but even all together, I don't think they are worth the added price. If you DO get the 600, be sure the serial number starts with a number higher than "14", as Lynnster points out.
RESPONSE FROM KITCHENAID: Thank you for visiting the KitchenAid website!
I would like to reassure you that our engineering and product teams have addressed the gear box issue. In fact, we have already implemented a change in the manufacturing of the Pro 600 Stand Mixers to a metal gear box. Although these will be changed out on additional 5 qt bowl-lift models that include all metal gearing, the time line on that is not known at this time. Although a transparent change, this will insure the long-term durability we expect.
I would like to emphasize to you that should you purchase a Stand Mixer (with all metal gearing) which has not been assembled with the upgraded metal gear box, and you should have a problem with your mixer (as a result of the plastic gear box (failure), we will most certainly extend your warranty to resolve the issue properly and effectively.
If you have additional questions, feel free to reply back to me. Or, you may contact either our KitchenAid Customer Satisfaction Center at 1-800-541-6390, or you may visit our secure KitchenAid Live Chat.
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.
Since the mixer was out of warranty, I did some research on the web. Imagine my surprise, when I found numerous complaints by Kitchenaid owners of the same thing happening to their mixers. Even more disturbing were the numerous customer complaints about the cover of the mixer gearbox being manufactured out of plastic. This plastic cover is what holds the gears in place. My web research of complaints showed most owners attributed the failures to the plastic cover breaking. I opened my mixer and sure enough, there was a plastic cover over the gears. The plastic cover over the gearbox had completely cracked around the base and the cover was no longer holding the gears in place. Why would a product labled "Professional" use plastic for a critical component?
Kitchenaid's response to these failures is to tell customers to take the mixer to a repair facility where the customer is charged for the repair to replace the plastic cover and any damaged gears resulting from the failure. I refused to throw good money after bad by spending $150+ for Kitchenaid to repair my mixer. I ended up ordering a metal gearbox cover for $40 and installing it myself. The entire repair took 10 minutes. We will see how long it takes for something else to break.
Today's Kitchenaid mixers are not your mother's mixers! My mother received a Kitchenaid mixer as a wedding gift and was still using it 30 years later. That was the reason we decided to spend $400 on our Kitchenaid mixer. Well, Kitchenaid is now owned by Whirlpool and the quality of the product is clearly lower than when Kitchenaid was standalone. Even worse, is that Kitchenaid no longer stands behind their product forcing customers to pay to repair a design flaw in their product.
$400 is expensive for a throwaway appliance, which is what my Kitchenaid Professional 625 Limited edition is. This is the last Kitcheaid or Whirlpool product I ever purchase.