Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer - 6 Quart vs 5 Quart Stand Mixer
Posted: 28 November 2011 02:31 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Hi, I am finally going to buy a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer.  I figure now is the best time with all the holiday sales.  I found a 5 quart with a coupon and $30 rebate I can get it for $210 plus tax.  Then I saw a 6 quart with a coupon and $50 rebate I can get it for $270 plus tax.  I know the 6 quart has more power and you can mix more batter.  What are the other differences between the 2 mixers?  What would you buy if you had the choice?  I live in a small apartment so I have to store this in a cabinet because I don’t have enough space on my counter.  Thanks.

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Posted: 30 November 2011 12:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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cool smile Just chiming in here, I have 2 5 qt. Kitchen Aid stand mixers and they were great partners in helping me prepare 53 pumpkin rolls for Thanksgiving.

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Posted: 30 November 2011 10:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I have a 33 year old 5 qt Kitchen Aid.  It was made by Hobart and is a fabulous machine ( not a tilt head). I am on my third 6 qt. The first two blew out the motors making double batches of chocolate chip cookies.  Kitchen Aid customer service was excellent in replacing them immediately.  I also have a new 5 qt tilt head with the glass bowl. I use my old beauty for the heavy duty mixing - I make a lot of marshmallows and that whisk is the only one that hasn’t come apart making batch after batch. I have a 7 qt machine and the whisk on that had to be replaced too.  I’m a fan of the Hobart machine if you can get one. 5 or 6 qt - the 5 is easier to use and even if you are baking a lot it’s always better to make the recipe twice than double it. In this case bigger isn’t always better!

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Posted: 02 December 2011 05:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Thanks everyone.  I am going to purchase the 6 Quart.

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Posted: 03 December 2011 09:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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CRenee - 02 December 2011 01:00 AM
Sherrie - 01 December 2011 06:07 PM
hectorwong - 29 November 2011 08:54 PM

Do note that there is a 7 qt and it is extremely quiet!  Quieter than the artisan!

This is fabulous news…I know what my next mixer will be!

Me too!

I saw this one on the Williams Sonoma website.  Made me wish my 20 year old Kitchen Aid would croak…

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Posted: 28 November 2014 03:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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For what it’s worth, I’ve had the KitchenAid Professional (bowl raises and lowers with a lever) for about 20 years. It is a workhorse. I use it for cakes, breads and even the grinder attachment for grindng meat. I don’t have it on the counter, so every time I use it I have to move it in and out of the pantry, and let me tell you, this thing is big, heavy and bulky. And removing the paddle/whisk/dough hook is awkward. But it is very dear to me and I know I can count on it to mix up anything.

I was recently staying at a friend’s house, and she is not a big baker, but had a lovely smaller capacity Kitchenaid on her counter—where the beaters tilt back. It was so easy, strong, and such a joy to use. Plus, you can get a glass bowl which makes mixing even more fun. I loved it.

If I had to do it all over again, I’m not sure what I’d do. More times than not I use a hand held Kitchenaid for making cakes because it’s easier than schlepping the Professional out. I think if I had the smaller mixer that tilts back with a glass bowl I’d use it more often.

At the end of the day, it depends what you are going to use it for most, and how often.

Whatever you get, you will enjoy it. Hope that helps!

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