Time to look at bowl lift KitchenAid stand mixers. These are heavy duty kitchen tools designed to cope with large batches of hard work such as kneading several loaves of bread dough. If you are in need of something not quite so robust, a little smaller and prettier, check out our tilt head KitchenAid mixers post.
Bowl Lift Stand Mixers
Bowl lift mixers are preferred for heavy tasks. Since the top is fixed there is no pressure on that being lifted, and they include all metal gears that give added strength. Whilst there are even more heavy duty models for catering, I’ll be looking at the mixers most likely to feature in a home kitchen (the Pro 450, Pro 500, Professional 500 and Professional 600 models).
They are all very similar in both looks and basic form.
- the same size (measuring 16 1/2-inches high by 11 5/16-inches wide by 14 5/8-inches deep).
- full metal gears
- slow start feature.
- commercial style protection for the motor.
- electronic speed sensor
- 10 speed slide control
- power hub that will accept the same range of accessories
- “planetary” action means less scraping down the sides of the bowl as ingredients are mixed more thoroughly
- hassle free 1 year exchange warranty
Right then we know what they all have in common. But that isn’t really much help when trying to decide which one to actually buy! So, without further ado here are the key features, and differences amongst the Tilt Head stand mixers from Kitchenaid:
KitchenAid Pro 450
The smallest (at 29lb), and cheapest of the bowl lift mixers, the Pro450 is a good workhorse none the less. It comes with a 4.5 quart steel bowl and 300 watt motor. Included are a burnished metal flat paddle, metal dough hook and wire whisk.
To be perfectly honest, I would go for the Artisan tilt head over this particular model. Yes it’s sturdy and reliable, but to take advantage of choosing a bowl lift model it seems more sense to invest in a more powerful and larger capacity. This one will cope with only the same load as an Artisan but takes up more space being so much taller.
Pro450 Key Features: 300 watts, 4.5 quarts, available in two colors, metal paddle, dough hook and wire whisk.
KitchenAid Pro 500 Stand Mixer
Far more popular since you get a good deal more power, for not too much extra cost is the Pro 500. This has 25 extra watts and 5 quart capacity. You also get a pouring shield, along with a much better looking brushed stainless steel bowl.
Pro 500 Key Features; 325 watts, 5 quarts, available in four colors, metal paddle, dough hook and wire whisk.
It does cost around $50 more, but I think the greater capacity (and yes it does look prettier) are worth it! Do bear in mind this is 30 lbs of kitchen kit. You really need spare counter-top space as moving it around too often will not be the easiest part of baking a cake.
KitchenAid Professional 5 Plus Series Mixers
Now we are really talking. If you are going for a bowl lift mixer because they are stronger and more powerful than the tilt head models I really don’t think you should go lower down the price range than this.
It will cope with 50% more dough than the Pro 500. Even so it’s the same size and weight, with a polished steel 5 quart bowl. How does it work so hard? Well it comes with a 450 watt motor which is a huge step up.
Professional 5 Plus Series Key Features: 5 quarts, 450 watt, available in 6 colors, comes with nylon coated beater and spiral dough hook and wire whisk.
My one complaint is about those nylon coated beaters and hooks – why can’t they be metal that simply lasts far better?
KitchenAid Professional 600 Series Stand Mixers
With 6 quart capacity and 575 watts you would expect this to be the most powerful mixer on offer. It actually isn’t, but the larger models are simply overkill for most home kitchens and are intended for more commercial surroundings.
So we’ll be finishing up with this one, as the most versatile, and most powerful stand mixer from KitchenAid for the home cook.
Professional 600 Series Key Features: 575 watts, 6 quarts, burnished metal flat beater and spiral dough hook, wire whisk, pouring shield and ten color choices.
The fact is most of us don’t need this kind of power, but if you have the budget, and do occasionally bake for serious numbers of people, the Professional 600 Series is the best bowl lift mixer from KitchenAid.