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What Is the Difference Between a KitchenAid Professional & a KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer?

KitchenAid brand mixers are widely considered the best quality stand mixers for the price. Many people choose these mixers for the quality and the wide range of colors available to complement their kitchens.

KitchenAid brand mixers are widely considered the best quality stand mixers for the price. Many people choose these mixers for the quality and the wide range of colors available to complement their kitchens. KitchenAid mixers are available in the Artisan series and Professional series, with significant differences between the two options. To find the right mixer for you, evaluate the pros and cons of both choices.

Size

KitchenAid Professional series mixers have 6-quart bowls, while the Artisan series bowls hold 5 quarts. As a result, the amount of food you can make with the Pro series is greater: about 13 dozen cookies with the Pro series and nine dozen with the Artisan series. The Artisan series weighs about 4 lbs. less than the Pro series, so if weight is important to you, opt for the Artisan version.

Durability

The Artisan mixer offers a 325-watt motor, while the Pro series comes with 575- and 600-watt motors. (The Pro 600 includes the larger motor.) Larger motors naturally offer greater durability, so the Pro series mixers are likely to last longer and withstand more frequent use than Artisan series mixers. However, both mixer styles come with a one-year manufacturer warranty, so you should not have to pay to replace a mixer within one year of purchase, no matter which model you choose.

Price

Because the Pro series mixers have larger capacity and bigger motors, they are also more costly than the Artisan mixers. As of July 2011, KitchenAid Artisan series mixers sold at a popular home and garden store for $299, while the Professional 5 series mixers cost $319. The KitchenAid Professional 600 series mixers cost $399. However, you can likely find the mixer of your choice on sale or use coupons to find a lower price once you find the model that's right for you.

How to Decide

Now that you know the difference between the KitchenAid Artisan and KitchenAid Professional series mixers, you must decide which model to purchase. To make the best decision, consider how often you cook and the quantity of food you make each time. If you often make more than nine dozen cookies at a time, or you usually blend thicker foods that might require a stronger motor or larger bowl capacity, opt for the Professional series. However, if you will use the mixer just occasionally and usually for smaller quantities of food, the Artisan mixer might fit better in your budget and make more sense for your family.

About the Author

In addition to her online writing work, Kelly Marzka writes press releases, newsletters and corporate communications for a Fortune 500 company. Her writing has appeared in major newspapers across the world. Marzka holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism.