I live in MO in the summer and TX in the winter. Both of my kitchens have the pro mixer. I absolutely love both of my pro Kitchen Aids. Very sturdy and wonderful for breadmking. I still wish that you could lift the body , so that you could work with the ingrediants better.
Kitchen Aid Professional 610 Stand Mixer
Pros: Look, size
Cons: very poorly constructed, poor customer service
I have owned a variety of Kitchen -Aid stand mixers, from the small tilt heat to this 6 qt Professional.
I still have my smaller mixers which I purchased 10 + years ago and they work perfectly.
December 2012 I purchased my 610 Professional mixer , for vanity reasons mostly, I wanted a silver mixer to match my appliances.
5 months later it started to chatter very loud. I called Kitchen Aid and received excellent service. They replaced my mixer free of charge.
3 months later, my replacement mixer began to chatter and would only whip whipped cream. It had no strength at all. If I tried mixing a cake the whip could not move. ( please keep in mind these are no butter cake mixes, I'm just a hobbyist)
I called customer service again , and again they warrantied my mixer and sent another one.
3 months later ( today) while whipping up a cake mix, I set it to medium for the 2 minutes recommended and began putting away my eggs and milk. I hear it start to whirr, I look ( I am only 4 feet from my mixer) the whip is not moving at all.
I turn it off and again call Kitchen Aid. While on hold I Google the 610 for reviews. I discover this is a common problem and they are using a plastic housing that isn't durable enough to hold the gears in place. Same thing that's happening to me is happening to a lot of people.
This rep informs me they never received my old mixer ( I show where it was delivered by Fed Ex) , she tells me she can't do anything because my old mixer hasn't been checked in. I ask if she can track it ( so she can see it was delivered and she can investigate) , " No", then she tells me ' you aren't supposed to walk away from your mixer." I informed her I was in the same room at the other end of the counter.
She tells me that you have to stand in front of your mixer and watch it, you cannot walk away for even 30 seconds.
That is ridiculous , not to mention, this is a 6 qt PROFESSIONAL mixer, you have to stand 1 foot from it at all times ??!?
They are trying to worm out of the warranty now.
My older mixers have metal gear housings due to their age and work like champs still. They have cheapened the newer mixers and are using plastic instead of metal.
They are aware of this defect and these issues but have not done anything to fix it.
Beware of the newer version of this mixer.
I will never again purchase a Kitchen-Aid stand mixer.
Pros: Handles three times the amount of batter I made in a smaller stand mixer. Strong working and sturdy. Nothing has broken in over two years.
Cons: Very loud and hard for left-handers.
One suggestion I have is making a left-handed bowl and cover (if there is one, please let me know), as it is hard to lift, pour and scoop when everything is on the wrong side.
Pros: i like it beause it has alot of power
Have this in the same color is the Princess of my kitchen I can do anything in this kitchenaid we make a bread here on our island call dome bread and it make's the dough perfect love it am getting the 700 also that's my Christmas gift to myself
Pros: Several speed settings,Large 6qt Bowl,Lift mechanism for raising-lowering,
Cons: Loud!,Bowl can be tricky to line up and push into place, Expected more power from motor
This was a gift and I would NEVER want to seem ungrateful. That being said,If you are considering buying this mixer I'd like to point out a few things.
I have worked in production kitchens as a professional decorator in the past (about 10 yrs collectively) and I have used various KitchenAid Professional counter top mixers during that time. When a product labels itself as "Professional" I expect it to seem durable and well made. This mixer in my opinion works well for home,whipping egg whites, heavy cream, buttercreams and cake mixes,etc. But while making MMF to cover a 1/4 sheet cake I was concerned the motor might not handle it! I would be concerned about bread kneading too. It is also really loud while operating. If you have butter or shortening residue on your hands and are trying to push the bowl into place it can be tricky and frustrating.
I'm hoping this mixer will perform better once "broken in" a little. If so, I will come back and update this review. Hope this helps!