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: 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!