Stand Mixer, Tilt Head 5 Qt Or Bowl Lift 6 Qt?

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heddahope Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 4:32am
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Which would you recommend? This is a huge purchase for me and don't want to have to do again for awhile. I have decided on a Kitchenaid for a variety of reasons. Any advice is greatly appreciated. TIA.

I know this has been discussed plenty before, but when I click on any of my search results it keeps giving me an Error 404. I want to order one tonight. Thanks.

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cakenutz Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 4:43am
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If you are getting a Kitchenaid I would say get the biggest best one I would like the Pro 600 I have the tilt head and love it and I also have an old 6 qt lift that I use too. Go for the big then you never have to upsize LOL HTH

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mrsc808 Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 4:49am
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I have both and my preference is the lift. The lift that I have (KA Pro 610) is louder than my tilt and if what's in the bowl is too light mine shakes a bit. Don't know if that's how they're supposed to be? Also, sometimes it's hard to get in and scrape the bowl. I do like the bigger attachments/bowl that the lift has, though. My husband bought it for our 1 yr anniversary last year so that's a huge plus in the lift category for me!
A friend was over the other week and used my KA to mix BC and she didn't seem to like it too much. She thought there was a delay but I've never thought that.

Oh, and my mixer is Nick. Mr. Nickel Mixer. LOL icon_biggrin.gif

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G_Cakes Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 5:42am
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LOL I also have both the tilt 4.5 qt. and the 6 qt pro lift.

I love them both...

For double batches or larger orders the 6 qt is the way to go, makes mixing a dream.

I use my 4.5 for making buttercream while the other is mixing batter.

The only thing I do not like about my 4.5 qt tilt is that when I lift or tilt the top back to scrape the bowl I always manage to get something on my hands rubbing against the paddle.

It's a pain to have to take the paddle off them scrape the bowl down and put the paddle back on again.

Thats why the lift is so much better icon_smile.gif IMHO

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The_Puzzler Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 6:06am
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I have the 6qt and I love the wide bowl. I have no problem adding ingredients.

I've used my mom's pro5 and I have to stop the mixer, drop the bowl, add the ingredients, lift the bowl, then start the mixer.

If I have to buy another mixer I'd buy the pro600 again.

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sweetkake Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 6:10am
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QV_ has the 6qt pro for about $375. $64 a month easy-pay until Nov. 3rd, I believe. I may not have the exact amount or date, but I'm reasonably sure. HTH

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KristyCakes Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 12:04pm
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I went with the tilt 5qt only because the 6qt wouldn't fit under the upper cabinets when sitting on the kitchen counter. I'm happy with it.

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msulli10 Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 12:28pm
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I liked my old tilt head, but the 6 qt holds so much more.
Wait for a sale at Kohls and then use a coupon- they have periodic peel off coupons and you can get lucky with a 30% off.

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asanchez Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 12:33pm
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QVC has the large 6 quart and you can pay it in six installments..I dont know if the price is a good one. You might want 2 check it out

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stephaniescakenj Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 12:48pm
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I have the kitchenaid artisan, that lifts up and love the tilt action. I also have the 6qt pro where you have to lower the bowl. I love that I can fit a double batch of buttercream in it and 3 batches of cake, but I hate having to lower the bowl every time I scrape down the sides and most times I have to remove the attachments just to get in there. I haven't really researched kitchenaids but if they have the 6qt with the tilt head, go for it!

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dynee Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 12:53pm
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I love my Copper Pro600. Loved it even more when I got the Sideswipe blade(which I can only use for light things because it developed a hairline crack in the top). And then the other one that I can't remember the name. The blade with the 1 inch blue sections. Now I rarely have to scrape down the bowl. I bought it at time when it seemed like a huge expense and was just doing a few cakes, but I have been so happy I did it. Just a side note. It makes wonderful bread. The dough hook really kneads well.

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zoraya Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 12:54pm
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I have a 4.5 & 6 qt and love both for different reasons. The 4.5 is good for double batches of cake or bc. The 6 qt is better when I need to make more. I can get 4 boxes of cake mix in it or 5 lbs of PS for bc. When doing the cake mix, I use the scraper paddle that you can get online and it works perfectly - no scraping the bowl at all. When I make my bc, I just scrape once and then let it go.
I had the 4.5 first for many years and finally got the 6 2 years ago and wouldn't give up either of them. Watch for sales. I got mine at Bed Bath & Beyond for a great price with coupon and free shipping.

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dynee Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 1:03pm
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Oh Yeah.....that's the Beater brain was not fully functional yet this morning one that cracked)

NOOOOO!!!the sideswipe is the blue blade one..

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mandysue Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 1:44pm
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I have the 6 qt pro with a lift and I love it! It's the only KA I've ever had so I can't really compare. However, I did want to echo what a couple of others suggested and that is to shop around a bit. I ended up getting mine for $220 and they turned around and sent me a $50 gift card, so really got it for $170. I got it at and rec'd free shipping. They were running a special on specific colors and I couldn't have cared less what color I got if I could get it that cheap! If you want it now and need it now, so be it, but you will be kicking yourself later when you see it for much less. I anticipate there being some pretty steep sales within the next couple of month. Others have suggested going to KA's website where they sell refurbished models that still come with a warranty.

To give a little more credit to my dear mixer, I've had it for almost a year. I average about 3-4 orders a month, so I'm not using it a TON, but it does a great job with cake, buttercream, RI, dough, fondant, gumpaste, etc. I estimate that it has cut my time by at least 25% by allowing me to mix double and triple batches, mixing while I do other things (like dishes, bleh), and mixing things faster than other mixers.

Good luck!

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FullHouse Posted 28 Oct 2009 , 1:46pm
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I've had my 4 1/2 qt. tilt for 12 years and love it, but I was getting nervous about straining the motor with all my fondant mixing and it just barely holds a WASC recipe (using 2 mixes). My dh just surpised me with the Pro 6 qt and I am in love (with him for buying it and with the mixer itself). I've only used it for a week, but what a difference, it handles Michelle Foster's fondant recipe so easily I can get all the sugar in before having to knead by hand and the batch came out a better texture than it ever has before. I was also able to make Sugarshack's buttercream using 6 cups of sugar plus it easily fits the 2 mix WASC. I'm not retiring my 4 1/2 qt., it's great to have 2 available at the same time.

My dh said he got a great deal at Macy's, the 6 qt was on sale for $399, plus he got discounts for signing up for their credit card, would up costing him $275 (MSRP $499). KA is also offering a free meat grinder or slicer attachment by mail (see their website).

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