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KitchenAid 6 Qt Bowl-Lift Mixer vs KitchenAid Professional 600 (KL26M1XER vs KP26M1XER)
Are you wondering what is the difference between the KitchenAid 6 Qt Bowl-Lift Mixer (KL26M1X) vs KitchenAid Pro 600 Mixer (KP26M1X)? They are essentially the same in almost every way - both KitchenAid mixers have the same size 575W motor, 6qt mixing bowls, and 3 mixing tools. Where are the differences though?
1. The Bowl-Lift Handle:
The first thing you may notice is there isn’t a black cap on the KitchenAid Bowl-Lift Mixer's bowl-lift handle. No functionality is lost here at all. This cap is only an added comfort feature on the KitchenAid Professional 600.
2. The Pouring Shield:
The second difference between the 6Qt Bowl-Lift Mixer (KL26M1X) and the Professional 600 (KP26M1X) is the Bowl-Lift Mixer does NOT include a pouring shield like the Professional 600 does (KP26M1X). The pouring shield is more of a convenient accessory and is not needed to operate the mixer. The pouring shield is used to reduce splatters but if you slowly increase your speed when mixing, rather than all at once, you don't really need the pouring shield. It can be useful to add flour while mixing though, so it really is about personal preference. Most of us here at Everything Kitchens with KitchenAid mixers do not use the pouring shields. You can view the pouring shield compatible with the KitchenAid 6Qt Bowl-Lift Mixer here: https://www.everythingkitchens.com/kitchen-aid-pouring-shield.html.
3. Included Mixing Tools:
With the KitchenAid 6Qt Bowl-Lift Mixer, the spiral dough hook and the flat beater are nylon coated providing the additional benefit of making them dishwasher safe. The Professional 600 [at the time this article was written] comes with a burnished aluminum spiral dough hook and burnished aluminum flat beater. On both of these KitchenAid mixer models, the whips are burnished aluminum.
4. The Silver Band:
It’s only a minor cosmetic difference here. The silver band that wraps around the head of the mixer on the KitchenAid 6Qt Bowl-Lift Mixer sports a printed KitchenAid logo and a small silver striping whereas the Professional 600 Has the raised/embossed KitchenAid logo.
5. Color Options:
The last difference between these two KitchenAid Mixers is the available color options. The KitchenAid 6Qt Bowl-Lift Mixer (KL26M1X) comes in three colors: Silver (KL26M1XSL), Empire Red (KL26M1XER), and Onyx Black (KL26M1XOB). The Professional 600 Mixer (KP26M1X) is available in over 15 color options.
That's it! These two 6Qt KitchenAid Mixers will perform the same. It is only these small differences that set them apart. If you have been looking to get a KitchenAid Mixer or looking to upgrade from a small mixer, the KitchenAid 6Qt Bowl-Lift Mixer KL26M1X is an affordable way to do so. The KL26M1X also makes an amazing gift for someone who loves to bake or for someone who is just starting to stock their kitchen.
Be sure to check out all the great attachments & accessories for KitchenAid Stand Mixers like the Vegetable Sheet Cutter Attachment, Fresh Prep Slicer/Shredder Attachment, Flour Sifter & Scale, and a host of other great attachments to make your KitchenAid Mixer more than just a mixer.
About the Author:
Chef Austin Merath is Everything Kitchen's Culinary Wizard, Kitchen-Gadget Reviewer, and New-Product Tester. He studied under chefs in College of the Ozarks' Culinary Program. It's his job to make sure you choose the kitchen tools that are right for you by testing the best we have to offer. When not cooking, Austin is tinkering with computers or exploring the Ozarks with his wife Amy. Click here for his full bio.