Thursday, March 3, 2011

Stand Mixers: Viking vs. KitchenAid

I had never thought that I really needed a stand mixer. My justification was that if I was baking something I should really work some calories off in advance by hand mixing. We also bake all of our own bread and we were hand kneading a large batch of dough every week. This year a good friend very kindly lent us her KitchenAid Heavy Duty (325 watts) while she has been overseas. We are hooked and now need to buy a mixer!

This particular KitchenAid doesn’t have quite enough power for us and the bowl could be a bit bigger. It struggles with a 2 loaf batch of bread dough and the bowl was overflowing when I was making my Christmas cake. I think it has the older 4 qt bowl, so the capacity isn’t so much of an issue. It’s the wattage. The particular model I am interested in is the Professional 600.
And then I saw the Viking Stand mixer. Like all Viking products it seems to be designed to professional standards, plus it looks great. I am interested in the 5 quart/800 watt model because 1000 watts feels like overkill.
So which one? Viking or KitchenAid 600 Professional?

Viking 800 watt - $489 CAD
  • 800 Watts
  • Tilt head for easy access
  • Has wheels
  • Fewer dents and grooves for easy cleaning
  • All metal gears
  • All parts are dishwasher safe
  • Blender attachment available
  • Will match my imaginary Viking Range
  • Only 5 Qt bowl
  • Customer service is apparently bad; more difficult to get service and parts

KitchenAid Professional 600 - $629
  • 6 Qt bowl
  • All metal gears
  • Easy to get service and attachments
  • 575 watts
  • Bowl lift design makes it harder to add ingredients
  • Beater, paddle and hook are NOT dishwasher safe
  • No blender attachment available
  • Price!
Well, I think the Viking wins! Especially on price and wattage. I’ll update when it arrives and do a review.

UPDATE: Review is here

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