To many home cooks, the company KitchenAid has become synonymous with the stand mixer.
Their mixers are some of the most popular available thanks to the durability of their products, a wide selection of attachments, ease of use, and a long list of colors to choose from.
Their appliances can last for so long that they get passed down between generations; in fact, I inherited the model sitting on my counter from my mother who bought it before I was born.
It’s going on three decades of use!
KitchenAid offers several different stand mixer models; you can see some of them along with options from other companies outlined in Foodal’s very detailed Buyers Guide for Stand Mixers that also includes many short reviews of models offered by all of the major (and some smaller) manufactures.
However if you are a bread baker or a serious home cook who needs to use a stand mixer frequently, I highly recommend getting a powerful small appliance like the KitchenAid 7-Quart Pro Line Series. With raving reviews from users on Amazon, you can be confident that this is a great product.
Capacity and Construction
Unlike other large capacity mixers, the KitchenAid Pro Line can do a wide variety of jobs, from just two egg whites to large batches of dough.
The 7-quart bowl can handle up to 16 cups of flour, 8 pounds of dough, and 14 dozen cookies, which is more than enough food for the average family.
With this kind of machine, you can bake several batches of bread at once to freeze or give away to friends and family.
This mixer is bowl lift rather than tilt head, meaning you remove and insert the attachments and bowl by using a handle to move the bowl up and down.
If you’re hoping for something that looks pretty sitting out on your countertop, this KitchenAid meets the bill. It comes in a variety of different colors and features a sleek design.
The Pro Line weighs in at a hefty 32 pounds, so make sure you have a place to store it that’s easy to access before purchasing.
If you are looking for a model that is much lighter (at 13lbs), you may also want to read about the Bosch Universal Kitchen Machine. Since it is a bowl lift, the machine stands taller than head tilt mixers. The dimensions are 16 ¼” h x 14 ¾” l x 13 ¼” w.
Powerful and Quiet Motor
This model is the most powerful available from KitchenAid with a 1.3 horsepower motor. Note that the 1.3 number refers to the motor itself, and that translates to .44 horsepower being delivered to the bowl.
This is an incredibly powerful motor that can handle nearly any mixing job you throw at it.
Despite some concerns with KitchenAid mixers and their ability to handle large quantities of thick dough, users report that it handled large batches that were kneaded for long periods of time without issue.
Unlike many other mixers with powerful motors, the Pro Line offers ten different speeds to give you precision control over the mixing process of your food.
With this kind of range, you can easily slow knead bread dough or use the high speeds to whip egg whites.
In spite of the incredibly powerful motor, this model runs more quietly than any other models offered by KitchenAid to include the well reviewed 6 Quart Professional 600 Series.
Although you may be thinking that noise is no matter if it means a powerful, durable motor, a quiet machine can be a huge plus if you spend a lot of time using your mixer.
Now, you won’t need to shout when your kids ask you how much longer until the cookies you’re baking will be done (although you totally still can).
The only other stand mixer that compares to this model, without getting into the industrial models, is the Ankarsrum Original/Electrolux Assistent.
KitchenAid includes three attachments with the machine: the wire whip, flat beater, and dough hook. The wire whip is great for making whipped cream with perfect peaks.
The flat beater is likely an attachment you’ll be reaching for often: it’s the best option for things like cookie dough and cake batter.
The dough hook is my favorite attachment for the time and sore muscles it saves me! Kneading dough is so easy with the dough hook and it always comes out with perfect elastic texture.
There is also a long line of additional attachments sold separately. With these attachments, you can do everything from making homemade pasta to milling your own grains to stuffing sausage.
There’s even an ice cream maker attachment (make sure you order the one specifically designed for the 7-Quart Proline)! It can really become an all-purpose cooking and baking hub in your home.
Cleanup for this machine is not quite as easy as other models from the line: although the work bowl is dishwasher safe, the attachments and machine are not.
However, the few extra minutes it takes to hand wash the attachments are well worth all the benefits this machine has to offer. Make sure to dry them immediately after washing for the best care.
To keep the machine itself clean, never submerge it fully in water. When it does require cleaning, just wipe it down with a damp, soapy washcloth.
In the mid-2000s, KitchenAid changed their classic construction and replaced pieces of the machine with plastic parts (primarily gear boxes) that proved to be less durable than the previous models.
Rest assured that KitchenAid has since gone back to the old methods of construction and any Pro Line models purchased now will be the same solid, durable appliances that you grew up with. And they are still made in the USA!
Some users report that the bowl lift feature makes it a bit harder to scrape the sides of the bowl down, but this doesn’t appear to be something that bothers most operators.
KitchenAid offers a 2-year full warranty, so if you have some reservations about the price tag, their customer service should provide some comfort.
- Available Accessories
- Build Quality
Power - Tired of a mixer not being able to mix? If so, your troubles are over with this model - one of the strongest motors in the KitchenAid line up.
Performance - Make a copious amount of bread dough in one go? Need a machine to run quadruple batches for 10-15 minutes? If so, this is one the beefiest planetary action stand mixers on the market short of commercial offerings such as at the Hobart N50 (which sells for at least 6x the price). It will easily knead that amount of dough with no motor lag, no drop in RPM, and without any of the other issues that you'll find on the smaller machines when tackling tough dough.
Available Accessories - The largest selection of attachments and other accessories (from KitchenAid and other manufacturers) to choose from.
Build Quality - All metal construction in this machine! A couple reviewers reported issues with "clicking" noises from the mixture head stemming from misaligned gears and KitchenAid replaced their models under warranty.
Warranty - Two years of warranty is longer than typical one year covered under most other models offered by various manufacturers.
Value - This is a GREAT machine at this price. Yes, it is a bit expensive for the average household but its performance in attacking tough bread and pizza dough more than warrants it's price which is at a much lower point than most other comparable planetary action models on the market.
Although not offered in as many colors as most of the smaller machines in the KitchenAid line up, the four choices cover the basic spectrum and should allow you to choose one that will complement your kitchen’s color scheme.
KitchenAid KSM7586PCA 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer Candy Apple Red Pro Line® 7 - Qt. Bowl - Lift Stand Mixer - Sugar Pearl Silver KitchenAid KSM7586POB 7-Quart Pro Line Stand Mixer Onyx Black Pro Line® 7 - Qt. Bowl - Lift Stand Mixer - Frosted Pearl
Although I generally prefer tilt head mixers as opposed to bowl lift, this function appears on most of the powerful stand mixers and it’s only a slight preference.
Considering the durability of this product and customer service provided by KitchenAid, I can rest assured that this rather big purchase is a good one.
I enjoy baking for crowds, especially during the holidays and with this machine I won’t find myself having to make several individual batches and my time spent in the kitchen will be reduced dramatically!
If you’re not sure you need a machine with quite this much capacity and power and are looking for something a little less expensive, you might look at another great option from KitchenAid: the 5-Quart Artisan.
With almost universally positive customer reviews, an incredibly powerful motor, a high capacity bowl, and a several additional attachments, this mixer comes out a winner.
Do you want to look at more options? Then take a look at all of Foodal’s stand mixer reviews.
About Chelsea Miller
Chelsea Miller, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, graduated from the University of Oregon where she discovered both her love of football and cooking great food. She's the founder of the food blog "A Duck's Oven" and began writing for Foodal in 2014.