FH and I like to buy ourselves presents on Black Friday.... we got the 5 qt artisan in ink blue. We love it! It's not too big, but fits all the attachments. We laminated on the color a lot. We don't own a home- so we don't know what color our forever kitchen will be. I'm really happy with our color choice. I also really like the Persimmon and Bayleaf colors too.
I have the KitchenAid Pro 610 which is a 6-qt bowl lift model. My mom has the 5-qt version and it is never big enough for what I make, so I opted for the 6-qt. At the time, I just couldn't justify the price difference to the 7-qt.
I have it in "copper pearl" which is a non-metallic copper color - cheaper than the real copper!
We registered for an artisan. We liked the cobalt blue color, so that's the one we registered for. But we currently have a bowl lift model and the motor is burning out. It smells like brunt rubber every time I use it. I try not use unless necessary.
The artisan is the most popular of their lines. The Pro series is wonderful if you do a lot of baking or are thinking about attachments. Keep in mind that all of the models will accommodate all of the attachments (except the mini which will do everything but the food processor). And all attachments fit all generations so you don't have to worry about them becoming antiquated if you upgrade down the line
I have the Pro 5 Qt and not all the attachments will fit as Nikki said, but they have comparable attachments that do fit. Just check the style number/series! If you foresee yourself using the food processor a lot, I would go ahead and have that as well because it can be clunky to reattach and unattach the accessories. I received the KitchenAid immersion blender 3 speed that comes with a food processor attachment which is super useful if you don't need the specialty blades to grate things. Otherwise, yes, I'd go for both the blender and a separate food processor. Or both the separate and the attachment - you never know which you actually prefer! You can always return things based on the policies of the store.
If you will use this often I would recommend getting the professional model. Yes it is much more money, but if you use a 20% off coupon at Bed, Bath and Beyond it brings the price down and couple that with a purchase this get something for free it expands your budget. Think of this as an investment that can be passed down to future generations. Also, when you pick color try to get something that will be timeless. Honestly my mom had one when I was growing up that was almost the color or the robin egg blue and I still wish I had that.
I got the 5qt pro Artisan with a glass bowl in copper.
I just ordered the 5qt Artisan. I did a lot of research about which size first and found that unless you're doing a ton of baking regularly - the 5 qt is fine. I was worried about space too. Plus I read a lot of articles that said if you are doing normal batches then the 6qt doesn't mix as well since it's too big of a bowl.
Then I looked at pricing and basically picked the nicer of the two I was debating between because it's an appliance that lasts a long time. I wanted champagne which wasn't available for every model, the tilt back vs bowl lift and soft start. Mine has a glass bowl but I am going to buy a stainless steel bowl as well.
A couple years ago FH and I bought the Kitchen Aid Artisan EVERYTHING. It was during a Christmas sale. We got all pieces in a gray "stainless" color so that it would all match with out kitchen for years to come. I love all the appliances especially the mixer and the toaster!
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