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Old 12-06-2010, 08:41 AM   #11
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leolady, while all you say may be true, comparing mixers from the same manufacturer with different motors is a good way to judge relative power.
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Old 12-06-2010, 09:01 AM   #12
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That may be true Andy, but the OP stated: "i am getting an electric stand mixer and am shopping online. i do not know how much wattage to get.

there is a
325 watt...tilt-head...5 qt...10 speed...kitchen aide...for $300
or there is a
600 watt...tilt-head...6 qt...10 speed...slow start...wolf gang puck...for $300

so that got me to wondering...how many watts should i have?

i figure wolf's is more wattage because it is 1 qt larger of a mixing bowl.

is 325 really good wattage for family-sized batches of bread, cookie dough and the like?
if so, i would be happy with it, but i do not want to get it and be disappointed and have to go thru the process of returning it and shopping for another.
i want my 1st choice to be the right choice, and that is why i am coming to my DC friends for to light my path!

note...i figure i want kitchen aide brand."

So I don't know what she means....whether she is comparing a KA with a Wolfgang Puck, or trying to decide between two KA mixers.

And..........I still question wattage as a comparison tool overall.
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Old 12-06-2010, 10:44 AM   #13
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I own this exact machine. Last year when I ordered this I actually got a smaller model first and returned it after finding it didn't handle large batches of pizza dough gracefully. This (above model) has been great. Bread and cookie dough are no problem and the caviar color is gorgeous. I noticed there was also free shipping - deal.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:12 PM   #14
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My KA 600 puts out just over 3 ft lbs of torque at speed 2 which I think is plenty sufficient even for low hydration dough.
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Old 12-06-2010, 12:19 PM   #15
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how did you come up with these figures roadfix? Enquiring minds want to know.
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how did you come up with these figures roadfix? Enquiring minds want to know.
I held the shaft at low speed to try to see if I can stop it from turning but I couldn't so I wildly guestimated the torque. If I can somehow attach my torque wrench to the shaft I'm sure I can come up with a somewhat accurate figure. But that figure is useless unless I have means of comparing it with another mixer.
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Old 12-18-2010, 05:59 AM   #17
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The wattage actually doesn't tell you much about it's real power. Only experiencing it yourself will do that. But the Professional 600 is just great and can do everything you want. Check it out.
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Old 12-22-2010, 02:47 PM   #18
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But the Professional 600 is just great and can do everything you want. Check it out.
But the 600 still strains when kneading low hydration dough.
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But the 600 still strains when kneading low hydration dough.
How low of a hydration do you mean?
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Old 12-22-2010, 04:57 PM   #20
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How low of a hydration do you mean?
I can hear it strain even with 60% hydrated yeast dough.
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