This Professional 600 Design Series comes with a 6 Qt. glass lift bowl. The beautiful design made it an irresistible accessory for your professional kitchen. Plus it’s hard to beat the price. The Costco deal of $289.99 is valid 10/29/15 thru 11/29/15. The same model KF26M22CA can be found on Amazon.com for $411.00 (as of Nov 3, 2015 @ 13:11 GMT, Details), but the inventory is running low at this moment, only 19 left.
It’s actually 550 watt. Costco website mistook it as 575 watt. That’s the spec for Professional 600 Series, without the “Design“. Although it doesn’t make that much of difference for occasional home-use, a few people found the model KF26M22CA was not as powerful as the model KP26M1X when comes to preparing the bread dough. Overall, it’s a powerful machine although a bit noisy. Someone reviewed it as a paradox, beauty to the eye vs. horror to the ear. If performance is your major concern, we would suggest you to check out the KitchenAid’s Pro Line Series with 1.3 HP motor, about 970 watt.
The beauty of the design is unanimously agreed. The dishwasher-safe glass bowl is Very heavy comparing to the Polished Stainless Steel bowl from Professional 600. The bowl is hard to handle but adds extra sturdiness to the kneading job.
All other designs, such as the bowl-lift, power hub with plenty of culinary options, overload motor protection and 67-point planetary mixing action, are the same as its elder brother.
All KitchenAid’s residential stand mixers encounter almost the same performance and durability issue. You cannot just follow the maximum yields and flour power ratings claimed by KitchenAid. If you’re looking for a stand mixer mainly for bread making, KitchenAid’s Commercial Line would be a better choice.