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KitchenAid® 6500 Series Stand Mixer, 6 qt.

Long a fixture in both commercial and home kitchens, KitchenAid’s iconic stand mixers have a well-earned reputation for professional-grade performance and rock-solid durability. Hand-assembled in Greenville, Ohio, the 6500 Series stand mixer pairs a...Read More

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A professional-grade stand mixer with a built-in bowl lift.


Long a fixture in both commercial and home kitchens, KitchenAid’s iconic stand mixers have a well-earned reputation for professional-grade performance and rock-solid durability. Hand-assembled in Greenville, Ohio, the 6500 Series stand mixer pairs a powerful 1-horsepower motor with a planetary mixing head for efficient mixing and perfect results every time.

With baker-friendly features like a bowl lift for easy access, 10 speeds for stirring, whipping, and everything in between, and a tempered glass bowl that makes it easy to keep an eye on mixing foods, this stand mixer will be part of your kitchen for years to come.

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Features Hide

  • Powerful 1-horsepower motor is the quietest in KitchenAid’s lineup and provides consistent power for mixing both large and small batches
  • 10 settings—from slow stirring to high beating—allow you to fine-tune mixing speed to achieve the perfect consistency
  • Planetary action allows mixing head to spin independently while making continual revolutions around the bowl for complete efficient mixing
  • Integrated lifting mechanism makes it simple to raise the bowl for mixing or to lower it for easy access
  • Hand-assembled in Greenville, Ohio from heavy-duty die-cast zinc for incredible quality and durability
  • Six-quart glass bowl features integrated measurement markings, a wide mouth that makes it easy to add ingredients while mixing, a large handle for a secure grip and a convenient spout for mess-free pouring
  • Transparent glass bowl makes it easy to monitor mixing progress
  • Large-capacity bowl and powerful motor can make up to 13-dozen cookies at once
  • Includes a range of mixing heads for a variety of tasks: a flat beater for beating and mixing batters, a dough hook for kneading dough and a whisk for whipping meringues and custards
  • Integrated hub accommodates over 12 optional attachments, including a pasta roller, a food grinder and more (attachments not included)

Specifications Show

  • Manufacturer: KitchenAid
  • Model: KSM6521XSZ (slate), KSM6521XSR (silver), KSM6521XOB (black), KSM6521XCA (red), KSM6521XFP (white)
  • Material: Die-cast zinc, glass, stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 14.3" x 11.5" x 16.5"
  • Capacity: 6 qt.
  • Weight: 31 lb.
  • Warranty: 1-year warranty
  • Made in USA

Care & Usage Show

  • Wipe clean. Bowl, beater and dough hook are dishwasher safe. Hand wash other attachments
  • Designed to North American electrical standards and intended for use in the United States and Canada

What's In the box? Show

  • Glass mixing bowl
  • Flat beater
  • Dough hook
  • 6-wire elliptical whip
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Customer Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
124 Reviews
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This mixer has turned me into a baker. It is easy to add ingredients. The depth of the mixing bowl means that messes are contained. It's easy to remove the mixing bowl. It's powerful, but when you set it to stir, it gently mixes. One caveat -- this mixer and the bowl are quite heavy. You'll want a permanent place for it on your counter rather than to move it from a cupboard to the counter.
July 7, 2015
over 4 years ago
Top of the Line Stand Mixer
I have been using KitchenAid Stand Mixers for over 50 years. I love the product quality and also use the attachments. I did love the idea of a glass mixing bowl. So my husband suggest I order this one. It also holds more than my earlier mixer. I will continue to use them both. This is one product that will last a lifetime.
May 21, 2015
over 3 years ago
Top of the Line —Love the Glass Bowl
I have used these wonderful stand mixers for many years. My first one was in the 1970s and I was making a very heavy whole-grain bread. I set it to knead and was going outside for just a few minutes, I got to talking with a neighbor and then realized instead of kneading for ten minutes, had left it for over an hour. Needless to say, I burned up the motor. My next mixer, I still have and use regularly. I just loved the larger size and the glass bowl so I ordered this new one. It is wonderful. I love the quality. The only drawback for some, might be that it is very heavy when filled with dough to lift and pour. So older people might like the lift head better with the smaller glass bowl. I do love it and it is a workhouse. Buyers can not go wrong. Perfect for wedding or first apartment gifts.
July 12, 2015
over 3 years ago
I burned out an old stand mixer making sourdough. This workhorse plowed through a 4 loaf doughball like it wasn't even there.
November 3, 2015
Originally posted at
Disappointed/Doesn't Scrape Bottom or Sides
Like others who have reviewed the 6500, I love the huge glass bowl, the power, the quiet. Unfortunately, I am very unhappy about the blade not reaching the bottom or sides of the bowl, even when adjusted to the absolute max. I was so excited to receive this product, but I cannot stop and scrape this many times. We don't have a ton of money, so this was a super special holiday gift, and you can't imagine my disappointment and that of my husband, who so wanted to give me the mixer of my dreams. I used my old KitchenAid mixer happily for almost 20 years and was looking forward to passing it on to my daughter. I just wanted the bigger glass bowl, and now look at what has happened. I can't even imagine what a pain it's going to be to return this gigantic item (we bought it online). Please don't send me your blanket response. Please don't ask me to post my review elsewhere. You obviously have a design problem with this product.
December 28, 2016
Originally posted at
Height Adjustment Does Not Work
Had to return two mixers. Even with turning the adjustment screw as directed none of the beaters scrape the bottom of the bowl. Contents not mixed. Avoid this mixer!
March 14, 2016
Originally posted at
Life just got easier
I bake cookies, pies and love this blender. I do doule batches at a time and my arms would pay the price after a few different varities. Now everyone wants cookies for Christmas. And of course pies to. Prep time cut in Half, life is easier.
December 10, 2015
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Marvelous Mixer!
After much research, this was the mixer I selected, and I am so very glad I did so! It is such a tremendous workhorse. And the new Slate color matches my appliances! Merry Christmas to me!
November 19, 2015
Originally posted at
Best Mixer Ever
I do a lot of food preserving, baking and candy-making. I have worn out three mixers over the years, one was an older Kitchenaid I received as a gift back in 1980. It was loud and I could not use it when my family was in the den (open concept den/kitchen). It finally gave up the ghost last holiday season and I told my family I wanted a new Kitchenaid mixer for Christmas. I received this model in CA red. It is the best machine I have ever used, including Kitchenaids I've used in classes. It doesn't vibrate even when making divinity and heavy bread doughs. It is so quiet my family hardly knows it's on when they are in the den. I can be using it and still converse with them. I can't say enough good things about this mixer. I have yet to truly test its motor. I have never heard it change its sound when going from thin to heavy batters or doughs. It's really a workhorse. This year, I asked for a spiralizer and a meat grinder for it, for Christmas. Looking forward to receiving some attachments for this awesome appliance. First thing I will do if I get the spiralizer is make a big batch of applesauce, which my family loves. I'm known, now, as Cookie Quick Finger because when my family wants fresh cookies, I can have some made in just a couple of hours.
November 12, 2016
Originally posted at
My dream to own, now I do and there are flaws
I have wanted a KitchenAid mixer for many years and due to the cost it was never something I could get. This past Christmas my mom bought me this mixer mainly I really needed it..I love to cook and bake and having the debilitating joint disease I'm not able to use my hands like I used to for mixing. I love the mixer because of its power however there are design flaws I wish that weren't there and since it's been a short time and I'm having some difficulties I may try to swap it out for the smaller version of the KitchenAid mixer. One of the problems is the attachments for mixing, you have to remove the attachment before you could even get the bowl out and when you go in there to remove the attachment you end up getting the attachment down in the bowl and whatever's in the bowl gets back all over the attachment and then getting your hands in it trying to get the attachment off and Ends up making more of a mess than worth. Why couldn't there have been an arm that swivels out or it tilts back to get the attachment off and the other thing is the glass is so heavy and I have a hard time lifting the glass bowl to be able to pour stuff,it's really hard trying to hold with one hand. Another thing I noticed a couple times of me making some cakes or cupcakes the mixer is not getting it all mixed and I'm having to go in there and mix it because there's powder still staying at the bottom of the bowl has anyone else had these problems ??
February 15, 2016
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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
Upgrading from a 20 year old Kitchen Aid
James A on Jan 6, 2019
This is the second Kitchen aid mixer I have purchased. This one is for my son-in-law who loves to make bread. I never had an issue with my mixer and it has performed well over the years. I never questioned which brand of mixer to purchase!
Deborah L on Dec 10, 2018
Upgrading from a 20 year old Kitchen Aid
James A on Jan 6, 2019
I have a older model. I WANTED A NEWER ONE
Donald R on Dec 22, 2018
This is the second Kitchen aid mixer I have purchased. This one is for my son-in-law who loves to make bread. I never had an issue with my mixer and it has performed well over the years. I never questioned which brand of mixer to purchase!
Deborah L on Dec 10, 2018
Consumer Report
Nancy M on Dec 8, 2018
The motor.
Joeine B on Dec 4, 2018
Powerful motors win out for me every time. I also think I will like the color. Drawback was no tilt head, but figure I’ll get used to it. Also, highest ratings from consumer reports.
Adrienne F on Dec 1, 2018
my wife told me what she wanted
chester m on Nov 20, 2018
More items are dishwasher safe, and I can see the content being mixed with glass bowl.
LYDIA N on Nov 18, 2018
it's the mixer in the Holiday Baking show.
Heather P on May 7, 2018
Great price for this item!
Alisa A on Jan 1, 2018
Great mixer from reviews, it is a gift for my mother in law
Gabriele M on Dec 31, 2017
Love the product and wanted the larger size.
Tammy S on Dec 31, 2017
I've always wanted one!! I love to bake cookies, and it sold me on the quantity it can blend at one time!
samantha e on Dec 27, 2017
want another one
Deanna A on Dec 19, 2017
All my research said the DC motor was the most powerful of the KitchenAid mixers
BARRY P on Dec 16, 2017
Karen F on Dec 8, 2017
gift for my mother she picked the color
Gene G on Dec 4, 2017
Best reviews for the size, price, and what you get. Plus the candy apple red is stunning!
Brandon B on Dec 4, 2017
For the 1 HP DC motor. High power, quiet sound, increased capacity.
Natalie S on Dec 3, 2017
I have always had a Kitchenaid Mixer with the 3.25 motor and 4.5 quart bowl.
I decided to try the stronger motor with the larger bowl since I am currently building
a new home and can have my cabinets customized to handle the larger size.
Brenda N on Dec 3, 2017
It will make a wonderful wedding gift for this couple!
William H on Nov 29, 2017
I chose this as a wedding gift for a home baker.
Sandra M on Oct 16, 2017
present for son's housewarming
NANCY M on Sep 4, 2017
Premium product! I have always wanted one.
Kimberly H on Sep 4, 2017
Because I LOVE to bake cookies and my KitchenAid mixer died! I'm excited to have this one with a new more powerful motor!
William M on Sep 2, 2017
On my grand daughter's registry
Regina C on Aug 19, 2017
This mixer is my best friend! I use it all the time and it performs consistently!
Shannon R on Aug 1, 2017
This was a gift. I've had mine for more than 30 years and it has never failed me.
John B on Jul 24, 2017
It is a gift. Recipient chose it.
WINONA N on May 28, 2017

I decided on the 6-quart. Then it was down to the pro 600 or the 6500. I chose the 6500 because it had a stronger motor (and the glass bowl) even though it holds 1 cup less of flour. The motor won me over.
Shawn K on Apr 30, 2017
I am a professional baker and I love how much power this machine has.
kira a on Apr 27, 2017
I wanted a bigger horsepower mixer and the larger glass bowl capacity than the current Kitchen Aide mixer I have now. I LOVE Kitchen Aid!...and I got the same beautiful red that I have now!
MELYNDA R on Apr 14, 2017
As a professional chef and restaurant owner I have used the Kitchen Aid Professional Series for years. It never fails, and if used properly is an essential piece of equipment that my chefs cannot do without.
Nicholas H on Mar 28, 2017
I'm replacing a 3.5 qt KitchenAid mixer. Such a great price!
Amy B on Mar 23, 2017
Andre T on Feb 17, 2017
quality and brand
Cathy F on Feb 11, 2017
love homemade ice cream
David A on Feb 7, 2017
I have tried to do my research to pick the best product... I love to make bread so wanted something powerful enough to handle kneading. And when I saw that Consumer Report rated this mixer #1.... that did it for me. Hope I love it! (Have never owned a stand mixer so can't wait to give it a try!)
Jennifer C on Jan 7, 2017
For the 1.0 HP motor
Julio M on Dec 29, 2016
Needed a more powerful motor for kneading bread. The 650 motor doesn't like to do two batches in a row. It overheats.
Jill N on Dec 19, 2016
Consumer Reports positive reviews, I really like the Sugar Pearl Silver color, the larger capacity and the Sur La Table sale.
Kirsten S on Dec 18, 2016
1hp motor, more pro for my pro baker wife
Steven T on Dec 17, 2016
One of my greatest passions is baking. I got the 6500 series because I usually make a minimum of 3 cookie batches at a time and I needed a mixer that doesn't complain during the hard mixing.This mixer does the job. Love the cherry red color and it makes me happy to see it sitting on my counter.
PATRICIA B on Dec 15, 2016
I wanted a powerful, yet stylish stand mixer that will last for years to come.
Cristina J on Nov 19, 2016
Powerful yet quiet DC motor.
Daniel B on Nov 13, 2016
This model had the best reviews with repeated comments about having a powerful, yet quiet motor. I need a mixer that will be able to handle heavy cookie doughs and bread.
Piangporn J on Nov 12, 2016
For more power and also design.
Anna S on Nov 12, 2016
Because of the glass bowl.
S H on Oct 30, 2016
Wedding Registry
John N on Oct 24, 2016
Glass bowl is so much nicer than a metal one, and the bowl lift is an extra that should help when bowl gets heavy.
Ann M J on Oct 22, 2016
I have a older model. I WANTED A NEWER ONE
Donald R on Dec 22, 2018
Consumer Report
Nancy M on Dec 8, 2018
Does this also have a stainless steel bowl as an accessory that can be purchased separately ?
Kenneth L on Oct 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can buy a 5 or 6qt bowl separately for this stand mixer.
What is the total Wattage?
A shopper on Oct 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: KitchenAid lists 1.3 Hp under wattage on their website.
What is the difference between the 6500 Series Stand Mixer and the Artisan Stand Mixer? There is a $200 difference and I am wondering why I would want to splurge on the 6500 Series versus the standard Artisan one?
A shopper on Aug 26, 2015
KitchenAid® 6500 Series Stand Mixer, 6 qt.
KitchenAid® 6500 Series Stand Mixer, 6 qt.
KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer, 5 qt.
KitchenAid® Artisan Stand Mixer, 5 qt.
BEST ANSWER: Great question, it depends greatly on the jobs that you are going to ask the machine to do. If you are making double batches of cookies, large amounts of bread would want to consider the larger 6500. It has a bigger bowl and a more powerful motor. The 6500 also has the lift/lower feature for the bowl versus the tilting head on the Artisan. Hope that helps. Either way, you will own your KitchenAid for the rest of your life.
What is the difference between this 6500 mixer and the Pro-Line 7 quart. Besides the capacity, what is the difference between the two? Trying to decide whether the price difference is worth it.
Corey B on Nov 15, 2015
KitchenAid® 6500 Series Stand Mixer, 6 qt.
KitchenAid® 6500 Series Stand Mixer, 6 qt.
KitchenAid® Pro Line® Stand Mixer, 7 qt.
KitchenAid® Pro Line® Stand Mixer, 7 qt.
BEST ANSWER: I see 3 differences between the two mixers. The 6500 has 1. horse power and a smaller bowl which is glass. The Proline 7 qt. has 1.3 horsepower, the larger stainless steel bowl (which I like) and it also comes with a 2 yr. warranty, which is always good. I'm happy my Proline mixer. Hope this helps you.
what colors does it come in?
A shopper on Oct 21, 2014
BEST ANSWER: It comes in slate, red, black & white.
Do you match the price with the 20% coupon from Bed Bath & Beyond?
Janice M on Nov 15, 2014
BEST ANSWER: While we do price match, we only match an item's listed sale price, not coupons or promotional offers.
The description says it is made in the USA. Then it says it is assembled in Ohio. Does that mean the components were made somewhere outside the USA?
A shopper on Dec 12, 2014
BEST ANSWER: No, all parts are made & assembled in the USA.
What makes this model an "exclusive" compared to other stores' selections?
Barry R on Apr 24, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I love the large glass bowl that holds 6 quart, and the choice of colors. You can not always find this in stores.
Do you sell a stainless steel bowl for this mixer?
A shopper on Jan 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, contact the store or factory online.
What's the difference between the 6700 and the 600, besides the glass bowl? Is the 6700 worth it? Thanks
A shopper on Sep 8, 2016
Are the attachments for this mixer the same as for the smaller kitchenaid mixers?
Lana B on Dec 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The mixing attachments are the same, but the bowl has a splash cover - I do. It believe the smaller sizes have it.
How many watts is the motor on the 6500 mixer?
Tracey B on Nov 16, 2014
BEST ANSWER: KitchenAid lists 1.3 Hp under wattage on their website.
Are glass bowls for this mixer sold separately in case one gets broken?
A shopper on Apr 29, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, an extra can be purchased.
where can you buy an extra glass bowl, I don't see it on the Kitchen Aid website?
A shopper on Jul 10, 2015
BEST ANSWER: While I'm not seeing it on the KitchenAid website either, a quick Google search did pull up several retailers that do carry it.
Can I buy a glass bowl separately for the KitchenAid Model KP26M1XNP?
A shopper on Dec 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes you can, but we don't carry it.
I am looking for a glass bowl for my KitchenAid Model P26M1XPM. Would this glass bowl fit my mixer?
A shopper on Nov 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this bowl should fit that model.
Does this have a C-Hook or a Spiral Hook?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Mine was purchased over one year ago and it came with a Spiral Hook.
Is the 5 qt. stainless steel bowl compatible with this mixer?
A shopper on Dec 26, 2016
are there replacement glass bowls available?
A shopper on Feb 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, just know that the bowl is heavy, especially when loaded with dough. I love and my husband and I use it daily.
What is the wattage of the 6500 mixer?
Michelle F on May 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The manufacturer's site states it uses 1.0 hp High Efficiency DC Motor.
Can I get the glass bowl separately?
A shopper on Jan 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. Currently, we only have a 5 quart glass bowl available.


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