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Professional 6500 Design Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer - Candy Apple Red

Model # KSM6521XCA

 4.3 out of 5 (158 Reviews)

Available in 5 Color(s)

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The KitchenAid® Professional 6500 Design Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer features a powerful, 1.0 HP Motor. Horsepower for our mixer motors was measured using a dynamometer, a machine laboratories routinely use to measure the mechanical power of motors. Our 1.0 horsepower (HP) motor reference reflects the horsepower rating of the motor itself and not the mixer's horsepower output to the mixer bowl. This robust motor, the backbone of our new mixer, delivers .4 HP to the bowl enabling your mixer to deliver consistent power to small and large loads with less heat build-up; resulting in years of dependable mixing. When combined with and guided by our new advanced motor control board, this is our longest lasting and most efficient motor yet. Simply put, our new, highly efficient, special purpose motor delivers the power you need when you need it.


  • For Everything You Want To Make
  • 6 Quart Glass Bowl
  • Bowl-lift design
  • 10 Speeds
  • Model KSM6521X includes
Configuration and Overview
Bowl Capacity (Quarts) 6
Wattage 1.0 hp High Efficiency DC Motor
Mixing Speeds 10
Dimensions & Weight
Weight 37

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out of 5 (158 Reviews)

82% of reviewers recommend this product.

Wonderful Machine

Submitted by Kampollo - 9/21/2017

I call this a machine because it is so much more than just a mixer. I love and use my attachments as well. The 6 qt. bowl gives me the extra room I need for double batches of large recipes. You can't beat kitchenaid when it comes to top quality.

Yes, I recommend this product

Love my kitchen aid

Submitted by Lori - 9/13/2017

I use my kitchen aid often I love the spiralizer attachment most

Yes, I recommend this product

Huge mixing capacity

Submitted by Bre - 8/29/2017

Got this a couple months ago and have already gotten tons of use for it. Not just for baking, but also for mixing sauces and its just great all around.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by Chair the baker - 8/22/2017

Very very very pleased with this purchase!

Yes, I recommend this product

Easy to use!

Submitted by Amber Y - 8/21/2017

I replaced my older kitchen aid mixer with this one. I love it. It seems easier to add ingredients during use. I love the large glass bowl since you can see what is happening at the bottom!

Yes, I recommend this product

It is powerful and versatile.

Submitted by Pete - 8/14/2017

It's everything as advertised. Great Mixer.

Yes, I recommend this product

Hard-Working Beauty of a Mixer

Submitted by dcatlady - 8/14/2017

First off, I have to mention when we bought our KA mixer I discovered, while testing the beater to bowl clearance, that it was making a grinding noise which didn't seem normal to me as our previous KA mixer of 30+years didn't make the noise this mixer was making. Within the week, we took it back to the store, easily exchanged it for another and thankfully no weird noise. So, with the second mixer, I can say I am happy with our purchase. It works wonderfully so far, is a beauty in the Candy Apple Red and we have it proudly displayed on our kitchen counter. I only voted down a bit on the quality due to the first mixer not working properly. Am hoping to get many years of use out of this one just like my previous KA mixer.

Yes, I recommend this product

Wonderful appliances

Submitted by Western NY - 8/4/2017

We purchased 6 KitchenAid appliances for our new kitchen and are very happy with all of them. Dishwasher and refrigerators are very quiet; range is professional grade and a joy to use. Microwave and hood look good and work really well. I've had other professional grade appliances in other homes and find that the KitchenAid suite to be top notch!

Yes, I recommend this product

Great quality!

Submitted by Art - 8/4/2017

Great quality, works great and looks good. What else could you ask for?

Yes, I recommend this product

Best one ever

Submitted by RProthro - 7/17/2017

I had the 5 qt classic edition for several years and discovered I needed one that could handle larger work jobs so I purchased the 6 qt. I totally love the quietness and the power of this mixer. Stepping up was a good decision!

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by Char - 6/27/2017

This mixer is a real workhorse. I have mixed cookie dough, cakes, potatoes, sausage ball mix, etc. Never a moment's hesitation. Also, the candy apple red is GORGEOUS! Easy to clean, easy to use, a true gem for any kitchen. Thanks Kitchenaid for another quality product!

Yes, I recommend this product

Unstable, leaves ingredients on sides of bowl

Submitted by Jo Jo - 6/20/2017

I was so excited when my family gave me this mixer for my birthday last year (2016)...and so disappointed when I started to use it. The beater leaves so much of the ingredients on the sides and bottom that I have to stop and "fold" every few minutes. When I make bread, the machine jumps all over the counter when using to dough hook and the motor strains while kneading even a moderately heavy dough. My daughter bought the "sweeping" beater for me---it doesn't fit---though the model number was on the product description! GIVE ME BACK MY KITCHENAID!!!!!

No, I do not recommend this product

Professional 6500- Superior design and performance

Submitted by John Aceves - 6/12/2017

I couldn't be happier with my purchase of the KitchenAid 6500 Pro Mixer. The DC motor mixes effortlessly even with the heaviest dough mixtures. Probably more power than needed, but I have to believe that making the mixer not work so hard will translate into making in last for years. Like all KitchenAid mixers, this thing is built like a tank and look like a work of art on my counter. The 6qt glass bowl that come with this model is gorgeous and more than I need for most of my mixing needs. more

Yes, I recommend this product

Great Performance

Submitted by Bina - 6/9/2017

I bought this mixer to replace a 27 year old version on the same brand. There's nothing better than a KitchenAid.

Yes, I recommend this product

Masterpiece! A work of Art.

Submitted by The PizzaMaker - 6/5/2017

The Professional 6500 Design™ Series 6 Quart Bowl-Lift Stand Mixer has become my favorite tool in the kitchen. It is masterful and user friendly. The glass bowl makes viewing the transformation from raw materials to the finished product precise and easy. The quiet but strong motor allows for continuous use and pleasant work environment. I absolutely love it! Thank you Kitchen Aid for getting right...!!!

Yes, I recommend this product

love the mixer, hate the bowl

Submitted by Lynn O - 5/28/2017

I love this mixer. Speeds are excellent, motor is quiet (relative to other KA and my Viking mixers). The DC motor is great for bread dough. However, I really dislike the glass bowl. It is heavy, the rubber ring is already ripping from the bowl where it catches on the clip for the bowl lift mechanism, & it is very difficult to get the rubber ring clean and dry. I really wish KA would make a stainless steel bowl for this model!

Yes, I recommend this product

Great Mixer!

Submitted by Magpie - 5/22/2017

This was a gift, but I was planning on getting this model anyways. I love the glass bowl. Others complained of it being heavy, but it feels sturdy and I like seeing what is mixing. The motor seems to be powerful. I have made pie dough and cookies without any problems.

Yes, I recommend this product

Great mix

Submitted by Aglaia Dolan - 5/19/2017

I replace this mix with fast mixer

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by airhardrock - 5/18/2017

I have used this appliance for about a week now and it does the job compared to other appliances I've seen being used by friends and family. Its powerful and easy to work with.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by Mbarry - 5/17/2017

Love this mixer... works great. The glass bowl is a bit heavier than I thought, but looks beautiful on the counter!

Yes, I recommend this product

Big Strong and Beautiful

Submitted by Juls - 5/5/2017

Had a kitchen 5qt for 25+ years and just upgraded to the Pro 6qt. for my holiday baking. I have been recently making pasta with my machines which is a lot easier than using the hand crank type. My old mixer still works great and was handed down to my son.

Yes, I recommend this product

Good looking item

Submitted by Smile yang - 5/5/2017

I got that as a birthday gift. Very like the look of it. Can't wait to make more dishes. Very handy to have one around the house.

Yes, I recommend this product

Exceptional machine

Submitted by ginny - 5/4/2017

Bought to replace a very old sunbeam mixmaster. Look at the 5 at and the 6qt 6500 with the lift bowl mechanism. Once I learned how to attach the bowl I was sold on this model. It has more power than the 6 at, is very stable in the bowl locking system and the glass bowl let's you see what is happening. Also, the space between the edge of this bowl and arm of the mixer is wider. Makes it much easier to add ingredients.

Yes, I recommend this product

great quality

Submitted by flyingfox0923 - 5/2/2017

I bought this two months ago and love it.

Yes, I recommend this product

Super quiet

Submitted by Tyler - 4/29/2017

Bought about a month ago and its awesome being able to make large batches of dough.

Yes, I recommend this product

Great mixer for the cost

Submitted by Vb1188 - 4/17/2017

Very happy with my purchase . Great investment

Yes, I recommend this product

Beautiful, a work horse, but...

Submitted by Sunshine - 4/15/2017

I LOVE KitchenAid mixers! I have 2, this one and a smaller one I've had for years. It is everything I had hoped for. Mixing large batches of cookies is a dream. BUT....the glass bowl. After using it for only 2 or 3 times, I noticed the rubber seal/gasket around the metal ball area that clicks into the mixer was torn. And just recently I lightly hit the bowl on my countertop and chipped it. I can still use the bowl but will probably order another one at some time. What I would love to see is a stainless steel bowl option. I was told they don't have one that fits this model. Please, KitchenAid people, please consider making a stainless steel bowl for this model!!!!! I rated innovation and quality low due to issues with the bowl.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by Jules - 4/14/2017

I have had my KitchenAid Professional for over 20 years. It works just like it did when I first took it out of the box. Nothing is better than KitchenAid!!!

Yes, I recommend this product

Wish I had made the investment sooner

Submitted by ITMomof4 - 4/11/2017

I just purchased my mixer a few weeks ago but it has already proved to be an invaluable addition to my kitchen. It's so simple to use and has so many functions. I love being able to start mixing something and walk away to do other tasks. I also have the ice cream attachment and honestly the recipe that came with it makes the best ice cream I've ever eaten. Another thing I love is I can use this for things like mashed potatoes but using the stir setting, get the amazing consistency of hand mashed, without all of the work! Really looking forward to trying out my pasta attachments soon! Final note, the first time I used it I was so surprised by how quiet it is. Family in the kitchen never even heard it running. Highly recommend!

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by Angie Be - 4/6/2017

I'm going to have to get a gym membership so my arms don't get flabby after eating all the cakes I'm making and not doing any of the work that I grown accustomed to. This is a strong and beautiful mixer. Looks good on my counter and cleans up easy. My sister, who doesn't even bake, keeps begging to use it so I'm getting her the pink mini! Just so I don't have to share : )

Yes, I recommend this product

Works Like a Dream!

Submitted by Vicki - 4/1/2017

I have only used my Kitchen Aid mixer to make bread so far, but it's the best bread I have ever made. After mixing and kneading by hand, I couldn't believe how fast it worked. I'm sure it will also be the answer for my Chicago Deep Dish Pizza crust. I have wanted a standing mixer for years, and fter reading lots of reviews, I didn't feel I should save the money on a cheaper one, and bought the expensive one with a large capacity and glass bowl suitable for bread, a beautiful candy apple red. I had none of the noises or smells that people mentioned in regard to the motor, and everything worked perfectly. I did not try to whip cream or egg whites yet, but it looks to me as though my beater will reach to the bottom of the bowl. I am hoping that problem has been corrected, and if not, I will get the metal bowl and be happy. I like looking at the mixer on my counter most of all!

Yes, I recommend this product

Wonderful appliance

Submitted by brk - 3/30/2017

I have had this several weeks and used it extensively. Absolutely love it. Out performs all previously owned mixers. Quiet. My last one sounded like a jet engine. Is a real work horse. I would definately recommend it.

Yes, I recommend this product

Great features and looks beautiful

Submitted by Rebecca - 3/30/2017

I bought this mixer a couple months ago and used it A lot already. It works great for big batches of cookies! I love the glass bowl it looks great in the kitchen.

Yes, I recommend this product

6500 series

Submitted by Kathy - 3/30/2017

I bought this a couple weeks ago and I'm so glad I did I've already made cookies with it and it did such a good job of mixing the ingredients up. I had an older model KitchenAid mixer before I got this one that I had for over 10yrs. so that's why I went back to the KitchenAid cause I knew this one would last me another 10 or more yrs.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by Skyebolt - 3/16/2017

I love how quiet this mixer is and how well it kneads dough. My biggest complaint is it can't mix and whip small volumes. I have to use a hand mixer or my kitchenaid artisan mixer.

No, I do not recommend this product

Strong and Long Lasting

Submitted by The Weatherman - 3/16/2017

I bought this 2 months ago and I have been using it to bake breads. The motor housing keeps up and doesn't sound over stressed, especially with more thick and sticky doughs. The DC motor works well and also the bigger bowl helps.

Yes, I recommend this product

Overall a great mixer

Submitted by Vic - 3/7/2017

I bought the pro version of the KitchenAid mixer in hopes that it is more durable that the Artisan level. In general, the mixer is great but it would be even better if the top tipped back instead of having the bowl be lowered. Since the top doesnt tip back, it's a little harder to pour ingredients into the bowl or switch mixing attachments. Other than that it's great though. Very quiet.

Yes, I recommend this product

Excellent Mixer

Submitted by Deb - 3/5/2017

This mixer is heaven! I have always wanted one and now that I have it, I am not sure how I lived without it all these years! This machine makes baking easy. You will not be disappointed and it is most definitely worth the investment.

Yes, I recommend this product

Power House Mixer

Submitted by redvettgrl - 3/3/2017

Upgraded to this model and love it. The glass bowl is a bit heavy, so I purchased the stainless steel bowl. You can purchase the 650 model, which has the steel bowl. This is a quite model and has less movement when on a higher speed mixing. As with all mixer I would also purchase a wider beating blade that removes more off the sides so you don't have to push down the sides during mixing.

Yes, I recommend this product

Powerful and quiet

Submitted by Chef T - 3/2/2017

I have 3 of these mixers and I love them all

Yes, I recommend this product

Love this product.

Submitted by Dee - 3/2/2017

Many uses. I bought the extra attachments for pasta.

Yes, I recommend this product

KitchAid Mixer

Submitted by MelizaJ - 3/1/2017

I love my stand-up mixer. I use it a lot more than I originally thought I would. It makes so many things easier.

Yes, I recommend this product

Wonderfully quiet

Submitted by Nichole - 3/1/2017

tI got this for Christmas and love the performance since then. The slow start and quite engine are probably my favorite upgrades from my older model. The sturdiness, power and more control are all great reasons to purchase this brand/model!

Yes, I recommend this product

Great for super recipes lots of power

Submitted by Kathy kooker - 2/23/2017

This is a powerful mixer, I find it difficult to add ingredients, probably through more use and getting more experience using will do better. I wanted mixer that didn't bog down doing cookie dough, so this meets my need and owes a double batch, with ease

Yes, I recommend this product

Awesome appliance

Submitted by SHW - 2/21/2017

It's everything it's advertised to be and more.

Yes, I recommend this product

Exceptional performance!

Submitted by Texas Lady - 2/21/2017

This stand mixer handles every job from the smallest blending to kneading the heaviest bread. What I like best about the glass bowl is being able to see that every ingredient on the bottom and sides is thoroughly blended.

Yes, I recommend this product

Pro 6500 - A culinary dream come true......

Submitted by Tiffany - 2/16/2017

This is my first Kitchenaid stand mixer and I am elated with this product. I grew up in a home with the old-school Hobart mixer my mother cherished. My mother had 5 sisters and all of them had a Hobart/Kitchenaid stand mixer as standard culinary equipment. I use my Kitchenaid for everything from baking to sausage making and would recommend this item to anyone that will listen. So, for those of you on the fence because of price, or for some reason you are unsure of the magical, fantastical Kitchenaid stand mixer, bite the bullet and get it. Go for it. You won't be disappointed!

Yes, I recommend this product

Work horse

Submitted by JennyC - 2/12/2017

From the moment you take this mixer out of the box you know you've made the correct choice. From royal icing to pasta it has brought another level of skill into our kitchen.

Yes, I recommend this product

Wish we would have bought this year's ago

Submitted by Big Tuna - 2/10/2017

We "treated" ourselves to Consumer Reports highest rated stand mixer, the Kitchenaid Professional 6500. We could not be more pleased with our purchase. We've used it more often than we initially thought we would to make French bread, meat loaf, cookies, whatever--and we've had it for just two months. Our only regret is that we didn't buy this or a comparable mixer years ago. Too, the candy apple red color certainly adds to our cooking fun.

Yes, I recommend this product


Submitted by California gal - 2/6/2017

I got this as a gift and could not be happier!! I love the sleek look of the glass bowl. Easy to use, although I wish the top part of mixer would lift up for easier access when adding ingredients to bowl.

Yes, I recommend this product