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Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: December 06, 2008 05:34PM
I have a Pink Sunbeam stand mixer. I am missing the pink bowls, but the mixer appears to be in good shape. Don't these older appliances have to be "oiled" somewhere?

I would like to have a Kitchen Aid but can't justify spending the money. I hope to score a deal ...
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: AlphaDog
Date: December 06, 2008 05:59PM
The comparison of a vintage Sunbeam and a new mixer would depend on the power of the motor. I have a not-vintage Sunbeam that's fine for relatively light duty stuff, like cakes, but it bogs down fast and overheats when I use it for heavier stuff, like cookie dough. You're not really going to get an answer to your question unless you can find out how big the motor is.
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: December 06, 2008 05:59PM
[www.jitterbuzz.com]

Just found this site...check out the guy's restorations!
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: M>B>
Date: December 06, 2008 06:01PM
A quick GOOGLE search of "Sunbeam Stand Mixer Accessories" found this...

[www.marbeck.com]

You with some time can do better!

There are lots of second hand KA mixers out there, try eBay, CL or =. The new ones have motors made in China, not that is bad?

I recently found a KA A-1 coffee mill for 50 bucks on CL, a great find! Not this one, but similar...

[cgi.ebay.com]
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: December 06, 2008 06:23PM
another neat site

[www.angelfire.com]


The links on the end of this site are great for vintage kitchen info.


I think I have Model #12
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: December 06, 2008 06:29PM
The number and variety of the attachments of the early fifties and late forties mixer was amazing, bean splitter, butter churn, pea sheller, coffee grinder, meat grinder, juicer, etc.

The advertisements for the mixer are great.
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: December 06, 2008 06:35PM
There is a reissue Retro style Sunbeam new at the stores. It seems like the collectors like the build of a few models of vintage ones.

I wonder how the new one stacks up.
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 06, 2008 06:36PM
I have a bunch of oddball Oster blender attachments that were my parents from the 60s and 70s. Glad the new Osters use the same base.

The new lower end Kitchen Aids aren't anywhere near as durable as the older ones were. Someone mentioned motors made in China. Not surprised.
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: decocritter
Date: December 06, 2008 06:38PM
I have a vintage KA coffee grinder, but it froze. The paint comes off easy.

I bought a retro KA grinder in black at BrandsMart for $20 - it was the last one and the display model and I asked for a discount.

I love it.
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: Gutenberg
Date: December 06, 2008 06:40PM
I think the hand mixers are made in China but the stand mixers, including their motors, are made in the US.

I like the Sunbeam Mixmaster for cakes and even some quickbreads but anything stiffer than that, like cookie dough as AlphaDog said, and you are in trouble.

The KitchenAid Classic Plus is a great deal, $200 at Target. I bought mine a few years ago for $170 and have never regretted a penny of that purchase. I mix double batches of bread dough in mine all the time and have never had any problems.
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: December 06, 2008 06:46PM
My mom is still using her Kitchen Aid stand mixer that she got back in 1974. Her bowls have a month/year date code stamped on them. I have the 600 watt one that doesn't have a tilt head, You raise and lower the bowl. It can power through a quad batch of cookie dough.
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: freeradical
Date: December 06, 2008 08:06PM
I bought a refurbished 575 watt lift bowl kitchen aid at Fry's for something like $120-130. An amazing price.
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: December 06, 2008 10:12PM
I've seen a lot of vintage Sunbeams at yard sales for near nothing. I've bought
and resold a few but they don't bring anywhere near what a Kitchenaid will bring
but they do seem to be good solid machines.



Grateful11
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Re: Do you think a vintage Sunbeam Mixer is of better quality than a new one?
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: December 07, 2008 07:17AM
I inherited a KA mixer from my wife's grandmother.

I love it! Just large enough for a double batch of CC cookies. My wife uses it to make pizelles with iron from the same grandmother.
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