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Lynette Ludbrook

Still using my original vintage Sunbeam Mixmaster, that belonged to my mum. It has been working like a charm since the 1960's and has the mincer, blender and ice cream maker attachments. It has had regular workouts for most of my entire life, approaching 60 years. Still have the original small ceramic bowl, but the large one broke and was replaced with its stainless steal cousin in the 1970's. However I was able to find a replacement large ceramic bowl in an op shop for a few dollars. If only other appliances had such longevity! Lucky too, it is perfect, in my 1960's post modern home!

Even have the original recipe and care book that came with it. The Sunbeam Mixmaster Christmas Pudding recipe is the one that has been traditionally eaten for our family feast and is highly recommended!

And yes, Inwestmoreland, I can add ingredients without stopping to lift the beaters. That would drive me mad. It has 5 speeds and tells you which speeds to use for each task, on the dial. So convenient!

Countless cakes, biscuits, pavs and cheesecakes have been born of this machine. Mince made for pies and so many things finished off or made from scratch in the blender!

Wish printer manufacturers would take a leaf out of Sunbeam's book and make printers that would give 50 or 60 years of loyal and regular service; built in obsolescence is the scurge of consumer society and so bad for the environment!

The only other machine I can think of that is still in service and can be readily maintained, to this day, as well as new parts and attachments purchased for, over such a long period, is the eternal and similarly iconic Massey Ferguson Tractor, which we once also had and my cousin continues to use!

Some products become icons of their kind for good reason and that includes The Sunbeam Mixmaster!

My kitchen scales have been in service even longer, as they were a wedding present to my grandparents, in the early 1900's. I was able to purchase a set of metric weights for them at Le Kitchen, in Ballarat, so the scales now have both imperial and metric weights.

My dinner wear is a couple of sets of iconic white 1970's Corelle, given to me for my 21st birthday and still as good as the day it was purchased. As with the Sunbeam Mixmaster, I have been able to add to it with items like rice, pasta, salad bowls and serving platters, over the years. Fantastic!

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I love my kenwood that I recently purchased after having a hell of a time with a Smeg retro styled mixer that was just a lemon, the beater did not reach the bottom of the bowl leaving unmixed ingredients on the bottom also like what the first post said about kitchenaid I had to keep scraping the mixture down. The body would not stay up and did not lock down. I purchased it from David Jones who would not accept any responsibility, I ended up putting on kerbside pick up, it cost $800. I just had to let it go as it caused me so much stress trying to argue with a store I trusted, I feel so let down and will not have a Smeg product in my home and haven’t shopped at DJ since and I have gift vouchers but bring myself to go into the shop or shop on line. Buyer beware do this product, the happy ending is I saw a floor stock top of range kenwood for a really good price from Harvey Norman and mixed happily ever after .. sometimes you just don’t have any fight left and I think what David Jones were playing
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Polla Posavec
My mixer is a valuable part of my kitchen team. For my recent 40th birthday, I retired my beloved Florence Broadhurst Ltd edition Sunbeam mixer for a KitchenAid Artisan. “Flo” was very pretty, but simply didn’t have the power required to do a good job of mixing and usually needed help. New mixer “Sally” is a dream and very independent - mixes all parts of the bowl and handles everything from muffins to pizza dough easily whilst I get on with the next step. The weight would be an issue for some people, Sally lives on the bench, not on the top shelf of my pantry like Flo did. However, the weight is also one of its important features - it contributes to the stability that is essential for heavy duty work. I’m saving for some attachments now, but the standard inclusions cover all the “normal” mixer jobs. These mixers also have a loyal following which have spawned a number of Facebook groups which are a fantastic hive mind for solving common problems, recipes, tips and advice.

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