Vintage Electric Mixers

Electric mixers

Now here is a collectible that can take up a significant amount of room. Especially if one also collects all the attachments that were made for the various models. Some, such as the Sunbeam Mixmasters, had a seemingly endless number of extra attachments. Some attachments were successful, some fell by the wayside as they were more trouble to use than doing without. Some look like instruments of torture and appear to belong in the laboratory of a mad scientist.
Click here and scroll down half way to see a Sunbeam brochure on the Jitterbuzz site describing and showing photos of electric mixers.

There is a Yahoo Group dedicated to collectors: WACEM = “We Actually Collect Electric Mixers”
The group has been going strong since 1999 and shows no signs of slowing down. The message archives include discussions about everything one can think of to do with mixers. There are also a lot of photos posted by members. To visit WACEM’s web site Click Here.

For photos of various Sunbeam models, check at the  Decodan site.

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Universal Mixer and Beater
Here is an early mixer. The Universal Mixer and Beater, manufactured by Landers, Frary & Clark from 1915 to 1920, and sold by The Detroit Edison Co. (Yes, that Edison!)
This mixer was originally purchased in 1919. A new power cord was installed in 1954. Otherwise it is entirely original. Earlier models were mounted on a

Universal mixer 1

Universal mixer 2

Universal mixer 3

Universal mixer 4

Universal mixer 5

Note at the bottom of the page the caution: “Use only on A. C. current.”
This was during the era when there were still some D.C. electric current suppliers.

This mixer was supplied with two metal bowls. Unfortunately, the ones that came with this mixer were so dented and rusted I decided they did not add to the appeal of the mixer so I discarded them. I have been looking for replacement bowls for several years with no success.

A photo of one in near perfect condition can be seen at this site:
The Science Museum, Domestic Appliances

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Sunbeam Mixmaster

The domination of the market by Sunbeam mixers evolved under the design influence of Ivar Jepson who drove the research and design division with many innovations in the mixers (and other electric appliances )from about 1930 to when he retired in 1963. He patented hundreds, if not thousands, of designs for all kinds of Sunbeam appliances.
A brief history of the Ivar Jepson tenure at Sunbeam.

A complete history of the Sunbeam Mixmaster.
Click on the Sunbeam Mixmaster bar at the bottom of this and subsequent pages to continue to read the history.

An excellent site with accurate identification of all the “classic” Sunbeam Mixmaster models is clarified and photographed in great detail by DecoDan.
He also gives extremely detailed instruction on how to pack mixers for shipping. Very useful information.

The early Sunbeam models with the juicing attachment included an oil dripper that allowed the user to make mayonnaise by allowing the oil to slowly feed into the mixing bowl from the juicer bowl. Very clever and handy. Many people made their own mayonnaise at that time because the commercial stuff was not all that great.

I have many Sunbeam mixers from the early 1930s to the 1950s. However I stopped collecting them when the company began making them mostly of plastic. One has to draw the line somewhere. A few have plastic bases or foot plates, but the motor housings are all metal.

Here’s an early one for which I have all the “basic” attachments. It was obviously used very little and had excellent care over its 76-year existence. (Model M4K, manufactured in 1934). It has three speeds.

Note the careful attention to practical design. There are two sockets for the turntable, one for the small bowl that had a deep foot, fitting snugly into the center depression on the turntable, and that centered the beaters in the small bowl and kept it from wobbling. The other socket on the right side of the base as you face it, was for the large bowl that situated the two beaters on one side so the action of the beaters in the bowl contents drove the rotation of the turntable. This allowed the user to have both hands free.
A very clever idea.

NOTE: The handle rotates down to the side of the motor to accommodate the juicer (and other attachments).

The juicer even has a handy basket to catch pulp and seeds, much more efficient than the metal strainers that were placed in the bowl of the juicer by other manufacturers.

Here’s the juicer bowl with the oil dripper that gradually fed olive oil into the mixing bowl for preparing mayonnaise.

This is the malt mixer which was used with a Sunbeam marked malted milk glass. (Clear)

The malted milk glass sat directly on the base so the mixer fit into it with the blades 1/4 inch from the bottom of the glass. Again, a very clever design element.

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The Pink Sunbeam Model 12 ca. 1957
This is a much later model, sometimes called the “smiley” because of the design on the front of the motor. This one does have a plastic base but the motor housing and the support shaft is metal.

The pink is a very popular collectible.

pink SB 1

pink SB 2

This model has 12 speeds.
pink SB 3

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Many other manufacturers produced stand mixers and I have collected a few, mainly the ones that are somewhat unusual or otherwise interesting.

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Fitzgerald Magic Maid

One early one that I find very attractive is this green Fitzgerald Magic Maid: Model D. A slightly later model was identified as the Star-Rite Magic Maid: Model D-JE.
Green Magic Maid Mixer

FMM 1

FMM 2

FMM 3

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Hamilton Beach Mixers

Hamilton Beach was another early manufacturer who produced a mixer that was versatile, but had less power than some of the others. It also could be hand-held but it did look a bit like an insect.

HB  Green label

HB Green label 2

This is the Hamilton Beach “Red Label” with similar motor construction as the “Green Label” and with a similar adjustable stand. It could also be used as a hand-held mixer.

red label 1

red label 2

Here is the Hamilton Beach Model B that was offered with an optional power unit that stepped down the speed so the meat grinding and other attachments worked more efficiently.

HB Model B

HB Model B close up

HB Model B with power unit

HB with Good Housekeeping seal

Here’s the brochure for the Model B
brochure 1

brochure 2

brochure 3

brochure 4

Here’s the Hamilton Beach next to the Magic Maid to show relative sizes.

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I have only a few GE mixers. These triple whip mixers could be mounted upside down to accommodate a juicer and other attachments.
GE mixers

GE trip whip with bowls

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I have just a few Westinghouse mixers. I was particularly interested in this “streamline” design that reminded me somewhat of one of the diesel locomotives I saw when I was a child.
There is just something compelling about a mixer that appears to be ready to take off at high speed from a kitchen counter.
Westinghouse booklet

This one came with both original bowls, the citrus juicer (the spout often called the “goose-head” and you can see why in this photo.
Westinghouse Model FW-81
Westinghouse 1

And here it is with the juicer in place for action.
Westinghouse mixer 2

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The early KitchenAid mixers were very large, very heavy and very, very expensive.
As time passed, the machines were downsized but kept the robust motor (made by Hobart) that allowed the KAs to perform tasks that were impossible for other home mixers.

The history of the Hobart/KitchenAid mixers is documented in great detail at this site.
David Lebovitz writes about KitchenAid History.

Here’s a KitchenAid from 1955, The K-3C.
K-3C

And this is the green version:
KA K-3C

KA  1955 K-3C

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NON-VINTAGE MIXERS: CURRENTLY IN USE

MY FAVORITE BREAD MIXER

The ELECTROLUX AEG

This mixer has been made in Sweden for many decades. They got it right and saw no need to change things just for fashion or fads.

It has been known by various names in the U.S.: DLX Magic Mill 2000, AEG Assistant (the name when I bought mine), Magic Mill DLX Assistant, and now the Magic Mill Electrolux Assistant (TM) Mixer, New Model N28.
It’s still essentially the same machine and performs the same basic functions. There are a number of accessory attachments but I don’t have or use any because I have stand-alone appliances for all those tasks.

The 8 liter bowl with the dough hook in place:

With the roller/scraper combination in place:

With the shaft for the accessory whisk bowl in place:

The whisk bowl on the shaft:

The double whisks that do a bang up job on egg whites:’

The white rubber lid can be used to stabilize the bowls when not on the mixer:

It is used to cover the metal bowl to proof dough:

If it is cool in the kitchen, I place the cover this way and pour in warm water to speed up dough proofing:

I have these clear, heavy plastic covers to keep the mixers dust free:

An excellent product, purchased on eBay from
THIS VENDOR

Bread Machine Digest has further words and some helpful hints on how to work with the DLX:

Here’s a vendor with a page of gallery photos.

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None of the mixers in my collection have been restored. A few have had power cords replaced but otherwise they are as they were when originally purchased.

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37 Responses to Vintage Electric Mixers

  1. Darienne says:

    What a collection you have, Andie. And what fun you must be having with your new blog. Do tell, is that copper-colored Kitchen Aid from 1955 actually copper-plated or just painted that color?

  2. Nancy P. says:

    Hi Andie, we’ve missed seeing you at WACEM lately. But it’s great to see you’re spreading the word about old mixers! The copper KA is a wow! It’s the first one I’ve seen all polished up. You wouldn’t mind if I posted a link to this site on WACEM?

    • asenjigal says:

      No, I don’t mind you posting a link. I check in from time to time to see what is going on. I haven’t been collecting anything lately – I ran out of room to store, let alone display anything.
      I have quite a few more to photograph (after doing a bit of dusting and cleaning).

  3. Carl Johnson says:

    Hiya Andie, I am so happy to have discovered your site. I know you have a very extensive collection and hope to see more. I’ll be checking in from time to time to try to keep up with you.
    Carl

  4. Josette Kramer says:

    I have a Hamilton Beach 1938 electric mixer with two stainless steel bowls. The mixer is heaving and tilts back, I believe it is chrome. I got it at a thrift shop many years ago. I tried it once and it worked great. I then put it away. Just recenlty dragged it out and tried it again. On high speed, it has a slight smell. We turned it off.
    Could it be dust burning inside the motor? It reminds me of that. Do I need to oil it?
    Any advice will be greatly appreciated.

    • asenjigal says:

      It may only need a bit of cleaning and I really don’t fiddle with the “innards’ of the mixers myself. If the electric cords are good, it should work fine but some mixers do have a slight odor when running, especially when they have been around for 70+ years.
      There are a lot of very knowledgeable members on the WACEM forum who can give you excellent advice.
      Just click on the website link in the first section on this page.
      That is a lovely mixer.

    • Steve Lynch says:

      An “Ozone” type smell is normal plus the addition of flour and oil accumlated over the years will add to the flavor… this is caused by the carbon brushes in the motor and the speed control governor because there is constant “sparking”this produces the ozone smell associated with alder mixers newer solid state and brushless motors do not smell therefore it would seem unusual. I suspect what you have is a Model K which would not be 1938 the number 1938 is associated with a canadian Patent not the year of manufacture chrome and stainless were not used that early.. I have several of these and see this mistake made often on E bay they were manufactured fromlate 50′s to late 60′s with in white and chrome, also some earlier model H’s were in chrome but rare…look under the mixer head it will gove the model # also it may have a date (year) stamped by the forward screw on the plate that the model # is on.. if you plan on using regularly you should have it looked at particularily for the condition of the cord as they get brittle over time…Hope this helps

    • Jean Marie says:

      I have a HB stainless steel mixer too. Looks like it takes some oil, but don’t know what kind. Did you ever find out?
      Thanks

      • asenjigal says:

        I’ve always used sewing machine oil. I buy it from a small shop that repairs sewing machines and vacuums but you can also find it in fabric stores and hobby shops.

  5. Denis BOURGEADE says:

    Hi

    I search a mixer built in Swisserland on 1960/ 1965 named ROTOR

    Do you known this and where can I found ???

    Thanks for answer

    D B

    • asenjigal says:

      I’m not familiar with that name. You might join the WACEM group and inquire. The link is in the second paragraph just above the starred line.
      Except for a couple of Kenwood mixers, I only have units that were manufactured in the U.S., mostly because of the difference in electrical current.

    • rhomp2002 says:

      There is an article from What magazine in the files (I think) on this website. There is an article dated 1959 and one dated 1962 – one of them mentions this product.

  6. Dave says:

    Found your website from your link at eGullet. You have a very interesting website, equipment collection, pantry, recipes, etc. Thanks for sharing! I have a small collection of metal Sunbeam Mixmasters, some of which I use in my cooking and baking. I’m sure they will outlast me.

    • asenjigal says:

      Hi Dave,
      I don’t doubt that they will outlast you and me. A 91-year-old lady in my book club has been using the same Sunbeam mixer since 1946, the first kitchen appliance they purchased after WWII, with her husband’s mustering out pay from the Navy.
      She says that since it still works, there is no need to buy a newer mixer.

  7. Linda says:

    I have a Star-Rite Magic Maid mixer Model B and need beaters. Can you give me some possible sources?

    • asenjigal says:

      I suggest that you join WACEM (We Actually Collect Electric Mixers) a Yahoo group.

      Post an inquiry there. Some members do have extra beaters and accessories and are willing to sell or have information about where you can find them.
      I have found some on eBay, not always identified correctly. Search for “vintage mixer beaters”

  8. john says:

    looking for Milkshake Mixer Called Mix & Whip Master” Manufactured by the Racine Electric Company
    any condition

    • asenjigal says:

      I’m familiar with the company and some of their products. I have seen mixers that were made for and carry the name of Horlick’s on the stand and which were distributed by Horlick’s to drug stores, soda fountains & restaurants. However I have never owned one.
      One without the stand was offered on eBay several months ago and looked pretty beat up and the starting bid was far too high for the condition.
      As these were mostly used in commercial setting, they were heavily used and did not have the staying power of the Hamilton Beach malt mixers.

  9. Mary Vega says:

    I found the ELECTROLUX AEG mixer at my mom’s house. I brought it home because it’s bigger than mine. Here it’s called the Magic Mill Electrolux Assistant (TM) Mixer, my mom’s said.

    • asenjigal says:

      The Electrolux has been branded with several names in the U.S. since it first appeared here.
      It was sold with the AEG logo by Williams-Sonoma and a couple of big department stores in the ’90s.
      King Arthur Flour catalog had it as the Magic Mill 2000 and other vendors also sold it under that name. More recently it has been branded as the Electrolux Assistant.
      It is the same machine and is a great mixer. I’ve had mine for more than a decade and love it for big batches of bread dough.
      I got it after burning out the motors in two Kitchenaids – top of the line 5-quart models, but not up to handling very stiff bread dough.
      I also wanted greater capacity. It is a real workhorse. You are lucky to have it.

  10. Hi there!

    I have a very old working Electrolix mixer in my house. My mome was using it almost every day 20 years ago, without any technical problems, and it still working.

    Susie

    • asenjigal says:

      The Electrolux, also known at different times as the AEG, Magic Mill, Assistant, etc., is a true mixer workhorse.
      I got it to handle very heavy, stiff doughs that burned out the motors in two Kitchenaids – the newer models, not the originals made by Hobart.
      The newer ones have more wattage but mine has enough for me and I doubt I will upgrade, unless mine has a fatal accident.

  11. Jeff says:

    So here’s an odd question… I’m restoring my own Hamilton Beach Model B, and I’m recreating the Good Housekeeping sticker. I’ve got the graphics down perfect, only problem is I cannot find a photo of one with the serial number on the logo intact. It looks intact in the photos on this page, but the images are too small to see the numbers (to the right of the red star). Any larger pictures exist with a visible serial number?

  12. chuck amos says:

    I am restoring a Powermaster model 69 stand mixer that a friend bought accidentally at an auction when he unknowingly bid on everything on the table and won the bid! All he wanted was a plastic M&M dispenser like he had when he was a kid. He was going to leave the rest of the junk on the table, but I convinced him to take the mixer. When we plugged it in at my house, it did not work, so he insisted I keep it. “at least you have a couple nice white glass bowl’s” I since have gotten it working, sand blasted the base, am thinking of striping the paint off the wood handle leaving it natural, and painting the rest read. I think it was made in the 30′s 0r 40′s but can find no information on Powermaster mixers. Any one no any thing about this mixer? I am going to give the mixer back to my friend and his wife as a Christmas gift

    • asenjigal says:

      I suggest you go to the Yahoo Group WACEM (We Actually Collect Electric Mixers). I’m sorry I took so long to answer your query, I’ve been busy the past few weeks.

      I’m sure there will be some member on WACEM that can answer your questions.

  13. Tony Flanagan says:

    The AEG is similar in concept to a Bosch (Germany) unit from the 50′s. It had amongst other things, a perforated rotating metal plate that made the best potato puree ever – I guess you have tried a conventional mixer and ended up with potato glue? I certainly have!
    I wonder are the Bosches still around in the States? My late father-in-law, Ct. Maurice Fitzgerald probably bought it there in the fifties when he worked ofr AMF, the bowling alley people.

    • asenjigal says:

      There are several Kenwood enthusiasts that are members of WAC
      EM – the link is on this page.
      The “real” Kenwoods specifically made for the American market were sold here until the mid-1990s but I have been told the newer models are not made by the same original manufacturer but are still pretty good. I do not have one, preferring to stick to American manufacturers.

  14. Andrea says:

    Hello
    As I was doing some research on the ronson Foodmatic I came across your page…. We have new old stock of some of the parts to this mixer… We also have New in box other mixers and parts. We are a warehouse out of NY… If your interested in anything let us know. Thanks Andrea

    • asenjigal says:

      I’m approving your comment because there are people who read my blog who sometimes are searching for parts for mixers, blenders, etc.

    • Marlene Mannon says:

      I have one large beater from the Ronson Foodmatic . I have been looking to purchase a large beater & a small bowl beater which broke apart. Can’t seem to locate anywhere. I would buy more than one of each at a reasonable price.

  15. Susans says:

    Hi,
    I have a 1957 Sunbeam Mixmaster 12 speed. Can I up the power in this mixer? It is a 150 watts and really struggles with cookie dough. I love it but would like to make it more powerful if I can.

    • asenjigal says:

      I’ve never tried increasing the power on a mixer.

      I suggest you join WACEM – The link is in the second paragraph on this page -
      And ask the question. There are several people in the group who work with the “innards” of these mixers and can hopefully answer your question.
      Decades ago I used a Sunbeam to do the PRELIMINARY mixing of wet ingredients, creaming butter and sugar, molasses, etc., and adding a portion of the dry ingredients but then adding the remainder of the flour, nuts, etc., by hand.
      Then I got a Kitchenaid – back in the late 1960s, which could handle most doughs but not the extremely stiff ones – those still required some work by hand.
      I hope this helps.
      Andie

  16. Paul says:

    Hi Andie. I have a H G Palmer food mixer & I cant find any info on it anywhere, no photos & no nothing, has anyone got one. I want to sell mine, I still use it, its in perfect working order.
    Paul

    • asenjigal says:

      I’m not familiar with that brand. Is it from Australia? I believe there was mention on WACEM group some time ago about an Australian mixer with that or a similar name.

      Sorry I can’t help.

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