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Post# 395830   7/30/2018 at 18:31 by Seijun (Portland, OR)        

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Does anyone know when this Oster Kitchen Center might have been made and whether or not it is any good? Right now I have been using an early 80s Sunbeam Mixmaster.

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Post# 395833 , Reply# 1   7/30/2018 at 18:49 by fan-of-fans (USA)        

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I'd say early to mid 80s probably. As far as I know, they're good machines. Lots of attachments such as blender, grinder, food processor, etc.

I just saw one with lots of attachments at yard sale last weekend. I've also seen versions that had electronic controls as well from the 80s and 90s.

As for your Mixmaster, it's probably just as good as a Kitchen Center.

Post# 395842 , Reply# 2   7/30/2018 at 21:25 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

I had one years ago. It was a great blender. Plenty of power.

However as a mixer I didn't like it. Even on the lowest speed for mixing it would sling what ever you were mixing all over the place. It was like setting the Mix Master on medium speed.

Post# 395845 , Reply# 3   7/30/2018 at 22:23 by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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That one appears to be incomplete. It's missing the blender jar and it has the blades for the food processor but not the container. A friend of mine had one but got rid of it because it was ungainly and took up too much space. One of those cool ideas that missed the mark on execution.

Post# 395851 , Reply# 4   7/31/2018 at 00:43 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

These all-in one kitchen machines need a hardware store of parts,attachmensts and often inconvenient to use.And those that show up at thrift shops have missing parts.Somewhere I read the gears in the mixer attachment on these Sunbeam machines stripped and broke gears when you tried to knead dough with it.I would take the Sunbeam mixer if all you need to do is mix.

Post# 395869 , Reply# 5   7/31/2018 at 14:18 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
I have

Almost every one they made, I like them BUT, DO NOT use them to knead bread, the mixer head has plastic gears in it and they WILL strip, the electronic ones do run slower at low speeds so they are a little more versatile

Post# 396113 , Reply# 6   8/3/2018 at 12:12 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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My grandma has one that she bought new, still uses it! She's got the whole setup with it too.

Post# 396152 , Reply# 7   8/3/2018 at 21:31 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

I too will opt for the Mix Master if a Kitchenaid isn't available. Like both of those machines.

Post# 396164 , Reply# 8   8/4/2018 at 01:56 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have both a Mixmaster and and Planetary Kenwood based mixers.The Planetary is good for doughs,the Mixmaster works best with batters.

Post# 396171 , Reply# 9   8/4/2018 at 09:40 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

@ tolivac.

I agree with the Mixmaster works best for batters. I find that to be especially true when preparing a boxed angel food cake mix. For what ever reason you get better lift and higher rise of the cake than you do with the Kitchenaid. I haven't tried making an angle food cake from scratch. So I can't say if the end result would be different.

How does the Kenwoood mixer compare to the Kitchenaid? I know Cooks Country prefers the Kitchenaid over the other similar machines.

Post# 396175 , Reply# 10   8/4/2018 at 11:58 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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I guess why limit one's self... I have a Kitchenaid, this Oster thing, a Mixmaster, two Hamiton Beaches, a Waring, and last but not least, a NutOne Food Center!

Post# 396177 , Reply# 11   8/4/2018 at 12:39 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My mom's cousins (brother and sister)

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each had the Nutone unit. Their only "drawback", they said, was that it was built in.... cannot move it around. But, they're gone and the Nutones are still going. When I renovated my kitchen, I ALMOST got one. (there was a NIB for $50.00) I passed.
I have 2 Sunbeam Mixmasters, a Kitchenaid stand mixer, 2 K Aid hand mixers, and 5 Hoover hand,mixers.
I have 1 Oster blender and 7 Hoover blenders. I think I'm set.

Post# 396192 , Reply# 12   8/4/2018 at 15:05 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
The earky Hoover

Hand mixers were really good, I have 2 of them , I don't know who made them for Hoover but they are good

Post# 396243 , Reply# 13   8/5/2018 at 00:29 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have some KA mixers-just prefer the Viking/Kenwood that I presently have-as I stated before that machine is really a roto-tiller in a bowel.It has a 10A motor!The toughest dough is no match for that machine.The dough would bog down my KA's.Huge amount of ginger snap cookie dough.
Folks have bought the NuTone power units and mounted them in a portable base-then it is a portable kitchen tool.You have to make the base yourself.In one old home book I have a user mounted his in a portable cart that has storage space for the attachments.He liked how he or his wife could move the machine around in their kitchen-and it freed up counter space.

Post# 396248 , Reply# 14   8/5/2018 at 00:49 by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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How clever was that??? Great idea.

Post# 396282 , Reply# 15   8/5/2018 at 16:13 by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

Apparently you can still buy the units to build-in. I too see the value of installing a machine like that in a movable cart.

I wonder how efficient it is as a mixer? I was looking at the attachments for the unit. Sometimes when you try and multi task you give up some thing in the way of performance.

Post# 396324 , Reply# 16   8/6/2018 at 14:07 by kenkart (Mocksville, NC)        
RE Kenwood

I have several of them , and they ARE POWERFUL!!! I have a mid 50s model as well as several newer ones, I have a major which is a bIGGG mixer, I can mix 2 pound cakes at a time.

Post# 396333 , Reply# 17   8/6/2018 at 16:02 by Ultralux88 (Denver, Colorado)        

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The portable cart with the NuTone built into it has been tempting. One can even purchase carts that are ready made for this purpose! I'm kinda considering getting one of them It would also be good storage for the menagerie of attachments. Although personally the built in part is what appeals to me. If I need/want a mixer running elsewhere, I have those plenty to choose from...

Post# 396360 , Reply# 18   8/7/2018 at 02:19 by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
I still have the spiral bound Oster kitchen center cookbook

and this one dates to 1981. Most of the illustrations show a white unit or almond. There were a lot of attachments for these.Along with the food processor with the usual blade discs, there was also a mini-blend jar8oz., a salad maker with discharge chute,a meat grinder,sausage maker kit, a coffee grinder, baby food making kit,30oz.blend and store containers,citrus juicer,juice extractor,can opener,ice crusher,power puree n'ricer accessory, bread dough hooks and in later models I think I remember seeing an ice cream maker. Just to name a few!! Billy Clyde

Post# 396363 , Reply# 19   8/7/2018 at 02:34 by tolivac (Greenville,NC)        

I have the Viking-Kenwood 7Qt mixer--this beast has a 10A motor-largest of any mixer I have.It came with a blender jar attachment.You can get the usual hardware store of implements to go with this.Uses more implements than a farm tractor!I would like to get and try a NuTone if I can find one that isn't attached to someones counter.And its attachments.

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