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Sealed, In the Box, Never Used, Sunbeam Mixmaster 1-80
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Post# 427682   6/25/2020 at 20:47 (206 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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I posted this on but thought I would post here also.

Thank you to Martin (Yogitunes) for sending me this Sunbeam Mixer that he grabbed from an 1800 Victorian home/funeral parlour that is going to be demolished. The mixer was in one of the pantries, purchased from a store that closed in 1980. The house has been sitting for 10-15 years, fully furnished but untouched. Martin grabbed himself a GE washer and dryer and several window A/C units.

The mixer was delivered today. Here are pics of the unboxing. Included was the instruction manual, recipe book, and plastic covers for the bowls.


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Post# 427687 , Reply# 1   6/25/2020 at 22:35 (206 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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What a gem..................unused all this time.
Best of luck!

Post# 427688 , Reply# 2   6/25/2020 at 22:49 (206 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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It's such a timeless design, never looks dated. How cool to find one new in the box! I have one of those mixers that I pieced together over several years. It's a long story that I've told before. I'm still looking for the stainless steel bowls but the pair of glass ones I have work just fine in the meantime. I've also got a Mixmaster Vista, chrome with a brown base, that has the work light over the bowl.

Post# 427695 , Reply# 3   6/26/2020 at 02:03 (206 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
Have a few of these

they are real work horses. They aren't as collectable as the older models. In a perfect world the older machines would be as powerful as these. With between 175-235 watt motors you can easily make cookie batter and bread dough. One thing though, you have to go easy when wiping down mixer after use, on some, the numbers and wording on the speed control can eventually wash right off the dial. A small chrome metal bowl cost me 30.00 back when you could still buy them in stores! Nice mixer!

Post# 427704 , Reply# 4   6/26/2020 at 08:19 (205 days old) by suckolux (Yuba City, CA)        

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Looks like my chrome model.Wish it was that nice!

Post# 427708 , Reply# 5   6/26/2020 at 08:34 (205 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
My aunt boughtthat exact same model new.

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At the time, it was outrageous, still at the sale price. $92.00
Still working perfectly, although, doesn't get much use anymore.

Post# 427715 , Reply# 6   6/26/2020 at 11:36 (205 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Thanks everyone. I have a similiar model (you can see part of it in the background in the last pic) but not in quite as new condition as this one. I'm guessing it probably cost around $100 in the early 70s which would be over $600 in today's value. My mom had the harvest gold version with glass bowls.


Post# 427722 , Reply# 7   6/26/2020 at 14:28 (205 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

That is a nice find. I like the Mixmaster mixers. I still have the one my mom bought for me when I got my own place.

I now have the heavy duty Kitchenaid mixer. I like that one also.

Post# 427724 , Reply# 8   6/26/2020 at 14:38 (205 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

I bought my mom a Mixmaster mixer in the early 80's as a Christmas present, as I needed a mixer that would handle bread dough and other heavy batters.

That one had the light fixture so you could see in the work bowl. My dad about had a stroke. (I was in my early teens) I believe I paid around $120.00 at the time.

In 2008 I bought myself a Kitchen aid heavy duty model and bought my mom the Artisan model. one as a birthday present to myself and the other as a Christmas gift to mom again. (both bought in December a week apart.)

Post# 427725 , Reply# 9   6/26/2020 at 15:12 (205 days old) by dysonman1 (Rolla, MO)        

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I love the Sunbeam MixMaster for quite a number of chores. KitchenAid for the rest.

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Post# 427734 , Reply# 10   6/26/2020 at 19:54 (205 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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The Sunbeam Mixer is great for beating batters and adding air to batters to make them light and fluffy. I have had a couple of different KitchenAids and a Cuisinart but currently have a similiar Sunbeam Mixmaster and a Bosch Universal Plus that machine is a work horse and can knead dough for several loaves of bread, make large batches of cookies, etc. but it can also make a stiff egg white with just one egg.


Post# 427737 , Reply# 11   6/26/2020 at 21:40 (205 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
In recipes where I'll be using

the kitchen aid, if the recipe calls for creaming a stick of butter and sugar I usually do that in the Sunbeam first then bring it over to the kitchen aid bowl. A stick of butter gets smacked to the side of the KA bowl and the paddle isn't even making contact anymore. So a variety of mixers works for me! Nice that your Bosch Universal can whip just one egg!

Post# 427748 , Reply# 12   6/27/2020 at 07:12 (204 days old) by Oldsuck (Houston, Texas )        
The Real Question:

Are ya gonna use it? 😏

Post# 427759 , Reply# 13   6/27/2020 at 11:05 (204 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I saw your post and commented on AW, but it bears repeating.
Beautiful Mixmaster! I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit jealous!
I grew up with a chrome Mixmaster, and had to get myself one exactly like it when we got a house.
I believe it's the same as your other one in the background; with the stainless steel looking emblem.
We have a KitchenAid Artisan too, but the Sunbeam is my go-to.


Post# 427762 , Reply# 14   6/27/2020 at 13:39 (204 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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My mother has a chrome Hamilton Beach mixer like the one in the photo in Reply #9, lower shelf, just above the water bottles. If I recall correctly, she got it as a wedding gift in 1961. My sister has a similar model in almond that she got as a wedding gift the first time around in 1988.

I just took a look on eBay and several sets of the stainless mixing bowls, no plastic lids, of course, are available right now for $30ish, including shipping. I'm just not sure whether I want to spend that much when I have perfectly serviceable glass bowls, one set for each mixer, already. I can't see that I'd be gaining anything in terms of functionality; I'd just be able to say that I have the "correct" bowls for the mixer. Whenever I see a stainless mixing bowl at a thrift shop, I always look for the Sunbeam logo on the bottom. It's the sort of thing I'll probably come across when I least expect it.

Post# 427763 , Reply# 15   6/27/2020 at 14:12 (204 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

When I bought my complete mixer on eBay, it came with bowls that looked and worked right, until I looked for the logo. They're either aftermarket, or newer than the mixer, because there's no Sunbeam logo, and they say "Made in Hong Kong" or Taiwan or something.
I couldn't leave well enough alone. I had to buy a set of "correct" bowls for it. I don't remember what I paid for them. I did restrain myself somewhat. I don't think I paid more than $25 with shipping and all. I may have even bought them individually. I don't remember now.
And, like I said, the other ones were fine, unless you looked at the underside. So, I understand your kind of wanting the "correct" bowls, even though yours are fine.


Post# 427765 , Reply# 16   6/27/2020 at 14:24 (204 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        
@ kirbyklekter

You mentioned that the beater on your KA isn't close enough to the work bowl.

Have you adjusted the screw for the bowl lift if you have that model.

On the tilt head model. There is a screw on the underside of the power head to bring the beater closer to the bowl? The beater should just clear the work bowl.

Also on the bowl lift models watch that the attaching brackets aren't bent out of position. That can happen due to mixing heavy dough's and or just attaching and removing of the bowl.

I have adjusted mine a few times.

The owners manual that came with your mixer will give instructions on how to make adjustments to either machine for proper beater to bowl clearance.

Post# 427781 , Reply# 17   6/27/2020 at 20:47 (204 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        
Well, I went and did it...

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So I found a set of stainless steel bowls that were flying a little bit below the proverbial radar and running the clock out with no bids so I pulled the trigger on them. It turns out the glass bowls go for about the same as the stainless ones so I'm going to list one set of my glass bowls after the stainless ones arrive. We'll see what happens. If I'm lucky, I'll have upgraded for little or no cost. Although both of my mixers would have originally come with the stainless steel bowls, I plan to keep one set of glass ones. They're vintage Sunbeam-branded Fire King bowls with little spouts on the rim.

Post# 427784 , Reply# 18   6/27/2020 at 21:53 (204 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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Yes I am going to use the mixer. I don't believe in getting an appliance and then just letting it sit on display forever.


It seems like Sunbeam made many variations of the chrome Mixmaster. I have seen several just looking on Ebay.


Post# 427785 , Reply# 19   6/27/2020 at 22:08 (204 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Hey, Edgar.
Good deal!
I don't blame you for keeping at least one set of glass bowls. Fire King is some nice stuff!
I have a few pieces of Fire King (very few). Really, just pieces that, like the chrome Mixmaster, were like pieces that I remembered from childhood.
One thing I found strange when I was looking for my correct stainless bowls, was how many of them listed looked burned on the underside; where the logo is. It looked like people had tried to cook in them on the stovetop. And sellers still wanted top dollar for them!
Glad you were able to find a set to make your mixer "correct"!


Post# 427786 , Reply# 20   6/27/2020 at 22:11 (204 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        


Yes. I found that too!
The one I have is an MMB, which is the same model I grew up with.


Post# 427804 , Reply# 21   6/28/2020 at 11:58 (203 days old) by countryguy (Astorville, ON, Canada)        

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The one I already had is also an MMB.


Post# 427810 , Reply# 22   6/28/2020 at 15:52 (203 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        

Thanks for your response. I actually remedied the bowl to paddle clearance problem by fitting a couple stainless steel washers on to the bowl pins. That raised the bowl to what I needed for better contact.I saw how a factory trained KA tech made the adjustment. They used to hit the top of the paddle with a rubber mallet, seemed barbaric to me so I did as mentioned and haven't looked back since 1991!Nothing beats smaller amounts of butter/sugar better than the Sunbeams,IMO. @Gary: Old Suck asked the question I forgot to ask. Will you be using this NIB Sunbeam, given that you have similar already in use? I'm guessing no! @Edgar: That's so weird it seems, to find the bottom of the mixing bowls with evidence of having been used as pots for cooking! Although, as we've all seen with vacuum cleaners etc,some people just abuse the heck out of their appliances. I can just see some kid,"stoner", left home alone for the weekend , looking for something to reheat some mac n cheese mom left in the fridge!

Post# 427882 , Reply# 23   6/29/2020 at 14:58 (202 days old) by kirby519 (Wisconsin)        

I agree. Sometimes the KA is over kill for some of the smaller jobs. The Mixmaster does handle those better in IMO as well. Or a hand mixer.

I use commercial grade wire whisks a lot in the kitchen too.

I have found that with boxed Angel Food cake mix I like the way the Mixmaster handles that job over the KA. Some day I will get ambitious and make an Angel food cake from scratch.

Love Angelfood cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Post# 427892 , Reply# 24   6/29/2020 at 18:37 (202 days old) by kirbyklekter (Concord,Ca.)        
That sounds so good right now

My grandmother was the only person in our family to make angel food cake from scratch! She also made just for me when I stayed for a week in summer, Strawberry Rhubarb Tapioca pudding!She had a chrome Sunbeam model 12 with the metal bowls. Actually I have it now. Model 12 had a 10 year run and was the last of the "old guard" before they came out with MMA,MMB,I-80 and others up to present.Gram used to bake her own shortcakes for berries, I cheat sometimes and just use waffle squares that I freeze up and toast later.

Post# 428058 , Reply# 25   7/3/2020 at 08:57 (198 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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So my stainless steel mixing bowls arrived yesterday and I'm pleased with their condition. Now, I've got to take a look at my glass bowls and decide which two to keep and which to sell on.

Post# 428139 , Reply# 26   7/4/2020 at 10:50 (197 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I just pulled my two Mixmasters out of the cabinet and examined the two sets of glass bowls. One set bears the Sunbeam and FireKing logos while the other is actually a newer set with no markings but is otherwise identical to the FireKing set. Both have spouts and textured bottoms. I'm keeping the FireKing bowls and will be listing the unbranded pair for sale.

Post# 428324 , Reply# 27   7/8/2020 at 17:22 (193 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

Glad you're happy with your "new" stainless bowls!
Also, glad you're keeping the Fire King. I've been feeling nostalgic for that brand after missing out on some Peach Lustre bowls at a thrift store a few weeks back.
I treated myself to a few coffee cups that are just like the ones my parents had when I was a tyke.
Just seeing my morning coffee in one brings back some fond memories. First coffee I ever tasted was stealing the last sip out of Dad's Fire King cup after it had gone cold.


Post# 428333 , Reply# 28   7/9/2020 at 08:21 (192 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I have (not sure WHY) service for 8

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in the milky green "Jadite".. cups, saucer, plate..................
I don't really need them anymore.

Post# 428339 , Reply# 29   7/9/2020 at 09:21 (192 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        

I only have the white cups, and a couple of bowls. Plus, I do have a few Peach Lustre pieces.
I really don't collect Fire King, or I'd probably be wanting that Jadite set! I think that's a desirable color among collectors. There needs to be a site similar to this one, for collectors of Fire King, Pyrex, etc.
I know those collectors are just as passionate/obsessive about their collections as any of us are! But I did some poking around, just to see if I could get some questions answered, and I can't seem to find any such resource.
I chuckled when I read your post saying that you don't really need it.
We're people who own dozens, or even hundreds of items; sometimes multiples of the same item.
Most of us screamed past the exit ramp for "need" at about 90 mph!
Please don't take that the wrong way. I know what you mean. I just found humor in the fact that you chose the word "need". 😉


Post# 428342 , Reply# 30   7/9/2020 at 09:50 (192 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        
I took it the right way. You'r eright. I THOUGHT I'

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like, enjoy, use the Jadite. Of all the things here, it could go easily.
I'm packinkg up the old cabinets in the cats' apartment, readying it for 'renovation', And, I'm looking at them, thinking..........................

Post# 428347 , Reply# 31   7/9/2020 at 11:20 (192 days old) by human (Pines of Carolina)        

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I had an egg custard colored 2 qt. Fire King baking dish with lid until a couple of weeks ago. I had pulled it out of the cabinet to use. It was sitting on my lap while I was putting a few things back and slid off, shattering on the floor from a fall of maybe four inches. Thankfully, I didn't get cut. For some perverse reason, I saved the undamaged lid.

Post# 428349 , Reply# 32   7/9/2020 at 11:53 (192 days old) by JustJunque (Western MA)        
Edgar 😢

That's a shame.
I would have kept the lid too. You never know. You could find the same bowl at a thrift store or something, minus its lid, and you'll be all set!


Post# 428351 , Reply# 33   7/9/2020 at 12:25 (192 days old) by gottahaveahoove (Pittston, Pennsylvania, 18640)        

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