Vintage 1955 Sunbeam Mixmaster Stand Mixer - Model 11 in Working Condition
You now have the finest food maker made... (from a 1948 Mixmaster service pamphlet)
Here she is! Ms. Sunbeam Mixmaster straight from 1955!
In the mid-1950s, this is how you whipped up your waffles, your cakes, your mashed potatoes and anything else that needed a good spin with an electric mixer. Famous in the kitchen equipment department, Sunbeam mixers were so well made that many are still in active use today. Like beloved members of the family, a vintage Mixmaster is a prized treasure in the kitchen and oftentimes, like a good recipe or a favorite apron, they are passed down through generations from one cook to another.
Sunbeam Mixmasters were scientifically tested for proper mixing speeds and outfitted with full coverage beaters which set them apart from other leading competitors of their day. This was ingenious because early mixers often got stuck just whipping up contents in the center of the bowl, but Mixmaster's special over-sized beaters worked the entire rim of the bowl as well as the center eliminating the need for home cooks to stop the mixer and scrape down the sides.
Introduced in the 1930s, the Mixmaster was originally offered in white with jadeite mixing bowls but soon graduated to a range of pastel colors with matching or milk glass mixing bowl companions to complete the aesthetic. Inspired by both the automobile industry and the airline industry the Sunbeam design engineers created attractive models with elegant lines, fin-shaped dials and stylized lettering reminiscent of the latest design trends in transportation. Over the decades the Mixmaster changed in design a little bit but their famous, durable, and dependable motors and beaters were a mainstay through every reiteration.
This mixmaster, Model 11, was made between 1955 and 1956. It comes complete with its original accessories - the oversized beaters (two) , one large milk glass mixing bowl, the original rubber-wrapped cord and the spin table that automatically rotates the large bowl while mixing. The accompanying small mixing bowl was made for Sunbeam mixers too but for a different model number than this one, as it wobbles on the spin plate when the beaters are operating. But that small bowl is included here for use as an extra kitchen bowl (always helpful!).
Fully functional, this Mixmaster spins and whirls faster and faster as you move the black fin-shaped dial to adjust your level of mixing needs. For added fun, included with this mixer is a 1948 Sunbeam Mixmaster owner's manual (for model number 9). Even though it is for an earlier model, it still offers plenty of helpful information and retro recipes.
- Model 11
- Original condition
- Six-piece set includes two original beaters, spin plate, stand mixer and two milk glass mixing bowls. A note about the bowls: The large bowl is the original one to this mixer. It was made by Fire King for Sunbeam. The small bowl (made by Glass Bake for Sunbeam) is not an original companion and therefore does not operate smoothly when placed on the spin plate while the mixer is in motion.
- Working condition
- Original two-prong cord
In fully working condition. There are two chippy paint areas on the white section of the mixer - one near the beaters and the other on the neck of the stand. There is also some very light tanning (yellowing) due to age near the Sunbeam medallion on the front and also near the beater attachment sections. The cord has one small crack (about 1/2" inch long). Please note, this mixer has not been taken apart piece by piece to be serviced or internally cleaned. Please see photos.
The mixer measures 13" inches (height) x 13" inches (length) x 7" inches 9 (width) and weighs 8.2lbs
The large mixing bowl measures 4.75" inches (height) x 9.75" inches (diameter) and weighs 3.5 lbs.
The small mixing bowl measures 4.85" inches (height) x 6.75" inches (diameter) and weighs 1lb 11 oz.
The total weight including the mixer and bowls is just over 13lbs.
The Vintage Kitchen has its own midcentury Mixmaster named Matilda. Read more about her here.