Sunbeam Mixmaster Model 5
The mixer that I like to use for baking is old. I mean really old. From 1939 old to be exact. It was my great-grandma Roxie’s.
Just to give you a little history about it, my mixer is a Model 5 Sunbeam Mixmaster Automatic. It has a 10 speed selection speed dial on the back, which Sunbeam called the Mix-Finder Dial. It was the first appliance of its kind to feature a speed operating guide right on the machine itself. It is also one of, if not the most identifiable Sunbeam mixer of all.
When Sunbeam premiered in 1910, its slogan was “The Best Electric Appliances Made.” And to me, that slogan remains true. Even after 3/4′s of a century, my mixer is still running strong.
The cool thing about this mixer is that it was only produced from 1939 until 1941, when its successor, the Model 7, was produced. The man who was in charge of Sunbeam’s research and development at the time, Ivar Jepson, made it a point to never produce more than one model in any Sunbeam appliance category at any one time. That means that the Model 5 Sunbeam Mixmaster was only available in stores for 3 years.
There were two color combination options for the Model 5; ivory with jadeite glasswear, or white with milkglass glasswear. You also had the option of ordering the mixer itself, or the mixer with a juicer attachment. In 1940, the mixer with juicer attachment sold for $23.75 in either color combination. If you didn’t want the juicer attachment, you could order just the mixer for $21.00 with the option of ordering the juicer attachment at a later date.
There were 8 available attachments: the combination food chopper and meat grinder; polisher and buffer; the drink mixer; potato peelers; slicer and shredder; freezer attachments; coffee grinder; and can opener.