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Vintage Sunbeam Mixmaster vs KitchenAid these days?

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Vintage Sunbeam Mixmaster vs KitchenAid these days?

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fairdose | | Nov 4, 2013 12:15 PM

I'm on the market looking for a sturdy stand mixer. I know everyone raves about KitchenAid but from what I've heard Sunbeam Mixmasters from the 1950s were practically indestructible. I keep reading about people's moms who had them and how they lasted 40-50 years with no problem.

I just recently came across a vintage chrome Sunbeam Mixmaster stand mixer, in near mint condition for $120. On one hand this looks tempting because if I look after it properly, it'll last me forever and the price is pretty good.

On the other hand, KitchenAid is what everyone seems to go for, but these days all they offer is a 2 year warranty. And a new one is much more expensive.

I'm not a heavy duty bread person, and I don't see myself making industrial amounts of cakes, cookies and cupcakes so I'd welcome any advice on which to go for. And in the case of the Sunbeam Mixmaster, what to look for, what to assess, what to stay away from.
Thanks!

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