Topic “Sunbeam”

My Oldest Appliance Waffles in a Good Way

What's the oldest appliance in your kitchen? Mine is this Sunbeam waffle maker. It's at least 40 years old, and quite possiblely older. One of my earliest memories is Dad making waffles on this bad boy. We lived in Surrey till I was 9, and it was a kind of golden age of waffle making in the McGladdery household. I don't remember a lot of use after we moved.

Sunbeam CG Waffle Maker

One of the things going for its longevity might be light use. Waffles weren't an every day, every weekend, or even every month occurrence. But I think this was simply a good time to buy Sunbeam appliances. My parents also had this cool Sunbeam toaster - when you put the bread in, it lowered automatically! - of the same vintage that got almost daily use. That puppy lasted something like 25 years. Regardless of whether it's luck or workmanship, I'm impressed this waffle iron lasted.

I inherited the waffle iron around 10 years ago. With my Dad's loss of waffle interest after Surrey I tried my hand every now and then growing up. Apparently of all the sibs I was only one who had showed any interest; I suspect I was only one to remember my Dad's waffle prowess. Anyway, with a gleam in their eyes my folks arrived, 11 pounds of waffle iron in tow, stating the waffle iron had adopted me.

This is a beast of an appliance, definitely not apartment friendly! They didn't have your typical apartment counter top in mind when they designed it. 'Ware the cupboards when opening, and ensure nothing else is on the counter!

Watch the Cupboards! Sunbeam CG Waffle Maker opened

As I was writing this I got curious and decided to see what I could find in a quick Google search. I'm the proud owner of a Sunbeam CG Waffle Iron. It has its own, albeit very short, Wikpedia entry: Sunbeam CG. There's even a place selling reconditioned models: Toaster Central It was introduced in 1955, no mention of when production stopped. Looks like I have a classic!

I feel strangely compelled to name it, now . . .

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