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 . . .


Marina wrote 13 years 24 weeks ago


I vote for "Waffly"!

I'm sure Leeny will have better suggestions. I'm crappy with names.

dale wrote 13 years 24 weeks ago

Something more stream punk? . . .

Calling this guy "Waffly" is like calling a 6' 10" brutus "Tiny"! Might work. :-)

With 11 pounds of steal and the 50's look there's almost something a little steam punk about the beast (It would need honking exposed rivets to go all the way, me thinks, and a large diameter power cord with cloth insulation).

Is there such thing as a steam punkish name?

Maureen wrote 13 years 24 weeks ago

Waffle Iron

I guess that's one good way to keep the counters clean. I purchased a newer waffle iron. Doesn't do as good a job as that one, but I'm workin' on it. I think it's in the training.
Love You

dale wrote 13 years 24 weeks ago

My Dad weights in

My Dad says "Haven't just figured out how to reply on your blog yet.", so he send me some comments via email. Here are some excerpts:

Hey Dale I just read your blog on waffles.

Talking about sunbeam. the toaster you mentioned is still in use 53 years and yes used every day. I have had to replace the power cord a couple of times and it has to be cleaned out every year or 2 but other wise it still works good.

The waffle iron is likely 50 years old.

dale wrote 13 years 24 weeks ago

Re a clean counter

Um, yes, right, the counter is indeed clean. And the mess didn't get shuffled to another corner or anything like that .....

It's looking more and more like it's mostly in the batter recipe and a little bit in the mixing. Made a batch yesterday from a recipe with more baking powder in it. They were a bit lighter. We'll see how the left overs stand up to toasting. I've been avoiding the recipes that call for separating eggs, but maybe that's what it will take for really light waffles.

Looking forward to comparing notes next time I'm up your way.

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