November 28, 2022


Kenwood Chef mixer and a Magimix 2000

Joe Marshall’s trusty Kenwood Chef and Magimix 2000.
Joe Marshall’s trusty Kenwood Chef and Magimix 2000. {Photograph}: Joe Marshall

My spouse inherited the Kenwood stand mixer from her grandmother about 30 years in the past, and it nonetheless has the Ok-shaped beater, dough hook and whisk, plus two bowls. We predict it’s from the late 70s. As for the Magimix 2000 meals processor, my mum handed that to me about 25 years in the past, together with the blade, graters and varied different attachments. I feel I bear in mind her utilizing it within the mid- to late 80s. Each are in excellent working order and are used no less than as soon as per week – I wouldn’t dream of changing both till such time as I couldn’t restore them. We’ve bought buddies who’ve been by means of a number of variants of comparable, extra trendy machines within the time that we’ve been utilizing these – they’re (contact wooden) indestructible. Joe Marshall, software program engineer, Frome

Kate Lipkis’s Champion juicer.
Kate Lipkis’s Champion juicer. {Photograph}: Kate Lipkis

Champion juicer

This huge and heavy Champion juicer was a marriage current 37 years in the past. Our favorite means to make use of it’s to make banana “ice-cream” utilizing solely frozen bananas, which we did when our youngsters have been little. It additionally makes fabulous celery juice. It separates the fibres from the juice, which is what you need. After we’ve made veggie juices, we use the remaining pulp to make burgers. Kate Lipkis, council coach, California

Gillette Promax Compact hairdryer

Barry Mitzman and his Gillette hairdryer.
Barry Mitzman and his Gillette hairdryer. {Photograph}: Barry Mitzman

I acquired my Gillette Promax Compact hairdryer not lengthy after it first hit the market, in 1976, after I nonetheless had hair. Designed by Morison S Cousins and Michael Alan Cousins, the hairdryer has a weightless really feel and smooth look – I beloved it even earlier than it was added to the everlasting assortment of the Museum of Trendy Artwork. Though I not use it to dry hair, it did just lately turn out to be useful to take away condensation from a malfunctioning sensor controlling the automated gate in our backyard. Barry Mitzman, semi-retired author and editor, Washington, US

Pat Clark’s Ladyshave.
Pat Clark’s Ladyshave. {Photograph}: Pat Clark

Philips Ladyshave

I’ve had my Ladyshave for 50 years, or thereabouts. My dad purchased it for me after I minimize my leg shaving within the tub as a young person. The guard over the shaving head vanished way back however the cleansing brush remains to be saved within the case underneath the flex. It’s utterly dependable. Pat Clark, firm secretary, Hornchurch

Cuisinart meals processor

I purchased this highly effective machine after I was pregnant with my son, who has simply turned 35 years outdated, so it has a sentimental in addition to sensible position in my kitchen. This mannequin is a 12 cup, made in Japan. I initially used it to make child meals however I’ve additionally used it to grind nuts for quite a lot of vegetarian meals, corresponding to home made veggie pate, granola and most just lately, falafel. It additionally grates cheese and greens in seconds. I’ve needed to exchange the bowl as soon as however the motor and blades are nonetheless going sturdy. It’s a very powerful equipment I personal. Linda Daybreak Hammond, photographer, Toronto, Canada

Sunbeam electrical frying pan

Stephen Forster’s Sunbeam electric frying pan.
Stephen Forster’s Sunbeam electrical frying pan. {Photograph}: Stephen Forster

This frying pan was bought secondhand in Australia in 1958 and introduced over to the UK by my spouse when she returned from residing in Canberra. It served as our essential cooker, oven and frying pan after we had no kitchen in a earlier home. Now, we largely use it for making cottage cheese pancakes. Regardless of its age, the one factor that has wanted changing was the electrical flex. Stephen Forster, finance director, Aberystwyth

Cindi Maudlin’s Hamilton Beach mixer.
Cindi Maudlin’s Hamilton Seaside mixer. {Photograph}: Cindi Maudlin

Hamilton Seaside mixer

My grandfather beloved to prepare dinner, and this Nineteen Fifties mixer was his prize possession. His favorite dish was hen and noodles and he would make the noodles from scratch utilizing his Hamilton Seaside mixer.

After I bought married in 1992 he gave it to me. I like to bake and have used the mixer weekly ever since I obtained it. Over time, relations have requested me if I would love a brand new mixer, however I all the time decline. It’s just a little scratched and the beaters are a bit bent from picket spoons getting caught in them, nevertheless it nonetheless works nice! Cindi Maudlin, mom and volunteer, California

Sweet washer

My mother purchased this washer for me in 1996 after I moved to Athens for college. Since then, it has been working nonstop. Even after I didn’t share my flat, I’d usually do my brother’s laundry – so it could possibly’t presumably have been underused. I’ve moved home 4 occasions because it was bought, all the time taking it with me. Evidently, there is no such thing as a shiny display or fancy options in any way; you simply have to show the change and push the button. I usually suppose it’s the very best value-for-money equipment I personal and I hate to be reminded it’s now 25 years outdated. Chryssa Marinou, researcher, Athens, Greece

Christophe Martinez’s vintage Krups grinder.
Christophe Martinez’s classic Krups grinder. {Photograph}: Christophe Martinez

Krups electrical espresso grinder

This espresso grinder is from the Nineteen Seventies and initially belonged to my mother and father, however I’ve been utilizing it for the previous three years. Grinding your personal espresso beans is important for a tasty cup, so I made a decision to do exactly that, and I’ve no regrets – I exploit it day-after-day. I’m all for sturdy classic. Christophe Martinez, author, Toulouse, France

Sony Dream Machine clock radio

John Lewis’s Sony Dream Machine.
John Lewis’s Sony Dream Machine. {Photograph}: John Lewis

I obtained this clock radio on my sixteenth birthday, together with a soccer, and it has been a fixture on my bedside desk for the previous 30 years. It’s in good working order other than the quantity management that’s (fortunately) caught on medium. Over time it has woken me up in time for college, lectures and work. It grew to become redundant as an alarm after I had youngsters, and I don’t use the radio as a lot as I as soon as did as a result of I can discover out most issues on my smartphone, nevertheless it stays by my bedside as a clock, emitting a comforting crimson glow. John Lewis, software program firm supervisor, York

Kenwood rotary ironing machine

Ulli Stahlmann’s rotary ironing machine.
Ulli Stahlmann’s rotary ironing machine. {Photograph}: Ulli Stahlmann

The design of this rotary ironing machine is unquestionably from the 60s or 70s, however I’ve been utilizing it for the previous six years. Due to my job I’ve tons of sheets to iron, and this machine has saved my life. I very a lot hope it’s going to assist me iron for no less than one other six (or 60?) years to come. Ulli Stahlmann, Andros, Greece

Janome stitching machine

A 40-year-old Janome sewing machine.
A 40-year-old Janome stitching machine. {Photograph}: Handout

This stitching machine has been in my household for 40 years. I inherited it from my grandmother, who purchased it in about 1980 (in France, the place she lived). I realized to stitch on this machine after I was visiting her. It’s a Janome 713, and it is vitally sturdy and sensible. I inherited it after my grandmother’s dying in 2014; I nonetheless use it and it really works completely. Thankfully, I nonetheless have the instruction handbook, which is extremely helpful. Algernon, trainer, Switzerland

A Panasonic CD participant

Galatia CD player.
Galatia CD participant. {Photograph}: Galatia

I purchased this radio/casette/CD participant through the second 12 months of my legislation diploma in 1991-1992. Afterwards, I moved from Canterbury to London for postgraduate research, after which again to Cyprus. It has adopted me to every place and woken me up for undergraduate, postgraduate and bar exams. It’s nonetheless in my room now and I proceed to make use of it usually. Galatia, Cyprus

Jake Kelly’s old whisk.
Jake Kelly’s outdated whisk. {Photograph}: Jake Kelly

Electrical whisk

My mum has had this whisk for no less than 35 years. The nation it was made in (East Germany) not exists. My late nan should have purchased it in some unspecified time in the future within the 80s – she gave it to my mum when she moved in with my dad, they usually’ve had it ever since. It’s nonetheless used usually and has not failed us as soon as – I feel we’re merely its custodians and it is going to be handed all the way down to future generations. Jake Kelly, public affairs government, London



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