It is actually three small appliances in one… mixer, blender, and meat grinder. It has a rather grand name… the Oster Regency Controlled Power Kitchen Center… and it is thirty-six years old.
The mixer is a large stand mixer with ten speeds, two glass bowls, dough hooks, and regular beaters. With its powerful motor, this mixer can handle even the thickest doughs, and it turns a bowl of egg whites into stiff peaks in just seconds.
The other two appliances that make up the kitchen center are a sturdy box blender that plugs into the same base unit and offers the same ten speeds, and a meat grinder with several blades. Over the years I have replaced the blender with a newer blender and the meat grinder with a food processor, but I still use this old mixer almost every day.
So why don’t I buy a new mixer? Because this one still works perfectly, and it is the most powerful, most efficient mixer I have ever used. The only thing I don’t like about it is the unit’s awful avocado green color!
Apparently my “old appliance loyalty” is not all that unusual. Consumer Reports has a very thought-provoking article in its March issue about why people continue to use their elderly appliances. The answer? The same reason I still use this mixer… it works well, so why replace it?
In preparation for the article, Consumer Reports asked their readers to tell them about old appliances that were still in regular use, and they received over four hundred enthusiastic replies, including one from the owner of a fifty-year-old pink wall oven who described it as “the best I’ve ever used, however hideous it may be.”
The article profiles fourteen elderly appliances and their loyal owners and is interesting reading. However… I think I might personally draw the line at a pink wall oven!