Beloved 1970s blender wins Angie's List appliance contest
The Angie's List editorial staff sought out to find the most compelling stories of beloved old appliances still in use. We received a variety of entries and chose Karla Sampson of St. Paul, Minn., as our winner.
No. 1: Karla Simpson of Saint Pual, Minn., sent us a fantastic tribute to her trusty blender. "Faithful, reliable, avocado green. All of these describe my over-three-decade-old blender - the Osterizer Imperial Pulse-Matic. My brother's girlfriend, Ilene, gave me this blender as a Christmas gift in the late 1970s. Sadly, she died quite young of a rare disease. The blender has outlived her. Through the years, it has warmed me with pureed autumn soups, tricked me with potent margaritas and perked me up with high protein smoothies. I can only hope it lasts another 30 years. By then, at a time when I perhaps can only gum solid food, it will be even more useful."
2: It wasn't love at first sight when Karen White saw the Caloric stove that came with her 1920s house in Marion, Va. "Although I hated the stove when I first moved in, I've grown to love cooking on it," she says. "I believe it's original to the home, which is a Sears-Roebuck kit home." She's so enamored with her stove that it survived a recent kitchen remodel.
3: Indianapolis member Barbara Ireland purchased a Eureka canister vacuum in 1957, the year she got married. Though the relationship didn't survive, she says the vacuum did. "The suction is not quite as strong as it was and I can no longer find filters for it," says Ireland, who still uses the 55-year-old vacuum to clean her basement. "Manufacturers don't make appliances like they used to."
4: A Cold War-era toaster keeps turning out perfectly browned bread slices in Cincinnati member Cathy O'Brien's kitchen. Tiny type reading "Made in W. Germany" under the Rowenta logo provides the only clue to the toaster's age. "Since the Berlin wall fell in 1989, I'm guessing it's at least 23 years old," O'Brien says. "It still works great!"
5: Member Sonia Kasparian rescued her vintage stove from a Portland, Ore., salvage center, which had recovered it from a demolished apartment building. "I've tried looking up the age of the stove, but the person I spoke with at Magic Chef had no idea," says Kasparian, who installed the stove in the kitchen of her art studio seven years ago. "We've even cooked our and our neighbors' Thanksgiving turkeys in it!"
6: Patricia Pikor says her husband, Ken, refuses to give up the "bachelor" toaster his parents got in 1947 as a gift. "We still used it after we got married [in 1988] and it survived a few new toasters we bought," says the Columbus, Ohio, member. "I tested it - it STILL works."
7: "The Maytag washer I purchased May 4, 1978, is still going strong," says Linn Baiker, an Angie's List member in Virginia Beach, Va. She still has the receipt for the approximately $315 unit, which has far outlived its two-year warranty on parts and a one-year warranty on service.
Our editorial staff chose the winners to encapsulate the variety of entries we received and decided to highlight the most compelling stories, such as that of our winner, Karla Sampson wins a one-year extension to her membership and an Angie's List T-shirt, and runner-up, Karen White of Marion, Va., whose classic stove survived a kitchen update, also wins a T-shirt. Thanks to everyone who entered. And if you've had an appliance repaired, don't forget to submit a report on the experts who've helped keep it running.