Moulinex started out as a French company, producing kitchen and other small electrical appliances in 1937. Its founder, Jean Mantelet, was inspired to create a vegetable peeler after his wife served him a lumpy puree one day. The company was renamed after an electric coffee grinder introduced in 1956 that became one of its best-selling devices. Product lines were expanded, and Moulinex became one of the largest domestic appliance makers in France throughout the 1960s.
By the 1990s the company had fallen upon hard times, and in 2001 after a period of bankruptcy, it was sold to its main French rival, SEB, who also own Tefal.