Appliance reliance: Brits rely on kitchen gadgets for 10 years+

Appliance reliance: Brits rely on kitchen gadgets for 10 years+


Posted 15th March

Do you have an appliance that you've been relying on for the last decade?

If so, you're not alone - in fact, nearly seven in 10 Brits are regularly using a household appliance which is at least 10 years old, research has found. 

The survey of 2,000 adults, conducted by OnePoll.com, found 37 per cent still use a fridge that's over 10 years old, while four in 10 rely on an oven that's over a decade old.

However, it’s more surprising when you consider nearly one in ten have an appliance that is a quarter of a century old, if not more so.

The study was carried out by AO.com, with a spokesperson for the brand saying: "It seems many Brits live by the old adage ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.’ While we seem happy to chop and change certain tech in our lives – mobile phones and tablets spring to mind – in the kitchen we’re much more resistant to change. Even small kitchen gadgets like kettles and blenders have a much longer life span than many of the other pieces of tech we use daily".

Over one in 10 have a kettle which has faithfully served them for over 10 years, yet the same amount say they think it's the gadget they'd most like to swap. On the flip side, the most popular appliance that Brits would like to replace are the oven, followed by the freezer and washing machine.

It was also found that we end up feeling a sense of attachment to the tech that we use in the kitchen, with over a fifth saying they'd feel a sense of loss if something that they'd had for over 10 years suddenly broke.

This is in part because replacements can prove confusing, with 47 per cent saying new appliances come with too much technology.

And a confident one in five have something in their kitchen which they consider to be 'impossible to break', and subsequently, they expect it to last forever.

The research, also revealed that when a kitchen appliance does break, it takes the typical Brit less than five weeks to replace.






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