Brits have theories on how long the toaster and the fridge should last
Brits bank on nine years use from their fridge before it conks out – and at least six and a half years hard graft from their toaster, it has emerged.
Researchers who carried out a detailed study found the majority of us have a lifespan in mind when purchasing kitchen gadgets and white goods.
According to the stats we expect a washing machine to work trouble-free for eight years and our oven to last just over a decade.
It also emerged ideally a dishwasher should last eight years and a tumble dryer should last slightly longer.
Despite our love of the latest kitchen tech, the study also found 57 per cent of Brits have gadgets and appliances in their kitchen they rarely, or ever, use.
A spokesperson for AO.com , which commissioned the research, said: “When we buy an appliance for our kitchen, we expect it to last, especially for larger purchases such as a washing machine as we want to get the most out of them.
“However, we recommend people check the efficiency of older appliances as these could run up the cost of the monthly energy bill.
“It’s also important to keep up to date with changing technology.
”Fridges are smarter than ever and ovens can be activated on your phone so there may be a better machine out there for you.”
The study of 2,000 homeowners also revealed how much it costs us to use each item before it comes to the end of its shelf-life.
According to the stats, an average washing machine lasting eight years and two months spins through more than 15 washing cycles every month – or a total of 1,470 washes.
This means that each wash will cost consumers precisely 22.6 pence.
Brits will put their toaster to work 16 times a month.
Assuming it makes two slices of toast each time, that means it will prepare 2,496 slices of hot toast for its owner before giving up the ghost.
The majority of Brits believe their kettle will be the kitchen appliance that needs replacing next, shortly followed by their washing machines.
Four in 10 Brits think the general build quality of kitchen appliance has become much worse in recent years.
And less than half of the population have an emergency fund put aside in case a large kitchen appliance needs replacing.
A fifth of respondents also claim to be ‘loyal’ to particular brands when it comes to purchasing white goods and other kitchen equipment.
according to the research conducted through OnePoll.com .
Food processors, bread makers, slow cookers and juicers are all gathering dust on millions of British homeowners’ shelves.
HOW LONG WE EXPECT OUR KITCHEN GADGETS TO LAST
TOASTER – 6.5 years
MICROWAVE – 7.8 years
FRIDGE – 9.4 years
OVEN – 10.1 years
COFFEE MACHINE – 6.6 years
KETTLE – 5.8 years
WASHING MACHINE – 8.2 years
DISHWASHER – 8 years
TUMBLE DRIER – 8.1 years
BLENDER – 7.4 years
ICE CREAM MAKER – 6.7 years
BREAD MAKER – 7.2 years
ELECTRIC TIN OPENER – 6.6 years
GEORGE FOREMAN OR SIMILAR GRILL – 7.1 years
FREEZER – 9.6 years
COST PER USE
TOASTER – 0.05p
MICROWAVE – 0.08p
OVEN – 0.16p
COFFEE MACHINE – 0.13p
KETTLE – 0.04p
WASHING MACHINE – 0.23p
DISHWASHER – 0.19p
TUMBLE DRIER – 0.27p
BLENDER – 0.23p
ICE CREAM MAKER – 0.31p
BREAD MAKER – 0.32p
ELECTRIC TIN OPENER – 0.13p
GEORGE FOREMAN OR SIMILAR GRILL – 0.21p