An AO study has shown seven in ten Brits are using household appliances that are at least ten years old.
The survey of two thousand participants discovered that thirty seven per cent of these appliances are fridges while four in ten are using an oven that is over a decade old.
Far from the generation of throwaway culture, good-quality appliances don’t necessarily have a “best before” date regardless of when they were made. One in five people believe that their household appliance is impossible to break. A spokesperson for AO.com said:
“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.”
A good ol’ cup of tea is a British staple so there’s no surprise the ‘most likely to replace’ appliance is a kettle. More than one in ten people admit to owning a kettle that has been collecting limescale for ten or more years. The durability of ageing products depends on how well they are looked after over the years; cleaning your products frequently helps prevent limescale and bacteria from building up. This not only makes the living space cleaner and therefore safer, it also prevents the counterparts from being blocked and essentially aids the longevity.
Household appliances go beyond cost. For many, there is sentimental value behind keeping ageing products. Margaret Havercroft, East Yorkshire, says her 1977 blender is “still going strong” as she believes “items were built to last ‘back in the day.’” She adds,
“I must admit that talking about this trusty yet old appliance brought some happy memories back for me and hubby!”
Jackie Andrews, Barnet, also has some bittersweet memories from her household appliances. She received them as wedding gifts in 1976, saying:
“My kitchen is awash with ancient appliances: My faithful Kenwood mixer has served me well since 1976. It was a wedding present which has lasted longer than the husband!”
The appliance Brits most want to see swapped for a new model is the oven, followed by their freezer and then the washing machine. Upgrading your larger appliances can essentially save you money in the long run. Although newer technology can initially seem daunting, there are now features that benefit the consumer and environment by cutting your monthly energy bill. Older counterparts are also notably more expensive to source and fit.