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Brits are wasting money on their out of date household appliances

  • 87% will hold onto household appliances until they break
  • 66% do not know when appliances should be replaced
  • 82% were not able to identify how often a dishwasher should be replaced

MORE THAN half of Brits are risking higher energy bills as a result of not replacing household appliances when they need to, according to new research.

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The data suggests Brits are keen to avoid replacing appliances unless necessary – the clear majority (87%) will hold onto household appliances until they break.

A survey of homeowners carried out by leading household appliances retailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk, as part of its Power On: The Evolution of Appliances report, revealed 66% do not know when appliances should be replaced.

82% of those surveyed were not able to identify how often a dishwasher should be replaced, while 78% do not know how regularly an oven should be replaced.

Just a fifth (21%) of Brits claim to be economical and environmentally-aware and would replace an appliance if a more energy-efficient model was released.

1 in 10 would replace an electrical appliance if they found another model that they thought was more stylish, even if their current model still worked.

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at AppliancesDirect.co.uk comments: “It’s surprising to see just how little British adults know about their household appliances and how regularly they need to be replaced.

“Large kitchen appliances do not need to be replaced often, but it is important for consumers to follow the guidelines on when their appliances should be fixed or replaced, as it could potentially cost a lot more in the long run.

“Ensuring your home has up to date appliances can not only save money due to energy efficiency, but is also much safer.

“It’s also important that consumers take note of the changes to the energy efficiency ratings. The A++++ rating is no longer useful as it needs changing regularly to keep up. For example, a product that was rated A++ 5 years ago, won’t be as efficient as an A++ rated product now, therefore costing consumers more money to run.”

How often should appliances be replaced?

Dishwasher – 9-15 years

Oven – 13-15 years

Refrigerator – 13-19 year

Washing machine – 8-14 years

Vacuum cleaner – 5-10 years




  • helenfulton101

    June 22 at 2:00 pm

    This is an incredibly handy blog, thank you! I didn’t know any of these dates were a thing (I’m probably one of the 87%!)

    I’ve recently started living with my boyfriend and having to start thinking about dishwashers and washing machines and stuff and it’s terrifying I have to say! I’ve started looking online for a new dishwasher and I have no idea what’s good and what’s not!

    I think the dishwasher we bought second hand is coming to the end of its days, so I was thinking of replacing it with this one http://www.buyhomeappliance.co.uk/dishwashers/freestanding-dishwashers/hotpoint-ecotech-fdlet31120g-60cm-freestanding-dishwasher-graphite but I have no idea if it’s any good – do you have any advice?

    1. IamMummyMatters

      June 22 at 3:47 pm

      We currently have built-in appliances from AEG but prior to that we always found Hotpoint to be a good brand 🙂

      1. helenfulton101

        June 22 at 3:54 pm


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