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Millions of Britons regularly use household appliances over a decade old


According to a study by AO.com, almost one in ten people still work with a device that is a quarter of a century old or even older.

Four in 10 still use an oven after a decade or more (stock photo)

According to a study, nearly seven out of 10 Britons regularly use household appliances that are at least 10 years old.

A study of kitchens nationwide found that many older appliances still work well in homes nationwide.

A survey of 2,000 adults found that 37% had a fridge that was over ten years old and four in ten still used an oven after a decade or more.

Surprisingly, almost one in ten people still work with a device that is a quarter of a century old or more.

The research was carried out by online electrical store, AO.com, whose spokesperson said: ‘It seems many Britons live by the old adage ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it not “.

Britain’s oldest food mixer which is still used to make pies and cakes



“While we seem happy to cut and change certain technologies in our lives – mobile phones and tablets come to mind – in the kitchen we are much more resistant to change.

“Even small kitchen gadgets like kettles and blenders have a much longer lifespan than most other tech devices we use every day.”

The study also appealed to Britons who maintain some of the oldest kitchen appliances in the country.

Margaret Havercroft, 65, from East Yorkshire, who has owned her blender since 1977, said: “I bought it in 1977 to make food for my baby who had allergies.

”This blender also has a few accessories including a burger press and a chopper.

“I’m happy to say it’s still going strong. Items were built to last “in time”.

“I have to admit, talking about this reliable but old device brought back fond memories for me and my husband.”

Jackie Andrews, 62, from Barnet, north London, who still keeps her 1976 wedding gift appliances running, said: ‘My kitchen is awash with old appliances: my trusty Kenwood blender has me well served since 1976. It was a wedding gift that outlasted the husband.

A General Electric fridge that has been in continuous use since it was purchased in 1954, priced at £69



“When I had my new kitchen installed about three years ago, I kept my Siemens built-in microwave and my separate built-in oven from around 1994. Both work perfectly well, so if it’s not broken, don’t fix it.’

Non-electric gems include my Prestige pressure cooker, which was also a wedding present in 1976 and is used for everything from stews and risottos to making jams.

“It always cooked quickly and fuel efficiently before fuel efficiency became fashionable.

“My manual multi-grater was bought in 1976 for around 75p at Wembley Market and I thought it would only last a year or two but, despite a broken handle, it is used at least once a week. “

More than one in 10 people have had a kettle that has been collecting limescale for 10 years or more, and the same proportion say it is the kitchen gadget they would most like to replace.

However, the appliance that Britons most want to see replaced by a new model is the oven, followed by their freezer, then the washing machine.

And if they moved, the appliances most likely to be upgraded would be the old oven, with just one in five saying they would rush for a new kettle.

Britons seem oddly attached to technology and useful machines in the kitchen – with more than a fifth saying they would feel a real sense of loss if something they’ve owned for more than 10 years broke down.

Forty-seven percent of respondents think there is too much technology in brand new devices, preferring to stick with the tried and true.

And a fifth reports that their parents still have devices they remember from their own childhood, potentially dating back generations.

These are most often blenders, microwaves or washing machines.

Almost one in five Britons have something in their kitchen that they believe is ‘impossible to break’ and hope will last forever.

While one in 10 have had their old devices reviewed by friends or family members – overall in a positive light, praising their robustness.

After a kitchen gadget finally fails, it takes the average Briton less than five weeks to get it replaced, according to research on OnePoll.com.