People generally expect their bathroom fixtures to last longer, but also want to replace them at the first sign of wear and tear, new research shows.
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The average refrigerator lasts almost eight years, a toaster consumes 3,000 slices of bread in its lifetime, and a typical kettle boils over 7,000 times before being replaced, research shows.
A study of 2,000 adults found the lifespan of household appliances and the number of uses they have before they need to be upgraded, with the oven having the longest lifespan at eight years and three months.
The average washing machine will last seven years and two months before shutting down and going through a whopping 1,417 wash loads.
In the bathroom, Brits expect a shower to run for eight and a half years, running twice a day – and assume a toilet will last six and a half years.
Adults also want a new set of bathroom faucets to last nearly a decade – even though 11% say they replace the fixtures at the first sign of wear and tear.
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Tina Simpson, spokesperson for Triton Showers, which commissioned the research, said: “Bathroom products should last a little longer, on average, than any other item in the home.
“But these items – the shower, faucets and toilets – are often used by the whole family on a daily basis, which means they are used more than items such as the oven and washing machine.
“It is important to feel that you are getting something for the bathroom that will last a long time and likewise, know that when it breaks you can easily find spare parts to fix it, or if necessary it can be responsibly disposed of. “
Research has found that kettles tend to lack durability, requiring an upgrade after five years and four months.
But since a kettle is used four times a day, that means it will be turned on 7,728 times to brew an infusion.
A microwave will live just under seven years, being used four times a week to add up to 1,416 uses over its lifetime.
Dishwashers are expected to last six years and eight months, but should only be used four cycles per week, for a total of 1505 over their lifetime.
UK televisions last seven years and 10 months, running just under five and a half hours a day.
This means that over the life of a television, it will display your favorite programs for 15,460 hours, or the equivalent of 644 days straight.
Laptops are expected to fail after just five years and nine months, but give four hours of use per day – the total lifespan of a laptop is 8,372 hours.
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And vacuum cleaners will survive in UK households for six years and eight months and run about three times a week – for a total of 1,145 lifetime uses.
The study, carried out via OnePoll, also found that more than three-quarters of adults will use a device until it is beyond repair before replacing it.
And they estimate they spend £ 428 per person each year, trying to fix the pieces that have broken.
Triton showers Spokeswoman Tina Simpson added: “It was reassuring that the majority of households would try to fix a device before replacing it, which is really important in reducing the amount of waste that goes to landfill needlessly. .
“When choosing an item for the home, I always recommend checking that it is covered by a warranty and making sure that the manufacturer recycles old parts, where possible.
“There are also things you can do to extend the life of your appliances – for example, if you live in an area with hard water, installing a water softener or a scale reducer can help extend the life of your shower, washing machine, and dishwasher. “
Service life of UK appliances:
- Shower – eight years six months
- Four – eight years three months
- Refrigerator freezer – seven years eleven months
- TV – six years ten months
- Washing machine – six years nine months
- Microwave – six years nine months
- Dishwasher – six years eight months
- Vacuum cleaner – six years eight months
- Toaster – six years
- Laptop – five years nine months