Kitchens take more of our money and less of our time

With shows like the Great British Bake Off proving to be incredibly popular, it’s no surprise that Brits will spend the most money on their kitchens (just consider all the fancy gadgets you ‘need’). If you dig a little deeper, however, you also see that as a nation we are actually spending LESS time in the kitchen than before. Here is an interesting look at why the kitchen is set to swallow up your pounds but not you time:

  • Each British kitchen has an average of 7 gadgets

This adds up to 163 million gadgets country-wide in the following order of preference: microwave, kettle, toaster, slow cooker, George Foreman grill, juicer, smoothie maker and candy floss machine. (Research by Bespoke Offers). The research has also shown a move toward a heathier lifestyle with 27% of British households owning a steamer or a George Foreman grill and around 20% owning juicers or smoothie makers – this compared with chip pans and teapots which were some of the most popular kitchen items in the 1970s.

Interestingly, another study conducted earlier this year found that, as a nation, we’ve halved the time we spend cooking compared to the 1980s – from an hour to just over half an hour. The study mentioned time constraints and the proliferation of convenience food as the main reasons with sandwiches apparently becoming a staple. The disparity can be explained either by the fact that certain Brits are adopting a heathier lifestyle while others go the fast food route, or that we are inspired to adopt a healthier lifestyle but when it comes done to it we simply don’t have the time to follow through.

  • Kitchens are the place where people spend the most on home improvement

According to a study by Napid, Brits spend an average of £2,183.72 on improving their kitchens, which is more than the estimated amount for any other room in the house. This is interesting because according to another poll done by Ocean Finance, only one in ten Brits say they spend most of their interactive waking time in the kitchen. The living room was, in fact, the clear winner for the room used most with nearly 80% of respondents saying this is the area where they spend most of their time.

  • Kitchens help sales but don’t improve value

Regardless of whether or not you’ll spend hours in the kitchen, it is still wise to spend time and money making over a dull kitchen because it is still the heart of the home and often one of the first things prospective buyers will see. Be aware, however, that according to a HSBC survey, a kitchen will rarely add more value than it costs to redo (with a new kitchen adding only an average of £5000 to your house’s value), but it will increase your chances of selling your house by ‘impressing the judges’.

Resist the urge to do a complete overhaul and instead focus on painting unit doors and re-placing handles. That should leave you with plenty of budget for your Nigella Lawson-inspired kitchen gadgets or to buy some artwork for your lounge (where you’re likely to spend more of your waking hours).


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