What are the UKs favourite household items?

What are the UKs favourite household items?

A new report from Lloyds Bank Insurance takes a look at what gadgets have topped the UK’s most owned household items list.

The Britain at Home report found that a wide variety of non-essential items are now found in the home, from cooking tools (the most popular item for homeowners is a food mixer, owned by 69% of people) to artwork (owned by 47%) and different types of exercise equipment (35% of people own either one or more fitness-related items).  

Investment in these nice-to-have goods has seen the value of contents in the home rise by £2,900 over the last year. The communal areas saw the greatest levels of investment in 2016, with the average value of the living room increasing from £4,911 to £5,358 since 2015, and the kitchen up from £5,596 to £6,206 in the same period.  

Five of the most popular household items are all found in the kitchen, as programmes such as the Great British Bake Off and MasterChef continue to dominate UK screens driving a nationwide interest in culinary pursuits. In addition to the two thirds of people who own a food mixer, significant numbers of homeowners have splashed out on a slow cooker (54%) and coffee machine (47%).

High-tech gadgets are also top of the list for Brits looking to spruce up their living space; more than a third (36%) of people own games consoles, whilst a quarter (23%) have Bluetooth speakers. Other popular items helping people keep up the great British tradition of gathering together to watch their favourite programmes include a home cinema, which a sixth (15%) of homeowners have invested in and an Ultra HD TV, which one in ten people (11%) own..

However, a number of the top ticket items are less relaxation-oriented. In the space of just a year, the popularity of home-based exercise equipment has more than doubled. While last year a fifth (19%) of people owned home gyms, in 2016, 35% of people said they keep fitness equipment or bikes in the home.


Tim Downes, senior claims manager, Lloyds Bank Insurance said: “Across the UK people are increasingly using their home as not only the centre of family life, but a place to spend time doing their favourite leisure activities. As part of this, homeowners are making the most of their space by investing in items that they can enjoy with friends and families.

To make sure you can enjoy your hard-earned items worry-free, it’s important to ensure that your insurance policy continues to fully meet your needs, so take the time to check periodically that your cover is adequate. That way, you’ll be protected in the event of any issues, from accidental breakages, to theft and water damage.”

Most commonly-owned household items

Food mixer

69%

Slow cooker

54%

Coffee machine

47%

Artwork

47%

Games console

36%

Juicer

31%

Bread maker

29%

Home exercise equipment

35%

Bluetooth speakers

23%

Home Cinema

15%

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MBM Homelets
MBM Homelets 23 Mar 2017

Although this is a very positive step, there is little or no guarantee of the standard of workmanship employed by the tenants. We have had experience of a professionally decorated property being ' painted'...

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ajay
ajay 21 Mar 2017

How is the "robust evidence" looking now?

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NathanG
NathanG 20 Mar 2017

I've been watching the series so far and am completely baffled by the cases that were presented. Though, I don't think that we can protect ourselves from every scam possible - it will just make the scammers...

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Landlady14
Landlady14 01 Mar 2017

You would think so Niraj Shah! My experience only proves that there are varying qualitiers of professional in all aspects of property letting. None of the ones I have dealt with, from letting agents to...

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Mark
Mark 01 Mar 2017

Thanks for this article. Hopefully one day everybody's lifestyle will be eco-sustainable.

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Ben Taylor
Ben Taylor 28 Feb 2017

I was convinced that London was the most expensive!

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Alan Read
Alan Read 28 Feb 2017

Australia are leading the way in this I think. The trouble with Britain is we don't get enough sun to make use of solar power.

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James Powell
James Powell 27 Feb 2017

This is a very good news.

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DanHumphreys
DanHumphreys 27 Feb 2017

It sounds like a good idea. Anything to help the younger generation get a foothold.

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Matt
Matt 20 Feb 2017

Is this fake news?

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Matthew Hollywood
Matthew Hollywood 07 Feb 2017

Matthew Hollywood - Director Mishon Mackay Land & New Homes - Brighton The shortage of New Homes is in part effected by the lack of land sales. Land sales are held back because there is a disparity between...

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jan 2017

Hi Graham, Would be interesting to see the above figure calculated against an investment via a Lt Company /SPV structure and if the investor found themselves pushed in to the higher tax bracket. Mortgage...

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