Which Kitchen Gadgets Are Gathering The Most Dust in British Homes?

Be honest with yourself: When was the last time you used that spiralizer of yours? Or your slow cooker? Or even your cafetière

It’s so easy to buy into the latest kitchen gadget fads to get more creative in the kitchen or as a means of trying to encourage healthier habits in our diet. 

But, have you ever stopped to consider just how many kitchen gadgets you own whose sole job is now just to collect dust in your kitchen cupboards? Or how much money you have wasted on these unused items?

Luckily, we've surveyed Brits to reveal the true cost of untouched gadgets in British kitchens. Read on to discover our key findings...

  • The average UK household owns £822 worth of unused kitchen gadgets - including a pestle & mortar, spiralizer and more. Most shocking of all, this amounts to £22.8 billion worth of unused appliances across the UK.
  • The nation’s most unused kitchen gadget is a cafetière, with almost 1 in 4 (23%) owners admitting they’ve never used it. 
  • 1 in 5 (21%) Brits plan on buying a bread maker in the future. In fact, it’s the number one kitchen gadget on the nation’s wishlist.
  • During lockdown, every 1 in 5 kitchen gadget purchase has been a coffee machine - highlighting that Brits have really missed their coffee shops during these testing times.
  • 1 in 7 (14%) Brits admit to purchasing kitchen gadgets recommended on their favourite cooking shows, however, for those that decide to dish out on chef gadgets (electric cake mixer, pestle & mortar, pasta maker, bread maker, tagine) it will cost £671.


Revealed: The Kitchen Gadgets Collecting Dust in Britain’s Kitchen Cupboards


Un-Bean-Liveable: 1 in 4 Cafetière Owners Have Never Used Theirs Since Purchasing

When we surveyed Brits about their most unused kitchen gadgets, the cafetière came out on top with almost 1 in 4 (23%) admitting to only using it once - or worse yet, never using it since purchasing. 

So whilst many Brits seem to like the idea of creating a coffee-shop inspired beverage at home, these findings suggest that they don’t like the effort that comes with a cafetière.

1 in 5 Brits Admit to Owning a Pestle & Mortar But Never Using It

Our findings uncovered that sophisticated pestle & mortar is the second-most unused kitchen gadget, with over 1 in 5 (22%) Brits admitting that they’ve never used it, or have only used it once since purchasing it. 

Again, this suggests that Brits have high hopes for getting creative in the kitchen but when it actually comes down to cooking, they prefer the simplicity of using premade spice mixes and pastes.

Spiralling Spending Habits: 1 in 6 Brits Have Bought a Spiralizer But Never Used It

Thirdly, we have the spiralizer, which can be used to transform vegetables, such as courgette or sweet potato, into a healthy alternative to pasta.

However, with almost 1 in 6 (17%) admitting they’ve never used their spiralizer since purchasing it, this suggests that making courgetti doesn’t live up to the same expectation as pasta itself.

In fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place were the juicer (15%), ice cream maker (13%), tagine (12%), and pasta maker (11%), retrospectively.

The True Cost of Unused Kitchen Appliances

The Average UK Household Owns £822 Worth of Unused Kitchen Gadgets

Totalling up the average cost of all the top seven untouched kitchen gadgets amounts to a staggering £822 per household. But most shocking of all, across the UK this adds up to £22.8 billion worth of unused appliances, just sitting in British kitchen cupboards collecting dust.

Inspired by Cooking Programmes? The Average TV Chef Starter Pack Costs £671 

We’re watching more TV than ever, with households spending between 21 and 25 hours per week doing so.

With this in mind, it’s little surprise that 1 in 7 (14%) Brits admit to purchasing kitchen gadgets they’ve seen featured on cooking shows. But for those who do decide to dish out on chef-endorsed appliances, how much will this set you back? 

Our research has uncovered that the top five kitchen gadgets that heavily appear on cooking programmes, and how much they cost on average:

  1. Electric Cake Mixer - £380
  2. Pestle & Mortar - £17
  3. Pasta Maker - £103
  4. Bread Maker - £113
  5. Tagine - £58

In total, this amounts to a staggering £671 for the TV chef starter pack.

The Top Kitchen Gadgets on Brits Wishlists REVEALED


Ready, Set, Dough: 21% of Brits Plan on Buying a Bread Maker

During the lockdown, Brits have certainly gone bonkers for baking, with UK Google searches for ‘banana bread recipe’ increasing a staggering 508% throughout the lockdown (74,000 to 450,000 per month). On top of that UK Google searches for ‘sourdough recipe’ have increased an astonishing 814% during the lockdown (8,1000 to 74,000 per month).

Our findings have uncovered that baking is a hobby many Brits want to keep up post-lockdown with over 1 in 5 (21%) hoping to purchase a bread maker in the future. In fact, it’s the number one kitchen gadget on the nation's wishlist.

Great British Bake Off: Lockdown Has Left Brits With An Urge to Buy an Electric Cake Mixer

However, if bread doesn’t float your boat, in joint second place is the electric cake mixer and a pasta maker.

19% of Brits are looking to buy an electric cake mixer but this doesn’t even take into account the 10% that already have purchased one since lockdown. Combining these stats (29%), and it appears that 3 in 10 Brits have been eager to get their Great British Bake Off on throughout the lockdown. However, this new hobby in the home comes at a cost - with the average electric cake mixer costing £380.

Exploring Pasta-bilities: 19% of Brits Plan on Buying a Pasta Maker

The joint second kitchen gadget on Brits wishlists is a pasta maker, with 19% admitting that they have plans to buy one in the future. However, our research has uncovered that of those who have previously purchased one, only 1% use it on a weekly basis and 2% use it once a month - suggesting that after purchasing a pasta maker, the novelty wears off.

It may, instead, be worth spending your money on a kitchen appliance you’re more likely to use - such as the third most popular item on the nation’s wishlist...

Smooth Operators: 1 in 7 Brits Plan on Buying a Smoothie Maker

Our findings uncovered a smoothie maker as the third most popular item on the nation’s wishlist - with 1 in 7 (14%) Brits looking to purchase one in the foreseeable future.

It’d actually make for a useful purchase too, with 49% of Brits using it on the regular. These findings were uncovered on the basis that of those who already own a smoothie maker, 27% use it on a daily to weekly basis, and 22% on a monthly basis.

Which Kitchen Gadgets Are Brits Buying Throughout Lockdown?

In addition, our findings also uncovered the kitchen gadgets Brits decided to buy during the lockdown.

Cost-a-latte: Of All Appliances Purchased During Lockdown, 1 in 5 Has Been a Coffee Machine

Of the Brits who said they had purchased a kitchen appliance throughout the lockdown, 1 in 5 (20%) admitted to purchasing a coffee machine. This suggests that Brits were really missing their barista coffees throughout this period. However, was purchasing a coffee machine an effective cost-per-use idea - or will it turn into another item collecting dust in a kitchen cupboard, post-lockdown?

On the basis that the average takeaway coffee costs £2.44 and the average coffee machine costs £170, you would only need to make 70 coffees to get your money’s worth. With the lockdown lasting more than 100 days, having one coffee a day means you’ll definitely be getting your money's worth.

Sweet or Savoury? In Joint Second Place is the Electric Cake Mixer and Hand-Held Blender

The joint second most popular kitchen item purchased during lockdown is the electric cake mixer and hand-held blender. Suggesting there’s a divide in culinary tastes across UK households, with 10% opting for savory dishes such as handmade soups made by a hand-held blender. And, 10% choosing to satisfy their sweet tooth by creating baked goods with an electric cake mixer. 

Are you interested in uncovering what other items Brits have been purchasing throughout the lockdown? Why not check out our blog on the most popular houseplants of this period?

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