A year in the life of an average British kitchen

The average British kitchen hosts 171 arguments, 624 bouts of laughter and sips 2,828 cups of tea in just one year, new research has revealed.

A nationwide survey from British appliance brand, Belling, has revealed that 70 per cent of Brits see the kitchen as the heart of the home, and therefore the setting for many of life’s best, worst and most crucial moments.

From sharing 218 pieces of gossip and enduring 182 kids tantrums to enjoying 275 singalongs and 72 kitchen discos, the research found the average British family kitchen to be a busy place over one year.

An average of three parties, whether planned or spontaneous, are hosted in the kitchen every year, alongside spilling 166 drinks and sharing 463 kisses.

The survey found Brits spend an average of three hours a day in the kitchen, with it being the setting for many of life’s big moments, including 15 per cent of relationship’s coming to an end, 20 per cent of small businesses being planned and even five per cent of people giving birth there.

“This research shows just how integral the kitchen is to the British family home,” said Jane Rylands, spokesperson from Belling. “It’s a place of treasured moments, spontaneous fun and life-changing events. Belling has been proud to feature in British family kitchens for over 100 years, and it’s clear to see that even as modern family life has developed, the kitchen remains the beating heart of the home.”

The research also revealed that women remain in control of the kitchen, with 70 per cent of people admitting that the females of the family rule the room. Roughly 65 per cent of the cooking and preparing of vegetables are managed by women, whilst the washing up is more equal, with 45 per cent of men claiming the task of doing the dishes. This however is disputed between the genders, as 65 per cent of men admitted to regularly undertaking the washing up, whereas women argue that it is in fact only 35 per cent.   

On average it’s been seven years since the British kitchen has been renovated, and Brits have big ideas for what would be the dream appliance in their ideal kitchen.

44 per cent would like a large American-style fridge, 38 per cent would choose underfloor heating and 37 per cent want a freestanding “island”. Around 32 per cent chose a breakfast bar as their dream item, 31 per cent are desperate for a double oven and 29 per cent said a range cooker would perfect their family kitchen. 

Every year the average British kitchen sees the following:

Family meals: 203

Arguments: 171

Slices of toast burned: 146

Spilled drinks: 166

Children having tantrums: 182

Kids stealing food from cupboard:172

Songs sung along to: 275

Pieces of gossip exchanged: 218

Bouts of laughter: 624

Dances: 72

Loads of washing up: 650

Roasts: 52           

Take-aways: 62

Decisions made: 120

Kisses: 463          

TV Dinners: 114

Pieces of homework completed: 94

Tears shed: 94

Pieces of work completed: 109

Cups of tea: 2828