Posted 12th Sep 2018

Almost two thirds of Brits struggle to use home appliances

12th September 2018 - 15:36pm
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A new survey by AppliancesDirect.co.uk has found that 61% of Brits “can’t work all of their home appliances”, with a quarter saying they don’t know the difference between the oven and the grill, and 21% saying they don’t know how to work the temperature switch on their fridge.

The survey – which questioned 1,015 UK adults – also found that 27% don’t know how to use more than one setting on their washing machine. Less than 10% said they use the instruction manual to figure out how appliances work, while 39% turn to the internet for advice.

More than 30% also believed that appliances in standby mode use no power. “Despite the advice available on how to use home appliances, there are still many of us who don’t know how to work all of them correctly,” said AppliancesDirect.co.uk marketing manager Mark Kelly.

“The research shows how there are many common misconceptions surrounding how household appliances work. Instead of not knowing how to use all of our home appliances, we should pull on the help around us from instruction manuals to friends and family.”

Kelly added: “By doing this, it will mean that appliances can be used correctly and to their full ability, so it is really important that Brits understand how to work all of their domestic gadgets.”

A previous survey by Centrica Hive found that “millions” of Brits are “baffled by the number of buttons, symbols and switches” on their appliances, which eight in 10 admitting to a “trial and error” approach when it comes to using them.


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