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HEART OF THE HOME: A year in the life of the average British kitchen — fascinating research reveals what goes on in the heart of the home

  • 52 roasts cooked, 62 takeaways scoffed, 171 arguments had, 94 bouts of tears and 2,828 cups of tea made – this is one year in the average British kitchen, according to a nationwide study

A NATIONWIDE study of UK families has discovered a year in the life of the average British kitchen, with the report showing as many as 218 pieces of salacious gossip will be shared between adults over the course of one year.

There will also be 182 children’s melt downs, 624 bouts of hysterical laughter, 166 spilt drinks, 72 kitchen discos and 463 kisses also within the course of one year.

The survey, commissioned by British cooking appliance brand Belling, found women remain firmly in control of the kitchen, with 70 percent of both sexes saying it is still the domain of the female of the house.

Which makes sense, as according to the poll, women STILL do almost 70 percent of the cooking in UK houses, according to the study.

The poll also revealed the kitchen is the place for some major life moments. In fact, as many as 15 percent of relationships have come to and over the kitchen table and one in twenty mums have given birth on the kitchen floor.

On average there are three parties a year, whether planned or spontaneous, hosted in the average British kitchen.

The research of 2,000 British families covered everything including the kitchen sink – and revealed, on average Brits spend THREE hours a day in the heart of the home.

“This research shows just how integral the kitchen is to the British family home” says 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.”

If there is a spark point in the kitchen, it will generally come over a mess on the floor, the top reason for arguments (27 percent), followed closely by rows over what to cook (26 percent) and who should do the washing up (also 26 percent).

On average it’s been SEVEN years since the British kitchen has been renovated, and people have some big ideas about what the dream appliance in their ideal kitchen would be.

44 percent want a big American fridge with an ice dispenser, 38 percent want underfloor heating and 37 percent want a freestanding “island”.

32 percent want a breakfast bar, 31 percent are desperate for a double oven and 29 percent fancy a range cooker.


Every year the average British kitchen witnesses:

  • Family meals: 203
  • Arguments: 171
  • Spilled drinks: 166
  • Children’s tantrums: 182
  • Kids stealing food from cupboard: 172
  • Songs sung along to: 275
  • Pieces of gossip exchanged: 218
  • Bouts of hysterical 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: 2,828