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The average kitchen hosts 171 arguments and 2,800 cups of tea every year

New research has found so much more than just cooking takes place in the typical cook-space...
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 14-03-2019 09:00am

New research has revealed exactly what takes place in the average British kitchen - and it's not just the cooking up of culinary storms.

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According to the study, conducted by Belling, the typical cook-space is host to 2,828 sips of tea, 171 arguments and - pucker up - 463 kisses.

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The research found 70% of Brits consider the kitchen to be the heart of their home, and the setting for many essential life events.

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Three parties a year - whether planned or spontaneous - are hosted each year, with 166 drinks spilt, 182 children's tantrums and 72 spontaneous discos (thank you, Alexa) taking place in the average cook-space.

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The study also investigated the 'male' and 'female' jobs that take place within the kitchen, finding the split between who does what sits as follows:

- 65% of food-prep is taken care of by women
- 45% of the washing-up is done by men
- 67% of the rubbish taking-out is done by men

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The study also explored the appliances Brits would most likely love to have in their kitchens, with a large American-style fridge (44%), underfloor heating (38%) and freestanding island (37%) topping the wishlist. Just under a third (32%) dream of having a breakfast bar, 31% want a double-oven and 29% want a range cooker.

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Speaking about the research, Belling's Jane Rylands comments: "This research shows just how integral the kitchen is to the British family home. 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".

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Katie Byrne

Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (coffee, not Instagram), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.

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