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May 19, 2019 #life, #Lifestyle

– New research reveals top ten purchases that Britons feel define adulthood

– Overwhelmingly, three quarters of Brits said this was when they became a homeowner

– 31 is the age where Brits feel like they’ve reached adulthood 

NEW RESEARCH has revealed the defining things that make us feel like adults.

The survey of 1,124 UK adults conducted by household appliances e-tailer, AppliancesDirect.co.uk, revealed that a staggering three quarters (73%) of Brits felt that becoming a homeowner was a purchase that made them feel like they’d reached adulthood.

The survey further revealed that Britons most feel like they’ve matured to adulthood aged 31.

When respondents were asked which purchase they feel defined them as an adult, a further two in five (41%) said this was their first car, while 36% said it was a washing machine.

More than three in ten (34%) said the item that made them feel most like an adult was a dishwasher.

Completing the top five was the purchase of a coffee machine, with 32% of those quizzed saying this.

The research further revealed that 31% would consider buying a Lawnmower as defining their adulthood, closely followed by an iron (28%).

22% of Brits said that buying a vacuum cleaner made them feel like an adult, with 18% saying a TV licence. Completing the top ten was an oven (15%).

Mark Kelly, marketing manager at AppliancesDirect.co.uk, comments: “Becoming a homeowner is an exciting time for anyone and in most cases, is the biggest purchase anyone will ever make. As our research has revealed, many Brits feel the purchase of their first home is a defining marker of adulthood, though I was surprised to see that some of the more regular household items such as coffee machines and irons to have been chosen by those surveyed.

“It was really interesting to see from the findings that 31 is the age that Brits said they felt like they’d reached adulthood. Of course, we’re legally adults on our eighteenth birthday, though it’s clear that many Britons don’t class themselves as having reached adulthood until they feel they’ve matured more.

“It’s clear that it’s not just homes and cars that are important adulthood milestones for Brits, with the purchase of household items being more important to many.”

The top 10 purchases British people believe define adulthood:


  1. A House – 73%
  2. A Car – 41%
  3. Washing machine – 36%
  4. Dishwasher – 34%
  5. Coffee machine – 32%
  6. Lawnmower – 31%
  7. Iron – 28%
  8. Vacuum Cleaner – 22%
  9. TV Licence – 18%
  10. Oven – 15%

AppliancesDirect.co.uk sells a vast range of kitchen gadgets, white goods and other household appliances. The full range of products can be found at www.appliancesdirect.co.uk

For more information visit www.appliancesdirect.co.uk

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