Washing machine ownership in the UK 1970-2018

Percentage of households with washing machines in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1970 to 2018

by S. O'Dea, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Washing machine ownership in the UK 1970-2018 Washing machine ownership in the United Kingdom is nearing 100%, after increasing in 2017-18 for the first time since 2011. Washing machine ownership reached 98 percent in 2017-18, an increase of seven percent since the turn of the century.
Who are the two percent without a washing machine?

The households that are the least likely to own a washing machine are households with one adult, retired and mainly dependent on state pensions. 87 percent of such households do not have a washing machine. Low income earners are also less likely to own a washing machine. With regard to gross income, 100 percent of households from the sixth decile to the highest ten percent of income earners featured a washing machine.

Washing in and washing out

   While not known as a washing machine manufacturing powerhouse, the United Kingdom exported 29.19 million British pounds worth of washing machines or associated parts during 2017. The balance of trade is heavily tipped towards the import side of the ledger, however, with the United Kingdom importing approximately 626.65 million British pounds worth of washing machines and associated parts in 2017. .
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Percentage of households with washing machines in the United Kingdom (UK) from 1970 to 2018

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