Highlights of this report


Our estimates

We've used economic life and life expectancy to estimate life span. Read more


Kitchen appliances

How long should that dishwasher, espresso machine or toaster last? Read more


Electronic appliances

We've estimated the life of TVs, computers and digital cameras. Read more

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    How long should appliances last? The answers are surprisingly hard to pin down.

    It's a question we get asked a lot: how long should a fridge, camera or phone be expected to last? And if it breaks, should you repair or replace?

    In this report we estimate how long modern appliances should last. We also list common faults ... and explain your rights if an appliance breaks down too soon.