Category Archives: Mini-polls

TREND-MONITOR MINI-POLLS

Our Mini-Poll Service is run in partnership with Panelbase, one of the UK’s most respected research panels with over 240,000 adult respondents.  These polls enable us to gain instant insight into issues regarding UK homes and home life.

Contact us if you would like to add a question into our next mini-poll.
You can email us at hello@trend-monitor.co.uk or phone us at 0113 209 3288

Storage room required in showers

Bottles in shower

Our latest mini-poll asked over a 1000 people how many bottles of shampoos, conditioners and shower gels were kept in the shower at any one time.  

The results, which can be seen in our chart below, show that over half of us are quite restrained and only keep between 2 and 5 bottles in their shower.

However 10.23% of us require much more storage room in our showers as we are keeping over 10 bottles of shampoo, condition and shower gel in the shower at any one time.

Number of bottles kept in a shower

 

Our mini-polls are run on a regular basis.  Contact us if you would like to add a question to the next mini-poll

Click here to see the results of all our mini-polls

 

 

Where are washing machines kept in the home?

washing-machine

Following on from the furore caused when Kirstie Allsopp suggested that  it is “disgusting” to keep washing machines in the kitchen, we thought we’d ask our mini-pollers where they keep their washing machines

 

Trend-Monitor mini-poll

As the chart shows, a resounding 69% of people keep their washing machine in their kitchen, with 24% of people having the space for their washing machine in a laundry or utility room.  Only 1.3% of our mini-pollers keep their washing machine in the bathroom as suggested by Allsopp.

The row in social media was sparked by Kirsty’s response to a journalist’s comments about Americans finding the British way of placing washing machines in kitchens confusing.  Washing machines in many parts of the US and Europe are placed in the bathroom or separate utility rooms, but in most UK homes they are usually found in the kitchen, in part because in the UK there are no electrical sockets in the bathroom and most UK bathrooms could not fit a washing machine.

 

What makes consumers the most nervous when purchasing a large household item online?

Our fourth mini-poll asked 886 UK consumers what made them the most nervous when making an online purchase of a large household item such as a kitchen appliance, sofa or bath.

The results below show that the item not being covered by a guarantee is what makes consumers the most nervous about this type of purchase, closely followed by not being able to find the address of a UK office or showroom.

The full results are shown in the chart below

online-purchases

Our mini-polls are run on a regular basis.  Contact us if you would like to add a question to the next mini-poll

Click here to see the results of all our mini-polls

 

 

How much are homeowners willing to spend on a new bathroom?

Bathroom budget

In our third mini-poll, we asked over 1000 homeowners how much they would be willing to spend on a complete new bathroom, including bath with taps, shower with enclosure and tray, toilet, basin with taps, vanity unit, tiling, and also the plumbing and fitting of the bathroom

The results can be seen in our chart below, with a nearly a quarter of homeowners willing to spend up to £5,000 on their new bathroom.

How much are homeowners will to spend on a bathroom

Our mini-polls are run on a regular basis.  Contact us if you would like to add a question to the next mini-poll

How much are homeowners willing to spend on a new kitchen?

mini-poll 2 kitchen spend

In our second mini-poll, we asked over 1000 homeowners how much they would be willing to spend on a complete new kitchen, including cabinets, work surfaces, splash-backs, appliances, sink and taps, and also the fitting of the kitchen.

The results can be seen in our chart below, with almost 28% of homeowners only willing to pay up to £5,000 for a complete new kitchen.

Kitchen budget chart

Our mini-polls are run on a regular basis.  Contact us if you would like to add a question to the next mini-poll

Click here to see the results of all our mini-polls

What do UK homeowners love best about their kitchens?

Last week TREND-MONITOR ran a mini-poll to understand what UK homeowners liked best about their kitchens, and also what they would change about their kitchens.

We had over 700 responses to our quick 2-question online survey and it became clear that when a kitchen is designed and planned sympathetically with the homeowners lifestyle in mind, then it becomes the heart and hub of the home, and this what homeowners loved about their kitchen.   On the other hand, homeowners who felt dissatisfied with their kitchen blamed this on the practical aspects and wanted to change the location of appliances, upgrade the cabinets and add more work surfaces.  They were unable to feel a sense of comfort in their kitchen until these elements were brought into line with their ideal kitchen scenario.

Size was highlighted as a major issue, in terms of  both kitchen likes and dislikes.  The available space was the number one reason for liking a kitchen, conversely lack of space was top of the list of things homeowners wanted to change about their kitchen.

Have a look at our infographic (below) which shows the top 5 things UK home owners love about their kitchens and the top 5 things they want to change in their kitchen.

(Click on the infographic to download as a pdf)

Kitchen likes and dislikes