When it comes to dreaming up motorised household gadgets and gizmos, women want practical things like an automated toilet seat and motorised wheelie bins to help with daily chores, while men just want to maximise their relaxation time by adding a motor to the sofa.
The findings were revealed in our new survey of 1,000 UK adults. On the back of soaring sales of motorised blinds, we wanted to see what else Brits would like to motorise in the home. And the research showed a huge gender gap.
Most men would motorise their chair or couch to whizz them to and from the kitchen or toilet in comfort. The second most popular automated accessory in men’s homes would be a remote control beer fridge. This was followed by a remote control for operating wheelie bins and the dreaded task of putting them out on bin day.
Women, on the other hand, appear to be much more practically minded. They want to motorise things that will help them with the domestic chores. The most popular item was the toilet seat that closes automatically when it’s been left up for more than 10 minutes. Women would also like to be able to automate bed making – with a mechanism to straighten bed clothes daily. Third most popular on the women’s list was a cot rocker.
The Top Five Things Men Would Motorise
- Beer fridge
- Remote control wheelie bin
- Window blinds
- Garden weeder – no more kneeling
The Top Five Things Women Would Motorise
- Toilet lid shutter/flusher/cleaner
- Motorised duvet and sheet straightener
- Pram or cot rocker
- Dishwasher emptier
- Wheelie bins/recycling – moving them outside the house when it’s bin day
Mike Stephen said: “The findings on what to motorise also support our research into the current gender split regarding housework.
“In our 2015 study, of more than 1000 UK households, we found that women are still doing more housework than their spouses or male counterparts.”
When asked how long they spent a week doing household jobs like cleaning, laundry, cooking, tidying rooms (excluding childcare) the average for women was a massive 16.5 hours per week.
The largest proportion of domestic time was spent on laundry. Around 6 hours a week is spent loading, unloading, ironing and putting clothes away. Second was ‘cleaning’ rooms such as bathrooms, kitchens and dusting where we spend around 3 hours a week cleaning; this was followed by cooking, just under 3 hours. Also in the top five were grocery shopping and changing beds.
Men on the other hand said that they estimated that they spend just a meager 6 hours doing domestic chores. When asked to list what domestic chores men typically do the top 5 most popular jobs they do were:
Putting the bins out
Mowing the lawn
Loading and unloading the dishwasher
Very few were responsible for cleaning bathrooms, with just 6% including this in their regular jobs.
Mike Stephen added: “When we delved deeper into who typically does what inside UK households it was clearer as to why women want to motorise toilet seats as it’s women who generally clean the bathroom. Both men and women want to automate the wheelie bin as this appeared to be a more shared job among married and co-habiting men and women.”
The survey was carried out by www.apollo-blinds.co.uk