Meet The Couple Who Has Been Using The Same Appliances Since 1950s

How long does home appliances manufactured these days last? 10 years or at the maximum 15 years. Now, even if it doesn’t fall apart, don’t we have to keep up with the change and upgrade to newer and ‘better’ models every few years? Well, not quite so for this British couple Sydney and Rachel Saunders who have been using the same home appliances for over 50 years.

couple using same appliances since 1950s
The 1963 Burco tumble dryer that cost £52. Image credits: David Hedges

The couple from Exeter, UK bought their home appliances which includes a tumble dryer, boiler, cooker and washing machinein the 1950s for just £146 (approx. Rs. 12600). And the best part is that these machines continue to work to this day and they even have the instruction manuals of some of the appliances with them.

“We were given the washing machine when we were married—62 years ago—and the last time it was used was 12 years ago”, says Rachel, a retired carer. She further adds, “Other than that the washing machine leaks a bit, the rest of the appliances work just fine.” Syndey Saunders, a retired accountant remarks, “Things were made better in those days, they were more durable and stronger.”

couple using same appliances since 1950s
A 1956 Belling cooker bought for £19 Image credits: David Hedges

We cannot agree more with what Mr. Saunders said. In the early days, machines were built to last. But these days, manufacturers slyly build their appliances to last just about 7-10 years or a maximum of 15, if you care and maintain them very well enough. After all, durable appliances mean lesser business in the long run. As Mr. Saunders said, “They just don’t make them like they used to anymore.”

couple using same appliances since 1950s
Instructions for the washing machine. Image credits: David Hedges

The couple has finally decided to part away with their antique appliances. They aren’t really bothered by how much the appliances would fetch. Rather, they are hoping that it would go to a museum or somewhere it would be preserved well.


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