The cost of everyday household items is rising, says a website

The cost of buying or replacing everyday household goods is skyrocketing as energy and shopping bills rise, analysis shows.

A washing machine is generally £161 more than it was two years ago, while a cooker will cost someone £334 more on average, according to a website.

Those in need of a new TV, meanwhile, can expect to pay £49 more than two years ago, while a tablet now costs £74 more on average.

Price comparison website PriceRunner performed the analysis using its own data, as well as commissioning a survey to find out which daily prices people noticed rising.

Christine Gouldthorp, consumer expert at PriceRunner, said: “When it comes to everyday consumer products such as digital cameras, washing machines and cookers, some of them have doubled in price over the past two last years.

“The average washing machine now costs 49% more than in April 2020.”


In addition to rising prices, supply issues also had an impact.

PriceRunner’s snapshot analysis also revealed that nearly two-fifths (38.5%) of kitchen sinks were out of stock on its website on April 18, 2022, as were 72% of doors and 46.9% of Windows.

Almost a quarter (24.2%) of products in its TV category were also out of stock, according to figures given to the PA news agency.

A YouGov survey of 2,000 people commissioned by PriceRunner found that nine out of 10 people (89%) said they had been affected by rising energy prices, with around a quarter being heavily affected.

Six in 10 (59%) respondents said they noticed their money usually doesn’t stretch as far as it used to.

Some 85% have seen food prices increase recently and 78% have seen fuel prices increase.

A quarter (25%) saw increases in the prices of health and beauty, while almost three in 10 (29%) saw the price of toilet paper and nappies increase.

Some 13% saw the price of furniture and home decorations increase.

To fight against rising prices, 45% of people consume less electricity, 35% consume less gas, 38% reduce their purchases and 30% consume less gasoline.

About 3% also said they had tried to ask their boss for a pay rise to combat rising prices.

Here are the average price increases between April 2020 and April 2022, according to data on different categories taken from the PriceRunner website:

– Digital cameras, 60% or £268

– Washing machines, 49% or £161

– Instructors: 39% or £96

– Cookers, 27% or £334

– Tablets, 22% or £74

– Tumble dryer, 19% or £72

– Toys, 18% or £3

– Vacuum cleaners, 11% or £18

– Coffee pots, 10% or £7

– Speakers, 9% or £15

– TVs, 8% or £49

– Headphones and gaming headsets, 8% or £3

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