How long should your household appliances last?

We look at the lifespan of washers, fridges, TVs, phones and more, and when you should repair vs replace.

Great expectations

If you're thinking products don't seem to last as long as they used to, you're probably right. You may have fond memories of tuning in to Neighbours or The Simpsons on the same television for 15 years or more, but these days you change your telly almost as regularly as you once changed the channel. Well not quite, but statistically speaking you're buying a new TV every four years or so.

So how long should an appliance last? And how do you know if you're better off buying new than repairing?

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