Modern status symbols revealed: Hot tubs now top of the list for show-off homeowners
Popular with the cast of TOWIE, they are now the ultimate showpiece to flaunt in front of family and friends
Lovely tubbly: The TOWIE cast enjoy a soak
The only way is… hot tubs. A spa in the garden is the No 1 status symbol for show-off homeowners.
Popular with the cast of The Only Way is Essex, they are now the ultimate showpiece to flaunt in front of family and friends.
They took first place in a survey of Top 10 objects of desire for the home, ahead of walk-in wardrobes, US-style fridge-freezers with ice-making machines and hi-tech digital sound systems.
Our latest must-haves mark big lifestyle changes compared to the equivalents in previous decades.
A hostess trolley, colour TV and answerphone were the height of style in the 70s, while in the 60s we craved washing machines and electric carving knives.
Mark Swift of gadget maker De’Longhi – which polled 4,000 adults for the study – said: “It’s fascinating to see how status symbols move with the times and fashions over the decades.
“Some are very clearly of their time and don’t date particularly well, whereas others become widely accepted as the years go by, to the point that eventually no home is without them.
“Styles and fashions may come and go, but it seems we’ll never tire of buying things for the house to act as status symbols.”
Aga cookers, gas barbecues, temperature-controlled wine cabinets and 3D televisions all made the craving list.
A quarter of women confessed they found buying such items more thrilling than splashing out for a new pair of shoes.
And one in five householders said they deliberately pointed out their new showpiece when friends and family visited.
The survey found women were more likely to suffer from status-symbol envy than men and insisted on keeping up with trend-setting friends.
A walk-in wardrobe like the one owned by Carrie Bradshaw in TV’s Sex and the City was seen as the No 1 want for women.
Men put state-of-the-art music kit as top of their list, but with both sexes choosing a hot tub in their top three, it was voted 2012’s most wanted status symbol.
Asked to predict the most sought-after gadget in 2020, Brits opted for a shower that blow- dries hair and a dishwasher that puts the dishes away.
Top Ten Status Symbols Now
1. Hot tub
2. Walk-in wardrobe
3. US-style fridge
4. Music equipment with speakers in every room
5. 3D TV
6. Noise-activated lights and blinds
7. Range cooker
8. Coffee machine
9. Temperature controlled wine cabinet
10. Gas BBQ
Top five in the 1990s
Burnt orange Le Creuset set
Black dining table and chairs
Commodore 64 home computer
Avocado bathroom suite
Waste disposal unit
Electric Fondue set
Electric sewing machine
Colourful kitchen cupboards
Electric carving knife
Home telephone, buttons