We will have all heard the news about Kirstie Allsopp’s recent tweet regarding the ‘disgusting’ habit of placing washing machines in the kitchen, which sparked a fuelled debate stretching over nearly three days.
The TV personality’s tweet – which was originally in reply to a comment from a journalist – read “It is disgusting, my life’s work is in part dedicated to getting washing machines out of the kitchen,” and encouraged furious replies from Twitter users from far and wide. The debate peaked when Kirstie Allsopp was reported to have sworn on Twitter – news which drew headlines on the major newspapers – and was continually marked with tickling sarcastic remarks from Twitter, while Allsopp explained that the original post was meant in a humorous light.
As the debate continued, the primary question remained: is Allsopp right? No matter our available space for relocation, should we fearfully squirm away from integrating the washing into the kitchen?
We spoke to John Elliot, Founder of washing machine manufacturer Ebac, who commented: “Disgusting to have washing machines in the kitchen? I’ve never heard such nonsense in my life! People should have their washing machine in whatever room they like, whatever suits them and the layout of their home. It is far more important to make sure you get a good quality wash from a reliable machine, and of course, consider buying British.”
Co-Founder and kitchen design expert Daniele Brutto of Hub Kitchens said: “Getting the maximum usable space out of your kitchen is key to any design.” Brutto understands the possible negative aesthetic considerations of having the washing machine in the kitchen but explained: “If a customer does not have room outside the kitchen for a washing machine or tumble dryer we are able to offer lots of great solutions to incorporate them seamlessly in to the design. The current trend is to conceal cabinets and worktops as well as white goods and appliances to open up the space and create a multifunctional social hub within the home.”Ebac | ebac.com/washing-machines