Brits splash the cash when investing in BBQs

Posted 2 June 2016 by Helen Christie

Although the British weather may not know it, this week is National BBQ Week...

The evenings are longer, the sun occasionally decides to emerge, and Brits are longing for nothing more than a bit of alfresco dining. BBQs and outdoor dining areas feature heavily on Brit’s garden bucket lists.

New research carried out on behalf of Rattan Direct, the national garden furniture retailer, has shown that 41% of UK adults spend up to £300 when upgrading their BBQ.

Interestingly, 46% of people admitted to investing the exact same amount of money into their kitchen cookers. While Brits cook on a hob multiple times a week, Rattan Direct’s research revealed that BBQ gets used, on average, only four times a year.

Much like the weather, BBQ spending habits vary greatly from region to region. London residents fork out the most money, followed by Scottish and Irish respondents.

On the other hand, Geordies are far more conservative with their BBQ spending. In fact, Newcastle residents invest the least amount of money into a new grill.

Robert Fernandez, a spokesperson at Rattan Direct, says: “We are known for our love for BBQ, raining or not, when the weekend hits, our gardens turn into a party space for family and friends.

“However, it’s interesting to see how much we are actually willing to pay for our BBQs, especially when comparing the prices of our kitchen cookers, which we use on daily basis.”


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