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Home appliances still baffle British men

Men might see themselves as gadget lovers, but it seems that they have trouble working the most basic of appliances.

New research has found that a fifth of all British men don’t have a clue how to use their washing machine.

Men across the nation stand with their hands up, openly admitting that they have no idea how to put on a basic wash load.

The research, by Npower, revealed that in addition to lack of washing machine knowledge, a shocking one in 10 men don’t know how to use the cooker or oven.

However, women aren’t perfect when it comes to gadgets and appliances. The study of 3,000 people found that 21% of women are left stuck for answers when attempting to use a wireless router.

The research found that people get frustrated with their gadgets in the home, car or on the move at least once a week. Women experience more anger than men at their inanimate objects.

Surprisingly, 1 in 20 men find themselves confused by gadgets such as computers and smartphones.

Both sexes baffled by boilers

But it is boilers that baffle both the sexes as 14 % of women and 9 % of men would not know how to get the heating back on if it broke down.

Marketing manager for Npower hometeam, Joan Cow said, “It’s incredible to see that stereotypes still prevail in some households with men confused by washing machines and cookers in the kitchen.

But beyond programming the heating or finding the trip switch, men seem equally clueless when the heating stops working and are worryingly more likely to tamper with appliances to try and fix them.

It might be seen as more manly to tinker with the heating and electrical items, but if you don’t know what you’re doing, you could be making matters worse, or potentially be putting yourself at risk.

Despite the fact that men are keen to fix a gadget themselves, men are more likely to ignore the problem hoping they won’t need to use the items anytime soon.”

Get an expert

If you find yourself baffled by household appliances, Npower recommend that you call in an expert such as a Gas Safe engineer.

Are you one of those men who can’t work the washer? Are you a woman who shies away from routers?