The term 'middle class' is often bandied about, describing a group of people who would identify themselves between working class and upper class - the highest social status.
According to one etiquette expert, there are some distinct materialistic markers of a person firmly within the middle class.
William Hanson, who is a professional on all matters class, protocol, and manners, shared with Indy100 that, he believes, there are 16 items that set you apart as being middle class.
According to William, you can call yourself middle class if you own even one of these items - although the scale of your 'middle class-ness' changes depending on how many, if any, you own.
Alongside the middle class items are the number of middle class households that have them. The research was gathered by home insurance provider Esure.
Including in the list are lots of pricey, big ticket items, such as a hot tub (though in our opinion an inflatable hot tub doesn't count) and a Smeg fridge, but there's also a few smaller items, such as matching coasters.
One of the best blenders is also on the list, as is a Dyson hoover.
Overall, the list of middle class items is pretty fancy though, and most of them will set you back quite a bit of cash.
William states that if you own between 1 and 4 of the below, your'e a 'little middle class', but between 13-16 of these items in your home will earn you the title of 'extremely middle class'.
We'd certainly love to have all of these in our home...!
So which do you own?
This is the list of items associated with being 'middle class'
1. Smart TV (owned by 42 per cent of middle class households)
2. Dyson vacuum cleaner (owned by 38 per cent of middle class households)
3. Barbeque (owned by 31 per cent of middle class households)
4. Vinyl records (owned by 17 per cent of middle class households)
5. iMac (owned by 12 per cent of middle class households)
6. Nutribullet (owned by 11 per cent of middle class households)
7. Antler or Samsonite luggage (owned by 10 per cent of middle class households)
8. Wood burning stove (owned by 9 per cent of middle class households)
9. Spiralizer (owned by 8 per cent of middle class households)
10. Mulberry bag (owned by 5 per cent of middle class households
11. Matching coasters (owned by 5 per cent of middle class households)
12. Boiling water taps (owned by 4 per cent of middle class households)
13. Hot tub (owned by 4 per cent of middle class households)
14. Aga range cooker (owned by 4 per cent of middle class households)
15. Smeg fridge (a sage green one is a particularly stylish option right now) (owned by 4 per cent of middle class households)
16. Brompton bike (owned by 3 per cent of middle class households)
Of course, there are probably plenty of other items owned by middle class households missed off this list too - what do you think of it?
Originally published in 2019
Amy Hunt is an experienced digital journalist specialising in homes, interiors and hobbies. She began her career working as the features assistant at woman&home magazine, before moving over to the digital side of the brand where she eventually became the Lifestyle Editor up until January 2022. Amy won the Digital Journalist of the Year award at the AOP Awards in 2019 for her work on womanandhome.com.
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