In 1967, Walter Cronkite imagined how the kitchen of 2001 would function:

McArdle compares adoption of various appliances in the US and the UK:

Data on household appliance dispersion shows dramatic differences between the US and Britain in the penetration of household conveniences. … It took until 1938 for 50% of American households to install a refrigerator. According to Bowden and Offer–though I confess that I find this hard to believe–Britain achieved that same feat 30 years later.