COVID-19 Economic Impact Report: Global Major Household Appliances

COVID-19 Economic Impact Report: Global Major Household Appliances looks at how the expected impact of the pandemic on the current macroeconomic environment compares to other major events since 2000, including the bursting of the technology bubble, the SARS outbreak, the 2009 global downturn, and the European financial crisis.


The Global Major Household Appliances report analyzes global supply and sales of major household appliances, also known as “white goods”. Covered products include:

  • refrigerators (units that contain a freezer compartment, standalone refrigerators, and all-purpose refrigeration units, regardless of size)
  • standalone freezers (freezers included in a refrigerator are counted in refrigerator sales for the purpose of this study), regardless of size
  • washing machines, including combination washer-dryer units (both all-in-one units that have both washing and drying functions in one drum and single, stacked units – often called “laundry centers” – that contain separate washing and drying drums)
  • clothes dryers sold separately from washing machines, excluding combination washer-dryer units (which are counted as washing machines in this study)
  • large cooking appliances (cooktops (also known as hobs), standalone ovens, ranges (also known as stoves))
  • dishwashers, including portable, countertop, and built-in dishwasher units
  • commercial-grade units that are installed in residential homes, as well as major household appliances that are installed in outdoor residential spaces (e.g., garages, outdoor kitchens)
  • portable and countertop versions of the covered products
  • specialty appliances (e.g., kimchi and wine refrigerators)
  • combination units
    • refrigerators with a freezer compartment
    • all-in-one kitchen units also known as combo-kitchens (Each installed appliance counts as a separate unit.)
    • combination washer-dryer units and laundry centers

Excluded are:

  • small cooking appliances such as rice cookers, hot plates, and microwave ovens
  • miscellaneous household appliances such as air conditioners, vacuum cleaners, hair dryers, and water heaters
  • consumer electronics such as DVD players, televisions, and computers
  • cooking appliances used in outdoor settings, such as wood-burning ovens, grills, and fire pits
  • major household appliance accessories, such as range hoods
  • major household appliance parts, such as door assemblies, cooking chambers, and air compressors

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