Stacey Solomon’s ‘Sort Your Life Out’ is the best-rated UK cleaning show of all time, new research reveals

Solomon’s BBC series scores highest with viewers – ranking top of the UK charts and second internationally after ‘Hot Mess House’

The Stacey Solomon fronted TV series Sort Your Life Out is the best cleaning programme on British television according to new research.

Expert cleaning brand Gtech analysed 20 of the biggest cleaning shows from Britain and North America to find the series with the highest IMDb user ratings – including programmes from the millennium onwards.

Figures showed that the BBC’s Sort Your Life Out was the best reviewed programme of its kind in Britain – beating the likes of Channel 5 shows such as Grime & Punishment: Dirty Britain and Amazon Prime’s Call the Cleaners.

Sort Your Life Out also ranked second in the overall table. America’s Hot Mess House was considered the best cleaning programme ever made – scoring an average viewer rating of 8/10.

At the other end of the spectrum, Netflix’s Get Organised with the Home Edit was the worst rated cleaning show in the dataset, mustering a miserable 4.9/10 from unimpressed users.

These results show that The Home Edit has struggled to transfer its Instagram success – where founders earn over £10,000 per post – over to the small screen.

Ranked by IMDb ratingCleaning showCountryIMDb ratingWhere to watch
#1Hot Mess HouseAmerica8Amazon Prime
#2Sort Your Life OutUK7.9BBC iPlayer
#3Grime & Punishment: Dirty BritainUK7.8Channel 5
#4Call the CleanersUK7.6Amazon Prime
#5Clean HouseAmerica7.5Amazon Prime
#6How Clean Is Your House?UK7.4YouTube
#7Obsessive Compulsive CleanersUK7.3Channel 4
#8Mission: OrganizationAmerica7.3HGTV
#9Britain’s Biggest HoardersUK7.2YouTube
#10Filthy House SOSUK6.9Channel 5
#11Clean SweepAmerica6.9TLC
#12Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important ThingsAmerica6.7Netflix
#13Tidying Up With Marie KondoAmerica6.6Netflix
#14Master The MessAmerica6.6DirecTV
#15Hoarding: Buried AliveAmerica6.6TLC
#16HoardersAmerica6.4Amazon Prime
#17Sparking Joy With Marie KondoAmerica6.3Netflix
#18The Minimalists: Less Is NowAmerica5.9Netflix
#19Kim’s Rude AwakeningsCanada5.2YouTube
#20Get Organised With The Home EditAmerica4.9Netflix

Gtech’s data also showed that Netflix is struggling to gain traction with its cleaning shows. The streaming giant only averages 6.1/10 on IMDb for these programmes, which is dwarfed by Amazon Prime’s 7.4 rating.

The figures pinpointed 2001-2005 as the golden age for cleaning TV – with this four-year period averaging an IMDb score of 7.3/10 as classics like Clean House, Clean Sweep and How Clean Is Your House? all debuted. 

However, the frequency of new cleaning shows has been increasing over time. The most recent decade has produced 85% more of these types of series compared to the ten-year period before it – correlating directly with the rising popularity of streaming services.

Ranked by average IMDb ratingTime periodAmount of cleaning showsAverage IMDb rating
#12001-200547.3
#22011-201537.1
#32016-202076.9
#42021-36.7
#52006-201036.1

A Gtech spokesperson commented: “There’s no better inspiration for a good old-fashioned spring clean than watching cleaning experts turn chaotic clutter into organised elegance.

“As Christmas approaches, you’re going to need all the motivation possible to get your own home ready for the festive season.

“That’s where these popular cleaning shows can come in handy, providing that all-important spark to tackle that seemingly never-ending to-do list.”

For further insights from Gtech, visit the Gtech blog.

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