Major appliances priced at $20 in 2006 $17.80 in 2019

Historical Price Inflation for Major appliances

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Prices for Major Appliances, 2006-2019 ($20)

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, prices for major appliances were 10.99% lower in 2019 versus 2006 (a $2.20 difference in value).

Between 2006 and 2019: Major appliances experienced an average inflation rate of -0.89% per year. In other words, major appliances costing $20 in the year 2006 would cost $17.80 in 2019 for an equivalent purchase. Compared to the overall inflation rate of 1.81% during this same period, inflation for major appliances was lower.

Price Inflation for Major appliances since 2006

Consumer Price Index, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Years with the largest changes in pricing: 2014 (-6.16%), 2012 (5.50%), and 2015 (-5.46%).

Raw Consumer Price Index data from U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics for Major appliances:

Year 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CPI 96.275 99.919 101.397 101.920 97.561 96.181 101.473 99.160 93.053 87.970 83.175 79.281 82.641 85.699

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Buying power of $20 since 2006

Below are calculations of equivalent buying power for Major appliances, over time, for $20 beginning in 2006. Each of the amounts below is equivalent in terms of what it could buy at the time:

Year USD Value Inflation Rate
2006 $20.00 -
2007 $20.76 3.78%
2008 $21.06 1.48%
2009 $21.17 0.52%
2010 $20.27 -4.28%
2011 $19.98 -1.41%
2012 $21.08 5.50%
2013 $20.60 -2.28%
2014 $19.33 -6.16%
2015 $18.27 -5.46%
2016 $17.28 -5.45%
2017 $16.47 -4.68%
2018 $17.17 4.24%
2019 $17.80 3.70%*
* Not final. See inflation summary for latest details.

How to calculate the inflation rate for major appliances, 2006-2019

Start with the inflation rate formula:

CPI in 2019 / CPI in 2006 * 2006 USD value = 2019 USD value

Then plug in historical CPI values from above. The CPI for Major appliances was 96.275 in the year 2006 and 85.699 in 2019:

85.699 / 96.275 * $20 = $17.80

Therefore, according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, $20 in 2006 has the same "purchasing power" as $17.80 in 2019 (in the CPI category of Major appliances).


Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics began tracking the Consumer Price Index for Major appliances in 2006. In addition to major appliances, the index produces monthly data on changes in prices paid by urban consumers for a variety of goods and services.

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