The wonderful woman who said this is Ann Gibbons, author of The First Human: The Race to Discover Our Earliest Ancestors...our earliest ancestors who discovered the joys of domesticity.
Personally, I don't think that anthropomorphism of household appliances actually makes them any more pleasurable to use...
Yesterday, I vacuumed my bedroom. (I discovered I had some carpet when I removed the piles of dirty clothes.)
Peter wasn't particularly impressed.