Billions wasted on unused gadgetsSurvey says 80 million gadgets gathering dust

28 September 2006

home kitchen appliances

British consumers are wasting almost £2 billion a year on gadgets that are rarely used, a new survey says.

The poll by Esure found that UK homes have been swamped by 80 million gadgets that seemed incredibly useful when they were bought but spend most of the time in a cupboard.

The top of the annual 'Unused gadgets' list continues to be dominated by kitchen items, with healthy grilling machines and coffee makers leading the pack.

Grills

Nearly a quarter of adults asked had bought a counter-top grilling machine yet more than half of them admitted to having since reverted to their old cooking methods.

One in five adults had bought a specialist coffee machine but almost two thirds of them rarely if ever used it.

For the first time, internet technology has appeared in the list with one in 10 households buying Voip or 'free internet' phones in the last two year. However, more than half have ended up using them only a few times – if at all.

Unused gadgets

Nikki Sellers of Esure said: ‘The unused gadgets poll is a microscope on the dark and dusty corners of household spending – those items that people buy full of enthusiasm and zeal before rapidly losing interest in them.

‘It seems to be more effort for people to un-box a gadget, find a home for it and then read the instructions than carry on the old-fashioned way.’

The top 10 were:

  • health grill
  • coffee machine
  • sandwich toaster
  • juicer
  • electronic bathroom weighing scales
  • electric slow cooker
  • bread maker
  • electric steamer
  • de-humidifier.