Which? research reveals shocking habitsFaulty kettles and toasters head for the bin

03 April 2011

New research by Which? has found a shockingly high proportion of old kettles and toasters are still thrown away with household rubbish – clogging up landfill.

In the bin

Recycle world

30% of respondents chucked their faulty toaster in the bin, and the figures aren't much better for kettles (29%) or irons (27%). 

Although only 14% threw their old breadmaker away with the rubbish. 

The Which? How to recycle electricals guide can help. 

It shows exactly what you can recycle, and where your nearest facilities are, in one handy place. 

Plus our handy interactive recycling tool, along with top recycling tips, contains a wealth of information on recycling other electricals, such as DVDs or washing machines.

Recycle appliances

Which? small appliance expert Lisa Galliers says: 'It's not all doom and gloom though. 

The most popular method of disposal our survey respondents used was designed recycling facilities, which is encouraging.

And some respondents keep their old appliances at home, or give them to a friend, relative or charity shop.' 

The revealing results were part of our first ever reliability survey for small appliances; where over 13,700 owners of kettles, toasters, irons and breadmakers were asked about their experiences. 

Small appliance reliability

To find out the most reliable brands check out our kettles reviews, breadmakers reviews, toasters reviews and steam irons reviews, where you can find full reviews for all the appliances we've tested, along with the results of our reliability survey. 

You can also access our owners' views pages, showing which brands our survey respondents are most happy with.