Which? reveals easy to use home and tech productsFrom tablets to vacuum cleaners and kettles

12 May 2014

Couple with laptop and tablet

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Having scoured our reviews within six home and six technology areas, from washing machines to laptops, Which? has selected a range of products that are the very easiest to use.

Over the years we've tested hundreds of products in the Which? lab - all of which have included tests for ease of use. 

After looking at all our reviews in 12 different areas, such as cordless phones and toasters, we have selected those that have been given four or five stars for ease of use and have scored more than 60% overall.

Studying the selection in more detail, we have focused on the things that matter most to people with reduced strength and dexterity in their hands or that have difficulty with their sight or hearing, such as weight, clear markings and large buttons. 

Easy to use home products

A vacuum cleaner that's heavy and awkward, a washing machine with small buttons that take force to press and a microwave that is hard to open and close will make your everyday life trickier than it needs to be.

But our selection of the easiest to use home products, which include the lightest kettles, the most comfortable irons to hold and toasters with large controls, will ensure you buy one that's a dream, not a nightmare to use everyday.

Each page also includes a buying guide with advice on what to look out for to help you select the very best for your needs. See our guides to:

  • Easy to use kettles
  • Easy to use toasters
  • Easy to use microwaves
  • Easy to use steam irons
  • Easy to use vacuum cleaners
  • Easy to use washing machines

Easy to use tech products

There is nothing more frustrating than a phone with small buttons that are difficult to press, or a laptop or tablet with a display that's hard to see.

That's why we have selected the best technology products with large buttons, simple displays, clear markings and uncomplicated controls, so you can enjoy your latest gadget without wanting to throw it out of the window.

As well as reading our reviews, see our advice on what to look out for with these gadgets:

  • Easy to use cordless phones
  • Easy to use digital radios
  • Easy to use laptops
  • Easy to use simple phones
  • Easy to use tablets
  • Easy to use televisions

Reviews and advice for independent living

Our reviews of easy to use home and tech products are part of a brand new section on our website called Staying independent at home.

It's packed with product reviews and advice to help you live independently at home in later life, including on mobility scooters, riser recliner chairs, stairlifts, bath aids, healthy eating and hearing aid providers.

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