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Hair curlers ‘more vital’ than TV

Which? survey reveals top gadgets

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Hair curlers were rated higher than TVs in a new survey of the public’s top gadgets, revealed today by which.co.uk.

In our survey of more than 1,000 people, the mobile phone came top.

We asked people to name a ‘life-changing gadget’ and almost a quarter felt the mobile phone deserved this accolade.


In second place came the laptop, followed by the MP3 player. Hair curlers came in at number 11, with the TV trailing at 19.

But technology wasn’t to everyone’s taste – one person even said their salad spinner had changed their life.


The ‘relaxing’ foot spa was named as the most useless gadget, with the bread maker coming close behind.

Our survey, carried out in June, found that the over-65s were the least likely to rely on gadgets – half said that no gadget had changed their life.


Jess Ross, editor of which.co.uk, said: ‘Forget games consoles and TVs, we’ve found that the mobile phone is the gadget that people say has changed their life.

‘As the popularity of the iPhone has shown, the multi-functional mobile is worth queueing around the block for!’.

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