Technology Hits & Misses


HomeServe, the home assistance provider, has taken a look at the technology hits and misses over the past 50 years to see how they have shaped the modern home.

From the success stories of the microwave and food processor to the quirky egg minder and cat-mew machine (yes, really), they’ve taken a look at what’s become a household essential as well as products that would never make it onto the Christmas wish-list.

They also asked 2,000 people about their current day-to-day home tech hits and misses and it’s no surprise that 30% say their smartphone is an essential home comfort. The humble alarm clock and landline were the least important with 9% and 8% rating them as essential.

Other findings include:

  • 63% believe that smart thermostats will become commonplace in the near future.
  • 32% rank robotic vacuums as useful in the home.
  • And surprisingly, the boiler is considered a more important home gadget (41%) than a TV (35%).

It seems that previously loved gadgets such as tumble dryers, toasters, electric shavers and coffee machines are among the nation’s least loved tech. Now, it’s all about smart and connected home devices with smart lights (39%) and smart locks (35%) also expected to transform the traditional British home.

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About Hayley Gilbert

Hayley Gilbert is a freelance interiors journalist with 20 years’ experience in the industry. Specialising in all things kitchens, Hayley has contributed to a wide range of consumer titles such as Beautiful Kitchens, EKBB, KBB, Grand Designs, House Beautiful and Ideal Home, as well as national newspapers including The Sunday Times.... @HaylGilbert /

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