The most valued household inventions are found in the kitchen, with the kettle topping the list.
In a new survey by a Which? guide, The Bright Idea Handbook, 93% of respondents said they would find it hard to live without a kitchen invention, with 69 % citing the kettle as their top kitchen item. Microwaves came in as the second most valued kitchen item, with 42%, while kitchen foil and cling film were ranked third with 16%.
For the research 1,982 UK adults aged 16 and over were interviewed in their homes between February 9 and 16, and asked what invention in the kitchen and in the home they would struggle to live without.
In fourth place was a toaster, 13%, followed by cheese grater, 8%, food processor/blender, 7%, coffee maker, 5% and bread maker, 3%. Juicers and smoothie makers scored no votes, while 6% of respondents went for “something else” or “nothing”.
When it comes to the rest of the home, 73% of people surveyed thought the home computer was the most crucial item, while 58% said the vacuum cleaner was an indispensable asset.
Michael Gardner, author of The Bright Idea Handbook, which shows how to develop an idea and turn it into a profitable business, said: “Who’d have thought that when the electric kettle was invented over 100 years ago, it would still be such a steaming success today?
“It just shows that if you have a great idea, you should do something with it, and who knows, it might be the next great invention!”