Brits list the top 20 most useless gadgets

A survey of 4,500 Brits has identified the most useless gadgets.

A survey of 4,500 Brits has identified the most useless gadgets.

The poll found that the electric nail file was the most pointless product of all time.

The files, which supposedly gives "technician" results to give a "perfect shape and smooth finish", topped the poll of the top 20 most useless household gadgets.

In at second place were laser guided scissors, which claim to help users cut a perfect straight line. However, hundreds of people polled deemed the scissors useless as they do not help people with unsteady hands - the laser is attached to the scissors, so when the hand shakes so does the light.

The poll was commissioned by, a website that gives customers the opportunity to read reviews of thousands of products written by real shoppers.

It revealed that electric or battery operated candles, which are supposed to be safer and last longer than the wax variety, are the third most pointless item, closely followed by that retro eighties classic the Soda Stream.

The lifecycle of the average gadget is just over one year, largely because 62% of Brits admit they frequently buy gadgets only to get them home and find they are completely useless.

Top 20 most pointless gadgets

1. Electric nail files

2. Laser guided scissors

3. Electric candles

4. Soda stream

5. Foot spas

6. Fondue set

7. Hair crimpers

8. Egg boiler

9. Electric fluff remover

10. Electric carving knife

11. Trouser press

12. Face steamers

13. Teas made

14. Minidisc player

15. Facial tanners

16. Egg slicer

17. Electric tin openers

18. Yoghurt makers

19. Towel warmer

20. Back scratcher

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