5 Useless Gadgets that Solve Non-Existent Problems

5 Useless Gadgets that Solve Non-Existent Problems

Taryn Williford
Jul 13, 2010

For every great automated device that makes our home life easier, there's bound to be several that miss the mark. They can't all be Roombas, right? But even amongst the graveyard of products that don't catch on, there's a few stragglers that really never stood a chance. They're solving household problems that don't exist, and tackling tasks that are easier done by hand or foot.

Product: Mailbox Sentry
Task: Checking for new mail.
Easier Method: Walk to the mailbox.

Product: Go Duster
Task: Motorized to spin and make dusting "fast, easy & fun!"
Easier Method: A regular duster and a twist of your wrist.

Product: CastOven Microwave
Task: Finding YouTube clips to play so you're not bored while your food cooks.
Easier Method: Entertain yourself with your own thoughts for 30 seconds.

Product: LED Faucet Lights
Task: Lights up to tell you if the water streaming out is hot or cold.
Easier Method: You have hands, don't you? (Bonus tip: If it's steaming, it's too hot to touch.)

Product: Handy Caddy
Task: Providing a sliding tray for your coffee maker so it's easy to slide out from under the cabinets.
Easier Method: Save your money, bulk up your biceps and slide your coffee maker acorss the counter without the Handy Caddy.

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