Household Items You Should Think Twice about before Buying

Household Items You Should Think Twice about before Buying

We’ve all been there—whether the catalyst was a too good to be true late-night infomercial, hundreds of glowing 5-star reviews, or a compulsive addition to your cart while waiting in the checkout line, it’s easy to get lured into buying something for your home that gets used once or twice, only to be shoved into a dark corner of your garage, closet, cabinet, or drawer.

Fancy packaging and sleek marketing campaigns can convince us that we need a new gadget or product to make our lives more exciting, simpler, and easier, but too many of those gadgets and items are simply impractical when you consider their cost, the space they take up, and how often you’re likely to use them.

That said, for some people these gadgets and items can truly live up to their promise, but for others, they’re a source of regret and wasted money. So, before you hand over your hard-earned cash for a household item that promises excitement and plenty of saved time and money, make sure it isn’t one of these oft-regretted purchases:


With more and more consumers becoming health and ingredient-conscious, it makes sense that they’d want more control over what they eat. Breadmakers are a great way to get even more control over your diet, especially if you love sandwiches and toast. But too often these machines fall into disuse and begin collecting dust on a countertop or in a kitchen cabinet.

Using the machines to make bread isn’t particularly difficult or time-consuming, but many people come to prefer simply grabbing a loaf at the grocery store rather than buying individual ingredients and making their own. If your family loves bread and you want complete control over what goes in it, this can be a worthwhile purchase, but for everyone else, it’s probably best to stay away.

Expensive and bulky sporting goods

The call of the outdoors is powerful, especially if you’re used to a sedentary lifestyle but want to add adventure to your life and get into shape. But before you splurge on a big-ticket purchase, make sure it’s for something you truly enjoy and will stick with for the long haul.

Sure, kayaking on the open ocean or through heart-pumping whitewater rapids is a blast, but is it something you can see yourself making time for on a regular basis? If not, there’s a good chance those kayaks will just end up taking up space in your garage. The same goes for big, heavy, and bulky home gym equipment.

If you can’t realistically see yourself using big sporting goods equipment several times per year, you’re better off renting it when you need it. You’ll save space and money.

Egg cookers

It’s not always easy to make perfect hard-boiled eggs. Cook them too long and you end up with a dry and rubbery texture, but if you don’t cook them long enough, you may get a runny surprise when you crack them open. In addition, you also must worry about proper cooking times to make sure the shell easily slides off without sticking.

Egg cookers are small devices that are designed to perfectly cook hard boiled eggs. Depending on the size you get, you can cook anywhere from four to 12 eggs at a time. But like the breadmaker, the value of this purchase depends entirely on how often you cook hardboiled eggs.

If you eat them daily or even weekly, it’s a no-brainer. But you may want to pass on this purchase if your yearly quota of hardboiled eggs is limited to a tray of deviled eggs you make for Thanksgiving dinner.

Heavy-duty floor cleaners

It’s easy to get a little obsessive about cleaning your floors. Carpet is quick to get stained and stiff due to dirt, dust, and spills, while hardwood, vinyl, and tile floors seem to lose their luster and shine within days of their last cleaning. Bringing out the big guns for cleaning may seem like the best way to keep your floors spotless and shiny for longer periods of time, but these items are often unnecessary for day-to-day cleaning.

Carpet cleaning machines are expensive and bulky, and most homeowners don’t need them unless they’re dealing with heavily stained carpet that can’t be replaced. For most carpet-cleaning tasks, spray bottles and a clean rag or cloth will suffice, as they’re designed to lift the liquid out of the carpet fibers.

You also may find that an old-fashioned mop and soapy water gets the job done on your hard flooring just as well as an expensive and bulky steam cleaner. Heavy-duty floor cleaners make sense for homeowners with multiple pets and small children that love nothing more than to track dirt and mud inside the house, but for everyone else, they’re overkill.