Top 20 inventions that really save our bacon
THE humble refrigerator has come out on top as the best household innovation of our time, outstripping the internet, air-conditioning and the microwave, according to new research.
The inaugural Procter & Gamble Home Innovation Index asked participants to rank a list of the 20 most common innovations in the home.
A cross section of more than 2000 Australian parents were asked to nominate the innovations thought to have made the biggest contribution to their busy lives.
The top three innovations were the refrigerator (74%), the washing machine (71%) and the television (59%).
The ability to make life easier and save time were the two most common reasons given for why these innovations were at the top.
Among the least popular were games consoles (12%), electric toothbrushes (10%) and hair straighteners (7%).
Collett Smart, psychologist and the director of Family Smart, said the focus on time-saving innovations revealed the pressures felt by modern Australian families.
"The innovations in the home that are the most meaningful are those that save parents time or make everyday tasks, like washing clothes, easier," she said.
"With so much going on in our busy lives, it's no surprise that parents want to minimise the time they spend on household chores and view the value of innovation in that way.
"We are no longer spending hours scrubbing the floors or doing the washing, because our focus is on enriching the lives of our families to give them the best start in life."
When it comes to the best ever beauty innovations in the home, anti-perspirant deodorant was the number one choice of the women surveyed (68%), with hair conditioner ranked No.2 (42%) followed by the razor at No.3 (39%).
The least popular beauty innovations in the home were fake tan (4%), the foot spa (5%) and hair removal strips (12%). The disposable nappy was ranked an important innovation by almost double the number of mums (23%) than dads (12%).
"Latest research suggests that men generally spend more time in paid employment, while women typically take on five or more hours of unpaid childcare and domestic duties, which might explain why women prioritised products, like disposable nappies, that are more about fulfilling family and childcare needs ahead of her own," Ms Smart said.
"However, it is interesting that wireless internet is one of the best innovations ranked by both mums and dads."
Top 20 innovations
- Refrigerator - 74%
- Washing machine - 71%
- Television - 59%
- Vacuum cleaner - 55%
- Microwave - 54%
- Wireless internet - 54%
- Freezer - 51%
- Air conditioning - 48%
- Oven - 46%
- Dish washer - 39%
- Lawn mower - 31%
- Iron - 25%
- DVD Player - 25%
- Tumble dryer - 21%
- Razor - 15%
- Disposable nappy - 15%
- Games console - 12%
- Hair dryer - 12%
- Electric toothbrush - 10%
- Hair straightener - 7%