Ever ended up consigning a product to the bin because it’s given up the ghost after no time at all? We want to hear about your experiences.
We’ve all felt the frustration of products not lasting for five minutes at some stage, and as you may have seen from our work around Black Friday, we want to help you spend your money wisely and reduce the massive amount of waste that ends up in landfill every year.
That’s why in lots of areas that we test, from outdoor solar lights to pushchairs and mattresses, we test to see how durable an item is to ensure you won’t have to replace it sooner than you should. You can find durability star ratings on a number of our reviews and our Eco Buy recommendations on products that tick all the boxes when it comes to longevity, energy use and repairability.
A waste of money
Every year we also ask you about dozens of products that you own, including boilers, cars and laptops, so we can identify common problems as well as estimate the average lifespan of different brands to help you shop smarter. After all, who wouldn’t want their washing machine to last for fifteen years rather than just ten?
Personally I’ve felt frustrated at wasting money on fitness trackers and smartphone chargers, and speaking to colleagues, USB cables and wired headphones are two examples of products that often seem to break far too quickly.
Have you ever bought something that didn’t last long enough? It doesn’t matter if it was expensive or cheap, because value for money isn’t just based on the minimum purchase price, but on the maximum efficiency and effectiveness of the item.
Let us know in the comments below and we’ll take your top ideas to a public vote to help us prioritise what products we investigate next.