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Which technology could YOU not live without?

The washing machine, iPad and the humble toaster have been named among the top 30 products which have changed our lives.

A study among 2,000 adults also found we consider broadband, microwaves and the ability to send emails worthy of a place in the hall of fame.

Catch-up TV, first getting a dishwasher and switching to an electric toothbrush also made the list as did spectacles, satnav and Facebook.





1. Broadband

2. The Internet

3. Washing machine

4. Email

5. Fridge

6. Freezer

7. Microwave

8. Dishwasher

9. Kettle

10. SKY/ satellite TV

11. Double glazed windows

12. Glasses

13. iPad

14. Catch up TV

15. iPhone

16. Satnav

17. Facebook

18. Printer

19. Tumble dryer

20. Toaster

21. Kindle

22. Hair straighteners

23. Contact lenses

24. Electric toothbrush

25. HD TV

26. Coffee machine

27. Digital radio

28. Air conditioning

29. Electric razor

30. Blackberry

The results also showed six in ten Britons feel they are slow to get the latest technology and a third will only buy new appliances if the old ones are broken.

Many also claim to have changed their partner more often than they had changed some appliances - nearly a third had a fridge, toaster or washing machine that had outlasted several relationships.

The research into people’s use of technology in the home was conducted by Hotpoint as part of their study into the nation’s Home IQ.

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