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Common household items that were much better back then


Have you ever wondered why your current waffle maker doesn’t compare to your mom’s? Or why your fridge broke after only a few years, while your grandmother’s lasted 40 years? Well, you are not alone. It turns out there are plenty of common household items that were much better back then. And there is a reason.

Why things don’t last as long as they used to

Times have changed and so have common household items. | EtiAmmos/iStock/Getty Images

The reality is that they just don’t do things the way they used to. Decades ago, products were made with the highest quality in mind. But this is no longer the case. Nowadays, it seems that “almost everything [is] made for our throwaway culture,” Kathy Bernier writes. And too often, it’s the truth.

So, are you curious to see which items we miss the most? If so, read on to find 11 products that aren’t what they used to be, and three that have gotten better over time (page 13-15).

Following: Do you remember your mother frequently using one?

Sewing machine

Old fashioned sewing machine

They were much stronger back then. | ArisSu/iStock/Getty Images

Generally speaking, people don’t do as much sewing these days. Are high-end machines still available for sewing enthusiasts? Of course, but the machines for the average household sewer no longer work as they used to.

Plus, the sewing products not only worked better, they also looked better. Just take a look at this machine Singer from the subreddit, Buy It For Life.

Following: These items are expensive.

Refrigerators and dishwashers


Appliances these days are not made to last. | Andrei Popov/iStock/Getty Images

You expect big-ticket items, like kitchen appliances, to last forever. Unfortunately, this rarely happens. These days, it seems like our most-used devices can’t handle everything we throw at them. And they bite the dust way too soon.

What’s even worse is that they’re not actually do to stand the test of time, unlike products made for previous generations. “Aircraft built before 1960 were designed to be repaired and maintained”, John Jowers, expert in appliance restoration, tells Reviewed.com. “The parts of these devices could be rebuilt and reused rather than a spare being needed.”

Following: More to come in the way of major appliances.

Washers and dryers

washer and dryer

They are more devices that break easily. | Starush/iStock/Getty Images

Again, it should be noted that major appliances are expensive. And in theory, they should work just fine. But it’s not always the case. Nothing is more annoying than a washer with a faulty spin cycle or a dryer that ruins all the delicate clothes you own.

Following: Every house had one.

Electric can openers

Electric can opener

They break easily today. | Ablestock.com/iStock/GettyImages

Although can openers aren’t used as much as they were in the 1950s, they’re still around. And they’ve changed since their debut, but not necessarily for the better.

In the heyday of canned food, can openers were key. And when did the first electric ones come out? Well, there was no comparison. Today’s ones, on the other hand, are often made with cheap plastic handles that can break easily.

Following: Another small but simple kitchen staple



Basic old toasters were better. | BrianAJackson/iStock/Getty Images

Simple, effective and essential, the toaster is one of the greatest inventions of all time. Or so we believe. But they are no longer made as they once were. The toaster these days is riddled with unnecessary bells and whistles. There is a toaster, however, that has stood the test of time. According to Reviewer.com, “Back then, the Toastmaster was the chrome king of browned bread.”

If only today’s toaster makers took a trip in their time machine, we’d be ready.

Following: Cleaning carpets has never been so pleasant.

vacuum cleaners


Back then, they rarely broke down. | Pioneer111/iStock/Getty Images

Vacuums: Every home needs them, but not all homes have them. Or, at least, not every home has one that works well, that is. And there is a reason for that.

decades ago, vacuum cleaners are made to last. They did the job and rarely broke down. Why the industry ever tried to improve the once heavy and durable vacuum is beyond us.

Following: There’s just no comparison