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Common household items that were much better back then


waffle makers

Waffle iron

The old ones are the best. | Bonchan/iStock/Getty Images

They don’t make them like they used to.

When it comes to the mighty waffle maker, truer words have never been spoken. Seriously. Today’s Teflon coated products are no longer enough. They rob waffle lovers of the golden crispiness they deserve.

Waffle irons made at the time, although? Well, there is no doubt that they are superior. Even professionals prefer the old-school version to the new-school product.

Following: How’s your oven?



One old oven in particular should really make a comeback. | Piovesempre/iStock/Getty Images

You probably think your oven is working just fine. And you’re probably right. But there was one oven, in particular, that gained a cult following at the time.

Manufactured by Chambers, the company’s range of ovens used a innovative insulation method. The Chambers range used insulation so thick that the oven would shut off after preheating. It stayed hot enough to cook food thanks to the retained heat concept. Unfortunately, this product is a thing of the past.

Following: coffee time



Coffee should be a simple process. | dziggyfoto/iStock/Getty Images

Fortunately, you can still buy a percolator today. And in our humble opinion, it is far superior to the modern coffee maker. Why? Because it takes the coffee-making process back to basics.

If you’ve never used one before, here’s how it works: fill the coffee maker with coffee grounds and water, and place it on the stove. When it’s ready, the water will bubble up. When the pot begins to percolate, it’s coffee time. As simple as that.

Following: It is not like it used to be.


Old wooden furniture

Old furniture is usually much better quality. | BarrySheene/iStock/Getty Images

Can you still find well-made, handcrafted furniture if you search hard enough? Yes. Will it cost you an arm and a leg? Yes too.

Without a doubt, the furniture industry is no longer what it used to be. These days it’s more about cheap products that you have to put together yourself than quality construction that’s made to last. And while we love budget housewares, there’s no denying that most of them are seriously lacking in quality.

Following: Call to the milkman…

Milk containers

Fresh milk

Glass was easily the best option. | Ronstik/iStock/Getty Images

OK, so it’s not exactly a household item in the same sense as most of the other things on this list, but still, we’re counting it. Most importantly, we’re safe to say the milk containers were definitively better at the time. And there is a reason. Decades ago, milk was exclusively packaged in glass bottles. But then, everything changed to plastic.

With a new acceptance – by most – of looming environmental issues, perhaps the dairy industry will find a better way to bottle the drink. Or at least, we can hope.

That said, not all household items were better back then. In fact, we’re going over three products, in particular, that have only gotten better over time.

Following: These are better than ever.

Better now: TVs

smart curved tv

Televisions have come a long way. | Scanrai/iStock/Getty Images

Tube TVs are a thing of the past and we couldn’t be happier. And we’re willing to bet no one wants those bulky sets with blurry images either. We’re blessed with a plethora of smart TV options these days, with all the apps, streaming services and fitness platforms we could want.

Following: These have come a long, long way.

Better Now: Phones


Phones are much more useful now. | Blackzheep/iStock/Getty Images

Smartphones can have their downsides (social media obsession, anyone?), but there’s no denying it they are better now than they ever were. Do most of us have a love-hate relationship with our iPhones? Absolutely, but that doesn’t mean the scales are even. After all, when you think about all the capabilities of your smartphone, it’s a pretty impressive upgrade from the version stuck to the wall you remember from childhood.

Following: Do you remember using a typewriter as a child?

Better now: keyboards


We wouldn’t want to go back to the hassle of typewriters. | Bluebeat76/iStock/Getty Images

If you remember typing on your parents’ typewriter, then you know the invention of the keyboard was welcome. And boy, what a relief. Gone are the days when you used White-out to fix a typo and couldn’t save your work. Gone are the days of the typewriter. And we couldn’t be happier.

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