Poorly Designed Products That Make Us Wonder if the Designer Ever Even Used it

Some products don’t live up to their hype. Others seem like good ideas but have such awful design flaws that consumers scratch their heads, wondering why it was made like this. 

Here are some products with messed up features, making us wonder if the engineer ever even tried it. 

Appliance Alarms

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It’s great to know when the dishes are done or when the washer finishes its cycle, but does the alarm have to wake up the entire neighborhood?

Some brands don’t even give consumers the option to turn off the alarms, and the ones that do have two settings: silent or unbearably loud. 

Outlook Search

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We often need to search our emails to find a memo from two years ago, but Microsoft doesn’t make it easy. 

You have to search for the exact words, or you’ll either get all your emails or no results. 


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There are so many things wrong with printer design. Some printers refuse to scan documents if they don’t have ink (why? You don’t need ink to scan!). 

The most rage-inducing design flaw in printers is when you can’t print in black and white because your printer is out of colored ink. 

Loud Children’s Toys

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Some toy makers hate parents. They make the most obnoxiously loud toys and refuse to add features like volume control or silencers to ease parents’ burden. 

A Locked Trunk

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Some Chevy cars have a fatal design flaw preventing owners from fixing dead batteries. The battery is in the trunk, which can only be opened electronically as there’s no keyhole. 

So when the battery is dead, you can’t open the trunk to access the battery. 

Easy Open Packages

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Lots of food packaging claims an “easy open” area, but that area is often the most challenging part to open. Kraft Mac & Cheese boxes are the worst offenders, with their “easy press” lids never bending to your thumb’s pressure. 

The package’s “tear here” part will surely be the strongest part. 

Women’s Underwear

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Women’s underwear has an extra layer to prevent leakage, but the design doesn’t consider the average woman’s anatomy. The extra layer doesn’t go up far enough to make a difference. 

Touch Screen in Cars

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Touch screen was the coolest, slickest technology, but does it belong in cars? Drivers rely on their physical sense of touch to adjust the radio and AC while keeping their eyes on the road. Touchscreen prevents the tactile sensation, forcing drivers to look at the screen. 

Cereal Bags

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Cereal bags have a fatal yet easily fixed design flaw: They’re not sealable. You can crunch the plastic bag as much as you want, but stubborn air will still find a way in, making your cereal stale and inedible. 

Why not use ziplock technology already?

Easy-On Iron

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Some irons have a unique function that has them automatically turn on when put in an upright position. If you accidentally leave it plugged in, and then it gets knocked over, it could turn on and cause a fire hazard. 

Youtube’s Algorithms

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YouTube has notoriously bad algorithms that love thrusting far-right extremist content in people’s faces. You’ll find your feed filled with horrific content if you watch one wrong video. 

Affordable Healthcare System

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Healthcare may not be a product, but it’s a system clearly designed by folks who will never have to use it. The affordable healthcare system is not affordable by any stretch of the imagination, and most people can’t afford to use the healthcare it promises. 

If America is the Best, Why Can’t We Have Nice Things?

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Everyone claims America is the best country in the world, but other Western nations put us to shame. Here’s the cool perks other countries provide their citizens that we wish we had in the States

They Purposely Designed These Systems To Seperate Us from Our Hard Earned Money

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Society is ripe with folks legally scamming you out of your hard earned cash.

Here are the top scams we all just accepted as normal. 

Why No One Wants To Work Anymore

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The common boomer refrain derides younger generations for refusing awful working conditions. Are they right?

Find out why no one wants to work anymore

Tedious Behaviors Your Friends All Want You To Stop

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We can’t always tell when we’re being a bore. Do you engage in these tedious behaviors that make people lose interest?

Find out here: 10 Tedious Behaviours We Wish You’d Stop

Learn a New Skill

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 Unfortunatly, our busy schedules and hectic lives leave little opportunity to learn new things. Here are the top skills people would love to learn if they had the free time to do so!

Source: Reddit