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Product design can be tricky; sometimes, even the most experienced designers miss the mark, leaving us with head-scratching moments. We’ve scoured a Reddit thread where users shared their experiences with poorly designed products, and some designs could use a second thought. From infuriating packaging to baffling usability, here are 15 products that had people questioning the decisions made by their creators:
When designing a microwave or a dishwasher, many people need a “beep” to know the food is done or the wash cycle has ended. However, some newer appliances like dishwashers come with reminder beeps that continue to go off every 45 minutes until you open it, and they are incredibly loud. This is causing problems for people who run a dishwasher right before bed and are awoken by the sound!
E-mail Search Bars
Many people do not understand why these things exist. They are constantly typing in email addresses or subjects they know are in their inbox and are just coming up with empty results. Some even say they get emails from the early 2000s instead of the most recent ones!
If you ever lived in a home or an apartment with shower doors that slide and overlap, then you know the struggle. They are almost impossible to clean because some part is always overlapping. They look nice in theory, but they become gross once used a couple of times.
Mac and Cheese Box
Many of us are blue box kids, and on the side of those boxes is a perforated semi-circle where you are supposed to open it. However, it is almost impossible to open, and even after opening it, you still need to open the box at the top to get the cheese packet out.
Some energy-efficient dryers do not allow people to pick their drying cycle. One person said their new dryer has different options like “ delicates, sheets, etc.” However, they can not add any extra time or make it cooler or warmer on those settings. They are what they are.
Not all underwear is created equal, and many women want to know who thought underwear with a seam down the middle was a good idea. It is uncomfortable in all the wrong places and was most likely designed by someone who doesn’t have lady parts.
Foil Seals With Pull Tabs
If you have ever tried to open a bottle of pills or liquid with a foil seal, you may have dealt with these pull tabs! They are often in the middle, and they rip off when you pull. So many people complain and say they must stab the bottle no matter how they try to open it.
Bacon packaging can be pretty frustrating. Finding the right corner where you open it is hard enough. But you can’t reseal it, and your hands often become very messy in the process.
For a while, Pampers thought it could charge a lot of money for a package of “smart” diapers. These had an electronic tag that let the parents know when the diaper was wet or dirty. It would send notifications to phones or wherever the parents set it up.
This one is pretty self-explanatory. It seems to cling and stick to everything, but what it actually needs to cling and stick to. People often become frustrated when the wrap gets stuck to itself or their clothes but then doesn’t cling to the actual bowl they need to cover!
“Test Tube” Bubbles
A lot of bubbles are starting to come in containers that look like test tubes so children can hold them more easily. However, you are unable to put them down unless the cap is on. If you do, the bubble solution pours out, and your children will need more.
It is used to flavor medicine, juices, and vitamins, but many agree that the person who invited this flavor has never tried grapes or any grape-flavored items because it tastes nothing like the real thing.
If you are a woman, you have probably had a visit or two to the gynecologist’s office. It is a yearly appointment that keeps women healthy and happy down there. But the appointment itself and the instruments used often feel barbaric and medieval to many women.
Blister packaging is that hard plastic that has squares punched into it so that the two pieces of plastic are pressed shut. Cutting with scissors or a knife becomes a safety hazard as the plastic becomes very sharp and it is pretty much impossible to open any other way.
We’ll end with something everyone has been begging for: better cereal bags. Many people do not understand why we do not have zipper bags yet because they are often ripping the cereal bags, causing their cereal to become very stale very quickly.
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