Are Some Household Gadgets Getting Too Complex?S

A lot of gadgets are packed with features through necessity. But are household gadgets—like toasters, kettles and washing machines—getting needlessly complex for no good reason?

Washing machines have more setting than I can ever begin to understand. Toasters have settings for bakery items I've never heard of. And kettles even offer up different ways to boil water. Sometimes, it feels like domestic gadgets are put in our homes to confuse us.

But do we really need these advances, or are they just appearing in products because they can appear in products? If nobody really uses them anyway, is there any point? Or do you actually use those obscure cycles on your washing machine daily? [Guardian]