The electric tin opener is the worst household gadget invented, according to a new poll.

Its failure to always complete the task in hand is the main reason for its ranking, while the appliance’s high breakdown rate was another reason it topped the survey.

Next came the "messy" waffle iron and "irritating" novelty alarm clocks.

The poll was carried out by company Comfy Quilts who said the worst five inventions were:

1. Electric tin opener
2. Waffle Iron
3. Novelty alarm clock
4. Boiler system
5. Dust-buster