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Testers Evaluate 5 Iffy Infomercial Products

Infomercials are nearly as convincing as they are cheesy. The products seem like they'll change your life and you're witnessing their greatness right before your eyes — but we all have experienced a little reality called too good to be true. Good Housekeeping tested a handful of as seen on TV products and evaluated each one. Here are the results.

  • Pasta 'N' more, $19.99 (plus $8.99 shipping): GH reported, ". . . Pasta came out a bit softer than al dente, thus the missing fifth star — but the truth is, most of our testers still liked the taste."
  • Snuggie, $19.95 (plus $7.95 shipping): The verdict from GH is apparently that it's not worth the money. "Testers liked the Snuggie well enough, though both men and women complained that the sleeves were too long and it took a lot of adjusting to stay comfortably covered. The brushed-polyester material didn't shrink after five washes, but the quality is cheap."

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  • Bender Ball, $9.99 to $12.98 (plus $7.93 shipping): Not worth the money — according to GH, "Our fitness experts and consumers thought that the exercises were effective, but no more so than an ab workout on the floor or a regular exercise ball."
  • The ShamWow!, $19.95 (plus $7.95 shipping): Testers called it "a good product, but with too many grandiose promises." It worked well in some instances, like sucking up cola from carpet, but didn't dry a dog as well as a regular towel.
  • Smooth Away, $14.99 (plus $6.99 shipping): The product claims it's "Easy, safe, and painless . . . superfine crystals buff away unwanted hair . . . in moments," but most testers concluded they prefer their regular methods of hair-removal.
Join The Conversation
Renees3 Renees3 7 years
i have a slanket (which is a different brand, but like a snuggie) and I love it. It's not just a robe backwards, it's quite a bit bigger then that and as I just tried on my robe backwards, it's quite a bit more comfortable then that. It was a gift, I don't know if I would spend $20 myself on it, but I'm glad I have it.
cupcake_ cupcake_ 7 years
I'm sorry but the Snuggie is the dumbest thing's just pretty much a backwards housecoat..and we all have one those :|
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Most of these products are pretty cheap-o when it comes to quality. I couldn't figure out what the Bender Ball was, but I'm betting it isn't any better than a regular exercise ball. And there's no way I'd pay $20 for a towel, even if it is really great.
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