Thinking of buying the must-have gadget that slices, dices and absorbs ten times its weight in inexplicably blue water? Be careful. That might not be all you get. Infomercials can be a lot of fun to watch and some products live up to their hype. But others? Not exactly. Before you take out your credit card, check with ConsumerSearch. We've tracked down hands-on tests and gauged user satisfaction for the stuff you see on TV to let you know which products live up to their claims and which should fade into infomercial oblivion.
Wherefore art thou, oh ShamWow? After it was introduced in 2008, the ShamWow became one of the hottest selling infomercial products of all time. Now, it seems to have dropped off the radar as we found limited availability at online retail sites except for the official ShamWow website.
A TV reporter in Grand Rapids, Mich., tries out the Snuggie and finds it to be cozy enough, but dislikes the static that the Snuggie creates and the fact that it doesn't stay in place. Snuggie reviews on retail sites Amazon.com and Walgreens.com are a bit mixed, with some loving the coziness of their Snuggie and some finding it to be inferior to blankets. Contributors to InfomercialRatings.com were also mixed in their reviews; some love being in the Snuggie club, while others fail to see the appeal.