Reviewers say the Ahh Bra is basically a cut-off T-shirt, made of 96 percent rayon and 4 percent spandex, that incorporates "soft, full-coverage cups." Functioning as both a bra and a layered camisole, the Ahh Bra lacks the wires, hooks and adjustable straps found on most ordinary bras; it's also easy to put on (and presumably take off) and comfortable to wear.
According to the numerous user reviews we found, the Ahh Bra delivers on at least one of its promises: comfort. Hundreds of women have registered their opinions about the Ahh Bra, and most say the product is comfortable to wear. Even many of those who are otherwise displeased say the bra is easy to wear. By the same token, however, even some fans of the Ahh Bra say it falls short in one crucial respect: It offers virtually no support for women with average to large bust sizes. However, many pregnant women seeking comfortable, minimal support say the Ahh Bra suited their needs.
We also found many complaints about the Ahh Bra's thin material, and several owners say it runs after just a few wears. In addition, several users dispute the claim that the bra will smooth out lines and bumps, saying that the Ahh Bra doesn't stay in place and rolls up frequently. Our research also shows that the size chart runs small.
While most of the infomercial products featured on this site receive only a handful of user reviews, the Ahh Bra gets dozens, most of them 1-star pans saying the bra does not work. The women posting here mainly complain about a lack of support and material that's not substantial enough. Another negative is that the material tends to roll up and shift even though the Ahh Bra is supposed to give the wearer a smooth look and feel. To be fair, however, even many of the users who criticize the Ahh Bra do say it's very comfortable to wear.
Review: Does Ahh Bra Really Work?, Contributors to Does-the-Product-Work.com
The Ahh Bra receives more than 300 reviews from HSN customers, who give this product an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Most users are reasonably pleased with the Ahh Bra, but a significant proportion (including women who like the product) complain about its lack of support. A number of the 1-star reviews also state that the material runs and shrinks after being washed. Many were disappointed that the size chart wasn't accurate and ran small.
Review: Rhonda Shear "Ahhh" 2-Pack Seamless Leisure Bra, Contributors to HSN.com
In this user review, Patteson recounts her experience with the Ahh Bra. She says the bra was "not at all comfortable" and very difficult to put on. It also doesn't give the support needed. She concludes: "It's a great bra if you don't really need a bra. If you are a real woman with real curves and you need real support, this may not be the right bra for you."
Review: The Ahh Bra: Product Review, Lisa Zapico Patteson, Feb. 8, 2011
The infomercial for Cami Secret features a lecherous-looking boss leaning over a pretty young office assistant wearing a low-cut blouse. If only she had Cami Secret, a square of cloth, embellished with a strip of lace trim at the top and two snaps at the sides, her closet full of decolletage-cut dresses would transform into a wardrobe with more modest necklines. Using the Cami Secret looks easy; just slip the fabric between your bra and clothing, snap it onto your bra straps and voilà -- instant camisole look. When it works properly and doesn't slip, it appears that you're wearing a full camisole or tank top underneath.
But, according to some reviewers, that little square of cloth isn't big enough and just doesn't help much if your bust is larger than that of the model in the commercial. Although the infomercial claims that the Cami Secret will fit all sizes, it apparently isn't large enough to work properly for women with full chests or broad shoulders.
Half of the users on AsSeenOnTVReviews.com say that the Cami Secret doesn't fit well and looks cheap, and that the fabric is hot and makes them perspire. They also claim that whenever they bend over the Cami Secret flips out. Likewise, many owners on Does-the-Product-Work.com complain that, although the Cami Secret is supposed to work with all types of bra straps, it simply doesn't work for wider ones. However, the current Cami Secret website does mention a new and improved snap design, so this issue may have since been resolved for at least some types of straps.
Likewise, the overwhelming majority of users at QVC.com say that the Cami Secret is a great idea but should be of better quality; they cite poor, cheap fabric and snaps that don't work. One poster mentions that the lace trim is of such poor quality that it can actually detract from a nice outfit. Reviews on Amazon.com are also mixed: Several users praise the Cami Secret for adding some versatility to their wardrobe, but admit that they can see how the dimensions might be a bit skimpy for some users.
The basic Cami Secret set of three in black, beige and white costs $10 plus $6.99 for shipping and handling. For an additional shipping charge of $6.99, buyers can get a free second set in navy, brown and ivory. However, many customers who ordered their Cami Secret directly from the product website complain of being overcharged for shipping for extra sets. They caution that there's no way to review your order total before it's put through, so you're not sure what you're being charged until it's too late.
Amazon users are divided about the Cami Secret. Less than half of the owners are satisfied that these mock camisoles add some versatility to their wardrobes. The majority, however, claim that the Cami Secret won't fasten properly to their bra straps and is made of flimsy, cheap fabric that simply isn't large enough to cover the subject.
Review: Cami Secret Clip-on Camisole, Contributors to Amazon.com
Reviews are mixed on this site; some users claim that the Cami Secret is a great addition to their wardrobes, while others say that it doesn't fit well, is cheap and makes them perspire, and doesn't fasten properly to bra straps. Users also complain that the website won't let you review and confirm your order, and charges an extortionate shipping and handling rate for extra sets.
Review: Cami Secret Reviews, Contributors to As-Seen-on-TV-Reviews.net
While some users express satisfaction with the Cami Secret, several complain that it doesn't fasten to all types of bra straps. However, in recent months, Cami Secret has come out with new and improved snaps, which some users say work much better than the old ones. The biggest complaint, however, is size -- for many women, users say, the Cami Secret simply isn't big enough.
Review: Does Cami Secret Really Work?, Contributors to Does-the-Product-Work.com
The overwhelming majority of QVC.com users claim that the Cami Secret is too flimsy, doesn't stay in place, makes them sweat and cheapens their outfits.
Review: Cami Secret Clip-on Mock Camisoles, Contributors to QVC.com
The Invisible Tummy Trimmer uses a lightweight, stretchy fabric (advertisers refer to it as a "miracle elasta-slim weave") with a reinforced front panel to slim the midriff front and back. There are no ribs or bones to make it uncomfortable to wear. The ads say it will make a woman "look 10 pounds thinner, instantly."
However, we didn't find any reviewers who found this claim to be realistic. The most positive reviewers say the Invisible Tummy Trimmer is reasonably easy to put on, and that it feels light and breathable. However, it provides only a minor slimming effect, at best just smoothing out rolls of fat to some degree. At ABC's "Good Morning America," reviewer Becky Worley concedes that it does have a use, calling it a "muffin top trimmer" for smoothing a roll of fat when worn on top of -- not underneath -- tight fitting jeans.
The main criticism of the Invisible Tummy Trimmer is that, unlike some more expensive midriff slimmers, it has nothing to hold it in place. Quite a few testers report that it rides up, not only making it uncomfortable, but also showing rolls of fat at both the top and bottom. Most reviewers say the overall effect is also quite disappointing.
We found the most recent and thorough review of the Invisible Tummy Trimmer at news station WXIA (Atlanta), which includes a video interview with the woman who tests it. Becky Worley tries out the Invisible Tummy Trimmer in a segment for "Good Morning America," and provides a humorous, detailed critique. A review at KCBD (Lubbock, Tex.) is also based on tests, but no longer includes the accompanying video. We found fewer than a dozen owner-written reviews and ratings at Amazon.com.
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1. WXIA (Atlanta)
Viewer Tuwisha Rogers gives the Invisible Tummy Trimmer a mixed review, saying it's easy to slip on, feels light and breathable (not too hot for summer wear), and makes it a little easier to fasten pants. However, the reinforced front panel doesn't pull in her tummy much at all, and the overall effect certainly isn't 10 pounds slimmer.
Review: Try It: Invisible Tummy Trimmer, Karyn Greer, March 11, 2009
2. Good Morning America
The Invisible Tummy Trimmer earns a grade of B-minus here, but reviewer Becky Worley says it can be useful when worn on top of a pair of tight jeans. "It helped to rein in my muffin top by streamlining the transition zone from tight jeans to loose hip flab," she says. Worn in the usual way under clothes, it rides up and creates rolls of fat at the top and bottom. As an alternative, this reviewer recommends more expensive products that stay in place better.
Review: The Skinny on Spa Infomercial Products, Becky Worley, July 11, 2008
3. KCBD (Lubbock, TX)
This brief review concludes that the Invisible Tummy Trimmer is awfully tight to put on, and then rolls up and down, showing rolls of fat at both top and bottom -- definitely not making the tester look 10 pounds thinner.
Review: The Invisible Tummy Trimmer: Does It Work?, Editors of KCBD, May 12, 2004
Less than a dozen owners review the Invisible Tummy Trimmer here, and only about 20 percent are satisfied with it -- though most owners say it does smooth out rolls of fat a little. Complaints include difficulty putting it on and finding that it rides up when you sit, but mainly that it just doesn't do enough.
Review: As Seen on TV: Invisible Tummy Trimmer, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Kymaro New Body Shaper is one of many products aimed at women that claims to take inches off their figures. The main undergarment is worn over the midsection to smooth out any bulges or rolls, giving the body a sleeker silhouette and the appearance of being slimmer. A second undergarment is worn like shorts to smooth the hip area.
Users who have tried the Kymaro New Body Shaper report mixed results. None have found that it takes off "10 to 20 inches" (as the package claims), but most say it does smooth their figures, making clothes fit better. Satisfied users also say the Body Shaper is comfortable to wear, and some note that it improves their posture. Customers disappointed with their results say the Body Shaper rides up easily and doesn't do much improve the look of their figures. Both happy and dissatisfied customers agree that figuring out the right size to order can be a bit tricky. It seems that the Body Shaper is a good solution for customers who want to make the clothes they already own fit a bit better, but not for those who are looking for a miraculous answer to dropping garment sizes.
A reporter at KFVS in Cape Girardeau, Mo., tests the Kymaro Body Shaper with a viewer and gives it a B-plus for being comfortable and smoothing her figure, but noting it does not take off inches. The Good Housekeeping Research Institute also puts the Body Shaper to the test, finding that it comes up short by being stiff and likely to bunch up. Users on Viewpoints.com are split down the middle; half say the Body Shaper smoothes their figures, while the other half see little to no results. Reviewers on Amazon.com are more satisfied, with most saying they like how the Body Shaper smoothes their figures and offers extra back support. A handful of reviewers on Walgreens.com also like the Body Shaper, pleased with how it smoothes and supports.
1. KFVS (Cape Girardeau, Mo.)
As part of a regular "Does it Work Wednesday?" segment, Lauren Keith tests the Kymaro Body Shaper with a viewer who volunteers to try it on. The viewer says the Body Shaper is comfortable and doesn't roll up when she sits down. Both Lauren and the viewer agree that the Body Shaper helps to smooth out the shape of her body, but dismiss the claim that it will make wearers look 10 to 20 pounds thinner as false. When Lauren measures the viewer's waist, she finds that the Body Shaper has taken off half of an inch. Overall, they give the Kymaro Body Shaper a grade of B-plus.
Review: Does it Work Wednesday -- Kymaro Body Shaper, Lauren Keith, Dec. 22, 2010
2. Good Housekeeping
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute puts several infomercial products to the test, including the Kymaro Body Shaper. All of their testers find the Body Shaper to be stiff, uncomfortable and likely to bunch up and feel overly constricting. The only tester who sees a difference in her size also complains of a noticeable ridge where the Body Shaper ends. The fact that the Body Shaper material washes well is the only positive outcome of the Good Housekeeping test.
Review: The Best (and Worst) Infomercials!, Good Housekeeping Research Institute
More than 100 customers review the Kymaro Body Shaper on Viewpoints.com, and their opinion is split almost even on whether they would recommend the product. Many say that the Body Shaper is comfortable to wear and that it works well to smooth their figure, while others do not care for the way it fits and didn't see any noticeable results. There are several comments about how difficult it is to determine what size you will need, which affects the results you will see.
Review: Kymaro Body Shaper Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
More than 80 customers review the Kymaro Body Shaper on Amazon.com, and while most of them are generally happy with the product, they do notice a few drawbacks. Many say it works to smooth out their bodies, making their clothes look better, but warn that it doesn't take off the 10 to 20 pounds that the advertisement claims. Some also comment that the Body Shaper makes them stand straighter, and that improved posture also helps to slim down their body shape. The most frequent complaint from both happy and dissatisfied customers is that figuring out what size to get can be a challenge. A few of the unhappy customers also complain that the Body Shaper has a tendency to ride up the longer you wear it.
Review: Kymaro New Body Shaper Top/Bottom Set, Contributors to Amazon.com
About a dozen customers review the Kymaro Body Shaper on Walgreens.com, and most rate it at 4 stars out of 5. Many say that the Body Shaper works well to smooth out their figures and offers a nice amount of back support, which improves posture. One customer finds the material around the arms and shoulders to be uncomfortable, and another complains that the material rips after just a few months of use.
Review: Kymaro New Body Shaper, Contributors to Walgreens.com
Pajama Jeans claim to be the pants every woman has been looking for; stylish, flattering jeans that are as comfortable as a pair of pajama bottoms. Made from a fabric that is a blend of cotton and spandex, Pajama Jeans pull on like pajamas, but are styled to look like boot-cut jeans --complete with stitched pockets and brass rivets. The pants are available in eight sizes and are advertised as the perfect garment for any occasion where you can wear jeans, but want the comfort of loungewear.
Many customers who have tried Pajama Jeans find them to be very comfortable and stylish enough to wear out and about, but only if you can get past their one big hurdle: sizing. The pants aren't available in standard numbered sizes, so many women have trouble figuring out what size they need to order; they tend to run small and many customers recommend ordering a size larger than what you think you need. They're also available in only one length, which makes it difficult for those needing petite or tall sizes to find a flattering fit. Those who say they love Pajama Jeans recommend only wearing them when it's cool outside due to the heaviness of the material and washing them separately because they aren't colorfast.
WGHP in Greensboro, N.C., puts Pajama Jeans to the test and find that they both wear and wash well, but recommend ordering a size up. WXIA in Atlanta has a different experience, with their tester giving the pants two thumbs down, mainly due to the poor fit on her body and the running dye. WGRZ in Buffalo, N.Y., tries out Pajama Jeans, and while their tester likes them well enough to wear to casual outings, she's not sure they're worth the $40 price tag. Customers on HSN.com and Amazon.com review Pajama Jeans, and many complain about how difficult it is to find the right size for a flattering fit. Those who have the proper size like the pants, but suggest washing them on their own.
1. WGHP (Greensboro, NC)
In a "Deal or Dud" segment, reporter Melissa Painter asks a fellow employee, Katie, test out a pair of Pajama Jeans for a week. Katie finds them incredibly comfortable, noting that she has washed them twice and that they have kept their shape after each washing. Both Melissa and Katie mention that they were expecting the size they ordered to be big on Katie, but they fit well, so they suggest ordering a size larger than what you normally wear.
Review: Live Deal or Dud: Pajama Jeans, Melissa Painter, May 25, 2010
2. WXIA (Atlanta)
Kayla Greeg, an intern for WXIA, gives the Pajama Jeans a try and is underwhelmed by the experience. She has trouble finding a size that fits her, and the pants wind up being too long and very baggy on her. She says she does find them to be soft and comfortable, but that she wouldn't wear them out since they don't look stylish. Kayla also notices that the blue dye from the pants eventually starts to rub off on her hands, and when she washes them, she notices blue dye all over the washing machine.
Review: Try It Review: Pajama Jeans, Karyn Greer, July 20, 2011
3. WGRZ (Buffalo, N.Y.)
As one of their "Product Test" segments, reporter Mary Friona asks a WGRZ employee wears a pair of Pajama Jeans around the office. She finds them to be comfortable while still looking stylish, and says she would wear them to casual outings. She finds the price tag of $40 a bit steep for the product, and says she wouldn't pay it.
Review: Product Test: Pajama Jeans, Mary Friona, May 23, 2011
Nearly 400 customers review Pajama Jeans on HSN.com, and the comments are a mix of good and bad. Most find the pants to be very comfortable, but not all would wear them out due to difficulties finding the right fit. Sizing is the most common complaint; since Pajama Jeans are not available in number sizes, many women have trouble figuring out what size they need. Also, the pants only come in one length, so those who need petite or tall sizes find the length of the pants to be a problem. Customers who manage to get Pajama Jeans in a size that works for them find that the pants look just like regular jeans and they happily wear them anywhere jeans are acceptable. A few mention that the dye tends to run in the wash and suggest that you wash Pajama Jeans separately.
Review: Pajama Jeans Knit-Style Denim Pants with Pockets, Contributors to HSN.com
Nearly 40 customers review Pajama Jeans on Amazon.com, and while the average rating is 4 out of 5 there are frequent complaints about how hard it is to find the right size. Those who have the pants in the proper size say they are very flattering and comfortable. A few comment that the fabric is a bit heavy and recommend wearing Pajama Jeans only during the cooler months.
Review: Pajama Jeans, As Seen On TV, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Perfect Fit Button is designed to change the fit of waistlines that fasten with a button. By installing the Perfect Button alongside the original button, you can extend the waistband or make it smaller. You can also use a Perfect Fit Button to replace a lost button. One part of the Perfect Fit Button has a sharp post to stick through the fabric of the pants or skirt; then a cap snaps onto the post to keep the button in place. Since the post is very sharp, it's recommended that you attach the button when you're not wearing the pants. The $10 Perfect fit Button kit comes with eight metal buttons in four colors: black, brown, tan and silver.
Reviewers agree that the Perfect Fit Button really does work, making it easy to adjust a waistband so pants are comfortable to wear. Most reviewers say the buttons are easy to put on and remove, but several say they had to use pliers to get them off. The instructions recommend removing the button before washing or dry cleaning, which is an inconvenience.
Reviews also note that it can look odd to have two buttons on one item of clothing. In most cases, you'll want to cover the buttons with a belt or a shirt. Overall, however, the reviews are quite positive.
We found the most thorough tests of the Perfect Fit Button kit at TV station KPLC (Lake Charles, La.), where Jeff Jumper tests it on a variety of fabrics, attempting to make a waist size smaller as well as larger. At another station, WGRZ (Buffalo, N.Y.), the tester tries it on a pair of jeans, evaluating the whole process, including the removal of the button. Tests at a third station, WVEC (Norfolk, Va.), only demonstrate how to attach the button and evaluate comfort.
We found mostly positive owner-written reviews at Amazon.com and Walgreens.com, as well as a very detailed and enthusiastic review at Hubpages.com.
1. KPLC (Lake Charles, La.)
In this video review, reporter Jeff Jumper tries Perfect Buttons on pants made of different fabrics, finding that it's easy to put on and remove, though it does leave a pinhole. He finds that it works just as well at extending the waist as it does making it smaller. The cap doesn't press against his abdomen, so the pants stay comfortable, he says.
Review: Does It Work? Perfect Fit Button, Jeff Jumper
2. WGRZ (Buffalo, N.Y.)
In this brief video review, a tester named Barb gives the Perfect Fit Button a thumbs-up after trying it with a pair of jeans. She says it's as easy to remove the button as it is to put it on, and reports that it's comfortable. The review notes that this would be helpful for growing children as well as for adults gaining or losing weight. (Note: The manufacturer says the product is not designed for clothing for kids under 10 years of age.)
Review: Product Test: Perfect Fit Button, Mary Friona, April 12, 2010
3. WVEC (Norfolk, Va.)
This video test shows the tester adding a Perfect Fit Button to a pair of black pants, but not taking it off. The tester is enthusiastic, saying it "works great" and that she'd purchase this herself.
Review: Does It Work? Perfect Fit Button, Sandra Parker, Feb. 3, 2010
The dozen owners who review the Perfect Fit Button here are enthusiastic, reporting that it works well either to tighten or loosen pants. Users disagree about how easy it is to remove the buttons before laundering pants.
Review: Perfect Fit Button Deluxe (Set of 8), Contributors to Amazon.com
Only a couple of users review the Perfect Fit Button here; both say they work well. However, one user says it took pliers to get the button off.
Review: TeleBrands Perfect Fit Buttons 8's - As Seen on TV, Contributors to Walgreens.com
This long, enthusiastic review is written by an anonymous man who says his hobby is buying and reviewing As Seen On TV products. He says his weight fluctuates a lot, and that the Perfect Fit Buttons enable him to wear all the different sized pants in his wardrobe. Half a dozen or so readers weigh in with mixed opinions about how easy or hard it is to apply and remove the buttons.
Review: Perfect Fit Button Review, "Seen On TV", Feb. 2010
The sole complaint on this site is in regards to ordering the Perfect Fit Button by phone. The user says the automated system kept offering one upgrade after another until he finally gave up.
Review: Perfect Fit Button Complaints, Contributors to ComplaintsBoard.com, March 3, 2010
According to the infomercial, which features pitchman and comedian Gilbert Gottfried, the ShoeDini helps people with limited mobility get their shoes on without having to bend over. The ShoeDini is a shoe horn with an adjustable, telescoping handle that extends as long as 30.5 inches. A clip on the back of the shoe horn is designed to grip a shoe securely, so the ShoeDini can be used to remove shoes and pick them up, as well as put them on. The ad claims that the ShoeDini works well on all styles of shoes, including shoes that are already laced.
Reviewers seem to agree on one thing: Assembling the ShoeDini is easy. Yet when it comes to performance, opinions are mixed. Most reviewers say that the device works well with shoes that have a solid, stiff heel that's thin enough for the clip to grab -- even if the shoes are laced. For other shoe styles – particularly those with soft sides or sling backs -- many testers find the clip to be more a hindrance than a help.
In one review, the telescoping handle on the ShoeDini repeatedly collapses and the clip breaks after only four uses. Another big hitch revealed in testing: once you get one shoe on successfully, you may have to balance or teeter on one foot while putting on the other shoe. Thus it may not be very helpful for the elderly or people with disabilities, even though it's marketed to this demographic.
The review at WalletPop.com recommends purchasing the ShoeDini from a local store; according to the author, shipping and handling costs can more than double the price if the product is bought by phone or from the official website.
We found the most useful review of the ShoeDini at WalletPop.com, where its rating is based on tests by three people (including a woman with multiple sclerosis) using a variety of shoes. We also found several hands-on tests conducted by news stations. At KIDK (Idaho Falls, Idaho), seven employees give ShoeDini a try with varying results. The tests at KPLC (Lake Charles, La.) reveal major issues with durability, while a reporter for KCBD (Lubbock, Texas) says the ShoeDini works wonders. Despite all this mixed feedback, keep in mind that most of these tests involved healthy, limber people who don't really need the ShoeDini. The one report we found from a disabled user says the ShoeDini isn't helpful at all.
In this punchy review, which includes a video, Lisa Kaplan Gordon tries the ShoeDini with mixed results. Her main criticism is that the clip only grips shoes well if they're stiff at the heel. Gordon says that the ShoeDini "has trouble gripping soft-sided shoes," and says it's almost impossible to pick up a sling back. She also notes that it's better to sit down to put on shoes anyway -- otherwise you have to balance on one foot while trying to put on the other shoe. Gordon has her husband try the ShoeDini, and he says it works as advertised on a pair of stiff-heeled loafers. However, her friend who suffers from multiple sclerosis also gives it a try and says the ShoeDini didn't help her in the slightest. The review warns that shipping and handling costs more than double the price unless you buy from a local store. Gordon gives the ShoeDini a rating of only 2 on a 5-point scale.
Review: ShoeDini Review: Not a Joke, But Maybe it Ought to Be, Lisa Kaplan Gordon, Sept. 9, 2010
2. KIDK (Idaho Falls, Id.)
Reporter Tommy Noel asks seven of his coworkers to test the ShoeDini. Testers agree that the clip proves to be a hindrance rather than a help, but ratings vary drastically by individual. Some users say the product is completely useless because they had to bend over to get the clip in place, defeating its whole purpose. One tester, who gives ShoeDini a near-perfect score notes one major drawback, says, "If you put on your shoes while standing up, you still have the problem of bending over to tie them." The consensus: the products works for some, but not for the people it's intended for -- those who having trouble bending or reaching down.
Review: Does it Really Work? -- ShoeDini, Tommy Noel, April 9, 2010
3. KPLC (Lake Charles, La.)
Reporter Jeff Jumper tries the ShoeDini on four different types of shoes. He has initial success both putting on and removing all of the shoes from a standing position. However, the clip breaks after four uses, leaving a sharp edge and rendering the ShoeDini unusable. Although the ad claims the handle extends up to three feet, Jumper finds that it only extends 30.5 inches. He gives ShoeDini a failing grade due to its poor construction, and says a regular shoehorn would do a better job.
Review: Shoe Dini, Jeff Jumper, 2010
4. KCBD (Lubbock, TX)
Reviewer Joe Terrell gives the ShoeDini a thumbs-up after testing it on a pair of laced dress shoes. It only takes him one minute and 17 seconds to use the device to remove both shoes, place them in a shoebox, and then put them back on -- all without bending over.
Review: Shoedini: Does It Work?, Joe Terrell, Aug. 11, 2010
5. WVEC (Hampton Roads, Va.)
Nicole Spano, a mom and volunteer tester, tries the ShoeDini on a couple pairs of shoes. She says the clip doesn't attach to a pair of slip-on shoes, but the shoe horn itself works if you slip it into the shoe. The shoe horn doesn't work as well with tall boots. Overall, Spano concludes that -- even without the clip -- the ShoeDini works fairly well.
Review: Does It Work? Shoe Dini, April 14, 2010
The Snazzy Napper is a travel blanket designed to block out light and provide privacy on a plane or bus. A tester at television station WCIU (Chicago) says it looks like "a giant bib for a giant baby." An opening allows just the nose to poke through so you can breathe, and a soft metal clip surrounds the opening, allowing the blanket to hug the contours of your face. An adjustable Velcro strap wraps around the head to hold the Snazzy Napper in place. A larger version (*Est. $25) also serves as a blanket, and is equipped with a pocket. Both versions come with a carrying case.
Although the Snazzy Napper is intended as a serious product, it has been the butt of jokes and spoofs in the media, including "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon." When reporters from CNN and WCIU asked consumers about the Snazzy Napper on the streets of New York City and Chicago, it got extremely negative reactions.
We also found brief but useful video reviews at NBC's "Today" show and at WRC (Washington D.C.). Gadling.com's Mike Barish reviews both versions based on his own tests riding in a chilly, air-conditioned car. A critical review at the San Francisco Chronicle is based on the commercial alone, but about 40 readers add comments. The review at a humor blog The Mother Load is also based on the commercial. An article in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution doesn't review the Snazzy Napper, but discusses its development and rise to fame.
The main drawback noted in reviews is that the Snazzy Napper looks silly and is embarrassing to wear in public. Some reviewers find it claustrophobic, while others say it can make you a target for extra security screenings in airports because your face is hidden. Reviewers also point out that the pockets on the larger version of the Snazzy Napper make your personal items easily accessible for theft. Overall, a regular sleep mask -- plus a blanket if needed -- looks like a much better bet.
Reporter Jeanne Moos interviews the creator of the Snazzy Napper, and tries it out in New York City. Moos wears it in Central Park and on the subway -- provoking smiles, giggles and stares but not, apparently, any admiration or envy.
Review: Jeanne Moos Tests the 'Snazzy Napper', Aug. 20, 2010
2. WCIU (Chicago)
In this news segment, several people on a Chicago street try on the Snazzy Zapper. All but one say they wouldn't buy or use it -- except possibly as a gag gift. Users say it doesn't seem comfortable; one girl says it would be impossible for her to sleep with a big piece of cloth over her face.
Review: Will It Work? Snazzy Napper, Editors of and contributors to WCIU, Nov. 3, 2010
In this short video segment, the hosts both don Snazzy Nappers to see what they're all about. They don't provide very much insightful feedback, instead, they laugh at the absurdity of the design. This demonstration concludes with Kathie Lee Gifford saying that she finds it much too claustrophobic to wear.
Review: Kathie Lee and Hoda Nap in Comfort and in Style, Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, Sept. 9, 2010
4. WRC (Washington, D.C.)
The Snazzy Napper is mocked in this brief video review, where its main purpose is presumed to be covering the face during sleep in case the mouth drops open. Sarah Fraser, along with the two hosts of Hot Talk, all agree that they would never wear the Snazzy Napper.
Review: Hot Talk: Snazzy Napper, Sarah Fraser, Nov. 8, 2010
After a brief test of the Snazzy Napper in a car with the air conditioning on full blast, Mike Barish recommends the larger version for people who need both a sleep mask and a blanket -- but he says a regular sleep mask does as good a job as the smaller Snazzy Napper. He also brings up a good point: If the Snazzy Napper helps you get to sleep in public, it doesn't really matter how ridiculous you look to other people because you'll be completely unaware of it.
Review: Review: The Snazzy Napper, Mike Barish, Aug. 30, 2010
6. San Francisco Chronicle
This brief review at the San Francisco Chronicle's website calls both versions silly, and says the larger one looks like a cross "between a ghost costume for Halloween and a KKK robe." About 40 users leave comments and most of them also mock the Snazzy Napper.
Review: Forget the Snuggie, try the Snazzy Napper, Kristi Gustafson, Aug. 20, 2010
7. The Mother Load
This review at a humor site scoffs at the Snazzy Napper based on the commercial, without any testing -- because the author says she's too claustrophobic to consider putting it on. Her main criticisms are that it looks infantile and claustrophobic, and makes you more susceptible to theft. (You can't watch your purse, cell phone or carry-on bag while wearing it.)
Review: Stupid Product: Snazzy Napper, Sarah Clark, Aug. 25, 2010
8. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This short article in the business section of the Snazzy Napper's home town chronicles the development of the Snazzy Napper, along with its quick, viral rise to fame. The author does not evaluate the product itself.
Review: Atlantan Makes Sleeping Snazzy, Nedra Rhone, Sept. 24, 2010
The Pitch: "The blanket with sleeves!"
April 2009. The Snuggie is what it claims to be: a fleece blanket with sleeves. While customers who are happy with their Snuggie say it is warm and comfortable, some also note that it's not much different than using a regular blanket or bathrobe. Still, the Snuggie has reached iconic status due to its much-lampooned infomercials. Interestingly, the Snuggie is nothing new -- the competing Slanket (*est. $40) actually beat it to the market by several years.
The majority of those who buy the Snuggie seem somewhat disappointed in reviews. The most common complaint is that the Snuggie's material is too thin and doesn't keep you warm enough. Since it has no back, it's also hard to keep in place and tends to slide off one's shoulders. Some Snuggie users say that it creates a lot of static and that the sleeves are too long, which doesn't free your hands any more than a blanket would. Nearly all customers -- whether they like the Snuggie or not -- comment that it is not warm enough to use outdoors.
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.
1. WZZM (Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Lauren Stanton puts the Snuggie to the test and finds it to be cozy enough for indoor activities, but due to the thinness of the fleece and the fact that it has no back, it's too cold for outdoors, she adds. One of Stanton's friends describes the Snuggie to her as "like a fuzzy hospital robe." The Snuggie also had a tendency to slide off her shoulders and caused a lot of static electricity. Stanton decides she prefers using a regular blanket.
Review: Snuggie: Cult Phenomenon or Waste of Money?, Lauren Stanton, Feb. 12, 2009
In a four-way matchup of wearable blankets, the Snuggie is lambasted as too thin, too prone to static and not long enough. Reviewer Jason Chen simply writes, "Don't buy this." The competing Slanket emerges as the better choice, with more generous sleeves and thicker fabric.
Review: Ultimate Battle: The Snuggie vs. Slanket vs. Freedom Blanket vs. Blankoat, Jason Chen, March 30, 2009
More than 20 customers review the Snuggie on Amazon.com, and while a couple find it to be comfortable enough for curling up in at home, most users are displeased. Among the common complaints users report: The fleece used for the Snuggie is too thin and not warm enough, the sleeves are too long and get in the way, and it's hard to keep in place and constantly slides off the body. Most say they fail to see what makes the Snuggie superior to a regular blanket or bathrobe.
Review: Snuggie Fleece Blanket As Seen On TV, Contributors to Amazon.com
Customer reviews on Walgreens.com are a bit more positive about the Snuggie. Most find it to be warm and comfortable enough for using around the house, though some cite "unattractive design" as a drawback. One user in particular calls the Snuggie "silly," and says you might as well your robe backwards. A handful of customers say that the fleece is too thin and creates a lot of static.
Review: Snuggie Fleece Blanket – As Seen on TV, Contributors to Walgreens.com
Reviewers on InfomercialRatings.com are split in the middle on their opinion of the Snuggie. Half of them are perfectly happy with how warm it keeps them while relaxing at home. The other half say the fleece is too thin and it doesn't stay in place easily.
Review: Snuggie Reviews and Ratings, Contributors to InfomercialRatings.com
Most users of the Strap Perfect agree that it keeps loose bra straps from slipping and turns a regular bra into a racerback to wear under strappy tank tops. However, there is a definite learning curve involved. When initially attaching the plastic Strap Perfect, bra straps have a tendency to get tangled, users say, and once in place, it can be tricky to adjust it. However, after following the accompanying instructions closely, most users say it got easier with practice.
The Strap Perfect seems to work best for women with smaller busts. In user ratings, women with large chests (bigger than a C-cup) say the plastic disc digs into their backs and can become itchy or uncomfortable. Some owners also say the Strap Perfect won't stay in place and keeps sliding down their backs, while others report that it broke soon after purchase.
We found user reviews for the Strap Perfect at Amazon.com, Target.com and Walgreens.com. Several beauty bloggers and YouTube users contribute reviews with listings of pros and cons as well. Yahoo! Answers has several questions about the Strap Perfect with various consumers giving their opinions. An ABC affiliate in Phoenix has two women test it, posting a video showing how to attach it.
1. KNXV (Phoenix, Ariz.)
KNXV is the ABC affiliate in Phoenix, and reporter Daphne Munro is their consumer reporter. She asks two women test the Strap Perfect for a week, and both say that while it does hide their bra straps, it is uncomfortable. The video review of the report is also available on this site, which demonstrates how the Strap Perfect works.
Review: Is the Strap Perfect a Solution for Bra Straps Hanging Out?, Daphne Munro, Dec. 10, 2009
In more than 60 reviews, users give the Strap Perfect a middling average rating. While some say the Strap Perfect works as advertised, others give it just a single star. Those who are dissatisfied say it's hard to put on, uncomfortable to wear and gives you a "hump back." A few customers complain that their clips broke soon after purchase.
Review: Strap Perfect Reviews, Contributors to Amazon.com
3. Yahoo! Answers
Yahoo! Answers allows users to post questions and other users can then post answers in response. Several women post questions wondering whether the Strap Perfect works as advertised on TV. Users who already own the product respond, generally agreeing that it works well enough for hiding bra straps. Some even notice an added boost to their bust line, but say it's a bit tricky to initially set up and can be uncomfortable if you don't adjust it to the right position on your back.
Review: Strap Perfect, Contributors to Yahoo! Answers
Target.com allows shoppers to post reviews of the products they purchase, and about a dozen have done so, giving the product an average of 3.5 out of 5 stars. Another shopper finds the Strap Perfect to be a great solution to constantly slipping bra straps as long as she loosens the straps before attaching it. One complains that her Strap Perfect clips broke after just a few months, and another says the product gives her an instant backache.
Review: Strap Perfect, Contributors to Target.com
Over a dozen consumers give the Strap Perfect 3.43 out of 5 stars. Some like the way they work and say they'd buy them again, but some unhappy customers say they stretch their bra straps, or are uncomfortable -- and one shares that her chiropractor said the Strap Perfect resulted in a spine misalignment.
Review: Strap Perfect 6 Pack Bra Strap Solution Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com
Sears' online community, MySears.com, allows owners to post reviews of products. Here, the Strap Perfect receives about a half-dozen reviews, all positive, saying that the product works as advertised.
Review: As Seen on TV Strap Perfect Reviews, Contributors to MySears.com
A handful of reviewers post their opinions of Strap Perfect, some more thorough than others. Most reviews here are positive, with owners saying they like the product and that it works well, although user comments on some videos say it doesn't hide straps and is uncomfortable. Most agree it gives a little lift, but not a whole cup size.
Review: Strap Perfect Reviews, Contributors to YouTube
Similar to Target.com, Walgreens.com shoppers can post reviews of the products they buy. More than a dozen reviewers give the product 4 out of 5 stars. Several larger-busted reviewers say the product is uncomfortable and doesn't work for them.
Review: Idea Village Strap Perfect -- The Ultimate Bra Strap Solution -- As Seen on TV Assorted Colors, Contributors to Walgreens.com
9. Lady Lostris Beauty
Beauty blogger Lady Lostris reviews the Strap Perfect, discussing pros and cons and giving it an overall rating of 4 out of 5. On the plus side, she says it's good for racerback-style tops, the clip stays in place and it gives instant cleavage and perkiness. However, it's also difficult to put on and remove, sits high on your back and can be uncomfortable, she says. She recommends adjusting the straps before applying it, but says it can still be tight for some.
Review: Review: Strap Perfect -- The Ultimate Bra Strap Solution, "Lady Lostris", July 23, 2009
The Pitch: "The best blanket ever!"
April 2009. The Slanket (which actually beat the Snuggie to the market) is an oversized, body-length wearable blanket with flared sleeves. It's made of 100 percent machine-washable polyester and comes in a variety of colors, ranging from apricot to "Texas tea." The adult-sized Slanket measures 60 inches by 95 inches, but this product is also available in a scaled-down child's size.
Reviews of the Slanket are generally favorable, especially compared to other wearable blankets like the Snuggie or the Blankoat. In a comparison test of four wearable blankets, Gizmodo.com gives the Slanket top honors, saying it's warm and comfortable, and its flared sleeves allow for added maneuverability; the Slanket also receives a rave review from GadgetMadness.com, which calls it "the most comfortable, softest, warmest, and best engineered blanket ever made." Other, individual reviews on the web more or less echo these sentiments. Even so, these blankets with sleeves are cult hits, the subject of dozens of YouTube parodies.
While in reviews the Slanket is often judged better than the Snuggie, we're not sure either one of them is with $40. Some reviewers are less impressed with the Slanket, though this is often because they doubt the utility (or social value) of wearable blankets in general. True to her name, the Paranoid Mom wonders if it's advisable to cook while wearing a Slanket, and worries that its baggy sleeves may pose a fire hazard. Other sources point out that using a wearable blanket isn't exactly an incentive to getting up and getting out of the house; how you stand on this issue is a matter of personal preference.
The Slanket emerges as the clear winner in this informal, but fairly rigorous, comparison test of four wearable blankets; Jason Chen says the Slanket is warm and comfortable, and "the sleeves are wizardy enough to allow space for maneuverability."
Review: Ultimate Battle: The Snuggie vs. Slanket vs. Freedom Blanket vs. Blankoat, Jason Chen, March 30, 2009
This rave review speaks for itself. "After 35 days of using the Slanket for my sleeping blanket I came to this conclusion: the Slanket is the most comfortable, softest, warmest, and best engineered blanket ever made," the anonymous reviewer writes. "It stays soft after washing without fabric softener, and even on the coldest night the Slanket kept me (and my cat) super toasty warm." The only improvement the review would make would be to add Velcro closures to the back of the Slanket.
Review: Review: The Slanket, Editors of GadgetMadness, Dec. 12, 2006
3. I Hate My Message Board
Tracy O'Conner, a blogger who sometimes goes by the name "The Paranoid Mom," points out the potential fire hazard involved in encasing yourself in on oversized, wearable blanket while near an open flame like a candle. She also cautions against eating while wearing the Slanket because it's massive sleeves are a potential crumb magnet. Although she raises legitimate concerns, O'Conner's snarky tone may diminish her credibility slightly for some readers who seek objective testing, rather than mere opinion.
Review: The Paranoid Mom Reviews New Products: The Slanket, Tracy O'Conner, Oct. 6, 2008
4. Ridiculous Infomercial Review
Despite the promising title, blogger Paul Lucas doesn't actually try out these blankets, but rather compares their marketing pitches. He does point out that "the Slanket actually looks like a big blanket whereas the Snuggie makes you look like you are returning from the evening vespers at your monestary." Helpfully, this article has nearly a hundred comments from owners of the Slanket and/or Snuggie, most of which are divided between complaints of backlogged orders and people who see little difference between the Slanket and an ordinary blanket.
Review: Blanket with Sleeves Grudge Match: Slanket vs. Snuggie, Paul Lucas, Nov. 25, 2008