10 Infomercial Products That Are Actually Awesome
We all watch TV infomercials—learning about the next miracle product that will "change our lives forever," through a pair of half-opened, glazed-over eyeballs. They all seem too good to be true. And they are, because five easy payments of $15.95 is a high price to pay for disappointment.
However, there are some “As Seen on TV” products that actually work. And while it’s impossible to sort through all of them—there are millions—we've found plenty that you might actually like and carry good reviews by Good Housekeeping and Consumer Reports.
So in loving tribute to Billy Mays and all the other collared shirt-clad salesmen, here are 10 of the best infomercial products you can get for your money.
1. Magic Bullet
As an owner of the Magic Bullet, I can fully endorse this product without any financial compensation from Magic Bullet or Magic Bullet-employed goons holding a gun to my head. The most surprising thing about this high-speed mixing system is the ease with which it can blend anything. It purees, chops, blends, and can even grind coffee beans. Best part yet? It takes up very little space.
2. Ginsu Knives
Consumer Reports loved the Ginsu Knives, claiming they "skewered" the other infomercial competition from Ronco—oh, I see what they did there—and even compared well to powerhouses like Wüsthof. The winning attribute with these knives is that they stay incredibly sharp when faced with meat, vegetables, or your mortal enemies. Please don't stab your enemies. Poison them with the delicious food you cook with the help of these knives!*
*Our lawyer would like us to remind you that this was a joke and you shouldn't kill anyone.
3. Forearm Forklift
Consisting of nothing more than two adjustable heavy-duty nylon straps which are placed underneath the heavy object, pieces of furniture weighing up to 700 pounds can be moved by utilizing your total body strength. Now of course, if you weigh 100 pounds and want to move a monstrous refrigerator, you’re gonna have a bad time. But for moving things like a desk or heavy coffee table, you and a very close friend should invest in the Forearm Forklift.
4. Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender
Well, this is a cute little fella. With over 73 percent of its reviews on Amazon positive, it’s pretty clear that the Ninja Master Prep is a blender that does what it’s supposed to do and more. One particular customer praised its ability to make “refried beans...smoothies and sauces.” Then they launched into a whole thing about frozen fruit and coconut milk, but at that point, I was about to drown in my own saliva. Consumer Reports also said it was "good in overall performance!"
5. Lint Lizard
If you have a fear of freak dryer lint fires (and maybe you should, because thousands get sparked each year) then the Lint Lizard is for you. It’s advertised as a magic wand for dryers, able to collect bits of dust and lint that your average lint collector and meek little human hands can’t reach. The Lint Lizard can actually remove double the amount of lint when attached to your dryer, says Consumer Reports. Kiss your dreams of a lint-fueled inferno goodbye!
There’s nothing sexy about feet, unless you’re really into feet, then everything about feet is sexy. Removing calluses and dead skin, though? Universally unsexy. However, the PedEgg actually works better than the standard pumice stone treatment. I think this thing should have been called the “Ped-o-File,” but I can also see why someone would vote against that name.
Ah, one of the classic As Seen on TV products! Unlike its counterparts—the Snuggie and SlapChop—this stuff actually works incredibly well. From our own experiences as well as those of everyone who's ever used this miracle stain-fighter, this is what you want to buy if you have particularly dirty kids. (Who are we kidding? All kids are dirty.) Oxiclean is, interestingly enough, especially good at fighting against grass stains...which any parent can relate to—except mine. I was an "indoor kid."
8. Twin Draft Guard
By solving the problem of drafty doors through the use of a two-inch-thick foam tube, the Twin Draft Guard keeps out mean ol' Uncle Winter from getting inside. Before purchasing this product, it is suggested that you do your homework and measure the size of your door as well as the size of the gap. Though, these guys are pretty easy to trim if it's not a perfect fit.
9. Microwave Pasta Boat
One of the personal favorites around the office, the Pasta Boat takes an already easy-to-make food like pasta and makes it even easier with a built-in strainer lid and bonus steamer. Put the pasta in, add water, throw it in the microwave, call it a day. Just make sure you add water—our prized staff photographer forgot that part and almost burned his house down.
10. NuWave Pro Plus Oven
Can you cook a 10-pound frozen turkey in a few hours with your oven? No? Didn't think so. According to Time, the NuWave uses infrared conduction and convection cooking to make quick, easy, and hot meals in a shockingly short amount of time. You can cook, barbecue, roast, grill, bake, broil, dehydrate, steam, and air fry various foods with ease.
Jeremy Glass is a writer for Supercompressor and cooks his turkey the normal way—laying it out on a very warm rock.
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