Which Infomercial Items Would You Like To See Us Investigate?

We all know that it’s best to take the claims of any infomercial — or really, any commercial at all — with a grain of salt so large it would turn Lake Michigan brackish. And yet, there appears to be no end to the stream of products being hawked late at night by loud (and often Australian) pitchmen.

Most of you remember our test of the Snuggie, and our kin at Consumer Reports are always looking into things like the Slap Chop and Magic Jack.

But with so many potentially crappy products available, we’re curious which ones you think deserve a closer look from Consumerist.

Share your thoughts in the comments below or by e-mailing our tipline with the subject “infomercial items.”

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  1. Mxx says:

    P90X “Extreme” Workout DVDs look too good to be true..perhaps look into those?

    • SomeWhiteGuy says:

      I was wondering the same thing, until I learned there was a following here at work with obvious results. Very good workout. I don’t know if you need the DVDs though. It’s basically a high endurance workout. The DVDs just keep you focused on what you’re currently doing, instead of what to do next.

      • Rodrigo says:

        I have two friends who have done it, and they have transformed their bodies. I got through about two weeks before giving up, it is tough stuff.

        They also offer something called P90 (no x) which i understand is not as intense.

        As I read once ‘an intense workout for an hour + a day, combined with healthier eating? Of course it works’

        • erratic_behavior says:

          I heard it works for some people. However, beware of reselling the workout dvds. The makers of P90X send frivolous cease & desist letters to many people selling the workout dvds. They seem to think they’re the only ones allowed to sell their product.

          A buddy of mine was trying to sell his dvds on eBay as he no longer needed them. eBay kept canceling his listing. So, he found out that the makers of the P90X were responsible for sending a claim to cancel his listing. Next thing he knows, he gets a cease & desist letter from the law firm representing P90X demanding he acknowledge his dvds are counterfeit and pay over $890 for them to go away.

          Of course, if people were selling bootlegged versions, then I would understand their position. However, people with legit versions are getting harassed. The same law firm trolls online and cancels the listings and send harassing letters to people.

          The law firm was arrogant and did not want any proof. My buddy even offered to send the dvds to them for verification. They turned him down.

          SInce I am no lawyer but I knew my buddy was exercising his right of First Sale. So, I suggested he get in contact with a lawyer, specifically one that knows about intellectual property rights.

          His lawyer crafted a letter to the other law firm about his rights. Within days, that law firm gave up on extorting him, but would only go away if he sent in the workout dvds to them.

          Bottom line: they may sell a great product, but they don’t give a damn about your right to resell it.

          For more info: http://www.ripoffreport.com/questionable-activities/product-partners-llc/product-partners-llc-johnson-fb69e.htm

          • Mxx says:

            if they are going to act like that, then i’ll just do this http://thepiratebay.org/search/P90X/0/99/0

            • Mike says:

              Yeah, way to go, just encourage people to steal. I am so much better than you!

              Next thing you are going to do is tell them that they need to buy the equipment if they pirate the movies. I bet you will tell them that Bed, Bath and Beyond actually sells pull-up bars.(Don’t forget to use one of those 20% off coupons they always send out) Or that you can get resistance bands at most sporting good stores, or even Wal-Mart. Or that you can go on Amazon and order the bands. What else are you going to tell them? That they can replace the “recovery formula” that comes with P90X with most decent protein drinks they can find in the grocery store?

              Arrrrghhhh.

    • Mike says:

      I have known several people who have done it, all with great results. All it is is a system of working out with a diet plan. Essentially it is a healthy lifestyle in a box, so it works.

    • Weighted Companion Cube says:

      From what I have read and heard from people who are using or have used it, it is pretty good. I have been told by them that you have to already been pretty good shape to start those workouts or you will hurt yourself badly.

    • scientific progress goes boink says:

      I know tons of people who use it and it works well, if you stick to it and of course don’t die. It’s pretty insane.

    • taun says:

      Diet and exercise, which is what P90x essentially incorporates, will make a difference if you’re attempting to get into better shape. That being said, I would not recommend P90x to people who are out of shape or people who haven’t exercised in a long while. I tried the plyometrics portion of P90x and could only finish the first 25mins. I’m guessing i should try the Power 90 series first.

      • wiggie2gone says:

        If you read the manual you have to be able to do certain amount of excercise before you even begin the program. It’s almost like a Military PT test. I vouch for this program it kills me whenever I do it but I feel great after the first 3 weeks (in which those 3 weeks I am in pain and can’t walk)

    • Arcaeris says:

      P90X is legit. It’s a series of workout DVDs and a nutrition guide. If you follow them (which isn’t easy at first), you can get ripped. I know a dozen P90X success stories personally.

      P90X carries a fit test with it, though, so unless you can do what it says (a couple pullups, like 10-15 pushups, etc) BEFORE starting the program, it’s not really for you. It’s to make average people super fit, not make fat people thin.

    • Clyde Barrow says:

      That one is legit, but it takes a lot of hard work. I have had a personal trainer since June and some of my routines involve P90X and this stuff works. I don’t believe in diet pills or eating like a rabbit every day. The only way to get into shape is by sweating it out hard.

      • jesirose says:

        Maybe for men, but studies show that diet affects women much more than activity. For men, it’s activity, for women it’s diet.

        • RxDude says:

          No. It’s diet and activity for both sexes.

          It’s actually healthier to be physically active and a little overweight than to be sedentary and skinny.

      • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

        Actually it isn’t. Most large scale studies show that diet is the single biggest determiner of weight loss. It’s easy to take in 1000 calories by eating a piece of large food chain cheese cake, but difficult to burn off that much. It would take 2 hours with no break of extremely hard core exercise to burn off that many calories.

        To burn off 1 lb, you would have to exercise 6.5 hours HARD CORE with no break. To lose that with food, you could cut 500 calories a day, which is not that many. It’s just a few minor tweaks in the diet.

        • ShadowFalls says:

          It is more than just diet, your metabolism including genetics plays a part as well. I can eat that large piece of cheese cake (not really, cause they are normally too rich to stomach much, but just using your example) do nothing, and gain no weight. Not everyone can do something like that. So before getting on some special program or setting up some special workout, first learn your body and its tolerances.

          • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

            I agree…. I worked out at the gym for 2-1/2 months, doing cardio, weights, ETC and I did NOT lose weight. I was fit! I had energy! I looked physically better, but losing pants sizes? Nope.

            Now, I decided to cut calories instead and just pick up the pace of work at my house instead of the gym. In 3 months, I had lost 30 pds. It’s crazy what your body reacts to. Now, whenever I want to lose weight, I cut back calories and try to just pick something healthier to eat. Works like a charm ;)

    • soj4life says:

      I am sure that they work. I used an earlier beachbody product 6 years ago and went from 240 to 175 in about 9 months; I burned the first 50 in 3 months. It is all about diet, exercise, and will power to succeed.

    • shanthrax138 says:

      It’s no breakthrough that working out for an hour 6 days a week for three months will give you results. Much of the value of a regimen comes in how well it fits in your life and makes you stay with it. A big part of P90X for me is the calendar: I want to “check off” every day and can visualize my progress towards day 90.

      My BF and I are halfway through it and seeing good results. Tony’s corny little jokes lighten the mood, too. We mimic him and chuckle a little. I probably sound like a spokesperson but honestly I’m happy the bf and I are working out together. If you are willing to push yourself it’s worth the money.

  2. Miss Dev (The Beer Sherpa) says:

    The Magic Bullet! Most awesomely awful infomercial ever!

    • Scrutinizer says:

      The Warren Commission already looked into this.

      /sorry friday

      • Mike says:

        Everyone knows that the Warren Commission was just a front of the commie-nazi-fascist-freemason overlords bringing in the New World Order.

        /sorry I listen to Alex Jones too much

    • RanChan03 says:

      I have the Magic Bullet, it’s freaking awsome :) i made tomato basil soup in it to server 40+ ppl

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      It works, but it doesn’t “chop” worth a damn. It is AMAZING for smoothies in the morning or making puree of anything. But chop, it does not do well.

      Also, they sometimes come with a juicer attachment. It’s CRAP.

      • edicius is an acquired taste says:

        Funny thing is that I just killed our Magic Bullet last week making a smoothie. It started smoking, which isn’t good.

        Think I’m going to try the Ninja next.

    • RxDude says:

      My girlfriend will tell you the Magic Bullet works very well. Never seen an infomercial for it, though…

    • Corinthos says:

      I love my magic bullet but my motors seem to burn out after about 8 months or so. I feel I get my moneys worth as much as I use it for smoothies and frozen drinks.

    • tiz says:

      the magic bullet fucking sucks. just get a real blender. the motors burn out REAL quick, and the cups just get scratched and gross looking really quick. i much prefer a blender with a glass pitcher, and a larger capacity. plus the magic bullet is LOUD!!!!!!! sucks at chopping ice, and it’s made from cheap plastic that just eventually flakes away, especially the plastic on the “blade assembly”

      • BobOki says:

        My magic bullet has been rocking strong now for two years, no slowdown, the blades are still sharp, and I love and recommend it to everyone. The containers are wonderful for making morning shakes (one that blends then you just put a lid on it) and mixed drinks. Microwave safe and easy to clean. I think perhaps you just got a dud.

  3. Gail says:

    The Titan Peeler. My husband laughs at me every time we see the commercial, because I get mesmerized. He insists it will be crappy.

    • falnfenix says:

      We were gifted the Titan peeler set for Christmas last year. It works like any other bidirectional peeler; if you’re capable of peeling a potato, it’ll work fine for you. If you aren’t, it won’t.

  4. caknuck says:

    I know they’re pushing the service more than the product, but could you try out the urinary catheters?

  5. Holybalheadedchrist! says:

    Stone Cookware. Looks super durable, appeals to my sense of “every product in my home should be engineered to last 10,000 years.” Does it work or is it just another expensive cooking item I don’t need?

    • SomeWhiteGuy says:

      I have a 19″ round and a toaster oven baking sheet and my mother has a casserole dish. We use them all of the time. The first couple of items might stick, but once you use it a few times, nothing sticks anymore. They also keep items warm if needed. I’ll set my oven on 200 for 20 minutes with the round stone and when I make pancakes or waffles, I’ll just place them on the stone and they’ll stay warm through breakfast.

    • watch me boogie says:

      I always get sucked into those commercials, possibly because of the excellent Kiwi accent (“iggs,” anyone?). More than whether it works, I’d like to know if it is at all a) toxic or b) made by five year olds in a sweatshop. (My gut gives me affirmatives on both.)

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      Just buy Corelle or Corningware. Or Pfaltzgraff. They’re all ovenable and AMAZING!

    • Southern says:

      I’ve never tried stone cookware, but I swear by cast iron. As long as it’s properly seasoned and occassionally cleaned, it would easily last 1,000 years. :-) Heck, even if it gets rusty all ya gotta do is throw it in a fire until it burns off all the rust, then take some steel wool to it… Then reseason it correctly. :-)

      I find the taste much better from food cooked in cast iron too, but that’s probably because I grew up on it.

      • The Dord says:

        Cast Iron, the original non-stick cookware!

        Season them enough and they cook the best fried chicken!

        • hattrick says:

          Cast iron is cheap and incredible and will last into the next century. Only 3 downsides: you have to give it a 3-minute oiling on the stove after you clean it, it’s not responsive quickly to and it weighs a ton.

          Huge upside is it’s non-stick, it’s cheap, you can use it with INSANELY high heat (unlike teflon), you can move it from stovetop to oven, it really holds its heat (hence, awesome fried chicken).

          And if someone breaks in, it’s great for swingin’!

          • Verucalise (Est.February2008) says:

            You do?? I have cast iron pans and depending on what I just cooked in it, I just give it a hot HOT water bath, followed by drying it quickly and hanging it up which keeps them from rusting. Maybe once every 6 months I have to season them in the oven for a few minutes.

            • webweazel says:

              I’ve been using cast irons all my life, and I don’t have any maintenance issues whatsoever. I season them once when new all over, and have never needed to do it again after. Ever. By the way, clean bacon grease is an awesome seasoner!
              When I finish cooking something and the pan is still screaming hot, I immediately drizzle in some clean (or soapy, as you wish) water to sizzle and “deglaze” the pan. All the crusty stuff comes right off. Let it sit until fully cooled, then wash with soapy water, rinse, towel dry, and put away.
              I would suggest to those looking for cast irons to look for perfectly smooth bottoms. I have a really old Griswold that has a silky smooth interior and it is my pride & joy. It is much easier to make pan sauces in the smooth one than on the pebbly bottoms of the average Lodge.
              And look into leather “handle covers” that slide onto the handle for easy and safe handling. Much easier than looking for the potholder all the time.

    • Saltpork says:

      Pyrex or other bakeable glass will last just as long and is less of a pain in the ass to clean.
      If you want to use stone, get an unglazed quarry stone from a building materials store for a few bucks.
      Toss it in your oven to help regulate temperature spikes(all ovens have warm/cool cycles while operating).
      If you want to use it outside of the oven get it as hot as you want it & put it on your stovetop with no burners running(you can crack the stone). The residual heat will work as a cooking surface.

      If you really want the good insulating powers of earthen cookware use cast iron. Hard to go wrong with well made cast iron*.

      *By well made I do not mean colored/enameled and I don’t mean cheap junk. Look at Lodge cookware for decent to high quality cast iron.

    • TheGreySpectre says:

      Stone can be great for baking

  6. Robofish says:

    Pillow Pets. For a while those commercials were on every 5 seconds and annoyed the crap out of me. Not sure how you would test one of those

  7. HeyThereKiller says:

    Two words:

    Shake Weight

  8. UCLAri: Allergy Sufferer says:

    I’m curious to see if the Jupiter Jack isn’t a total mess of a product.

    • macruadhi says:

      IT wouldn’t work in my area, there’s a very strong radio station on 99.3 here and I’m pretty sure you can’t change the frequency on the Jupiter Jack.

  9. funnymonkey says:

    That electric nail-filer for pets. I am guessing it does work, in theory. I’d like to see it used on a real, not trained-for-hollywood dog, though. There is no way my dog would let me use that on him.

    • jessjj347 says:

      I second :)

      Yes! My thoughts too..I saw that in the store but not the infomercial.

      I have a hard enough time using a clipper let alone a filer.

      • Iroc says:

        Wow , I guess my dogs trust me better then yours.
        However a little training goes a long way.
        after trimming a favorite treat helps each session go better.

    • kennedar says:

      We have it, it was a huge waste of our $25. She never sits still long enough for it to work. The sound scares her and she hates the feeling of it on her nails. Save your money and buy dog nail clippers instead

    • Iroc says:

      yes they work, I have one I use on a lab/pit bull mix then use it on my pug.
      Of course you have to have animals willing to let you use it on them.
      They can be slower than just clipping them, but I still clip then use the filer to smooth out rough nails that might snag furniture.

    • brianw76 says:

      From what I’ve seen those are junk. Most complaints were that the hole was too small for nails of bigger dogs, or that they simply didn’t last very long.

      After doing research I ended up just getting a rotary tool with a variable speed rating and using that instead. Same concept except for no “catch” for the nail, but I know I have a quality product that is multi-functional for other things as well.

      My German Shepherd and Lab aren’t too bothered by the sound of the Dremel, they just end up getting bored eventually and try to get up every so often.

      If you google around you’ll see lots of results on what speeds to do it, and how long to do it (can’t keep constant pressure or friction will cause heat that can be very painful). I just did a quick search and see that Dremel is even offering their own version just for this if you want a battery powered handheld.

    • jbandsma says:

      You can get the same results with a dremel tool, sanding disk and the long extension. Been using mine like that for almost 20 years. (Bouvier nails are TOUGH) Being able to use it on your dog depends more on whether your dog allows you to handle his feet than with the tool used.

    • jesirose says:

      Don’t ever buy a pedipaws unless your dog is under 10 lbs.

      Get a dremmel. Either the dremmel brand pet tool, or just use a real dremmel. (I may be spelling the brand wrong.)

      Introduce it to the dog (or cat) really slowly with lots of treats, and only attempt one nail at a time for a while. Once they get used to it, you can do more. Hold the dremmel in your hand, hold the dog’s paw in the other, and use the thumb of the hand holding the paw to press the nail against the spinning file. You have to press kind of hard on big dogs or it will take forever. If the dremmel keeps stopping, switch which hand you hold it in, it spins a certain way and it has to go the right way on the nail. I can’t envision it now without mine in hand.

      Close your mouth or you’ll inhale nail dust!! Have a partner be feeding treats the whole time. If you go at a slow pace to start, you’ll be grinding nails in no time!

    • Andy S. says:

      It’s basically a Dremel tool — even the “filing” bits are just the round sanding tubes that you can get for a Dremel tool in any hardware store.

      The good is that it does allow you to trim your pet’s claws without risking hurting them.

      The bad:
      * it takes much longer than clipping them
      * it is loud, so even if your pet is okay with having their claws clipped, they may not sit still for this.
      * it is messy. Instead of small pieces of claw, it generates piles of claw dust, which tends to go everywhere.
      * it stinks. You’re basically just grinding the claws down, so you end up with a smell that is not unlike burning hair. Very unpleasant.

    • intensefroid says:

      I’d still like to see the Pet Filer vs the Dremmel version on both dogs and cats.

      The damn cat scratches the hell out of everything and I risk getting my face scratched off if I ever try to trim his nails. If I’m lucky I’ll get one clipped before he goes berserk and he knows I have to sleep sometime.

    • kewpie says:

      The Pedi-Pet does work. We tried a neighbor’s before we bought one and our dog did fine with it. We were actually surprised because he is pretty much afraid of everything–that’s why we tried before we bought. We’ve had it for a couple of years now and it’s still working fine. We do have a small-ish dog (about 16 pounds), so I can’t comment on the issues with large dogs.

    • Awesome McAwesomeness says:

      We have one and it works really well.

  10. knoxblox says:

    The iRenew Bracelet.

    The blend of that commercial with that product feels like a healthy mix of revival tent preaching and snake oil.

  11. fatediesel says:

    The ball you put water in and then put in the dryer that sprays steam as it heats up and supposedly makes clothes dry faster, feel softer, and get rid of wrinkles.

    • Aennan says:

      I have used this. I don’t know whether or not it did anything special, but the clothes went in dry and wrinkled and came out unwrinkled.

    • Aennan says:

      I have used this. I don’t know whether or not it did anything special, but the clothes went in dry and wrinkled and came out unwrinkled. Softer? Not really.

    • Holybalheadedchrist! says:

      Funny, I achieve the same effect with a wet tee shirt thrown in with dry clothes in the morning.

  12. star_fire23 says:

    The Xpress Redi-Set-Go cooker. My MIL wants one of these for Christmas.

    • exit322 says:

      It doesn’t work too badly – not all that durable, really easy to scratch the insides, but if you make those thicker panini-type sandwiches (I butter the bread on both sides), it’s actually pretty good.

      Haven’t used it much beyond that, and I did get it for free, so I’ve gotten well more than I paid for.

    • Zany Crazy Guy says:

      I have had a RSG for 2 years now….BUY IT!
      Great for 1 or 2 people, not so much for crowds…
      Get the pans, forget the recipes….
      Join the Xpress 101 group on Yahoo…

  13. kylere1 says:

    The Republican and Democratic parties, et al.

  14. jenolen2161 says:

    I’d like to see either the GTX 101 Express (I get so hungry when I watched the Bedazzler woman make leftovers) or the “Set it and forget it” rotisserie. My brother has wanted one of these for years!

    • jbandsma says:

      We have the rotisserie and it’s the best money we’ve ever spent for a kitchen gadget. Been using it almost 4 years now with never a problem. Love it.

    • MotorboatJones says:

      I had a set it and forget it rotisserie. I hated it. Food was always all dried out and didn’t have the flavor as opposed to cooking in my convection oven. Much quicker and food is so much better.

  15. Mike says:

    In no particular order:

    -shake weight
    -irenew bracelet.
    -fix it tape
    -Riddex plus

    And what the hell is that Fushigi thing? It just looks like a clear ball with a steel ball inside.

    • MamaBug says:

      it’s contact juggling, that’s all – think Labrynth.

    • reddbettie says:

      Its just a clear ball. My dad actually bought one. The moves are pretty tough to master at first. Its just like what David Bowie used in the Labyrinth!

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        IIRC, Michael Moschen did many of those scenes. That man is amazing if you see the other performances he does.

  16. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    Any one of those cartridge razor “stropper”/prolongs sharpness devices. Razor blades ALL have two sides. You can not strop only one side of an edge without rolling it over, leading to a blade that can not cut well.

    I think the problem is many have never had a good shave, so while they think their blade is sharp, it’s actually not as aggressive as it was before, and believe a “smooth” shave refers to the actual feel while shaving.

    Should be easy to actually look at the blades from the side if removed from the cartridge to see if they are rolled over, and I’m sure the CR labs can test the sharpness with lasers or something.

    • SagarikaLumos says:

      That one and the “Infinity Razor,” too. It advertised as being carbide-edged blades that would last for years.

    • Beeker26 says:

      I tried one of these once and it destroyed whatever I put into it. Absolute garbage.

    • econobiker says:

      Didn’t someone have a recipe for keeping blades sharp like drying them off with hairdryer and then immersing the blade in mineral oil?

    • 99 1/2 Days says:

      I’ve heard rubbing the blades the wrong way (to shave anyway) against the hairs on your arm works…

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        That is stropping. But blades need to be sharpened on both sides. If you focus on just one side, the edge of the blade folds over. It’s just like sharpening/stropping a kitchen or any other kind of knife.

    • BurtReynolds says:

      Or how about just a test that shows that a 50+ year old Gillette Red Tip with a Iridium blade works better than a Fusion/Pro Glide or whatever other crap is out there for $5/cartridge.

  17. jessjj347 says:

    Bump-it, I believe it’s called (the hair raiser)?

    • CBenji says:

      My daughter has one and she wears it. I in turn call her Snooki, but I hate it, but she really wears it. She is in college too, and everyone likes it and several of her coworkers at this bar wear them as well. She has taken naps in it as well, not the Hollywood bump it, but I tried it and I have no talent for such nonsense, but she does.

    • ouijabored says:

      I got a BumpIt from a well-meaning but misguided relative – it works, but you can’t just toss it in. You have to tease the hair in front/back of it a bit, otherwise it looks like you have this weird point on the top of your head. And you have to make sure you get enough hair over it – I have short layers which didn’t cover it well, and you could see through the bump! So I’d say it works, but it’s a hassle.

    • EBone says:

      That works great! Just ask Snookie.

  18. benh999 says:

    I bought some pants last year that don’t fit after I gained 30 lbs. Help me, Consumerist!

  19. jesirose says:

    Oh Oh! I have a Ninja Chop, the product in the picture. I LOVE it. I have a $150+ blender that I use for half the stuff, the other half I use the ninja chop for. Great for everything it’s advertised for IMO. I use it to chop veggies, or make frozen drinks. Seriously we use it every day at least once.

    It can’t do thick smoothies.

    It was WELL worth the price ($30? maybe? at Sam’s Club).

  20. HoJu says:

    No and’s, if’s, or but’s about it! GLH Formula 9!

  21. quijote says:

    I’d like to see your report on Extenze–with charts.

  22. hypochondriac says:

    Shake Weight? Unless you already investigated that

  23. Macgyver says:

    I hate shaving, I’ve been looking for something like this for a while.
    I don’t know the name, but it’s some kind of cream that you put on your face, let it sit for some time, then you wipe off, and your beard is gone.

    • watch me boogie says:

      Someone else can tell you more about that specific product, but I can tell you that most cream depilatories are rubbish. Oftentimes with coarse hair, if it’s strong enough to work, it’s also strong enough to burn your skin – after all, it works by dissolving hair. (Think about that for a sec, then think about putting it on your face.) *shudder*

    • SagarikaLumos says:

      There’s a product like that called Magic Shave that’s sold from the ethnic hair care section of most drugstores and the like that works like that. I’ve heard that it smells awful but does work.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I’m going to have to try that. Most cream hair removers for the face don’t work. I have a few hairs that I would like to get rid of but nothing works.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      It’s called Nair.

  24. ElleAnn says:

    Does the Shake Weight count?

  25. SagarikaLumos says:

    The cheap ceramic knife that is always in the As Seen on TV sections of stores (that I’ve never seen on TV) sounds too good to be true. I don’t doubt that you can lay a keen edge on ceramic, but I know that the least twist would probably break it. I’d also like to know how hard it is to clean the Big City Slider Station after use. I like it, but I don’t think it’s non-stick.

    • DJ Charlie says:

      I’ve got one, paid $5 for it at Harbor Freight, and it’s the best knife in the rack! Beats my $80 set of Chicago Cutlery every time. I just wish they had more than the single “kitchen utility knife.” I’d love to have at least a Chef’s and maybe a carving knife in ceramic.

      As for it breaking with a twist, the blade is actually fairly thick, so that won’t happen if you treat it right.

    • PatrickPortland says:

      I wondered the same thing about the Big City Sliders thing, so I just looked around a bit and found this video review.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3EvBb-_JKs

      After watching it, I think I’m convinced.

    • reddbettie says:

      I don’t know what brand you’re talking about but I have some cheap ceramic knives my dad bought me and they are wonderful! It has pretty specific instructions on what you can and can’t cut with it. I learned the hard way to follow those rules because the blade has a small chip in it now.
      It’s the first knife I grab to cut fruits and veggies.

  26. BigDave says:

    I saw an ad for some device you plug into a car’s 12V outlet “to improve the electrical performance of the engine?” Apparently it is sold at Best Buy [per the commercial] but I can’t recall the name of it. Sounded like a bunch of hooey to me.

    • guspaz says:

      Well, technically you can introduce current from a battery into the cigarette socket, which would reduce the amount of work that the alternator needs to do, which would improve fuel economy… But the difference would likely be incredibly tiny, and you’d need to keep the thing you plug in charged outside of use in the car. And it’d have to have a pretty damned hefty battery (we’re talking at least car battery sized to make any difference).

      • consumed says:

        I dont think thats how it works. Its advertised to broadcast a signal to the engine which causes it to save gas. If anything it sucks current out of the battery to make the alternator work harder. LOL

        • Buckus says:

          Right, because you can broadcast a current into the engine to tell it to work better. That is the most snake-oily thing I’ve read about in these comments.

  27. clownsRcreepy says:

    Def the shake weight. Is there really any other choice?

  28. PhiTauBill says:

    PROACTIV. Are there any clinical results that support that the product works? It seems like they just deputize the newest, freshest, female Hollywood face in each iteration to be their snake oil salepserson of the week….

    • ichiban1081 says:

      I’m going to say that Proactiv works. My sister-in-law’s face used to look like a circuit board until she started using it. She tried a lot of other products and none worked as good as Proactiv. I probably sound like an infomercial but her face made me a believer.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      You can do the same for cheaper – check out http://www.acne.org – he offers similar products for a fraction of the price.

      Right now I’ve been using some things I got at the grocery store – the important thing is to figure out what works for you and stick with it.

      My issue is after 30 days or so my regimen slips and my face explodes and I feel terrible so I stop using the stuff. Its awful. I’m 26 and I’ve had this “disease” for over 15 years now.

      • Saltpork says:

        If you’ve had facial acne for 15 years have you gone to see a dermatologist yet?
        If the answer is no, then you’re not very smart. If yes, then I’m sorry about your skin. That sucks.

        • BurtReynolds says:

          I’ve had it for probably close to 15 years now, been to the derm and his ‘scripts didn’t solve it. I use the acne.org products right now and it is “managing” it well enough. I might try another derm soon, but I don’t know what else those guys will throw at me. I’d rather have a few pimples at 27 than roll the dice with Accutane.

      • Intheknow says:

        I always had beautiful skin – all through high school and my 20s. No oil, no pimples, smooth and soft. As soon as I was in my early 30s, BOOM, wrinkles! I guess you get one or the other.

    • falnfenix says:

      yep, the stuff works. it cleared me up through the worst years of acne: high school.

    • LastError says:

      Proactiv works, but so do some of the less expensive equivalents at your local Walmart or Target. Acne-Free is one brand. Neutrogena has some similar things. Proactiv has certainly stirred up the market. Used to be just Wolfman Jack hocking Clearsil.

      One of the claims in the ads and featured in their video before and afters is about how skin clears up after a week or two. Natural hormonal and diet changes alone can do that. If the treatment influences it, great. But it may not deserve full credit or claim to before/after photos.

    • caradrake says:

      I’ve used AcneFree (sold in Walmart, CVS, etc) that is advertised to be ProActiv at half the price. It had results for me. My acne cleared up and my face wasn’t as oily. So I’m assuming that ProActiv also works, although I don’t know how it compares.

    • dru_zod says:

      Proactiv obviously works for some people (based on other responses on this page), but doesn’t for others. I had pretty bad acne, and I had tried everything, prescription and non-prescription (including Accutane, which I do NOT recommend to anyone), and I tried Proactiv for a while. It did improve my acne, but just not very much. The only thing that ever really worked for me was a prescription gel, so there’s no one solution that works for everyone.

    • deadbird says:

      I love Proactive, it works for me and it worked for many of my friends & family. My personal experience was a small but noticed improvement. if i stop using it my skin looks worse. Simple but not life-changing. However, I had a roommate who was a very pretty girl with very bad skin. She started using proactive & it changed her life! She now has beautiful, clear skin and tons more confidence. It works differently for everyone but for some people the change is amazing. But you do have to use it every night and follow the instructions closely.

    • nextyearsgirl says:

      Proactiv did not work for me, and I personally don’t think that any regime that relies so heavily on benzoyl peroxide is ultimately a good decision. It’s so harsh and drying, and it’s basically the equivalent of carpet-bombing your face — sure, it works, but it’s just not good for you. Also, there’s a reason that it stops working, and your skin gets worse, once you go off of it. Your skin becomes reliant on it and needs to re-adjust after you go off it. Much better to try something else, especially for young skin.

      Of course, I’ve had terrible acne for ten years (I’m 24), and nothing has really made a dent. So next month I’m going on Accutane — bringing out the big guns.

  29. scientific progress goes boink says:

    Magic Holy Water! I just saw that infomercial again a couple weeks ago at like 2 am. Since it came back it must mean it actually works, lol, right?

  30. lonestarbl says:

    those ionized bracelets

  31. lonestarbl says:

    those ionized bracelets

  32. Kman says:

    The miller lite vortex bottle. The beer doesn’t appear to spin out of the bottle at all in real life.

  33. notanignoramus says:

    Anything hawked by Kevin Trudeau!

  34. CBenji says:

    How about the Full bar as opposed to the just a power bar or Fiber bar. I see my sister is buying those things and I don’t know if they quite qualify as an infomercial, but I would love to know if they are even worth anything. They don’t even look appetizing to me and almost look like I couldn’t or wouldn’t want to eat it bar.

  35. Caged Wisdom says:

    NuWave Oven (it looks so cool, but I bet it’s a horror to clean) and while I can’t think of the name of it, the device that’s similar to a Magic Bullet but larger and has several different attachments you can put on top of it.

  36. the Persistent Sound of Sensationalism says:

    I cast my vote for Flavor Wave Oven Turbo. It’s the only infomercial I’ve watched in a long while, and the only reason was because Mr. T makes me laugh. It seems unlikely that you could could a steak from frozen to medium in 15 minutes and not seem like you’re trying to eat old leather.

    • Oranges w/ Cheese says:

      We’ve had one of those for years and years (granted, it was a different brand, but the same concept) and we LOOOOVE IT. Literally, the thing is almost as old as I am.

    • Mariushm says:

      I have one and it actually works better than an oven, especially as you don’t really have to use oil to cook – well, it helps if you sprinkle a few drops on top but it’s not needed – and the stakes and other meats remain more “juicy”.

      As for “steak from frozen to medium in 15 minutes”…. no… to defrost you’d have to set it at lowest temperature and leave it for at least 10 minutes, and then set it up to about 80% temperature and cook for 15-20 minutes. For medium, maybe 15 minutes would be enough.

      One thing is not as they say in the commercial is “to clean you just poor water and a few drops of washing liquid and set the oven on defrost for a few minutes” – no, it doesn’t really work that easy, you have to take out the metal things from inside and wash it with your hand or in the washing machine.

  37. Mira Mi Huevo!!! says:

    I want this product made…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D15U7AKtB_w

  38. SugarMag says:

    The Tobi clothes steamer :drool

    The infomercial is like porn for people who hate to iron

  39. turbo says:

    Proactiv.

  40. Lollerface says:

    Enzite

  41. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

    I know a lot of people have doubts aobut the Magic Jack so a report on that would be great. I’ve been using mine for 3 years and have probably saved thousands in long-distance calls, as I’m currently in a long-distance relationship (I’m on the West coast, he’s on the East) and I don’t even want to think what our nightly 1-2 hour long conversations would have cost us.

    • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

      Nevermind – I hadn’t realized the mention of Magic Jack in the article was a link to a report already done. Good report :)

  42. MongoAngryMongoSmash says:

    Plunder Funnel.

    I have yet to see my mailbox explode with cash.

  43. Manny says:

    The slap chop! And the Graty that comes with it as a free gift!

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      I give it a thumbs down. You really do have to mash it hard since the blade isn’t sharp. It produces inconsistently sized chunks and some “mushed” chunks that don’t go all the way through for a cut. Also, I find it hard to clean, total net work is greater for me than just bringing out the knife and tearfully dicing my onions.

    • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says:

      Forgot the Gratey. Also bad. Pretty difficult to clean even for cheese grater standards. Useless for hard cheeses and slightly less so for blocks of soft cheese.

  44. Disappointed says:

    If you haven’t done them already:
    The Smooth Away (I believe that’s what it’s called), which is, so I’ve heard, basically sandpaper that you use (in theory, at least) to remove body hair. *shudders*
    Those “detoxifying foot pads” that I seem to see in Walgreen’s every single time I go in. The pictures on the box are disgusting.

    • MongoAngryMongoSmash says:

      My wife will tell you that it works great. Although, she still can’t find where the hair goes when it comes off of her legs. It must get sucked into another dimension where my TV remote is.

    • shanthrax138 says:

      I’ve used the sandpaper.. it does work but if you’re not real gentle there’s a little redness. But all hair removal methods come with one form of temporary discomfort.

      The foot pads have been debunked- they blacken on their own when exposed to air.

  45. Disappointed says:

    Oh! And the Tater Mitts! The first time I saw that infomercial, I must’ve laughed nonstop for about 5 minutes.

  46. stopshopping says:

    I’d love to see a series on Network Marketing products and companies. Acai, Asea, Amway, etc. And/or investigative reports on Tony Robbins type motivational psycho babble, Real Estate money scams, debt relief plans, natural health cures, etc.

  47. masso says:

    I have always wonder about those thing that you simply plug into electrical outlet and some sort of magical wave is supposed to drive away all the pests, like rate and cockroach.

    • SilentAgenger says:

      Ha! I dunno how they are now, but we bought one of these back in the 80’s and it was total crap. One day we saw a mouse inside our toaster oven enjoying a piece of burnt cheese (it wasn’t on, and it was never cleaned). Right next to the toaster oven sat our sonic-pest-driver-awayer (or whatever they called it…it looked like a tiny black satellite dish). I picked it up and held it right in front of the oven, pointing it directly at the mouse. It just sat there unflinching, continuing it’s feast (burnt cheese is so delicious that not even the sight of a giant human pointing a tiny black satellite dish at you can make you abandon it). Total waste of money.

      No, I didn’t turn the toaster oven on, but I admit I was tempted.

  48. LatinoGeek says:

    The Blendtec Total Blender please.

  49. ouijabored says:

    - Proactiv
    – The PediPaws or whatever the electronic nail filer for pets is
    – Whatever the steam ball thing is, where you put water in it and then toss it in the dryer to help release wrinkles and freshen your clothes. I seriously doubt it works as well as the commercials show, but I am curious.

  50. Indyken says:

    The Hula Chair. I bought one of these things and my sides are killing me.

  51. Tom Foolery says:

    Do the Blendtec “will it blend” youtube ads count as infomercials?

  52. The Dord says:

    The Mr. T FlavorWave Turbo Oven

    Heard so many mixed reviews of this on the internet.

  53. summeroflove says:

    I forget the name of it but there is a thing that is supposed to stop dogs from barking. One thing is for sure, the commercial is annoying (Wait! Put that in the annoying commercial category too!).

  54. Crazytree says:

    SHAKE WEIGHT!

    My wife bought one and hid it so I couldn’t return it.

  55. RayanneGraff says:

    HYDROXATONE. I hate those fucking commercials so much.

  56. kajillion123 says:

    enzyte and extenze

  57. Tankueray says:

    Happy fun ball.

    Is it weird that I haven’t heard of half of these products? I vote for the Total Gym, Kimaro body shapers, and the Ninja blender in the picture. And any infomercial item that is over $100, I think it would be great to protect us from such expensive mistakes.

    I have the redi-set-go and it’s great, but not if you want crispy. Instead of the montel blender I got the “will it blend?” one, it’s awesome.

  58. yami990 says:

    another nomination for magic bullet. i want to know how well it works before buying it. perhaps the ninja chop or other blender/chopper things that are able to use for smaller servings primarily?

  59. nXt says:

    The Fushigi ball. Can anyone pick it up and look like a master like that guy in the commercial?

  60. ShadowFalls says:

    I think the Magic Jack one deserves more of a look at. I have heard some people say it is not bad, others who completely despise it. Since from I can tell, the principle isn’t any different than any other VoIP provider, what is one to do if the company goes under? Does the device has support for all computers? Firewall issues? etc. Are their claims as really up to snuff? or does the “jack” stand for something else entirely.

  61. sister says:

    Rejuvenate Auto

  62. Howie411 says:

    Ove Glove

  63. FrugalFreak says:

    Sing-a-ma-jigs Demo please with multiple.

  64. Gregg Araki Rocks My World says:

    Anything where the seller claims to know something the government doesn’t want you to know.

  65. RogueWarrior65 says:

    Every effing weight-loss pill. Either that or investigate those goofy radio ads for some sort of work-at-home scheme. Like this one: “Hi, I’m Roger Pasquire. I became a millionaire at 23, doubled it by 33 and retired at 43. How did I do it? By finding good ideas and THEN taking action to make money.” NO SH*T?!? I’ve been taking action first and then finding the good idea. Glad you told me that. And now you’re going to share your latest money-making scheme with little old me instead of making a sh*tload of money by yourself? What a guy!!! Or this latest one “I recently filed for bankruptcy after going a million dollars into debt. Then I realized the same things I did to get into debt could get me out.” Ummm…no…we’ve got lots of governments that believe that one too.

  66. RogueWarrior65 says:

    Every effing weight-loss pill. Either that or investigate those goofy radio ads for some sort of work-at-home scheme. Like this one: “Hi, I’m Roger Pasquire. I became a millionaire at 23, doubled it by 33 and retired at 43. How did I do it? By finding good ideas and THEN taking action to make money.” NO SH*T?!? I’ve been taking action first and then finding the good idea. Glad you told me that. And now you’re going to share your latest money-making scheme with little old me instead of making a sh*tload of money by yourself? What a guy!!! Or this latest one “I recently filed for bankruptcy after going a million dollars into debt. Then I realized the same things I did to get into debt could get me out.” Ummm…no…we’ve got lots of governments that believe that one too.

  67. Cyniconvention says:

    The Pedegg

  68. FilthyHarry says:

    Its not an infomercial but the latest Pizza Hut commercial features a bit where a lady holds up a Pizza Hut pizza and says “This is how you guarantee a second date.”

    I’d like to see that proven.

  69. pixiestix says:

    Shake Weight!

    That infomercial is just to hilarious especially the parodies – just need to know if that stupid thing is good for anything other than building up a good….. um….. hand…..

  70. Zernhelt says:

    I think Cold Fire would be good to look at. It’s being sold as something you should have in your house instead of traditional fire extinguishers. If it’s not as effective as traditional fire extinguishers, than people that buy Cold Fire instead of a traditional fire extinguisher may end up with an unfortunate surprise if they have a fire.

  71. shanthrax138 says:

    OrGREENIc cookware. Ceramic cookware that looks impressive and is SO expensive.

  72. Thumbmaster says:

    I’d like to see the hercules hook and the suction-cup-handlebar-thingie tested.

  73. layton59 says:

    The POCKET FISHERMAN (not to be confused with pocket billards) and that glass cutter that lets you make drinking glasses out of old bottles. Wait those are from the 1970’s. Dang, crappy products sold on TV have been around for eons. I HATE INFOMERCIALS.