Infomercial Products: Do they Really Work?


Infomercials: What’s worth it and what’s not?

Good Housekeeping Research Institute’s Rachel Rothman grades the products sold on those late-night infomercials.

Infomercials are a staple of late-night TV that tempt us to pick up the phone and order before inventory runs out. But do the products actually deliver?

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Here’s what Rachel Rothman, technical and engineering director at the GoodHouseekping’s Research Institute, told FBN's Gerri Willis about the products:

1. Bacon Bowl ($10 for two sets)

Pitch: An easy way to make edible bowls from (you guessed it) baconRothman’s Take: It works and is user and palate friendly

2. Vidalia Chop Wizard ($20, plus shipping and handling)

Pitch: Chops or dices vegetables, fruits and more in one swift motionRothman’s Take: The tool is worth purchasing—especially for those without the best knife skills

3. Snuggie ($20, plus shipping and handling)

Pitch: Stay warm--but keep your hands free--with this blanket with sleevesRothman’s Take: The sleeves are too long, a good blanket is a better option

4. Shake Weight ($10 plus shipping and handling)

Pitch: Using this product for six minutes a day will result in firm arms and shouldersRothman’s Take: Those new to arm workouts may see results, but veteran exercisers won’t find the routine sufficiently strenuous

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