Infomercial Gadgets on Tom's Guide

Most of us don’t watch infomercials as much as we used to. With DVRs, and YouTube or Hulu (not to mention other, illicit ways of getting video), we simply don’t channel surf like we did back in the good old days before technology changed our TV-viewing habits.

But the infomercials are still there, making promises to nobody in the wee hours of the morning. We guess somebody must still be watching them.

We’ve always been curious about the products touted on these marathon infomercial-sessions. Listen to them long enough, and you almost start to believe the claims. So, we put four of these As Seen On TV gadgets to the test. Do they do the job?  Check out the article on Tom’s Guide.

Magic Bullet: A kitchen device that’s supposed to make the preparation of healthy meals quick and clean. Find out if it works magic in the kitchen, or makes a horrible mess.

SlendertoneFlex Go! Abdominal Toning System Belt: Can strapping on an electric belt really make your muscles move so much that you shed pounds?

Jupiter Jack: Does this hands-free device actually work better than Bluetooth by putting your voice calls over your car speaker system?

Stealth S.S.A.: Positioned as an alternative to a hearing aid, the infomercial makes you think this gadget will deliver super-human hearing abilities.

Chances are that your favorite (or most irritating) infomercial gadget isn’t found in this article. That’s okay. Tell us what we missed, and we’ll track it down. Which “as seen on TV” tech toys boast the most outrageous claims? We want to put them to the test.

Create a new thread in the US News comments forum about this subject
This thread is closed for comments
Comment from the forums
    Your comment
  • Anonymous
    I thought the Magic Bullet was a vibrator?

    You should review the Slap Chop. Then somebody should review the hooker that bit off Vince's tongue, I'm sure someone at Tom's would love to take her for a test-drive on the company's dime.
  • Anonymous
    Thank god Billy Mays shit the bucket. His "Mighty Putty" product didn't for for crap. His so called "green to white technology" is bull. I literally mighty puttied a soda bottle to a CD jewel case over night and it still didn't hold together. How the hell did he not spill coffee on his lap or better yet, how did he pull a 18 wheeler. He should of invented a compact defibrillator, so maybe he could of saved his own ass.
  • ravenware
    I thought this was a computing technologies website. (at least it was in '03 when I started visiting)
    But apparently it has turned into Toms Cell Phone or Toms Random Consumer Crap. It is a good thing that toms dropped the gaming portion of their site; because whether a small blender works or not is far more interesting.