The Best and Worst of As Seen on TV
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) Long before Amazon managed to revolutionize the idea of shopping online, late night evangelists began hawking their products on cable TV. Gaudy products carefully lit in front of easily impressed audiences, typically sold to insomniacs with nothing better to do at 4 a.m.
Of course, As Seen On TV has become synonymous with shoddy products and slick con men for some good reason. The self-publishing equivalent of the retail world, products tend to get infomercials when they can't compete for space on the store shelf. That doesn't mean there's nothing out there worth buying, though. Here are some of the best products, and some of the worst, that you've seen on TV:
It doesn't get better than this. A mainstay of every 20-something's kitchen these days, the George Foreman Grill lets you cook just about anything in a few minutes' time. Advertised for its health benefits, the sloped, non-stick surface is designed let grease slide away, but the real benefit of this grill is its convenience.
Small, compact and a pain to clean, this is a fantastic piece of cookware. Not only can you make easy meals like grilled cheese or quesadillas, but it's useful even for something more complex: a piece of salmon, for example, still comes off the George Foreman tasting great.
The George Foreman Grill collapses an entire stove and high quality frying pan into 36 square inches. It may well be the best product you've seen on TV.
There are lots of different wall mounted lights out on the market, and as a general rule, they tend to be pretty good. It's hard to mess this one up after all. The idea is good, and the technology is fairly straightforward; as a society we mastered the flashlight quite a long time ago.
Small and compact, these bright LED's can go pretty much anywhere you need them too. The battery is long lasting, as is the LED itself, and three come per pack.
Simple, effective and useful. What more could you ask for?
I love that the Snuggie exists. That doesn't mean I love the Snuggie itself; as a product it manages to combine uselessness and laziness into one nightmarish blend of polyester and wool. Yet this inside-out bathrobe has lead to some of the greatest moments in advertising history.
Watching someone spend 60 seconds struggling without success to operate an ordinary blanket is well worth putting up with the fact that we live in a world with Snuggies. That civilization has invented Snuggie formalwear is just icing on the cake.
A great gift for the planter in your life. Personally, I have no real use for the aqua globe since plants tend to experience cases of catastrophic death in my care. However for someone whose potted fern enjoy reasonable odds of survival, these little glass bulbs can come in handy. Not only are they pretty to look at, but they actively water the plant for two weeks.