Those infomercial products look amazing in the commercials, but do they really work?
"Good Morning America" technology contributor Becky Worley tested several infomercial products and checked in on the show today with her results.
The Claim: The Hercules Hook is the easiest way to hang pictures, mirrors, shelves -- just about anything. Easy to install just twist, push and turn! No more drilling or pounding to try to find a stud -- no more damaged walls! The reinforced steel design provides the muscle to hang and hold up to 150 pounds. Great for plaster, drywall or paneling.
Grade A: Simple, does what it says it will. And the infomercial scores points for visually explaining how the product works
My Lil' Reminder
The Claim: A key chain-size digital recording device that you can speak into to remember appointments, phone numbers, lists, directions and the like. Also has a built-in LED flashlight.
Grade C: You have to read the directions to figure out how to listen to multiple messages. Audio quality is very poor, and there is no volume control. When recording sound with ambient noises present (like in cars or parking lots) the audio quality is even worse. Given that the advertised use of the product is in parking lots, or loud public spaces like grocery stores, My Lil' Reminder is not delivering what it promises.
Calls for comment to My Lil' Reminder were not returned.
The Claim: Forget the fuss and muss of potting mixes forever. Our exclusive Chia Growing Sponge lets you grow fresh herbs indoors -- even in winter. Simply place a sponge in one of the quality pots, sprinkle seeds on top and water daily. Soon you'll have fresh herbs at your fingertips. The Chia Herb Garden comes complete with everything you need.
Grade B+: If you want to grow something and you live in a confined space or aren't really a green thumb, this is a good product. The best thing is there's no dirt involved. The herbs grow in a sponge so there's no messy dirt all around the pots or during the potting process.
I couldn't truly test if the herbs were transplantable since my seedlings are still pretty small and it's cold out. Plus, that's not the point. It's about the simplest way to grow something, not about creating a greenhouse or actually having herbs to eat. The amount of herbs produced is small, so you could maybe use the basil once or the parsley in a pinch, but not ongoing.
The Claim: A dry steam iron that gives the results of dry cleaning. Cut your ironing time in half and say goodbye to wrinkles and expensive dry cleaning bills.
Grade C: There's powerful steam when it's ironing flat. It's good on wrinkles when used together with traditional ironing functions. You can turn the "soleplate" on to have a traditional iron, and when you add the serious steam power, the Pressa Bella does a good job. But it doesn't live up to its claims, and it's slower than traditional ironing.
Complaint: The first unit Worley used broke after about 15 minutes, and steam stopped coming out.