Home Product Infomercials: We Try Before You Buy

Good Morning America tests infomercial products for your home.

They look great on television. They say they will make your life easier. But how well do they work when we get them home?

I tested five infomercial products to see how well they worked for me and found mixed results.

After you finish reading, CLICK HERE to see my previous report on the skinny on spa infomercial products.

Egg Genie Electric Egg Cooker

VIDEO: Becky Worley tests some of the "as seen on TV" gadgets.
Testing Infomercial Products

Egg Genie Electric Egg Cooker
Advertises: "Perfect for soft, medium or hardboiled" eggs, according to its Web site.
Becky's Grade: B
Price: $ 19.99

It sounded great to this egg eater: the Egg Genie is a plug-in egg cooker that you can use to cook hard boiled, soft boiled and even poached eggs. While boiling water isn't that much of a pain, watching the pot of water and timing it right to make sure your egg is cooked to your liking is a challenge. I screw that up all the time.

To get eggs to the desired consistency, you put more or less water in the Egg Genie's boiler pan. Sure enough, it cooked soft eggs runny, medium a little runny and hard-boiled were just that: hard. The poached eggs were perfect and I even tried poaching just egg whites and they turned out great.

When making eggs in the shell, there was no clean-up and, with poached eggs, the clean-up was minimal. My only complaint is that you have to physically turn off the device when the eggs are done. It does not have automatic shut off so you can't start your eggs and then go jump in the shower. You have to stick around until they are cooked.

Point n' Paint
Point n' Paint
Advertises: "Paint an entire room in less than one hour" and "get perfect results every time" according to its Web site.
Becky's Grade: D
Price: $19.99

The infomercial says you do not need to tape your molding or cut in (use a little paint brush to do the laborious painting strokes around the molding). But when I wet the applicator with paint and tried to paint flush to the corner of another wall, there was a considerable gap in the paint application. In order to cover the ¼-inch to 1/8-inch gap, I would have had to get a traditional paintbrush and methodically fill the space.

If I wanted the wall to look finished, I would have to use a fine brush or even go back and tape the edges, then repaint.

Point n' Paint did not give me the control I wanted to work around light fixtures and doorknobs in order to reach into the crevasses when I would normally be painting with a fine brush.

I did like the Point n' Paint roller pan because it worked well on big flat areas with nice coverage and uniformity. I also had good luck priming open areas of wall with the Point n' Paint because it is very fast and easy when it's working away from edges and corners.

Overall Assessment: although the device claims "no tape" and "easy to paint edges," I couldn't get a professional or even passable result.

Simon Wright, the president of Eagle Eye Marketing Group, said that his company stands "100 percent behind our products in a way all businesses should do. If a customer is not 100 percent satisfied, they are free to return it for a refund. We cheerfully refund the purchase price, no questions asked."

Snap Capps
Snap Capps -- Reclosable Can Tops
Advertises: Snap Capps for "anywhere your canned drink might be in danger of spilling...will help your keep your drink from going flat," according to its Web site.
Becky's Grade: B
Price: $9.99 for a 12 pack

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