Which Infomercial Products Make the Grade?


"GMA" technology contributor Becky Worley tested a new crop of those tantalizing products you see in infomercials. She tried out four new products in her own home and graded them on how well they live up to their claims.

Find out which products made the grade and which just didn't live up to Worley's expectation below.

Slap Chop

VIDEO: We test Slap Chop, Shuffles, Strap Perfect and Bumpits against their claims.

Price: $19.95 plus shipping and handling
Grade: A-
What Worley said: The Slap Chop does a good job on firm vegetables like potatoes and carrots, but on leafy vegetables like lettuce or spinach, it cuts some leaves and bruises some others. With bananas, it predominantly mashed them up.

My biggest complaint is that the uniformity of chopping is a problem. I tried to chop carrots for my babies and some pieces were long while others were tiny. I had to go back and cut the big pieces with a knife so the kids didn't choke.

When I tried to dice an onion, it did a good job on the interior of the onion, but the outer layers stayed intact and just got scored.

The Slap Chop is great for mincing garlic and herbs. It cleans easily because the butterfly design opens up the device fully so you can rinse all the nooks and crannies.


Price: $14.99 plus shipping and handling
Grade: C
What Worley said: Shuffles picked up fine dust, but debris and pet hair merely was pushed around the room. The instructions say to sweep in advance of using the product, but I wanted to see the effect of dry shuffling.

Next, I slightly wet the Shuffles with my normal water and mopping solution. Again, they picked up fine dirt, but pushed all other objects around the room.

After I was done, I found hairballs and dust bunnies deposited around the floor. Mid-cleaning, I tried to wash the Shuffles cloths because they were so dirty, but I couldn't get them dry enough to go back to cleaning. They were so wet that they just left pools of water around the floor.

I had my kids make a huge mess with ketchup, jelly and flour, and when I donned a fresh pair of Shuffles to clean the disaster area, I was surprised that they did a good job picking up all the debris.

The cloth used for the pads is really absorbent. But after the initial wipe-up of the mess, I had to pull the cloths off the shoe-pad, wash them in the sink, wring them out with my hands, put them back on the shoe-pad and then go back over the area to get the stickiness off the floor. It was way too time consuming. A mop or a rag would have been faster, easier and cheaper.

What the company said: "Shuffles receive rave reviews when used as directed, not for sweeping, but for mopping with moderate cleaner," said Brilliance Ventures in a statement.

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Strap Perfect

Price: $19.99 plus shipping and handling
Grade: B-
What Worley said: If you want a simple device that pulls your bra straps together so they don't look tacky when you're wearing a tank top -- Strap Perfect does the job. The plastic clasp hooks on one strap, then the other, to pull the bra straps together in between your shoulder blades.

You need to loosen your bra straps before you put Strap Perfect on or it can make your bra straps too tight and uncomfortable. You also could use a safety pin for this task, but Strap Perfect is easier to use than a pin.

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