‘Reader’s Digest’ Reviews: As Seen on TV

Reader’s Digest staff members recently did a hands-on test of 10 As Seen on TV products, and delivered their honest critiques. For “As Seen on TV: What Not to Buy,” writer Perri O. Blumberg enlisted colleagues at the magazine to help “separate the scams from the saviors” of 10 “products we all secretly want.”

The magazine recommends buying six of the 10 products, with the NutriBullet receiving a score of 4 out of 4 (“Order overnight!!”). The lowest-ranking products were Lint Lizard, with a zero out of 4 (“Need we say more?”), and the Twist n Clip, with a 0.5 out of 4 (“Practically a gag gift”).

Here are all 10 products Reader’s Digest reviewed, with their score, recommendation and retail price in quotes.

  1. EZ Cracker (We covered this product back in 2009. Click here for details and a deal.)
    “Score: 3/4 (DO waste your money). $9.95 + $6.95 S&H”
  2. Twist n Clip (We’ve featured a similar product called the PoniLox Pivoting Hair Comb.)
    “Score: 0.5/4 (Practically a gag gift). $9.95 + $6.95 S&H”
  3. Stone Wave Microwave Cooker (We’ve featured this in a buy-one-get-one deal here.)
    “Score: 4/4 (Order overnight!). $10 + $6.99 S&H”
  4. NutriBullet (Amazon sells it for $107.50 here.)
    “Score: 4/4 (Order overnight!). $119.94, free S&H”
  5. Pocket Hose (We’ve featured the new and improved Pocket Hose Ultra here.)
    “Score: 1.5/4 (Don’t waste your money). $12.99 + $7.99 S&H”
  6. PlateTopper (Follow this link to get it on Amazon.)
    “Score: 4/4 (Order overnight!). $9.99 + $6.99 S&H”
  7. Slimming Sauna Shorts (Amazon sells them for less than $18.)
    “Score: 1.5/4 (Don’t waste your money). $19.95 + $6.95 S&H”
  8. Hurricane 360° Spin Mop (We’ve featured the Hurricane here.)
    “Score: 4/4 (Order overnight!). $39.98 + $12.99 S&H”
  9. Lint Lizard (We’ve featured it here.)
    “Score: 0/4 (Need we say more?). $10.99 + $6.99 S&H”
  10. ‘Ove’ Glove (We’ve featured a similar product, the Grill Glove, in our “New Product Tuesday” column.)
    “Score: 3/4 (DO waste your money!). $19.95 + $6.95 S&H”

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