Top 20 As Seen On TV Products That Are Actually Good

Top 20 As Seen On TV Products That Are Actually Good
WRITTEN BY: Nathan Sharp, Michael Wynands
These product shocked people in the best way possible! For this list, we're looking at those As Seen on TV products that amazed everyone with how useful they were, how much bang they gave you for your buck, and just how cool and surprisingly innovative they were. Our countdown includes Emson Bacon Wave, OxiClean, Mighty Putty Purple, Magic Bullet, Sticky Buddy, and more!

Top 20 As-Seen on TV Products That Were Surprisingly Awesome

Welcome to, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 20 As-Seen on TV Products That Were Surprisingly Awesome.

For this list, we're looking at those As Seen on TV products that amazed everyone with how useful they were, how much bang they gave you for your buck, and just how cool and surprisingly innovative they were.

Which Product Had YOU Saying “Oh yeah I remember that thing!”? Let us know in the comments.

#20: Tap Light

Tap Light has been illuminating areas lacking a light fixture for years, and the concept proved so popular that they’ve actually moved well beyond the realm of the “As Seen on TV” market with countless variations. The original infomercial might have been a little over eager in its salesmanship - we don’t really want to have to tap on a light every few steps on a dark stairwell, and they aren’t exactly a beautiful addition to a well-decorated bedroom occupied by adults. But in a closet, garage, shed or dark corner of the basement, they undeniably provide a perfect, convenient solution.

#19: Emson Bacon Wave

We never promised that these products were going to be good for your health. Technically speaking, this should result in less greasy bacon, and by extension, healthier bacon, but the ease of use of this product might result in a significant increase in overall bacon consumption - thus tipping the scales. Bacon is arguably the most deliciously addictive meat out there, and now, with this little gadget, you can cook each slice to perfection. Though it looks relatively rudimentary in its design, the reviews are in, and people agree - it makes damn good bacon. Bonus points for being dishwasher safe!

#18: Flex Tape (by Flex Seal)

Duct Tape might be the universal go-to quick fix, but there’s something better out there. Flex Tape is the closest you can come to welding without breaking out the blowtorch. Sure, the infomercial sells the product's virtues pretty hard, but there's merit. Don’t use it to put a boat that’s been sawed in half back together and hit the open seas or anything. But when you’re in a jam and need a liquid tight seal, it wouldn't hurt to have some Flex Tape within reach - even if only to use it as a band-aid until you can call in a professional.

#17: Pocket Hose

At first thought, a firm “nope!” comes to mind. After all, “wanna try my pocket hose?” isn’t exactly an innuendo-free question. And yet, this little garden accessory is a true innovation in the world of hoses. Rather than a long, semi-rigid tube, the Pocket Hose is made of a unique material that expands to hold water, before shrinking back down to a fraction of the size when not in use. One criticism: it doesn’t actually fit in a pocket unless you’re wearing a photographer’s vest. Still, trust TV's Richard Karn, because it’ll change your gardening game for the better.

#16: ShamWow!

Regardless of your opinion of Vince Offer, you’ve gotta appreciate the quality of ShamWow. It’s a simple product that does a simple job, but does it very very well. The ShamWow wasn’t necessarily a new invention - chamois leather has been in use for centuries, and various types of synthetic shammys had been used for years before pitchman Offer decided to make them his own. But with all that being said, there’s no denying the efficacy of his product, or the spectacular marketing he used to make the product a household name. ShamWow! has proven that it can hold between 10-20 times its weight in water - with minimum drips and a non-abrasive surface.

#15: Forearm Forklifts

Until you’ve got some disposable income or a home large enough to make it a necessity, hiring a moving company feels like a luxury. While moving by yourself is very doable, it comes with a serious risk of injury. Forearm Forklifts to the rescue! They might not be an everyday use item, but given that a pair only costs about $20, even if they only get used once, they’re totally worth it. By putting the weight on your forearms, these long straps take the strain off your back and make it easy to move large, heavy furniture. And saving yourself from a back injury? That’s priceless.

#14: OxiClean

How did we ever live without OxiClean? We didn’t think there was much room in the world of laundry for revolution short of self-cleaning clothing, but then OxiClean came along and, well, suddenly stains we would’ve once deemed to be permanent became manageable. Just as advertised, your whites will come out whiter too! In a sea of laundry-related products promising miracles, OxiClean has proven itself to be true to its word, as confirmed by the masses. On Amazon, based on over 1,500 reviews, it boasts 4.8 out of 5 stars. For an As-Seen on TV product, it doesn't get much better than that!

#13: SlapChop

We’ll be the first to acknowledge it… the SlapChop looks like junk, but surprise surprise, it actually works pretty well. If you’re too hard on it and smash it rather than slapping down, yeah… it’s gonna break. What do you expect for 20 bucks? But when you’re looking to chop up veggies, nuts or fruit quickly and with minimal fuss, it’s actually a useful little tool. It’s especially handy when you’re looking for a really fine chop. Just one warning, avoid starchy foods, they tend to stick to the blades. It’s no replacement for knife skills, but if you ain’t got ’em, SlapChop sure helps.

#12: George Foreman Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine [aka George Foreman Grill]

Few As-Seen on TV products have made a bigger cultural impact than this countertop electric grill endorsed by former boxing heavyweight champion George Foreman. The Foreman Grill is no substitute for a proper barbecue come summertime, but when you’re looking to quickly grill something up as part of a recipe or when you’re short on time, the Foreman Grill is a lifesaver. If you’re sending a kid off to college with little to no cooking skills, it’s a must-have send-off gift to ensure that they eat more than ramen and cereal. What can we say, much like its namesake, the Foreman Grill is a champ. It’s too bad that Michael’s Scott experience with the grill wasn’t so great...

#11: FunLoom Bracelet Making Kit

Perfect for crafty and creative children, the Fun Loom Bracelet Kit comes with 600 different colored silicone bands that you weave together in order to create original and personal bracelets. While it may take some getting used to, as does any artsy project, the bracelet making kit is a blast once you get the hang of it. Why? Well, isn't watching your own creation come to life in front of your eyes always incredibly satisfying? Just don't be surprised if your child wants you to make one for him or her while he or she watches TV.

#10: PedEgg Power

While “Arrested Development”’s Ann may have invented the Mayonegg, the PedEgg is something entirely different and far more practical- it scrapes callouses off the bottom of your feet and leaves them SMOOTH and SEXY! Whoa! That’s right, it's a surprisingly effective tool for relieving the annoying callous problem, and leaves your feet softer than a baby's. It even stores the dead skin in a little container instead of sprinkling foot remnants all over the place, so it's perfect for both grossing out your friends and conveniently disposing of the flakes. The PedEgg: gross but effective!

#9: Microwave Pasta Boat

While pasta may not be the hardest meal in the world to prepare, it can definitely be made easier, and the amazing and inventive pasta boat proves this. You simply put the dry pasta in the boat, fill it with water, and pop it in the microwave. It even comes with a built in strainer so you don't have to go rummaging around like a damn fool trying to find one. It's extremely stress-free, there's little clean up afterwards, and it actually makes great, ready-to-eat pasta. It's a life changer.

#8: Potato Express Microwave Potato Cooker

Who doesn't love a baked potato? Why, you'd probably eat them all the time if they didn't take, like, 45 of your all too precious minutes! Well, not to sound like an infomercial, but this handy little product has you covered! You simply put a room temperature potato into a bag of pure science and throw it in the microwave. Boom, instant potato. It's such a convenient product, and so easy to use, that it would be a crime not to include it on this list. It's perfect for the lazy and the busy alike, and produces great tasting potatoes every time.

#7: Magic Mesh Hands-Free Screen Door

While most of us love the summer, the season also comes with its unfortunate downsides. We're looking at you, mosquitoes. Fortunately for those of us who don't enjoy bugs with their burgers, the Magic Mesh Screen Door is a perfect product. It's simply a piece of mesh, fitted to a doorway, that you can easily enter and exit from due to its magnetized closing ability. It's the perfect solution for patio lunches, or for just generally keeping bugs out of your house while you enjoy the breeze. And, best of all, it actually works. Great for pets too!

#6: Mighty Putty Purple

Products that can do generally anything will always get praised, so it comes as no surprise that the Mighty Putty Purple has been satisfying customers for years. The product is simply a piece of putty that you can bend and form to your choosing in order to hold items in place, temporarily fix appliances, patch up walls, or even plug holes to prevent leaks. While it's not meant to be a permanent solution, there's no denying that the Mighty Putty Purple is perfect for that quick fix due to its vast array of uses and simple application.

#5: EZ Moves: The Do-It-Yourself Furniture Moving System

We get it if professional furniture movers would be embarrassed to be caught using an As Seen on TV product, but this thing is so darn handy that we couldn't fault them at all if they did! All you do is place the nifty little tool underneath your piece of furniture, and suddenly you're pushing and pulling couches around the room like you're Hercules himself. It's so easy to use that anyone can use it, and it drastically simplifies a tedious and exhausting chore. What's not to love?

#4: Ronco 5500 Showtime Rotisserie

Anything that makes food easier to cook is a winner in our books. It's a little more expensive than the other items on this list, as it always hovers around $150, but this product is more than worth the money. It's a rotisserie (did you guess that?), but it's of such outstanding quality that it beats all the competition. The oven’s build quality is firm, it looks clean and effective, and it cooks food to perfection every time. Throw a chicken in here and microwave a potato with the Potato Express and you're good to go! Ron Popeil strikes again!

#3: Chillow

Are you always flipping your pillow during the night to sleep on the cool side? Well, with the Chillow, you won't have to do that, as the product keeps you cool and gives a positive sleeping experience every night. While the set up is admittedly a bit laborious, the results are more than worth the trouble, as the original comfort device stays cool throughout the night and lets you sleep in comfort. You can even use it to bring comfort to other body parts when you're not sleeping as a cold compress, making the Chillow a refreshing, multitasking wonder.

#2: Magic Bullet

It’s easy to forget that this compact little blender is an As-Seen on TV item. Why? Because it functions so well, and lacks the gimmicky aspects typical of its peers. A blender is nothing new, but the size, quality and affordability of the Magic Bullet makes it a true standout. And unlike so many other goods from the infomercial circuit, the add-ons and attachments for the Magic Bullet are actually useful. The mug attachments make it quick and easy to enjoy a smoothie, while the flip lid makes it road-ready. There might be better blenders and mixers out there, but not for this price.

Before we unveil our number one pick, here are a few honorable mentions.

Orgreenic Frying Pan
We’re Not Sure Why There’s So Much Emphasis on It Being Green, but the Product Works

Ahh Bra

Mister Steamy
The Ultimate Device to Fight off Those Pesky Wrinkles

Yoshi Blade
Sharpness Guaranteed

Hercules Hooks
To Say That It Has the Strength Of A Demi-God Is A Stretch, but It’s Strong Nonetheless

#1: Sticky Buddy

Pet hair can be a huge nuisance in the house, especially when it sticks to the furniture and your clothes. However, the Sticky Buddy is such an amazing product that these annoying hairs will no longer be an issue. While regular lint rollers may remove some hair, they're nothing compared to the Sticky Buddy, which acts as a lint roller but does so much more. Praised by virtually everyone who uses it, this is an absolute essential for those of you with pets or for those who just like their clothes and furniture to be squeaky clean.
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