As Seen on TV - ShamWow

A while back, we tested an American-made shammy-like towel called the "Zorbeez."

Now we're testing its German cousin, the "ShamWow." You know, the one the now infamous Vince demonstrates.

Would it make me say "wow" or is it really a sham?

After we tested the Zorbeez last year, I got some emails from some viewers saying "hey, you've got to test the ShamWow, it's a better product." So, here we have it -- the ShamWow, made in Germany. I'm not Vince but I'll try to replicate what he does in his infomercial.

12 times its weight, it's supposed to absorb. So, we're going to dunk it here in this milk to see how she does. And as you can see, it soaked up pretty much everything; absolutely no drips.

And what Vince usually does, he spills the milk like so and tries to wipe it up with a regular towel and he says, even wet, the ShamWow will soak up what a regular towel won't. And it did a much better job although, like the Zorbeez, there is a bit of a film. I just pulled out a dry ShamWow. Let's see if it can take this film off the table. Yeah.

Do you recognize this bath rug that simulates a chunk of carpet? This is what we used for the Zorbeez to test the soda pop spill. We'll try it now with the ShamWow. As you can see, it's soaked through and if this were your carpet it would be bad news.

What Vince did was he just dropped it on the top, didn't put any pressure on it and then we flip it over like so and then we roll it. And according to Vince, it picks up fifty percent of the spill. But not much is coming out now. We put it back down over the spill and we do a little pounding.

Let's take a look underneath. There's still quite a bit of liquid. It didn't do the job I expected.

We pretty much had the same results as the Zorbeez. Maybe a little bit better. Now, I don't now if Vince was using stain guard carpet or not, but we had the same result with the ShamWow as the Zorbeez. It soaked up some of the pop. For the most part it left liquid underneath it.

It wasn't as magical as it was on the infomercial. But, overall, it's a much better product than using cotton, and like the Zorbeez it's not going to get an enthusiastic thumbs up, but we will give it the thumbs up for its absorbency over cotton.

Like Zorbeez, the ShamWow is machine washable.

I paid $20 for four large ShamWows and four "mini" ShamWows. I got them at Bed, Bath and Beyond in Mishawaka. They're in a lot of stores and all over the internet.

For more information, you can visit the ShamWow web site by clicking on the link below.

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