Putting Shamwow to the test

May 3, 2009 12:48:03 PM PDT
You may not want to swear off paper towels and sponges just yet. Shamwow infomercial said, "It's like a shammy, it's like a towel, it's like a sponge.

This is an ad for the Shamwow, another said "Can't live without it" infomercial product. Consumer reports wanted to put it to the test. But the first dilemma, which claim to test:

Shamwow infomercial said that, "Shamwow holds 20 times its weight in liquid."

That's what the infomercial used to say, but not anymore: "Shamwow holds 12 times its weight in liquid."

Not so fast, Shamwow infomercial now states that: "Shamwow holds 10 times its weight in liquid."

So which is it?

Before the claim changes again, here's what tester Bob Karpel with Consumer Reports discovered.

He dunked the Shamwows in cola and in water. Then he weighed them and did the math.

Bob Karpel/Consumer Reports said, "We found that it held ten times its weight."

Consumer Reports also ran these 14 cent sponges through the same tests. And just like the Shamwow, they held about ten times their weight. And testers found the Shamwow doesn't mop up spills as well as its infomercial shows.

Bob Karpel/Consumer Reports said, "Here we are going to test by adding a little bit of water as though it were spilled on the floor. And we're going to try wiping it up. I think you can see there are quite a few droplets left. And wiping up water on this counter the sham wow left lots of tiny droplets behind, too. "

And then there's the price. An order of 8 Shamwows adds up to about 28 dollars with shipping and handling.

So Consumer Reports take on the Shamwow, you may not want to swear off paper towels and sponges just yet.

Watch video above for more..

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