Highly rated infomercial products

September 28, 2009 1:13:13 PM PDT
They're as entertaining as they are informative. But are the novel products advertised in infomercials any good?

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Researchers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute checked into claims made about those "as seen on TV' products we see late at night.

The 'Pasta and More' received 4 out of 5 stars. It costs $29 after shipping and handling and cooks pasta and vegetables evenly.

"It's especially good for someone who's not terribly fussy, who doesn't want their spaghetti al dente," said Good Housekeeping's Sharon Franke.

Researchers also found the 'Magic Jack' really does work. The $40 device lets you receive long distance calls in the U.S. and Canada for free.

"You have to have your computer on and connected to the internet at all times. So if your computer's off at night, you won't get any phone calls," said Todd Kent, Good Housekeeping.

The institute also gave thumbs up to the mighty putty. For $29 after shipping and handling, it can be used to fix, seal and repair broken items.

And finally, good housekeeping likes the "Debbie Meyer Green Bag." It worked especially well on bananas, strawberries, and iceberg lettuce. But reviewers say you're better off using grocery store plastic bags on broccoli and bell peppers.

Next week I'll look at infomercial products you might want to avoid.

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