Worst rated infomercial products

October 6, 2009 8:48:08 AM PDT
They're as entertaining as they are informative. But are the novel products advertised in infomercials any good?

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The ad says the 'Point n Paint' works so well, you'll be able to paint an entire room in less than an hour.

The Good Housekeeping Research Institute put that claim to the test.

"We tested the claim that you can paint a room in an hour. We were able to do a very small room, and it was done poorly," said Good Housekeeping's Rachel Rothman.

The 'Aqua Globe' is supposed to automatically water your houseplants for up to two weeks. In reality, Good Housekeeping found something different.

"It would get clogged with dirt, which prevents the water from going down into the plant, or else it would completely saturate the plant immediately and have no water left in the globe," said Good Housekeeping's Kathleen Huddy.

Also getting a thumbs down is the 'Bender Ball.' It claims to be 408 percent more effective than ordinary crunches. Testers say you'll do just as well doing an ab workout on the floor, or with a regular exercise ball or rolled up towel.

A word of caution if you decide you want the 'Bender Ball,' you'll be automatically enrolled to receive new workouts every two month. Be sure to cancel that right away if you don't want it. Otherwise you'll be billed $47 per shipment.

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