Top 10 Best Infomercial Products

Script written by Niki Neptune. You know you want them, and it’s not just because it’s 3am. In this video, WatchMojo.com counts down our picks for the top 10 best infomercial products. For this list, we’re looking at those products that graced our TV screens and managed to pique our curiosity. While the infomercials themselves may have been a little bit on the corny side, the products themselves either became commercially successful or a notable part of culture – either way, they’re worth a mention. Special thanks to our users JasonIGN, Donna Dupree Miller, Andy Roehl and Francis Clancy for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Best Infomercial Products


You know you want them, and it’s not just because it’s 3am. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the top 10 best infomercial products.

For this list, we’re looking at those products that graced our TV screens and managed to pique our curiosity. While the infomercials themselves may have been a little bit on the corny side, the products themselves either became commercially successful or a notable part of culture – either way, they’re worth a mention.

#10: Thighmaster

Even if you weren’t in need of an inner thigh workout, this classic ‘90s infomercial itself was pretty….um…interesting. Spread eagles and spandex aside, Suzanne Somers may have played a ditzy blonde on TV, but she was a shrewd businesswoman in reality. She saw an opening in the market, so to speak, and decided to help creator Joshua Reynolds fill the hip-adductor-specific-exercise void. And thus, she bestowed upon the world a highly successful and surprisingly versatile piece of exercise equipment.

#9: ShamWow!

If the dude speaking enthusiastically into the headset mic in the wee hours of the morning didn’t capture your attention, certainly the efficiency of this cleaning tool should have. You could clean up basically a two-liter of soda and then towel yourself off and still be able soak up some more. Or something like that. But, it actually does hold 10x its weight in liquid. They know; they’ve done tests. Either way, it looks like a good way to conserve those expensive paper towel funds.

#8: Ginsu Knives

If you ever needed to cut through a can and then immediately slice a tomato, these are the knives to turn to. That’s what we call multifunctional. The genius behind the marketing of this late-‘70s-early-‘80s tool wasn’t that they were actually Japanese, it’s that the idea that they were foreign-sounding, and that make them that much more appealing. That, combined with their innovative and groundbreaking hard-sell infomercial approach, seemed to work. These knives sold like crazy, thanks in large part to the impressive, knife wielding commercials.

#7: The Clapper

We love our simple conveniences. Like, instead of getting up to turn off our lights, sometimes we’d like the ability to just clap our hands together and get the job done. First sold in 1986 with help from a clappy jingle, the Clapper is an ingenious invention not just for convenience sake, but also for individuals with limited mobility who still wanted to conserve electricity. Plus, who wouldn’t feel like nobility entering their house and clapping their appliances on?

#6: LifeCall

If you’ve ever fallen and couldn’t get up, this handy product would’ve been helpful. For folks in their golden years, and plenty of people in need of immediate medical care, this commercial wasn’t just an unintentionally comical product pitch – it was a godsend. Having the ability to call for help while you’re stuck on the floor can save a life, or at least a hip. Unfortunately, it couldn’t save this company, which went out of business, only to be replaced by the similar Life Alert – but their ads are far less amusing.

#5: Bowflex

Wanna get ripped? Wanna quit the gym because you have social anxiety or just don’t like hearing gym rats giving themselves hernias? Do you have an extra bedroom to dedicate solely to the majesty that is the Bowflex? Then this company has got plenty of not-so-subtle pieces of exercise equipment just for you. Launched in 1986, Bowflex provided an alternative to bulky and heavy exercise machines, as demonstrated in many commercials and infomercials. Of course, most of us probably watched them while binging on sliders and cheese puffs, but that’s another story.

#4: OxiClean

It’s always cool when you find a cleaning product that’s powered by the magic of oxygen. Because oxygen is magical. Founded in 1997, this invention was famously promoted by the ever-enthused Billy Mays until his 2009 death. And OxyClean is not just laundry detergent, either. You could use it for almost anything. Actually, the most impressive aspect of this infomercial product is its ability to remove stains, including blood. Cause, you know, sometimes a crime scene needs a good clean up.

#3: Magic Bullet

Sometimes you just want a single serving of frozen margarita, not a whole pitcher. And if you’re the type of individual who doesn’t want to make enough frozen margarita for their friends, then this product is right up your alley. Now, you can hoard all the delicious beverages in your bedroom, making smoothies, soups, guacamole and scrambling eggs all by your lonesome. Friends and family? What’s that? This single-sized blender-slash-food processor-slash-juicer is all you need for a party – or apparently the morning after.

#2: Proactiv

If you ever feel ashamed because your face looks like it’s exploding on itself, fret not for you are not alone. Justin Bieber acne riddled? Jessica Simpson with pimples??! Could it be? Apparently, yes. And they also apparently managed to get it under control with this three-piece kit. Developed by dermatologists and launched in 1995, Proactiv features benzoyl peroxide and glycolic acid as active ingredients. And while that’s not spectacularly different than many drug-store brands, the celebrity advertising has worked like gangbusters, ensuring this company makes upwards of $850-million a year.

Before we unveil our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Sweatin’ to the Oldies
- Snuggie
- Chia Pets
- ShoeDini

#1: George Foreman Grill

This innovative Lean Mean Fat-Reducing Grilling Machine is a tabletop grill that allows the health conscious, and tons of college students, to cook burgers in their bedrooms or whip up paninis in their office. Foreman himself became an ideal celebrity spokesman and even influenced the grill’s design after he regained the heavyweight title at age-45, and attributed his success to healthy eating. While draining off the fat appealed to those looking to shed pounds, the ease of use and idiot-proof design made it a no-brainer for over 100-million since its launch in 1994.

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