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Does the Shamwow Really Work? As Seen on TV Product Review




The Claim:


"You'll say wow every time you use the Shamwow." This revolutionary fabric works wet or dry, acts like a vacuum to soak up spills and holds 20 times its weight in moisture. The machine-washable rayonlike textile wicks liquid and air-dries quickly for reuse, saving big bucks on paper towels. Eight for $19.95


The Test:


Soaking soda from a carpet, cleaning a spill from a plant pot, wiping kitchen countertops, turning it into a bath mat and drying off after a swim.


The Verdict:


It works, but keep a roll of paper towels on hand. And don't expect to say wow every time you use it.


The Details:


So: Sham or wow? A roommate spilled a can of Coke on a rug, so the Shamwow testing began sooner than we'd anticipated. In the ad, pitchman Vince cleans up the exact spill we had on our hands, so we knew just what to do: Begin by letting the Shamwow soak with its own absorbent strength, then start punching and pounding that rag into the rug, wringing and repeating.


While the Shamwow's initial desiccant powers failed to impress, a couple of rounds of pummeling took up not only the soda spillage but also the color of the cola. To those familiar with the ad, this should come as no surprise. As Vince says, "Lookitdis. Put on the spill, turn it over. Without even putting any pressure, 50 percent of the cola, right there. You follow me, camera guy? The other 50 percent, the color starts to come up. No other towel's gonna do that."


Now, we'll leave it up to Slate's analyst to comment on the camera guy confrontation, but Vince has a point: Most other towels won't do that. The Shamwow really does work quite well when wet. Days after the soda spill, we over-watered a plant on a hardwood floor. (Where was our Aqua Globe?) The Shamwow bailed us out, repeatedly wringing dry, thirsty for more. As well as it did, though, the final wipe had to happen with a paper towel.


On glazed ceramic surfaces, same thing: the Shamwow would pull up about 90 percent of the water, but would just push the last few droplets back and forth. A butcher block was easier to dry fully, but in a tiled bathroom the floor remained wet.


Drying off after a swim was an experience in exfoliation, with the Shamwow rubbing it in at about 220 grit. It was very light in the backpack on the way to the swimming hole, however. Caught in the rain, it can wipe you down from forehead to pant leg. And after a shower, it makes for a decent bath mat. In the kitchen, it's too coarse to use as a towel and too stiff to be a napkin, but it can scour a stovetop and it's not a bad place mat. On food spills, it works better on thinner liquids-wine, yes; tomato sauce, no.


In the end, the diversity of the typical rag repertoire forced us to keep paper towels on hand at all times. Pet owners confront spills constantly-a clear instance when anyone would prefer to use a disposable rag. The Shamwow is machine-washable, which is great. Even so, you may start to get picky, using the omnipotent towel only on puddles that won't send it into the hamper and out of commission. - Harry Sawyers


There are other stuff that they have on TV and PM tested them in this month's issue.

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View PostThanks for the insight. I bought one at the flea for a ten spot but haven't tried it yet. Few things are as good as they claim. "ScamNow?" smile.gif




I had a few synthetic versions of the chamois. I like the genuine leather ones better.

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