We all love it when someone comes up with an idea for a great new product. These products often make life easier. But, then there are those inventions that make you wonder, “What were they thinking?” Here are ten wacky infomercial products you won’t believe are real!
10. Potty Putter
The Potty Putter Putting Mat Golf Game lets you work on your golf game–in the bathroom, that is! It comes with a putter, two golf balls, a putting green, and a flag. The mat is 2.9″ x 2″ x15.8″.
Benefits of the Potty Putter:
-Can help with potty training
-Makes a great gag gift
By the way, you can get one for the home AND one for the office, if you so desire.
9. Music Vest
For just $34.95 (plus $3 for shipping), music lovers in the 1980s could get an “elegant and versatile” vest that played “high-quality stereo music wherever you go, whatever the weather.” The Music Vest was lightweight and washable, came with waterproof twin speakers, and could be worn while doing any activity, including “exercising, riding, golfing, fishing, or just hanging around,” the infomercial said. The vest came in two colors: metallic silver or jet black.
FYI, you can view the entire infomercial on YouTube.
8. Electric Facial Toning Mask
The Rejuvenique RJV10KIT Facial Toning Mask Kit is a battery-operated face mask that delivers a “light pulsation” that will gradually tone the skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. The pulsation intensity can be adjusted to suit individual preference. The mask itself can also be adjusted to fit any face size.
A full facial treatment will take about 15 minutes. The treatments can be applied twice a day if you wish. You’ll also need to add a few dabs of toning gel, which is included in the kit.
The mask received mixed reviews on Amazon.com. Many customers loved it and said it worked wonderfully, while others complained of pain and/or injury.
7. Better Marriage Blanket
The infomercial goes something like this:
It’s the problem in the marriage bed that no one likes to talk about. Maybe that’s why they call it silent but deadly… Flatulence molecules easily pass through the cotton shell and are absorbed before anyone knows they’re there… you owe it to your marriage to try the Better Marriage Blanket.
That’s right. This blanket keeps flatulence, or at least its after effects, at bay. Oh, and by the way, it “makes a great wedding gift or anniversary gift, too.”
6. “All Over” Body Deodorant
Doc Bottoms Aspray (pronounced a-spray) is an “all over” deodorant that’s designed to stop odors before they start. According to the ad, it can be used anywhere on your body, including your arm pits, feet, butt, and privates. “We’ve created a monster,” Adam Jay Geisinger said in an article on the Washington Post‘s website. “The reaction from the public has been unbelievable.” It received more than a quarter-million hits on YouTube in two weeks time.
Aspray is hypoallergenic, chemical-free, fragrance-free, non-staining, and 100% natural. It won’t clog pores and can be used on sensitive skin.
FUN FACT: The infomercial was somewhat controversial. MSNBC pulled it immediately once they realized the demo they were given didn’t match the full ad.
5. Wearable Towel
The Chicton Wearable Towel looks more like a sleeveless dress than a towel. Anyway, its purpose is to keep you covered after being wet. According to its creator, this towel is a lightweight, super comfortable, water-friendly, easy-to-use, hassle-free, multi-use garment that you can wear anywhere. It has no fasteners, buttons or straps, and has three arm openings (Yes, three arm openings. You have to see the infomercial to understand why.). The towel is available in both children’s and adult sizes and is based on your t-shirt size. According to the creators, putting on the towel is “as easy as 1-2-3.” You can view the infomercial to find out how you’re supposed to put it on.
FYI, the adult sizes come with a bonus design hair wrap.
So, basically, the UroClub is a golf club you can urinate in–discreetly, we might add (there’s a privacy towel included). According to its website, the UroClub, which was created by a board certified urologist, looks like your regular, run-of-the-mill golf club–except this one contains a built-in reservoir you can use to relieve yourself (Ladies, we’re certain this invention is not for you, lol!). It’s leak-proof and easy to clean. To use it, just follow these three simple steps:
Step 1: Unscrew the cap.
Step 2: Clip the privacy towel to the golf club and your belt or waistband.
Step 3: Relieve yourself.
3. Hula Chair
The Circulator Hula Chair “brings you passive exercise while sitting indoors,” according to its designers. The chair moves in a strong circular motion (much like a Hula dance or hula hooping) and can be used to enhance your weight loss efforts. The chair is perfect for those with leg or foot problems, those who have difficulty exercising for whatever reason, and those who sit behind a desk for extended periods of time. It exercises the whole body (particularly the lower back), massages inner organs, helps maintain flexibility of the hips and belly, and can be used as a regular chair when it’s not in operation.
2. Fat Magnet
The Handy Gourmet Fat Magnet removes excess fat from greasy food by absorbing fat floating on the surface of foods. To use it, you simply freeze your food (which allows the fat to freeze on top) then skim the surface of it with the magnet to remove the fat.
This product also received mixed reviews on Amazon. Some customers said it was a waste of money while others say it worked exactly as advertised. Still, others say the quality of the materials aren’t exactly up to par.
1. Sauna Pants
Sauna pants are supposed to help you lose weight naturally by trimming your thighs and excess belly fat. The pants are designed to produce the benefits of a sauna and are lined with a silicone heating element that ranges from 95 degrees F to 167 degrees F. Sweat therapy serves as the inspiration behind this invention. “Traditionally, athletes put on cotton, fleece, hoodies, sweat suits, or other bodysuits to get a good sweat during their workout or training, helping them lose more calories,” the manufacturer said.
The pants are made from soft polyacrylic with fibercotton fill and can be worn over athletic shorts.
BONUS: Emergency Bra
We weren’t sure if this one was an actual infomercial product, be we couldn’t resist adding it to our list. The Emergency Bra is a bra that doubles as a face mask–two face masks, to be exact–if, per chance, there are no specialized respiratory devices nearby. The bra comes equipped with a radiation sensor, fixes securely to the head, and decreases the inhalation of harmful airborne particles. So, what were they thinking when they came up with this? Well, the creator (Dr. Elena Bodnar) of the Emergency Bra says her experience in the evacuation and treatment of children from Chernobyl was the inspiration behind this product. Bodnar was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize in Public Health in 2009 for the invention.
Have you ever purchased any weird infomercial products? Do you own any of the products on our list? Please share your experiences below. Thanks for reading!