Sunday, May 31, 2009

Good Weight: ShamWow! Meets Its Match

As seen on TV: ShamWow! towels are touted in advertising and infomercials as a super absorbent and long-lasting alternative to sponges and paper towels.

Consumer Reports recently pitted a ShamWow! costing more than $2 against a 14-cent sponge in a series of tests and found that the sponge was just as absorbent and effective at mopping up spills.

The biggest advantages of ShamWow! were its lifespan -- estimated at 10 years by the manufacturer -- and its machine washability.

"Contrary to what the infomercial suggests, sponges can be washed, too. And while they won't last 10 years, they do cost a lot less," Consumer Reports concluded.

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