Infomercial products put to the test

We spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year on infomercial products! Two "As Seen
on TV" products are currently trying to sell you on reusable lint rollers. Never knew you
needed one? Consumer Reports puts them to the test—the $20 Schticky and the $10
Sticky Buddy.

First, a tester "schtickied up" messes around Consumer Reports' headquarters, then
took on pet hair at home. The tester compared the infomercial products with a regular
old lint roller. Turns out they all work. They pick up lint. They pick up cat hair. They pick
up coins.

But an advantage with a conventional lint roller is a quick rip gets you to a clean sheet.
The reusable Schticky and Sticky Buddy both need to be washed. The infomercial
says "… with a little water, the dirt comes right off. …" "Then just rinse it, dry it, and use
it all over again." Well, Consumer Reports found that's not exactly the case.

You have to rub them, and you should use soap. It takes a bit longer than the
commercials show you. And Consumer Reports found that you have to take off the end
caps and drain them thoroughly, otherwise water gets trapped inside and can leak out
later.

Consumer Reports says you might want to "shtick" with a lint roller for quicker cleanups,
and for bigger jobs go for a vacuum. Consumer Reports' testers have a great upright
vacuum to recommend at a great price. It's the $180 Hoover WindTunnel Max, model
UH30600.

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