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But wait ... there's more ... what are your experiences with "as seen on TV" cookware?

OK, so I'm tempted by "the perfect meatloaf pan" wih the special lifting tray with holes in the bottom to drain fat.

But wait ... there's more ... a special knive to cut even slices. Actually it is two knives put together. I sort of intuitively know the knife is going to be a disaster.

But wait ... there's more ... a recipe book of meatloaf recipes ... which, um, sound yucky.

Anyway, anyone buy this thing?

I feel kind of bad being tempted as I just had a hissy fit in another thread about teflon lined cookware and this is.

So, has anyone every bought something from an infomercial?

As Dr. Phil might say "How'd that work for you?"

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  1. that pan is tempting, i know :) every company from Anolon to Chicago Metallic to Wilton to Williams-Sonoma now makes a fat-draining meatloaf pan...though as far as i know the infomercial product is still the only one with those built-in lifting handles.

    i've never ordered anything from an infomercial or a shopping channel like QVC or HSN, but i did eventually buy a Magic Bullet Blender at Bed Bath & Beyond, specifically just to use when i travel. it's a piece of crap, but when you need to whip up a protein shake in a hotel room you don't have many options!

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Hi, goodhealthgourmet:

      I too have a Magic Bullet and you and I are of one mind.

      I also have the infomercial aluminum defroster trivet, and my wife bit on the MW-able nonstick grill clamshell/panini thingy. The former actually works well; the latter works just enough that I didn't file Consumer Protection Act and FTC complaints.


      1. re: kaleokahu

        Ah, I've secretly coveted the magic bullet. Why is it crap?

        Thanks goodhealthgourmet for the info about other meatloaf pans. Will look into those. I've been wanting to make meatlaof, don't want the knive or recipes ... or waiting 2-6 weeks for delivery ... of course, they try to sell you on more expensive, quicker shipping.

        I'll bookmark this thread and the next time I get temped, re-read it. Thanks for all the amusing stories.

        1. re: rworange

          the Magic Bullet doesn't blend well, the parts are cheap, and it gets clogged/stuck very easily. now that the price has come down it would be a fine purchase for keeping at your desk at work or for traveling...but those would be the only reasons to buy one. if you need something for home use you can get a much better full-size product for the same price or a few bucks more.

          the other pans:

          and the infomercial product for comparison (and since it's now available on Amazon you don't have to wait so long for delivery):

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            If there are so many choices out there made by reputable companies already, I probably wouldn't even consider the one on TV.

          2. re: rworange

            Hi, rworange:

            I wouldn't say the MB is crap. It just isn't a full-power blender. It blends smoothies OK, does a minimal amount of food processing (guacamole, etc.). But don't expect it to crush ice or puree solid foods. It used to be an outrageously poor bargain, but at $50 or so now with all the kit, not so bad. I wish I'd had one in my time in a college dorm.


      2. I received a pasta pat with a built in cover/strainer from my well meaning DH and child once, and once I ordered the pancake/flipper pan, which was supposed to make the task foolproof.

        Both were thin-walled, non-stick pieces of junk. The pasta pot knob broke immediately, and you risked scalding yourself or losing your pasta in the sink when you used it because the "lid lock" was not so good. The pancake pan was joke. What in heaven was I thinking? It is easy enough to flip pancakes on a griddle. Maybe I was thinking that my daughter could use it, I don't remember. It was ridiculously unnecessary, and cooked only one panckake at a time. It wasn't even that good a pan.

        I'd save my money. You are better off buying decent cookware in a store, even cheap stuff in stores is generally better than these gadgets.

        I did see the egg maker in Walmart last week -- the one that lets you break the eggs, fill a flat bottomed gadget, and boil eggs without their shell. I was curious, but wouldn't spend a dime on it.

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          a special knive to cut even slices. Actually it is two knives put together. I sort of intuitively know the knife is going to be a disaster.

          You're right. I got one of these in a "Christmas Grab" one year. First of all, it's too short to be of any real use. Secondly, the front "guide" is shorter than the knife so while knife is cutting the back of the slice, the guide is shredding the front of it. It went in the trash quickly.

          1. Does the George Foreman grill count?

            If so, then it's worked out better than I could have expected.

            1. A local consumer reporter took one of the meatloaf pans to a firehouse and had the firehouse cook test it out--it was a winner. Something I bought was the Fasta Pasta--a plastic box to cook pasta in the microwave. I'm embarrassed at how much I love that thing. It's a plastic box, for Pete's sake! But it works as advertised and makes pasta for two far quicker than doing it on the stove. Something I'm tempted by is the brownie pan with the dividers, since I can't cut straight lines and portion size matters to me.

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              1. re: Jeri L

                Ohhhh ... and the perfect slice lasagna pan.

                Thanks for the feedback on the meatloaf pan. It's nice to hear a happy story about the smghetti maker.

                    1. re: petek

                      Ha ha ha ha. This is so awesome like Dave said. To be honest, the knife actually looks good. The TV demonstration of this knife is much better than that of Pampered Chef Sankuto, where that knife had trouble slicing the tomato:


                      A "Thank you for smoking" Santoku is awesome.

                      1. re: petek

                        Hey Pete,

                        Actually, the youtube video was mentioned on both the knifeforum in 2008 and the kitchenknifeform in 2011.


                        I am surprise. :) Because the video was upload on 2006, and how did we missed this great knife?

                        By the way, why didn't you post the second half :P


                        1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                          "By the way, why didn't you post the second half :P"
                          How did I miss that? So funny,I wish there were subtitles..

                          1. re: petek

                            I have no idea what they are talking about neither, but it is so funny. The first half looks real enough, but the second half is just over the top when he was cutting creme caramel and tofu and then a rock. :D

                            I wonder if the knife is a real product or this is a satire just like the fact that the film "Thank you for Smoking" is a black comedy/satire.

                            The knife actually looks like a good knife, not some craps. I am really thinking about buying one if it is a real product, but I cannot find it sold anywhere.

                            The phone number was listed as 0 120 393-***. So it is probably fake.

                        2. re: petek

                          I used one of these knives to shorten a Christmas tree once when I lived in an apartment. It worked well.

                    2. The pancake pan and the pasta pot are both worthless as mentioned up thread.
                      I've had the Showtime Rotisserie for about 8 years and it works very well - Whole chickens, roasts, ham, chicken legs, veggies (in the baskets that came with it) all turn out nicely. I have even done kaibi threaded onto the spikes. This one was a good investment.
                      The George Foreman grill also worked very well when I lived in an apartment for awhile.

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                      1. re: hannaone

                        I LOVE my Showtime Rotisserie, and cook chicken with it all the time now. It was recommended by my brother, and now my other brother has one too. I did not buy it because I saw an infomercial.

                        I put the Showtime in a different category as the "As seen on TV products" because those are short cycle commercials, often with the "Wait, if you call in the next 15 minutes we'll give you two ginsu knives". The entire pitch takes one to two minutes. Ron Popeil produces 30 minute infomercials at signficant expense, and actually has some proven, reputable products that have been on the market for 15 to 20 years. This, to me, is quite different from the Fasta Pasta. Does anyone else agree?

                      2. rworange

                        You might be interested in this link. I like the FastaPasta.......good when you are in a hurry.http://www.consumersearch.com/as-seen...

                          1. but the "as seen on TV" logo is so cool. it's just irresistible. if it weren't copyrighted I'd make t-shirts.

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                            1. re: hill food

                              And make that baby wear that shirt.

                              P.S.: there are As seen on TV T-shirt, if you just want to wear it yourself:


                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                somebody always beats me to the punch...

                            2. I've been intrigued by a product I saw on TV late one Saturday night. The Super Bass-o-Matic 76! No more filleting or scaling, just remove the hook and put the whole bass in until it is blended the way you like it. I miss SNL from the 70's.

                              I got the whole Magic Bullet set up at a yard sale and really like it for smoothies.

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                              1. re: calliope_nh

                                by all sales reports I saw, Bass-o-Matic had a far better ROI than Bag o' Glass.

                              2. Most of this stuff eventually settles to the bottom at low-end retailers or as close-outs further up the retail chain. Close inspection usually confirms the wisdom of declining this schlock.

                                1. Bed Bath & Beyond carries a lot of ASOT products. I admit to having a Nicer Dicer and using it on occasion when I want dicing to look pretty. It's somewhat of a pain in the ass but it's good for stuff like egg salad.

                                  1. My 6yo son is OBSESSED with that meatloaf pan. He desperately wants me to have one. Whenever he hears the commercial (it is in regular rotation on the channel I watch while prepping dinner) he comes running into the kitchen screaming about it. He can recite it word for word and regals me with the wonders of being able to lift it out of the pan and so on. I free-form me meatloaf or I might be tempted to buy it.

                                    He is similarly obsessed with some sort of aluminum wallet that will survive being run over by a truck. I haven't seen the commercial but Mr. CB has watched it with our son and is teases me that I will find it under the Christmas tree.

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                                    1. re: cleobeach

                                      that wallet claims to protect your credit cards from the emerging swipeless RFID technology.

                                    2. Microplane graters were on TV I believe. They are definitely good stuff.

                                      If you're pondering, check out this one as well.

                                      I LOVE goldtouch bakeware btw.

                                      1. Not Seen On TV but a great loaf pan that you can preheat.


                                        Funny that the only way you can find it on their site is by searching for loaf pan.

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                                        1. re: SanityRemoved

                                          Also it has a bunch of random things which I could only find by search (as opposed to browse). For example, the Lodge 8" Chef's knife:


                                          Lodge 6" ceramic knife:


                                          Twig tools:


                                          1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                            Hi, Chem:

                                            Niiiiiiiiiiiice! Polyresin twig handles. We're SO doomed.


                                            1. re: kaleokahu


                                              (serious question)... why are we doomed? Because we will spend our money to buy the twig handle tools or because twig polyresin handles tools are bad ideas like catching fire or something?

                                              1. re: Chemicalkinetics

                                                Hi, Chem:

                                                We're doomed because our world has been reduced to fake plastic wood. IMHO it would be better, cheaper, more ecologically responsible, more attractive, and honest just to use... well...wood. This is Lodge, for Goodness' sake.

                                                Simultaneously hilarious and sad.


                                                PS: I hadn't considered it before, but the polyresin might well kill you if you breathed its combustion products--thanks for asking.

                                        2. Most of the ASOT stuff is junk that ends up at Big Lots in my area. Plus, "wait, get a 2nd for just shipping costs"...and the shipping cost is another $10. Betcha they make more on shipping than the plastic item.