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Fights Back: Sham Wow Product Review

Posted by Casey on October 14, 2008

Does the Sham Wow work as advertised?

Does the Sham Wow work as advertised?

Background:

When I was a kid I was addicted to a show called “Fight Back.”  The show was all about consumer protection (you now know that I’ve been a consumer advocate from infancy).  They would take products advertised on commercials, and test them out so you knew if the product was worth buying or not.  I can’t count how many times “Fight Back” exposed the lies used in commercials to sell you a product.

These days they’ve gone digital … check out their website here.

Given my infatuation with the show’s idea, and that it virtually disappeared from public knowledge, I decided to start writing my own product reviews.  Since I don’t want to get sued, I call my product reviews “Fights Back.”  Think Popeye … me gonna fights back.  Now onto the review of Sham Wow.

Why This Product:

I’ve been intrigue with whether Sham Wow really worked ever since I saw the same infomercial you all have seen.  I’m a gadget geek, and I am always looking for something new and cool.  I had considered ordering the Sham Wow several times, but didn’t want to pay for shipping when I knew it would probably just end up in Walgreens in a couple of months (as all TV products do).  However, I ran into a Sham Wow display at a home show I was at, and viewed the demonstration.

To my surprise, the soaking carpet demo was for real.  In the commercial you can easily tell that the carpet had been switched to a less messy … well … mess.  In person that was impossible to do, and the soda spill was in fact absorbed by the Sham Wow right before my eyes.  I immediately bought a bundle that came with one large, and one small, Sham Wow.

First Impressions:

It wasn’t too long before I got to use the small Sham Wow around the house for little spills here and there.  The Sham Wow worked great for those spills that required me to soak up a spill.  It didn’t matter what the liquid was, or what surface it was on … the Sham Wow worked.  I cleaned up soda off the counter, water around my dog bowl, and an overfill of my house plant off the carpet.  The Sham Wow excelled at cleaning them all.

My ultimate goal was to use the Sham Wow on my car after I washed it.  Would it really dry my car?

I’d been recently disappointed by another similar product that was supposed to make drying my car a breeze, and was chomping at the bit to use the Sham Wow on my car.  You see, in Vegas it is so hot that if you don’t dry your car quickly you will get water spots.

Today I got that opportunity I’d been waiting for.  I washed my car, and immediately began to use my new Sham Wow.  As I used the Sham Wow on my car I was stunned, shocked, and I marveled at how … poorly … it worked.  The Sham Wow could not absorb hardly any water from my car.  I couldn’t understand it.  How is it that the Sham Wow would work so well inside the house, but not on my car?  The only thing I can think of is that the Sham Wow is a great stationary absorber, but a poor wiper.  If I lay the Sham Wow on the wet car it would absorb great, but if I wiped … nothing but streaks.

Final Verdict:

The Sham Wow is a great buy for around the house to clean up spills, or use as a bath mat to keep your bathroom floor from getting soaked when you get out of the shower.  However, when it comes to drying your car you are better off with a leather chamois, or microfiber towel.

The Sham Wow gets 3 1/2 stars out of 5.

Notice:
If you have any product reviews of your own, please submit them to this site.  I will publish your product review on Needs of the Many as a part of my “Fights Back” segment.

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21 Responses to “Fights Back: Sham Wow Product Review”

  1. Ciara said

    Yay Casey! I have been wondering the same thing about this product. I have noticed in the commercial that the soda the guy spills on the carpet is cleaned up a little before he uses the Sham Wow on it so I thought it was a load of crap. But, since you have tried the product for yourself, there is a good chance I will try it too. I have yet to find something that cleans up spills on the carpet so if you say this will do it, then I am so excited to try it too!!
    Thanks Casey.

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  3. Sherri said

    Hi there,

    I just bought the same thing as the Sham Wow at a home show after carefully watching the demo and talked to ladies who had bought some and wanted more. They all loved it for many uses. I watched the demo carefully and asked the man questions. He made sure I understood that when you are getting water off a car, not to wipe or you will move the water all around. Rather, lay the cloth on the wet area and gently pull the corner ends toward you to let it do the work and the water disappears. He showed me on several surfaces and it really worked well. So, don’t wipe but rather pull the cloth toward you slowly. This was the super chamois, it is the same material, made in Germany and this guy has been selling it for 20 years before the Sham Wow started the TV commercials. Hope that helps and make it a great day! Sherri in Oregon

  4. Mike said

    Rofl… I think that guy gave you a hell of a pitch, since the company started in 2008. The guy who does the commercials is also the owner of the company… he’s the same guy who made the “Underground Comedy Movie” a few years back that was sold by infomercial only and bombed. Look up “Vince Offer” and see what you find, the guys a nutjob. Nice that your ShamWOW worked as it was supposed to though.

  5. JOEY IN WEST TEXAS said

    ARE YOU PEOPLE KIDDING ME!?! MY GIRLFRIEND AND I BOUGHT THE SHAM WOW AND TRIED THE SMALL ONES FIRST IN THE KITCHEN, A ROLL OF 89 CENT PAPER TOWELS WORKS BETTER! SO WE GOT A GOOD LAUGH AT THAT! I PRETEND TO BE THE CAMERA GUY AND POOR A HALF OF A CAN OF COKE ON THE COUNTER, GRAB THE BIG YELLOW TOWEL AND THROW IT ON TOP….IT DID A GREAT JOB OF SPREADING ALL OVER THE COUNTER AND ON THE FLOOR. WHAT IT DID SOAK UP WAS DRIPPING EVERYWHERE! NOW OUT TO THE CAR FOR FUTHER TESTING…..NOT WORTH A DAMN ON THAT EITHER, WONT SOAK UP ANYTHING! SO I TRY THE DRAGGING TECHNIQUE…WHAT A JOKE THAT WAS! HAVE YOU PEOPLE BEEN WIPING DOWN THINGS WITH AN OLD DISH TOWEL AND THINK THE SHAM WOW IS SOMETHING GREAT!?!? SO WHILE WE ARE LAUGHING AND I’M WALKING AROUND THE HOUSE WITH A PENCIL OVER THE TOP OF ONE EAR, HALF CLOSING ONE EYE AND SAYING “ARE YOU WITH ME CAMERA GUY”…..WE TRY THESE SHAM WOWS ON EVERYTHING AND THEY SUCK…OR RATHER THEY DONT SUCK, THEY DONT SOAK UP ANYTHING EITHER. YOU CAN BUY BETTER LIQUID SOAKING PRODUCTS AT THE DOLLAR STORE. I DRUG MY GIRLFRIENDS PET CAT ACROSS THE COKE SPILL ON THE COUNTER AND DID A BETTER JOB CLEANING THAT MESS UP!!

    WITHOUT A DOUBT THIS SHAM WOW WAS NAMED WRONG AND SHOULD BE CALLED “SCAM WOW”!!

    • Host said

      I have to ask because your experience was so different than mine … did you get the actual Sham Wow, or another off brand?

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  7. batty007 said

    Anyone who actually buys a sham wow deserves to get ripped off. What’s the matter with paper towels anyway?

    • Host said

      It’s actually a decent product that will save you money over paper towels, and is more absorbent a rag. My only real complaint is that it sucked for drying my car.

  8. Monica said

    They’ve started selling the mini-Shamwows in mini-packages at Walmart. I’d always been hella curious since it seems people either love them or they hate them, but I never felt like shelling out $20 for a big box. Well I bought the small package with two mini ones for $6 since I needed towels for photography class anyway. I’ve been excitedly trying them all over the house.

    I was a little disappointed that the small ones are only a quarter the size of the big ones (so obviously much less absorbent)… but they do seem to pick up water pretty well. They don’t leave surfaces as totally dry as they make it look on TV, but they absorb a lot quicker than the paper towels, dish rags, and towels of similar size that we were testing them against. The trick is that they have to be wet first before you use them.

    I also tried the little Shamwow as a bath towel, and it was really effective! The little tiny towel dried my skin completely in a few seconds. I used it on my hair and my hair was dried a lot faster than if I’d used a towel.

    • Host said

      Thank you for the great review Monica. I find that the full size Sham Wow is much more absorbent than the smaller ones. The best showcase I have for the small one is that I over watered a plant in my house. It spilled over onto my carpet, and soaked it. I used the same method Vince uses on the commercial, and the water came right up.

      I have three reviews coming so keep checking back with us.

  9. John from Alambama said

    Well you fellas ar rong!!! My Sham-wow works perfectly around the house and in the barn with all the animals. Its a great absorber for all the mud and water all over me and my family!

  10. ayelet said

    this product has worked wonders in my house!!! absorbing small spills, keeping under leeks in the house..just place it where you have the leek or area of water and let it soak it up and absorb it. SHAM WOW really works! just check it out…

    SHAM WOW REVIEW

  11. ShamWow said

    Yeah its pretty crazy how absorbent it is. You can really use it for a lot of purposes. Way better than paper towels!

  12. Host said

    It appears that several people have bought bad knock off versions, and have been disappointed.

  13. ScamWow said

    lol! shamwow is bad.

  14. ShamWow said

    I think the ShamWow is great. Even if you just use it to clean carpets after a spill, it does that better than any other product, especially regular paper towels (trust me, I’ve tried). Besides doing a better job, it lasts thousands of times longer. Its got a 10 year warranty! Now what other company is going to have that kind of confidence in their product?

  15. Sparkster said

    I recently purchased ShamWow from Costco and discovered they are great to use with my “Swiffer Sweeper” instead of using the expensive Swiffer disposable cloths. ShamWow works just as well at picking up small crumbs and dog fur from my lino and hardwood and I feel good about using something that is reusable.

  16. I’ve actually written quite a few articles my own on my own website but I’ve never really come across something like this

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