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Another Top 10 Ridiculous Infomercial Products

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Caitlin Johnson
Written by Caitlin Johnson “Buyer beware” is a mantra that customers should do well to remember. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for another top 10 ridiculous infomercial products. For this list, we’re looking at even more crazy infomercial products. If you don’t see one you thought would be here, be sure to check out our first list on the topic!

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“Buyer beware” is a mantra that customers should do well to remember. Welcome to and today we’ll be counting down our picks for another top 10 ridiculous infomercial products.

For this list, we’re looking at even more crazy infomercial products. If you don’t see one you thought would be here, be sure to check out our first list on the topic!

#10: PooTrap

Though dog waste might seem like little more than an inconvenience, it can contain bacteria and parasites, which if exposed to the eyes, can result in blindness. Meaning that when you don’t pick up after your dog, you expose others to more than just some poop on their shoes. PooTrap is a product with good intentions, but an incredibly bizarre execution: it’s a brightly-colored harness you strap onto your dog’s rear with a tiny bag attached, so that when they squat to do their business the poo will – in theory - go straight into the bag without you having to actually pick it up, nice and simple! But unfortunately… it’s simply too odd for most people (and probably dogs as well).

#9: Car Valet

If you frequently find yourself frustrated by your car’s cup holders, both the space they offer and the number of them available, fret no more - because Car Valet is here to help. This product is basically just attachable cup (and other accessory) holders, but while it’s a pretty good idea, the way it’s advertised leaves much to be desired. In the infomercial, we see people dropping all kinds of stuff – at one point a woman who’s talking animatedly on the phone drops the device, but luckily Car Valet is there to catch it! It just feels like a stretch.

#8: Booty Pop

Think of it like a wonder bra, but for... your butt! Booty Pop is advertised as being “push-up panties” designed to make your butt “pop” no matter what you’re wearing, to help raise your confidence and make you look good. Despite this being a product that some women would surely buy, the commercial is downright patronising, claiming that the only thing women care about when buying a pair of jeans is how their backside is gonna look. It also infers that Booty Pop is used by celebrities – though, they never actually name these alleged users. Hollywood's hottest new trade secret indeed.

#7: Talking TP

While some infomercial products are genuinely useful and ingenious, this is not one of them. It’s about as novelty-minded as you can get. Talking TP is a toilet roll holder with a built-in speaker and microphone so you can record a message on it. This recording will then trigger every time somebody takes some paper to wipe with. This would obviously be terrifying if you were going to the toilet in the middle of the night, or if you’re a guest in somebody else’s house, but what makes it even weirder is the example recordings used in the commercial, and the uproarious laughter they’ll supposedly inspired in bathroom visitors.

#6: Big Hot Dog

This product aims to eliminate the problem of having your hot dogs rolling around on the grill (or worse falling onto the ground) when you’re trying to cook them, by creating a monstrous 7lb, 16” hot dog. The makers recommend that you chop the massive dogg into hot dog patties before trying to cook it. For the moment, let’s just forget the fact that it’s obviously easier to just buy burgers if you’re going to slice them into that shape. Instead, let’s bask in the glory of this commercial, which is one of most surreal infomercials you’re ever going to see. But the craziest thing of all? One of these costs just $170.

#5: Potty Putter

If the talking toilet paper wasn’t enough ridiculousness for your bathroom, you can now buy your own very miniature golf set to put on the floor in front of you. This is advertised as being a way to help you practice your putting and uses the same fake green as real golf courses do - though on a real golf course you probably won’t be trying to use the bathroom at the same time! Unfortunately, the Potty Putter raises more problems than it solves, mainly the question of whether you set it up permanently or do you only take it out whenever you need to go.

#4: Doc Bottoms Aspray

This commercial was deemed so shocking and inappropriate that the network running it had to pull it shortly after it first aired. Doc Bottoms Aspray is the world’s first “all over” deodorant, but the infomercial doesn’t play around when it comes to describing exactly which areas those problem smells arise from. It targets specific “odor zones”, including “pungent pits,” “foul feet,” and “beastly butt odor.” The entire commercial is offensively over-the-top. Does it work? We honestly don’t know, but the branding and marketing certainly doesn’t do much to endear it to mainstream consumers.

#3: Free Flexor

If you thought the Shake-Weight was the most suggestive infomercial product out there, you’re sorely mistaken, because the Free Flexor has more than earned that title. It’s called the world’s first flexing dumbbell, but all it appears to be is two circular weights on either end of a stick. Apparently waving this ball-stick around will guarantee you get ripped. Unfortunately, various fitness professionals disagree with these claims, stating that the Free Flexor is most likely nothing more than a gimmick – albeit a very sexual gimmick. If you really want to get buff like the guys in the ad, a gym membership seems like a much wiser investment.

#2: Facial Flex

This device looks more like it belongs in a dental clinic than as part of your daily beauty/fitness regime. Advertised as a product that gives you a “natural face lift”, the Facial Flex is almost as odd as the reactions of the woman trying it out in the infomercial. And yet, there are reportedly many people who swear by the Facial Flex’s positive results. A similar device is the Neckline Slimmer, a very unusual gadget promising to tighten your jawline, eliminate your double chin, and take years off your appearance by having you repeatedly push your head against it. They say that beauty is pain, but this stuff looks like downright torture.

#1: TV Hat

For any sci-fi writers who predicted a dystopian future in which tv replaces social interaction, TV Hat was exactly the nightmare they were worried about. It’s a visor with a very long cap that you can put your phone inside, creating a portable movie theater perfect for blocking out the rest of the world. It even includes a custom lens to make the display bigger, and is shown as an alternative to the expensive VR gaming systems currently on the market. While watching things on your phone hands-free is a nice idea, anyone who actually wears a TV Hat will never live this down...

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