The "Schtick" On "Schticky"

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. Consumer Reports puts them to the test.

Watch out, lint rollers! You've got some competition. First, the 20-dollar Schticky...

The infomercial says, "You're going to clean your home in a quickie when you use the Schticky! It's a reusable lint roller and more."

And the 10 dollar Sticky Buddy.

"The power of glue without the goo..."

Both of these "As Seen on TV products" claim to pick up almost any mess, including pet hair, debris, and even coins.

Consumer Reports' Pat Slaven couldn't resists checking them out.

First, Pat "Schtickied up" messes around Consumer Reports headquarters. Then she took on pet hair at her home.

She compared both infomercial products to a regular old lint roller. Turns out, they all work.

Slaven says, "They pick up lint. They pick up cat hair. They pick up coins."

But an advantage with a conventional lint roller-a quick rip gets you 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."

That wasn't exactly the case.

Slaven says, "You have to rub them. You should use soap. It takes a bit longer than the commercials show you."

And Consumer Reports found 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 may want to stick 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 Wind Tunner Max model number UH30600. It rates excellent in Consumer Reports tests.

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