Thursday, March 26, 2009

An Absorbing Experiment

In the tradition of Gimbels vs. Macy, Star Trek vs. Star Wars, and ninjas vs. pirates...

From Popular Mechanics: (h/t: The House Next Door)
Shamwow vs. Zorbeez: Which works Better? As Seen On TV Lab Test

...The Verdict: Shamwow, by a mile.

...Immediately out of the package, the burnt-orange Zorbeez looked a bit listless compared to the vibrant Shamwow. It had probably been sitting on a shelf a bit longer—it is a few years past its infomercial prime—but even so, its fleecy surface sparkled like fiberglass insulation.

After the first champagne flute tipped, though, it became clear that the Zorbeez was outgunned on this one. The Shamwow soaked three paper towels' worth of blueberry beer on a single swipe, but the Zorbeez pushed the liquid off the edge of the table. We sopped and wiped with both sides of the Zorbeez, but a single stroke of the Shamwow chugged the beer with fratboyish speed. We threw each rag into two deck chairs wet with puddles of melted snow—the Zorbeez sloshed some out on the ground while the Shamwow sucked it up as if with a straw. Disclosure: we actually caught ourselves whispering "wow" while the Shamwow worked—and as our earlier tests proved, that's no guarantee.

3 comments:

Dan Coyle said...

You know, I tried to read past the first few sentences, but couldn't. The very existence and success of these products causes me mental anguish.

Matt Maul said...

Don't hate the player, hate the game :)

Dan Coyle said...

It's like those devices that wrap up your hose or cook an egg. Really, if you can't at least do either of those competently, you're either a child or dead.