We brought you roughly 50 Deal or Dud tests during 2016.
Most of them were "Deals" which means I'm probably getting soft in my old age.
But here are the Top Five Duds of the year. If you disagree, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will update the assessment with your experience. I would love to hear from you!
But here goes...
The Angry Momma Microwave Cleaner we didn't like. It's an item that is designed to look like an angry grandma. I know a lot of grandmas. Not many of them are angry. I wonder what the experience of the maker of the product is that they think grandmas are angry.
But I digress.
You fill the Angry Momma up with vinegar and water. When the microwave heats it up, the theory is that it all comes steaming out of the top of Grandma's head. Ours didn't work very well, and it didn't clean the microwave. Here is a tip. You can fill a bowl up with vinegar and water, put it in the microwave, and it will do the same thing. And you can save ten bucks.
We didn't like the Eurojet. The Eurojet is supposed to turn your kitchen facet into a power jet faucet. But we found the directions to be poor, and putting it together was like putting a puzzle together. Plus, and this is the big thing, when we got it on the faucet, it leaked.
The Lazer Bond we didn't care for either. It's a glue product that uses a UV light to seal the bond the glue makes. We tried the product on several items. It never came close to working like it shows in the infomercials.
The Can Cap wasn't great. It's a cap for 12 ounce soda cans. The claim is the cap will keep the soda in the can if it tips over. But every test we did, the soda leaked through the cap. If you had a half-filled can, the Can Cap might worked for a few seconds so you could quickly pick it up. But it's not a airtight seal that will prevent any fluid from leaking.
That leaves "The Shrimper." The shrimper is an odd device that claims to peel and devein shrimp. You push the shrimp through a hole in the product. There is a tiny hook that is supposed to peel the shrimp and devein it. But it really didn't do it for the chef at The Peabody in Memphis. Our TV family in Memphis got him to test it and it didn't work.
Again, if you disagree our assessment, let me know and I will update the story with your experience.