Try It Before You Buy It

It's always nice to get the chance to see something before you spend money on it.

So, we've started a new feature on Channel 3 News called "Try It Before You Buy It."

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Try It Stories

Try It: The FoodPod

11:05 PM, Jun 19, 2010

The Foodpod, by Fusion Brands, sounds like the perfect cooking gadget for busy parents.

Try It: Calibowls

8:24 AM, Jun 6, 2010

Soups, cereals, salsa and dips are all great bowl foods. But sometimes, what starts in the bowl misses the mouth and makes a mess.

Try It: The 'Fullbar'

6:52 AM, May 30, 2010

The Fullbar is a new diet bar that works on the principle of weight-loss surgery. In fact, it's designed by a bariatric surgeon, Dr. Michael Snyder.

Try It Before You Buy It: L'Oreal Lash Boosting Serum

10:47 PM, May 8, 2010

Longer, thicker lashes? Who wouldn't want a product that guarantees those results? In this week's "Try It Before You Buy It," we're testing a product that promises just that: L'Oreal's Lash Boosting Serum and Double Extend Mascara.

Try It Before You Buy It: Shed Ender

9:04 PM, Apr 24, 2010

We all love our pets, but we don't love the hair they leave behind on our clothes and furniture. In this week's Try It Before You Buy It, we're testing a product that claims to control shedding the quick and easy way.

Try It Before You Buy It: Neo Socket

7:07 AM, Apr 18, 2010

The Neo Socket is a new device that claims to save you money on gas, just by plugging it into your cigarette lighter. In this economy, who doesn't want to save a little green?

Try It Before You Buy It: Ionic White

10:41 AM, Apr 15, 2010

For most of us, whitening our teeth is either too expensive or too time-consuming. In this week's Try It Before You Buy It, we're testing a product that claims to be fast, easy, and affordable: the Ionic White Light Activated Tooth Whitening System.

Try It Before You Buy It: Dirt Devil Hand Vac

10:37 PM, Apr 3, 2010

In this week's Try it Before you Buy it, we tested the new Dirt Devil hand vac Gator series, which claims to make clean-up quick and easy. Busy homeowner Joe Lewis tries it out.

Try It Before You Buy It: Slap Chop

12:22 PM, Mar 26, 2010

The Slap Chop claims to dice, chop and mince in seconds. We decided to test the Slap Chop in this week's Try It Before You Buy It.

Try it: Insulated Stackable Servers

6:52 AM, Mar 14, 2010

One of the biggest challenges of cooking a big meal is timing.  You want to make sure everything that's supposed to be hot stays hot, and everything that's supposed to be cold stays cold.  The Insulated Stackable Servers claim to be the answer to your problems.

Try it: Animal Planet Retractable Leash

12:45 PM, Mar 7, 2010

Any dog owner knows, your dog's leash is a critical part of your walk. If it's too long or too short, you're in for trouble. So this week, we try out the "Animal Planet Retractable Leash." 

Try it: TV Ears

8:08 AM, Feb 28, 2010

They look like headphones, but they work like hearing aids.  But do "TV Ears" really allow you to hear the television, without adjusting the set?

Try it: Biggest Loser Steamer and Rice Cooker

7:41 AM, Feb 21, 2010

Just about every diet book suggests steaming your vegetables, to keep all the nutrients. But steaming isn't the easiest thing to do.  "The Biggest Loser Steamer and Rice Cooker" claims to change that.

Try it: Kitchen Ninja Master Prep

7:47 AM, Feb 14, 2010

It's part blender, part food processor, and fits easily in your cupboard.  Sounds like a great deal, right?  But does the "Kitchen Ninja Master Prep" really work?

Try It: The Perfect Brownie Pan

7:35 AM, Feb 7, 2010

The Perfect Brownie Pan is supposed to be the perfect way to bake, slice and serve brownies and other treats.

Try It: Purex Complete 3-in-1 laundry sheets

8:16 AM, Jan 31, 2010

It's the latest laundry product. The Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets are detergent, fabric softener and static protection all in one sheet.

Try It: Inspector Hector Dirt Detector

7:35 AM, Jan 17, 2010

We all know washing our hands is an important part of staying healthy, especially with the spread of H1N1 and seasonal flu. But for parents, it's a challenge to get kids to do a thorough job.

Try It: I-Digital Design Glasses

1:58 AM, Jan 10, 2010

In the days of digital, it seems there's always some new gadget to buy.  But how do you know which ones are really worth the cost?

Try It: The Roomba

11:33 PM, Dec 19, 2009

If you despise vacuuming, and have better things to do, chances are you've heard of the Roomba.

Try It: Handy Headrest Hanger

9:20 AM, Dec 13, 2009

Hanging dry cleaning, or any clothing in your car can be a hassle. Not only can hanging clothes hinder your visibility they often fall, and end up in a wrinkled heap on your back seat.  A Cleveland company has come up with a solution.

Try It: The Kindle Reader

5:06 PM, Dec 6, 2009

Looking for gift ideas for that someone who loves to read? How about a Kindle? Users can download anything from classics to new releases in a matter of minutes.

Try It: Batter Blaster

7:07 AM, Sep 20, 2009

A lot of people like pancakes but many don't like the hassle and mess of mixing up a batch. Now one company  has come up with a way to give you pancake batter in a squirt can.

Try It: Urine Gone

6:47 AM, Sep 13, 2009

We love our pets but not the stains and smells they leave behind, especially when they have accidents on the carpet or furniture. Urine Gone claims to eat up the stains and odors with a fast-acting enzyme action.

Try It: Touch N' Bond

6:53 AM, Sep 6, 2009

Many of us don't feel very competent with a needle and thread. The Touch N Bond claims it's the simple and fast way to repair rips and tears, or make hems in clothing. We asked a wife and mother of two boys to Try It Before You Buy It.

Try It: The Good Nite Lite

9:32 AM, Aug 30, 2009

It's a common and exhausting challenge many parents share: getting their children to sleep and stay asleep in their beds until the sun comes up.

Try It: The Grill Daddy Pro

6:41 AM, Aug 2, 2009

For many of us, there is nothing like summer grilling. And no matter if you use gas or charcoal, clean up is never easy.

Try It: LiquiVac

7:23 AM, Jul 12, 2009

Just like your car, your lawn mower needs routine care to keep running all summer. If you have ever tried changing the oil yourself, you know it can be a mess.

Try It: Silver Lightning Tarnish Removing Tray

8:33 PM, Jun 21, 2009

Polishing your tarnished silver is a smelly, dirty and time-consuming job, but a new product promises to change all of that. The Silver Lightning Tarnish Remover Tray claims it can clean your silver without harsh chemicals or abrasives, with no scrubbing or mess.

Try It: The Big City Slider Station

6:46 AM, Jun 14, 2009

Everyone likes a good burger: turkey, veggie, beef - but how many ways can you cook and serve them? The Big City Slider Station claims that you can now cook those restaurant mini- burgers on your own stove at home.

Try It: Strap Perfect

5:57 PM, Jun 7, 2009

Strap Perfect is supposed to be the ultimate bra strap solution. The little plastic piece is supposed to slide onto your bra, attaching both bra straps in the back so they don't show when you're wearing sleeveless tops.