The 12 Most Popular Items From the Hammacher Schlemmer Catalog
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No, we're not talking about the "Unexpected" section of the catalog. (That's where you find the hovercrafts and floating hot tubs.) We're talking about Hammacher Schlemmer's most popular items and least expected hits. It's not the barbecue dining boat or the motorized monocyle . Again, you'd be a little bit surprised by Hammacher Schlemmer's bread and butter items. We spoke to the company, and they gave us their internal list of most popular items. Find them listed below in no particular order and Hammacher Schlemmer's original brand-free descriptive title intact.
The Genuine Turkish Bathrobe - $130
This plush bad boy
is manufactured in the the Denizli region of Turkey, "where the world's finest towels have been made since
The Dirt-Detecting Radio Frequency Robotic Vacuum - $700
Yep, this is basically just a fancy, way way way more expensive Roomba , made by iRobot, "developers of tactical reconnaissance robots for the U.S. military." This robot will not defend your living room, but it will clean the floor. Eventually!
The Original Sleep Sound Generator - $55
Just like the title suggests,
this little white box
emits a whole lot of white noise to drown out
The Cordless Slide And Negative To Digital Picture Converter - $130
You know all those shoeboxes full of old photo negatives taking up space in your closet? Or, more realistically, you know all those shoeboxes full of old photo negatives taking up space in your parents' closet? This little converter can turn them all into ones and zeroes. And it's wireless! Als How are there enough photo negatives in the world for this to make the cut?
The Best Garment Steamer - $180
When Hammacher Schlemmer says "best," they also mean "fastest." This unironically retro-styled device reportedly goes from cold to steaming in just 46 seconds and makes the garment of your choice wrinkle-free in less than two minutes. It also sort of looks like Rosie from The Jetsons.
The Classic Corby Trouser Press - $300
People sure do love practical
The VHS To DVD Converter - $300
VHS is that super fun format that will just never die-except for when the tapes wrinkle with age and start spraying static all over the screen. No need for that with this handy VHS-to-DVD converter ! A little less surprising than the old film converter, but still, who's got this much VHS lying around?
The Best Television Headphones - $300
These show-blasting remote headphones are great for watching TV at the volume of your choice, less good at fostering human interaction in your living room.
The Space Saving 36 Pair Shoe Rack - $50
Well, this is sort of surprising. A telescopic shoe rack that holds 18 pairs somehow managed to make it onto Hammacher Schlemmer's top-selling list. Then again, if you can afford to $700 for a Roomba, you can probably afford enough shoes to outfit a small marching band.
The Pressure Boosting and Clog Preventing Showerhead - $80
Who doesn't love good water pressure? So no wonder this oxygen-injecting, high-powered shower head is so popular with the masses. The device includes a "three fin turbine" and "the Venturi principle of fluid mechanics"-whatever that is-to speed up the water velocity and keep your hair clean.
The Androscoggin Sheepskin Slippers - $80
Now, if these furry leather foot covers don't scream luxury, what does? Made of Australian sheepskin and manufactured near the Androscoggin River in Maine, these slippers are exactly what your mom wants for Christmas.
The Army Air Corps Leather Flight Jacket - $459.95
There's no better way to say badass than
a lambskin bomber jacket
with the Declaration of Independence and two American flags embroidered into