I admit it: I am a sucker for as-seen-on-tv products. I have had intense love affairs with the Perfect Pasta Pot, the Slap-Chop, and several Time Life CD collections. I’ve never actually allowed myself to purchase any of them; I do have some pride left. Until now.

As soon as I saw the Shamwow commercial, I wanted my own Shamwow. Who wouldn’t? Vince the Shamwow guy is awfully convincing. However, I didn’t really need a Shamwow for anything, so I refrained from spending $19.99.

A few weeks later, a friend posted on Facebook that she had bought a Shamwow at a boat show and it had cut her hair-drying time in half. In half, you say? I was sold. When I saw the Shamwow at Target, it mysteriously ended up in my cart, as I daydreamed about all the extra time I would have in the morning. I am almost ashamed to admit this, but I contemplated washing my hair as soon as I got home just to see if it would work.

The verdict: The Shamwow did not magically dry my hair like it does that little carpet square on the commercial. However, when I used it in place of a regular bath towel after my shower, it cut my blow dryer time down quite a bit. It’s also nice for drying your skin off quickly.

Overall, I wouldn’t say the Shamwow is a must-have product, but it’s a helpful one. Keep in mind that I haven’t used it for any of the tasks it’s actually advertised to perform, such as washing a car or cleaning up spills. But as a hair and body towel? I give it a B+.