Being a product reviewer, Shark Tank products constantly come across my desk. I love watching the show too, as billionaire investors grill entrepreneurs seeking investments. While some of these are decent-sized companies, most are new.
Sometimes the product isn’t even out yet by the time the show airs.
The Shark Tank pitches are great to watch either way, and I even keep up with the Canadian Dragon’s Den. Many of the businesses are for services, software, and non-tangibles, like the cryptocurrency investment app Bundil.
Now let’s check out the latest Tank products that passed through my office.
Mark Cuban and Lori Greiner invested a million dollars in BottleKeeper, which saw a massive sales increase after appearing on the show. These stainless steel bottle holders work much like a coffee thermos. Instead of keeping coffee hot, these keep beer bottles cold. It’s a useful tool if you live somewhere hot or you drink slow, because there’s nothing worse than room-temperature beer.
Worth it? Sure
The Bear Bowl cook pot is one of many survival tools that made it into the Shark Tank. These camping pots come in three sizes (32-, 64-, and 128-oz) and can be folded flat. If the apocalypse ever comes, you may be glad you have them, and they’re perfect for backpacking. It’s no wonder Jamie Siminoff invested $100,000. You can even use them at home, but there are obviously more convenient pots and pans for home use.
Worth it? For Campers!
Robert Herjavec invested $100,000 in the Radiate Portable Campfire, and it’s easy to see why. This non-toxic soy wax fire is easy to use, and it looks and sounds great – check out the video above. When I first moved into my new apartment, I only had a few fires to use in my fireplace before it got too warm. This worked as good as an actual wood fire, but the cleanup was a lot easier.
Worth It? YES!
Lori Greiner loves the cheesy products with mass appeal to TV audiences, so it’s no wonder she invested $250,000 in Shed Defender. More than just decorative, these pet onesies are useful clothes that keep your pet’s hair from getting all over the place. Of course, my cat wasn’t exactly ecstatic about being dressed up in anything.
Worth It? Ummm…
Lovepop has a great product, and I’m saying this having seen several competitors. It’s nice to see them being sold in the UPS Store. I even spent $15 on a police car one (why there are police car greeting cards is beyond me) when I got out of jail. Kevin O’Leary invested $300,000 for 15 percent, and another $12.5 million was raised in another funding round. Hopefully these cards stick around for my lifetime.
Worth It? OMG Take my Money!
LuminAID makes great solar lanterns for emergency use, and they’ve been helping people around the world. Hurricanes like Harvey and Irma are devastating, so it’s nice to have sustainable energy around. This model can charge your phone too. The company is thriving since Mark Cuban’s $200,000 investment.
Worth It? In a Pinch
Jackson’s Honest drew a $1.25 million investment from Rohan Oza, the marketing guru behind some of the most famous food brands on shelves today. These snacks use healthy oils for healthier experiences. Think of them as the vaping of snack foods – not as healthy as a carrot, but it’s still healthier than Fritos, Lays, Doritos, etc.
Worth It? If you like snacking
It left without a deal, but Aquapaw is still going strong. The wearable scrubber was expanded with a stick-up peanut butter feeder made with the same non-stick silicone as the original product. These pet gadgets are certainly fun, but using them on a daily basis will be difficult for all but the most dedicated dog owners.
Worth It? Kinda
Lori Greneir and Charles Barkley teamed up on Zorpads with a $150,000 investment for 22.5 percent of the company. These activated carbon cloth bits are a great way to deodorize shoes. Personally I prefer cedar, and even small packages of it can be found relatively easy on Amazon. These do work, but $5 is a bit steep.
Worth It? Not for the money
Oatmeal doesn’t sound exciting, but Mark Cuban thought Mush was good enough to invest $300,000. They’re small packages but full of flavor, and I never felt like my stomach was empty after eating a package. Like any shipped food, these are super expensive compared to making it yourself, but it’s a healthy grab-and-go snack that’s definitely worth stocking up on. They lasted over a month in my fridge too.
Worth It? If you like oats
Lori Greiner knows a hit when she sees it, and the $500,000 she invested in Squatty Potty may have been one of her best. It’s also a great product and very useful for promoting a healthier bathroom regiment. And their marketing is great – you have no idea how excited I was to get a stuffed rainbow-pooping unicorn. This is a great product on all ends, and the bamboo version fits perfectly in my bathroom.
Worth It? Definitely!