The first sprouts appeared after just three days, with more following. But 32 days after planting, the plants were still small, probably weeks away from producing blooms.
I’m not sure we’ll have the patience to keep caring for the Flower Rocket long enough to find out.
It was also hard to see how the Flower Rocket gave us any advantage over just sprinkling some seeds in a pot of soil. Considering that some types of seeds cost less than a buck a packet, that approach would have been a lot cheaper than the $9.99 Flower Rocket.
Verdict: Betty: Skip it; Lisa: It depends; Mary Beth: Skip it
We tried the WaxVac ear cleaner at the urging of a colleague with two children, one who swims competitively and the other who has, in her words, “really waxy ears.”
The seeds of our doubt were planted right away when we noticed that the product’s packaging and website mentioned nothing about earwax. Despite the name, those sources say the device removes “dirt particles and moisture.” Still, we were eager to see just what the $9.88 WaxVac would remove.
We enlisted the help of an ear, nose and throat specialist who gamely agreed to perform a before-and-after exam to help us quantify the WaxVac’s performance.
We had intended to test the
The doctor used a slender scope with a camera to take before and after pictures.
Then we put the WaxVac to work on Mary Beth.
The device is essentially a low-powered, battery-operated vacuum cleaner that’s supposed to gently suck stuff out of your ears.
It made no difference at all.
Later, I poured water into one of my ears to test whether the WaxVac would draw it out. I used the device for five minutes — the maximum specified in the instructions — but the water didn’t budge.
I think Lisa summed up our opinion of the WaxVac best. “It’s all hype,” she said.
Verdict: A unanimous “Skip it”