Monthly Archives: August 2012

Hammacher Schlemmer Institute – Determining the Best

How Does Hammacher Determine “The Best?”

How do we determine which products earn “The Best” designation? It’s a little known fact that in 1983 Hammacher Schlemmer formed the Hammacher Schlemmer Institute, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization whose principle function is to test consumer products. This testing is conducted independent of cost analysis and product availability providing a true assessment that is not based on the needs of the business, but on the needs of the consumer.


Products like The Best Commuter Cup, The Best TV Headphones, and The Best Electric Power Washer have all undergone specific category tests and comparisons. In some cases, products are tested via consumer panels, while other more scientifically precise tests like the ones conducted on our Best Warm Mist Humidifier require special instruments and testing environments.


“The Best” determination is reviewed each year as new and innovative products are released to compete with current tested best products. The Best Commuter Cup is one of these products. In this year’s best commuter cup we have new features such as a locking flip top lid, and no handle so that it can fit comfortably in a car’s cup holder. In addition, the insulated stainless steel exterior not only looks great, but it also stays cool to the touch even with hot coffee inside.


We strive to bring high quality, superior performing products to our catalog so that our customers experience more satisfaction with their purchases. Our continued effort to improve and evaluate our product selection has earned Hammacher a highly regarded reputation that started over 164 years ago at our hardware store in New York City.

Hammacher Schlemmer’s – Lifetime Guarantee

Lifetime Guarantee

At Hammacher Schlemmer we stand behind the products we sell. We feel that in today’s retail environment of free shipping, coupon codes, and rampant promotions that we have something to offer others do not. We make an unconditional and unwavering promise: Our merchandise is guaranteed for life. For any reason if you are disappointed you may return your purchase for exchange, credit or refund. Our lifetime guarantee is our way of expressing the pride and confidence we have in the products we sell.

Our focus is on providing our customers with the most unique and innovative products available, anywhere. We recognize that you have a choice when it comes to shopping online, in our catalog or our store. We appreciate your business and thank you for choosing Hammacher Schlemmer.

Press Release: The Point And Click Dictionary

The Point And Click Dictionary eliminates the hassle of thumbing through bulky dictionaries or navigating a computer to define words while reading,” explained Hammacher Schlemmer’s General Manager Fred Berns.

The scanner has a 2.4″ color LCD with 320 x 240 resolution that clearly displays definitions, comprehensive etymologies, and related word forms. It also provides audible word pronunciations through its built-in speaker.

Smaller than a smartphone, the portable scanner provides 500,000 definitions from the Collins English Dictionary and offers translations to and from French, Italian, Spanish, and German using the award-winning Collins foreign language dictionaries. Users can navigate the device via the touchscreen or the included stylus, it has an integrated MP3 player, voice recorder, and picture viewer, and it recharges in two hours.

The Eyestrain Reducing Floor Lamp.

Eye fatigue can cause headaches, pain around the eyes and even double vision. Avoid these symptoms with The Eyestrain Reducing Floor Lamp.

Unlike incandescent bulbs that produce glaring, yellow light, this floor lamp’s fluorescent bulb generates clear light that reduces eyestrain and enables clearer vision. Simulating the color fidelity of natural sunlight this floor lamp bulb has a correlated color temperature of 6,400º Kelvin that illuminates books, crafts, or computer screens with a distortion-free glow. The energy-efficient 55-watt bulb is equivalent to a 250-watt incandescent and lasts up to 10,000 hours–ten times longer than a typical floor lamp bulb. The floor lamp has an adjustable neck and a four-way switch. The lampshade, neck, and base have an antique brass finish, and the eucalyptus wood pole has a cherry finish. The bulb illuminates after a one second delay. 56″ H x 11 1/3″-diameter base. (14 3/4 lbs.)

What our customers are saying:

“A fantastic buy!!”

” My computer room needed light and I had tried all sort of lamps that I own. Nothing worked, I didn’t have enough light to work in there. This lamp does it all and more. It lights up the whole room and makes life so much easier on my eyes. I recommend it to those that need it. I also use it with the shade turned up to the ceiling, that way it lights up the whole room. One of the best buys I have done!”

“I use this product for working vintage jigsaw puzzles- the light gives true colors, will use for detailed ceramic figure painting.”

Hello World! Welcome to the Hammacher Schlemmer Blog.

Finally, “The Best, the Only, and the Unexpected” has arrived to provide a place to learn more about our one of a kind products, the history of this iconic 164 year young brand, and share some exclusive insights into our world of fantastic and innovative people, products, and ideas.

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Our Fall catalog features The Natural Acoustics iPhone Amplifier on the cover (see below). This amplifier is completely passive and is designed in Milan, and crafted entirely of Tuscan ceramic. We actually had the opportunity to test the amplifier at headquarters and can confirm that setting the volume at 25% on your iPhone will result in music so loud your co-workers will promptly request that you turn it down. We can’t even imagine how glorious this would have sounded at 50% volume. Its form is as perfect as its function and would make a beautiful addition to any audiophile’s collection.

Also, included in this catalog are some great new products as well:

The Evaporative Misting Fan.

The Cordless Motion Activated Light