If you are a fan of ABC’s Shark Tank like I am (and, let’s face it, we all have some ideas we want to pitch to the Sharks), you may have lost some interest after ABC foolishly moved it to Sunday. Thankfully, the network has finally seen the error of its ways and is relocating Shark Tank back into the Friday 8 p.m. ET anchor position effective on February 28.
Two days prior to the move, the alphabet net is offering Shark Tank: Greatest of All Time in the Wednesday 10 p.m. ET hour on February 26. The one-hour special showcases some of the most successful products in the history of the veteran reality series.
Now in season 11, Shark Tank has been a haven for products pitched to Sharks Barbara Corcoran, Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary, among others. Everything from food, clothing and home-related products to exercise equipment, holiday-themed items, health, safety and technological advancements…and much more.
Ironically, one product the Sharks did not get a deal on, the Ring Video Doorbell (only Kevin O’Leary offered a deal and was turned down), was sold by the owner, Jamie Siminoff, for a whopping $1.1 billion in February 2018.
As a celebration of the best of the best on Shark Tank, here is a look at 25 of the most memorable products featured on the show. The dollar tallies for each product are pivotal, of course. But in the case of a product like the Cup Board Pro, there is also the human element to consider.
1. Scrub Daddy
Set in the shape of a small smiling yellow face that changes texture in water (hard in cold, soft in hot), Scrub Daddy made its debut on Shark Tank in October 2012. Following a deal with the “Queen of QVC,” Lori Greiner, for $200,000 and a 20% equity stake, Scrub Daddy solid out in its first appearance on the home shopping network in less than seven minutes.
Now a staple in a retail store like Bed, Bath & Beyond, Scrub Daddy’s total revenue surpassed $100 million in January 2017, the highest of any Shark Tank product, and the company was recently valued at over $200 million.
Find Scrub Daddy: Amazon
2. Bombas socks
Bombas sells re-engineered athletic socks, and for every pair the company sells, another pair is donated to charity. The name comes from the Latin word for bumblebee, and the motto “bee better” is stitched into every sock as a reminder of the business’ philanthropic mission.
When owners David Heath and Randy Goldberg pitched the sharks in 2014, they had $450,000 in sales. Fearing the charitable aspect was too expensive, only Daymond John made an offer. The deal was for $200,000 in exchange for a 17.5% equity stake. Working with John, the company has exceeded $225 million in revenue to-date, and has sold and given away over 26 million pairs of socks. Also available for purchase are Bombas t-shirts.
3. Simply Fit Board
In a deal with Lori Greiner for $125,000 for a 20% stake in November 2015, sales for this colorful plastic oval board designed to reduce belly fat rose from a reported $575,000 to $9 million after the first seven months. Overall, Simply Fit Board has exceeded $160 million in retail sales and has been featured in stores like Walmart, Home Depot, Kmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond.
Thanks to the exposure on Shark Tank, Simply Fit has expanded the product line to include exercise workout DVDs and exercise mats.
Find Simply Fit Board: Amazon
4. Squatty Potty
Naturally, we all want a comfortable experience doing what comes naturally. And Squatty Potty, invented by Bobby Edwards and his mother Judy Edwards, is a stool in front of the toilet that lifts people’s feet and knees in the air when they go to the bathroom. The pair made a deal with Lori Greiner for $350,000 for 10% of the company in November 2014.
According to Bobby and Judy, 158,000 people visited their website the day after their Shark Tank segment aired, resulting in one million dollars’ worth of Squatty Pottys sold. Three months later, the tally was $12.3 million, and since then over a reported $175 million in sales.
Today, the company is offering spin-off products such as an inflatable Port-A-Squatty that travelers can pack in their luggage; higher-end Pottys that are made of teak or bamboo; an all-natural constipation remedies in pill form; “Sweet Loo” bathroom odor eliminators; and bidet spouts that can be quickly and easily added to any toilet. All in all, not so crappy indeed!
Find Squatty Potty: Amazon
5. The Original Comfy
Created by brothers Brian and Michael Speciale, the Original Comfy is a simple blanket-sweatshirt hybrid that Barbara Corcoran invested $50,000 for a 30% stake in December 2017. While Lori Greiner was concerned about the product’s lack of originality, key retailers like Bed, Bath and Beyond and appearances on QVC after their Shark Tank deal have resulted in sales at a reported $150 million.
Find the Comfy: Amazon
6. Tipsy Elves Sweaters
Designed to put an alternative twist on traditional holiday-themed apparel, the owners of Tipsy Elves, Evan Mendelsohn and Nick Morton, received $100,000 in funding with a 10% stake in the company from Robert Herjavec in December 2013. In 2014, the company’s annual revenue had been projected at $12 million. In 2018, the website had reportedly done over $70 million in sales (and over two million products sold since its launch). Presently, that revenue figure is now over $100 million.
Find Tipsy Elves Clothing: Amazon
7. Drop Stop
The Drop Stop from Marc Newburger and Jeffrey Simon is a foam-filled log that fits in the crack between a car seat and the center console. If a passenger drops their car keys or other items, they will still be within easy reach. After an appearance on Shark Tank in 2013, the pair struck a deal with Lori Greiner for $300,000 in exchange for 20% of the company.
To date, the partners have sold over 2.4 million Drop Stops, with reported sales of $24 million. Additionally, Drop Stop has become the number one selling car accessory on Amazon.
Find the Drop Stop: Amazon
8. Bantam Bagels
Described as mini stuffed bagel balls, Lori Greiner offered creators Nick and Elyse Oleksak $275,000 in exchange for a 25% stake of their company in January 2015. That led to a deal to supply three flavors of their bagels to Starbucks.
Before Shark Tank, the company pulled in $200,000 in sales a year. Now they are generating a reported $13 million annually.
Find Bantam Bagels: Amazon
9. ReadeREST Clip
In one of the simpler products on Shark Tank, the ReadeREST clip is a magnet that allows you to attach your glasses to your shirt so you won’t lose them. The deal on February 24, 2012 was with Lori Greiner for $50,000 with a 65% equity investment in the company, which meant that owner Rick Hopper would be giving up control. But with Greiner on board, the core product is featured at retailers like Walmart, Staples and Ace Hardware, and on QVC. And the company now also sells a line of reading glasses. Current sales to date total an estimated $38 million.
Find ReadeREST: Amazon
10. Cousins Maine Lobster
Launched with a $55,000 investment from Barbara Corcoran with a 15% equity stake on Shark Tank in 2012, the reported net worth of the Cousins Maine Lobster (CML) franchise is now over $20 million. Since getting a deal, Cousins Maine Lobster has expanded their trucks from Maine to Nashville, Tennessee, and San Antonio Texas. They have appeared on numerous TV shows such as The Today Show and MasterChef. And there are now over 20 trucks cross country, as well as a restaurant located in West Hollywood, California.
The business also includes lobster meals online, and through QVC.
Find a Location: Cousins Maine Lobster
Designed as a pop-up greeting card, Kevin O’Leary was completely captivated by the 3D custom cards and closed a deal for $300,000 and a 15% stake in season seven. After O’Leary’s initial investment, Lovepop went on to raise another $6 million in Series A funding. Within one year after appearing on Shark Tank, Lovepop’s revenue has soared to $80 million in sales, while creating jobs for over 200 people.
Find Lovepop: Amazon
Created by Spencer Quinn and Eric Child, FiberFix is simply a heavy-duty repair tape designed as an easy and inexpensive way to make repairs that could otherwise could be costly. The deal with Lori Greiner in October 2013 was for $120,000 and a 12% stake in the company. Sales to date are reported at a hefty $65 million.
Find FiberFix: Amazon
PhoneSoap is a device that uses UV-C lamps to clean the bacteria on your phone, while charging it. The idea came when co-creator Wes LAPorte was doing cancer research, and Dan told him about an article that claimed cell phones were 18 times dirtier than toilets. In a deal with Lori Greiner in January 2015, sales for PhoneSoap via QVC, Amazon and other outlets now total a cool $46 million.
Find PhoneSoap: Amazon
EverlyWell is the digital health platform that offers a total of 35 in-home test kits that use either blood, saliva or urine to examine a variety of health aspects (including testosterone levels, to metabolism and food sensitivity tests). Once a kit is purchased, all there is to do is collect a sample and return it to the one of their listed laboratories for review by a doctor. Test results are made available within five business days and can be reviewed online.
In a deal with Lori Greiner for a $1 million line of credit and a 5% equity stake, sales, to-date, for EverlyWell are reported at $65 million.
Find EverlyWell: Amazon
In this beanbag that converts to a full-sized bed, Lori Greiner closed a deal for Cordaroys in March 2013 for $200,000 and a 58% equity stake. The initial impact of the show was so huge it caused the CordaRoy’s website to crash. Ultimately, Greiner stepped in, got the product on QVC, not to mention retailers like Big Box Stores, Ace Hardware and Bed, Bath and Beyond, and has resulted in total sales, to-date, at a reported $48 million.
CordaRoy’s range of beanbag chairs now include designer covers, customizable designs and a lifetime guarantee.
Find CordaRoys: Amazon
16. Sleep Styler
Inserted into wet hair at night and not inhibiting your potential for a good night’s sleep, Lori Greiner in May 2017 jumped at the opportunity to represent these hair rollers made of memory foam and yoga towel fabric with a $75,000 investment in exchange for 25% of the company. The result, to-date: Sales increasing from $75,000 to over a reported $100 million.
Find Sleep Styler: Amazon
Described as novelty eyewear and party glasses, Daymond John made a deal in October 2014 with longtime friends David Levich, Eric Liberman and Dan Gershon for $300,000 and a 20% stake of the company. Within a few months, Sun-Staches, which was already being sold online and in retailers like Toys R Us and Party City, had secured licensing agreements with Marvel, Nintendo and Warner Bros. Studios. The result, to-date: over $30 million in sales.
Find Sun-Staches: Amazon
18. Grace and Lace
What started as a lace leg warmer business has grown to a complete women’s apparel company (including everything from dresses and scarves to tote bags and accessories) thanks to the involvement of Barbara Corcoran, who invested $175,000 for a 10% stake in November 2013. In the 24 hours after the TV appearance, more than 10,000 orders flooded in. Within five days, Grace and Lace racked up $1 million in sales. Total sales (as of 2018) were reported at $36 million.
Find Grace and Lace: Amazon
19. Cup Board Pro
In a rare deal with all five Sharks, siblings Christian, Keira and Kaley Young appeared Shark Tank in October 2018 to help make the dream of their father, Keith Young, come true. Keith was a FDNY firefighter in Wantagh, New York who wrote his own cookbook and appeared twice on Chopped and once on Throwdown with Bobby Flay. In addition, Keith invented the Cup Board Pro, a cutting board which makes cleaning up while chopping easier, but he had recently died from 9/11-related cancer. Earlier, in 2012, the sibling’s mother passed away also from cancer.
The five Sharks — Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary and guest Matt Higgins — pledged $20,000 each for a 20% stake in the company. While Cup Board Pro is not one of the top selling products showcased on Shark Tank, it is certainly one of the most emotional ones.
Find Cup Board Pro: Williams Sonoma
20. Mensch on a Bench
Pitched on Shark Tank in December 2014, Mensch on a Bench is basically the Jewish answer to The Elf on the Shelf, featuring a book and a doll. The book tells the 8 rules of having a Mensch, which are meant to drive more Jewish family traditions and reinforce the values we want to hand down to our children
“I want to bring “some funukkah to Hanukkah,” said creator Neal Hoffman, who agreed to a deal with Lori Greiner and Robert Herjavec for $150,000 for a 15% stake.
To-date, sales of Mensch on a Bench is now in the millions, there is a growing list of spin-off products like Mitzvah Moose. Hoffman has sold the rights to the book for an animated TV special.
Find Mensch on a Bench: Amazon
21. Tower Paddle Boards
Referred to by Barbara Corcoran as the worst presentation at the time on Shark Tank, creator Stephan Aarstol fumbled as he tried to describe the attributes of the Tower Paddle Boards in March 2012. But Mark Cuban, nonetheless, stepped up to the plate with a deal for $150,000 and a 30% stake. And sales for the stand-up surfing gear is reported at a total of $36 million.
Find Tower Paddle Boards: Tower
22. Sand Cloud
Introduced as a pillow towel made of handwoven Turkish cotton, the now Sand Cloud brand gives 10% of its profits to a variety of local non-profit partners (including the Marine Conservation Institute and the San Diego Surfrider Foundation). Since securing a deal with Robert Herjavec in 2017 for a $200,000 investment in exchange for 15% of the business, the company has expanded to other eco-friendly products (including apparel made from recycled materials, reef-safe sunscreen, reusable water bottles, and metal straws). Sales to date for Sand Cloud are over $200,000.
Find Sand Cloud: Amazon
Providing a product using LED light, a solar cell and a rechargeable battery, inflatable LuminAID provides illumination in an emergency without using electricity. Creators Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork pitched their idea on Shark Tank in February 2015, and closed a deal with Mark Cuban for $200,000 in exchange for 15% (plus a later round of financing at $300,000). All five Sharks, in fact, expressed interest in the product.
Now, LuminAID sells solar lanterns that double as phone chargers, as well as to individuals for emergency kits. And, as a result of Shark Tank, LuminAID has been able to send lights to more than 100 countries.
Find LuminAID: Amazon
Described as an edible bioplastics company on a mission to reduce plastic waste and create a sustainable future, the Loliware edible cups are designed to serve drinks and desserts at events and are flavored to compliment any meal. Industrial designers Chelsea Briganti and Leigh Ann Tucker pitched their business on Shark Tank in October 2015 and got two Sharks – Barbara Corcoran and Mark Cuban — for $600,000 in exchange for 25% equity.
Since Shark Tank, Loliware has launched LoliVita, the world’s first edible vitamin cup, in collaboration with DSM Nutrition, and an edible and hyper-compostable straw called Lolistraw. The company envisions children’s parties where all of the plates are edible, not just the cups.
Find It: Loliware
25. Wine & Design
Inspired by what she described as a “boozy art demonstration” she attended while on vacation, Harriet Mills created Wine & Design as a business that would offer adults the opportunity to relax and have fun creating art designs in a setting where they can bring their own booze. Naturally, that self-proclaimed “wine connoisseur,” Kevin O’Leary, expressed interest, cutting a deal in May 2017 for $150,000 for a 10% equity stake (in addition to a $350,000 loan at a 12% interest rate until it is paid off).
Establishing a partnership with the O’Leary Wines business, total sales for Wine & Design have risen to over $25 million.
Find It: Wine & Design
Marc Berman is the founder and Editor-in-Chief for Programming Insider. He also covers the broadcasting landscape, at present, for Forbes.com, Watch!, Newspro and C21 Media in London. His work has appeared in Campaign US, The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, The Los Angeles Times and Emmy Magazine, among other outlets.