Glow Candles Reviews: Why Our Testers Liked It.
Glow Candles are an As Seen on TV product which is a set of multi-function, remote control electronic candles.
At first glance, glow candles seem to be merely a set of standard electronic candles, which can be readily obtained at any local store. Upon closer inspection, it becomes apparent that Glow Candles offer a little more than the typical electronic candle. Unlike inexpensive electronic candles, Glow Candles can be operated via remote control, and colors can be changed by simply pressing a button. Glow Candles also have a mild vanilla scent.
Glow Candles are marketed by Ontel Products, known for such As Seen on TV products as Miracle Socks, Dream Lites, and Pillow Pets.
The product is marketed on its official website, buyglowcandles.com, which was registered in August 2014. This product is made in China.
Cost and Availability
A set of three Glow Candles costs $19.99 plus $6.99 P&H for a total of $26.98. You can get another set for an additional $6.99 shipping. You can opt out of the second set. All orders also receive either a scented or unscented candle wrap.
Shipping at third-party online vendors such as drugstore.com is a few dollars cheaper than purchasing from the official website, so this may be a better option if you wish to order it online.
Although some vendors such as Walgreens list the product on their website as “Not sold in stores,” the product can be found in some stores as of this writing for about $24. The candle wrap is not included in the retail box.
- Remote control requires a CR2025 battery (included)
- Candles require three AAA batteries (not included)
- 12 color options
- Flame flickering option
- 4 hour and 8 hour timer options
- LED bulbs
- Made of real wax
Below is the official advertisement which was posted to Ontel Products’ YouTube channel in October 2014.
Glow Candles Reviews
Advertising for Glow Candles hit the airwaves in late 2014. We had a chance to review a set of Glow Candles, and found them to initially perform as advertised. There are many options available to the consumer which standard electronic candles do not offer, such as remote control access and the ability to change the color at will. The candles have a “real candle” feel to them, and the vanilla scent is mild and pleasant. The advertised decorative wraps were not included in the retail box we obtained, so we cannot comment on those.
As with most As Seen on TV products, shipping of the product is perhaps the most problematic aspect. One would expect it to arrive in stores in short order, which will eliminate this sole negative aspect of an otherwise solid product.
There are three candles in the box: two taller candles and one shorter candle. Some of the 12 available colors look slightly different on the shorter candle.
Our tester very much enjoyed the product, and the only “con” is probably the fact that it requires 9 AAA batteries to run all three candles. The life of the candles, however, has been acceptable. As of this writing, the current set of batteries has been installed for three weeks and is still operable with daily use.
February 2015 update
Approximately one month after initially posting this review, the remote stopped working. Our initial thought was that the battery probably died, so we purchased a set of two new batteries for about $8. After trying both batteries, however, we realized that the remote itself had simply stopped working.
With the remote no longer working, most of the features we enjoyed about Glow Candles were suddenly inaccessible. While we can still turn the candles on and off manually, there is no way to change the color, or set the timers.
If you like electronic candles, you will most likely be pleased with Glow Candles. Our testers have given the product high marks for the ability to change colors or turn them on and off via remote control. The product’s battery life is also acceptable.
After one month, however, we were disappointed when the remote suddenly stopped working, rendering most of our favorite features inaccessible.
Modified: February 19, 2015
First Published: January 2015
I ordered these candles and was so happy when I received them, but the first thing that bothered me, was that each candle needed 3 AAA batteries. This is quite a few batteries but I bought the batteries and I love how they can be changed to flicker and change colors as well. I got a lot of compliments but another complaint was they were supposed to have a vanilla scent but the only way you could smell the fragrance was if you picked it up and put it to your nose. The final problem was that after buying a good brand of batteries and only turning them on in the evening, the batteries were drained within about 2 weeks, if that. Very disappointed. Yes they are very pretty but unless you plan on spending lots and lots of money on batteries I don’t recommend buying these.
Agreed. Unfortunately the instructions specifically state NOT to use rechargeable batteries, which would lessen the “con” of requiring 9 batteries. We have considered trying them anyway… Thanks for your comment!
Have you found a way to get a new remote possibly? We have lost ours and feel the same way you do about all of the features. If there is a way to get a replacement remote I feel like this would solve most of the issues. I look forward to hearing your response.
Remote control broke down after a few days
Tried other battery but no luck. Don’t buy this crap. Cheap Chinese crap
Our candles work great but the batteries have a VERY short life. We use them as night lights for the kids until they fall asleep. The 4 hour minimum timer is too long, so the batteries drain pretty quickly, unless I remember to turn them off. Eventually when the candle batteries get low enough the remote will not turn them off, you have to flip the switch on the bottom. The flicker is very soothing and the kids fall quickly asleep. The colors are great and many to choose from. The scent is quite faint but pleasant, too much might be annoying . All in all a good product. The timer and battery life are the only negatives.
Initially I loved these candles. Then after about 10 hours of use, 2 of the candles went into a flicker mode. So I replaced the batteries. All 3 candles worked properly. After about on hour, I turned them off and went to bed. Tried using them again last night and now only one candles turns on. If I could give this product negative stars, I would
Major waste of money. Major waste of batteries! Looked cool a few evenings and then quit working – tried replacing the batteries in the candles and the remotes. Bought two sets so double the waste! Don’t buy unless you only want a headache.