Fitness Review: Zaggora Anti-Cellulite HotPants

by Rachel on November 16, 2011

in fitness, Reviews

Zaggora HotPants Review

Update 9/4/2013: This continues to be a popular post so I guess people are still interested in these HotPants. Please check out some of the comments below from readers who have purchased them – it seems many have had issues receiving the product after paying.

Like many women, I’m at a constant battle to get rid of cellulite on my hips and butt. Even though I’m at a normal weight range, I’ve had the unsightly lumps and bumps since I was about 13, so I was intrigued when I was selected to review the new HotPants by Zaggora ($71.86).

HOTPANTS™ are specially designed sports shorts that contain bio-ceramic technology, which emits far infrared rays and reflects back the heat naturally generated by the body to deliver warming up of tissue deep below the skin’s surface. This results in much higher levels of perspiration leading to “flushing out” of toxins and edemas that contribute to the appearance of cellulite.

They are meant to be worn for about 30 minutes every day, ideally in conjunction with exercise since that will have you moving around and sweating more, and thus maximize your results. Designed to create about 80% more perspiration, Zaggora says you can expect results in about 4-6 weeks typically.

I was a little (okay, a lot) skeptical but figured since I’m working out anyway, I could try to get more bang for my buck and maximize my results with HotPants. When I first received my package, I took them out and was immediately struck by how similar to a wetsuit the shorts look . After taking a peek at the tag and seeing it was made of Neoprene/Spandex/Polyester, I confirmed that it basically IS a wetsuit. They are similar in style to spandex bike shorts and came down to about knee length on me (I’m 5’5).

I ordered my normal size (small) and they fit pretty snugly, which you want to increase heat. I wore these several times during elliptical and treadmill workouts at home, and definitely noticed I was sweating significantly more than usual. Like, completely drenched in sweat, which is unusual for me.

I don’t normally track my weight so I can’t give you a before/after, but I’m sure if you are sweating profusely every day, you will likely lose a few pounds in water weight at least. So from that perspective, these pants most likely will help you lose weight. I haven’t been wearing them long enough to determine if they help reduce the appearance of cellulite, but it sure would be nice!

To Buy…
- they definitely caused me to heat up more and sweat quite a bit more
- I can honestly say I will continue wearing these – in the privacy of my own home!
- if I see cellulite reduction, it will be worth the high price and slight discomfort to wear them

Or Not to Buy…
- I couldn’t bring myself to wear these outside the house. The knee-length bike short style is not my preferred look, and the tight fit is restrictive when running. There’s also a large HotPants logo on the front of one leg, so I felt like a walking billboard.
- they were a bit uncomfortable. I prefer shorts that sit at my hips, and these were very high-waisted. I kept wanting to roll down the waist.
- if you’re a serious athlete, these will probably hamper performance (I wouldn’t wear these for a 5k or anything).
- you have to hand wash them, and since they get super sweaty and are meant to be worn daily, that means daily hand washing.

Overall, I’m on the fence. I like the idea of HotPants and at least from my initial trial, they do seem to live up to the claims of making you sweat more and potentially lose weight. I wish they could tweak the design and style a bit since they’re not very flattering to wear in public, and I’d be more likely to wear them more frequently.

Update: After conducting this review, I never wore the HotPants again. They just weren’t that comfortable or practical for someone who actually works out.

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Disclosure: All opinions are my own and uninfluenced by anyone else. I did not receive any financial compensation for this post. I received free product(s) to facilitate my review but that did not affect my opinion.

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Zaggora Girl November 17, 2011 at 5:45 am

Love the post Rachel! Following your results!

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Carmen Van Deursen November 19, 2011 at 12:07 am

It so hard to keep fit after a certain age wish I could wear these but like you I wouldn’t go out of the house with these on. Thanks for a great read.,

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jenn November 20, 2011 at 12:22 am

ha ha i love that they say Hot Pants right on them and i would never wear them outside my home either, but if they help the weight loss, im in
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Zaggora Girl December 1, 2011 at 8:16 am

Hey Rachel,

Thank you for your thoughts! We’ll wait for your results after the 2 week challenge. Meantime, stay tuned for we’re preparing some new surprises in January.
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EOtero December 13, 2011 at 6:45 pm

Buyer Beware: I ordered these “hot pants” on November 12, and a month later, they still have not arrived despite the fact that I received emails saying that they were shipped. When I contacted the company via email, they said there was no way of tracking them since they are sent via “first class mail.” I purchased a Groupon for them, but still had to pay for international shipping from the UK, where they are headquartered. I threatened to turn them over the to BBB, but they could probably care less, since Better Business Bureau a US consumer protection agency. Considering it’s a 7 hour time difference from where I live to the UK, it’s next to impossible to speak with a human. Wish me luck – in the meantime, let me know how they work, cause I guess I will never find out.

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Rachel December 14, 2011 at 9:11 am

That’s unfortunate, I would be upset too!
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Debbie August 25, 2013 at 4:47 pm

I have been reading a lot of the reviews and acknowledging that I’m not the only one experiencing major expensive problems with this company. I will spread the word as well. I have never in my life dealt with such an unprofessional company. We don’t do things this way in the United States of America. I’m out $160 and this company will not respond to me. I will spread the word about them. People need to BEWARE of this pathetic business.

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ladykale January 28, 2012 at 11:36 pm

I ordered these with a groupon and got them in a more or less reasonable time, but they really did not do anything for me at all. I wore them for almost 3 weeks, at least 10 hrs a day (under clothes and at the gym) Yes, I sweated but no noticeable change in my body. On a good note, I can turn down the heat in my home since those shorts are so warm! I didn’t like the look of them either, but wear them to the gym. I used to fold up the bottom to hide the hot pants logo, but now who cares . . .

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Rachel January 29, 2012 at 8:41 am

Yeah, since I have done this review I have not put them back on. I felt like the discomfort wasn’t worth it.
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Anam Cara April 20, 2012 at 11:32 am

BEWARE OF THIS COMPANY! I ordered a pair 26 March. I was charged for shipping through payal, so I know the order went through. They claim it didn’t. after repeated emails giving all my information several times, nothing has happened. The pants were paid for separately and I have to assume that I have lost that money. It may have cost me, but I consider it a lesson learned. I’m going to try and see if paypal will refund the shipping anyway. (Of course, if they do, I will probably have another foreign transaction fee since they were paid in British pounds.

I wish I had checked them out before I ordered. Since they are overseas I have little hope of getting a refund. The best I can hope for is to warn others.

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Rachel April 20, 2012 at 1:44 pm

Did you see the comment above, where it sounds like the same thing happened to another reader of mine? If it makes you feel any better, this is the most popular post on my whole blog for # of pageviews and turning up in search engines, so lots of people will see your comment about this experience.
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Debbie August 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Spread the word!! Everyone needs to know what they’re up against with this company. We here at the United States of America don’t do business this way.

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Rachel September 4, 2013 at 11:22 am

I have added a disclaimer at the top of this post so readers can make an informed decision on whether or not to buy these. Sounds like lots of people are still having issues.
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Crystle April 26, 2012 at 12:21 am

I ordered hot pants on March 26 as well. I bought two groupons. One for my sister-in-law and one for me. My sister-in-law received her pair two days ago, but I have yet to see mine. She says she likes them so far, but doesn’t like the sound they make either. As for me, we’ll just have to wait and see. :(

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