Salad Sling: Here's What Happened After Shark Tank

Jill Visit came to "Shark Tank" in 2021 from Austin, Texas, hoping to obtain $100,000 from the investment sharks for a 20% stake in her company. Her product is called the Salad Sling and is meant to replace traditional salad spinners, which Jill says are bulky, awkward, and difficult to clean. The Salad Sling looks like a large, green kitchen towel with four handles coming off of the corners. To use it, you place wet, cleaned lettuce or leafy greens in the center, gather up the handles and spin it around, lasso-style, at a fast pace. The centrifugal force pulls the water away from the greens and into the absorbent microfiber towel.

Visit came up with the idea of the Salad Sling in her own kitchen, where she'd wrap wet greens in a kitchen towel and spin it around to get rid of the water. The problem was the towel only held so much moisture, so it wasn't unusual for water to fly out of the towel and soak her kitchen in the process. That's when she decided to throw herself into researching and developing what would later become the Salad Sling.

After her pitch to the sharks, there was no doubt that the hosts were intrigued by what looked like a legitimately fun kitchen gadget, but none of them saw much business potential in it. No deal was made in the end.

What happened on Shark Tank

Jill Visit introduced her Salad Sling on "Shark Tank" as the "world's best greens-drying machine." After explaining how inconvenient regular salad spinners were, she gave the sharks a demonstration of how it worked. The sharks were delighted when she began spinning the towel full of greens over her head and were eager to try it themselves. Most sharks were successful in their spinning, but Robert Herjavec ended up flinging lettuce leaves all around.

Visit then gave the sharks a little info about the company's history. She saw success rather quickly, especially after high-profile outlets like The Boston Globe and the New York Times wrote positive reviews on the Salad Sling. But shortly after, the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and with her manufacturing shut down, she could no longer fulfill orders, and the Slings went on backorder for months.

Even though each shark genuinely seemed to like the product, no one were willing to make a deal. Kevin O'Leary was underwhelmed by her total sales of $50,000, Daymond John thought it was a product people would largely forget about, Herjavec believed the business was more of a side hustle, and Lori Greiner didn't see the market potential. Visit believed the sharks were 100% wrong in their decisions and was committed to keeping her Salad Sling business going and growing.

After Shark Tank

It's been two years since Jill Visit's Salad Sling episode aired on "Shark Tank." Even though she and the sharks didn't reach a deal, it appears Visit is still producing and selling her invention on the company website. The only other product that has been added, however, is a mini version of the Sling called Salad Sling Mini, which is perfect for smaller batches of greens and fresh herbs.

In the business and invention world, two years isn't necessarily a lot of time. While the status of the growth of the Salad Sling isn't clear, there could be a lot going on behind the scenes, although to date, it hasn't surpassed the popularity of traditional salad spinners.

There are no current sales numbers for the company available to the public, but customers can find the towels on Amazon, and the company continues to be mentioned on various outlets like The Kitchn in a positive light. Fans seem to love that the Salad Slings are easy to store and machine-washable.

What's next for Salad Sling?

According to her personal website, Jill Visit is still running Salad Sling and is also the executive creative director for a company called Neutral. She's had extensive experience in the advertising realm, working in a creative capacity for companies like Whole Foods for several years. She may have been focusing on these other endeavors since "Shark Tank," but there is no current information on that. The Salad Sling currently retails on its website for $19.99, the same price it was at on the show. The Salad Sling Mini sells for $14.99, but the company does offer a 25% discount if both products are purchased together.

The company has a social media presence on Instagram and Facebook, but neither profile has posts later than 2022, and the combined number of followers on the sites equals a little more than 800 people. The Salad Sling is a clever and convenient item for the kitchen, and time will tell if Visit decides to amp up its presence again.