About Sweep Easy
Originally featured on Season 2, Episode 5 of the popular TV program Shark Tank, Sweep Easy claims to be a revolutionary 3-in-1 super sweeper that can work like a normal broom, but can also clean everyday messes on any floor type, including dried mud, and stuck-on gum, stickers, and bandages, and more.
In order to accomplish this, Sweep Easy is claimed to feature a retractable handle that, when extended through the bristles and locked into place, uses a small plastic scraper on the end to remove floor debris without requiring you to get on your hands and knees. In addition, Sweep Easy is claimed to include a “scuff buffer” attachment that appears to fit over the scraper, which works to remove scuffs on any hard flooring surface.
According to the Sweep Easy website, this 3-in-1 broom is claimed to be eco-friendly, as it helps you clean messes without cleaners or chemicals, and to be ideal for anywhere, including homes, schools, hospitals, restaurants, and more.
So should you buy a Sweep Easy broom? Consider the following:
Sweep Easy’s Back Story
Sweep Easy’s inventor, Shane Pannell, originally appeared on Shark Tank in April 2011, where all the Sharks (with the exception of Barbara Corcoran) were battling it out to see who would invest in the company. In the end, Daymond John and Kevin Harrington decided to join forces and offered Shane Pannell $80K for a joint 25% stake in the company. Kevin has a long history in the “As Seen on TV” and direct-to-consumer markets, so it’s no surprise that it now appears as an “As Seen on TV” product.
Why is this important? Keep reading.
Sweep Easy’s Feedback
Although Shane Pannell and two of the Sharks joined forces back in 2011, it appears that Sweep Easy experienced a fairly big delay at some point.
This is because there’s not much information available online indicating what happened to it in between then and now. We did locate a Good Housekeeping article written in 2013 that named the Sweep Easy one of “14 Innovative Cleaning Products for 2013” and claimed, “Right now, you can add a telescopic scraper for stuck on messes and stickers, a scuff buffer to erase pesky shoe scuffs, and a machine-washable microfiber duster, but a whole host of new attachments will be rolled out throughout the year.”
However, we didn’t find anything during our research indicating that additional attachments are available. In fact, other than the broom’s commercial (which isn’t even hosted on the product’s website), there isn’t any indication that you’ll receive any attachments at all.
In all, it appears that Sweep Easy may have only recently been marketed by the manufacturer.
What Are Other Consumers Saying About Sweep Easy?
With this in mind, there isn’t much information available online about Sweep Easy, or any customer reviews with which to gauge overall satisfaction levels.
We did find that Sweep Easy appears to be manufactured by KMFE Inc., which is Shane Pannell’s company. Unfortunately, the company is not listed with BBB, and little information is available about it online, other than that it was formed in AZ.
Sweep Easy Pricing & Refund Policy
Sweep Easy is priced at $19.95 plus $9.95 S&H, and comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Keep in mind that the 3-in-1 broom can also be purchased through Amazon.com.
As such, if you decide to return your Sweep Easy, you’ll immediately lose about $10 (essentially half the cost of the product itself), even before calculating what it will cost to ship the product back to the manufacturer.
Should you decide to pursue a refund for your Sweep Easy, there is no phone number or email address listed for the company’s customer service department; only an online contact form.
Bottom Line: Is Sweep Easy Really the Only Broom You’ll Need to Own?
During the Shark Tank episode more than three years ago, the Sharks were going back and forth with Kevin about whether he should license the product to an existing manufacturer, or produce the product himself and sell direct to consumers. Ultimately, Sweep Easy’s inventor decided to go the latter route, and due to the time it’s taken to appear on the market, we have to wonder if this was ultimately the right decision.
Regardless, there simply isn’t enough information available to say whether or not the Sweep Easy works as advertised, or whether you should spend your hard-earned money on it.
However, if you decide to roll the dice on Sweep Easy, keep in mind that you’ll lose a good chunk of change of S&H charges.
Have you used Sweep Easy? Tell the world about it by writing a review!
2 out 6 people found this review helpful
Poor concept, plus it fell apart. The scraper is too hard to push out, the broom is too firm, and it is very heavy. I bought it as a novelty, and I would never use it. Even the salesman admitted it was junk.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
12 out 18 people found this review helpful
I got this at a Home and Garden show in Oklahoma City OK and it works great. I got two and gave one to a friend and she loves it also. It is well built so it should last a long time.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend