What Is Sweep Easy?
Originally featured on Season 2, Episode 5 of the popular TV program Shark Tank, Sweep Easy is a 3-in-1 broom that works like a normal model—but also features a retractable scraper to clean everyday messes on any floor type, including dried mud and food, along with stuck-on gum, stickers, and bandages, without getting on your hands and knees.
In their new and improved model, Sweep Easy now features an interchangeable metal scraper for heavier duty jobs. To swap out, put your thumb on the patent pending button, pop off one scraper, slide on the new one, and the company claims you’ll be ready to tackle any mess on any flooring surface.
The website indicates you’ll also find its easy glide deployment/retraction technology provides quicker and easier use than the previous model—simply scrape, sweep, and go.
Given these updates, should you buy the new version of the Sweep Easy broom? Let’s start by moving from the past to the present.
Sweep Easy’s Back Story & Post-Shark Tank Update
Sweep Easy’s inventor, Shane Pannell, originally appeared on Shark Tank in April 2011, where all the Sharks (with the exception of Barbara Corcoran) battled 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 $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.
Since that time, the Updates section of the product’s website indicated that Shane “spent some time trying to finalize the deal, but ultimately, the old version of Sweep Easy and the Sharks weren’t the right fit.” As a result, he partnered with entrepreneur and now-CEO Joshua Looney to bring it directly to consumers.
In our original article, we noted there was a gap of almost three years between the time Shane originally appeared on Shark Tank and the original version reached the marketplace, so this explanation seemed to provide a great deal of insight.
The Updated website page also indicated Shane recognized that many people had issues with the quality of the original version (more about this in a moment), so he went back to the drawing board with a vision of creating a “product that was more in line with his expectations of quality.” Specifically, he tells us it was redesigned with quality and durability in mind.
What Were Customers Saying in Their Reviews for the Previous Sweep Easy Model?
Since writing our original article, two HighYa readers provided feedback about their experiences with the original Sweep Easy, giving the broom an average rating of three stars. One claimed that it featured less-than-stellar quality, while the other thought it worked great and featured solid quality.
Sweep Easy’s first version had the same three-star average rating on Amazon, with 23 total customer reviews. Most of the compliments and complaints mirrored those found here on HighYa.
Whereas Sweep Easy was previously manufactured by KMFE Inc. (Shane Pannell’s company), it’s not clear if this is the case any longer. The company wasn’t listed with the Better Business Bureau as of 6/12/17.
How Much Does Sweep Easy Cost?
Available in green, blue, and orange colors, the all-new, completely updated Sweep Easy version was available for pre-order at the time of our research for $19.95 plus $9.95 S&H (identical to the previous model), with an estimated 6-12 week delivery window.
We contacted a Sweep Easy representative, who let us know that this 6-12 week time period is only a lead time for the pre-order period. They noted that one manufacturing is complete, “order times will be more in line with industry standards.”
They also let us know that the broom will soon be available through Amazon, Ebay, and other online retailers.
All Sweep Easy purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H. Keep in mind that, by the time you ship your broom back to the manufacturer if you’re dissatisfied, this means you could end up losing more in shipping charges than you’ll get back as a refund.
Our Bottom Line About the Sweep Easy Broom
At some point, most of us have experienced the frustration of sweeping the floor, only to have to perform a second pass while on our hands and knees, in order to scrape away food and other stuck-on messes. As a result—and as most of the Sharks attested back in 2011—it’s clear to see that Sweep Easy represents a compelling concept.
Based on customer feedback for the original version, though, it appears customers were evenly split between loving its functionality or wishing it featured higher quality.
But with their soon-to-be-released second version, it seems that the company has been willing to take their customers’ feedback to heart and redesign the product from the ground up in order to leave them satisfied—and without increasing the price.
Will it ultimately accomplish this mission? Will its cost provide greater bang for your buck? We’ll have to wait until it’s been formally released and customer feedback starts rolling in. But in the meantime, it’s the only game in town if you’re in the market for a broom and scraper combo.
Also, be sure to bookmark this page, and we’ll be sure to update the article as soon as we hear back from the company about their release date/delivery times, as well as whether or not they plan to sell through third-party retailers like Amazon.
Buying another one
I just came across this review when looking up the Sweep Easy website. I bought one of these a few years ago and have decided I NEED another. I loved it! Maybe six kids and constantly needing to scrape stuff off the tile gives me a different perspective. The broom itself was just ok, though it looks like they have a different model now. My scraper eventually broke after a year or two but worked really well until then.
So, definitely not a novelty, especially if you have kids or bending problems. It just needed some tweaking. Hopefully, the new version works great!
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
6 out 14 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
22 out 29 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