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