Light'N'Easy Ultra Lightweight Review
Pros: Simple to use, inexpensive
Cons: Not very effective, pad rolls off, inconsistent steam
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|Pros||Simple to use, inexpensive||Powerful, maneuverable, great scrubbing brush, reasonably priced||Tons of attachments, great handling, good spot cleaning, versatile for more than just the floor||Great for narrow spaces, plenty of accessories, solid cleaning performance||Relatively inexpensive, acceptable cleaning performance|
|Cons||Not very effective, pad rolls off, inconsistent steam||No hands-free cleaning pad changing, few accesorries||Switching between attachments isn't convenient, tank fills on side||Top heavy, doesn't stand up alone, poor cord management||Prone to falling over, not as robustly constructed as other models|
|Bottom Line||A simple steam mop whose price is appealing but performance is lacking||The best, most effective model we've tested at an impeccably fair price||Tons of attachments offer unique, high-quality cleaning options for all throughout your home||One of the best options for getting in tight spaces and narrow openings||This super basic mop has absolutely no frills or features to make it stand out, but still offers reasonable cleaning at an affordable price|
|Rating Categories||Light'N'Easy Ultra...||Bissell PowerFresh...||Bissell PowerFresh...||Bissell PowerFresh...||O-Cedar Microfiber|
|Cleaning Performance (40%)|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|Specs||Light'N'Easy Ultra...||Bissell PowerFresh...||Bissell PowerFresh...||Bissell PowerFresh...||O-Cedar Microfiber|
|Water Tank Capacity||200 ml||474 ml||399 ml||349 ml||400 ml|
|Water Fill Opening Diameter||0.75"||1"||0.75"||1.25"||1.4"|
|Additional Accessories Included||None||Built-in scrubber||Built-in scrubber, squeegee, hose, medium cleaning head, small cleaning head, grout tool, small scraper, precision power nozzle, 3 small scrubbing brushes, microfiber cloth||Hose, medium cleaning head, small cleaning head, grout tool, small scraper, precision power nozzle, 2 small scrubbing brushes||None|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Light'N'Easy Ultra Lightweight has a 200ml water tank capacity with a narrow, 0.75-inch opening. It has a 20-foot cord and comes with a single velcro mop pad — and that's it.
When used on smooth, even flooring, the Light'N'Easy does an average job cleaning everyday messes. However, even slightly textured tile causes the mop pad to catch and stick, easily rolling off the mop head and under itself. As mop pads go, this one is very thin and more like a microfiber cloth than a proper mop pad. Pitted against stains and difficult messes, it falls far short of our expectations for a steam mop. It lacks any sort of bristled attachment as well, forcing you to bust out the hand brush and get down on the floor to do the deep cleaning. Inexplicably, this mop only releases steam when you push it forward, further hindering your ability to scrub in the typical back and forth motion.
Ease of Use
You'd expect such a simple mop to be quite easy to use. And in some ways, it is. There are no components to swap out or lose. But the 200ml water tank (not even 8 ounces!) is one of the smallest we've ever tested. It has a puny 0.75 inch opening with a screw cap and is semi-opaque, making it difficult to see how much water you have left. Confusingly, the Max Fill line is on the top of the water tank, rather than the side where it would actually be helpful. This mop is so simple that it doesn't even have a power button — it simply turns on when you plug it in and off when you unplug it. The velcro-attached mop pad is more of a towel, and it's difficult to get it to stay put. When you're done cleaning and ready to stow, the Light'N'Easy takes up very little space and is best stored hanging in a closet — it won't stand up on its own and the power cord is secured by a single velcro strap.
Both the front and back edges of the Light'N'Easy are curved, making it difficult to appropriately clean edges and corners. The bulbous bottom stops it from sliding easily under low clearance furniture. The thin pad, constantly catching on grout grooves and flooring textures, is also difficult to steer or change directions. And the 20-foot cord, while a decent length, is also one of the shortest we tested.
The Light'N'Easy has no features, no accessories, and no attachments. It doesn't come with an extra mop pad or any sort of adjustable steam. It doesn't even have a decent cord management system or ergonomic shape.
Despite being one of the least expensive steam mops we tested, the performance of this unimpressive unit just doesn't make it worth the price. We would rather use the old mop and bucket than pay the extra dough for this frustrating and lackluster steam mop.
The Light'N'Easy Ultra Lightweight may be light in its weight but is also, unfortunately, light in its performance. It doesn't clean very well, comes apart too easily, sprays inconsistent steam (and only while moving forward), and isn't as easy to use as its simplicity would suggest. While we like to find the silver lining in every product, we just can't bring ourselves to recommend this mop to anyone.
— Michelle Powell and Maggie Nichols
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