The Easy Maid cleaned at its best when it was on carpeting, especially thinner carpeting. It struggled the most on hardwood, often flinging kitty litter and cereal far out of its cleaning path. The Fuller Easy Maid outscored a few vacuums in our cleaning tests and is still priced well below average among the 10 we compared. It is not a perfect specimen, but it offers a decent value for the price.
The Easy Maid features a HEPA filtration bag to keep allergens out of the air, so it cleans without creating a dust cloud, which is nice. You have to buy replacement bags eventually, though. If you prefer to avoid the expense of buying bags, consider the Shark APEX DuoClean.
We like that you get to control this vacuum's settings to optimize it for different flooring, but the dial is a little more confusing than some others. Most vacuums have settings like Low Carpet or Hardwood. The Easy Maid has settings for X-High and Auto. It was hard to know what that meant at first and took a little time to understand which setting was best for which flooring type.
This is a good multitasker, with lots of tools and a long, stretchy hose – all stored right on the body of the machine for easy access. This allows you to clean furniture and draperies easily.
The Easy Maid was good at cleaning under obstacles in our tests. It can lay nearly flat against the ground while still cleaning, and it has a headlight to illuminate the far-off spots. The head does not swivel, though, which makes it less helpful for getting around table legs and other furniture.
This one is relatively light so it is decent for portability. There were just a couple that were lighter. It just has one handle, though, so that makes it less convenient when you have to carry it up and down stairs, or to other areas of your home.
The Fuller Easy Maid has respectable cleaning power, though it did tend to scatter some messes initially, especially on hardwood flooring. It is generally convenient, but there are better options.