It is easy to use but has a very small water capacity. Still, you can do several stains with a single fill of a few ounces and you can walk away from it for just a minute or two while it works. I highly recommend using ONLY distilled water or you will develop problems pretty quick. I buy a gallon of distilled water and keep it beside my steamer on the shelf in my van. I've been using the same B & D steamer for several years now. Even using strictly distilled water I just started having trouble with it and need to see if I can descale it with some white vinegar this week.I had to take my steam equipment out today because of this thread too lol. I have a few, but think I want one of these smaller types. Look so much easier to handle.