Lately I've been considering getting a Roomba or a Neato, but I need to know if it'll try to suck up dog toys.
My dog is a toy fanatic and is happiest when his toys are scattered around the house (see background of this picture
). I'm actually pretty ok with this. I'm less ok with the dust bunnies and dog hair that constantly coat my floor, and I'm super lazy and hate that I actually have to vacuum it myself every day if I want to have clean feet. And also now that it's open windows season, I'm getting outdoor grit blown into my house.
So, enter the robo vacuum.
However, I need to know how likely the various makes/models will be to suck up Truman's toys. Will it see that there's a duck stuffy in front if it and make a path around it, or will duck stuffy be read as floor filth and be vacuumed over? (Special snowflake: my dog uses a litter box, and kicked out litter is my #1 source of floor mess annoyance. Having the roomba in vacuuming around the litterboxes is important to me. HOWEVER, maybe about once every 2-3 weeks, my dog will miss the litterbox and drop a turd on the floor. WILL THE ROOMBA TRY TO EAT DOG POOP? I assume that would be bad.)
Ideally (assuming my dog isn't freaked out by the thing) this would be running while I was at work, so keeping the floor free of toys is not possible. I saw this previous question
, and the ease with which the roombas can traverse heights makes me think it would happily try to roll over something that'll gum up the works.