Nobody said that household chores are easy. Imagine how many couples break up over dirty dishes. Think of how many full-blown rants families go through just because the trash was full and no one could be bothered to take it out.

Robot vacuums, Roombas, robot mops, and robovacs were invented to make our lives easier. And they did! The first robot vacuum was the brainchild of the inventor James Dizon, but only in 2014 did tech-savvy vacuuming become a thing. Now, the chances are your mom has one, or you just added one to the basket. But not everything is that easy when it comes to putting one of the most hated household chores in the hands (?) of a robot that resembles a UFO.

So, this time, Bored Panda compiled a list of painfully funny cleaning failures that prove a couple of things: a. We all make mistakes; b. Don’t do it unless you know what you’re doing; and c. Beware of that freakin’ robot vacuum. And take the third one seriously, everyone.

#1

A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

A Volunteer At Our Local Cat Rescue Turned On The Vacuum

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TheWitchNaru
Community Member
4 months ago

Awwww

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#2

Came Into The Kitchen To Find That My Dog Trapped The Dead Roomba With His Toys

Came Into The Kitchen To Find That My Dog Trapped The Dead Roomba With His Toys

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Smart dog!

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#3

Roomba Suicide In My House Last Night. It Somehow Wrapped Up Its Sensors In Toilet Paper And Headed Off The Edge

Roomba Suicide In My House Last Night. It Somehow Wrapped Up Its Sensors In Toilet Paper And Headed Off The Edge

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

you killed it..............

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Back in time, robot vacuums seemed like a futuristic luxury not for everyone. But today, everything has changed and these tech-savvy "flying saucers" make up 20% of the global vacuum market. The Roomba remains the most popular choice, making up 70% of the total robot vacuum market, with over 14 million units sold to date. Remember that this cleaning product comes at a minimum of $300, so their popularity is nevertheless surprising.

#4

I Found This While Vacuuming Under Our Bed

I Found This While Vacuuming Under Our Bed

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OpalTheRainwing
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh god

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#5

Received A Notification From My iRobot App. "Roomba Requires Your Attention. Roomba Is Stuck Near A Cliff"

Received A Notification From My iRobot App. "Roomba Requires Your Attention. Roomba Is Stuck Near A Cliff"

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

oh roombaaa dont jump off the cliff!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#6

Local Doggie Daycare Learned A Valuable Lesson About Leaving A Roomba In The Reception Area

Local Doggie Daycare Learned A Valuable Lesson About Leaving A Roomba In The Reception Area

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

absolute messssssssssssssss

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The iRobot CEO and co-founder Colin Angle told TechCrunch in an interview that the high sales of Roomba cleaners prove it’s “a steady business for a consumer product that starts at a price point that tends to be a bit higher than your average human-powered home cleaning hardware.” Meanwhile, Angle envisions home robots gaining more importance as homes get smarter.

But some critics claim that robot vacuums will never replace traditional cleaning tools because… well, they don’t do their job that well. According to NY Times, even the best robot vacuums barely touch the fine dust that settles into rugs.

“After six months of regular cleaning with the top-of-the-line Roomba, all of this debris still managed to pile up in a single 6-by-9-foot area rug.” The mess was cleaned in only 15 minutes by a human-powered vacuum.

#7

Roomba, The Nope Of Dog World

Roomba, The Nope Of Dog World

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

ultimate fighters of house

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#8

So Your Vacuum Cleaner Doesn't Work

So Your Vacuum Cleaner Doesn't Work

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

That's really impressive

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#9

This Is What Happens When Your Wife Leaves The Door Open To The Pool Area. Your Expensive Robot Vacuum Decides It Wants To Meet The Pool Vacuum... Goddammit

This Is What Happens When Your Wife Leaves The Door Open To The Pool Area. Your Expensive Robot Vacuum Decides It Wants To Meet The Pool Vacuum... Goddammit

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Raine Soo
Community Member
4 months ago

Underwater romance.

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Another con in the robovac department is that our modern homes filled with obstacles are not compatible with robots that easily get stuck in household clutter. Think of all the piles of laundry, small little items scattered around the house, charging cables, and all the other traps. These are a no-go for a robot vacuum and unless you keep your home clutter-free, it will be a hassle.

And lastly, in all fairness, not all robot vacuums look like they really know what they’re doing. Do an experiment: sit down, relax, and watch your bud moving around. You’ll see it bumping into obstacles, cleaning the same area for half an hour, and basically looking dumb and without a vision. The best way to avoid this is to stop watching and let it be.

#10

Today I Got Home To A Vacuum Robot With Artistic Pretensions

Today I Got Home To A Vacuum Robot With Artistic Pretensions

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N G
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like an Instagram post!

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#11

Apparently My Dog Thought The Roomba Was An Assailant

Apparently My Dog Thought The Roomba Was An Assailant

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

But don't you feel really safe knowing what a good doggo you have?

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#12

Not Only Did It Steal The Bloody Shower Towel It Tried To Hide Under The Vanity Thing. I Suppose It Wanted To Snack In Private

Not Only Did It Steal The Bloody Shower Towel It Tried To Hide Under The Vanity Thing. I Suppose It Wanted To Snack In Private

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol at the caption

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#13

The Roomba Didn't Come Home Last Night After Its Scheduled Cleaning And Is Nowhere To Be Found

The Roomba Didn't Come Home Last Night After Its Scheduled Cleaning And Is Nowhere To Be Found

Bishopwsu Report

TiredMomma
Community Member
4 months ago

Might not have charged enough to make it back. Some chargers need replacing over time.

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#14

Just Found Out I Bought Vacuum Which Doesn’t Have Any Vacuum Capabilities, It Just Rolls Around The Floor

Just Found Out I Bought Vacuum Which Doesn’t Have Any Vacuum Capabilities, It Just Rolls Around The Floor

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Jennifer Adrien
Community Member
4 months ago

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#15

I'm Afraid, Our Vacuum Will Quit Soon. It Seems He Had An Interview

I'm Afraid, Our Vacuum Will Quit Soon. It Seems He Had An Interview

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Julius Martin
Community Member
3 months ago

You should give him a pay raise, seems as though he is not happy in the current work environment

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#16

Cat + Paint Can + Roomba

Cat + Paint Can + Roomba

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

mars rover????

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#17

Started Cracking Up When I Discovered SNL’s Mr. Bill Stuck Like This In The Roomba. Poor Guy

Started Cracking Up When I Discovered SNL’s Mr. Bill Stuck Like This In The Roomba. Poor Guy

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TiredMomma
Community Member
4 months ago

I can hear him saying "Oh No!" 🤣😂

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#18

My Parents Tested Using Robo-Vac To Clean The Unfinished Basement And Apparently Left The Walk-Out Door Open

My Parents Tested Using Robo-Vac To Clean The Unfinished Basement And Apparently Left The Walk-Out Door Open

FliesLikeABrick Report

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Well good job.

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#19

This Vacuum At Work Hadn't Been Cleaned In A While

This Vacuum At Work Hadn't Been Cleaned In A While

ElBurritoNinja Report

Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Are those... sprouts??

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#20

Came Home From Dinner And Found My Vacuum Hanging On For Life

Came Home From Dinner And Found My Vacuum Hanging On For Life

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Scar ran off and left Mufasa hanging

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#21

Found Out Why The Roomba Quit Working

Found Out Why The Roomba Quit Working

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

nice work.. cleaner/protector

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#22

Just My Neighbor Vacuuming His Grass

Just My Neighbor Vacuuming His Grass

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DEKU x TODOROKI
Community Member
4 months ago

" HONEY!!!!!! HAvE YoU FoUnD tHe kIdS!!?? WAIT... oops... " (( I got the idea from honey i shrunk the kids...))

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#23

Our Roomba Had A Run-In With Naked Barbie. Naked Barbie Lost

Our Roomba Had A Run-In With Naked Barbie. Naked Barbie Lost

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Dorothy Parker
Community Member
3 months ago

Knock off Barbie. And someone arranged to do her in.

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#24

My Brand New Roomba Ran Over My Puppy's Poop And Proceeded To "Clean" The Rest Of My Home

My Brand New Roomba Ran Over My Puppy's Poop And Proceeded To "Clean" The Rest Of My Home

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

i can see your tears... sorryyyy

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#25

Go Home, Roomba! You’re Drunk

Go Home, Roomba! You’re Drunk

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DEKU x TODOROKI
Community Member
4 months ago

XD " go home, Roomba! You're drunk "

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#26

This Is Carl. He Likes To Squeeze Into Impossible Spots And Then Sleep. This Is His Favorite Spot, Takes 2+ People To Get Him Out

This Is Carl. He Likes To Squeeze Into Impossible Spots And Then Sleep. This Is His Favorite Spot, Takes 2+ People To Get Him Out

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DEKU x TODOROKI
Community Member
4 months ago

How. In. The. World?

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#27

Mother Knew I Wanted A Roomba But Didn't Want To Waste That Much Money On One. So She Found One For A Bargain. Note, It Has Zero Vacuuming Ability

Mother Knew I Wanted A Roomba But Didn't Want To Waste That Much Money On One. So She Found One For A Bargain. Note, It Has Zero Vacuuming Ability

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DEKU x TODOROKI
Community Member
4 months ago

OMG, I have that, we got ours from Wish... IT SUCKS UP NOTHING AND IS A WATE OF MONEY!!!!!!!!

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#28

Apparently My Husband Hasn't Learned How To Hide His Charger Cords From "Eva" The Vacuum

Apparently My Husband Hasn't Learned How To Hide His Charger Cords From "Eva" The Vacuum

She sent me a message while I was at work to tell me she was having a bad day and requires assistance.

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Poor Eva

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#29

Bumped The Empty Button After Finishing Vacuuming

Bumped The Empty Button After Finishing Vacuuming

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Nooooo this has happened to me too

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#30

I Hear Screaming Coming From The Living Room, Only To Find My 5-Year-Old Daughter On The Floor With Her Hair All Sucked Up & Tangled In Our iLife Robot Vacuum

I Hear Screaming Coming From The Living Room, Only To Find My 5-Year-Old Daughter On The Floor With Her Hair All Sucked Up & Tangled In Our iLife Robot Vacuum

I couldn't stop laughing the entire time I tried to free her.

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TiredMomma
Community Member
4 months ago

I wouldn't have laughed. She legit had hair pulled out.

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#31

Apparently I Found A Loose Thread While Vacuuming

Apparently I Found A Loose Thread While Vacuuming

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TiredMomma
Community Member
4 months ago

*just use fabric glue to reattach, hint hint.

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#32

Oh Yeah... A Cliff

Oh Yeah... A Cliff

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TheWitchNaru
Community Member
4 months ago

Lol

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#33

My Robot Vacuum Ate A Piece Of Chalk

My Robot Vacuum Ate A Piece Of Chalk

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TiredMomma
Community Member
4 months ago

Least it not doggie doodoo.

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#34

This Is What I Woke Up To

This Is What I Woke Up To

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow, it's really neat

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#35

When The Robo Vacuum Ruins Its Perfect Track Lines Retuning To Base

When The Robo Vacuum Ruins Its Perfect Track Lines Retuning To Base

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

Why is this room so empty??

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#36

Roomba Tried To Make A Break For It Today

Roomba Tried To Make A Break For It Today

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Tried really hard

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#37

Forgot My Headphones On The Ground While The Roomba Was Running

Forgot My Headphones On The Ground While The Roomba Was Running

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

These are my headphones when I take them out of my pocket

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#38

My Girlfriend Was Wondering Why Her Vacuum Was Not Working Anymore

My Girlfriend Was Wondering Why Her Vacuum Was Not Working Anymore

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Lord Mysticlaw
Community Member
4 months ago

Oh hey mine looks like this...

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#39

My Buddie's Girlfriend Has A Husky And Hasn't Vacuumed For A Few Months This Came Out Of Said Vacuum After

My Buddie's Girlfriend Has A Husky And Hasn't Vacuumed For A Few Months This Came Out Of Said Vacuum After

1eyedwunderweasel Report

TiredMomma
Community Member
4 months ago

Yep, that breed sheds a lot if you don't groom it often enough.

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#40

Never Vacuum Your Keyboard

Never Vacuum Your Keyboard

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chaitu cherry
Community Member
4 months ago

dude..... you should blow air in to keyboard... not sucking of air.....

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#41

Roomba Has Gone Rogue

Roomba Has Gone Rogue

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Eva the Egg
Community Member
3 months ago

The main cause to these accidents are Roombas - perhaps not buy them in the future?

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#42

It Made It Less Than A Meter From The Charger Before Asking To Be Charged Again

It Made It Less Than A Meter From The Charger Before Asking To Be Charged Again

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troufaki13
Community Member
4 months ago

This roomba is very needy

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#43

Wife And Teen Daughters Said Vacuum Wasn't Working, Checked Roller Brush

Wife And Teen Daughters Said Vacuum Wasn't Working, Checked Roller Brush

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EA
Community Member
4 months ago

Think this is the worst household chore. Having to de-hair the Hoover!

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#44

Why You Shouldn't Agree To Dogsit When You Have A Robot Vacuum

Why You Shouldn't Agree To Dogsit When You Have A Robot Vacuum

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Amarédesse Gemtree, SLYTHERIN
Community Member
4 months ago

OH SHI- speak of the devil

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#45

Just Vacuuming The Street In Front Of The 5-Star Hotel

Just Vacuuming The Street In Front Of The 5-Star Hotel

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Katy McMouse
Community Member
3 months ago

I occasionally will vacuum my deck...

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