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HolidayBuyer's Guide

Meet the vibrating vacuum cleaner

Dated design

Simple construction

Bare backside

The buzz on sonic cleaning

Easy on

Indicator lights

Under the hood

Side brushes

The Soniclean unzipped

Bag within a bag

The price point

The Soniclean VT Plus promises to use "sonic-cleaning technology" to vibrate the dirt right out of your carpet like no other. Click through for all of the details.

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The Soniclean VT Plus aims for a futuristic design, but we can't say it feels modern, or terribly authentic.

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That lack of authenticity might have something to do with the vacuum's overly basic build. For instance, the lack of a pivoting neck automatically makes it feel dated compared to a ball-mounted Dyson vacuum, or the ultra-maneuverable Oreck Touch.

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Turn the vacuum around and you won't find any extra attachments. As a matter of fact, you won't find a wand at all.

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The Soniclean VT Plus gets a bit more interesting when you look at its performance claims. With built-in "sonic-cleaning technology," it promises to vibrate your carpet 12,000 times per minute to help jostle particles up and into the bag.

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You'll flip the vacuum on using a switch that's conveniently mounted into the handle. One click  puts you in hardwood mode, two clicks puts you in carpet mode, with that sonic-cleaning power added in.

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You'll also know that you're in carpet cleaning mode when the blue sonic-cleaning indicator lights begin pulsing on and off.

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The Soniclean VT Plus features a wooden brushroll, along with that blue sonic vibration bar. That's the part that gives your carpets a fresh buzz whenever you clean.

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Side brushes are a nice touch -- they help the Soniclean VT Plus agitate dirt that's trapped up against your baseboards.

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The Soniclean's body unzips like a backpack. Inside, you'll find the disposable bag.

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Each disposable bag boasts HEPA filtration, and locks into place to prevent leaks. Additional bags cost $25 for an eight pack.

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The Soniclean VT Plus sells online for $200, plus $30 for shipping. Be sure and read our full review to see if it's worth the cash.

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