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Shaking things up with the Soniclean VT Plus (pictures)

It might not look like much, but this vacuum cleaner promises to shoot your carpets with 12,000 sonic vibrations per minute.

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Meet the vibrating vacuum cleaner

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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Dated design

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

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Simple construction

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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Bare backside

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 buzz on sonic cleaning

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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Easy on

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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Indicator lights

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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Under the hood

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

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 unzipped

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

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Bag within a bag

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 price point

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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