VPI makes a fine product, but for comparison look at Nitty Gritty. This is from a note I wrote some time ago, copied since I type like a sloth. Nitty Gritty machines are non re-contaminating - If you ever buy records that are used, they may be in fine shape except for a layer of dust and dirt. Some machines require you to clean using a tube on the top while setting the dirty side on a full size platter. When cleaning the other side, you either have to clean the platter first (difficult given the material) or set the just cleaned side onto a dirty platter. This may not be an issue to you unless you’re a perfectionist. Nitty Gritty record cleaning machines only have contact with your LP’s label and the edge of the record. The fragile grooves only contact is with the soft micro-fiber VAC SWEEP lip. No dirt to get back into the grooves. Bi-directional cleaning - All Nitty Gritty’s with automatic rotation (Model 1.5 on up) have this potential. Apply fluid to the VAC SWEEP as normal. Use a second manual scrubbing brush to apply fluid and scrub the top side while your machine is scrubbing the bottom. Allow the record to rotate and scrub two or three revolutions then flip the record and repeat. Your now going in the opposite direction! Handy for the super filthy stuff. Then activate vacuum as normal to remove debris. Low cost replaceables - The only replaceables, outside of the capstan which is replaced rarely and is easy to do (cost: $14.95 for a pack of four), is the velvet-soft VAC-SWEEP which get replaced only occasionally, and are $14.95 for a pack of four. The competitive product is $19.95 for one! Direct-coupled Vacuum slot - With the exception of the double sided models which have an arm tube, all the other Nitty Gritty models have no moving tubes, arm pivots, etc . The vacuum is right below the specially designed hemispherical lip. That means higher vacuum velocity and a lower likely hood of service. SPEED - This may not seem like an issue now, but think about your computer and what is was like when you tried a faster one.