Automatic turntables come in two varieties – semi and fully. Semi-automatic turntables require you to cue and lower the tonearm. However, it will automatically lift the tonearm off the record when each side is finished. Some semi-automatic turntables will then return the tonearm to the cradle. Some will not. And fully automatic turntables do it all. They cue, lower, and return the tonearm to its cradle position automatically for effortless vinyl play.