Sharper Image Sound Soother

    If you struggle to ignore the surrounding sounds in your bedroom and you can hardly fall asleep because you get distracted and can't manage to relax, you might need the help of a sound machine. The Sharper Image Sound Soother can be a good option if you want a cheap unit that will send you to the dream world in no time. For $50, you won't get many features, but it will serve the sleep-inducing purpose very well.     Sounds This sound machine includes 20 digitally mastered relaxing sounds that have the ability to help you relax…

Sharper Image Sound Soother Ratings

Convenience - 74%
Sound versatility - 90%
Ease of Use - 78%

81%

We liked the sound versatility of the machine, as it includes 20 different sounds that promote a restful sleep. We also liked the alarm feature, but we couldn't help to notice that it doesn't include any convenient accessories.

User Rating: 5 ( 2 votes)

 

  If you struggle to ignore the surrounding sounds in your bedroom and you can hardly fall asleep because you get distracted and can’t manage to relax, you might need the help of a sound machine. The Sharper Image Sound Soother can be a good option if you want a cheap unit that will send you to the dream world in no time. For $50, you won’t get many features, but it will serve the sleep-inducing purpose very well.

 

 

Sounds

This sound machine includes 20 digitally mastered relaxing sounds that have the ability to help you relax and fall asleep faster than before. The sounds are called Rain, Rainforest, Roadside, Aviary, Brook, City, Summer Night, Surf’s Up, Steam Train, Thunderstorms, Dockside, Ebb Tide, Everglades, Fireside, North Woods, Oceanside, Foghorns, Heartbeat, White Noise, and Wind Chimes.

Features

You can either let your the unit play continuously throughout the night or you can set it to stop after 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes of working thanks to the timer feature it includes. There is also an alarm to wake you up in the morning that can be set either as a sound, the FM radio or a beep, and you can set it for the workweek or for the weekend. The alarm feature is something that you don’t find in many sound machines, so it’s a feature that it’s worth mentioning. The volume of the alarm starts at a low level and gradually increases until you wake up, but many users have complained that the sound is too low to wake you up.

Design and accessories

The device may not be the smallest unit you can travel with because it doesn’t come with a travel casing, but it can be easily moved from one room to another as it only measures 8.1 x 2.5 x 4.6-inches and weighs about 1 pound. It comes in a unique triangle shape with the buttons located on the top and the speaker located at the back. The front includes an easily visible LCD screen with an adjustable backlight brightness so you can handle the device in the dark and make it sleep-friendly. The large screen shows the time and date, making it easy to set the alarm and it also displays the full sound titles. Since it has radio and dual speakers, you would have appreciated if it came with an aux output and a headphone jack, which it doesn’t. It also lacks a mini USB port that would allow you to plug it into an iPod or phone and listen to your favorite music. The remote control is another accessory it lacks, thus limiting the convenience of this sound machine. What it does have is a battery backup that allows it to operate while the power is off and the AC wall adapter can’t power it.

Ease of use

Since all the control buttons are placed on the top of the unit, whenever you want to operate the unit, you just need to push the appropriate button. Therefore, once you get familiarized with the position of the buttons, you will be able to conveniently change a certain sound or turn off the machine even during the night. Furthermore, the machine features a dual alarm with dual readouts, so setting it it’s quite easy.

Warranty and support

There is a 1-year warranty on the parts and labor of the machine so you can enjoy 12 months of operating without worrying about damage. The bad part is that it doesn’t enjoy a manual that you can download in order to get the hand of it, but the customer support could offer quick and clear information about your product.

 

PROS
CONS
  • Comes with a built-in radio
  • No CD player
  • Large LCD screen
  • Doesn’t feature a remote control
  • Multiple sounds to choose from
 
  • Features battery backup
 
  • Has a mini USB port
 

Comments

  1. I really love the design of this sound machine, it will definitely go well in my bedroom. Also, after researching the market for a while looking for a good quality model, I can say that this is the best one I’ve seen so far due to the fact that it offers 20 different relaxing sounds to choose from.

    1. The allows you to choose between two different settings when it comes to how bright the backlight should be. Therefore, you will be able to create a sleep-friendly environment in the bedroom with ease.

  2. Do you happen to know if the time and date have to be set up manually or if they do this automatically when you plug in the unit?

    1. Austin Beckett

      Hi, Christine. Unfortunately, you have to set the time and data manually, but it’s very simple to set them, so you shouldn’t worry about this aspect.

    1. Austin Beckett

      The length of the sounds provided by the sound machine is approximately 15 seconds, but the selected sound will repeat until you turn the unit off, or until it automatically shuts off.

    1. Austin Beckett

      Hi, Jeff. Unfortunately, this model doesn’t have an USB, so you won’t be able to charge your smartphone or any other mobile device.

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