They love it :)
This was a gift :)
Good Price for a Very Good Product
Sounds are very good, better than most as far as being realistic and there is a wide variety. The clock display is easily read and bright without being blindingly so. I wish the display didnt show the alarm times though, the display is a little "busy" with all the info. on it.
Excellent options to choose from
I use the product in a meditation room at work for the employees and I have one at home that I use for sleeping. It has many soothing options to relax you.
Great while it lasted
Received as Christmas gift. Loved the sound feature. However about a month and a half after having it the sounds quit working. Not sure how long the rest of the features will hold out.
I have owned may white noise machines in the past most were homeidcs. I knew homeidcs was the best for making sound machines so i was unsure about this. I love it way better than any sound machine i ever owned. i listen to white noise at night and cant chose what sound i want to listen to during the day. Great white noise machine
Not for me!
I returned mine and am still waiting for my credit. The volume only goes down to a certain level. I think it should be able to go lower and even to where you cant hear it, etc. Anyway, low wasnt low enough for me at times. Also the controls are hard to work in the dark. They need to be more visible from a lying position and if they lit up ~ that would be even better!! :)))
I use the sound feature of this product every night. It has exceeded my expectation for ease in falling asleep and peaceful awakening. (wind chimes are my favorite sound for morning). The controls are easy to use by touch even in a darkened room because of location, size, shape and symmetry in placement. The range of options for display brightness is excellent. Can dim display to prevent it from lighting up the entire room at night or turn it up so can be seen easily across the room in bright sunshine. Although compact and nicely streamlined in shape I still find the full size clock a bit large for my carry-on bag when traveling, so am planning to purchase the smaller travel version. I am very pleased by this product and its well thought out design and would recommend it for relaxation and bed time sleep. Its volume range also provides for some sound blocking or distraction; which in my case includes snoring or noise of other electronic equipment operating nearby.
First and foremost, I sleep much better with a sound machine. My favorite sounds are frogs or crickets, thus Everglade is perfect.
We did find the controls a bit convoluted and difficult to manipulate. The instruction manual was missing some key words for set-up, but we did figure them out. Still and all, the buttons are hard to push and keep down for set up purposes.
A LITTLE DISAPPOINTED
The alarm is great, wind chimes are the best way to wake up after years of grating phone alarms,it looks good also but my main complaint/disappointment was with the "rain" setting - it has very annoying and repetitive "chirps" included like a bird or something - VERY ANNOYING! Also, I find the surf and thunderstorm setting too short in the rolls of the waves and thunder..its almost like the machine is in a hurry to blurt them out - the previous similar sounds downloadable on I-Tunes for example have a much longer loop and seem to "roll" in a longer more irregular sequence. It does OK but i just hoped for better..I feel the engineers just got lazy, programmed a very short loop and said "were done" and then went home without giving it much more thought...oh well...
Sound Soother White Noise machine
I am really enjoying and benefitting from the machine. Its drowning out the noises that keep me awake or awaken me and I sleep better.
Im still trying to adjust to hearing the noise all night long. Lately Ive been setting the noise timer for an hour. I wanted to have it all night long due to a randomly screaming baby upstairs from me, but I found that white noise would wake me up too early in the morning.
Its like I was sound asleep and dreaming hard all night and all morning and then suddenly the white noise was waking me up at 5:00 or 5:30. Too early for me, so I now use the timer for an hour only. I may still try to sleep with it all night, it depends on screaming babies. *eyeroll*
My only small complaint is that the clock light, even at its lowest setting is too bright. I resolved that by turning the clock to face away from me 180 degrees. It kind of defeats the purpose of having the clock, but I still love the noise machine.
Absolutely as Advertised
Great gift to my wife to aid in sleeping.
A good nights sleep
I love the rain sound and use it every night. It puts me to sleep within minutes. The TV is now off and the room is dark. Im getting 7 to 8 hours of good sleep.
Puts me to sleep
When I cant sleep, I put my earbuds in and listen to this before bed. When its time to fall asleep, I set the timer for an hour. Im always asleep long before the timer went off. I love it--Ive gained hours of sleep.
We Love the White Noise setting
eliminates hearing your partners snoring
helps you get a better nights sleep
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Sound Soother!
I use the Sound Soother when I go to bed at night. I start reading and the background sound is very soothing and cozy. I thought that I would get up in the middle of the night and shut it off, but I love hearing the rain, or ocean tide, or the northwoods so I leave it on all night. Im sorry it took so long for me to buy this product. The only thing that I found difficult was setting the clock and alarm. I mean I figured it out, but that should be easier than it is.
Nice, realistic sounds
I have a difficult time staying asleep. Every thing seems to wake me up, so I run a fan for white noise but wanted something more. I had a sound machine alarm clock and needed a new one.
I was looking for a clock with two seperate alarms, which this has. I also wanted sounds to fall asleep to with a timed shutoff. This shuts off after 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes or stays on.
I like the variety of sounds, there are 20 of them, too. They sound realistic, not canned. I wish there was more control over the volume. The difference between vol setting 1 and 2 is significant. 1 is too low and 2 is too loud.
This clock is backlight which ultimately is not a good thing. The LCD numbers are nice and clear, but the backlight is extremely bright. There is a switch on the back for low and high light, but low is still very bright. The first few nights I woke up and needed to put the clock face down because it lit the room up. It is sometimes difficult to see the numbers well because the backlight and the display numbers
back ground buzzing is distracting
The concept is sound and some of the noises are quite pleasant but I have not found it helpful for my sleep. I had hoped to use it to drown out my husbands snoring but all I can hear is the buzzing. If I were not so busy I would probably return it.
There is a nice selection of sounds to choose from. Easy to use.
Much Better at Almost 1/2 the Price
My Wife & I cannot sleep without sound in the background. We purchased another brand for nearly twice the price and it stopped working after a year. A small detail, but being able to turn the clock & alarm time back as well as forward saves aggravation when you need to awake 15 minutes earlier some mornings.
Exactly what we wanted!
Puts me to sleep every night.
love some of them, but staticky speaker
The songs are great but only need to use the quietest setting possible and then you can still hear Static/or White noise in the background. i dont know if this is a faulty speaker.
This was the closest to what I had years ago, from Sharper Image. It does not have the Yosemite Falls sound. I only use it in my office as it is too big for me to travel with.
I do like the brightness of the time and date.
Overall, its just so-so.
A Soother with some Shortcomings
I bought two of these-- one for myself and another one to give a friend for Christmas. Ive had several "sound machines" for the bedside over the years. The sounds from this one are much like the others, distinctly artificial and repetitive in tone and pattern. The controls to set alarm and time are a bit fussy. Setting the volume is a "stepped" process--the volume does not go up and down continuously but in increments, which means one level may be too low, the other too high. This device is OK, but not spectacular.
Sound Soother so soothing cant hear it
The Sound Soother Alarm Clock is a very good idea for those who have difficulty falling asleep, only if the 20 various sounds would work. The clock & alarm are very easy to set. Is a sleek & attractive clock. Just cant get the sounds to work.
Well worth the effort
We use this product to block out peeping toms listening at the window - true story. As a side note plus, the various sounds are very relaxing in the evening or when you are a bit stressed out.
This is the best sound machine and clock I have ever purchased for the bedroom. It has controls to adjust the lighting which is nice and then comes with 20 different sounds in order to fall asleep. I change to a different sound every night. Although not as small as travel alarms, I still find it small and sleek enough to be able to pack in my suitcase.
This is hands down the best clock radio I have owned. It has a very sleek design, easy to use, built in sound machine, and you can control the brightness at nighttime. Am very happy with this product
Not so sure...
I gave this to my mother for Christmas two years ago. I just came back from visiting her on the East Coast and it was still in the box, sitting in the rear of her van. She let me use it while staying with her for 2 months. I had the machine on its lowest setting and it was much too loud. If I could dial the volume to my needs, itd be the perfect machine. Like others I had to muffel it with a towel or washcloth to get it lower.. too bad. Im looking to buy a machine for myself right now and would love to have this machine, if only I could control the volume...too bad...
Designer is an Idiot
Whoever designed this is a moron. You cant continously sleep/listen to one of the sound settings AND set the alarm to a sound setting. So, if you sleep through the night to say..."white noise", you have only one choice for the alarm-the obnoxious beep. The original Travel Soother let you sleep to any sound and set the alarm to any OTHER sound you wanted. Peaceful sleep to "white noise" and a nice light "chime" or "dockside" or whatever for the alarm.
The Sound Soother cant do this and therefore SUCKS.
great features at a great price
The preloaded sounds sound great
This is the best alarm clock ever made.
It is very intuitive to set alarms and clock.
Very easy to feel the shut off and snooze in the dark.
The brightness settings are very useful so as to not be too bright while sleeping...but still readable in the dark.
Use this machine EVERY night!
I bought this for myself, as I use white noise to sleep. I thought this would be a good machine, and its ok, but the sounds all sound alike, kind of like static, and I can really tell when the clip/loop of sound runs and starts over again, the patterns are too obvious and my ears notice it instead of letting me sleep. The rain sounds like static, and a lot of the others sound like static, too.... they are murky and dont sound like they should. However the woodsy-sound, with the crickets chirping does sound authentic. THe rest are just kind of muddy. But its a small machine and maybe I need something with a subwoofer...
Product is used in an office environment. Love the variety of sounds instead of always using the constant white noise we choose to listen to the sounds of rain, etc. There are a lot of options to choose from and there is also a timer that is great for an office setting. Thank you!
We dont use all the sounds but might for just relaxing. The ones we use for sleeping are authentic sounding and comforting.
I go to sleep listening to the sounds and stay asleep! The best part is I have been able to turn my tv off every night!
Very lightweight and travel ready.
I travel a good bit and I needed something to drown out noise and lull me to sleep. This has many setting and is very soothing...
love it! so much better than similar items by other manufacturers.
Not exactly what I was hoping for...
I like the whole concept of this clock, but the volume settings just dont work for me. There is no happy medium. A setting of one you can barely hear and a setting of 2 is way loud. I had seen this issue on other reviews and wish I would have taken them to heart. Otherwise, I do like it!
Great for drowning out noise
I use it to drown out noise when I go to sleep. Plus it helps keep me asleep. The sound quality isnt what Id hoped it would be (its no Bose) but its good enough and loud enough to do the job, which is to drown out noise. Theres a wide variety of sounds with it and the alarm and radio also work like they should. Overall Im happy with it.
I use this when I have a migraine headache. The sounds are very soothing and help me to sleep. I also use it when I feel stressed out and need to unwind. Going to get another one for the office
Great sound machine
great product. has many different sound settings and has an alarm as well. reliable and does exaCTLY WAHTS PROMISED.
I was disappointed that the recorded noises (thunder, rain, ocean waves) were only short plays that looped back. It is NOT soothing to hear a very repetitious sound over and over and over -- rather than a longer recorded sound (which could be looped back again without too much notice). Since this was supposed be a soothing sound/sleep machine, it is too annoying to enjoy.
So many settings, great for an alarm clock, radio and great look. Price could have been a little cheaper tho. But overall great product and so many soothing sounds to select from!
Gentle sounds make for a good nights sle
Small fits anywhere. Easy to use. 20 different sounds.
I purchased this for my gf. Her friend has one and she got to see/ hear it in action first. She went as far as to take a picture of it so I could get it for her.
Worth the money!!!
Multiple Options for sound, ease of use, and productivity make this product a great bang for your buck!!
I hope it lasts as long as the travel version of this that I bout 10 years ago and is still working perfectly
I have to turn the unit away from me because even at the low setting it is too bright. I only wanted the white noise and found it to be harsh. I taped over the speaker holes several times with packing tape and made the sound acceptable. It is nice looking and if the other sound options were appealing they had a nice variety, however I only want to hear white noise.
Great for telling time at night
Wife Likes it
She really loves it. I like the feature that the sound machine shuts off just before the alarm goes off.The alarm slowly gets loud instead of blasting you out of bed. Nice unit!
Now I Can Sleep.......
As a light sleeper I awaken often upon hearing noises at night. I bought a competing brands unit (at three times the price), which failed and was replaced, and then failed again. After using a Sharper Image unit that was bedside in a hotel room in New Orleans, and enjoying wonderful sleep, I went to their website and found this unit. I am very happy with the benefits and highly recommend it to aid in a good nights sleep - havent had this many dreams in decades.
Smart Sleek Styling
It looks good, has many different sounds, and is easy to use.
Machine helps me sleep
I had been having trouble getting to sleep at night. The Sound Soother has solved that problem.
sleek, light weight,portable
I ordered one of these for myself and my husband and one for my college age son. My husband and I have not used yet but my son loves his. The sound choices are great, more choices than all the others we looked at.
Not so good!
I had high expecations but was sadly disappointed. The sound was mechanical and not real. The clips of the sound repeated within a few seconds. It was distracting rather than relaxing.
I am thinking of buying two more.
This product is used to drown out the ringing in my ear caused by Tinnitus. Has a large array of sounds to choose from.
Best Noise is White Noise
I use this product every night. Wonderful for blocking out any noise and enriching a nights sleep. It has a variety of sound selections(more than most white noise machines) and it is so compact and lightweight it takes up little room on your nightstand. Beyond satisfied.
Good at white noise.
It works great at childrens bedtime.
Good product for the money
You get a radio along with a sound soother. Small compact fits above my bed for easy access.
Love this product
Brought as a gift for my son and daughter in law to use as a clock and sound machine and they love it
So far So good.
I purchased 3 of these machines. Two of them will be Christmas gifts. The other is for myself. I just opened the package today and ran through the manual and all the sounds. Allot of the sounds are water related. I dont think I will be listening to the Foghorn or the Traffic one, but many of the others out of 20 sounds will work for me. I do like the size. Very slim line and very light. Attractive design.
Creates perfect sounds.
I use it in my skin care business and I am able to drown out noises from the neighboring rooms. My clients all love it. It is ok to play on its own or with other music from another source. It really makes a difference for my clients.
I highly recommend this sound soother.
This helps me sleep better at night to cover up my snoring husband. The kids also like having it in their room because of the different noise options. Great purchase.
Very nice electronic gift
So relaxing. We used to fight over music at night. Not anymore. We set the sounds we want and just drift aeay...
good product as advertised.
I bought this for my husband. He has trouble sleeping at night and when we would go to our ocean retreat he could sleep all night while listening to the ocean. He can now listen to that sound again on his sound machine. He enjoys the multiple sounds provided by this machine. He can also see what time it is by the large numbers and lighted face of the clock.
So far so good
Everything is great so far. Would of gave perfect score but have not had it long enough to make sure it is going to last
I work at night so I sleep during the day. So this is perfect for me. Whether I need some noise to drown out the kids playing outside or Im craving a beach day/dream vacation. Love it!
Great Quality & Great Looks
Wonderful looks and sound quality. Great price. It is compact enough for a bedside table yet large enough to see the dials. SUGGESTION: The only other thing that would make it better would be to possibly add a case or pouch so that you could take it with you when you travel.
Great soothing sounds on this clock.
The best thing about this is the quiet soothing sounds that you can listen to while you are awake, as you go to sleep, or that wake you in the morning. There are easy to use controls especially when you are waking up. We will never go back to old alarm clocks that blare and beep you awake in the mornings. It is the best way to start your day!
The snooze feature for the alarm doesnt always work. Ive over-slept twice so far. :-(
I love this product!
I have always wanted a sound machine. When I received a gift certificate for Chritmas, it was the perfect opportunity to get one for myself. I have not been disappointed. It has a variety of sounds for different users and my favorite one is the North Woods. I love going to sleep listening to the chirping cricktets and frogs!I would recommend this to anyone!
Life saver for tinnitis sufferers
Able to get to sleep easier by good masking of tinnitis ringing. Many sound choices too.
Makes sleep more enjoyable
The background noise ( 20 different sounds). Has really made sleeping through the night easier and more enjoyable. I am glad I purchased this product.
The sound quality is amazing!
It is a pleasant way to relax and unwind any time of the day. Oh yes, dont forget when you turn the sheets down.
love this product!
I love this product! It has so many different sounds, its hard to decide which one I want to listen to.. I guess my favorite is Oceanside. Listening to the waves is so soothing.
I also like that the backlight acts as a nightlight so if you need to get up in the middle of the night, its not so dark.
Its well made and looks nice on my night table next to my bed. Im thinking about buying another as a gift for someone.
Great features, great for home or office
I love having DIGITAL radio tuning - no more finessing the dial every few days!
I can wake to the feature sounds OR the radio! Feature sounds start soft and get louder.
The snooze button (9 min!) is super-easy to find and use.
The huge display is very nice, but I am not fond of the backlit display - the backlight three brightness levels (and OFF), and acts as a nightlight even at low levels.
The instructions arent too clear on how to play the feature sounds - click SOURCE to switch between radio and sounds.
The buttons are "clicky" and seem a bit flimsy.
The volume on the feature sounds is at full volume when you initially program the alarm.
Great Sound Effects!
This sound machine is used at night to help fall asleep.
The different sounds a all very clear and natural.
I wish it had a timer so it would turn off after a certain length of time.
Have tinnitus and use it to fall asleep- and it works!
I use this for my girls bedroom during the nighttime so they here this noise because one of my daughters is a light sleeper and keeps waking up from random noises. This has already helped her to sleep better through the night.
It has several different noise options which is great because they dont like all of them.
This product is wonderful..
If you have trouble sleeping; you should buy this product.
Id like one for myself.
I bought it as a gift for my son who works nights. He likes it and Im considering one for myself. Nice design. Very fast shipping.
We bought this for the white noise component, as it is comparable in price to dedicated white noise machines, but w/ a lot of additional features. A big bonus is that you can dim the digital screen, or black it out entirely w/out unplugging if youre sensitive to any light at night. My only complaint is that while the white noise options works great, the other sound options seem to repeat the same short sound bit (albeit smoothly and seemlessly). Would have liked to have heard significantly longer sound bits so there is less repetition.
Great Sleeping Aid
It does what it is supposed to do easily and intuitively. The selection of sounds is great and realistic. If you often have trouble falling asleep, this machine can definitely help.
PERFECT WITH THE DUAL ALARM SYSTEM
It is great to have the dual alarm system - perfect for the elderly to remind them to take their morning and evening medications...Money well spent
Relaxing Sleep Machine!
Puts my kids to sleep instantly and peacefully!
just what i expected
just what i expected, easy to understand and use
EXCELLENT SERVICE ON BEST TYPE OF PRODUC
THE ELECTRONIC BUZZING IN THE BACKGROUND OF THE SOUNDS IS DETERRENT WHEN IT IS VERY QUIET, YOULL NOTICE THIS
Meets the Need
My husband has an early alarm for his job. I have a later time so usually he retires for the night before I do. I felt that having the TV playing was not giving him a good nights rest so now the TV stays off and the soothing sounds meet both of our needs to go to sleep and to wake up. Depending on our day and mood we have the ability to change the bedtime accompaniment.
Also like the fact that we can set the timer to go off after we are asleep.
Progressive volume alarm is awesome!
Everyone in my family has this alarm clock. The older version has an alarm that gives me heart palpitations it is so loud. FINALLY you fixed this and came out with a progressive volume alarm clock. THIS IS AWSOME! However you took away the easy view of the alarm times on the face of the clock. In addition, you made the weekday/weekend option which is VERY confusing for someone that has an inconsistent alarm time by day. My husband is keeping his old one and my son took this one. So I still have heart palpitations every morning. Please take the best attributes from both clocks and make a new one that can appeal to ALL needs.
I needed help sleeping next to a snorer
I have used this twice and both times I was not real happy with the results. I like all the different sounds. I set it for 30 minutes and it went on for almost 2 hours. The second time I used it I could not turn it off because the backlight did not work.
I needed something that when the snorer is happily snoring, I could easily turn it on and have that noise drown out the snoring. As of this date that hasnt happened. I will keep using it for another 2-3 weeks and determine if I will keep it or not.
This is perfect. The display isnt as bright as some have said in other reviews, so I dont know if they modified that. We are able to use the white noise at night and have the alarm set for windchimes to wake up to.
I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN
EASY TO USE, DOES WHAT IT WAS BUILT FOR (BACK GROUND NOISE). MY WIFE LIKES IT VERY MUCH. ALL OF THE BAD REVIEWS I READ ABOUT THIS SEEM PETTY NOW THAT WE HAVE USED IT FOR ABOUT 1 MONTH.
Been looking for an affordable sound machine for some time. This one is perfect and doesnt try to be something else. The "Surfs Up" is just like the month that we spent sleeping with the windows open in San Clemente, CA. I love it!!!!
Two Steps Up
Two steps up. But, needs a night lite for the top controls to be able to see the controls when the lights are out. Im sure this product was easy to make in the light, but adding a top lite for the top control buttons would be nice. We have to either use our nite stand lite or flashlite to change sounds or just to turn it off. The buttons could also be raised a little bit to feel your way around in the dark. Either way, it needs refinement.
I use this product to put myself and kids to sleep. The rain puts my kids to sleep in minutes, and I love to fall asleep to roadside. This product has more sounds then any other sound machine I have purchased.
Best in class
I use it to relax before going to bed. I love that it gives me 20 digital sound choices, far more than others, plus I dont have to buy sound cards. All the water sounds are so soothing. I only wish it had surround sound, but none of the competitors have it either.
Bought as a gift and they love it
I gave the sound soother white noise machine to my son and daughter in law to use in the nursery. They love it as a sound soother and clock.
I like the sound feature
The features are good. Nice that it has two alarms on it, and you can set the volume for the alarm & sound effect seperately.
Best sound machine
This machine is wonderful. There are many options for sounds to choose from and they are all great. I have tried numerous machines and there is normally one or two decent sounds to listen to but this one has many! You could choose a different sound each night of the week. The u it is sleek and it also has a clock and alarm which many dont offer. This is as teal for the price!
Sleek Clock/White Noise Machine
I like the design and size of the overall product. It is very slim and does not take up much room on the nightstand with it being both an alarm clock and noise machine. I like the option of different levels of brightness for the display, but do wish the lowest setting was even more dull than it is.
Im very happy with this item!
I really do like it! Its easy to use and I love the rain option.
Nice nature sound but no radio
The nature sounds on this white noise machine are very realistic, have a lot of variety, and the alarm clock is easy to use. The speakers have a really nice sound for the small size of this package.
The only thing missing from this is an AM/FM radio or an MP3 player input socket. Its nice to listen to the nature sounds but would also be nice to be able to listen to other music of my choice. I feel that I will get tired of hearing the same nature sounds over and over again. Having the option to provide my own media would make this a knockout product.
When you cant get to the beach bungalow
I use the Sound Soother to help drift off to sleep. Great range of sounds to choose from. I especially like the fog horn. Why wake up to an alarm, when you can emerge from your slumber with the sound of ocean waves crashing on the shore!
Not that impressed
husband uses it every night to go to sleep and we have found that the sound bites are too short and they repeat so often it becomes annoying. Also the speakers seem to be very low quality, the sound is very tinney. I purchased this as a gift for my husband, and I am not at all satisified with it. It is very attractive and easy to set up and run but for the price of the product, attractive and easy to set up is not enough for me.
I love this product
I am delighted with the product. Its easy to use & I get a great nights sleep.
even better than expected
we travel in a motorhome and this is a fantastic way to block outside noise
Im buying another!
We use this every night to cover the sounds of our dogs (and my husbands snoring!). No way wed travel without it, either. Easy to set up and control, the sound soother is a welcome new addition to our bedroom.
I love this machine
I get irritated when my neighbors at the office engage in noisy conversation and they get irritated when I turn up the radio. Bird song and water lapping at a dock, among others, make everyone happy. And, after hours, I still have the option of playing some music.
Great product. Had been using a fan in the bedroom all these years for my tinnitus. Would greatly recommend
Great Product for the Price
I bought this product for my 8 year old who has trouble getting to sleep at night. He loves it! It is a nice size, you can read the display screen and it was easy to understand and set. He loves to uses the alarm function. Havent had it long enough to say anything about the battery life, we have it plugged in. But it is small enough that we can take it with us when we travel. We love that it has 20 different choices of sound.
"I would buy this product again"
Very easy to use buttons and very easy to program.
Excellent sound and wonderfl size
My husband has not been sleeping well. This is helpful to him to get some rest.
Finally - I can sleep!
Moved into an apartment that ajoins an extremely loud bar - need I say more??? It has helped me sleep since the night I received it!
Wonderful Product - Great Sleeping aid
I am getting a wonderful nights sleep now. This is great for the person that just cannot stand total silence to get to sleep. I prefer the "Everglades" sound most of all
Good middle range sound soother
Nice looking with a good choice of sounds. Radio quality/control is the bare minimum.
A system that works
I have had other white noise machines that were highly rated but not loud enough for me. I had a chat with a sales agent who assured me he owned this one and it is loud. It has 8 volume levels and the 8 is perfect for me-but adjustable so everyone should be able to find the correct level for individual preference. It is lightweight and easy to use. I dont use or need the clock so cannot comment on that. Highly recommended.
sleep medicine without the pill
Having the sounds of the ocean helps me focus on drifting off to sleep. Many others to choose from but this is my favorite. Sounds are so natural!Price was very reasonable too.
Awesome, would definatley recommend
I bought 2 of these, one for my husband and 1 for my closest friend. Both are light sleepers and they love them. There are so many diffent sounds, lots of choices, compact & effective. I could go on and on. Would definatley recommend to buy. The purchase was fast & easy. The overall expierence was fabulous.
I bought a sound soother almost 20 years ago, and I loved it. However, my now ex-wife made me get rid of it because she thought it was old and too bulky. I should have kept the sound soother and gotten rid of her. However, this new one is one even she would have loved. It is sleek, beautifully designed, and has terrific sound. It really does work as advertised. I now have the best of both worlds!
Nice White Noise Machine
Works great and enjoy all the sounds, plus having a built in radio is another great feature!
I use this "gift" nightly. I have a history of having a horrible time falling asleep. With this product I have less difficulty. Its very soothing and relaxing. I love it.
Ive had this product for about two days, and I love it! I bought it to replace a previous sound machine that I had only owned for about two months, but it only contained six sounds to choose from. The only complaint that I have about this machine is that the rain doesnt sound like rain. I plan to purchase another machine for my mom as a gift. Thanks Sharper Image for such a great product!
White noise machine
contol buttons not user friendly to many buttons to make changes. , no atomic clock, nice look clear sound large numbers and dates
Excellent product bought multiple times!
Use for naps & bedtime for toddler and another in Master bedroom every day. Love the numerous features. Would recommend above any other sound machine! Great company reputation & easy, fast transaction.
Id buy it again
Its a good product for the money and it does the job. It seems to be a bit on the flimsy side but it just sits on my bedside table so its no big deal. Its attractive and works to eliminate unwanted noise from outside, other rooms, etc.
I use this product every day and night. I work nights so need the sound machine during the day to block out noise. The sound from the machine is great and there are plenty of sound options and the sound from the speakers is great. very easy to use and set up. There are two alarms which you have several sound options(noise, beep), theres a snooze alarm too. great product and reliable. also several levels of volume and brightness. Nothing bad to say at all. I would definitely buy this product again or give it as a gift. Well worth the money.
Help to Sleep
I especially like it because when the power fails you can run it using batteries.
Love the White Noise Alarm Clock
I sleep better at nite.
Love this sound machine
I currently live downdown right under the flight path for the airport. I have loud noise surrounding me. Fire Trucks, ambulances, jet, planes, you name it. The sound machine helps me get a good night sleep everynight!
Puts me to sleep every night
I love the sounds, and use it every night to sleep listening to the "Night Sounds". The only problem is the alarm beep, it starts out softly and continues to get louder and louder if you do not respond.
not so relaxing white noise
on the white noise setting there is a repetitive change in sound that can be frustrating if you are a shift worker trying to get to sleep
Sleeping in my bed never felt so good!
This has been a wonderful tool to help me relax and sleep soundly at night.
Good product, just like it
It has good sound clarity. I wAs hoping that this product would help my baby sleep faster and longer, but it doesnt
Sleep Tight, Wake up Fresh
The sounds are very soothing!
The construction isnt as substantial as I anticipated, but its nice looking. Backlight settings are decent. Volume adjustments arent as fine as they could be. Could use a Qi gong sound, instead of the City sound or the fog horns. Fog horns? Do folks find that soothing?
Best version of sound soother yet
Have used a white noise machine for years and have tried multiple brands. Sharper image makes the best and this latest machine has the smoothest sound yet and most attractive design so far.
Well worth the money!
I bought this as a way to eliminate an older "sound machine" that I have had for years that just basically offered sounds of rain or waves from the ocean with basically nothing more than rushing air. I was also in need of a new clock. This was everything I needed all in one compact design. I am now able to store the older sound machine and free up a much needed outlet as well and space. The sounds that this machine offers are of much better quality. My husband & I both slept like rocks the first night we used it. We recently moved into an apartment after several years of owning our own home and was concerned about "neighbor noise" but nothing (other than lawn mowers!) is going to penetrate the sound block that this offers!! My only complaint would be that it only offers the FM stations. My area offers late night talk shows on a few AM stations. Just means we will use my husbands clock radio for that.
Blissful Sound Soother
No harsh alarms. You awaken to your personalized "music".
I would by this again
Plenty of different sounds to choose from. Like the alarm that starts off low then the sound gets louder.
Sound Soother White Noise Machine
Its not as compact as another $80 sound machine that i have. But for the price of [$], it works just as well.
Better alarm clock than Noise Machine
I purchased this to replace a high quality Sharper Image product with same functionality from the 1990s. The quality of this model is acceptable for the price, but I dont recommend it for a "power" white noise customer. The quality of the white noise is poor and all sound sequences "loop" quickly which defeats the soothing aspect for some like myself. Also, the FM radio emitted some annoying static even when tuned to very strong local stations.
Love This Clock Radio/Sound Soother
Very easy to use - replaces my old sound machine and clock radio - so now have one sleek design for both
Great Relaxing Product
I have had a Sound Soother White Noise Machine
for years and love it. I purchased this one to give as a gift.
Perfect! Exactly what I was looking for
This is exactly what I wanted. There is a large variety of sound selections. I fall asleep to crashing ocean waves and wake up to the rain forest. On weekends, I keep it on the rain forest all day. Its just wonderful!
My husband and I both use the Sound Soother. We both have different sounds we love, but we both agree we wished we would have purchased this product sooner. My husband works nights and every other Friday night, and he has a hard time staying asleep. Since weve gotten the Sound Soother, he has managed to stay asleep, and has a restful sleep, too.
I have been using white noise machines for twenty years. The price of some today is outrageous. This one was reasonably priced; gives you a huge selection of masking noises. Would like more "bass in sounds. Still, it really helps me sleep in my noisy apartment(I am a very light sleeper) and has fun added features, like adjustable back light, a switch for daylight savings time (not mentioned in handbook) and dual alarms. Very happy with this purchase
Nice selection of sounds
Would like bit larger and brighter time readout for my old eyes. Viewing only really clear when viewed straight on so had to elevate it to level of my bed.
Needed it to block out dogs barking at night, and it has done that for me. Overall Im happy with my purchase.
Sleek design and harmonious sounds.
Nice and convenient.
GREAT PRODUCT, GREAT PRICE
i suffer from ringing in the ears and have problems getting to sleep, a friend recommended this product and i just love listening to ocean sounds at night. i now can get some sleep.
For background noise
What a way to fall asleep!!
My hubby and I use this sound machine almost every night. We LOVE it.. Easy to use, many calming sounds to choose from. A timer feature... All around great product. This would make a GREAT gift...
Good Sound Quality but ...
Great design but falls short with the buttons. They are hard to find at night, hard to push, and seem to bind while pushing. The buttons should the raised easier to find day and night.
Almost a great product
I bought this clock to replace an old fan that my wife used to help her sleep, and for the most part it does a great job. The two biggest complaints that I have are that this clock uses a digital volume control, and the clock brightness causes an audible hum.
With the volume controls, in a quiet bedroom, the difference between 1 and 2 is faint to loud, and anything above 2 is way too loud to sleep by (at least for us). We were unable to get the volume at an acceptable level without moving the clock to the far end of the room, and putting a folded up T-shirt in front of the speakers to soften it.
With the clock brightness-hum, as you turn up the brightness, the hum gets louder. Since we dont use this as an alarm clock, it would be fine if we could turn off the clock entirely, since the hum is still present at the lowest brightness. The hum is most present at volume level 1, which is why we had to turn up the volume to level 2, and go through the process outlined above.
The sound selections are great,
More bang for the buck!
A very well constructed unit, great selection of sounds, user friendly. It was just what I was looking for!
I brought this for my granddaughter for as a Christmas present. Of course I had to try it out to be sure that it would work and I know she will just love the soothing sounds on it as it helps her sleep at night.
This product helps me sleep. I am so grateful.
Useable, but not completely happy
Use it every night. There is an extra "buzzing" sound that is disappointing but we are choosing to ignore it. We would like to have had and sound level in between #1 and #2--#1 is too soft and #2 is too loud!
Great sound machine
I like that there are so many different sounds you can choose & that you can adjust the loudness of each one. Great machine!
Worth Every Penny
I use this to sleep. I find North Woods and Fog Horn very good, but it has so many choices to choose from, Ive not tried all of them yet. Has a great sleeper timer I use every night. And the alarm lets you wake to whatever sound you desire, or to radio or tone. Great work!
Works exactly as advertised!!
I use the Surf option sound and I love it as it is the only one Ive used with NO Birds in the background. There are so many available so I can change from nite to nite!!
Wonderful sound machine.
We use it for toning down noise in the house and outside while sleeping. The white noise works very good, the radio and other sounds are nice for waking hours. No cons.
Better Sleep at Last!
I have the sound soother next to my bed. I use it when the neighbors are noisy in their yard or when my dog is snoring. I like the variety of sounds it offers, I also like that I can listen to the radio and use it as an alarm. I dont have to keep setting it because the machine keeps track of the date and will only ring on weekdays. The display can be dimmed or shut off. The unit is compact so it fits easily on my nightstand. Im very pleased with it.
Got this for my dad as a gift for fathers day. He loved it! says its very soothing easy to control. Great gift idea for fathers or anyone at that.
Soothing Sounds beat Radio Chatter
Just got it this week. Easy to set up. Good sound and great selection of alternative sounds; both for listening or the sound you year when alarm goes off. Having a bit of trouble adjusting the volume option for the Alarm. Instructions arent clear about how long the alarm snoozes when you hit the Snooze Button. Snooze button is one of the greatest inventions in all of mankind.
Finally a good nights sleep
My sons uses the clock for basically the soothing sounds. He has fibromyalgia and has difficulty sleeping and staying asleep. Now he uses the ocean sound or the rainforest and sleeps through the night. Better that medication !
Love my new White Noise Machine
We use our white noise machine everyday and are very pleased with this purchase from Sharper Image. The sound choices are very nice and it is fun to try them all.
It did what it was supposed to do, help me get to sleep. Worked great. Love the soothing sounds. Helped me from the first night I got it. Thanks for a product that does what it says it does.
This gift was for my parents. They were extremely pleased.
Best Sound Machine on the market!
This was a gift for my daughter who has insomnia. After researching similar products this one had the most options, the best reviews and was well priced. I want one for myself. The best is my 21year old is now finally sleeping like a baby, and cant live without this machine. My only complaint would be to remove the description of this product as being a "white noise" machine, (when doing a quick search on this type of product) it deters consumers into thinking this has only one option....white noise...as in little girl on poltergeist in front of the tv, when you have an outstanding huge selection. Call it a sleep sound machine....and get your product into department stores. I had to order online, which was perfect, as no-one carried your product but I was hesitant only cause I waited until last minute.
A anywhere vacation in a box!
Replaces leaving the tv on to fall asleep.
Sound Soother White Noise Machine
My wife just loves this little machine.
Good product. Works well.
The machine is easy to use. The radio is very good and most of the sound choices are good--some are weird.
What the doctor ordered at right price.
I needed this for day sleeping as I now work overnight and am a light sleeper easily disturbed. The sounds are nice, 3/4 of which would keep me personally awake, but the ocean surf works like a charm covering the awake people noise in my house.
A good nights sleep
It has a number of pleasant sounds and wake up sounds...It takes a while to catch on to the controls , but once you do it easy to use...love that you can set the amount of time the sound stays on at night...over all its pleasant sounding at bed time and gets me in the mood to sleep...
What I was looking for
I work the night shift so this has come in handy trying to tune out the day to day noises. I can finally sleep through the day! Most of the sounds are soothing and the bonus is having 10 sounds to choose from.
This small machine has great sounds!
Great for drowning out noises such as snoring, outside traffic and so on. There are so many relaxing sounds to choose from to help you get a good nights sleep or even for daytime, when you want quiet reading time without hearing outside noises.
White Noise Generator
We use this as a white noise generator. For us, the best background sounds are the water and the bugs and the wind chimes. The worst sounds for sleeping are the city sounds.
great product.better than anticipated
good sound.easy to use
I love the variety and sounds and moods.
not as advertised
We thought that it would help with sleeping, it doesnt seem to do that. Have not used it much. Was disappointed that we could not return it without having return shipping paid for. just sits on our dresser
Great variety of sound choices.
Would be great if you could adjust the intensity of the clock light. The choice of comfort sounds is great. The volume range of sounds is great. The pounds are very realistic.
The sound machine is just great.
We use the white noise function to block out neighborhood noises when sleeping. The chimes are great for relaxing. They have a calming effect.
Clock is better than average
The clock is a bit bright even with the dim setting, there are 3 settings. There is no radio which is weird for me since Ive always had a radio but not a biggie since I dont use the clock to listen to the radio. All in all, a pretty good clock. Its light and the style is good.
Great sound machine!
This sound machine is great! It is easy to use, has many soothing sounds and a dual alarm! I highly recommend it!
Love my new sound soother machine.
Love my new alarm clock, takes less space on my night stand, good radio sound and nice display with soft blue color.
Lots of sound choices
We like this unit because you can set the length of time the sounds play. Not all the sounds are appealing to us. Would be fun to wake to the sound of a foghorn instead of trying to sleep to it. It also has dual alarms for waking which are nice and a large bright display. We turn it towards the wall at night and since the speakers are in the back the sounds are clearer. We havent had it long enough to determine durability or battery life. All in all were pleased.
Sound Soother White Noise Machine
My husband and I both need back ground noise - these are great!
Very nice, very soothing
Great little machine
This is great for sleeping. My husband works nights and sleeping during the day is not an easy thing. These sounds help him stay asleep.
Sleep at last!
I ordered this so I had something to take with when I traveled for white noise. It is perfect! The different settings for noise are soothing and realistic sounding. This is better than anything else I found.
It is either too loud or too quiet, needs another volume adjustment. It also could use some more soothing sounds and sounds that dont get quiet and loud again. It needs more consistent sounds.
The variety of sounds is great. Easy to set and easy to use
Purchased this machine for travel and it is perfect. We cruise a lot and this machine drowns out all noise that ships are notorious for. I cant think of anything bad to say about this machine as we will not travel without it.
I LOVE My Sound Soother!
The Sound Soother White Noise Machine definitely soothes! It offers a great variety of sounds and the added function of an alarm clock is so nice - many uses in one machine! Ive only had it for a few weeks and am still figuring out all the added features, but Im so very pleased with this machine!!
Average Sleep Machine
Originally purchased a more expensive sleep machine from [@] which I returned because design of product (location of buttons, controls, etc) was not even close to logical. The Sharper image machine is less expensive and far better in design and layout. Easy to use.The cons of this unit are several. The lowest backlighting setting on the screen is far too bright for my tastes. The lowest volume setting on the sleep sounds is too loud, primarily if you are sleeping with your spouse or partner. The quality of the sounds is not high.As I am a tinnitus sufferer and a poor sleeper I will continue my search for the perfect sleep machine. For now, I will keep this unit as I feel it is a reasonable value and until I can find a superior machine.
Very pleased with this product
Have difficulty sleeping without some light noise and have been pleased with travel size for years. After moving into a new home, decided it was time to have the permanent, plug in machine. The clock display is large enough to see across the room and the sound selection is great. We like ocean noise and there are 3 to choose from. Very happy with this product!
Actually it is for the guest bedroom. I have a different brand in our bedroom. The sounds on this are similar and I like that. I do like the size, color and shape, but the button controls are just a little sticky to the push. Otherwise it is great for the price.
Knocked me out!!
I bought the Sound Soother White Noise Machine because I suffer from chronic insomnia. I wasnt sure it would work, but I was blown away. I loved they compact design. Sleek and modern. Also, it has a huge variety of sounds to pick from so anyone could find something to soothe their mind. I liked the thunderstorm the best. I finally found something that worked that helped me get a solid nights sleep. Thank you Sound Soother. Thank you Sharper Image!!
Glad I bought this -- lots of sounds!
A nice variety of sounds to choose from. The count-down timer is great. Only thing that could be improved is better volume control at the lower levels. At the lowest setting its a little too soft but the next setting up is too loud for me. I wish there was a setting between the two of them.
GREAT SOUND MACHINE
THIS PRODUCT IS AWESOME. MY HUSBAND NEEDED A SOUND MACHINE THAT WAS LOUD ENOUGH TO DROWN OUT OTHER NOISE. THIS DEFINITELY DOES THAT.
Alarm didnt go off this am... dont know what I did. Going to read of the intructions again. Hopefully it will work tomorrow.
Very attractive sound machine/clock radio. Lots of great features with easy to use controls
No More Sleep Deprivation!
My neighbor puts his dog outside and allows it to bark all night. The police and the HOA were of no assistance and a friend suggested I try your Sound Soother. Now I cannot hear the dog at all and Im finally able to sleep through night. THANK YOU SHARPER IMAGE!
Great Product except for volume control
The only issue I have with this is that it is too loud. I would like to
be able to lower the sound more.
Does what we hoped for
Its SO quiet where we live that we use this to achieve a deeper sleep by having a steady sound in the background.
My husband was having trouble sleeping. This has helped him tremendously.
What a piece!
Sounds are not soothing AT ALL. It sounds very digital. For the white noise you would be better off putting your television on a channel you dont get and falling asleedp to that!
I would buy this product again and again
I use this product everynight. I turn it on before I go to sleep and for the first time in years I sleep all night. Before the purchase of this product i would wake up three or four times a night, not anymore. Thank you Sharper Image.
Very rested and refreshed
wow THE BEST !!!!
WHAT A WONDERFUL MACHINE. I DID ALL THE RESEARCH AND YES, THIS IS THE BEST ON THE MARKET. BETTER THAN MORE EXPENSIVE BRANDS. BUY THIS NOW !!!!!
I love my new sound machine. I particularly like the thunderstorm. Now to make things absolutely perfect for me, I must purchase two more sound machines; rain and wind chimes. Then it will sound like a thunderstorm with the wind chimes whipping around in the wind and rain. Thats the way it sounds when we get a good thunderstorm here and I crack my window so I can hear the wind chimes around the house and in the trees. Turning the machine on its face eliminates the too bright light. I will find a piece of tinted film to fix that.
Bought to help with snoring
The variety of sounds available with this machine are great! I especially like the white noise option. When falling asleep, you can tell that the sound is looping for a few choices in particular, but it seems to help lull me to sleep. My biggest con is that the display is quite bright (I have to cover it when the lights are off) and the lowest volume settings are too loud. I bought the machine to mask my partners snoring and the white noise seems to work best for this. Would definitely recommend to others!
Not bad, but has some problems
So many people like this, I wonder if mine is defective? Overall I like this, but it has a few annoying problems: 1) The lowest sound setting is way too loud. When it is night and quiet and your head is four feet away from it, it is way too loud and cant be turned down any further. I have to use a towel to muffle the speakers. 2) The power supply that comes with it is of such poor quality, that an annoying hum comes from the speakers when you play a sound. I replaced it with a good quality power supply, and the humming is now gone. Maybe the one that came with mine is defective? 3) The sounds loop after only ten seconds or so. For some sounds this is OK, but it makes many of them unusable because they repeat so quickly. So after replacing the power supply and using a towel to muffle it because it is so loud, I am able to use it. I like the north forest or summer sounds settings. Those are real nice to sleep with. The rain doesnt sound like rain. Ebb tide is also very nice.
My wife likes the white noise to drown out my sonring.
My only (minor) complaint is that setting the alarm could be a little easier. You must be careful about selecting "everyday", "weekend" or "weekday."
Great features, great gift.
This was a Christmas present for my husband. Hes been using the same alarm clock from college and complaining about it! I got him this because we sometimes can hear our neighbors television and it makes it hard for him to fall asleep. He really likes that he can wake up to any of the sounds. He usually uses the fog horns! The timer feature is nice and its also nice that you can have 2 alarms set and use 2 different sounds for each alarm. There is no radio but he really doesnt miss it. I think the different sounds get used more than the radio on his old alarm clock ever did. I shopped around when I was looking for an alarm clock and for the price and features you cant beat it. Others have some of the soothing sounds but not 20 like this one. It was a great buy and a perfect gift for us!
Too bright to sleep
Unfortunately, the only time the lighted front goes off is when you pull the plug. Although you can set it to three different brightnesses, even the lowest setting is quite bright, and interfered with my sleep. If that were fixed, Id rate it four stars. Not five because its larger than I expected, and about three times the size of the Brookstone sound machine I currently have. And the instructions stress the batteries are for backup of the settings only, which makes it awkward to use for travel, which was the reason I bought it.
Soothing sounds fit the bill
I originally purchased the sound soother for my daughter, who developed tinnitus after ear surgery and thought the different sounds would help her sleep. However, I ended up keeping it for my own use when my alarm clock quick working. I love all the different sounds I can choose from to listen to, and my cats go crazy when they hear the birds chirping, so it has been an amusing as well as useful product. I do wish the number display was different as the numbers seem faint no matter what adjustment I make, but they are certainly bright and large enough for me to read from across the room. I love falling asleep to different sounds and the alarm is quite easy to use, much easier than what I previously had.
We have five pets, so the idea of sleeping soundly through the night was really appealing. The Sound Soother lets you preview the 20 sounds on the web, which is why we chose it. However, 10 out of 20 sounds dont work. Given that, I have no faith in the reliability of the rest of the functions. We ordered 3 products from Sharper Image and all three are from China. I would be willing to pay more for American made products if I could find them.
Good sound options. I use several, depending on my mood. Easy to set up. Excellent as a clock; but the sound puts it over the top.
Although the relatively high price made me hesitate, so far Im very happy with this clock. The quality of the sounds is good, unlike most nature sound machines. It offers a great assortment of sounds, and it was nice to be able to try them out on the website. The clock is easy to use. I like the dual alarms. The main display shows the alarm time and whether or not the alarm is turned on. One button push turns the alarm off and on. Improvements Id like to see on this clock-- a dimmer display setting or red/orange display. Even on "Low", the display is bright enough to cause a glow in a dark room. A piece of static-cling window tint took care of this problem. Id love it if the nature sounds faded off and on for an even gentler waking. Overall, however, Id recommend this clock.
Helps a Light Sleeper
There needs to be some kind of groves on buttons to help locate them in the dark.
Peaceful night for baby
Great for blocking noise wile the baby is sleeping. Waking up to bird sounds rather then buzzing a pluss.
This little alarm clock/sound machine really is great. The sounds it makes really sound realistic and actually puts me to sleep every night. Great buy
I like it
I like the variety of sounds. Volume control is good. The button to go to previous sound doesnt work!! But I really dont feel like fooling with returning it!
Awesome noise machine!!!
My husband and i bought this item for our son. He needs noise when he sleeps. He is now 1 1/2 and we have searched for a good enough sound machine for him but couldnt find one. All of the other machine we looked at or purchased were too quiet. But this sound machine is seriously awesome. We love it mainly because it is the loudest one we have ever found and we can choose from several different noises. We are actually going to buy another one for our room as well.
THE TV is OFF!
My husband actually requested a sound machine for a gift. Researching the options led to choosing this machine as the best value. Using it has helped him turn off the TV, which used to stay on all night for ambient noise.
I bought a similar machine off of [@] less than a year ago. Compared to what I purchased then, this has more sound options, a clock (I think works as alarm clock too, but I use phone and havent tried it), is smaller, and cost 1/2 of what I paid for the last unit. Im very happy with this buy.
"Much more than I expected"
I use this product to relax after work and to help me fall asleep without the need for sleeping pills. I like the variety of sounds I can listen to and I play a different sound every night.
Newer isnt better
I was pretty disappointed with my new Sound Soother. I have an OLD one that Ive probably had for close to 30 years and Ive loved it from the first day, but it started getting very static-y in recent years. The old one had AM/FM radio and an alarm that ramps up. This is a very important feature for me because I HATE being jolted out of sleep. The radio alarm would come on gradually and nudge me awake. This new Sound Soother doesnt even have a radio and the alarm is annoying. Also, there is too much of a leap in volume between settings. One setting might not be loud enough, but the next one is too loud. The old one had a knob control, so you could choose any volume, the new one has a button you press with a pre-set volume for each level. Bring back the old features, please.
Sleeping Soundly Now
The Sharper Image Sound Soother is exactly what I needed to block out neighbors noise through thin apartment walls. It really has made a big difference in my ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.
I gave this to my brother for his birthday. He has a lot of trouble falling asleep. I wanted one that wasnt for babies, and had a wide chioces of sounds to listen to. He loves it. He said he fell asleep the first night with it within 15 minutes. He likes to switch the sounds around a bit, but says northwoods is his favorite.
Nifty machine, nice choices
For most this machine will be great. Many sound options, ease of use, and choices.
However, for me it would not work.
1. I thought the 15, 30, 45, 60 min choices for time meant the sound design would be varied. It is not. 3-5 second sound loop. Which for active minds become fixation points. I did find the water sounds (3-4 of them) were usable.
2. Alarms. Great choice of two. I needed the alarms (not so much to wake up) to time an intentional tune out of sounds (4am free way and trains). But there is no volume control, so the sound would come in at 11 on the volume, when what I hoped for was 4-5 range. **I know it is an alarm, but you should be able to manage the decibel.
As I said, I had very specific reasons I was attracted to the machine, but found my hope for use was not met.
others will love it though, so dont hesitate to purchase. Nice, easy to use, and great design!
An End to Insomnia
I bought this Sound Soother specifically for sound #17, "Surfs Up." I grew up on the beach and always slept really well with the sound of the surf at night. This reproduces it seamlessly, allowing me to drift off and STAY asleep for the first time in years. Some early mornings I switch it to "Thunderstorm" and am always surprised to find it isnt raining when I wake up. I liked it so much I bought another for the room where I keep my birds, entertaining them with "Aviary" and "Rainforest." The abillity to preview each of the sounds on the Sharper Image site was the major factor in securing my purchase.
Could have better sounds
Too bulky to take with on a trip. If youre into listening to Thunderstorms, you wont be impressed. I had one sound machine that was awesome but I cant find another made by the same company. The babbling brook is about it for me on this that actually distracts me enough to sleep. The others are just plain distracting because they sound fake, choppy and otherwise make you focus on the sound instead of complementing and blocking out other sounds (like noisy neighbors). Im keeping it for the large blue display for the clock that is great at night, but not for the sounds for which I bought it.
Description is incomplete
I bought this product hoping that it would provide some soothing white noise and help me get to sleep. On turning it on I discovered several problems as follows:-
There is no sleep timer, so it would have to be on all night.
The volume control does not lower the sound sufficiently.
The display on lowest setting is too bright.
The sound quality is tinny and not realistic.
Bought and Returned
This sound machine looks very nice, but thats about it. There are three things that bugged me:
1. The light displayed is toooooo bright at night even on the lowest setting. It felt that that I was living next to a power plant.
2. There was a noticable "buzzing" sound in the back ground no matter which setting I tried. I noticed the brighter the display, the louder the buzzing sound. Very very annoying
3. The volume buttons were not ideal. Meaning: volume 1 was too low, volume 2 was too high, volumes 3 and above were just plain rediculous to be used at night. A rotating knob to adjust the volume would of been much better.
worth the money
Product is near perfect EXCEPT the volume control. On 1, it is too low, on 2 it is too loud unless you move the thing 6-8 ft away (which is hard on nightstands!)
Perfect & a Great Value
Have used several noise generators for sleeping, even a couple from Sharper Image that were good units, but much more expensive. None perform better than the Sound Soother 20 at half the cost. It is simple to use, sound is clear, plenty of volume control, 3 different light settings, and even small enough to take on trips, which we will do. Mostly used for sleeping, but the chimes setting is pleasant and random enough to play softly as background noise while awake. Best value in a white noise generator weve found.
This product is GREAT, in general, but has just a bit of room for improvement. The display is quite bright, and there should be a way to dim...but there is not. Also, the audio/volume settings advance by fixed units, so (for me at least) it goes from being a bit too quiet to just a bit too loud. Despite these minor failings, it this product is still an excellent value for the money. The variety of sound options, the multiple alarm settings, and the sound quality are all superior. I would buy it again, but wouldl buy more for other parts of the house if it were just a bit better. ;)
I love this sound machine. Especially the summer night sounds and the woods sounds. The wind chimes are great, too. I like that it has a clock and alarm. The only thing I dont like is that there is too much difference in the sound levels between levels 1 and 2. Level 1 is really quiet and level 2 is quite a bit louder. I would definitely buy it again.
ITS A GOOD CLOCK BUT IT NEED A AM/FM RADIO WITH IT.
This particular machine is cumbersome to set and if it is accidently unplugged you have to start all over. I would buy a "better" machine if I known.
I used to use the tv to fall asleep but I feel much better using this product.
The buttons are loud when pushing in the
It wasnt clear on how to listen to the difference sounds, I had to call the company. 2nd of all when pushing the buttons late at night its very noisey.
1st you have to push the power button, then you have to push the mins 4 times to get to 60 mins. The 60 mins doesnt stay so each time you have to reprogram it.
So in the middle of the night I am pushing 1 button for power and 4 times for 60 mins. Kind of loud when your mate is trying to sleep.
We live in the city and sometimes the noise is insane. This helps. The only problems is the light is to bright even on low and the timer could go for a couple of hours instead of just 60 minutes.
Awesome and sleek!
I bought this for my mom who wanted something to help lul her to sleep and it has done its job. She loves it!!! So much so that she is constantly bragging about it to others and then directs them to me so I can tell them where I got it. The sounds quality is excellent. The only thing that would have made this better is if it would have had a radio built in....then it would have been perfect!
Sound Soother White Noise Machine
The number of sound options is nice.
The alarm setting is a bit long and easy
to mess up.
The sound function did not work once after
I had turned off the power strip it was hooked to.
I just unplugged it for a couple of minutes and it reset itself.
The White Noise Machine is Wonderful
This was a gift for my twenty-something daughter. She was actually using a box fan in her room (even in the winter!) to create white noise in order to sleep. She now uses the white noise machine faithfully, enjoying the sounds of nature to sooth her to sleep. The fan in back in storage! Thank you.
Great sound machine
I find this sound machine to be a great value. It provides enough different sounds that everyone can find a sound they like. I also like that it has a timer so the sound will play up to an nour and then turn itself off. This machine works very well to block out noises and provide a soothing sound to fall asleep to at a reasonable cost.
great gift for a friend
this gift was perfect after a hard days work i come home to relaxation to calm my nerves or put me to bed and my favorite is the Thunderstorm settings.
I really like it. I guess my only issue is that some of the water sounds are similar...but other than that I find the chimes and crickets nice for the evening hours....cool design too
A Quality Product
I bought this alarm clock/white noise machine for a gift for my hubby and he absolutely loves it. I was originally looking tinto just a white noise machine but a separate alarm clock just cluttered his nightstand. This slim design, dual purpose unit is perfect. My husband loves all the choices of sounds and being able to dim the display. It was a very easy set up. We both have been very pleased.
i received this from my sister as a gift and I just love it ...I turn it on when i go to bed and it just puts me to sleep in no time ...I love the thunderstorm the ocean side and surfs up the most ...a great product
Very relaxing anytime of the day.
I bought this clock to help me to relax at night. I sleep so much better now.
I would recommend this product to all
The manual was not extremely clear. The buttons on top of the machine should light up.
Great help for light sleepers
I bought this unit to replace a clock radio. Much more compact, easier to see the clock and alarm/sound settings. Twenty sounds and many adjustments for volume and light make this a very versatile unit.
A fantastic product!
I have used the sound machine every night since I received it. I love the variety of sound choices and the fact that I can set it on a sleep timer if I choose to. I havent found anything I dont like about it. I plan to purchase another to give as a gift.
Up the decibel range for Tinnitus users
I hva Tinnitus and use sound machines to block out the internal sounds that ocurr with this syndrome. Yhe sound machinr nrrds to have an increase in DB range to allow the listener to block the inner sounds /noises that come with Tinnitus. Not loud enough !!!!
THE REAL DEAL!!!
I live only two miles from a beautiful beach and never heard such great surf sounds before now! This was given to me as a gift and I was originally skeptical but this is so much better than sunburns and sand to hear the surf! Thank you!
I bought this for my five year old son who was having problems sleeping. It has worked wonders and he loves being able to choose a new sound every night.
Happy with my purchase
Didnt need the birds or traffic sounds. Not that relaxing.
Nice gentle wake-up. Easy to set.
Ive had trouble sleeping through the night for quite a while now. I used a white noise machine on vacation and knew I had to get one. I tried several in stores and even bought one that I ended up returning.
The Sound Soother White Noise Machine is a keeper! The 20 sound choices allow me to change them up so I wont get so used to one it stops being beneficial.
"Just one glitch"
I was looking for a sound machine to drown out outside noises when I go to sleep. I use the "white noise" setting, but wished there was a "fan" sound as that appeals to me more. The glitch is that after I turn off the alarm, it continues to sound a soft beep for 1 minute. Weird??? They are replacing it with a new one for me, super easy.
HELPS ME SLEEP SO FAR
Its hard to say so far, Ive only had it a shot time. The sound is good, I only like maybe 4 of them. The chimes are my favorite. I wish it would go a little louder. It would be nice to have several you like and get rid of the rest. Have some choices. More water for me!! So far seem to be good, and also seems to be made well. Also wish the sounds would be a little longer before a repeat.
made in china quality
A very low quality machine, alarm went off at midnight to bird sounds without being set
I told everyone in my family to get one!
I have it on every night when I sleep. I really think I sleep better! I would tell anyone who has trouble falling asleep to get this product.
Love this sound machine
I have the older version of the sound soother and have used it for years to duplicate the sound of the surf when I return from the islands. This year I bought 3 of the newer versions; one for my nursery and one for each of my two grandbabies. They love them and their Moms and Dads like the variety of sounds they can select. I think the quality of the sound is much better than other sound machines I have listened to.
Dreamland with Sound soother
My autistic son had an old soother, but it broke. I purchased this and the sound is great and my son falls to sleep with his steam train going all night. It is so nice to listen to. Thank you.
my review of the sound soother
Time is very hard to set.there has to be a better way of setting the time. DST does not work. It did not change time when we went on day light savings time. I like the sounds( some of them), but soft music would be even better.
Night Noise Eliminator
I am a light sleeper and outside noise wakes me up. I use this product to cancel the noise.
Great all in one unit
Bright Face. Large choice of sounds. Like the dual alarms.
The Sound Soother
I bought the Sound Soother to use as white noise for my children. It is a really great product and has lots of different sounds. We love it and every night they pick a sound based upon what they want to imagine as they fall asleep. The one thing that I will say is that there is a big difference in volume between each number. For example you can hardly hear the "1" but the "2" is kind of loud.
I am thrilled that I bought this product because it has really helped me with my sleeping problems. I often would stay awake all night and into the next afternoon before I dozed off. Now the soothing sounds like Brook, Rainstorm,etc, help me fall asleep right away into a deep sleep. I highly recommend this product!
We love this sound machine!
We recently purchased this sound machine to replace our floor fan. We have always used the fan for noise block only but have recently been having sinus problems so we thought that we would give the sound machine a try. We are really glad we did! All of the sounds are crystal clear and the clock works great. The light on the clock is bright enough to see but not bright enough to keep us awake. We like the thunderstorm, rain, oceanside, brook, and summers night.
Soothing white noise machine
I have tinnitus, a hearing disorder where the brain produces constant sounds. This "white noise" machine produces pleasant sounds that take my mind of the constant internal noise produced in my head. As a result I am able to better fall asleep. Millions of people suffer from tinnitus, so this machine is very helpful to all of us.
Alarm sounds great-but no snooze!
I bought this alarm clock for my husband for Christmas--mainly drawn to the two alarms and the variety of sounds. Love the alarm-easy to set. But I am a snoozer and the snooze is very difficult to set. Most times, I think I hit the snooze but actually I have turned the alarm off. Not good...
Good functionality, but a few design flaws
The Sharper Image Sound Soother has a very sleek and modern design, however, there are a few flaws that detract from the overall experience. First, the digital display is very bright in a dark bedroom. Unlike a regular, cheap alarm clock where only the time is lit, the entire display of the Sound Soother is backlit. If your bedroom has little ambient light at night, this display will emit a glow that some people may find too bright. Although there are three display brightness settings, there is little difference between them and the lowest setting is still bright. We have to turn the clock away from the bed at night so its not directly in our face, but the glow is still significant. Second, the sound quality could be better. This could be a tradeoff for the sleek design, but the sounds are not very natural coming out of the small rear speakers and are a bit tinny as another reviewer has noted. The volume control is not very good either, as the difference between the first, second, third, etc. volume s
omg bright light
Well, I fell in love with the clock the moment that I saw it. It had everything that I wanted, dual alrams, big display, soothing sounds. I love the look. The problem is, it is to bright. It lights up my whole room. I like it totally black when I sleep. It was too bright for me to sleep. I really want to keep it, but I cant sleep. I am going to try to put cellophane over the display to see if I can diffuse the light.
I have compared to others no comparison
Night time, on the ocean helps sleep and sooths I cant find any thing wrong with this item,
I would buy this Product again and again
This was a Gift for my Husband who has trouble sleeping ,since he uses the Sound Machine he sleeps so much better
Best Purchase made to date
Perfect on our living room display shelf. Replaced large boom boom box type recorder/radio.
Great design and compliments perfectly on our bookshelf.
I like all of the sounds and it is great to have so much variety of sounds. Love the sleek design as it looks great on our nightstand.
Finally, I can sleep
This is very nice looking product. This sound soother has helped me and my daughter tremendously. Both my daughter, age 18, and I both suffer from insomnia. Finally, we bought can sleep. There were many of nights that we both could not sleep. My favorite sound is "white noise", but there are so many sound options. Now, I no longer have to rely on taking any sleeping pills.
Bought it again!
Purchased similar item from Sharper Image many, many years ago. The original worked so well that I purchased a second. I really miss the store in my local mall. I just stoppped by whenever I was in the mall to see what new toys SI had.
Nice compact size and easy to use controls are perfect for home or travel.
Far from the real thing
The sounds are not realistic and verge on irritating rather than soothing.
White Noise Machine
I bought this as a gift for my daughter. She falls asleep to it every night and wakes to it in the morning. It is a very soothing machine, and it allows her to calmly wake up.
Used at child care
Good background sounds for sleeping children
Our family LOVES this sound machine!
I bought 2 of these machines, one for my four year old, and one for the baby on the way. I originally bought the machine for the white noise, but my 4 year old enjoys all the sounds! She uses it every night and it helps to put her to sleep alot more quickly! I hope it works the same for the new baby! If it doesnt, Ill use it for myself! My husband and I love it!
Helps in drowning out the noise of my husbands snoring..And so many sounds to choose from.. I love it..
Best one to get!
I bought this product because of the various sounds. All of the sounds are life-like and do not sound "fake". I use it when I want to take a nap or go to sleep. Just love it!
Product wasnt for me.
The machine has great, realistic sounds, but in order to listen to them while going to sleep, I need it on low. So, then in order to use the alarm to wake, the volume is too low. I would like to to be able to listen to the sounds to sleep, and have a loud alarm. Also, the lowest back-light is too bright for sleeping, but if you put it on off, you cant press a button to find out what time it is, or see any of the features. It would be nice if you had the back-light off, if you pressed a button, it would light up.
Sleep next to the ocean when youre not!
There are 20 different sounds - e. g. aviary, northwoods, surfs up - also, unusual sounds like steam engine, fog horns, city, and heart beat - which might be good if youre a E. A. Poe fan or a baby. The volume settings are easily controlled. No doubt the recordings are on a loop of some kind, but are not noticable. I havent set the alarm yet, but I understand you can sleep to one sound & have the alarm set to another. Very cool. I am considering buying another one for the guest room.
I bought this for the sound machine, I like the sound of a summers night and it worked wonderfully for my daughter when she was first born (I used the white noise). My only issue is that if I wanted to use it fo a regular clock I couldnt because the display does not stay lit. I had purchased one and thought that it was defective so exchanged it fo another and found the same issue. This should be fixed.
I have two for use at night - one for my daughters room and one for mine. Lots of options for sounds.
Bought for Toddlers nap time.
We bought this specifically for our toddlers naptime and it works perfectly!! Our older children come home from school during naptime and our toddler kept waking up too soon. A cranky toddler makes a cranky mama. The white noise blocks out their loud noises and she stays asleep! We turn it on through the night as well and she sleeps through the morning routine of getting ready for school until Im ready to wake her. (Thats a plus for the weekends when her parents still want to sleep in.)
Great sound machine!
Plenty of options needed to get the perfect sounds for a sleeping baby...and Mom.
Does what I want in helping me sleep
Attractive unit, easy to use controls,it offers a huge selection of soothing sounds. This is great, if you get tired of one, there are many others available. It does exactly what I bought it for --- helps keep me sound asleep-- but it does more as well, giving a display with Date, the time, and day of week. My only reservation: I wish the display light was red in color, as the blue is a bit harder to read.
Just what the Doctor ordered!
I have a very hard time falling asleep and wake up frequently. The Doctor suggested a "white noise machine". I thought hearing the rain or the ocean among others would be more enjoyable. This machine is definitely relaxing and helps me fall asleep and go back to sleep quicker. I love it. It would be good too after a stressful day at work to help relax you. The size was no larger than my normal alarm clock which was a nice surprise.
Sound Soother White Noise machine
I use it to get sleep. I like the options to choose for other nature sounds besides white noise.
Im hooked and amazed!!!! Yea
This sound machine is awesome! I have no idea why I waited so long to try one of these till now.
I have had insomnia for over 30yrs and have never really felt comfortable prior to going to bed due to the fact of knowing how the night was going to end up. Meaning dead tired the next day. I do take medication to help me sleep, but one sound of noise and Im up. This sound machine defuses the thought of not being able to sleep right from the get go. I have my certain special sounds that I like the best, but I also have certain other sounds that I love to hear when I am just soaking in the tub. My cat even loves the sounds, how funny is that? I am an animal lover and I was concerned that he might be annoyed by the all night on going sound. I WAS WRONG, I just love my little furever baby…
It truly is soothing
I love my sound soother as it blots out the television noise coming from another room. It is also great when I am having trouble sleeping as it helps calm my busy mind.
This product is exactly as described!
The volume control is great! Sleeping is much easier now.
Perfect for travel.
My husband goes on trips on a regular basis. We sleep with a fan at home (even in the winter) for white noise. He has always had some trouble sleeping in hotels (elevator sounds, street sounds) but this past trip he said he slept very good because of the Sound Soother. He said he chose a different sound each night. It has proven to be a very useful (and necessary) item in his travel bag. Thanks so much.
Great product, Great Design
I live in an apartment next to a school. The soother feature drowns out backround noise so I can sleep.
Works as it should
This comes with all the standard sounds you would expect. The basic white noise is the one I use. This works as advertised. Buy it, you wont be sorry.
Great Variety of Sounds
I have tinnitus and it has greatly inproved my sleep.
Excellent sound quality
Realistic sounds, 20 to choose from. Programmable. Small size fits anywhere, very portable. I was being bothered by a persistent noise at night. This machine blocked the unpleasant noise, substitued something soothing. I was able to fall asleep easily.
True, clear sounds; excellent quality
The sounds (unlike other similar machines I have used) are true to life and clear. I especially like the sound of the sea. It is perfect for going to sleep when there is a bit of noise from the neighbors.
This product is the BEST sound machine.
IT Takes getting adjusted to the controls...but best machine so far.
was worth buying 3.
It can be turned up quite loud to block out noise.
Great natural sounds
Great sounds that sound like the real thing
The Soothing Sounds Of Gods Creation
My wife & I like to listen to the sounds of waves, water running, & other soothing sounds when we go to bed. It helps us to relax. With this machine, we finally found something that plays such soothing sounds without using cds, & that doesnt have any other "sounds" interfering with what we wanted to fall asleep to. The machine is very simple to operate, & hardly takes up any room; & yet the quality of sound is just great. I had searched for quite awhile before I found this, & now we are so glad that Sharper Image has produced this kind of machine! (Just as a side note: I am amazed that some people would really want to listen to a train or a fog horn, but I suppose that if I grew up listening to those sounds, I would want to hear them also!) Thanks to all those who helped to develop this great product!!!
Very Good Sound Machine
This is my second sound machine and the Sharper Image Sound Soother is definitely better than my last machine. The sounds are natural and not too loud or fast. My only gripe is that the backlight is quite bright even on low. You can turn it off, but I wish there was a way to read the time without straining or shocking my eyes.
Lightweight, easy to use
Cons - havent had it long enough to experience any. Not to say I wont find one.
White Noise Machine
We are used to running the whole house fan at night and when we dont this machine is terrific. Just love the summer nights setting , all we do is turn it on and sleep very comfortably and soundly all night long.
Sound Soother Alarm Clock
A friend had purchased the Sound Soother alarm clock a while ago and told me that she could even fall asleep to the sound of foghorns. I grew up 2 blocks from Lake Michigan and for years, the sound of the distant foghorn was always very calming and reassuring. I decided to buy the Sound Soother myself, specifically for the foghorn option. The clock has many other soothing options, and I have found several that I like to fall asleep and wake to. They sound as if Im right there in those settings. I will say that I was disappointed with the foghorn(s) because I had a pre-conceived idea that it would be soft and faint; there are actually 3 foghorns "competing for attention" and one is very loud and unsettling. I definitely dont use this option. In every other way, however, I am pleased with my purchase. I know Sharper Image makes quality products that last a long time. Im not necessarily writing this for you to print somewhere; I wanted to give honest feedback. If you ever consider re-recording the so
Great way to quiet a busy office
We use the white sound to block out any noxious or interruptive noise from offices adjacent to our massage room. It is about 90% effective, and only fails when the ambient noise level gets very high.
I use this product every night for the white noise machine. I just press the power on and then the length of time that I want it to run. It is so easy--easier than the previous machine I had.
Not bad; could be better
The Sound Soother is not a bad alarm clock. Its easy to set the alarm and the choice of sounds are reasonable. The biggest flaw is that there is no way to dim the lights beyond fairly bright. I prefer a very dark clock at night. And I was surprised that it didnt include an am/fm radio. But that oversight was my fault I guess. Overall, its a decent product.
Love the features and it is super user friendly but holy cow, even on low illumination, the display is so bright it creates shadows in my room - on high I think I could read by the light of the display. I used it for the first time last night and it actually kept me awake with the light. Not sure what I am going to do.
Im not completely happy with this sound machine because the lowest volume is too low and the next level is too loud. Some of the sounds are not soothing to me, more irritating but the ones I like, for eg Surfs Up and Oceanside, work well. I like the fact that they can be timed to go off and I like how easy it is to set the alarm, time, etc. I would recommend this to someone but I wouldnt be totally enthusiastic about it.
Sound Machine Revikew
This machine is used every night. HOWEVER, the volume control, specifically between the first two levels is so great, it has been necessary to muffle the speakers in order to use the device. It is very effective, and disappointing that it is necessary to resort to tape and ad hoc rigging to be able to use the device
I like the large numbers for easy viewing of the time. The soothing sounds are very real and relaxing.
Help you to sleep!
I first used the Sharper Image Sound Machine at the Hotel Sierra. I slept better than I had in years! I ordered one online the day I got home. I fall asleep to SURFS UP every night and STAY asleep. I also like that it has 2 different alarms that can wake up to a beep or music. I hardly ever slept through the night before my Sound Machine. Works wonders!
Avoid the Sound Soother
I have a sound machine Im happy with, but I need another. Since I can no longer find the one I have on the market, I bought the Sharper Image Sound Soother. Unfortunately, this is one of the worst Ive seen. The sound controls are digital: setting sound to 1 is too soft; setting sound to 2 is too loud. There is no comfortable sound setting. The screen lights up very brightly, and cannot be adjusted or turned off. It is too bright if you plan to sleep in the same room. Actually, you can turn it off if you run it from batteries instead of a power outlet. But the instructions state emphatically that the batteries are ONLY for backing up the time and other data, not for running the sound soother. But having a battery-operated machine for travel was the reason I bought it. I found this sound machine to be so poorly designed it is completely useless.
I purchased this product to help me sleep. It has not only helped but has improved my sleep patterns. It has a number of different sleep sounds to choose from but I use the rain sound which is very soothing and helps me to relax. I was very skeptical about purchasing this product because of some of the bad reviews online and I have to say I am glad I purchased this product. It would be an extra bonus if Sharper Image installed an I-Pod dock to this machine but am happy I am sleeping better! Thanks Sharper Image!
Great Loud Sound,but beware of warranty
My son became use to hear white noise when he would sleep. I used a couple different sound machines, but would break within 3-4 months. So I decided to try the sound machine. I love it! You cant pick up the repetitive sound that you would hear in most sound machines. Its also louder than most machines. The LDS light can be put on low or high. Our machine did break only after it dropped four times.
dont buy this
this is a terrible noise machine. each of the different settings all sound like the same tinny screech (the opposite of soothing), because the speaker is so cheap. i got a noise machine from target for $14 a few years back that is ten times better than this. im retuning mine tomorrow, and you shouldnt buy one.
I love this machine!
My mind is so busy and random even when Im sleepy. This machine is a godsend for me. I even ordered an extra to ensure Ill always have this available. The selections seem numerous to me and suit my rest and sleep needs. Thank you, Sharper Image.
Sounds fine, but...
I like the soothing sounds, but the clock display itself is annoying. The numerals are too close together and hard to read and the display itself it too bright. Could use a dimmer feature.
doesnt last long
I purchased this machine about 6 months ago. It worked fine until about a month or so ago. Then, it died. I tried to unplug/replug, change the batteries but it still doesnt work. The clock display is black, the turn on button for the sounds doesnt respond. I know that Sharper Image is a trusted name, but this machine---which cost $50---only lasted a few months.
SO MUCH BETTER THAN A RIVAL COMPANYS!
we use this thing every night. our kids depend on it. we do too. for five yrs we have had a stupidly expensive one from a rival company. it broke a few times and finally kicked the bucket for real. we didnt want to spend the exorbitant fee again and found this well priced one from sharper image. WOO-HOO!!!!! WE LOVE IT!!!!! could NOT be better. first off it is light and we will be able to travel with it. secondly it has a great clock feature our old sound machine did not. so you can go to sleep w one sound and wake w another. we love it. it has an adjustable brightness, also great. the only thing i would say is some of the sounds are just weirdly FAR from relaxing. :) but overall a FANTASTIC BUY.
The clock is very sleek looking and you can change the intensity of the backlight, which is nice. There are a wide variety of relaxing sounds to choose from, and I have already used several to help me fall asleep. Overall, I am really happy with this product!
Not your run the mill sound soother
I havent found anything to make me dissatisfied with it.
This has dramatically enhanced my sleep! The nature sounds relax you and drown outside noises. I am amazed at the difference it makes! So easy to use, attractive, functional! I will be buying a 2nd for a friend!
Cant imagine sleeping without it!
I am a super light sleeper who lives in a condo building where I sometimes wonder if the walls are insulated with a sheet of paper. I was waking up to EVERYTHING before I finally purchased this. I now sleep through the night and dont wake up to any outside noise. The only negative thing about it is that the volume control is on a scale (1, 2, 3, etc.), and there is a big difference between 1 and 2. 1 is a little quieter than I would like, but 2 is very loud! Love this product though, and I would recommend it to anyone who is a light sleeper and needs a bit of comforting background noise.
white noise machine
good product so far
i would recommend this product
this product is exactly what i was hoping for.
like all the options
found the system a little confusing and difficult to set up alarm, dates and sound choices
though I do like all the different sound options which can also be used for your alarm setting, making everything compact into one item
yes, I would buy this again, and great gift idea, once you get the hang of setting up the alarm.
GREAT FEATURES...POOR PERFORMANCE
Have tried two of these units...love the features and design....Big problem...the sound unit on both radios would work for 30 seconds and then start skipping like a scratched record. Tough to sleep with that...
Lots of sound options
The sounds that this device has are a bit odd: avian & foghorns? I refer to the avian as what the Harry Potter movies used for the Pixies. The steamtrain sounds I cannot imagine finding relaxing. Some of the sounds would be more something I could sleep to if it were not for an extra frog in the backgroud. Overall a whole lot of choices for the money. Radio, clock, alarms with days of the week, etc. I love the white noise, fireside for sleeping to and the windchimes are my first alarm to go off.
SOOTHING SOUND MACHINE WILL RELAX YOU
Every night, while reading before turning off the lights to sleep, I play this wonderful machine with the relaxing sounds it offers. I particularly like the sounds of the ocean. It takes away any stress I might have had earlier.
Everyone should own one of these. We cant sleep without it. Love the crickets in the woods sound, just like camping without the bugs.
Pretty good, not perfect
Like the sounds feature the most. Again, You can only change the volume certain places and certain times.
A must have for your bedroom!
I bought this for my 12 year old who has a terrible time falling asleep. The first night using it he was asleep in 10 minutes. It was amazing! I love the auto shut off timer feature so I dont worry about it being left on overnight. All around this was a great purchase. I would highly recommend for anyone that needs some help getting to sleep.
Bought it on the advice of an audiologist to minimize the ringing Mom gets from tinnitus. Shes indicated it does work well to minimize the ringing sounds.
I purchased this to help me sleep and block out the outside noise. I dont have any complaints, the volume goes up fairly loud and I like that it has a dimming feature that you can control. I do wish that the power cord were a little bit longer, but other than that, so far so good. The true test will come when summer arrives and it gets really noisy.
Ocean sounds with annoying birds
I bought this for my son to help him sleep and he decided to use the ocean sounds and around 4am the noise make would wake him up with annoying birds sounds.
Just what I expected
Havent used it much so far but plan on taking it
with me while traveling during the Christmas
holidays. I look forward to it being very helpful.
The North Woods sound to be sooooo soothing. It makes me feel like I am camping and I love it. I enjoy sleeping with the window open so that I can hear natures sounds but as it gets colder, that is not practical. BUT...if I wake up and cannot tell whether the window is open or the Sound Soother is playing in the dark, it must be realistic! I sleep soundly every night with it and wake to the Aviary alarm setting...the cheerful sound of birds...very life-like. What a pleasant and unintrusive way to get up! There are 20 sounds, but those are my favorites.
sound soother white noise machine
I need white noise all night and that is difficult to find - most machines that combine white noise with a clock only allow you to set a timer to fall asleep to white noise. I thought the instructions were terrible and inaccurate and found the time and alarm hard to set. Nice selection of sounds and nice features - a bit flimsy but good for the price
Worth the Money
I did not find the controls difficult to learn as some have stated. In fact, operating it is rather intuitive for the most part. The clock has a full complement of sound scapes, although I, personally, find half of them unsoothing kinds of sounds. This clock would be perfect if it could project time on a wall or ceiling and, perhaps, been an atomic clock, although my currently cheap atomic clock loses its time zone setting occasionally.
Just what I wanted.
Bought this due to ringing in my ears at night. I love all the sound choices and does help drown at the ringing. The sounds can be put on a timer or palyed all night. Also has a dimmer with three choices and is not bright on the low setting at night. Very easy to use. My only complaint is I put it on the radio for my alarm and it comes on quietly but around every 5 seconds it gets louder and louder so I cant really listen to the radio for a while. I guess the alarm does its job because it gets me up.
I bought this for my mom as a gift - She loves it! She loves being woken up to the sound of the ocean...
This machine works well. Bought it for my friend who has trouble sleeping and is now addicted. =)
Used in babys room. Toddler has one he uses all the time. He packs it in his suitcase when he visits grandma on weekend.
Background hiss louder than sounds.
I like the idea of the sound machine but I found the too bright light of the clock distracting when trying to sleep (it lit up my whole room) and the hiss in the background caught my attention more than any one of the sounds the machine was supposed to be making.
Finally an outstanding alarm clock !!
This White Noise clock has a tremendous number of sound options. You can set the maxiuum sound level. When the alarm goes off it gradually increases the sound to the preset level - no more startling alarm clocks. Simply a great product with a battery backup to hold the time in the event of a power loss. The clock does not automatically set to the current time but there is a switch to change the time from standard to daylight savings time.
Just what I wanted
I was looking for a sound machine with ocean surf noises. This is perfect. I really like that the lighting can be set to multiple levels including none. The timer for sleeping is easy to use.
My cat loves the bird noises in the morning too!
Getting some sleep now
I have had insomnia for the last six months and was getting desperate for some sleep. After reading the reviews on this product I figured I would try it. Ive had it for about one month and love it. I like the thunderstorm setting, I set the timer on 45 mins and seem to fall asleep after about 10 minutes.
Reliable alarm clock with easy to set alarms. I like the option to set one alarm for weekdays and a second alarm for weekends.
Im hooked, I cant sleep with out it !
This unit helps me sleep lika a baby! I have ringing in my ears and this helps hide that.
Like it a lot would will tell friends
Great product my girlfriend and I love them. Helps her to fall asleep after stressful day.
Review:Sound Soother White Noise Machine
Product is used morning and night.
Like the variety of sound choices.
Depending on what setting your in, the controls seem to change and it can be hard to remember programming.
Wish there was a gradual wake up setting on the clock.
too loud or too low
great for masking unwanted noise at bedtime
Yes and No
Nice variety of authentic sounds. Good looking and like that its also an alarm clock. However, wish the sound settings allowed for variable volume not just low, medium and high. On the low setting, there is a clear buzz that is distracting and takes away from the soothing sounds.
Great product, but lacks Radio
I got this as a gift, and I like it a lot. Its a really soothing product.
I was going to buy it myself last month but decided not to because it didnt have a radio. I like having it, but I really dont like that I have to have a separate radio a long with it on my night stand
This replaced another noise machine that was for travel. I use it as my alarm clock and noise maker for my children. Easy to use. Sounds are diverse and clear. Radio is clear and alarms work well.
I would buy this product again and again
Every night I go to sleep listening to the sound of waves crashing on the beach. It is so relaxing that I almost fall asleep instantly.Its also a good distraction to the foot of snow thats outside my bedroom window
Excellent product for the money
It enables my wife to sleep better at night.
Never slept so well
It has many different sounds but some of them are similar.
I would buy this product again
I use this for a sound maker & alarm. I really like everything about it except its a little to big to use when travling.
Its also a radio
Alarm volume not loud enoug at all.
Love the sounds but wish it had the noise that a fan makes. It is easy to work.i
Excellent Sound Machine/Clock Radio
I love my new sleek-design sound machine/alarm clock! I have owned so many of these through the years and its been a struggle to find just the right sound, along with the needed functions (alarm, 15/30/45/60-minute timer, radio, snooze, dimmer, etc). I was skeptical at 1st because the machine is so lightweight and didnt seem "solid" but once I put it into use I forgot that right away, and the lightness in weight allows me to pick it up while lying in bed and bring it to me if I need to make an alarm setting change. I am VERY low-tech, but still find the controls easy to figure out without even reading the booklet. I can even change them in the dark! I use the 60 min timer to listen to the sound of my choice before sleep and there are MANY choices--all realistic and not "tinny" at all. Puts me right to sleep! A feature here thats hard to find on many models is the digital clock backlight dimmer--you have low, medium, high and off! I had a Conair that was good, but it was like having a bright blue light on
Been using a machine similar to this, helps to sleep tremendously, this particular machine has more sounds but I only use a couple.
The volume cannot be controlled lower, the readout cannot be dimmed low enough.
Used it for a couple of nights and havent used it since because of that problem, otherwise its a good product.
So glad I made this purchase
I use this product at night. It helped me get to sleep the first night I began using it. Thank you for all the sounds to choose from. My favorite is the thunderstorm.
Wow true customer service
Love the product and the customer service was spot on. However think the alarm set up is not as easy as it should be.
Need of sleep
I live in a tent with 9 other people. One guys snored all night. I needed something to make a little noise so I would not focus on the guys snoring. I bought this white noise maker/other noises and it worked. I was not able to drown him out totally but I was able to create enough backgraound noise so I was not easily disturbed by his snoring.
So Far So Great
We purchased this sound machine for an upcoming sailing trip because of the battery operation. We tried it out at home and so far it has worked flawlessly and the one set of batteries is still working after a week. So Far so Good/great.
bright and buzzing
The alarm is hard to use so I dont. (I use my old inexpensive alarm.) The display is so bright I have to keep a towel over it. And it makes an annoying buzzing noise in the background when the sounds are turned on so you have to keep it far away or it gets irritating. The only thing good about it is the variety of sounds which is excellent. I had an old sound soother that I loved which burned in a house fire. I thought this should be improved, but its much worse.
Ive purchased 2 of these of use with both babies and adults. It does not go off in 1 hour as some of the noise machines do.
Very sleek and stylish.
My wife and I love this!
I went into a store the other day and saw this in the window. I needed a new clock (one with 2 alarms) and I decided on this one, MAN does it help me sleep, I used to have the fan on all night for noise. Sometimes that was just WAY to cold. I LOVE The Sharper Image.
Sound Soother Review
I LOVE THIS PRODUCT! I just moved to a place where the street noise makes it hard for me to sleep. Now, all I need to do is turn on the Oceanside or Ebb Tide setting and Im asleep in no time. It really drowns out other sounds. Having dual alarms is great, too. I highly recommend this item.
I have always fallen asleep with the TV on, and it would take hours at times. Since the first night, setting the oceans sounds, I havent used the TV since. The first alarm I set to wake is the same ocean sound a half hour before I have to get up, and then use the rain forest to bring me to a greater state of wake. Theres a sound for everyone! It is wonderful and I never thought Id sleep without the TV on...get better sleep.
Sleep in no time
No one loves sleep more than I do and this sound soother gets me to that dream state quickly and pleasantly. I seem to gravitate more towards the seaside or water-based sounds, but the others are just as calming.
I gave the Sound Machine to my friend as a gift. When we opened the first one the screen would not light up. However the return on the product was pretty easy. The replacement radio arrived before I sent the old one back. It was perfect and my friend is really enjoying all the sounds.
Great for home/howe away and traveling
Sleeping at home and when traveling especially foreign countries.
I recommend this to anyone young and old
I was very pleased that this alarm was compact and had so many different alarm sounds.
Easy to use
Great Radio and Sound Soother, Easy to set up.
Love all the sounds, Even my two cats like the sounds.
A One of a Kind Sleeper
This is a one of a kind sleeper that actually puts you to sleep. Its really great we bought it for our granddaughter who has difficulty getting to sleep. Now that she uses this with its twenty possible choices shes dozing off to la la land with no trouble. A caveat to this, however, it is said that when some people hear the sound in real life, they tend to get sleepy.
way too complicated. bring back old design
Sounds are great. Love the NOrth Woods and Summer Evening sounds, sleep like a baby. Wind chimes and brook are nice for during the day. A few odd sounds probably will never use like city and locomotive though..
A few glitches
This product looks good but has a few glitches: 1) Even the dim light is far too bright 2) The volume level at level one is too quiet and at volume two, too high. You have a choice of the sounds being too soft or too loud. Oh, and the instruction book does not tell you how to set the dual alarms.
How about including ALL the instructions?
I specifically requested this Sound Soother alarm clock as a Christmas gift. Well, I was pretty excited to find it under the tree this morning. However, that excitement was short-lived since I spent 2 hours trying to figure out how to set the alarm! I finally had to go to your website to get ALL the instructions - the instruction booklet included with the clock was missing the last 4 pages - pretty important if youre trying to set the alarms (pp. 8-9). I spent another hour trying to set the alarm according to the online instructions. No luck with that either. Ill be returning this gift tomorrow and will go back to using my 10-year old $8.00 alarm clock from Wal-Mart.
I use it to block out the noise from outside. I take it with in vacation too it very helpful for my children as well
As for myself
Works great to help me get to sleep
This was a replacement to a SoundSoother Ive used for over 20 years.
The other had a radio, this one does not.
But this unit is fine for what I want, the sounds I want to help me sleep and an alarm.
I used to dread overnight travel for business, staying in noisy hotels by the freeways. This little device drowns out the hotel and street noise and lets me get a good nights sleep. Definitely worth a place in the suitcase!
Cant Sleep Without It
I purchased 2 of these Sound Soothers for my grandchildren when they sleep over at our home & up at the lake. They have their own type of sound machine at home & some like the heartbeat noise & others like the rain or noise of the surf, so I needed to have a sound machine that offered all choices--its hard to find one that does. I borrowed one & got the best sleep ever. I usually had to turn a fan on or humidifier just to have some background noise...this is 10 times better! So, I purchased a 3rd one just for me. I prefer the ocean waves. Great sound quality!
Overall pretty good and relaxing but some of the sound files could be a bit longer before they repeat.
I BOUGHT THIS PRODUCT AND AM A BIT DISAPOINTED WITH IT. FOR THE PRICE THAT YOU PAY FOR THIS, YOU CANT SET THE ALARM FOR A SOUND AND GO TO SLEEP LISTENING TO A DIFFERENT SOUND FOR ONE. THE OTHER DISAPOINTMENT IS THAT IT DOESNT HAVE A RADIO OPTION WITH IT EITHER. iM CONSIDERING RETURNING IT AND GETTING A DIFFERENT ONE SOMEWHERE ELSE.
Does what its supposed to do
Great product. Use it every night to get to sleep because I have tinitus. Just wished it came
with a car charger so it could be used in the car,
where the tinitus is the worst.
Sounds of Sleep
I love most of the sounds, could do without the traffic and the train. They were more irritating than soothing. A dimmer on the LED time display would have been a good idea. I have to put a cover over it so I could fall asleep.
Good alarm clock / sound machine
I just purchased this product to replace an old alarm clock / sound machine that finally failed. I had really gotten used to sleeping with soothing sounds and needed a quick replacement. After shopping around this product had all the features that I needed. I really like the sound selection and the quality of the sound tracks. So far I am pleased with my purchase.
It works wonderfully to reduce outside noise and conversations overheard in the workplace, which is supposed to be a confidential setting.
liked, but volume control not good
I really liked the product and was excited for it to arrive. The deisgn is great and very easy to use. The main reasons for purchasing this item was for environmental noise reduction (dog snoring, tv, husband on phone while sleeping, etc) and to remove an air cleaner used for white noise off my floor. I loved the sounds, the only and main issue was the volume from 1 to 2 was a huge difference. #1 was too low and #2 was too loud. I ended up returning the item....
For the best sleep ever!
I have had trouble falling asleep and staying asleep for a long time. The nature sounds really help me clear my head and fall asleep sooner and stay asleep. Wish I found this a long time ago! Great device. I have bought 2 more for others in the family that have this problem.
I would definitely recommend this product; it has a huge amount of sound choices and all are crystal clear...one warning though: you will not want to get out of bed!
It actually works
This little machine offers umpteen sounds, but "Surfs Up" has been doing such a slam-bang job of lulling me to sleep that I havent been inclined to sample the others. I mean, why bother? I have been sleeping more soundly and waking up much less often during the night -- usually no more than once instead of my pre-purchase pattern of four or five times. Its made a huge difference for me, especially in feeling alert at work.
Finally, a real sound machine!!
I cant stand ANY outside noises, this lets me use the white noise or ocean waves and due to major sleeping issues. And also it takes me longer to go to sleep sometimes than 60 or 30 minutes, so I was searching for a machine to play all night....perfect for that purpose.
It is lightweight, compact, easily controlled, and, I can adjust the lighting to total darkness or lots of light and I suffer with that also, I need total darkness but a dependable alarm clock at the same time. It is VERY versatile! I am in love!
Terrific product and sleep inducing!
WE use it every night in the bedroom. It certainly is a terrific sleep aid. Nice design. My only complaint would be I wish the backlight could be lowered more...I just cover with a cloth every night. I do like the product otherwise.
I would recommend it to my friends.
I use it everyday because I work night work. I like the variety of sounds and change to a different one each day. Just wish it had a remote control to go with it.
Novel idea but poor implementation
Great and novel idea. I would greatly benefit from the alarm except it has some important flaws. The lights brightness are adjustable but still too bright for sleep. Research shows that sleep quality is reduced when room now sufficiently dark, even when unnoticeable. It would be great to have the alarm gradually turn on and the worst is that the sound samples are only about 5 seconds long which makes them very obviously repetitive and very hypnotic rather than relaxing. With memory so cheap, it would cost like 1 cent per machine to make the sound 5 min long instead of 5 seconds long. Why give up so close to the intended objective?
This was purchased as a gift. Replaces the original sound soother bought back in the 1980s that was a totally awesome machine. I only gave it a 4 star as I dont think the sound quality is quite as good as the original. Continuous play is very important and this model had it. The old sound soother you can still get on Ebay but certain sounds usually quit playing. Recipient has yet to receive this item so comments may change.
nice looking and great shape
Many music choices are great. the lenght of the music should be greater than 60 mins...maybe up to 90 mins. Havig 2 alarms is a nice plus.
works good, but was made in china
good to sleep by.
There are not enough steady sounds. The "white noise" sound is the only steady sound. All the rest are not.
it just works...thats all i want.
great sound machine
love this machine
Sound Soother Machine review - great!
I bought one for my 91 year old father and the controls are easy for him to use. Also, I received one as a gift for myself... love it!
Does the job
Its nice to have a selection of sounds, but I usually use white noise, as I am using this product to block out city sounds and I need something constant. (I have seen similar machines with a few white noise options, that would have been a nice choice here) I am generally satisfied, except the display is so bright, even on the lowest setting, its a problem for a light sleeper.
Great Christmas gift
Great Christmas gift if you need to buy for family or extended family.
this works great
This works great...keeps out the unwanted sounds from outside & allows me to get the sleep I need...thanks!!
I use this every night as i am a very light sleeper. The white noise and the air conditioner sounds are perfect. Took it with me on a trip and was easy to pack and battery lasted the whole week with no problems. The LED lighting is just right.
an unobtrusive white noise machine
i like the look, size, and sound of this! lightweight and eady to use.
Great product for the price
This is a great little noise machine. i work at night and sleep during the day. This machine helps drown out daytime noises. There are some osunds, however, that would not be relaxing to many people (foghorn, locomotive - who could sleep to those?). Overall, I would receommend this machine if you need something with soothing, repetitive noice for sleep at night or drowning out annoying daytime noise.
Needs seperate volume for sounds & alarm
There is a slight buzzing sound in the background when using the sound machine. Also, I like the sound effect volume low but I cant use it as an alarm clock because its too quiet to wake me up. You need a seperate volume for sound & alarm. It does have a great selection of different nature sounds.
lightweight, easy to use, compact
My last alarm clock/sound machine was from Sharper Image, bought when my 19 year old was a baby. I used it every time I went to sleep, and took it with me on trips. My favorite sounds are thunderstorm and ocean sounds. I also like the wind chimes, they sound so pretty, and nice to wake up to. A few years ago, I was on night shift, and there was construction work going at my apartment during the day while I was trying to sleep. The foghorn tunes were the only thing that
Nice sounds. But what about display?
How do you keep the display on?
Need to hear noise in order to sleep and this is perfect. Great for home on bedside table and compact enough for travel so that I never have to be without it. Thank You.
Should have returned
An excellent product, well worth it
I use the sound soother to sleep, as well as study.
This sound/alarm clock unit is overeasy to use.
Controls are very simple, and sleeper sound choice
The design and overall machine is nice, but the volume control is disappointing. Volume set to 1 which is the lowest is quite loud for a machine at bedside. The volume goes up to 10 and i cannot imagine somone using it for sleeping. It is a shame because it looks great and the sounds are otherwise good
Great sound machine!
This sound machine is great! It is a nice size for a bedside table, has many choices for different sound options and is attractive. I also like that it has 4 dimmer options for the display, dual alarms and a radio. It is also easy to use! I love it!
My husband and I are enjoying this clock radio with sounds. There is a wide variety of sounds, but we have found 3-4 that we really like for bedtime. Some other, like the foghorn and the birds chirping, are great for waking up. All-in-all, happy with this purchase.
Great item. Combines a variety of soothing sleep sounds for falling asleep to with a clock and alarm for waking up to something other than an annoying buzzer style alarm. Clock numbers are large and easy to read and the brightness control allows you to make the numbers bright or dull depending on your sleep sensitivities.
sooo much sleep time!
Best sleep in years!