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THE GOOD: The DEX Sound Sleeper is often well suited for the needs of babies / infants and plays a wide variety of sounds especially considering its low price.
THE BAD: Its volume is not adequate for at least 20% of owners, and sound quality is below average.
THE MACHINE: It can play up to 24 different sound combinations, including sounds of the womb. It features a one-hour shutoff.
THE COMPETITION: Its main competition is the Graco Sweet Slumber and the HoMedics Sound Spa Lullaby. See how the DEX compares to these competitors and others in the comparison grid or sound/white noise machine reviews – summary.
About Our Unbiased Ratings: Our DEX Sound Sleeper ratings below are based on at least 370 actual owner experiences collected from diverse sources including online message boards and product review sections on retailers' websites.
|Owner satisfaction||d||The DEX Sound Sleeper has 63% owner satisfaction ( ). This rating puts Dex near the bottom in owner satisfaction.|
|Price||a||$20-$30 is the price charged by all known retailers, including Amazon. By comparison, the average price for a sound / white noise machine is $68.|
|Value||c||Given the low price, most owners regard it as a fair value.|
|Reliability||c||At least 10% of owners report reliability and longevity issues within the first two years.|
|Sound quality||c-||Sound quality is not a strength of the machine.|
|Loops not noticeable||c-||A significant number of owners report that they notice when the recorded "loop" starts again, which can be annoying and distracting.|
|Volume potential||d+||The Dex should only be considered effective for masking unwanted noise that is not very loud. Its volume does not go high enough to mask moderately loud to loud noises. There are additional issues with volume. For instance, two buttons control up and down for the volume, so you can't tell if you are at the loudest setting or not. In addition, each time you turn the Dex on, it returns to its lowest volume level, requiring you to push the button several times to get it back to your desired level.|
|Plays nature sounds||a||The machine offers ten sound options that can be combined to make 24 sound combinations altogether.|
|Travel friendly||c+||While the machine can work on 4 AA batteries, its fairly large size (6 x 10 x 12 inches) makes it a less-than-perfect travel companion.|
|Timer||c||It has a one-hour timer|
|a||Lighting from the DEX is minimal or nonexistent and does not interfere with sleep.|
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