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THE GOOD: The Homedics Sound Spa machine is inexpensive and generally effective at masking unwanted noise and encouraging relaxation for both adults and babies / infants.
THE BAD: Its sound quality and realism are less than stellar, and its durability may not be up for daily use.
THE MACHINE: The product plays six nature sounds and features an auto-off timer and the ability to work on batteries.
THE COMPETITION: Its main competition is the DEX Sound Sleeper and Conair Sound Therapy. See how the Homedics Sound Spa compares to all competitors in the comparison grid or sound/white noise machine reviews – summary.
About Our Unbiased Ratings: Our Homedics Sound Spa's ratings below are based on at least 750 actual owner experiences collected from diverse sources including online message boards and product review sections on retailers' websites.
|Owner satisfaction||c-||The Homedics Sound Spa Machine (SS-2000) has 67% owner satisfaction ( ). By comparison, sound / white noise machines overall have 78% satisfaction.|
|Price||a+||Most retailers charge around $30, including Amazon, making the Sound Spa the most affordable sound machine.|
|Value||b||Despite its problems, the low price of the machine helps it to be considered a value by owners.|
|Reliability||c-||Reliability tends to be somewhat of a problem. It seems flimsy, say owners, and the volume knob has a tendency to short out quickly with regular use.|
|Sound quality||c||The quality of the sounds is not terrific and can seem like mere static.|
|Loops not noticeable||c||The HoMedics' sounds are digital recordings, and the loop repeats every few seconds. If you listen too closely, you can notice the loop starting again which can be distracting.|
|Volume potential||b-||The Hometics' volume potential is generally effective overall in masking many unwanted noises and creating a more relaxing atmosphere.|
|Plays nature sounds||b-||The product plays six nature sounds: ocean, summer night, rain, rain forest, waterfall and heart beat.|
|Plays white noise||b-||Rain and waterfall sound selections provide nearly consistent white noise.|
|Travel friendly||b-||The size of the Homedics is somewhat bulky (7.5 x 7.2 x 2.8), but it's fairly lightweight and can run on batteries.|
|b+||Lighting from the HoMedics is minimal and does not interfere with sleep.|
|Timer||a||It has a 15, 30 and 60 minute auto off timer|
|Appearance||c||Not a clear strength or weakness of the machine.|
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