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THE GOOD: The Sharper Image Sound Soother is generally effective at drowning out unwanted noise. It has a nice appearance and an effective clock and alarm.
THE BAD: Reliability issues, a bright display and mediocre sound quality cause the product to rate near the bottom in owner satisfaction.
THE MACHINE: The Sharper Image plays 20 digital sounds. Its alarm function includes dual alarm clock for individual wake times and wake modes.
About Our Unbiased Ratings: The Sharper Image Sound Soother ratings below are based on at least 80 actual
owner experiences collected from diverse sources including online message boards and product review sections on retailers' websites.
|Owner satisfaction||c-||The Sharper Image Sound Soother has 73% owner satisfaction ( ).|
|Price||b+||The Sound Soother is priced at around $40 which is less than the average cost of a white noise / sound machine ($68).|
|Value||c+||Similar features and fewer problems can be found in less expensive sound machines.|
|Reliability||c+||Some problems are reported, including malfunctions and a humming noise.|
|Sound quality||c||Owners often describe sound quality as "tinny," "below average," and "not relaxing."|
|Loops not noticeable||c||The Sharper Image machine replays the same sound sequence about every 30 seconds. This repetition can be noticeable, distracting and un-calming, say owners.|
|Volume potential||b-||Most owners who comment on the volume say it is too loud.|
|Plays nature sounds||c||Most sounds, say owners, are not appealing to the ear or relaxing.|
|Plays white noise||b||The loops tend to not be noticeable on the "white noise" setting.|
|Variety of sounds||b+||The Sharper Image Sound Soother plays 20 different sounds.|
|Compact||b||Owners generally praise the Sharper Image for having a small footprint. Dimensions are 8.1 x 2.4 x 4.5 inches.|
|Lightweight||a-||Weighs 1 pound.|
|Travel friendly||c-||Not a strength of product.|
|Clock / alarm||b+||Generally effective, say owners. Choice of two alarms: beeps or sound.|
|c-||The illuminated LCD is too bright for many owners.|
|Appearance||b||Most owners praise the design for being sleek and contemporary.|
|Timer||a||15, 30, 45, 60 minutes.|
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