TopTenREVIEWS - Gold Award - Awarded for excellence in design, usability and feature set

If you suffer from sleep deprivation, whether it's due to a diagnosed condition, because of a partner who snores or induced by stress, we suggest using a sound machine like The Sharper Image's Sound Soother White Noise Machine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 50- 70 million people in the United States have sleep disorders that prevent them from obtaining the appropriate amount of sleep – most reporting less than seven hours each night. While sleeping disorders can be treated, the majority of people disregard the importance of a good night’s sleep. The Sharper Image Sound Soother generates 20 different sounds, and its ability to help even the most agitated sleeper unwind earns it the Top Ten Reviews Gold Award. This white noise machine also doubles as an alarm clock with dual settings for an additional user, and it boasts an auto-off timer for energy efficiency.

Features
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When on the hunt for the perfect sound machine, included features should be weighted heavily in your decision process. Some sound machines are strictly that and don’t offer anything extra besides sleep therapy. The Sharper Image White Noise Machine is on the other side of the spectrum, providing many additional features like a two piece speaker, auto-off timer and automated daylight saving time adjustment. The sound machine’s auto-off timer can be set for 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and after the time is up, the sound will turn off. If you would like the white noise to continue throughout the night, simply leave the timer off. The daylight saving time feature is located on the back of the sound machine. Simply flip the switch to “on” and the clock will automatically adjust during the spring and fall. If you live in an area where daylight saving time does not occur, always leave the switch in the “off” position. Additionally, if the power goes out, the clock will automatically revert to installed batteries, saving your settings.

After a restful night’s sleep, the dual alarm clock can go off at two different times for individual customization. You can choose to have the standard beep tone wake you, or you can instead be awakened by a soothing sound like waves crashing, distant fog horns or the soft patter of rainfall. The Sharper Image White Noise Machine doesn’t have an AM/FM radio, an external music connection port (like a headphone jack) built in or customizable sounds, so one can’t be roused by personal music. A snooze option is available, though, and when the button is pressed, the sound machine’s alarm will allow you to sleep for an extra nine minutes before activating again.

Ease of Use
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While a sound machine is supposed to keep you in a deep, restful sleep, that doesn’t mean that at times you won’t need to adjust settings or switch sounds in the dark. The Sharper Image Sound Soother White Noise Machine has an easy-to-read illuminated LCD display that can be adjusted from high to medium to low, depending on your brightness preference. Depending on how bright you set the backlight, it can also be used as a night light if needed.

The display shows both of the dual alarm clock settings, whether the sound machine’s alarm is set to a calming sound or a beep, the current time and what sound is selected. Large buttons on the top of the sound machine make altering any of the selections, like the volume, simple. The sounds settings are also controlled from the top of the unit, and you can scroll through your choices. Some users have complained that the power button and the snooze button are too close together on top and while hastily hitting the snooze button, the power can accidently be turned off; but we think the convenience of the big buttons and bright display far outweighs the disadvantages.

To power this sound machine you have two different options. You may either use the AC adapter for main usage or a compartment for batteries (3) is also built-in. They dual power options make this white noise machine quite easy for travel. We love this feature, because sleeping in a foreign location in a different bed is sure to alter your ability to get a good night’s rest. Having a sound machine on trips will help you overcome jet lag and travel fatigue. If you want to rely on batteries, you’ll have to purchase them separately as they do not come with The Sharper Image Sound Machine. To conserve energy, utilize the sound machine’s auto shut off feature.

Sound Selection
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The Sharper Image Sound Soother’s sound selection is fantastic. It offers over 20 different relaxing sounds to lull you to sleep, everything from a brook to foghorns to oceanside to rain. There are even sounds unique to this sound machine, like aviary, everglades, north woods and surfs up. Sound machines are able to coax your body into a deep slumber through the use of these soothing sounds. By playing noises at a certain frequency, your brainwaves are able to match the sound waves, causing you to relax and drift to sleep. Simply set the sound machine to one of the wide range of options, lay back and let the soft tinkling of wind chimes or the steady beat of the city rock you to sleep. If you have a new baby in your home, the heartbeat sound setting would be sure to comfort them in their sleep.

Some users complained that the sounds equipped in the Sharper Image Sound Soother are “tinny” and have an obvious loop, while others commented just the opposite. To create sounds at an appropriate frequency the brain can match, the sounds can’t be 100 percent realistic or the technology wouldn’t work correctly. In our opinion, the sounds are realistic enough and have a long enough loop that you won’t even notice before you’re already fast asleep. The sound level is easily adjustable, and at a low setting, rainforest, thunderstorm and summer night were our favorites.

Sharper Image Summary:
9.3/10

If you are one of the millions of Americans suffering from lack of sleep, trying out a sound machine may be the best thing you ever do. Lack of sleep leads to incoherent actions, loss of memory, lack of hand-eye-coordination and poor concentration. Remedy these symptoms by allowing your body to drift into a deep sleep laced with sounds of a crackling fire or a distant train. Your sleep is guaranteed to be longer and deeper, resulting in a better, more awake you the next day.

The Sound Soother White Noise Machine has a plethora of sound settings to choose from, is equipped with two separate power options and is travel ready. It also features a dual alarm clock with convenient individualized settings for two people. We especially liked the option to awake to a beep or a soothing sound which can be customized according to the person. In short, this sound machine makes it possible for two people to fall asleep quickly and efficiently and reawake feeling rejuvenated and ready for the upcoming day. This is the ideal sound machine for anyone with sleep problems whether they are part of a diagnosed condition, related to your living arrangements or maritally induced. Every adult is advised by the CDC to obtain 8 hours of sleep per night; sound machines make sure those eight hours are deep and soothing.

 
 
 

Sharper Image Sound Soother White Noise Machine EC-B100

Pros
There are 20 different sound therapy options to choose from.

Cons
An AM/FM radio is not built into this sound machine.

The Verdict
: 9.28/10

We love this sound machine’s array of sound options and built-in alarm clock.