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

People who have trouble sleeping at night can benefit from using a sound machine. The importance of a good night's sleep should never be underestimated. Not getting enough sleep can be debilitating to your productivity for the whole day. The Sound Soother white noise machine can be an alternative to over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids. The Sound Soother is more than an average white noise machine. It has many sound profiles, including numerous water and nature options along with white noise to silence unwanted sounds during the night. The Sound Soother has more sounds and features than the competition and earns our Top Ten Reviews Gold Award.

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Sound Selection
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10/10
Sharper Image Sound Soother
Brookstone
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10
7.5
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8.1
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5
5
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2.5

Sound machines work by playing noises at a certain frequency to promote relaxation and sleeping patterns that ease your body into a deep slumber. Your brain matches the sound waves produced by the machine, helping you drift into a deep, rejuvenating sleep. Not all people enjoy the same sounds to fall asleep to. You may enjoy the sounds of a light rainfall, while others may enjoy white noise. The good thing about the Sound Soother is that there is an array of sounds to satisfy even the pickiest sleeper.

The Sound Soother features more sleep sound options than the majority of the white noise machines on our lineup. There are classic relaxing noises such as rain, thunderstorms and ocean noises, but there are also uncommon sounds that will lull you to sleep, such as the steady tempo of a heartbeat, the sounds of a city, and a steam train chugging along in the distance. The Sound Soother does a great job covering an array of sounds.

Features
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10/10
Sharper Image Sound Soother
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10
8.8
7.5
8.8
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5
8.8
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2.5

The Sharper Image Sound Soother comes with a timer to set how long your sound machine operates during the night. You can set the timer so your sound machine turns off 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes after it starts. Or you can set it to play continuously throughout the night.

Before the Sharper Image Sound Soother takes you to dreamland, you can set alarms for when and how you want to wake up from your slumber. The Sound Soother comes with dual alarms that you can set for different times. You can set one for your workweek and also an alarm for weekends, for example. Not many sound machines that we reviewed double as an alarm clock.

When you set an alarm, you won't be jolted awake when the alarm goes off. The alarm will gradually wake you by starting at a low volume, which slowly increases until you wake up. You can set the alarm to be one of the sounds from the sound library, beeps from the alarm, or the FM radio.

Design
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8.1/10
Sharper Image Sound Soother
Brookstone
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Homedics SoundSpa
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8.1
8.8
8.1
5.6
6.9
8.8
5
6.9
5
3.1

Although the sound machine is designed to keep you asleep through the duration of the night, there is always the chance that you will need to adjust the settings in the middle of the night. This sound generator comes with an easily visible LCD screen with adjustable backlight brightness. The large screen displays both the time and date and is nicely visible during both day and nighttime.

The Sharper Image Sound Soother isn't quite travel-size – some other sound machines are smaller and come with traveling cases – but it is certainly portable from room to room. It is 8.1 x 2.5 x 4.6-inches (L x W x H) and weighs approximately one pound. It has the ability to operate on battery power while you move your sound machine around; at other times, an AC wall adapter powers it.

Since this sound machine has FM radio capabilities and dual speakers, it would be nice to see the inclusion of an auxiliary input and a headphone jack, both of which are not present. Some sound machines allow you to use an auxiliary port or mini USB to plug in an external sound source like an iPod or phone so you can play music through the speakers. The Sound Soother lacks this capability.

Help & Support
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7.5/10
Sharper Image Sound Soother
Brookstone
Adaptive Sound Technologies
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Homedics Deep Sleep
Sound Oasis BST-100
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Marsona
Homedics SoundSpa
Marpac Dohm
7.5
10
10
10
10
7.5
10
10
10
10

The Sharper Image website does not have a downloadable manual for the Sound Soother. It comes with a one-year warranty. If you have any additional questions concerning the sleep machine, the live chat option is a quick and helpful way to get information about your product online.

Sharper Image Sound Soother Summary:
9.4/10

The Sound Soother has many different sounds to relax you at night and to aid you in falling asleep. You can use it as a sleep machine and also as an alarm clock that wakes you up gradually instead of abruptly. This machine will help you get a full night's rest so you can be productive throughout the day.

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Sharper Image Sound Soother

Pros
This sound machine has a many different sound profiles to choose from.

Cons
It doesn't have an auxiliary input.

The Verdict
: 9.38/10

There are so many sound profiles that even the lightest sleeper will find something to fall asleep to.