PROS / You can choose from 20 soothing sounds.
CONS / You cannot set the volume independently for the sleep mode and wake-up alarm.
VERDICT / The Sharper Image Premium Sound Soother is a great choice if you like to fall asleep and wake up to soothing sounds.
Editor’s Note: This product has been removed from our side-by-side comparison because it has been replaced by another product. You can still read our original review below, but Top Ten Reviews is no longer updating this product’s information.
Maybe you need appealing sounds to drown out the local noise of your neighborhood. Maybe you would rather wake up to nature sounds, like rain or ocean waves, instead of a buzzer. Or perhaps the only way you can sleep is with some sort of white noise in the background. Some alarm clocks feature a few of soothing sounds, but the Sharper Image Premium Sound Soother has the most pre-installed soothing sound options of any clock in our lineup. Combined with a functional alarm clock and FM radio, this unit is a great choice if you like to use soothing sounds to begin and end your day.
The LCD display has a white backlight, with three brightness settings. The display shows the time, date and day of the week. The unit runs on AC power, but you can also run it on three AA batteries. Even if you usually leave it plugged in, installing batteries means the alarm will wake you up even if the power goes out.
Most of the unit's buttons are on top. The snooze bar is large and on the front, but it is set close enough to the other buttons that you could easily hit one of the others on accident. You might unintentionally hit the off button instead of the snooze.
This alarm clock radio has 20 soothing sounds, more than any other alarm clock on our list. Most of the sounds are nature-based, like rain and woods. Each track lasts about 10 seconds before looping. If you don't want to listen to any of the sounds, you can listen to FM radio. The sounds and the FM radio work with the sleep timer, which runs at night for a set amount of time and then turns off.
The unit has a dual alarm option. Each alarm has its own button at the top of the alarm clock, so you won't have to worry about mixing them up. You can program the alarms to ring on weekdays, weekends or on every day throughout the week, so you don't have to remember to turn them off and back on for your days off.
You can use any of the soothing sounds, a radio station or a beep as an alarm. The alarms also come with a crescendo function, which gradually increases the volume so it doesn't shock you awake too quickly. However, if you use the sleep function, the alarms will retain the volume you set for sleep. This will be a problem if you listen to audio at a low volume at night that might be too low to wake you up in the morning.
This radio alarm clock comes with a one-year limited warranty. You can contact Sharper Image by either phone or email, both of which are listed on the company's main site.
The Sharper Image Premium Sound Soother is a combination of soothing sound machine and alarm clock radio. Its key offering is its large number of sounds that you can listen to while you fall asleep and when you wake up. It also gives you dual alarms and an FM radio to make for a well-rounded alarm clock.