[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] My 3-year-old is a horrible sleeper, to the point that we have a sleep study scheduled. In the meantime, I'm desperate to get this boy to sleep. I decided to add a sound machine to our always growing attempts at a soothing bedtime routine.
There are 5 sounds to choose from: white noise, fan, rain, water (babbling brook type noise), and night (wind & crickets). Just click the button on the front to turn it on and touch your selection on the top. The volume controls are on the front and vary from so quiet that I can barely hear it with my ear just inches away to so loud that I can hear it a few rooms away. Even at less than half volume I often wake and think that it's raining (the rain sound is VERY realistic!) even from across the hall. I really like the variety of sounds offered and they have a very natural sound, I'd also like to note that the rain is rain, only no thunder which some kids (including mine) may find scary.
The sleep therapy light is less impressive. It's three dots of blue light that move slowly over a small area of the ceiling. Neither I or my son find it is relaxing or soothing. I think a dim nightlight would have been a more useful feature.
There are timer options for 10, 30, and 60 minutes. I'd love to see a longer option for 8 hours or so for use overnight but it's easy enough to turn off the next morning.
My favorite feature is a simple one, there's a USB port built into the back. Perfect for charging my phone while putting him to bed or recharging his nightlight during the day. It's a small convenient feature that many brands do not include.
Size wise the round sound machine is only 2.25" tall, 3.5" across the bottom, and a slightly smaller 3.25" across the top. Small and light enough to carry with us when we travel and it doesn't take up much room on the nightstand.