Somnox 2 for $599: Offering the same features as the original in a more compact package with better battery life and an upgraded speaker, the Somnox 2 (6/10, WIRED Review) can help you drift away. The addition of Bluetooth streaming (iOS only for now) to listen to your own choice of content is also welcome, but this gadget is just too expensive.
$225 Sandman Doppler: This chunky bedside clock has Alexa inside, offers some nifty customization options (set the color of the giant time face or attach Alexa routines to buttons), and has plenty of charging ports for your gadgets (3 USB C and 3 USB A). The speakers sound good for the size; It’s perfect for podcasts or soundscapes to lull you to sleep at night and be counted on to wake you up in the morning. But it’s huge, way overpriced and kinda ugly.
Sensate 2 for $299: This weird device is like a big vibrating pebble that you place on your chest for short relaxation sessions (between 10 and 30 minutes). Manufacturers claim that the vibrations can help tone your vagus nerve to improve your heart rate variability (or HRV). I’m skeptical, and it seems very expensive for what it is, but the vibrations, guided controlled breathing, and original soundscapes are very relaxing.
Jabee’s Serenity Sleep Mask for $40: While pairing Bluetooth earbuds with a sleep mask is a smart idea, this mask is too bulky for me, and I found the earbuds uncomfortable. Your mileage may vary. The audio quality is decent and it’s easy to stream music, podcasts or relaxing sounds to the tiny earbuds. The thick mask effectively blocks light. In addition, it is comparatively cheap for a sleep gadget.
$100 SleepPhones: If you find earbuds uncomfortable or prefer to sleep on your side, this fluffy headband with tiny speakers inside might be the answer. You connect via Bluetooth to stream your choice of music, podcasts, or soothing sounds. The headband is machine washable, and hardly a sound escapes to disturb a snoozing partner. On the downside, the control unit shifts and isn’t comfortable for back sleepers, there’s no indication of remaining battery life, and the overall quality is lackluster for the price.
Morphee for $100: A pretty wooden clockwork music box design makes this a coveted bedside unit and offers various sounds and meditations. The kids version looks like a super cute wooden radio. Both are expensive, and we don’t like the micro-USB port for charging or the limited 20-minute time for sleep sounds.
Muse S for $280: If you’re struggling to meditate, the Muse S headband can help, and it measures your heart rate, breathing, brain activity, and movement. But I found it uncomfortable to wear to bed and struggled to get through an entire night in it. It helped me relax but not for my insomnia.
Embr Wave 2 for $300: This wrist-worn device can help you manage feelings of cold or heat. It’s recommended for relieving hot flashes, but it’s also said to help you sleep better. It’s comfortable but also chunky, so not ideal for wearing to bed. It didn’t have a huge impact on my sleep quality.