Sonic Alert SBB500SS Review

Sonic Alert is a consumer electronics brand from USA. They are specialized in hearing gadgets, such as alarm clocks, listening devices and all kind of different signaling systems. One of their most popular products is the Sonic Alert SBB500SS alarm clock. It’s written as the best selling alarm clock for heavy sleepers on Amazon. So today we are going to review how well it actually works and if it’s worth all the high ratings!

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 140×140×55 mm / 5.8×5.8×2.2″
  • Weight: 286 g / 10 oz
  • Volume: 113 db
  • Screen: Red LCD

In The Box

  • Sonic Alert SBB500SS alarm clock
  • Super shaker
  • Power cord

Design

The Sonic Alert SBB500SS is a pretty decent sized alarm clock. It has a dimension of 140×140×55 mm / 5.8×5.8×2.2″, which makes it best suited on a nightstand. The only problem is that it isn’t the heaviest alarm clocks. So it isn’t exactly difficult to push it over the edge. You can also add some weight to it by keeping a 9V battery inside.

The alarm clock it self is made out of average quality plastic. Which again doesn’t help against drops. So I recommend keeping it on a stable nightstand and do your best to avoid dropping it on a hard surface. The same thing can also be said about the buttons, they don’t feel extremely durable but I haven’t had any problems with them. Even after pushing them for hundreds of times, they still work. So that’s a positive side.

Sonic Alert SBB500SS Design

You can also choose between different colors. Those include black, turquoise, blue, red, pink and camouflage. The front side of the alarm clock has a red LCD screen that displays the time. There are also some indicator lights underneath and top of the screen. The sides of the alarm clock hold all the switches and sliders for controlling the device. There is even a large snooze button on the top.

Performance

The Sonic Alert SBB500SS is an excellent alarm clock for deep sleepers. It has an incredibly loud alarm (up to 113 db) and the display starts flashing. So sleeping through it is hardly a possibility. You can even keep hitting that snooze button but it won’t stop until you manually turn it off. You can also configure the snooze intervals so that the alarm goes off again after a certain period of time (1 to 30 minutes). In addition, the clock actually has a dual alarm feature as well. So you can set different times for those.

Everything about this alarm clock is configurable. You can even set the display brightness. But besides the alarm clock you also get a vibrating extension called the Super Shaker. This is the perfect solution for anyone that wants to be able to wake up on time without a loud alarm. This is especially great for couples who have different sleep schedules. The Super Shaker is designed to be kept in bed, where it starts to vibrate when the alarm goes off. I really like this addition and it actually works. Here’s a short demo video:

The SBB500SS does come with a power cord. But it also has a battery compartment in case the power should go out. It accepts a standard 9V battery, which again I recommend using as it also adds extra weight to the alarm clock. But it also acts as a backup solution in case you should get a power outage.

Conclusion

Now the Sonic Alert SBB500SS doesn’t have the best looking design or incredible materials and build quality. But it does exactly what it has been designed for and it does it well. Not only is it a fantastic alarm clock for deep sleepers but also for those who wish to wake up without making much noise. The vibrating Super Shaker is a fantastic solution and more companies should look into adapting it. So I can definitely see why this alarm clock is so highly rated on Amazon, it’s definitely worth the price.

7.5 Total Score
Good

Design
6.5
Build Quality
6.5
Performance
9
Features
8