The Soundasleep Bluetooth speaker pillow is a new version of a classic bedtime gimmick with some great 2019 updates. Up until now I’ve struggled to find a speaker pillow that delivers on both tech and comfort, so I was keen to try out the “pillow with a difference”.
My first impression of the pillow was that it didn’t look as budget as the price tag suggested. The box it comes in looks good, and lends itself to gifting this pillow to the insomniac loved one in your life. It doesn’t weigh much – under a kilo (around 2lbs) – as it is filled with polyester microfibre and hollowfibre. The density of the pillow is a problem for me as I prefer a heavier and more supportive feel to get a good rest. Size-wise this is a good 68x44cm, so fits most standard pillowcases. The outer cover is quilted polyester microfibre, which I don’t think makes much difference once you’ve put it in a pillowcase, beyond protecting the tech hidden inside.
The built-in speakers are Bluetooth connected to your phone, using their proprietary app or one of many popular meditation, music, and TV apps. The 1.5W speakers produce a good sound, but I found with Spotify I couldn’t appreciate the music in the way I value most, even when I’m falling asleep. I like to be immersed in the music and oblivious to outside sounds. The soundasleep app is decent and allows relaxing sounds to play through the speaker whilst you relax in bed. You can also connect to TV apps like BBC iPlayer, but again I feel this is something I’m more likely to just hook up my headphones for.
Soundasleep Bluetooth Speaker Pillow Specs
- Dimensions: 68cm x 44cm
- Materials: Polyester hollowfibre and polyester microfibre
- Weight: 959g
- Battery: 3.7V/400mAh
- Bluetooth: v 4.0
- Speaker: 1.5W
- Charging: DC 5V/1A micro USB
- Charging time: 3-4 hours
- Continuous playing time: Approx. 8 hours
- Standby time: 60 days
A huge benefit to using the soundasleep speaker in particular is that they have functionality in their proprietary app to help improve your sleep. There’s a Snore Management function, which tracks your snoring and safely wakes you if you’re too loud. The Sleep Tracker summarises your sleep patterns into a simple chart. A Smart Alarm plays your music through the pillow to wake you gently, which was a wonderful experience in contrast to my usual shrill phone alarm.
I do like this pillow, although for me it isn’t the right firmness and density to start with to help improve my sleep much. I also worried that my podcast was disturbing my husband which didn’t help me to relax at all. The wake up function is nice, and I loved starting my day with my own music playing gently. In my opinion, the best part of the soundasleep pillow is the amount of functionality you get for the price you pay, and the fact their app works better than most proprietary apps I’ve seen is great.