iHome - FM Docking Dual-Alarm Clock Radio with Apple Watch Charger - Black

Charge mobile devices and wake up on time with this versatile iHome docking alarm clock radio. Connect your smartphone to the device via Bluetooth and stream audio or use the hands-free speakerphone function to make and receive calls. The iHome docking alarm clock radio also has a USB port and a Lightning dock to recharge tablets, iPods and other devices.
$129.99

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Overview

What's Included


  • iHome FM Docking Dual-Alarm Clock Radio with Apple Watch Charger
  • CR2450 battery
  • 100V-240V AC adapter
  • Owner's manual

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (328 out of 352)

Features


Play back audio files and charge your device at the same time

A Lightning dock lets you connect most Lightning-enabled Apple iPhone and iPod models.

Apple Watch Charger

Charge up your devices at night.

Bluetooth technology

Along with a built-in microphone, enables use as a hands-free speakerphone for most Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones.

FM radio

Lets you enjoy your favorite stations.

Auto dimming display

Adjustable for ideal brightness.

Dual-alarm clock

Allows you to wake to the radio, alarm or audio from your Bluetooth-enabled or docked Lightning device. Snooze affords you a few extra minutes of sleep, while the crescendo alarm gets louder gradually for a gentle wake-up.

Auxiliary input

Provides simple connection of a host of portable audio devices.

1-amp powered USB port

Provides a rapid charge for most USB-powered devices. Gives you opportunity to charge compatible devices wirelessly.

Battery backup

Helps you stay on schedule in the event of a power outage.

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Overall customer rating

4.5
94%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice

    Posted
    mk553

    This was a bit of an impulse-buy item for me, as I was Christmas shopping for other things when I walked past this. I selected this one over the other models, because I like the way it neatly organizes the phone and watch, of which I have both. It's easy enough to setup, and the sound quality is pretty good, and I like that it has two alarms and is intelligent enough to wake me up on weekday mornings, and not weekends. You can select a tone or the radio to wake up to. I like that it has a built in radio, can play songs from my phone via Bluetooth, or just when docked without bluetooth. Naturally, you can pair it to other devices, like your iPad and play from it as well. I wish the LED was a bit clearer--the 'dots' that form the numbers make it a bit fuzzy at night for me and my near-sightedness, so I turned off the auto dimmer to help with that. It syncs its time with your iPhone, so you don't even have to fool with setting the time. It does, however, take forever to iterate through all the minutes to set the time for the alarm. If there's a faster way to do it, I haven't noticed yet. It doesn't accommodate an iPad, but there's a separate USB port in the back if you need an extra charger for it or something else. I like that it fits my iPhone SE with a case on it, and it'll obviously fit the larger iPhone models as well. Overall, I give it a full 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's like it has a mind of its own.

    Posted
    Uncluttered
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This clock radio/charging station does everything I purchased it to do: It does everything I've always counted on a clock radio for; it provides the charging connections for an iPhone, an Apple watch, and one more USB-connected item of your choice (eliminating several stands and cables that used to take up space); and it offers listening options I appreciate, like going to sleep listening to a radio station, waking up on weekdays to a song of my choosing, and waking up on weekends to a playlist I put together just for that purpose. Now, if only it would stop doing additional things that I never asked for. The unbidden brightening and dimming of the clock isn't terribly annoying. I notice it sometimes if I'm awake during the night, but it has never awakened me. The sudden, unexpected source-switch, from radio to "dock" (resulting in silence because the phone in the dock isn't set up to play anything) is inexplicable, but it's not that big of a deal to reach over and set the source back to radio, since paying attention to the music is what I was there to do. Unacceptably irritating, though, is the occasional repeating alarm, which brings back the music I stopped when I got out of bed and walked away. I didn't hit "snooze," I hit the power-off button, but several minutes later--when I'm not listening, and have walked away from the radio--the music starts back up. I return to press the power-off button again, and again, a few minutes later, the music from my playlist restarts. The only way to make it stop is to either remove my phone from the dock, or turn off the alarm (which I prefer to leave on, since it's programmed for all five weekdays precisely so I don't have to remember to turn it on for five nights in a row.). This doesn't happen every morning. It doesn't even happen often enough that I regret my purchase. When it does happen, though, it is incredibly frustrating.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      Press and release the Alarm Button at any time to review the current alarm
      settings. To toggle the alarm on or off, press the Alarm Button as needed.
      When the alarm icon is displayed, the alarm is armed/on.
      Press the Power Button or Alarm Button when the alarm is sounding to
      reset it to come on again at the same time the next scheduled day. (For
      example, if your alarm schedule is set to Wake Weekday and you reset the
      alarm on Friday, it will come on again on Monday, not on Saturday.)
      Thank you for your feedback. iHome

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice product

    Posted
    Gregbitty
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    So all in all this is a pretty great product with nice features as advertised. I will however say that upon unboxing I did notice right away that this is smaller than I thought it would be. Pictures (for me) were a little deceiving. Not bad though. Also it says that it should be able to charge iPhones via the lightning connector even through "most" phone cases. I had a slim Otterbox case and it did not really fit. I ultimately had to get another case (specifically an iHome brand case) and sure enough it fit just fine. So please beware ahead of time for this specifically. Otherwise you can always bypass the dock connector and simply charge your device via the USB port in the back of the radio. So at least there's the flexibility there. Apple watch charging...no complaints. I do very much like the bluetooth and speakerphone option with this product. Sound quality is good and can get pretty loud which is nice. And probably one of the best things about this is the ever popular iHome exclusive feature where the time is set automatically on the clock when you dock your iPhone. So convenient, especially if the power goes out you can just reset to the correct time in a second. I do like that the dock lightning connector is flexible and it can tilt forward to accommodate your device and/or case. I will definitely be keeping this, although I will say that in my opinion it was a little overpriced for the longest time. It was advertised on the BestBuy.com website for $129.99 and I waited until it went on sale for $99.99. Otherwise I probably would not have paid full price for it, or if I did I would have probably returned it.Even $99.99 was a lot but I'm getting used to it and it's features. It would be nice if the buttons on top were backlit like the comparable iHome model IDL44. Regardless, this is certainly a nice clock radio with neat and useful features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      We apologize for that minor inconvenience and thank you for taking time to review our product in detail. iHome

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

    Posted
    JWMac
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    The iHome Alarm Clock/kRadio is very well constructed and functions very well and is ideal for Apple devices. This device has eliminated three separate charging devices as it charges my Apple Watch, iPhone and has a USB connection I use for my iPad. It is very handy and ideal for charging my devices before going to bed. The alarm functions are great and easy to set after reading the instructions. The audio quality is very good. The only thing to be aware of is the alarm tone volume is not adjustable and a little on the low side in terms of volume. If using the radio or iPhone, the volume can be adjusted to what ever volume desired. Having said that, I use the alarm tone and it has never failed to wake me but that could vary from person to person. The time is easy to read and has an adjustable brightness. Overall a great product, I think.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      Thank you for Sharing your iHome experience. iHome

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Defective

    Posted
    lisainva
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    I ordered this for my husband's birthday, and it came in only 2 days, with free shipping, which was a bonus. When he opened it, it seemed very sturdy and well built. However, when we plugged it in, we saw the he would not be able to charge his iPhone on the dock without removing his Lifeproof case, which he obviously didn't want to do. I was researching extensions that would work with the unit to be able to charge the phone on the dock with the case intact, but then we found that the clock would not keep the correct time. We had to set it manually as per the instructions since the phone wouldn't dock, and we got it to set to the correct time, but every 35 seconds, the time would change, making it quickly off by several minutes. Worthless! Now I have to make a trip to the store, and I'm still trying to decide whether to try another one or just get a refund. Guess I'm just unlucky, since most reviews on this seem to be positive.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      The iPLWBT5 is not defective. While the dock accommodates most cases, you may need to remove your case and/or the rubber docking insert for proper docking. iHome

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great features

    Posted
    SoccerRef70
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    This iHome has many great features including display dimmer, radio presets, dual alarm, multiple chargers, bluetooth. Sound from speakers is good. However I'm only giving it 3 stars because of several issues I have with it. The autodimmer makes the display too dim except in a completely dark room, and even then it's kind of too dim. I use manual dimming. The printing for the control buttons is small and hard to read. Does not have AM radio. Too many button pushes required to set alarms, especially since I need to change alarm times frequently. The minimum volume for radio alarm is still too loud. The display also includes day and date, which is nice, but the date number is too widely separated from the month. Also might be nice if the display showed what was playing on the iPhone when using it (docked or bluetooth).

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      Thank you for sharing your input. We value Customer feedback. iHome

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Alarm Clock For iPhone/Apple Watch Owners!

    Posted
    Wraith
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I have to say, I bought this on a whim after forgetting to put my Apple Watch on the charging stand I have set up downstairs but I have been really happy with this. I like that it has dual alarms like my old alarm, it automatically updates the time when you put your phone on the cradle, and that it has the Apple Watch charger right there. I have not forgotten since and all the functions of the alarm work great. Be sure to fully unwind the FM antenna wire if you are going to use the radio for your wake up. All static when I first turned it on, but with it deployed I get super clear reception. Also, the auto adjusting brightness for the display can be a little wonky at times. Considering turning that off. Other than that though, I'm very happy with this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      Thank you for sharing your iHome experience.We value customer input. iHome

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Everything good except volume control

    Posted
    Pottsie1
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    I considered this alarm clock a very good value when I figured the cost of the components needed to charge an Apple watch or a phone. Frankly, I love everything about the alarm clock, except one thing, The device does not permit you to set the radio volume below a certain level. I like to be awakened by a local radio station. The problem is, the volume cannot be set less than a level 5. Now if level 5 was a faint level, that would be great. But level 5 is somewhat loud. I'm hard of hearing and I consider it loud. It can be jolting to have the alarm go off. The only reason I didn't return it was because I like all of it's other features. Why the designers felt they couldn't trust the owner to set minimum volume levels...I do not understand.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      We apologize for that minor inconvenience and thank you for taking time to review our product. We will pass your comments along to the design team. iHome



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