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

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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 484 reviews

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  • 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® Member

    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 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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Combo for the Price

    Posted
    JarrettZ
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was eye balling this unit for a while now since it would charge my Apple Watch and my iPhone XS Max and was a little weary because of my case (Apple Smart Battery Case) because I didn't know if the dock would fit it but it did!! The unit device itself can play audio from the dock, bluetooth, AUX cord (included w/ unit), for FM radio and charge an iPhone, Apple Watch and other USB devices as it has a USB port on the device. The setup was super simple as the time and date set itself through the iPhone itself through plugging it into the dock and the unit firmware is updateable through an app from the AppStore Audio wise the speakers are superb!! They have the right amount of base to them and they can play LOUD. My only dislike from the unit itself is the you cannot play audio through it while using an Apple Smart Battery case. I reached out to iHome and they responded within minutes stating "You need to remove the case when docking the iPhone in the unit. The battery cases are impeding the connection of the phone" which I certainly think is bogus but it is what it is. Over all I like the device but I give it 4 stars because of the issue with the smart battery issue which shouldn't be an issue since these smart battery devices have been around for 4+ years now...

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      Thank you for the detailed review. We are happy to hear how pleased you are with the unit. Enjoy your iHome experience. iHome

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

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

    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: 4 out of 5 stars

    Everything good except volume control

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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best Alarm Clock For iPhone/Apple Watch Owners!

    Posted
    Wraith
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite 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: 5 out of 5 stars

    GREAT

    Posted
    Theresawatson
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    The price is a little high but i made a splurge on myself and bought it. My kitten chewed up the charging wire and i was searching for prices on a new one when i came across this. Getting both alarms to be on the screen at the same time is a little weird. You have to press and hold the alarm buttons and one deletes and the other one comes on. Its weird. I just press the buttons until the both of them come on. The alarm is loud and wakes me. The only thing that is weird is that the snooze button also is a dimmer button. So each time you hit the snooze button the display light dims, gets dimmer and dimmer until there is no display and then the brightness comes back on full force. Im unsure why they did that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      Glad you are enjoying your iHome experience iHome

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with purchase

    Posted
    TechLovingChick66
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I am very indesive when it comes to choosing products I rely on or use often for my day to day routine... the i homes all provided very similar specs which made it difficult to choose... each would have just a slight variation such as how it charges, what type of back up batteries it uses, how many devices it can charge ect. I am very happy with the I home I chose, it is reliable and easy to use, you can have 2 alarms and set them as reoccurring for every day, weekdays or weekends... you can have a standard alarm beeping sound, wake up to the radio or your own device, you are able to charge your iPod and iPhone as well as an I watch if you have one &&& choose if you want it to auto dim or not :))!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      Thank you for sharing your positive iHome experience. iHome

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    4.5 stars if it docked with iPhone in case

    Posted
    C3nMe
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    The iHome clock radio solves the problem of needing to charge an Apple Watch, an iPhone and an iPad all from one accessory. Before, this solution was handled by many cords running around my nightstand. Further, the convenience of having the clock auto set when a phone is docked is very handy, especially around DST change over. I'd give it four and a half stars, if that were allowed, as my challenge is that I cannot dock the device on top without several attempts, but this does appear to be related to the case I have on the phone. I tried with my husband's phone and he has the leather Apple case, and it was twice as likely to connect. Short of that, this dock has worked out really well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      We apologize for the minor inconvenience. Many cases need to be removed before docking the device. Apple also makes bottomless cases for easy docking.


      https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MMYK2ZM/A/iphone-7-plus-leather-case-productred?fnode=d50d4fa61abd267a55505ee529104d68143ee67323ed78f63488bbd21876238914ac0695fd2f3bde861f92ae66a89ca393556bb5233772009d81e0520114ff85c50162155f8b34505bfba7836d71cfa18832be8acb6e0d82c6252f389f652a4a5887f036edc7312fa390fb3e47ce35b8 iHome

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A nice central place to have music and Apple charg

    Posted
    Wanderer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This is my second iHome device. I have been happy with both. I like the ability to charge the devices and have radio as well as internet based music. I have actually fed a MPD server into this through the aux port. I like the small size and descent sound coming out of this. Much better than an alarm clock-radio. The only short coming that I found was that I have to take the case off of the phone to charge the phone. I purchased lightning cable extender and that solved the problem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything I wanted, more than I needed

    Posted
    Hugo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    The sound is great, starts soft and works up to full volume. And it’s good quality sound. I love the USB port for charging my computer or tablet - living in an older home with limited outlets. It has the dimmer feature for the time display that works great, 4 settings. Almost didn’t buy it because of the watch charger that sticks out the side - I have no watch to charge, so I just rest my “regular watch” on it over night. Very happy with the ease of programming stations and wake up times too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stellar Clock & Dock

    Posted
    SpicyBoi
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I got it on the premise that I needed to consolodate my device charging down to one unit that only uses one outlet as opposed to the three chargers I previously used. It delivers a solid charge, it provides great sound quality for its diminutive size, and it has a clock on it...something I haven’t had in a while (which sounds silly, I know). If you’re an Apple consumer and you want a decent dock to keep on your nightstand, I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Product

    Posted
    rjkardo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I am new to the Apple line, but I have both an iPhone and an Apple Watch. Since I like listening to music over Bluetooth and wanted an actual clock in my room, this seemed the perfect accessory. And it has been. I can play music over Bluetooth or while my phone is docked, and I have an easily accessible watch charger. The speaker volume is plenty loud and with good quality sound, plus I like that the clock can be dimmed, to the point of being off. In addition, there is a port on the back to charge other USB devices if I need to; making this a very handy device. I am very happy with this product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      We find joy hearing from satisfied Customers. Thank you. iHome

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Not working with iwatch

    Posted
    Emiter
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    The radio, alarms and every feature but the charger for iwatch works perfectly and as expected, excellent in all except for the I watch charger. Two different versions of th iwatch and still reporting as uncompatible. My wife decide to keep it for her iPhone, but I sing original iwatch charger. The iwatch reported as incompatible, the iwatch also overheat (warmer than normal) and sometimes (60% of the times) discharge the iwatch. DO NOT CHARGER THE IWATCH ...

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      We're sorry to hear about your experience. We take quality issues very seriously. Please reach out to our Support Team so we can resolve this for you.
      Phone: 1-800-288-2792 (Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm EST) iHome

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Value

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

    This was purchased as a short term solution when moving to the country allowing me to listen to streamed music, local radio stations and charge any number of devices (including Apple Watch); some reviews were putting me off, but I was pleasantly surprised that I only received very clear music and however many devices I had docked there was no feedback or noise distortion. A really good value and useful device. The clock has a clear yet not too bright display. Would buy again.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally Replaced My 80s Alarm Clock

    Posted
    JoJo
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I've been using an alarm clock for decades. When I saw this in-store, I gave it a try. Set-up was easy, and it's not an ugly device. It charges my iPhone Xs Max in a case and my Series 4 Apple Watch at the same time with no issues. The alarm is plenty loud but the clock needs to be manually set to the brightest display setting. The sound from the speakers - docked or Bluetooth - is pretty darn good. It's a solid replacement for my trusty alarm clock of old!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    UNDERWHELMED

    Posted
    Dennis
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    Frustrated with software that is intended to interface with device to help with settings. Difficult time trying to establish display brightness despite having an auto setting switch. Although description states that it will dock with most cases it did not with my hard case nor my iPad even with case removed. Had to purchase a third party extension for docking. Would be better overall if it included AM broadcast reception as well. It allowed me to neaten up and consolidate wires on my side of bed with USB charging as well as charging of my Apple Watch.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      iHome

      In order to dock an iPhone with a case, you must remove the rubber pad in the docking area. The iPLWBT5 is not designed to dock with an iPad. iHome