If you’re a light sleeper, you know just how difficult it is to get a good night’s rest with all the distractions around you. From city sounds like sirens and car alarms to a partner snoring in your ear, it can sometimes feel like no one wants you to sleep.
A white noise machine is a great fix to those noisy problems at night. Many products offer a variety of sounds, from the basic white noise that fills the room with a steady stream of many frequencies to relaxation music that will help lull you... to sleep. There’s a noise machine out there for everyone.
But which one is right for you? If you’re thinking about purchasing a white noise machine, it’s important to look at the options available to find the one that fits your needs both on a functional level as well as one that works for your budget.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of the best white noise machines available right now, based on sales and customer reviews. From a basic one that won’t break the bank to one with all the bells and whistles, see which machine is perfect for your bedroom.
This white noise machine claims the top spot for its premium sounds and overall quality. You can choose between six different seamless looping sounds including white noise, fan, ocean, rain, stream, and summer night. It’s also lightweight and portable which means you can take it with you if you travel, but it’s also perfect as a permanent fixture on your nightstand. And there’s a convenient built-in USB charger that allows you to plug your phone or other devices into it. You can also time it to... shut off automatically after 15, 30, or 60 minutes.
People love this one for its sleek design and sound quality. Most said it did a great job blocking out distracting noises at night including partners’ snoring and disruptive sounds coming from outside. Some have reported minor looping on the audio tracks, but others said they didn’t notice. Most would recommend this white noise machine to others.
This well-reviewed top seller in its category is unique in that it allows you to customize the white noise to your liking, so if you want a higher pitch or lower pitch, you’ll be able to adjust it for a personalized sound. What sets this machine apart from others is that there’s actually not a speaker — it is an actual fan that hums, but is protected by a covering so you don’t have to worry about feeling a cold breeze from it. It’s a simple, no-frills sound, but it’s great for masking outside... noises that keep you up at night. And its compact size also makes it pretty easy to take with you when you travel. The product is backed by a one-year limited factory warranty and a customer service promise from the company.
The majority of those who have used it were happy with the way it muffled the distracting sounds. One reviewer went so far as to say it saved her relationship with her snoring husband. Some people had issues with the product breaking over time or reported buzzing sounds, but most would recommend it to others.
The name of this sound machine might depict an eyesore, however this sleek white machine is anything but. Featuring six high quality natural sounds including rain, brook, ocean, thunder, white noise, and summer night, the sound machine allows you to keep it on all night or set the optional time for 15, 30, or 60 minutes. You can power it with an AC adaptor which is included, or three AAA batteries which are not. This is also a portable device which makes it easy to take with you on trips (bonus:... it’s compatible with international voltage.)
People tend to love the machine’s quality, although some can hear a metallic sound or looping when it’s on. Most agree that it’s great at blocking distracting noises while you work or sleep and would recommend the product to others.
Simple and easy to use, this noise machine from HoMedics features six digitally recorded calming sounds including White Noise, Thunder, Ocean, Rain, Summer Night, and Brook. You can have it play continuously, or set it to shut off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes. It can run on batteries (four AA, which are not included) or an AC adapter. It’s also lightweight at about a pound so it’s easy to travel with it, if you wish.
A number one seller in its category, the sound spa relaxation machine gets a... majority of five stars from reviewers. Many have said it’s helped them sleep better and that the sounds are relaxing. One even called it a miracle worker because it was able to help someone with insomnia sleep. Some critical reviews are about issues with it breaking over time. One person reported hearing clicking sounds in the rhythm. However most who purchased it would recommend it.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
Looking for something a little more high-end than your standard white noise machine? This one is a good bet. To prevent as much looping as possible, they’ve recorded natural sounds that last up to 30 minutes before it needs to repeat. You can also add “richness” to each sound. For example, if you’re listening to the rain, you can add thunder, or if you’re listening to the ocean, you can add the faint sound of seagulls. There are 10 different sound profiles to choose from along with two extra... effects per profile to add richness. A sleep timer will also allow you to set the machine to turn off once you’ve fallen asleep.
Customers love the quality of the speakers and the fact that there is no noticeable looping on the audio tracks. Some have been upset with it breaking over time, but the majority of those who have had that happen still say they loved the machine when it was working.
It may be small, but it’s still mighty. This portable sound machine features 10 sounds including five different fan sounds, four white noises, and one ocean. Thanks to its swivel design, you can adjust the speaker to project in various directions around the room, plus it’s got wireless bluetooth capability which means you can use it as a speaker for music from your smartphone (great to bring to the pool when you’re on vacation!) There’s also a rechargeable battery that will last for up to 16... hours of sleep sounds and six hours of streaming audio.
Customers who have purchased this machine have been mostly satisfied with its performance. Many have been surprised by the quality of the speaker considering how tiny it is (for size comparison, it can fit in the palm of your hand.) Some have reported crackling or inconsistencies in the audio tracks which can be annoying, but most were happy with the overall quality of the product.
Adults aren't the only people who suffer from insomnia and difficulties getting to sleep. Children, both young and old, can have issues with sleep where a noise machine may be beneficial. Sometimes, additional features like a radio, lights, and an alarm clock can make the noise machine more appealing to young children. These often come with a wide variety of sounds, songs, and light shows that will give young child something to fall asleep to time and time again.
The MomKnows Galaxy Clock is... actually three different sleep aids in one. As a standard alarm clock, it comes with an easy-to-set alarm function to get heavy sleepers out of bed each day. The noise machine pairs with a lighted star projector that will beam interstellar images all over the room at night. For music, the clock can also pair with a smartphone and MP3 player to play songs from virtually any source.
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