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Falling asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow? Never heard of it.
If you need something to help you drift off at the end of the day, a white noise machine is a great place to start.
Not only do white noise machines allow you to fall asleep to soothing sounds, they also block out pesky background noises that can easily keep you awake — think the slamming of a car door or your partner’s snoring.
There are lots of options out there, but we think the eight in this list are some of the best. Plus, there’s something for everything — from folks who like the sounds of nature to gentle hums for your little one.
- Sound selection options. Because sometimes you want to fall asleep to the sound of a gentle rain, and other times you might want some general static.
- Aesthetics. If it’s going to be sitting in your bedroom, you want it to fit your vibe. We looked for smaller, more streamlined machines that don’t take up a ton of space.
- Positive customer reviews. Real-life users are the best judges out there. We took customer reviews and feedback into consideration when searching for reliable machines.
- Special features. Does the machine also act as a nightlight? Does it have a timer? We loved machines that were simple but also boast cool add-ons.
$ = under $25
$$ = $25–$45
$$$ = over $45
Introducing: The winners
- Best overall: LectroFan Classic
- Best features: Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sleep Sound Machine
- Best rated: Homedics White Noise Sound Machine
- Easiest to use: Yogasleep Dohm Classic
- Most versatile: Douni Sleep Sound Machine
- Best for babies: Hatch Baby Rest
- Best budget: Big Red Rooster
- Best portable: LectroFan Micro 2
1. Best overall: LectroFan Classic
What makes the LectroFan standout? Simplicity. There are 20 different varieties of white noise, pink noise, or fan sounds (a nice array of options without being overwhelming).
The fact that there are only three main buttons makes it really easy to use in the dark when you’re half asleep. It’s small and sleek, fits easily on your nightstand, and can even be toted around with you when you travel.
It has a built-in timer and can be used from a wall outlet or USB, and there’s no light that might bug you while you’re sleeping.
While the LectroFan doesn’t offer sound machine noises like rain or the ocean, reviewers love how it blocks outside noises (one reviewer called it a “lifesaver” in the midst of New York City construction).
2. Best features: Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sleep Sound Machine
The Sound+Sleep machine has everything you never knew you needed.
For starters, there are 10 sound profiles and 30 listening experiences to choose from, with everything from white, brown, and pink noise, to your typical nature noises. The soundscapes are also non-repeating, so it’s not one recording played on a loop.
Then there are the cool features that make it unique. The noise-reduction timer gradually lowers the volume in 30-, 60-, 90-, and 120-minute increments so that the silence of the machine going off doesn’t disturb you. The buttons glow to make it easy to use in the dark, but they automatically dim so they won’t disrupt you.
It also has a headphone jack so you can listen by yourself if your partner doesn’t enjoy the sound.
3. Best rated: Homedics White Noise Sound Machine
With over 20,000 reviews and a nearly 5-star rating on Amazon, Homedics White Noise Sound Machine is easily one of the most popular options out there. It’s not hard to see why: It has the same features as more expensive machines with a lower price point.
There are six different sound options to keep it simple (one white noise and five nature noises), and an auto-timer that can allow the machine to turn off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes. It’s really easy to use with an adjustable, wide-range volume.
It’s small and light, so it makes for a great travel option and won’t take up a lot of space in your bedroom.
4. Easiest to use: Yogasleep Dohm Classic
The Yogasleep Dohm Classic is our top no-fuss option. With the turn of a nob, you’ve got white noise.
This is a fan-based white noise machine, so you’ll only hear the soothing sounds of rushing air. Once you select the volume, you can twist the knob to adjust the tone of your white noise to make it more personalized to what you want.
There’s no timer feature, but since many prefer to sleep with white noise all night, that may not be an issue.
5. Most versatile: Douni Sleep Sound Machine
The Douni Sleep Sound Machine gives you a really personalized experience. There are 24 sound options including fan sounds, white noise, classic nature sounds, and even lullaby and fetal tones for babies.
Probably the best feature of this one is the memory function, which remembers your last settings of the timer, sound, and volume level so you don’t need to constantly adjust everything.
It has an automatic timer that turns it off after 30, 60, or 90 minutes, as well as a headphone jack and 32 volume levels. The USB plug also makes it a portable charger for your phone.
It doesn’t hurt that this one is a bit more aesthetically pleasing than standard white or black, with its natural wood grain finish.
6. Best for babies: Hatch Baby Rest
White noise can be extremely helpful in getting your baby to sleep better, and the Hatch Baby Rest is made with little ones in mind. In fact, it’s designed specifically to establish healthy sleep routines.
It produces white noise and acts as a nightlight, with multiple light and sound options to choose from. We also liked the alarm feature, which is great for older kids.
Did we mention it’s also easy to use for parents: It can be controlled entirely through an app on your phone, so you don’t need to disturb your kiddo to turn it off or on.
7. Best Budget: Big Red Rooster White Noise Machine
This is a high quality white noise machine at a budget-friendly price. It features six different sleep sounds and includes a mix of white noise and nature sounds.
There’s an optional auto-off timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes, and it can be plugged in or battery operated. The volume range is great and it really does block out other noises — one review said, “I could honestly compare it to my Bose speaker sound quality.”
It’s also small and compact for those with limited nightstand space.
8. Best Portable: LectroFan Micro 2
Made specifically with travel in mind, the LectroFan Micro 2 is small enough to be stowed in a carry-on bag or even your purse. It has an internal rechargeable battery with 20 hours of battery life (40 hours on the Bluetooth setting).
There are 11 different sounds ranging from white noise to brown noise to ocean waves, and the speaker is impressive for something so small.
As a bonus, it can also be paired with your device through Bluetooth and can be used as a speaker.