Best White Noise Machines TechnoBuffalo 2020
A white noise machine can prove an invaluable aid to a night of good sleep. White noise can work wonders for masking everyday nuisance sounds — traffic, noisy neighbours, sirens, dogs barking, birds calling — and smooth out your aural landscape so that you can drift off, and hopefully stay, fast asleep. Our overall best choice, the LectroFan White Noise Machine, has no less than 20 different white noise sounds to choose from. Alternatively, these speakers can be useful during meditation, when studying, or to soothe a restless baby. Our selection has an interesting mix of functionality and features so you should find a white noise machine solution to suit you.
- Best Overall: LectroFan ASM1007-BG White Noise Machine
- Best Looking: Avantek Sleep White Noise Machine
- Best for Travellers: Marpac Rohm Portable White Noise Sound Machine
- Best Choice of Sounds: X-Sense Sound White Noise Machine
- Best Multi-Function Machine: MIFA White Noise Sleep Aid Machine
- Best Value: HoMedics SoundSpa Rejuvenate Machine
Best Overall: LectroFan ASM1007-BG White Noise Machine
This tidy white noise machine from LectroFan is a great all-rounder ticking all the boxes you need for such a sleep aid. It offers ten non-repeating unique fan sounds and ten non-repeating unique white noise sounds, and there's a sleep timer, so you can set the machine to turn off when you've dropped off.
The ASM1007-BG is small and portable and has flexible power options. As well as running off a USB port, this comes complete with AC adapter plugs for the UK, Europe and the United States.
- Sleep timer
- USB and AC power options
- 20 different sounds
- Remembers last sound
- High cost
"Sweet Dreams Are Made of This"
LectroFan's high-end option offers 20 sounds, flexible power and a sleep timer.
Best Looking: Avantek Sleep White Noise Machine
This attractive Avantek White Noise Machine also offers 20 high-quality sounds in total, but there's more variety. As well as six fan sounds and six white noise sounds, this gives you sounds from nature too, with ocean waves, rain, wind, stream, birds, campfire and crickets. You can also set it to tick like a clock.
This is a USB-powered speaker but does have an AC power port. However, there is no AC cable included. With 30 different volume levels, you should find one to suit, and when you do, you can set the timer for between one to seven hours.
- Sleep timer
- Nature sounds
- Small and portable
- No AC power cable
Avantek's white noise machine also offers nature sounds and a ticking clock.
Best for Travellers: Marpac Rohm Portable White Noise Sound Machine
Marpac's novelty-free white noise range drills down on the white noise side of things, the company has specialised in such machines since the early 1960s. The Rohm model offers just three sound options — it simply has bright white noise which sounds like an aeroplane's drone noise, deep white noise which sounds like a fan, or gentle surf to replicate the sound of crashing waves.
The Rohm is very small and portable, measuring in at just 3.75-inches, by 3.5-inches by 1.75-inches and weighs in at under four ounces. Adding to the portability is the bundled lanyard for easy hanging of the device wherever you might lay your head.
- USB rechargeable
- Small and portable
- Specialist sounds
- No AC adapter
Best for Travellers
"Runnin' Down a Dream"
Backed by over 50 years of white noise expertise, Marpac's Rohm is a serious white noise machine.
Best Choice of Sounds: X-Sense Sound White Noise Machine
This X-Sense option offers an impressive 30 soothing sounds which include six kinds of white noise, six fan sounds, ten nature sounds and eight ambient sounds all at which can be played at one of the 30 volume settings. The machine's memory function remembers the last volume level, the type of audio you selected, and there's a timer that can be set for up to seven hours.
Other features to note are the 3.5mm headphone jack so you can listen to the sounds through head- or earphones, the 2,500 mAh rechargeable battery that offers up to 12 hours battery life and the bundled micro USB and AC adapter cables.
- 30 different sounds
- 3.5mm headphone jack
- Sleep timer
- 12 hours of battery life
- Not the smallest option
Best Choice of Sounds
"A Million Dreams"
If you're looking for a variety of sounds to suit different scenarios, this offers 30.
Best Multi-Function Machine: MIFA White Noise Sleep Aid Machine
MIFA's Sleep Aid Machine offers some useful extra functionality — it can also be used as a Bluetooth speaker and speakerphone. On the noise side of things, 15 options include a classic white noise sound, as well as fan, rain, brook, ocean, thunder, summer night, campfire, crickets, etc., and there's a 30-, 60- or 90-minute sleep timer.
On the Bluetooth speaker front, this supports True Wireless Stereo, so you could link it to another unit to create a proper stereo sound set-up. There's hands-free calling too, a microSD card slot, a 3.5mm headphone jack and if the machine is plugged in, there's a digital clock display on the top. When it's not plugged it, this should offer up to 10 hours playback when it's fully charged.
- Bluetooth speaker/speakerphone
- True Wireless Stereo
- Can work as a clock
- Limited timer options
Best Multi-Function Machine
If you like your gadgets to multi-task, this noisemaker doubles as a Bluetooth speaker.
Best Value: HoMedics Sound Spa Rejuvenate Machine
HoMedics' Sound Spa machine comes complete with an AC adapter cable. Still, it can run off batteries, something to consider if you want to use the device when camping or in other electricity-free environments. Another portable option, this is small enough to slip into a suitcase and offers a 15-, 30-, or 60-minute timer.
There are only six sleep therapy sounds — white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night and brook — but this, and the extensive, easy-to-use controls on the top of the unit make it easy to use, even if you're bleary-eyed in the middle of the night.
- Can run off batteries
- Simple-to-use controls
- Sleep timer
- Only six sounds
"You Make My Dreams"
This affordable option has simple-to-use controls for a sleek bedside sound solution.
If you know you want a white noise generating machine with none of the bells and whistles of the options that offer nature sounds too, then the Marpac Rohm machine comes highly recommended as a unit made by experts in the field of such audio.
Anyone looking for a multi-tasking gadget would do well to consider the MIFA White Noise Sleep Aid Machine as this earns its place on your bedside table by doubling as a Bluetooth speaker, a speakerphone and even has a clock display when plugged into power.
Our overall choice, the LectroFan White Noise Machine pips the top slot with its high-quality construction, good sound output, flexible power options and 20 non-looping sounds to relax to.
Credits — The team that worked on this guide
Amy-Mae Turner As someone who clearly really needs her eight hour's beauty sleep a night, Amy-Mae was an obvious choice to curate this collection.
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