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5 Best White Noise Machines That Will Make You Sleep Like a Baby

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Whether you live in the city, or in the wilderness, there are some nights where every little noise is keeping you awake, and we all know that rest is arguably the most important part of training. While you can't control what's happening outside, a white noise machine is a great way to block it out, and replace it with a relaxing, soothing, atmosphere. Most white noise machines are beneath $100, which makes them relatively accessible.

Not only can they be used to help you sleep better, but they can also create a great environment for work, studying, or meditation—either with white noise settings, or natural sounds like rain, waves, or thunder. Read about some of the best white noise machines on the market below, and how to choose the right one for you.

How to Choose Your White Noise Machines

White noise machines are not the most difficult thing to shop for, but there are a few key aspects to consider that will help you choose the right one for you. The most important of these is deciding which sounds you prefer and how many options you would like. If you know that you just want white noise, your choice is easy, but if you are new to sleeping with sound in the background you may wish to experiment.

Most models will offer three types of noise: white, brown and pink. White noise is broadly stagnate across the sound system, including both high and low frequencies and most resembles the sound of a waterfall. Brown noise is strong and deep with mostly low frequencies—this is closest to the sound of gentle surf. Pink noise falls in between the two with mostly low frequencies, but still a touch of high—this is often described as being more soothing than white noise, and it is similar to the sound of light or medium rainfall.

Some machines will also have the addition of nature sounds like waves, nighttime bugs, or thunder, which can feel more natural than the monotonous whirring of white noise. Lastly, you will want to consider the size, particularly if you travel frequently. (Looking at you, marathon season.)

Since white noise machines can be lifesavers when trying to sleep in thin walled hotels or places that have an outside environment you are not used to, you would want to choose one that is small enough that it fits easily in a carry on bag without taking up a ton of space.

How We Choose

To find the best options among the many white noise machines out there, we researched the most lucid models available, and looked to expert sources like Wirecutter and that tested and reviewed these products. We then took into account price, size, volume, and variety of sounds. Finally, we consulted more than 53,000 reviews, written by people who’ve bought these models, on sites like Amazon and Walmart to settle on these five.

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Good for Travel
LectroFan Evo White Noise Sound Machine
Adaptive Sound Technologies
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  • Small footprint
  • White, brown, and pink noise options

  • Not very attractive

Number of Sounds: 10
Power Source:
 4.7 x 4.7 x 3.3 inches 

This white noise machine may be small enough to sit on your nightstand, but it is also able to drown out anything from noisy next-door neighbors to the caterwauling of your local strays. It has a range of sounds, including white, brown, and pink noise, as well as fan sounds. It is super easy to use, and thanks to the tiny size, it is also a great travel companion.

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Yogasleep Dohm

  • Easy to use
  • Soothing, organic sound

  • Only has fan sound

Number of Sounds: 2
Power Source:
 5.5 x 5.5 x 4 inches

If you don't find typical static white noise to be to your liking, you may prefer something more like this model, which uses an actual fan to create a soothing whirring noise. 

While it does not have the option of pink or brown noise, some people found that this was a much more natural alternative to the electronically generated static. It does, however, have two speeds to choose from, and the volume can be controlled by twisting the top layer, which gives you some control over the sound.

Budget Option
HoMedics White Noise Sound Machine

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  • Very affordable

  • Imperfect light can be obtrusive while sleeping

Number of Sounds: 6
Power Source:
AC, AA batteries 
 6.5 x 6 x 2 inches

Not only is this machine budget-friendly, but it gives you a choice between white noise or natural sounds like thunder, running water, and the ocean. Unlike most models that run all night, this one also has timer options for 15, 30, and 60 minutes. 

The one downside is the bright green light on top that shines while it is running. If you are sensitive to light in your room while you sleep, you may want to try a different option, or find some way to cover the light. 

Bays Pick
Adaptive Sound Technologies Sound+Sleep
Adaptive Sound Technologies

  • Download Training Plans
  • Possible nature sounds

  • Not an aesthetic design

Number of Sounds: 64
Power Source:
Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.5 x 4.5 inches

If you want a more premium option, this Adaptive Sound Technologies model gives you tons of sound options that are great not only for sleep, but also to keep you focused when studying, working, or even meditating. They range from white noise, to waterfalls, to the ambience of a crowd. It is quite a high price tag, but if you can spare the cash, customers say y0u won’t be disappointed with the authentic sounds it provides.

Best Aesthetic
SNOOZ White Noise Sound Machine

  • Very portable
  • Super adjustable volume

  • Expensive for one sound

Number of Sounds: 1
Power Source:
 5.65 x 5.65 x 3.15 inches

If the thought of having an ugly noise machine on your bedside table is turning you off, consider this model, which is sleek, unassuming, and can easily blend in with your decor. It has only one sound, but it is a peaceful, non-looping fan that has adjustable tone and volume. It can also be calibrated for babies so that it helps them—and you—sleep better at night. 

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