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The Best Noise Machines on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. While we’ve talked with a sleep psychologist about things to help you fall asleep, asked interior designers to share their favorite duvet covers and bed sheets, and even tested mattresses, pillows for side sleepers, and alarm clocks. we’ve gone deep here on the best noise machines, sound machines, and white-noise machines you can find on Amazon. Check out the best mattress toppers, mattress protectors, and body pillows on Amazon, too. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best white-noise machine

LectroFan High Fidelity White Noise Machine

“I call the LectroFan my ‘little cone of silence.’ I already own another sound machine which I enjoy quite a bit; it’s got really nice sounds that relax me and help me to get to sleep. I thought that it worked pretty well until I had a house guest that snored like a freight train and had a tendency to watch action-adventure movies until late at night. I turned up the volume on my fancy sound machine, but it didn’t seem to make any difference. I did some research to find a machine that had better sound-blocking characteristics, and the LectroFan was highly recommended. I’m happy to say that the LectroFan has lived up to its reputation as an excellent sound-blocking machine. I just turn up the volume until I don’t hear the offending sounds anymore, and the timer shuts off the machine when I am fast asleep. I’m a sound-sensitive, light sleeper, and this is the best noise blocker that I’ve ever used!”

Best white-noise machines with nature sounds under $50

Avantek White Noise Sound Machine

“This is the Rolls Royce of white noise machines. The available sounds and tones are amazing. I suffer from tinnitus and it is difficult to get something to cover up that constant noise. This machine does it better than I ever thought possible. Also very important, the sounds are not looping. It is surprisingly easy to detect the loop on most sound machines. No loop here, so you won’t go bonkers waiting for the next repeat to happen in your head. Do not waste your money on a cheap noise machine … They short out after minimal use and the loops are ridiculous. This looks modern and super cool on my nightstand. The sound quality is rich and sounds much better than I anticipated. Every once in a while I run across a product that is just so darn good that my quest for a better one ends. This is such a product. This is the last kind of sound/white noise machine I will ever use. Easy to travel with too! Buy this! You and your sleep will love it.”

Wave Premium Sleep Therapy Sound Machine

“I bought this for my 8-year-old daughter who has chronic sleep problems. She is also a very light sleeper, and her room is on the opposite side of the wall to the television, which is sometimes on at night and disturbs her. She is also a nature-lover and loves the nature sounds — the brook or stream sound is her favorite. She loves the product. It helps drown out disturbing noise, relaxes her, and it seems to help her sleep.”

Best white-noise machine with nature sounds under $25

Big Red Rooster BRRC107 Sound Machine, 6 Sounds

“This is the BEST SOUND MACHINE … EVER! I’ve purchased numerous sound machines over the years all claiming to produce natural sounding noise. Liars!! My Big Red Rooster Sound Machine is the ‘real deal.’ The sounds are so life-like that it’s almost spooky. If you close your eyes, you’ll swear you were drifting along on the tide at the beach, or relaxing in a hammock during a summer shower. The sounds do a superb job of masking unwanted noise. Here’s to a fantastic product.”

Best sound machine for sleep

Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine

“We own three of these machines, and they have changed everything about the way we sleep. I can’t believe we got any sleep without one when we lived in an apartment! Now, even in a house, the gentle shushing is the perfect background noise for sleep. It drowns out noise, but is so natural, you don’t even notice it once it’s been on for a while. I sometimes have trouble hearing my husband speaking, only to realize the sound machine is turned on, and I didn’t even notice! Now, we have one in the baby’s room, and I can’t imagine having a baby without it. He wakes up at the slightest noise, so the sound machine is a lifesaver.” [Editor’s note: It’s one of the Strategist’s favorite products.]

Best travel sound machine

HoMedics SoundSpa Ultra-Portable Rechargeable Sound Machine

“This is hands-down one of my favorite products that I own. I love this machine so much that I bought two in case my husband or I go out of town so we can each have one. It’s small and compact so can fit easily in a carry-on and not take up much room. There is a locking switch on the bottom for traveling so the buttons are not activated accidentally. It’s rechargeable so it doesn’t have to be plugged in. The battery lasts a LONG time! I haven’t measured the exact time, but I feel confident in saying that it will last at least two weeks before it needs to be plugged into a standard micro USB plug. I keep my machine on until I manually turn it off in the morning. You will not be disappointed with this machine!!”

Best miniature white-noise machine

LectroFan Micro Wireless Sleep Sound Machine

“First, it is truly tiny: Bigger than one golf ball, but smaller than two. … I’ve used the Marpac white-noise machines for years and have really appreciated them, but both this LectroFan and the full-size unit are far superior in sound quality. The micro, of course, also functions as a Bluetooth speaker, and for travel I think it is ideal, provided you understand that it’s great for things like listening to a yoga routine, book, podcast, or music at low volume. It is tiny after all and not intended to provide room-filling sound, but as a dedicated minimalist traveler, I will now travel with just the LectroFan Micro and a smartphone for electronics on shorter trips. Don’t worry, though — it’s plenty loud when in white-noise mode! All this technology in a package that’s less than half the size of a regular vial of aspirin. Amazing!”

Best adaptive sound machine

Sound+Sleep High Fidelity Sleep Sound Machine

“Wow! I am very impressed. This seemingly tiny speaker is sleek and carries an impressive sound. Display has clean lines and is easy to use; the display lights turn off on their own. Sounds are highly adaptive having multiple combinations and layers and the volume changes with your room’s sound levels. I am very happy with my purchase.”

Best light and sound machine

HemingWeigh White Noise Sound Machine

“Love this noise machine! The ‘night light’ is nice for a little bit of light before turning it off to go to sleep or to read by. The noise level does need to build up in volume when you first turn it on — it starts off very quiet, so don’t be alarmed. At first I thought it wasn’t going to be loud enough but it gets gradually louder after about a minute or so and is perfect. And I love the two built-in USB charging ports. Have recommended this to family members who ended up getting one also!”

Best baby white-noise machine

myBaby SoundSpa White Noise Machine

“This thing is SO AMAZING. It makes a beautiful sound, soothes by baby to sleep, and keeps her from hearing us while she is asleep. We have used it since she came home from the hospital and she started sleeping through the night at 3 months. No idea if this is why, but IT’S AWESOME.”

Best portable baby sound machine

Project Nursery Portable Sound Soother with Nature Sounds for Baby

“This is a GREAT portable sound machine. After purchasing and returning a few portable machines I was thinking I may never find one that suits my needs, but alas… here she is! Clip works. Timer is a nice touch. Batteries last a fairly long time. And, best of all… it gets loud enough! I use in car seats, strollers, and basically anywhere on the go with my infants. I HIGHLY recommend!”

Best baby light and sound machine

Hatch Baby Rest Night Light, Sound Machine and Time-to-Rise

“There are several sound machines in my house, but this is by far my favorite one — we even bring it on trips. The app is super easy to use. I programmed the settings so that the nursery is set for bedtime light/sound when baby’s bedtime rolls around every night. The sounds are soothing, especially the waves one, that I bring it on trips so baby has a consistent noise environment. If I have to change baby’s diaper in the middle of the night, I light it at the lowest levels, and it’s pretty easy to see without waking baby up too much. Though it’s a pricier than other sound machines, the Ok to Wake function makes it worth it. I can see this being used for years and years. I love this so much, I would easily give it as a baby shower gift.”

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The Best Sound Machines, According to Amazon Reviewers