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As Marie de Rabutin-Chanta once said, “We like no noise unless we make it ourselves.” Considering she lived in the 1600s, I can’t imagine what she’d say if she visited me in New York City.
Other people’s noise can be annoying at the best of times, but it’s particularly difficult to ignore sound we don’t control when we’re trying to sleep, work, or study.
The last thing you want to listen to is your neigbor’s 80s hits playlist on repeat, the dog who secretly sings opera while their owner is out, or passing drivers with more subwoofer than sense.
If you need to block noise out, there are various options to try, such as earplugs, headphones, speakers, or a white noise machine.
One of the main reasons to use a white noise machine is to replace disruptive or intermittent noise with a constant background noise of your choosing. They are very easy to use, don’t use much power, and do a good job of blocking out external noise.
Which type of white noise machine to choose?
In the photo below, you can see five of the white noise machines I tested before writing this article. The top two (Dohm Uno and Snooz) contain a real fan. The bottom three (Dreamegg D11, LectroFan Evo, Yogasleep Travel Mini) play different selections of white noise, fan, and nature sounds.
If you like the sound of fans, but don’t want air blowing around your room, you might like a white noise machines that contains a real fan. It’s not a common design, as most just use recordings. The recordings can be pleasant to listen to as well, but don’t sound quite as authentic.
If you like white, pink, or brown noise, some white noise machines come with a good selection of noise colors. If they have pink or brown noise, that can be more relaxing to listen to for extended periods of time than intense white noise.
White, pink, and brown noise also tend to mask external noise better than fan sounds or nature sounds. So if you specifically need to block out loud external noise rather than just listen to relaxing sounds, it’s worth considering those with multiple white noise options.
If you like nature sounds, such as rain, waterfalls or crickets, keep in mind that each white noise machine will have a different selection of nature and ambient sounds.
In this review, I’ll be discussing the white noise machine that I’ve found to be most effective, along with some budget options. You’ll find an overview and comparison tables first to give you an idea of the ones I’ll be talking about. After that, I’ll go over each white noise machine in more detail.
Overview of the white noise machines
My number one choice if you want the best selection of white, pink, and brown noise, as well as multiple fan options. It’s also the loudest white noise machine I’ve tested and the most effective for masking external noise. It only has two nature sounds though, so the focus is on white noise. The auto-off timers, headphone jack, and portable size make it a convenient device for the home or travel.
My top choice of white noise machines that contain a real fan. The sound is soothing to listen to and you can adjust the tone. It has 10 volume settings, with the maximum being surprisingly loud for a fan-based machine and very good for masking external noise. An accompanying app opens up a wide range of additional features, such as daily timers, auto-fade, and nursery calibration.
The widest range of sounds in a white noise machine that has an internal rechargeable battery. With 24 sounds on the original D3 and 29 on the newer D3 Pro, it has a good balance of nature, white noise, and fan sounds. Parents might like this one too, with a lullaby and fetal tone to play to kids. The internal battery means you can place it where you like in a room, but it can also be plugged in and left running.
Sound+Sleep Special Edition
The white noise machine with the most sound options overall. It has 16 main categories, and four variations of each, making 64 in total. The loops are longer than most other sounds machines and undetectable in most variations. It has a unique feature, the responsive volume setting, which automatically adjusts the volume according to the ambient noise levels. This is a larger device that’s not as portable as most though.
Yogasleep Travel Mini
The smallest and most portable white noise machine. It fits in the palm of your hand and is very lightweight. The dimmable nightlight with its warm glow is helpful in unfamiliar bedrooms at night. It only has six sound options and the speaker is less powerful than the average device, so it isn’t ideal for masking loud external noise. But it’s a good choice if you want some gentle, relaxing sounds on the go.
The ideal white noise machine for the parents of young kids. It has 11 sounds, several of which are specifically for kids, such as a lullaby and music box. It has a convenient internal rechargeable battery and lanyard so you can hang it out of reach. The inclusion of a soft nightlight means you don’t need a separate nightlight in their bedroom. It’s small and portable, but has a louder speaker than other comparably sized white noise machines.
Yogasleep Dohm Uno
A real internal fan creates the soothing sound of rushing air. Like the Snooz, you can adjust the tone, but not the volume. It’s a very simple device, with no auto-off timers or additional features. It’s the quietest white noise machine I’ve tested, so it’s not very effective at masking external noise. The sound is authentic because of the real fan, but it’s best used just for relaxation, not sound blocking.
LectroFan Micro 2
A good white noise machine for travel because it’s so small and light. It has 11 sounds, most of which are white noise or fan sounds, with just two nature sounds. You can connect via Bluetooth to play your own music, but the speaker isn’t powerful enough to play music loudly. It has an internal rechargeable battery, which is convenient for placing in a room away from a power outlet or even outside.
Big Red Rooster
You can power it either with the power adaptor or with three AA batteries. It’s very uncommon for white noise machines to have the option to use standard batteries, and that’s the main benefit of this one. It only has six sounds and a very basic speaker, so it’s not the most effective at blocking external noise. However, it does have auto-off timers and is very easy to use as the sound options are clearly labeled on big buttons.
In the table below, you can compare the sound options and prices at the time of writing, on May 4, 2022. Please note that the prices sometimes change, so my thought was to show you the typical price range of white noise machines on an example day.
|10 white noise|
10 fan sounds
|7 white noise|
7 fan sounds
|12 white noise|
8 fan sounds
|2 white noise|
1 fan sound
|1 white noise|
1 fan sound
|4 white noise|
5 fan sounds
|Big Red |
|1 white noise|
In the table below, you can see which white noise machines have some of the key features I look out for when testing them:
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Finally, in the next table you can see how I rate each white noise machine out of 10 on some key points: the sound/speaker quality in my opinion, the maximum volume I recorded with a digital sound level meter, the lengths of the loops I timed, and how portable they are.
|Big Red |
The white noise machines in detail
1. LectroFan Evo
The widest range of white noise and fan sounds, and the loudest maximum volume
The most important job of a white noise machine is to block out external noise by replacing it with a sound that’s more relaxing and constant. So it helps to have different sounds to choose from so you can experiment to find the most effective one to combat whatever external noise is bothering you.
It’s also useful to have a good range of volume so you can block out louder noise if you need to, but turn it down when it’s quieter outside. The LectroFan Evo has a good range of sounds (22 in total) and incremental volume controls, so there’s a lot of flexibility to find the right combination of sound and volume for your particular setting.
It has a wide range of white noise and fan sounds, ranging from standard bedroom fan sounds to a hairdryer and industrial fans. And I like how it doesn’t just have intense white noise, but deeper colors like pink and brown noise too.
I personally find brown noise much more relaxing, especially when I’m trying to sleep. Think powerful waterfall or TV static, and you can imagine the two ends of the spectrum it offers.
The speaker quality is excellent compared to most white noise machines, and it had the loudest maximum volume when I did a volume test of noise machines. So it’s capable of blocking out louder noise that might be reaching your bedroom, such as noisy neighbors, music, or traffic.
The white noise itself is dynamically generated rather than using recordings, which results in a constant sound that doesn’t loop or go silent before repeating.
In the photos below you can see the Lectrofan’s Evo’s easy to use buttons and the headphone jack
It also has two useful features that make it more flexible to use: a headphone jack for private listening, and auto-off timers if you don’t need to listen to white noise all night. That’s also a good feature if you’d like to play white noise in a kid’s bedroom, as it’s best not to play it to them all night.
I also like the minimalist design and the fact that it’s relatively small, so it’s easy to transport. It’s a shame that it doesn’t have an internal rechargeable battery, but the option to power it either with the included power adaptor or USB cable gives some flexibility.
The main downside is that if you’d rather listen to nature sounds from time to time, the LectroFan Evo only has two ocean surf sounds. They sound more like white noise than the ocean really, so this isn’t a sound machine I’d recommend if you’d like a decent range of nature sounds.
As for the price, I’d put it in the middle of the range; it’s not a budget device, costing $50 – $60 usually, but it’s not as expensive as the Snooz or Sound+Sleep either.
Here are the key points to consider:
- It has an excellent range of white noise and fan sounds: 10 white noise, 10 fans, and 2 ocean surf.
- It has deep brown and pink noise that some people will like more than white noise.
- The maximum volume is very loud, and it’s good for masking external sound.
- There are plenty of incremental volume levels if you don’t need it too loud.
- The speaker is good, and the sounds have no looping or breaks.
- It’s small and lightweight, making it good for travel.
- The buttons are easy to use and clearly labelled.
- You can have it on a timer from one to eight hours, or continuous play.
- Must be plugged in to work. Comes with a power adaptor and USB cable.
- Minimalist design and feels sturdy.
- 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening.
Overall, if you’d like a white noise machine for your home or office that has the widest range of white noise and fan sounds to choose from, and the loudest maximum volume, the LectroFan Evo is my number one choice.
2. Snooz white noise sound machine
Contains a real internal fan that’s relaxing to listen to, with a good volume range and extra features.
The Snooz is the first of two white noise machines I’ll be looking at that have a real fan inside them. What I like about this style is that the sound is authentic. No matter how realistic the fan recordings are in some devices, you can tell the difference when you listen to one that actually has a fan inside the casing.
One of the common criticisms of other machines that have internal fans is their typically low volume. The Dohm Uno, for example, is very quiet compared to the Snooz.
The Snooz has 10 volume settings, based on the fan speed, and the maximum volume is the loudest of any I’ve tested that use a real fan. In fact, it’s louder than many standard white noise machines with a speaker and recordings.
You can also adjust the tone of the sound by rotating the side cap, which changes how the air flows through the case. There’s a nightlight of sorts on the buttons, which gives just enough light to see where things are in the bedroom. It’s not a particularly warm glow, but it’s a useful feature nonetheless.
In the photo below, you can see the Snooz app on my phone. The number in the center is the current speed/volume setting.
Both a pro and a con is the accompanying app. It’s a con in that some advanced features can only be accessed with the app, like the timers. That’s not exactly universally user-friendly and I would have liked to see a manual timer button.
But for those who do have a smartphone, I like how you can set multiple timers per day of the week, with a fade in and fade out option that I’ve not seen on any other device.
The Snooz looks great aesthetically, which helps offset the fact that it’s the second most expensive white noise machine in this article, costing $89.99 at the time of writing. Even so, it might not be the right choice if you’re on a tight budget as you can get reasonable white noise machines with recordings for half the price of this one.
It also won’t suit people who want a range of white noise, fan and nature sounds as it only has the fan sound.
Here are the key points to consider:
- It uses a real fan instead of recordings, so it sounds richer than other devices, but doesn’t blow air around the room.
- There are 10 speed settings, which changes the volume.
- The maximum volume is much louder than other fan-based sound machines.
- You can twist the cap to change the tone.
- It has an optional night light coming from the buttons.
- The accompanying app opens up more features, such as timers and auto-fade.
- You can program any length timer for each day of the week.
- Nursery calibration feature to keep the volume lower for children.
- Stylish design and robustly manufactured.
- Lightweight, so it’s good for travel.
- Needs to be plugged in (comes with a six foot cord and power adaptor).
- No headphone jack.
- More energy efficient than a standard large fan.
- 100 night trial period and one year warranty.
On balance, if you enjoy listening to fan sounds, and have been frustrated by the lack of sound masking because of the low volume of other mechanical fan style white noise machines, the Snooz is a solid choice.
It’s the combination of having a real fan, good volume range, tone adjustment, and flexible timer options that make it one of the most effective white noise machines I’ve used. It’s pleasant to listen to and it masks external noise well – exactly what a white noise machine is supposed to do.
3. Dreamegg D3 white noise machine
Reasonable price, 24 sounds, and an internal battery combine to make it a good white noise machine
So far, I’ve looked at a white noise machine with a real fan (the Snooz), and one that specializes in white noise and fan sounds (the LectroFan Evo). Now let’s consider some with a range of nature sounds too.
I’ll start with the Dreamegg D3 because I think it strikes a good balance between the type and quantity of sounds it offers, speaker quality, price, and useful features. There are white noise machines coming up that might beat the Dreamegg D3 on those points individually, but the Dreamegg is an effective all-rounder.
For starters, it has 24 sounds to choose from. There are ten nature / relaxing sounds, seven white noise, and seven fan sounds. It has some of the classics, like rain with thunder, sea waves, and crickets. There’s also a lullaby and heartbeat sound, which makes me think the manufacturer was thinking of parents when they designed it.
Conveniently, the white noise, fan sounds, and nature recordings have been split into three category buttons. That means it’s quicker to cycle through them to find the exact sound you want. It might seem like a trivial point, but it’s better than cycling through all the sounds by pressing one button repeatedly.
Below you can see the Dreamegg D3 and Dreamegg D11 (coming up later) compared. Both of them are portable, but the D11 is much smaller:
The speaker itself is surprisingly clear and very loud on the maximum volume. It gave the LectroFan Evo a run for its money when I tested their volume levels, both reaching over 70 decibels when I measured them from a meter away.
It has a convenient internal rechargeable battery that will last for around ten hours. This also makes it useful for parents, as you can place it wherever you like in a room without needing to think about the power source. And the auto-off timers help prevent it from running for longer than really necessary.
If you’re going to use it yourself, there’s a plug for a standard 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening. Using it that way can also potentially block out more external noise, especially if you have good headphones. It’s also a useful feature if you share your bed and your partner doesn’t want to listen to white noise at night.
My main criticism is that some of the nature sounds are on short loops. That’s a common issue with the nature recordings on sound machines, although it’s not so noticeable with some sounds that are more repetitive. For example, you don’t notice the loop with the brook sound as much as you do with the thunder. Kids might not notice the loops at all, but adults probably will.
Another criticism is that it only came with a USB cable when I bought it. I would have liked to see a power adaptor included too, but it’s not a big issue if you have plenty of USB outlets already.
Here are the main points to consider:
- There’s a good range of sounds: 10 relaxing sounds, 7 fan, 7 white noise.
- The relaxing sounds are: birds, sea waves, brook, fetal tone, lullaby, cricket, thunder + rain, campfire, pendulum, train.
- The speaker is good, with loud maximum volume that capably masks other noise.
- It has an internal rechargeable battery that will last 10 hours. You can plug it in instead though so as not to worry about battery life.
- It’s easy to use, with clear buttons.
- The sound categories are conveniently split into three buttons.
- Auto-off timer of 30, 60 or 90 minutes.
- Takes a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening.
- Includes a USB cable to power it.
- Small and portable. The battery adds a little weight compared to other smaller devices though.
- 60 day money back offer, and 365 day warranty.
- Reasonable price.
Overall, the Dreamegg D3 is a good choice for parents. However, there are a couple coming up that also have nightlights that are worth considering. They have fewer sounds to choose from though. So if you do want to play white noise to a child and prefer the widest range of sounds rather than a nightlight, the Dreamegg D3 is perhaps the better option.
If you’re buying for yourself rather than a child, the Dreamegg D3 has a good balance of features and sounds, and for a reasonable price that will suit lower budgets. It’s usually sold for just under $40, which puts it in the low-mid range of sound machine prices.
Just be prepared to tolerate some short loops if you plan on listening to nature sounds that aren’t constant, such as the ocean waves.
Update: the D3 Pro is now available. It has all the same features, but includes five more sounds and a slightly better speaker.
4. Adaptive Sound Technologies Sound+Sleep Special Edition
If you’d like the widest range of sounds and extra features
The Sound+Sleep Special Edition is an outlier compared to the minimalist design most white noise machines have, with an extensive set of sounds and lots of additional features you’ll rarely find on sound machines. That creates extra weight though, so it’s the heaviest and least portable device in this comparison.
The Sound+Sleep has 16 main categories on a central dial, and a separate button to choose between four variations within each category. That makes 64 different sounds to choose from, which is significantly more than all the other brands of white noise machines I’ve seen.
Admittedly, some variations just add extra detail, such as adding thunder to the rain. Others sound very different, such as a train ride or boat ride.
I like how you can decide to have birds with the brook, wind with rain, or just keep it simple. And like the LectroFan Evo, it also includes a good range of white, pink, and brown noise, as well as a choice of soft fans or more industrial styles.
As for the looping, you really don’t notice it when the variations are selected as the sounds appear to be quite random. I still haven’t managed to spot the loops on many of the sounds, which is a good sign.
One feature that’s unique to this device is the optional responsive volume. If you select that, it will automatically change the volume according to the ambient noise levels it detects in your room.
It takes a couple of seconds to catch up, so it’s not ideal for brief loud noises. But for lengthier volume changes, it’s a neat feature that might help reduce how often external noise wakes you up.
The Sound+Sleep has a useful headphone jack for private listening, multiple auto-off timers, and two USB ports to charge your smartphone or other devices. It’s not the same as using a fast charger, but I found it does the job in the nighttime.
There’s an audio-in cable, so you can play your own sounds or music through the speaker. It’s uncommon for white noise machines to have an audio-in, and I liked having the flexibility to play my favorite Spotify playlist through the speaker from time to time.
The speaker itself produces clear sound with decent maximum volume, and I’ve found it’s capable of masking noise coming from outside the room.
Below, you can see the USB outlets, the audio-in, and 3.5mm headphone port:
The main downside is that it needs to be plugged in at all times to work, using the included power adaptor. It’s also larger than most other white noise machines I’ve tested, so it’s one to keep in the bedroom or office rather than travel with.
The Sound+Sleep devices (there are a few versions) are also one of the most expensive white noise machines out there, so it won’t suit people on a tight budget. This one currently sells for around $110 at the time of writing.
Here are the key points to note:
- Exceptional range of sounds: 12 white noise, 8 fans, and 44 nature/ambient variations.
- The main categories are: rainfall, ocean, brook, city, baby, rides, home, crowds, meditation, small fan, large fan, white noise, pink noise, brown noise, waterfall, meadow.
- Good speaker quality, with reasonably loud maximum volume.
- Looping is undetectable on most sounds.
- Responsive volume feature that adapts to the ambient noise levels.
- Headphone jack and audio in.
- Two USB outlets to charge other devices.
- Easy to use, with labelled categories and a large dial.
- LEDs can be turned off to reduce light at night.
- Timer of 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.
- Fun curved shape, but large and not ideal for travel.
- The most expensive in this comparison.
Overall, with so many different sounds and features, the Sound+Sleep is a very versatile white noise machine. It’s probably best suited to those with more to spend, who want the best variety of nature/ambient sounds, and who like their tech to be rich in features.
If you’re looking for a cheap and portable device with a handful of sounds, and you’re not bothered by extensive features, this one won’t be right for you though.
5. Yogasleep Travel Mini
A tiny white noise machine with a nightlight and internal battery, ideal for travel
The Yogasleep Travel Mini really does live up to its name: it is indeed surprisingly mini, easily fitting in the palm of your hand, and it’s ideal for travel because it’s so lightweight. It’s the smallest and lightest white noise machine I’ve seen so far.
When I first bought it, I wasn’t sure if I would be disappointed by the low number of sounds (there are just six) and the lack of an auto-off timer, which is a key feature for me. However, I’ve come to realise that this white noise machine serves a very specific niche, and serves it well.
It’s the combination of portable size, nightlight, and an internal rechargeable battery that will make it so useful for some people. It’s a great device to use if you’re traveling away from home, and you perhaps don’t know the layout of the room so well, or a room where your kids are staying.
You don’t need to worry about where the power outlet is in the nighttime because of the battery, you can place it where you like in the room, and there are three brightness settings, so you can see what you’re doing in the dark.
In the photos below you can see the nightlight in action in a bedroom in my house, and the simple buttons on the underside:
As for the sounds, there isn’t a lot of variety: two white noise, three nature, and the Dohm. The Dohm sound is interesting, as it’s a recording of the YogaSleep Dohm (see below). The Dohms are notoriously large and heavy, so the YogaSleep Travel Mini gives those who love the sound of the Dohm fan a way to listen to it on their travels.
The stream and ocean surf are pleasant to listen to, and on loops of around one minute, which isn’t bad for a white noise machine considering some are just 20-30 seconds long.
The white noise and brown noise are good too, but the small speaker lacks bass so the brown noise isn’t as deep as you might be used to. The thunderstorm also doesn’t sound very deep, though is quite nice to listen to. And being such a small speaker, the maximum volume isn’t particularly loud.
My main criticism is of the buttons though. They are all on the underside and very small, which makes them tricky to locate in the dark. The nightlight obviously makes it easier, but I’m not sure this sound machine will suit people with finger sensitivity issues or difficulty with their sight.
A second major downside is the lack of an auto-off timer, which I think would have been good to include, even if it made the device a bit bigger.
Here are the main points to consider:
- Very small and lightweight, so it’s ideal for travel.
- The nightlight has a pleasant glow and three brightness settings.
- Six sounds options: white noise, brown noise, stream, gentle surf, original Dohm, thunderstorm.
- The sounds are relaxing to listen to, but won’t mask loud external noise.
- The internal rechargeable battery lasts around eight hours with sound, or five with sound and nightlight.
- There’s a cord included so you can hang it up.
- It comes with a USB cable, so you can leave it plugged in to play for longer.
- Stylish design.
- 101 night trial and one year warranty.
- Reasonable price.
On balance, the YogaSleep Travel Mini is a great option if you’re traveling and space in your luggage is in short supply. The nightlight and battery also make it very convenient to use in rooms you’re not used to. The low price of around $25 also makes it one to consider, especially if you’re prone to forgetting things in your hotel room!
However, if you’re not on the go much, then I think there are better options with more sounds to choose from. And if you’re at home with loud noise bothering you, I imagine a bigger speaker would serve you better.
6. Dreamegg D11
A good choice for parents who want to play white noise to their kids
The Dreamegg D11 is another good choice if you’re a parent looking for a white noise machine you can leave in a kid’s bedroom.
It doesn’t have as many sounds as the Dreamegg D3, with just 11 instead of 24. It does have a nightlight with a lovely glow though, which makes it potentially more useful if you’d like to be able to easily find it in the kid’s room to change the settings in the night.
And of course, many kids like to sleep with a nightlight on, so you don’t need to buy a separate one, or take two devices with you if you’re staying away from home.
As for the sounds, it seems to me that they have focussed heavily on sounds that parents can try in the hope that one or two help their kids relax and fall asleep. For example, there’s a music box, lullaby, shushing, fetal tone, fair sound, and vacuum – all sounds that adults would be less likely to choose I think.
The loops are around 90 seconds long, which is very good for a white noise machine, especially a smaller one. And the speaker quality is clear and surprisingly loud for its size. I was definitely able to mask a lot of external noise using this small device, which I wasn’t expecting.
Like the D3, the Dreamegg D11 also has a rechargeable internal battery. So you can place it where you like in a bedroom, or even hang it up using the included lanyard. I’ve managed to get more than eight hours out of it from a single charge, which is enough for a night.
It has auto-off timers of 30, 60, and 90 minutes or the option for continuous play. Considering the other two very small white noise machines in this article don’t have timers (the YogaSleeep Travel Mini and the LectroFan Micro 2), this is one of the main reasons to choose this one if you’d like a portable device.
Below, you can see the four main buttons of the Dreamegg D11, and the lock button to prevent kids from changing the settings:
My main criticism is about the lack of sounds for adults and the lack of a rain sound, which is a popular one. There’s just one white noise and one fan sound, so I think they could have added one or two more instead of the vacuum and fair, which aren’t so relaxing to listen to.
Then again, I think it’s fairly obvious this sound machine was made for kids, even if they do say adults will like it too.
Here are the main points to consider:
- 11 sounds to choose from: ocean, brook, lullaby, music box, shushing, vacuum cleaner, fetal tone, fair sound, crickets, white noise, fan.
- The maximum volume is loud, masking external noise well.
- It’s small and lightweight, making it convenient for travel.
- It has a pretty nightlight, with constant or pulsing modes.
- It has an internal battery, or you can power it with the included USB cable.
- There’s a child lock to prevent them from changing the settings.
- Lanyard to hang it from a shelf or door handle.
- Auto-off timers from 30 to 90 minutes.
- 60 day money back offer, and 365 day warranty.
- Good price.
The price is reasonable, costing just under $30 at the time of writing. This puts it towards the budget end, which might suit parents who are being careful with their expenses.
Overall, I think the Dreamegg D11 is a good option for parents because of the sound choice tailored to young kids, and the warm nightlight glow. The internal battery, timers and portable size also make it a good one for traveling.
In fact, unless you’re really struggling for space in your luggage, in which case the YogaSleep Travel Mini is the best choice, I’d probably recommend this one out of all the smaller white noise machines that were designed with parents in mind.
7. Yogasleep Dohm Uno
If you’re on a tighter budget and would like a white noise machine with an internal fan
The Dohm Uno is the second white noise machine with an internal fan that I’ll be looking at. Just to clear up any confusion, it used to be called the Marpac Dohm until the company rebranded as Yogasleep.
The Dohm Uno is a very simple device – so simple that it only has one button. That button turns the internal fan on and off. And the fan pushes air out of small holes around the casing, which makes the rushing air sound.
The only option you have to adjust the sound is to twist the cap, which slightly changes the tone of the rushing air sound as it flows through the holes. You can’t adjust the speed, though there is a version that has two speeds – the Dohm Classic.
And that really is it – there’s nothing else to do with the Dohm Uno. It does a simple job, and it does it well as the resulting sound is authentic and relaxing to listen to. As with the Snooz, the use of a real fan sets it apart from the devices that only use recordings of fans.
Here are the main points to consider:
- Produces the authentic sound of rushing air as it has an internal fan.
- Very easy to use, with just one large button to turn it on and off.
- You can adjust the tone by twisting the side cap.
- Sturdy design that should last a long time.
- Needs to be plugged in to work.
- 101 night trial and one year warranty.
My main criticism is that the sound produced is quieter than the other white noise machines, and significantly quieter than the Snooz. So if you’re looking for a device to mask external sound, it will struggle to block out loud noise coming from other rooms or outside. The Dohm Uno is probably best suited to relaxation then, not heavy-duty sound masking.
And if you’re looking for additional features like a headphone jack, internal battery, or auto-off timers, you won’t find that with the Dohm Uno. It just doesn’t have any additional features at all.
Despite the lack of volume and extra features, if you like the idea of having the authentic sound of air made by a real fan, the Dohm Uno is one to consider if the Snooz seems too expensive. It’s just under $35, which is less than half the price of the Snooz. Just don’t expect it to give you any respite from your noisy neighbors at night.
8. LectroFan Micro 2
A portable white noise machine and Bluetooth speaker
There are very few white noise machines that have Bluetooth speaker functionality. So if you’d like to be able to play your own music as well as listen to the built-in white noise options, the LectroFan Micro 2 is the one I’d recommend.
As well as doubling as a Bluetooth speaker, it’s a very capable white noise machine, just like the other LectroFan versions. It doesn’t have as much variety as the LectroFan Evo, but it still has a good selection of 11 sounds. It has four white noise variations, five fan sounds, and two ocean surf.
It’s good that it has some deeper white noise too, as most white noise machines that only have one white noise option tend to stick with the more intense classic white noise. Having some pink or brown noise gives more options for people who find deeper noise colors more relaxing (like me).
I like the fan sounds too, and think there’s enough variety in the five to cater to most tastes. However, I wasn’t a huge fan of the ocean surf sounds. Just like the Evo, they sound too digitally generated for my liking. Still, the undulating sound might appeal to you more than steady white noise.
One key feature is that it has an internal rechargeable battery, which you charge with the included short USB cable (a bit too short maybe). The battery life is superb though, lasting up to 40 hours with white noise and 20 hours with Bluetooth audio input. This is considerably longer than the YogaSleep Travel Mini, Dreamegg D3 and D11.
If you do use it with Bluetooth and your own music, don’t expect incredible bass though. It just doesn’t have the bass you might be used to with high-quality larger speakers or headphones, so it’s not going to be a party speaker by the pool on holiday.
Despite the lack of bass, the speaker is louder than I expected for such a small device, and I found it was capable of masking a lot of ambient noise coming from other rooms and outside. I also like that you can swivel the speaker, so you can point it upwards to fill the room with sound or to the side if you prefer.
In the photo below, you can see how small the LectroFan Micro 2 is when it’s on my bedside table next to a glass of water. It’s very portable, but won’t rattle your windows with bass!
The main downside is that there isn’t an auto-off timer. I think this is a basic feature for a white noise machine, so I was surprised to see it omitted. Another potential issue is the tiny buttons. If you have finger sensitivity issues, or need to operate it in the dark, you might find it a bit frustrating to use.
Here are the main points to consider:
- 11 white noise sounds included: 5 fan sounds, 4 white noise, 2 ocean surf.
- You can use it as a Bluetooth speaker, giving more flexible sound choice.
- Decent speaker quality at mid to high frequencies, but lacks bass.
- Loud volume for its size, so it will mask a good amount of external noise.
- Very small and lightweight, so it’s convenient for travel.
- Internal battery with great battery life.
- No timers or headphone jack.
- Reasonable price.
Overall, the LectroFan Micro 2 is a convenient white noise machine for travel because of its small size, Bluetooth speaker option, and internal rechargeable battery. It’s also a reasonable price, costing just under $35 at the time of writing, which is at the low-mid end of the price spectrum for white noise machines.
For parents, I’d probably stick with the Dreameggs or YogaSleep Travel Mini. But for adults who intend to use it themselves, it’s a great choice if you’re on the go a lot and would like a louder speaker than your phone from time to time.
9. Big Red Rooster
If you’d like to power your white noise machine with standard AA batteries
The main reason to consider the Big Red Rooster is that it’s the only white noise machine in this review that can be used with normal batteries. It takes 3 x AA, which aren’t included. It does come with a USB cable and power adaptor though, so batteries aren’t the only power option.
It only has six sounds, which isn’t a lot when you consider how many some of the previous devices have. On the plus side, it’s very easy to use the Big Red Rooster as each sound has a labelled button so you can quickly select them. Those buttons make a loud clicking sound when you press them though, which lets the device down in terms of the overall feel and quality.
As is so often the case with sound machines, the nature recordings are on quite short loops of under a minute, but they do sound reasonably relaxing to listen to. I liked the ocean, rain and brook most.
The thunder is slightly problematic and needs to be kept at a lower volume, or it sounds distorted as the speaker struggles with the bass, and also rattles the casing a bit.
As for the sound masking potential, it doesn’t really have a powerful enough speaker to block out loud nuisance noise from outside your room. But it will help a bit with higher frequency sounds, and is fine for relaxation at night if you don’t need to block out noise.
Below, you can see the battery compartment on the underside of the Big Red Rooster:
There are auto-off timers or 15, 30, or 60 minutes, which is a key feature I like to see, with little LEDs to tell you which one it’s currently set to. There’s no headphone jack or other additional features though, so it’s a very simple white noise machine compared to the previous ones I’ve discussed.
Here are the main points to consider:
- You can use 3 x AA batteries to power it, or the included USB cable and power adaptor.
- There are six sound options: white noise, rain, ocean, brook, summer night, thunder.
- There are auto-off timers of 15, 30 or 60 minutes.
- It’s small and very lightweight, making it portable for travel.
- Low price.
Overall, the Big Red Rooster will be best suited to those who really want to power their white noise machine with batteries, and perhaps those who want a cheap device. At just under $20, it’s the lowest priced in this comparison, and it’s rare to find any that are much cheaper than that.
However, the old adage of ‘you get what you pay for’ does apply here. In this case, that means low speaker quality, a flimsy design, and a lack of sound choice.
If it weren’t for the uncommon option to use batteries to power it, I probably wouldn’t include it in an article that’s supposed to be discussing the best white noise machines. Serving a unique purpose got it in, but only just!
Where else to buy the white noise machines
In addition to the links I included in the article to Amazon or the individual manufacturer websites, the white noise machines are sometimes sold by other stores/sites.
If you’d like to compare prices, I recommend searching:
- eBay (Possible to find all of them second hand if people sell them)
- Best Buy (Yogasleep range and others not in the article)
- Walmart (Yogasleep range and others not in the article)
- Bed Bath and Beyond (LectoFan, Big Red Rooster, Yogasleep range and others not in the article)
- Target (LectoFan, Yogasleep range and others not in the article)
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If you’d like to browse through all of my previous white noise machine reviews, you can find them listed on the main white noise category page.
If you’re unsure if you really need a white noise machine, or would like more tips for making the right choice, take a look at my guide to choosing a white noise machine.
You might also find my ideas for blocking out noise in bed useful.