The 10 Best White Noise Machines

Please note that the written article below the top picks section is not an exact transcript of my video. I tightened it up in places to be easier to read.

My top picks from the video:

The white noise and fan sound specialist:

LectroFan Evo (see on Amazon)


Internal battery and nature sounds galore:

Avantek rechargeable (see on Amazon)


More sounds and features than any other:

Sound+Sleep (see on Amazon)


The tiniest and most convenient for travel:

LectroFan Micro 2 (see on Amazon)


With a soothing lullaby for babies and young kids:

Dreamegg D3 (see on Amazon)

If you need to mask external noise that’s disturbing your sleep, study or work, a white noise machine is a great way to achieve that.

I’ve used one myself for many years – I find it helps to replace the noise that’s bothering you with a more relaxing, constant sound that you choose yourself.

I don’t think this is an area where I can say there’s one device to rule them all. I think there are several good ones, and it’s a matter of understanding the features and sounds so you can choose the right one for you personally.

Here are the key features that I look out for with white noise machines:

  • Does it have a good variety of white noise and fan sounds? Are there realistic nature recordings?
  • The speaker quality and volume range.
  • A headphone jack for private listening.
  • Is there an internal rechargeable battery or does it need to be plugged in?
  • The length of the auto-off timers.
  • If it’s small and portable for travel or takes up more space on a nightstand or desk.
  • The price. Budget options hover around $20. The average range for good ones seems to be $30 – $50. Only premium devices cost more than that, though none reach triple figures.

If you plan on playing white noise to an infant, be aware that budget sound machines marketed towards parents sometimes have poor speaker quality in my experience. So unless you really want a lullaby sound and cute design, I recommend choosing a good standard device with auto-off timers.

So with those points in mind, let’s take a look at my recommended white noise machines.


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1. LectroFan Evo

Best white noise machine for pure white noise and fan sounds, with the loudest volume

charcoal color lectrofan white noise machine

Key points

  • Sounds: 10 white noise, 10 fans, 2 ocean surf
  • Headphone jack: Yes
  • Auto-off timer: Yes
  • Power: Power adaptor with USB cable

A white noise machine has two main functions: to mask external noise that’s disturbing you, and to reliably play a more relaxing, consistent sound. And the LectroFan Evo does both of those jobs very effectively.

It has the widest range of white noise and fan sounds of all the machines I’ve tested. It’s great that it doesn’t just have intense white noise, but deeper-sounding colors like pink and brown noise too, which I personally find more relaxing.

The speaker quality is excellent, and the maximum volume is very loud. So if you need it to block out disruptive external noise, it’s up to the task. The white noise is dynamically generated rather than using recordings, which results in a non-repeating and constant sound.

It has two of the most important feature I look out for: a headphone jack for private listening, and auto-off timers if you don’t need your white noise on all night.

If you’re looking for lots of different nature sounds, the LectroFan Evo might not be the one for you. And if you prefer one with a rechargeable internal battery, again you’ll need to keep reading below.

But if you need a sleek and compact device for your home or office, and that caters to every taste of white noise and fan sounds, this is an excellent choice.

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2. Avantek Rechargeable

The best rechargeable white noise machine, with a good variety of nature sounds and white noise

avantek rechargeable sound machine

Key points

  • Sounds: 18 nature, 6 white noise, 6 fans
  • Headphone jack: Yes
  • Auto-off timer: Yes
  • Power: 10 hour rechargeable internal battery. Power adaptor with USB cable.

The Avantek is a particularly good white noise machine if you enjoy listening to nature sounds, with 18 long recordings ranging from rain and ocean to crickets, frogs or even bubbling water. It also has a good range of white noise and fan sounds, so there’s an option for everyone.

It has an internal rechargeable battery, which will last all night, making it very convenient for placing anywhere in the room. But you can also use it with the standard USB cable and power adaptor provided.

You can play it all night or select an auto-off timer from one to seven hours, which is more choice than most white noise machines offer. And it has a headphone jack so you can listen without disturbing anyone else.

The speaker quality is impressive and the nature recordings sound clear and pleasant to listen to. The maximum volume is also high, but I found it was very good at masking external noise at night even on lower volumes.

One issue is that it uses touch buttons, which look modern but can be a little fiddly in the dark. So I think it’s probably best suited to daytime use, or to set it once before you go to sleep and leave it playing with an auto-off timer.

The Avantek is a solid choice if you enjoy nature sounds, while still having the option to listen to a range of standard white noise and fan sounds.

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3. Sound+Sleep Special Edition

Most variety of sounds and extra features

sound+sleep special edition

Key points

  • Sounds: 44 nature and ambient, 12 white noise, 8 fans
  • Headphone jack: Yes
  • Auto-off timer: Yes
  • Power: Power adaptor
  • Extra features: 2 x USB charging ports, responsive volume, audio-in cable to play your own music

The Sound+Sleep Special Edition is a premium device (the most expensive in this review at just under $100). It takes a different approach to the minimalist design most white noise machines have, cramming in as many sounds and features as possible.

It has 16 main categories on the central dial, and a selection button to choose between four variations. That makes 64 different sound choices in total.

Some settings just add extra detail, for example adding thunder to the rain. Others are very different, such as a train ride or boat ride. I really like how you can decide if you have birds with your brook, wind with your rain, or just keep it simple. And it also has a broad range of brown to white noise, industrial or house fans.

One feature that’s unique to this device is responsive volume. If you select that, it will automatically change the volume according to the ambient noise levels in the room. It’s a feature not everyone will want to use, but it does work well.

It has a useful headphone jack, auto-off timers, and two USB charging ports for your smartphone or other devices. There’s an audio-in cable, so you can play your own sounds or music through the speaker. The speaker itself produces clear sound, and I found it’s capable of masking noise coming from outside the room.

The main downside it that it needs to be plugged in at all times using the included power adaptor. It’s also larger than most other devices in this review. So it’s one to keep in the bedroom or office, and not a portable device for travel.

With so many sounds and features, this is a very versatile device and one for people who love nature sounds, and who prefer their tech to be rich in features.

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4. Marpac Uno

A simple device with soft sounds made by an internal fan

marpac uno

Key points

  • Sounds: Rushing air from an internal fan
  • Headphone jack: No
  • Auto-off timer: No
  • Power: Standard plug

Marpac have been making white noise machines since the 1960s and are famous for their internal mechanical fan design.

The Marpac Uno is incredibly simple to use. All you do it press the single button it has, which will start up the internal fan. That pushes air out of the little air holes. The only option you have to change the sound is to twist the cap, which slightly changes the sound the air makes as it comes out.

And that really is it; there’s nothing else to do with the Marpac Uno. It does a simple job, and it does it pretty well as the resulting sound is authentic and relaxing to listen to.

My main criticism is that the sound produced is relatively quiet compared to all the others I’ve tested. It’s wonderful if you like the sound of air but don’t want to actually have air moving around your room.

However, if you’re hoping to mask external sound, it will struggle. 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 Uno.

Despite the lack of volume and fancy features, if you like the idea of having the authentic sound of air made by a real fan, the Marpac Uno is a good choice.

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5. LectroFan Micro 2

Best portable white noise machine for travel, with a rechargeable internal battery and Bluetooth speaker

lectrofan micro 2

Key points

  • Sounds: 5 fans, 4 white noise, 2 ocean surf
  • Headphone jack: No
  • Auto-off timer: No
  • Power: Internal rechargeable battery. USB cable included.
  • Extra features: Can be used as a Bluetooth speaker

The LectroFan Micro 2 is my personal favorite for travel or for outside use. It has an internal rechargeable battery (charged with the included USB cable) that will last an admirably long time: 20 hours with white noise and 40 hours on the Bluetooth setting.

Like the LectroFan Evo, there’s a good variety of white noise, ranging from relaxing brown noise to more intense white noise. There are enough fan sounds to cater to different tastes, and two ocean surf which are pleasingly non-repeating.

I like that it can be used as a Bluetooth speaker, so you can play your own music or different nature sounds if you prefer. It’s a really nice option that just opens a door to having more variety.

For such a tiny device, the speaker is surprisingly powerful, and it will easily drown out most noise coming from outside the room. 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.

The main downsides are that there’s no auto-off timer and that the buttons are quite small and fiddly. It’s not an issue for me, but I can imagine it could be for some people. It’s also worth noting that there are only two nature sounds.

Overall though, the LectroFan Micro 2 is a fantastic white noise machine for travel, being on the go and avoiding the need to be plugged in at all times.

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6. Dreamegg D3

Good for babies and young kids, with an additional lullaby

dreamegg d3 sound machine

Key points

  • Sounds: 9 nature, 7 white noise, 7 fans, 1 lullaby
  • Headphone jack: Yes
  • Auto-off timer: Yes
  • Power: USB cable included

The Dreamegg D3 is a good mid-range white noise machine that was designed with the parents of babies and young kids in mind.

In addition to the 8 relaxing nature sounds, there’s also a soothing lullaby and a hypnotic heartbeat sound. But if that doesn’t quite work, there’s enough white noise and fan sounds to try out too.

The internal rechargeable battery 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 mean you can keep it on for no longer than is necessary.

I also really like that they have the white noise, fan sounds and nature recordings split into three category buttons. That means it’s quicker to cycle through them to find the exact sound you want.

If you’re going to use it yourself, there’s a handy headphone jack for personal listening, and that also helps keep external noise at bay even better.

My main criticism is that some of the nature sounds are on shortish loops, which is very common with budget sound machines. A second issue is that you sometimes hear a very faint fan sound in the background, which is a little unusual.

Overall, this is a good choice for parents and people looking for their own device alike. It has a good balance of features and sounds, and for a reasonable price.

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7. Big Red Rooster

Best battery-operated white noise machine

big red rooster sound machine

Key points

  • Sounds: 5 nature, 1 white noise
  • Headphone jack: No
  • Auto-off timer: Yes
  • Power: 3 x AA batteries, or included USB cable and power adaptor

The Big Red Rooster is the only white noise machine in my current selection that can be used with normal batteries (it takes 3 x AA, which aren’t included). It does come with a standard power adaptor though, so batteries aren’t the only power option.

It only has six sounds, which is quite limited. But it’s very easy to use the Rooster as each sound has a labelled button so you can quickly select them. Those buttons are a little ‘clicky’ though, which lets the device down in terms of overall feel and quality.

The nature recordings, as is so often the case, are on short loops, but they do sound reasonably good. The thunder needs to be kept at a lower volume though, or it tends to distort while rattling the casing.

There are auto-off timers, which is useful. But there’s no headphone jack or other additional features. The speaker quality is okay for a budget device, just nothing to get too excited about.

Overall, I think this is one for people who really don’t want to spend much on a white noise machine and appreciate the extra portability that comes from having the option to use normal batteries.

But if you’re looking for high-quality sound, I’d perhaps stretch the budget a bit further. For around $20 you get a low-cost device like this, while for $30-$40, the quality increases significantly.

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8. Marpac Rohm

A compact device with loud volume and an internal battery

Key points

  • Sounds: 2 white noise, 1 ocean surf
  • Headphone jack: No
  • Auto-off timer: No
  • Power: Internal rechargeable battery. USB cable included

The Marpac Rohm has been designed with travel in mind and also parents of young children. However, I’m not a huge fan of this one (excuse the pun!).

It does have the point that it’s a budget option in its favour. However, it only has three sounds, which I personally find disappointing.

Even when a white noise machine has six sounds, it feels lacking nowadays. So why Marpac only included three is a mystery to me, and seems a little lazy. There isn’t an auto-off timer either, which I would have liked to have seen included.

The three sounds are good, at least, and it does pack some amazing volume for such a small device. I also like that it has an internal rechargeable battery, which makes it convenient for travel and parents who appreciate being able to place it anywhere they like.

So I think this is one which is intended for travel and/or parents on a budget. But if you’re looking for a sound machine with plenty of variety, this won’t be the one for you.

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9. Aurola

A budget device with limited sound choice and speaker quality

aurola sound machine

Key points

  • Sounds: 6 nature,1 white noise
  • Headphone jack: Yes
  • Auto-off timer: Yes
  • Power: Power adaptor with USB cable included

The Aurola, if I’m honest, is my least favorite white noise machine…of all time. And really, I’ve only included it in this list as a comparison, and so you don’t waste your money.

Aesthetically, the design seems both ugly and the tired side of vintage to me. And the practical design isn’t much better either. The volume knob is incredibly difficult to turn, even for my iron-grip climber’s fingers. And the buttons make an irritating loud clicking sound.

To be fair, I like that the seven sounds are individually labelled, which makes it easy to select them. There’s a headphone jack, and USB charging port too, which are plus points.

Some of the nature sounds are reasonably good, which surprised me considering the overall quality. You have a lullaby too, though it’s not one I thought was particularly sweet or soothing. You can listen to it in my video at 16:03 to see if you agree with me!

Back to my grumbling, and I don’t like how the power cable comes out of the back, so it needs a kickstand to sit upright. The device is so flimsy though, that when you stand it up, you need to hold it with two hands to make a button connect.

So my advice would be to look elsewhere as the Aurola has more downsides than positives. For the same low price, you can find better sound machines.

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10. Alternatives

Smartphone Apps and smart home speakers for even more sound choice

echo smart home speaker

Key points

  • Sounds: Potentially unlimited
  • Headphone jack: Yes
  • Auto-off timer: Depends
  • Power: Smartphones can be used anywhere, smart speakers are usually plugged in

Although white noise machines provide sound masking at the simple touch of a button, there are other options.

Perhaps the easiest way is to use your smartphone, for which there are many white noise and nature sound Apps.

Some of them are free, though you might come up against a paywall to access the premium features. However, in my experience, you can easily find free white noise if you search the App stores.

I personally like the ones that give you the option to mix the sounds yourself, so you can add some birds and gentle wind to the sound of a river, for example. I won’t list any specific Apps here, as I think it’s best to check yourself to see which Apps have good recent ratings.

Another effective option is to use your smart home speaker voice assistant if you have one. I personally use Alexa, but Google Home and other smart speakers will also work well.

I like that I can quickly activate white noise, brown noise or nature sounds with my voice commands. Again though, you might find it eventually prompts you to pay to keep using some Apps. But you can then just switch to a different free one, or stream nature sounds using a music App like Spotify.

I’m not sure I’d buy a smart speaker just to play white noise. But if you were already thinking of trying one, you can save on the cost of a white noise machine.

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