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At a glance
The LectroFan Classic is a compact white noise machine that’s perfect for a nightstand or desk. It’s an excellent choice if you like white noise and fan sounds, and don’t mind the lack of nature or ambient sounds.
The loud maximum volume will suit adults who need to block out external noise so they can sleep, work, or study. You could use it in a kid’s bedroom too, but the lack of nature sounds and lullabies means there are perhaps better choices for the young ones.
- Diverse sound selection with 10 white noise and 10 fan sounds.
- Powerful speaker with crisp audio quality.
- Effective sound masking.
- Convenient auto-off timer.
- Sleek, compact design.
- Durable construction.
- Reasonable price (usually under $50).
- Must be plugged in to play.
- No nature, ambient or music soundtracks.
How well does the LectroFan mask external noise?
The main reason to use a white noise machine is to reduce how much environmental noise you hear by replacing it with a constant noise of your choice.
So before looking at the technical specifications, let’s address the most important question: does the LectoFan Classic reliably block out disruptive sounds?
In my experience, it does – and very effectively.
I’ve used the LectroFan both at night in the bedroom and during the day on my desk for several years. I’ve used it for that long simply because it does its job very well, with dynamically produced white noise that doesn’t loop, click or restart.
I like that it has an upward-facing speaker which fills the room with sound. And it gives you very precise volume control so you can find the lowest possible volume that still works.
If you do need more volume, the LectroFan is one of the loudest white noise machines I’ve tested (more than 30 over the years).
For this review, I did some specific tests on a pink noise setting at a loud (but not maximum) volume. With the help of the normal world outside my house and my partner in the room next door, I checked how much I could hear different noises. Here are the results:
Couldn’t hear at all
- People talking.
- Music on a medium volume.
- Television on a medium volume.
- Distant traffic.
- Children playing.
- Bird sounds.
Could only hear a little
- Dropping a metal pan on a hard floor.
- Cars passing right outside the bedroom window.
- Dogs barking.
Overall, I was impressed by just how much noise was hidden behind the LectroFan’s constant sound.
It’s to be expected that some very loud noise will still be picked up by your ears, but even in those cases, the noise was much less jarring. That makes it less likely you’ll be disturbed while sleeping.
Can it mask snoring?
If the snoring is coming from another bedroom, I’ve found the LectroFan is able to significantly reduce or mask it completely.
If you sleep right next to a snorer, a white noise machine is never going to cut it out completely unless you sleep with it right next to your head in bed – not an option I recommend!
It might help a little, and only if your partner doesn’t mind having it on. But really, you’d be better off with a device that has a headphone jack. This is a feature that the classic LectroFan lacks, and that they’ve addressed with the newer LectroFan Evo model.
The white, pink and brown noise variations and fan sounds
In the video below, I simply play through the LectroFan’s sounds so you can listen to them:
There are a total of 10 white noise variations and 10 fan sounds. There are more of the deeper-sounding pink and brown noise choices than white noise. For many people, these types are easier on the ear.
The manufacturer lists them as follows:
- Brown Noise #5 (Darkest)
- Brown Noise #4
- Brown Noise #3
- Brown Noise #2
- Brown Noise (Classic)
- Blend: Brown and Pink
- Blend: Brown and Pink
- Pink Noise (Classic)
- Blend: White and Pink
- White Noise (Classic)
In some descriptions, the manufacturer now gives each of these a different color, such as chestnut, cinnamon, and tan. The main point is that some just sound much deeper than others.
- Large fan
- Industrial fan
- Mellow fan – Lo
- Mellow fan – Hi
- Exhaust fan
- Attic fan
- Circular fan
- Vent fan
- Box fan
- Oscillating fan
Of all these sounds, I find 12 of them pleasant to listen to at low to medium volumes. There are another eight I wouldn’t choose, but this is purely personal preference and you might enjoy a different selection of the sounds to me.
At loud volumes, I definitely prefer the pink and brown noises. And I prefer the less industrial fan sounds, as I find them more calming to listen to. Again though, some people might like those heavier industrial fan sounds.
Importantly, the solid-state design dynamically creates the sound, so there is no looping or breaks as you sometimes find with machines that use recordings.
It comes with a USB cable and adaptor plugs for the US, UK, and EU. So you can plug it into a standard wall socket or any other suitable USB outlet you already have.
There’s no internal rechargeable battery and it can’t be powered with normal batteries, so you do need to keep it plugged in for it to work. This makes it less flexible than some other devices that have an internal battery.
The power cable is around a meter and a half long though, which is a good length, and should allow you to place it on a bedside table or desk easily.
Size and portability
It does have a little weight to it compared to some of the very smallest devices. So although size isn’t an issue if you’re thinking of packing it in a suitcase, I’d probably choose the LectroFan Micro 2 over this one if you’re a regular traveler and portability is a make-or-break point for you.
There’s just one auto-off timer option of 60 minutes. Many white noise machines these days have more timer options, such as 15 or 30 minutes, but it’s still good to have at least one timer.
Design and visual appeal
The Lectrofan looks neat with its hexagonal design and choice of white or black finish. And being small, it occupies little real estate on a nightstand or desk, which is always a bonus.
The lack of a display, lights, or buttons will appeal if you lean toward a minimalist design. But if you like your gadgets to have lots of buttons, lights, and a visual display, you might be underwhelmed by this one.
The LectroFan feels solid and has a robust design. I’ve had mine for several years now, and it’s still going strong. Some budget white noise machines are noticeably flimsy, with poor speaker quality that rattles through the casing. The LectroFan is comparably tougher, well put together, and has no rattling of the casing at all.
The LectroFan Classic might not be the flashiest gadget in the world and has an obvious lack of enticing features, but it does its job very well. There are very few sound machines that have such a wide variety of white noise and fan sounds.
Compared to many that offer one or two white noise options at best, with more of a focus on nature sounds, it’s more likely you’ll find a white noise variation you like.
At the end of the day, if you’re trying to replace an annoying sound with a constant sound that you find relaxing, then it needs to be a good one.
With excellent speaker quality and dynamically generated sounds, the white noise it produces is authentic and relaxing to listen to.
Combine that with excellent volume control, and there’s every chance the LectroFan Classic will help prevent your study or sleep from being disturbed by the noisy outside world.
Price and where to buy
The price fluctuates on Amazon. It usually costs under $50 in the US, sometimes significantly less during times with sales. In the UK, it typically sells for between £50 and £60.