Best White Noise Machines Thrifter 2020

None of us get enough sleep, and the quality of our sleep isn't always the best when we do get it. Instead of tossing and turning all night, why not add a white noise sound machine to your nightstand and get some more shut-eye? These devices help you fall asleep to various different soundscapes and stay asleep for the night so you can recover from the stresses and strains of the day and wake up energized.

Popular choice: Adaptive Sound Technologies LectroFan

Staff Pick

The LectroFan is one of the most popular choices and is loved by existing owners. It offers ten fan sounds and ten ambient noise variations to help block out environmental noises with precise volume controls.

$35 at Amazon

Affordable option: Big Red Rooster Sound Machine

The Big Red Rooster sound machine helps you drift off to one of six different digital sounds like brook, ocean, and thunder. It has a sleep timer and can function plugged in or on batteries making it a versatile option.

$20 at Amazon

The original: Marpac Dohm Classic

This classic fan-based natural white noise machine has been around since 1962. It features two speed options for adjustable tone and volume, making it simple to create a personalized sound environment to help you drift off.

$45 at Amazon

Added smarts: Amazon Echo Dot with Clock

A smart speaker might not be your first thought when it comes to sound machines, but there are many Alexa skills for white noise and other sleep sounds. Plus this Echo Dot has all of Alexa's other smarts, music streaming capabilities, and a handy built-in clock.

$60 at Amazon

Digital sounds: Homedics SoundSpa

This sound machine from Homedics features six digital sounds (rather than fan-based noise) including white noise, ocean sounds, and rainfall. It's easy to adjust the volume or set a sleep timer, and it's nice and compact if you want to take it with you when you travel.

$20 at Amazon

Best for babies: Hatch Baby Rest

Rest combines a nightlight with a white noise machine and is perfect for nurseries. You can customize color, brightness, sound, and volume level from your phone, set schedules, and even have it change to a particular color when it's okay to wake mom and dad in the morning.

$60 at Amazon

Portable: Marpac Hushh

The Hushh has 3 soothing sounds: bright white noise, deep white noise, and gentle surf. It's battery-powered and portable, with a child lock and gentle LED nightlight making it great for clipping to a crib or stroller.

$29 at Amazon

Time for a nap

Choosing the right white noise sound machine will depend very much on your situation and preferences. Super simple options like the Adaptive Sound Technologies LectroFan and Marpac Dohm Classic make it easy to set the sound environment that suits you and help you block out any environmental noises that may prevent you from dropping off.

If you're specifically looking for something to help your little one get into a proper sleeping routine, the Hatch Baby Rest is a highly-customizable device that can be automated with lighting and sounds that allow your tot to learn when sleeping time is versus when it's time to wake mommy and daddy. It's a bit more expensive than a traditional sound machine, but its focus on children makes it a wise choice for that use case.

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