ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Best White Noise Machines

Updated on June 28, 2012

Sleep is crucial on so many levels, I'm not even going to bother getting into them right now. You know how badly life sucks when you haven't gotten your beauty rest - and you know how miserable it can feel to have to sludge through a day wishing you were home in bed. If lack of sleep is a once-in-a-blue-moon type of problem for you, congratulations, I wish I had your sleeping habits.

Unfortunately, my sleep cycle is always a bit screwed up, particularly now, as I sit here writing this. It's an on again, off again thing with me, which started when I was at university. It's difficult to find enough hours in the day to gig, work night shift and go to school all day. I did it for almost 6 years, and it was not a pretty sight.

During that time, the only sleep I got was during the day, and I lived with other college students who didn't understand the meaning of closing a door, as opposed to slamming it. It sucked. I tried earplugs and everything else you can think of, and nothing worked. And then I discovered the white noise machine. My bedroom was transformed in a haven, and I was finally able to sleep. You can also use these just to relax when you're sleeping, or even if you're awake and working in your office.

Obus Forme Sound Relaxation

The Obus has ten sound recordings to choose from: white noise, running stream, heartbeat, summer night, waterfall, ocean waves, tropical forest, songbirds, thunderstorm and rainfall. You can either leave it running, or set the 60 minute timer. It can run on batteries if need be, so it's a good choice for travel.

Sound Oasis Deluxe Sound Therapy System (S-3000)

This one is really very advanced. It comes with 20 basic sounds, and 5 mix sound, which together can create 120 sounds. There are 3 speakers - including subwoofers - and doubles as an alarm clock. It even has a calendar.

Marpac SleepMate

This is pretty much the original. It doesn't play all the nature sounds so many companies market these days - this is a true white noise machine, and all it does is make.. well... white noise. If you're not familiar with the term, it basically sounds like a rush of air, but also slightly like the sound of rushing water off in the distance. It's a very relaxing noise.

Homedics Sound Spa

This super-space-age looking thing comes with six basic sounds: rainforest, waterfall, heartbeat, rain, ocean, summernight. It has a timer that can be set to 15, 30, or 60 minutes - or you can just let it play all night. Perfect for travel, because it can also run on batteries.

Dex Sound Sleeper

The Sound Sleeper from Dex has 10 basic settings: wind, seagull, bird, womb, brook, rain, summer night, buoy, thunder and ocean. If you mix these together with the other sound options, you can produce 24 different sounds. There is a 60 minute timer, and it can also run on battery if so desired.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I've been a really really light sleeper for years that I could even hear the neighbors racket and I thought that it was cuz I had a child (9 years now). I've tried sleeping pills, playing music, and a relaxing hot bath, nothing seemed to work but I will try this white noise machine and go from there. Please pray for me cuz I really need sleep BADLY!

    • KKalmes profile image


      8 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Hello Isabella, thank you for great info... our white noise has always been a fan even in winter... can't sleep without it.

    • profile image


      8 years ago

      My kids sleep better than any others I know b/c of white noise machines in their rooms at night. I've used one for both kids since they were infants. All I have to do is turn it on and the yawns start automatically! Highly recommened!!! Only advice - find one that runs continuously and is loud enough to fill the room with sound like a fan would. Some are not loud enough.

    • profile image

      Maricel Perez 

      8 years ago

      White noise machine works very well! I personally prefer the "waterfall" setting. Very relaxing!

    • profile image

      Maricel Perez 

      8 years ago

      White noise machine works very well! I personally prefer the "waterfall" setting. Very relaxing!

    • profile image


      9 years ago

      these things are fun to play with, connecting resistors together with allegator clips! i actually made a sort of drum machine, i could change the pitch and tempo of the "heartbeat"!

    • profile image

      Gabriel Mendoza 

      9 years ago

      White noise machines produce a gentle, innocuous sound that helps to drown out noise.

    • MoralsEthics1960 profile image


      10 years ago from Florida

      great as always.

      Perfect for the one child I can't get to sleep.

    • Whitney05 profile image


      10 years ago from Georgia

      Ha. I clicked the link thinking it was related to the 'White Noise' movie that came out a while ago. Oops... But, anyway, it's a great hub. I've tried similar products to aid with sleep, but they ended up irritating me. Ha

      My dad tried the aroma ones, but he added too much lavender one time, and was half asleep when a client came in his office.

    • Isabella Snow profile imageAUTHOR

      Isabella Snow 

      10 years ago

      Kenny - You're too sweet! :)

      Doc - They're really great!

      Zuz - Yours sounds wonderful!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      10 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Isabella! I really love my machine. My kids got it for me 3-4 years ago. It's made by Glade and comes with 4 types of nature sound cd's and also has an aromatherapy cell spot. You can use it with or without the essential oil scented spritzes.

      Great HUB as always

      regards Zsuzsy

    • docjim505 profile image


      10 years ago from No. Carolina

      I've been thinking about one of these. Been using just a fan, but it can make my bedroom a bit chilly on these cold winter nights, especially when I've gotta hop out of bed to make a head call.


    • Kenny Wordsmith profile image

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      10 years ago from Chennai

      Oh, great! You attack the problem with high technology! Cool, I'll put a link in my hub!

    • Isabella Snow profile imageAUTHOR

      Isabella Snow 

      10 years ago

      They are pretty cool!

    • profile image


      10 years ago

      I think these are a great idea. Many plusses. The only drawback I can see is sleeping through someone knocking on the door or coming into your house uninvited. But that is what dogs, cell phones and alarms are for.

      Good article.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)