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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.


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      Falon 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!

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      KKalmes 7 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.

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      kelly 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.

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      Maricel Perez 8 years ago

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

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      Maricel Perez 8 years ago

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

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      jamie 8 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"!

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      Gabriel Mendoza 8 years ago

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

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      MoralsEthics1960 10 years ago from Florida

      great as always.

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

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      Whitney 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.

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      Isabella Snow 10 years ago

      Kenny - You're too sweet! :)

      Doc - They're really great!

      Zuz - Yours sounds wonderful!

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      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

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      docjim505 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.


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      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!

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      Isabella Snow 10 years ago

      They are pretty cool!

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      colorserenity 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.