5 Best White Noise Machines UK – The 2021 Expert Buyer’s Guide

Last Updated on 8 Mar. 2020 comments (8)

Sleeping somewhere noisy real​​​​​​​​ly sucks.

If you aren’t being woken up by huge trucks rumbling past the house, then someone in your building is having a raging party at 3 am. Even if you get away with those things, having your partner rumbling like a chainsaw beside you can prevent any sleep from happening.

How can you possibly go on?

Enter the white noise machine.

A white noise machine creates gentle ‘background’ noise that covers up all the sounds you don’t want to disturb you while you sleep, without being distracting enough to wake you itself.

I’ve gathered all the information you could ever need about white noise machines in this guide and I’ve included a list of the best five white noise machines on the market. You can get all of these online, to ensure you get your sound sleep ASAP!

Let’s show those loud breathers, yapping pets and paper-thin walls who’s boss!

The top picks below are all linked through to Amazon where you can order yours today.

Top 5 Best White Noise Machines

1. Top Choice – LECTROFAN WHITE AND PINK NOISE MACHINE

  • Large Range Of Volumes
  • 60 Minute Timer or On and Off Settings
  • Can Plug into USB or Mains
  • Perfect For Travelling
  • No Sound Repetition

PRICE & REVIEW

It was a tough call but this white noise machine is the one that came out on top.

There’s so much freedom with the volume settings, which makes this one ideal for dealing with any kind of noise issue you might be having.

There are two sound settings: fan and white noise.

The white noise setting dynamically generates sounds. This means that it doesn’t run on a loop, which is something you pick up on eventually. Spotting the moment the loop goes back to the start will keep you up at night.

Trust me, I’ve been there.

It has a USB cable but comes with a UK plug adapter. This makes it great for the ambient noise in an office, since you can plug it in anywhere and its small size makes it easy to carry around. This would be particularly useful for going away on holiday – avoid ever putting up with a noisy hotel again!

I think it’s better to leave it running overnight but you can make use of the 60-minute timer on the white noise sound if you only want it playing while you drift off.

2. Best White Noise Machine For Sleeping – Marpac DOHM Classic DS DUAL SOUND CONDITIONER

  • Fan powered white noise
  • Can adjust the sound made by the fan
  • National Sleep Foundation Recommended
  • Loved for Over 50 Years

PRICE & REVIEW

This is a fan white noise machine, pushing air through the holes that create the rushing noise. With this one though, you can adjust the sound by twisting the machine, which covers up more or fewer holes.

This is the one for you if you’re struggling with ‘average’ noise – traffic noise, people moving around. Anything louder than that, this might not be enough, since there’s no option to turn the volume up.

The National Sleep Foundation gave this white noise machine their seal of approval and it will give you a good night’s sleep. However, it does have a hefty price tag.

3. Best White Noise Machine For Baby – Good Ideas Naturecare Sounds Machine

  • Provides gentle sounds of nature
  • Battery Operated
  • 7 Sounds Choices
  • 30 Minute Timer
  • Volume Control

PRICE & REVIEW

The Good Ideas machine is different from the others on this list since it has a nature sounds setting as well as white noise. Nature sounds are much more relaxing and will help you sleep.

There are seven types of nature sounds you can choose from: heartbeat; ocean waves; rushing stream; birds; woodland; white noise; and rain.

Hearing rain hitting the windows of my bedroom is one of my favourite sounds in the world. The sound of the sea is a close second, so I find this white noise machine super appealing.

However, this one doesn’t come with a mains cable, and while it can plug into the wall it also works using batteries. It recommends that you use it for 30 minutes before falling asleep and if you do this, the batteries should last a good while.

Although you can pick up a mains cable on Amazon fairly easily – it even pops up in the ‘Frequently Bought Together’ section when you look at the white noise machine.

Soothing sounds for your baby to fall asleep too but not so loud that you won’t hear them moving around. AN ideal way to help your baby sleep better.

4. Best For Pram – Ewan The Dream Sheep

  • Plays a mix of heartbeat and womb sounds
  • Doubles as a nightlight
  • Can be attached to a car seat or buggy
  • 3 Pink Noise Settings
  • Plays for 20 Minutes

PRICE & REVIEW

Yep, you did read that right.

This one’s a sheep!

He’s cute, he’s cuddly and perfect for getting your baby or toddler off to sleep.

The basic setting on this white noise machine is a combination of heartbeats and other womb sounds, which puts your child at ease. You can also add in pink noise, which can mask any noises from outside that might keep them up.

There’s a light on Ewan the Dream Sheep’s tummy that shows when sound is playing and he also has a handy strap so you can attach him to the side of a cot, or pram or car seat. He’s a fully portable sleep sheep.

The only downside is that the battery life isn’t the best but that’s a small price to pay for the peace you’ll get!

5. Best Digital White Noise Machine – Homedics Deep Sleep Bedside Sound Machine

  • Tone Control
  • Volume Control
  • 4 Sound Styles: Soothe, Mask, Relax, Calm
  • Optional Timer of 30,60, or 90 MInutes

PRICE & REVIEW

This is a cheaper alternative to the other white noise machines on this list but that doesn’t mean that you won’t get a good sleep.

The reason this one is cheaper is because it only has digitally recorded sounds – no fan sound option. There are four sounds you can choose from:

  1. ‘Soothe’ – the lightest pitch of sound, reminds you of gentle rain.
  2. ‘Mask’ – covers up outside noise.
  3. ‘Relax’ – covers up inside noise, like snoring.
  4. ‘Calm’ – the deepest tones of all the settings, calming your mind and body.

You can adjust all of these settings to get them perfect for you and while this might take a couple of nights to get right, it’s well worth it.

The Homedics machine also comes with volume control, so you can use it to deal with lots of different types of noise.

However, the sounds are recorded which means they run on a loop. You might notice these loops after a while of using the machine, which might make it more difficult to fall asleep.

HOW DOES A WHITE NOISE MACHINE ACTUALLY WORK?

Noises wake us up in the night because our body and brain react to the sudden change around us. It’s a leftover reaction to when we would be relying on waking up to those noises to keep us alive.

So when that lorry trundles past, you pick up on the noise that wasn’t there before and you wake up to check that everything’s still okay.

A white noise sleep sound helps to prevent this reaction from happening.

It produces sound at every frequency that can be picked up by the human ear. It plays a little bit of every sound imaginable. That’s how it’s able to mask other noises that would usually wake us up.

So when that lorry trundles past and you’re using your white noise machine, your body doesn’t react in the same way. The lorry noise isn’t anything new. Your white noise machine was already producing that same sound.

There are two types of white noise machine that you can go for, that produce white noise in different ways:

1. Fan

These white noise machines use fans to push air through a really small gap, creating a rushing sound. This is what covers up other noise that might wake you.

I’ve had a little experience with this when I was staying in Australia. Obviously, it’s very hot there and I had a ceiling fan in my room. The guy I lived with left for work at 4.30 am but because I had the fan on – with the rushing air noise that came with it – he didn’t wake me up once.

2. Recording

These white noise machines either play recordings of just white noise or have other more natural sounds, like running water, which can be soothing. White noise is always going to be the best thing for masking other sounds but hearing noises from nature has a more calming effect.

WHO WOULD BENEFIT FROM A WHITE NOISE MACHINE?

Everyone!

However, there are five groups of people in particular that I think would benefit most from having a white noise:

1. Tinnitus sufferers

Tinnitus is, in very basic terms, a constant ringing sound in your ears. It’s most noticeable when everything is silent, so a white noise machine is fantastic. The noise it gives off is enough to give you some relief.

2. Shift workers

There are lots of essential jobs that happen during the night, which can put your body clock all wrong. Trying to sleep during the day when everyone else is up and about can be impossible.

The combination of a white noise machine and some blackout blinds can keep the outside world at bay so you can get some well-deserved rest.

3. Babies/ young children

All parents know that sometimes all it takes is the slightest noise and your bundle of joy is up all night. Then they aren’t a bundle of joy any more…

A white noise machine can lull them off to sleep without catching their attention too much.

Another bonus to a white noise machine is that they are portable, so you could even use them when your child is in their pram and you’re trying to get them off to sleep on the go.

4. Partners/Family/Roommates of snorers

You love them to bits. I know you do. But sometimes the noise can just be too much. And there’s only so many times you can ‘accidentally’ wake them up to make them stop.

A white noise sound machine can mask the worst of the noise and ensure that everyone is happy and well-rested!

5. Office workers

This might seem a bit odd and no, I’m not advocating that you sleep at your desk.

Office environments can make it difficult to concentrate since there are lots of coming and going. Having a white noise sleep sound machine in your office will block out other chatter and disturbances, giving you a chance to get into your work.

Or Solitaire. It’s okay, I won’t tell.

WHAT IS PINK NOISE?

The only difference between white and pink noise is that pink noise is generally more high-pitched.

The difference between them is really minimal, since they both blend into the background anyway.

Some people find pink noise more pleasing to hear and it’s supposedly good for relieving the symptoms of tinnitus.

FAQS

WILL I KEEP UP THE NEIGHBOURS WITH MY WHITE NOISE MACHINE?

Nope.

White noise machines give out ‘background’ noise, so even if the volume did carry through the walls, they probably wouldn’t notice it.

WILL THIS MAKE MY ROOM COMPLETELY QUIET?

A white noise machine will mask most noises but not everything.

For example, you’ll still be able to hear a fire alarm going off if you have a white noise machine playing.

CAN I USE MY WHITE NOISE MACHINE EVERY NIGHT?

Yep!

A white noise machine won’t harm you in any way. You’ll just wake up more rested and less disturbed by your noisy surroundings.

ARE THEY EXPENSIVE TO RUN? I’D BE USING IT ALL NIGHT LONG.

Not at all.

White noise machines are small and need very little power, so it’s not going to have a big impact on your power bills.

WHAT ABOUT A YOUTUBE VIDEO?

Yes, you can get white noise on youtube, just make sure your smartphone is plugged in and careful with your headphones! Here’s my favourite.

I’M STILL CONFUSED, I DON’T KNOW WHAT I NEED. WHAT DO I DO NOW?

If you don’t know what to go for, there’s no rush. Leave me your questions in the comment box below and I’ll be able to give you some advice before you jump into buying your own white noise machine.

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Comments (8)

  • Robert Bremner
    July 1, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    DO YOU KNOW IF WHITE NOISE MACHINES MIGHT MASK AN UNWANTED NASTY HUM SOUND WE HAVE HAD IN OUR HOUSE FOR FIFTEEN MONTHS NOW? IT IS A CONSTANT 24HR PULSATING RESONATING SOUND. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH VISITED WITH A SOUND MONITOR BUT DID NOT HEAR IT AND COULD NOT HELP US. REALLY SICKENING. THIRTY-FIVE YEARS IN OUR LITTLE COTTAGE WITH NO PROBLEMS – NOW EVERY ROOM OF OUR HOUSE IS AFFECTED. SOME NEIGHBOURS CAN HEAR IT TOO, BUT OUR HOUSE SEEMS WORSE. HOPE YOU CAN ADVISE PLEASE. WE ARE PLANNING TO SEND FOR LECTRO FAN. LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY. KIND REGARDS.

    • Liz
      September 11, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      I was so interested in Robert’s comments as we are experiencing exactly the same problem! Like him we have lived in this quiet Norfolk village for almost 30 years but for the past 2 years we have had a constant low frequency pulsating resonating noise which makes sleeping impossible. Environmental Health could not help us either. My husband is deaf so just removes his hearing aids. I have tried earplugs, headphones, background noise but it doesn’t work. I am also considering purchasing a white noise machine or noise masking earbuds. I’d be very interested to hear if it was helpful for Robert.

      • Kieran
        September 12, 2019 at 12:14 pm

        Hi Liz, how very strange you’re experiencing it too! Yes never heard from him again but i assume if it worked he’d be enjoying the peace and too busy to come back for an update rather than if it didn’t work he would have come back to update.

        • Liz
          September 12, 2019 at 2:51 pm

          Thank you Kieran, your website is so informative – your research & recommendations have helped me make a decision. I have ordered a LectroFan white noise machine & I will keep you posted!

    • Kieran
      July 2, 2019 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Robert,

      Now that sounds like a strange occurrence! I wonder what’s causing it? I think a white noise machine would help but I haven’t tested it in any similar case, it sounds like it would certainly be worth trying though. And when you do please come back and let us know if it worked!

  • Linda Roshdy
    September 9, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Kieran,
    I have had insomnia all my life and it takes me at least two hours to get to sleep as my mind will not shut down. Then any little noise will wake me up. I have tried everything and am now contemplating a white noise machine. What one would you recommend for me ?
    Kind regards
    Linda

    • Kieran
      September 12, 2019 at 12:13 pm

      Hi Linda, It sounds like the Lectrofan would be perfect for you!

  • Robert Bremner
    September 13, 2019 at 9:29 pm

    HELLO KIERAN

    SORRY – FOR NOT GETING BACK TO YOU RE NASTY SOUND/VIBRATION IN OUR COTTAGE SIND FEB. 2018. WE HAVE BEEN FEELING UNWELL AND FORGETFUL SINCE THIS HAS INVADED OUR HOUSE. MAYBE THE NATIONAL GRID CAUSING THE NOISE ? – HOPING TO PURCHASE A LECTROFAN SOON AND WILL LET YOU KNOW HOW IT GOES

    KIND REGARDS

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