The 8 Best White Noise Machines to Buy for Baby in 2018

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Ask parents how they soothe a fussy baby, and many will say they swear by white noise machines. White noise machines not only mimic the sound of the womb helping comfort your newborn but it can also block out sounds like noisy cars, dishwashers, and more that can startle your child awake. These machines work by either using a type of fan that mimics a whooshing noise or projecting a constant sound like a rambling brook or nature sounds that help block out distracting noises.

With sleep being a number one priority for most new parents, adding a white noise to your nursery is a must. To help you navigate which white noise machine for a baby is right for you—here are our top picks that will get the whole family so much needed rest.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine

The Marpac Dohm Classic White Noise Sound Machine lives up to its name: It’s the classic, effective white noise machine, with consistently high ratings that make it a deserving bestseller. This machine operates as a fan inside the unit which produces its classic sound users have come to love. It also plays consistently through the night, which is appealing to parents who don’t like the automatic shutoff option.

The machine is lightweight and portable, but a little bulky. It's not the most stylish of options but it does the job. Many parents say they appreciate the Dohm’s high-quality acoustic sound in comparison to many other sound machines’ digitally recorded white noise, which can sound staticky or irritating.

Best for Travel: Marpac Hushh White Noise Sound Machine

The Marpac Hushh White Noise Sound Machine is the top-rated portable white noise machine, and affordable. The lightweight machine—just 3.5 inches across and 3.8 ounces—includes options for bright white noise, deep white noise, and gentle ocean sounds. It can be fastened to a stroller, car seat (perfect for babies who tend to get fussy in the car) or any household surface—and don’t worry, it has a child lock, so curious little hands can’t adjust the volume on their own.

Parents call the Marpac Hushh long-lasting and reliable and say the sound is high-quality. They also love that it’s USB rechargeable, so there’s no need to worry about batteries.

Best Customizable: Hatch Baby Rest Night Light

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The Hatch Baby Rest Night Light, Sound Machine, and Time-to-Rise is definitely the best “smart” white noise machine out there. It connects to your smartphone (iPhone or Android) and allows you to coordinate your entire family’s sleep schedule, combining a night light, soothing sound machine, and time-to-rise phone alert in one system. You can control the light and sounds remotely with a tap of your phone, or set automated times for them to turn on, so no more tiptoeing around a sleepy baby!

The soft night light and white noise are best for babies, while the nightlight alone can still help a toddler drift off to sleep. The light and sound combinations are customizable and selected by sleep experts, so you won’t have to fiddle with them much to make them effective.

Best Budget: HoMedics SoundSpa Sleep Sound Machine

At this price, the HoMedics SoundSpa Sleep Sound Machine is a solid, basic option for a white noise machine. It includes six options for digitally recorded white noise and nature sounds, including thunder, brook, rain, and ocean. It’s highly portable and lightweight and can be plugged in using an adapter or run on batteries.

Many parents use this to improve their own sleep as well as their baby’s. Because of its low price, the HoMedics SoundSpa Sleep Sound Machine is also a good choice if you’re just looking to try out white noise as a soother for your baby and aren’t yet sure if it will work. Still, the sound quality isn’t ideal, say many parents, so if you’re looking for crystal-clear audio, you may need to pay a little more.

Best Design: Cloud B Sleep Sheep White Noise Sound Machine

The Cloud B Sleep Sheep is undoubtedly the cutest white noise machine on the market. The sound machine is encased inside an adorable stuffed sheep that attaches to your baby’s crib using Velcro and can be easily removed for machine washing. Besides white noise, the Cloud B Sleep Sheep plays nature sounds, lullabies, and “mother’s heartbeat” (perfect for newborns). The volume is adjustable, and even though the machine is inside a stuffed animal, it’s perfectly audible.

The Cloud B Sleep Sheep has two automated timer options: one that shuts off after 23 minutes and another that turns off after 45 minutes. Many parents swear by the Sleep Sheep and say it’s a lifesaver—and a very cute one at that!

Best Sound Quality: Big Red Rooster Baby Sound Machine With 6 Sounds

Some parents complain about white noise machines having low-quality noise or a shrill, high-pitched, or “tinny” sound. Particularly if you’re specifically looking for white noise and aren’t as concerned about other sounds, the Big Red Rooster Baby Sound Machine is a good option.

Many parents report that the Big Red Rooster’s white noise is especially “deep” and effectively masks out other environmental sounds more than other machines. You can also leave the sound on all night, which is a lifesaver for some parents who don’t want it to shut off after just an hour or so (especially if you’re lucky enough to have a baby that sleeps all night!).

The Big Red Rooster is compact enough for travel and can be charged via outlet or batteries. At the price, it’s a budget-friendly, straightforward option for a sound machine, and, in addition to white noise, offers options for nature sounds and heartbeat rhythms.

Best Versatility: Munchkin Nursery Projector and Sound System

The Munchkin Nursery Projector and Sound System packs in a lot of bells and whistles, including 10 different sound options and three different cartridges that project sky, rainforest, and ocean scenes onto the walls or ceiling (depending on where you rotate the lens) of your baby’s nursery for an overall soothing atmospheric effect. The Munchkin Nursey system automatically shuts off after 15, 30, or 60 minutes.

One of the best and most unique features of the Munchkin Nursery Projector is its voice activation system, which responds directly to your baby’s cry, turning on as soon as your little one gets fussy. Some users do say that the projectors aren’t long-lasting, though, and a few have reported theirs breaking (though others say it endured a lot of kicking around from active toddlers), so be forewarned! Your purchase does, however, include a one-year warranty for your protection.

Best for All Ages: AVANTEK Sound Machine

The AVANTEK Sound Machine is versatile enough that it can help you, your older kids, and your baby sleep soundly. The AVANTEK is infinitely customizable, with 30 possible volume settings and over 20 available sounds, including six different kinds of white noise. It’s great for adults and little ones alike, so it can grow with your family.

If only you or an older child needs to use the sound machine while working or trying to nap, you can use the AVANTEK’s built-in headphone jack to listen to the soothing ambient or white noise sounds without disturbing anyone else. This is one of the only sound machines with this feature, making the AVANTEK a popular choice for families where multiple people have sleeping problems or want to work without distraction.

The AVANTEK timer can be set for up to seven hours, and the volume gradually fades out before the machine shuts off, so if you or your baby is sleeping for longer than that (lucky!), it won’t be jarring.

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