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Sound Sleep: The 5 Best White Noise Machines Under $50

* White noise covers all hearable frequencies
* Noise machines aren’t just for kids
* Get higher quality sleep for under $50

According to the CDC, a third of Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, which can lead to all sorts of health-related issues. For those that fall into the third of sleep-deprived Americans, using a white noise machine may help you fall asleep faster.

While there’s no scientific proof that sound machines help you get more sleep, there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that a bit of noise – whether a fan or falling asleep to the T.V. – can help some people doze off.

White noise machines work to minimize the difference between background sounds and noises that might arouse you, like a garbage truck or an airplane. There are other factors that directly impact your quality of sleep, such as temperature and amount of light also. But if you’ve tackled those other factors, a sound machine might be worth a try.

1. HoMedics Sound Spa Portable Sound Machine

HoMedics’ battery-powered, portable sound machine has six different sounds (white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night and brook) to pick from, the ability to adjust volume, as well as options for a 15, 30 or 60 minute timer.


2. Big Red Rooster Sound Machine

Big Red Rooster’s Sound Machine is similar to HoMedics’ Sound Spa, except for the addition of an included AC adapter. This portable sound machine is a great option for frequent travelers.


3. Dreamegg Portable Sound Machine

includes six different sound settings to snooze to and multiple timers, along with a built-in USB port at the rear so you can keep your phone or tablet charged.


4. Pure Enrichment Wave Sound Machine

If you’re looking for a more premium option, this is the one you want. This top-rated model also comes with a lullaby setting, which is great nurseries.


5. LectroFan White Noise Machine

With over 7,000 reviews on Amazon and a 4.5 star rating, the LectroFan is a sound machine you can count on for performance. You can pick from ten different fan sounds, as well as ten ambient noise variations, like white noise and brown noise. LectroFan claims that it produces a “better variety of sounds” that are reproduced digitally and pumped through a “high fidelity” speaker, making it more effective than other sound machines on the market.