The Best Sound Machine Reviews
On this page you will find a table where you can compare the different sound machines for adults that I have reviewed so far. I will keep adding to these, so you are welcome to check back.
Benefits of a sleep sound machine for adults
You might be surprised to learn that 1 in 3 people suffer from some form of insomnia, which is a huge amount of dazed people walking around everyday.
There are a lot of solutions for insomnia, ranging from sleep medications to cognitive therapy, but one of the easiest strategies you can use is a sleep sound machine. This is because many people have poor quality sleep because they can’t switch off and relax and are suffering from stress or they are kept awake by noise.
A sleep sound machine can help with both of these problems, because they can help you to relax so you fall asleep easier and more quickly than normal and they help to mask or block out annoying noises.
Some of the noises that a sound machine can help to mask include:
- Traffic outside.
- People walking along the street.
- Noisy neighbors.
- Snoring partners.
- TVs, radios or kids playing in another room.
- Dogs barking in the neighborhood.
- Holidaymakers laughing in hotel rooms.
- Office sounds.
A sleep sound machine isn’t only useful to help you fall asleep, but it can also help you to focus better at work or to study.
Many office workers find that they can’t concentrate in open plan office environments, because of the noise, so a sound machine is useful for blocking out these noises.
Students as well, can use a sleep sound machine to help them sleep better at night when they are distressed about their studies or exams. They can also use the sound machines to block out family noises when they are trying to study in their room (much better than loud music!).
What to look for in a sleep sound machine for adults
There are lots of features you need to keep a look out for in sound machines. First of all you need to decide whether you want the sound machine to play white noise, fan sounds, natural sounds or a combination of these sounds.
If you want a sound machine that plays fan sounds, then the best one on the market at the moment is the Lectrofan, which plays 10 fan sounds and 10 white noise sounds.
If you want a sound machine that specializes in white noise, then you need to check out the Marpac DOHM or the Sleep Easy Sound Conditioner. This is because unlike many other white noise machines that just play digitally recorded white noise, these two sound machines actually generate the white noise using an engine.
If you want a sound machine that uses light to simulate dusk and dawn, but also plays natural sounds then check out the Philips light and sunrise simulator. This sound machine is ideal for people who have problems falling asleep at night, waking up in the morning and for shift workers.
If you want a sound machine that plays both digitally recorded white noise and natural sounds then check out my review of the HoMedics Sound Spa. This is a very lightweight sound machine that is perfect for travelers and runs on both mains power and batteries.
If you want a sound machine that also diffuses fabulous essential oils into the air, then read my review of the Aroma Zzar aromatherapy diffuser with natural sounds. This is a wonderful sound machine that is also an ultrasonic diffuser with colored LED lights for relaxation as well.
Best features to look for in a sound machine
There are a variety of different features that it is good to have in your sleep sound machine.
Timer: Being able to play your soothing sounds all night long is great, but sometimes you just want to run the machine for an few hours. So if this is important to you, then you need to look for a sleep sound machine with a timer.
Fully adjustable volume: This is an obvious necessity for a sound machine, but some sleep machines only have a LOW/HIGH type of volume control and others have multilevel adjustable volume and tone control.
Mains or battery operated: If you want to travel with a sound machine, then you need a machine that operates on batteries as well as on mains power.
USB charger: Some of the newer sound machines let you run your sound machine from your computer, which is great if you are travelling overseas.
Headphones jack: if you want to listen to your sound machine in private, then you need to make sure that it comes with a headphone jack. Not all sound machines have this feature.
Once you have read my reviews you will know exactly what type of sound machine you need to help improve the quality of your sleep.