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    May 6, 2020

    13 Sound Machines For Tuning Out Your Noisy Roommates And Neighbors

    Sounds like a good night's sleep.

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    1. A Big Red Rooster 6 Sound white noise machine (with nearly 15,000 reviews on Amazon) that plugs in for home or office use and takes batteries when traveling, while pumping out six soothing sounds that could easily be the names of scented candles: rain, brook, ocean, thunder, white noise, and summer night.


    Promising Review: "This sound machine has helped my husband fall right to sleep. We live close to railroad tracks which lead to a flour mill. The trains stop and idle right behind our house while loading and unloading. The engine rumbling is not conducive to a good night's sleep. The sound machine has six different sounds to lull you to sleep and it is really helping him to fall asleep and to stay asleep. It has a timer to shut the sounds off, but he keeps it on all night. If he wakes, it helps him go right back to sleep. It is also good-looking, and just the right size. I highly recommend this sound machine." —Kathy A.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    2. A high-fidelity, USB and AC powered Adaptive Sound Technologies LectroFan sound machine backed by a 1,000-day satisfaction guarantee, for those who really need to give it a thorough test-drive. In addition to all that white noise, there are also pink and brown options for your Neapolitan ice cream-inspired noise cancelling needs.


    Promising Review: "This sound machine has literally changed my life. It's like nothing I have ever experienced. Our neighbor likes to spend his mornings shoveling gravel on a cement surface with a metal shovel about four-to-five feet from my window (like 6 a.m. early) and to be honest, I was starting to have some pretty dangerous thoughts about stealing his shovel and....well, one goes down some pretty dark paths when they suffer from insomnia already and then when they finally fall asleep only to be woken up by a shovel scraping down a sidewalk. Okay, so the machine somehow completely covers the noise from the shovel, the toilet flushing next to my room, dogs barking, etc. It is incredible." —MorAvFire

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in black and white).

    3. A classic Dohm aka "The Original White Noise Machine" that's been masking sounds at doctor's offices since 1962 with its fan-based signature sound. Two speeds, one six-foot AC plug, and zero sleepless nights is what you're getting.


    Promising Review: "This little machine is the only reason why I'm able to sleep. I live in NYC and have two roommates, so my bedroom is anything but quiet. This machine has been a lifesaver for me... or I guess sleep-saver? I get easily irritated and distracted by outside noise (ex. loud TV) when I'm reading/trying to focus on something. When I turn this on, all outside noise is blocked out. I can sleep soundly and read in peace." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $44.93.

    4. A Dreamegg white noise/sound machine with 24 sounds to choose from, including bird, sea wave, brook, lullaby, music box, cricket, campfire, rain, fetal tone, and train. Wait, train? Really? If locomotive noises aren't for you, there are still seven different white noise and fan options (respectively) to choo-choo-choose from.


    Promising Review: "I live in an old apartment building with thin walls and inconsiderate neighbors who have apparently never heard of headphones. The guy downstairs likes to pretend he's Skrillex and blast obnoxious EDM music at 3in the morning...This machine is a true miracle and completely blocks out the Diplo-wannabe downstairs. I simply keep it on the white noise setting 24/7 and it works its sound-blocking magic." —Ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

    5. A compact and portable, USB and AC Aventek white noise sound machine, because if 30 volume level settings and 20 soothing sounds won't drown whatever is making that racket, then you've got a 60-day money-back guarantee from the date of purchase. And you definitely need to move.


    Promising Review: "I have been turning on youtube "white noise" for the longest time and finally decided to purchase one couple months ago. I highly recommend this for anyone who has thin walls, roommates, outside noise, or drowning out unwanted noise. I am very sensitive to noise and my room is right next to the kitchen. It's great for sleeping. This is pretty small, fits on my nightstand, and is very easy to use. I love that it has a set timer so that it turns off by the time I am in deep sleep. Highly recommend!" —Hanjoo Chase

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99 (available in blue and white).

    6. A lightweight, wood-grained finish Douni sleep sound machine with a headphone jack, for those who really need to block out noise while not making more noise of their own, thus disturbing the people making all the noise in the first place. Talk about noise pollution.


    This was the third (maybe fourth) white noise machine I purchased for my baby/toddler's room and it's still getting the job after more than six months. There's a lot of city traffic and a very busy intersection outside our apartment windows and the Douni masks all of it (except for the occasional blaring ambulance siren). The wood grain is a nice change of pace from all the other white, black, metallic gadgets populating our home. Super powerful sound too!

    Get it from Amazon for $31.95.

    7. A Skip Hop "Moonlight & Melodies" sleep soother for those who give a hoot about their kids (and by extension themselves) getting a good night's sleep. This wise owl was smart enough to include a night light in its belly and also project stars and moons on the ceiling.


    Promising Review: "When my son was first born, I thought machines like this were a waste of money. Then the six-month sleep regression hit...and boy, has this machine saved us some sleep. At first, it was just the white noise that we used but, with him advancing to 2 years old, we then hit the next sleep regression, associated with nightmares and fear of the dark. The owl gives just enough light to make him feel better about the dark but not so much that he can't sleep." —Katuna

    Get it from Amazon for $31.49.

    8. A Snooz white noise sound machine with an app (available on iPhones and Androids) for programming runtimes and controlling the volume of the actual fan that's inside. These aren't digitally recorded noises. No, they're the real deal.


    Promising Review: "Had it for about a week. Bluetooth working perfectly so far. Love the volume calibration function in the app. Easy to use, but most importantly I’ve been sleeping through the night! My bedroom is a noise trap and usually, I can hear everything from my neighbors to the street. This thing is a lifesaver and the app is definitely a nice addition." —M, Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in cloud and charcoal colors).

    9. A Nursal white noise/sound machine that's powered via two AA batteries or USB with an optional 30-, 60-, and 120-minute automatic shut-off timer for it's 10 natural sound settings (rainforest, birds, waves, etc.).


    Promising Review: "I bought the sound machine for my dog because she barks at everything. We have critters that come in our backyard in the middle of the night and she goes nuts. I bought blackout curtains hoping that would do the trick but she could still hear them. I’ve been using the sound machine the past week and she only barked last night cause the batteries died in the middle of the night. I’m extremely happy and I’m sure my neighbors are too! I plan on bringing it with me when I travel every month to drown out the hotel noise. And you can’t beat the price!" —Brooke

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    10. A Letsfit white noise machine with 14 soothing sleep soundtracks, including two different clothes dryer settings, because the thought of more doing laundry will certainly put you to sleep. The adjustable night light is also an added bonus when dealing with sleeping babies.


    Promising Review: "This sound machine has met expectations and I'm very pleased with it. It has a good variety of sounds and is easy to use. I like to use the crickets sound to fall asleep to block out my neighbor's TV. It also has waves or white noise which I don't find as soothing but is good to muffle sounds during the daytime. (With my kids going to school remotely these days and my husband and me working from home, we often have to block out other noises when making phone calls or Zoom meetings.) You can set the sleep function for a variety of lengths so that the machine will shut off automatically. I like that the shortest sleep setting is 15 minutes." —Kate D

    Get it from Amazon for $19.79.

    11. A battery-operated (three AAA), BPA-free MyBaby Soundspa portable white noise machine, for anyone who wants to sleep like a baby, whether they are actually one or just act like one due to being awake all night. Hang it via the included hook or let it stand on its own, you've got options.


    Promising Review: "We bought this for traveling, but like this one much better than another that needs to be plugged into the wall. The clip is handy and allows us to hang it nearby in the car, pack and play, or crib. The only issue we had was needing to hold the power button longer to turn it on — we thought it was broke. You need to hold it for a couple of seconds to turn it on or off. We have had it on all night for a few nights and haven’t needed to replace batteries yet, but usually, we use the timer feature- another perk of this machine!" —Hannah Reisdorf

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    12. A Pure Enrichment sleep therapy sound machine with six soothing sounds and a USB port for charging your smartphone or tablet while you snooze. Just remember to shut off that ringer.


    Promising Review: "I've been struggling to sleep for a while, with noisy neighbors and roommates always making loud sounds the second I'm finally asleep. This sound machine is slim, stylish, and the sounds are perfect! You can't even hear them looping, which is always the hardest part of relaxing with a sound machine on. The timer is very convenient for when you just want the machine to help you fall asleep but not run all night. My favorite is the Night setting, which is the sound of crickets. Super soothing." —FruitonBottom

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in black or white).

    13. A Sound+Sleep high fidelity sleep sound machine with 48 (wow!) non-repeating sound environments so your brain won't get tricked into waking you up when it hears the exact same bubbling brook audio pattern again. Powers via AC, USB, or batteries.


    Promising Review: "I read so many different reviews on white noise machines, and every source named this one as their top choice. I was very hesitant about spending so much money on a white noise machine, but then I figured that it was worth it, and boy was I right! There were so many settings I was able to find which one really worked for me, as well as adjust the amount of sound was in the background. It helps to cancel the noise from the upstairs neighbors as well as noise from outside. Highly recommend." —Isabelle K.

    Get it from Amazon for $64.95+ (available in three colors).

    If this is what you look and feel like because your roommates or neighbors are making too much dang noise then get a sound machine. C'mon, don't be a dingus. Get some sleep, for your health.

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