Best White Noise Machine
In our experience, the noise makers made by Marpac and Sound Oasis tend to be best in quality of construction, tone and effectiveness. As we head into the spring of 2015, we rate as our Best White Noise Machine
the Dohm models made in the USA by Marpac. Please Note that the Sleepmate name is being retired to be replaced by the Dohm name but we will continue using both names interchangeably since so many know and love this model by the old Sleepmate name. This top rated Dohm machine, generates a simple fan or wind-like sound that has proven to aid sleeping without the problem of blowing the air around. Have you ever experienced the effect of falling asleep to a soft mechanical hum such as that produced by a fan or air conditioner running in the background? Have you witnessed how babies tend to fall asleep better with a soft mechanical noise in their environment? If you have, then that serves as confirmation that the Dohm is probably your best choice in a noise making device. You are experiencing the effect of a soft white noise and its ability to help soothe the auditory system and induce better rest. The fan-like tone produced by this model has been consistently rated as the best sound masking device for sleep by an overwhelming majority of our customers. That, along with the fact that it is assembled in the USA is why we make it our top recommendation. The Dohm comes in two models; the double speed (Hi and Low) Dohm DS and the single speed (just HI speed) Dohm SS. Keep in mind that all Dohms are limited in that they only generate one kind of tone and can only produce that sound at a fairly low volume when compared with electronic white noise makers that can amplify their sounds to a higher volume through a speaker.
Best Choice Among Electronic White Noise Machines
There are a large number of electronic brands and models that produce a whole array of different restful sounds such as rain, waterfall, wind and ocean surf. If you prefer more variety in the output produced or would like to have the option of higher volume then our second highest recommendation would be the Sound Oasis S-650 which we rate as the best white noise machine
using electronic amplification since it has a better speaker and higher fidelity sounds than comparably priced units.
The only true electronic white noise is generated by the Marpac TSC-330, which is assembled in the US. The TSC-330 generates an electronic tone that can be moderated with slider switches to approximate an ocean wave, rain or waterfall. We have found that an irregular audible frequency such as that produced by ocean waves can be particularly helpful in masking other irregular noises, such as snoring, that may be interfering with restful sleep. In my personal experience, the irregular nature of the ocean wave sound produced by the TSC-330 is effective at cancelling or masking the uneven pattern of snoring and other irregular sounds.
While most people seem to prefer the steady fan-like mechanical hum generated by the Sleepmate 980A Dohm DS, if you prefer nature sounds (like sounds of a summer night, trickling brooks or a lake shore), you should definitely check out the Marpac 1288A Nature Sound Machine which is my personal favorite because the sounds can be combined, composed and created by the user. The 1288A has an array of nice nature sounds over which you can overlay other sound effects, such as adding frogs and loons to the lake shore sounds. If you really love nature sounds, you should definitely check out the Marpac 1288 as well as the quality nature sounds of the Sound Oasis models.