White Noise Machines
White Noise Machines
are available in so many models and with so many different features that finding the best model for your personal needs can be a daunting task. Our goal is to help you cut through the clutter and provide you with some useful information about these devices; their features, how they work and recommendations based on our years of experience to help you find the best sound making machine for your needs.
Most Popular Sound Machine - Dohm DS
Have you ever observed how a soft mechanical background noise such as that made by a fan, vacuum or an automobile can help a baby fall asleep and stay asleep? You are witnessing first hand the effect that white noise can have on gently soothing the auditory system and helping promote sleep. Our top pick among all models is the Dohm DS which is assembled in the USA by Marpac and uses this fan like white noise phenomenon to create the most successful unit available. In our years of selling sound machines, the Dohm has proven to be the most popular choice with the lowest rate of returns. Another advantage of the Dohm model is that it does not loop (loop means - to play a short segment of sound over and over) like most other machines. Getting a sound device that doesn't loop is really important. If you can detect a repetitive quality in the sound (such as a chirp that repeats over and over every 5 seconds), then that can be as annoying as the sound you are trying to mask. Again, the Dohm is one of the few machines on the market that doesn't
The main drawback with the Sleepmate 980A or Dohm DS is that it simply does not go to a super high volume, so if you want a model that can produce a high volume or one that plays a variety of different sounds such as running water, ocean or wind, we suggest you investigate the electronic Marpac machines or the electronic models made by Sound Oasis.
What is the Difference Between White Noise and Pink Noise
White Noise, by definition, contains all, or almost all, of the frequencies of the sound spectrum occurring together. To your ears, white noise
will sound kind of like wind, rain, ocean or a mechanical sound like a motor or fan. Pink noise
has its sound energy distributed over all the octaves instead of over all frequencies and will sound more like a waterfall with more bass energy. In other words, in a practical sense, pink and white noises sound a lot alike with the pink sounding like it has more lower tones or bass. The effect of white noise and/or pink noise on our hearing is that it will mask or disrupt the waveforms of the offending noise thereby making it hard to distinguish and therefore less noticeable and less intrusive. This is probably why some people find it easier to fall asleep and focus on tasks better with some kind of gentle fan-like sound in the background; the approximation of white noise by the fan may make it harder for the listener to hear or be aware of offending noises in their surrounding environment.
If you want a selection of different sounds and/or the ability to play at higher volume, our top suggestion is for you to try the highly rated devices by Sound Oasis, particularly the Sound Oasis S-650
. Unlike the Sleepmate 980A or Dohm DS, the Sound Oasis S-650 produces a lot of different sounds and plays them through what we consider a superior speaker when compared to other brands and models, resulting in one of the better electronic units that produces crisp clean sounds with high fidelity.
If you are looking for a sleep aid designed for a baby, see this article and recommendations for the best baby sleep aids
and suggestions on what to look for in a model directed toward promoting baby sleep. Naturally, it is most important to protect the baby's delicate hearing and these baby sleep sounds do just that.