Sound Machine Buying Guide

If you have problems sleeping because you can’t ignore the outside traffic, a snoring partner, or the television of a neighbor, or you simply need to listen to a relaxing sound before falling asleep, you might want to try a sound machine that can help you relax with the help of the soothing sounds it plays. In this case, read this buying guide that is designed to help you look for the most efficient model with the most features and the best performance in promoting relaxation and a restful sleep.

Multiple sound choices

The number of sounds a sound machine can play influences the performance and the versatility of the device and increases the chances of you finding the right sound for your needs. A good model can include up to 20 different sounds that mimic soft sounds of nature like the rain, the wind, a thunderstorm or the ocean, and other sounds like city, train, or heartbeat. The available sounds are in fact the most important aspect you should consider when looking for a great machine because its main purpose is to help you fall asleep with the help of different sounds.

Sound quality

Besides the total number of sounds available, you also have to consider the sound quality of that particular machine. A unit with a great sound quality is able of producing high fidelity sounds, making you feel as you were in the middle of nature. You surely don’t want to hear your favorite sound accompanied by buzzes and hisses that could wake you up in the middle of the night. Therefore, before you actually buy a unit, you can have it tested and see how you like the sound quality. At the same time, you can make a research and find out the opinion of other customers.

Volume adjustment

It’s very important that you are able to select the desired sound volume that is comfortable for you to either sleep or work while listening to the sound machine. Look for a model with multiple sound levels so you can adjust the noise as you best prefer.

Timer setting

Most model offer two possibilities of playing the sounds throughout the night and you should look for one that allows you to either play the sounds continuously or set them to play for a certain amount of time from 15 to up to 90 minutes. This way, you will ensure that the unit machine will stop after you fall asleep so you will be able to sleep during the night without listening to any sound.

White noise feature

An important feature is the white noise which is a loud sound that can mask any unwanted noise in the background so you can focus on relaxing and falling asleep. Not every model includes a white noise feature, but the best models do provide this innovative technology designed to stimulate your brain.

Alarm clock

A convenient unit includes an alarm clock feature so you can set it to wake you up whenever you need to. Although this is more of an added benefit, you should take advantage of it and opt for a model that can also work as an alarm clock.

Battery power source

Also for your comfort, a unit powered by both electricity and batteries is more practical as you can take it with you anywhere in case you plan on traveling. Opt for an additional battery source and take your sound machine on vacations so you can enjoy its benefits at all times.

Included accessories

Complete your pursuit for the best sound machine with a list of accessories that include a remote control for distance operating, a headphone jack so you can listen to the sounds all by yourself, or an adjustable backlight so the device won’t create a disturbing light when you sleep.


All in all, buying a sound machine can be a difficult task since there are so many options available to choose from. However, the most important aspects to consider are the sound versatility as well as the sound quality, rather than other features that just add more convenience. At the same time, you should consider the overall construction of the unit, and opt for a durable and compact design that is easy to transport and that will last for many years to come. Also, pay a special attention to other people’s review when buying a certain product if you want to make sure it’s a reliable choice. Last but not least, remember that a well-known brand is always a better option.


    1. While it’s true that the white noise sound is an important feature for such a unit to have as it masks any background noises that might wake you up, we still recommend that you choose a model that is able to produce nature sounds and other types of sounds. Having such features, the machine will be able to soothe you to sleep at night in a more efficient manner.

    1. Austin Beckett

      Hello, Natasha. The price of a unit depends on many factors, such as its ability to produce multiple sounds, or whether it features a Bluetooth technology, an auto shut-off, a clock, and so on. However, the price of such machines varies between $20 t0 $120 or more, so you have plenty of options to choose from. Good luck!

    1. Austin Beckett

      Hi, Eduard. There isn’t a simple answer to your question because the lifespan of such a machines is related to many factors. In general, they are very durable and can work for many years unless they are found to have some manufacturer defects. Nonetheless, they come with a warranty against defects, so you shouldn’t worry too much about this aspect.

  1. Is the nightstand a good option to place the machine or do you recommend another one? I’m asking this because I want to make sure I won’t be disturbed by the external noise.

    1. Austin Beckett

      Hi, Charles. Most people place the unit on the nightstand because it’s more convenient to operate it, especially during the night. However, the best place is considered to be where the noise comes from, like the window, the door, the common wall with the neighbors, and so on. For example, if you want to block the noise from the outside, you may place it under the window. In this way, the sound won’t get to you.

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