Best Portable White Noise Machines
I know it can be almost impossible to get a good night’s sleep when you’re traveling. Most hotels aren’t exactly the place to look for some peace and quiet, and you may also find it difficult to fall asleep because of time zone differences. That’s why it’s always a good idea to take a travel sound machine with you when going on a trip. A white noise machine can help you sleep better by calming your mind and your body, and drowning out outside noise. In this article, you’ll find the best high-quality portable white noise machines that come with a decent selection of sounds and have excellent noise masking capabilities.
Adaptive Sound Technologies Sound+Sleep Mini
I love the original full-size Sound + Sleep machine, so I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed in the travel version. And I was right: Sound + Sleep Mini exceeded all my expectations!
It’s extra small, which makes it portable and perfect for traveling. Just like the full-sized machine, the Mini version also comes with the adaptive sound feature: it automatically adjusts the volume when the level of noise in your environment changes. So if you stay in hotels often, you won’t have to worry about waking up in the middle of the night because of loud neighbors, unexpected parties or street traffic anymore. Even if you don’t use the adaptive mode, Sound + Sleep Mini does an excellent job in masking unwanted noise. The travel size sound machine comes with 48 sounds in total, including fan sounds, white, pink, and brown noise. It also gives you multiple nature tracks to choose from such as brook, ocean, fireplace and rain, to name just a few. The sounds are of great quality and have no noticeable loops.
What really makes Mini a great travel sound machine is that there are several options for powering the device. You can use the adapter and plug it into a wall outlet, but it can also be charged from a laptop or any other device via the USB cable. Mini can also be run on AA batteries, which are included with the machine.
Adaptive Sound Technologies Sound+Sleep Mini comes with several useful features. It has a timer that can be set to 30, 60 or 90 minutes if you don’t need continuous play. You can choose whether to have the lights on the front panel on or off (a huge plus since I know many people who have issues with bright display lights on sound machines). It also has a headphone jack and an audio input jack that allows you to listen to an MP3 player, PC audio or any other external audio source through Mini.
LectroFan Micro Wireless Sound Machine
I have always been a fan of Lectrofan white noise machines and when they recently came out with this new revolutionary product, I just knew I have to have it! I was immediately blown away by the quality of the machine. It’s amazing how such a small device can have such great sound and volume. In addition, Lectrofan Micro has so much beneficial features and it’s really cheap compared to other high-quality sound machines.
Micro comes with 10 sounds for noise masking, relaxation and sleep: it has ocean, 4 white noise and 5 fan sounds. The sounds are surprisingly realistic and they are generated dynamically, meaning there are no loops at all. Lectrofan Micro has adjustable volume and a unique, cool feature: the position of the speaker is adjustable as well. You can point it in any direction by simply twisting it. The twistable speaker makes the sound machine so much more effective for drowning out disturbing sounds and having private conversations.
Lectrofan Micro is the perfect portable white noise machine for several reasons. It’s shockingly small, compact and lightweight (weighs less than 5 ounces), so you can easily take it with you to the office or use it when you’re traveling. It works on a rechargeable lithium battery, but you can power it from any device that has a USB port. Lectrofan Micro can also be plugged into a wall outlet. The battery lasts up to 16 hours, which is quite long compared to other similar machines. And finally, Lectrofan Micro can be used as a Bluetooth speaker! You can pair it with your smartphone, laptop or any Bluetooth-enabled device, and listen to your favorite sounds or music through the machine.
Marsona TSCI-330 Travel Sound Conditioner by Marpac
As the name implies, Marsona Travel white noise machine is designed specifically for traveling. It’s small and compact and weighs only about 1 pound. The sound machine comes with a traveling kit that includes a detachable power cord and 4 different outlet adapters that allow you to plug the machine into the wall in Australia, US, Europe or UK. It also comes with a dual voltage transformer, and a small and handy nylon travel pouch.
Marpac products are known for their high quality and Marsona TSCI-330 is no exception. Like all Marpac sound machines, it’s an easy-to-use, durable device. It has a selection of different white noise settings: static white noise, rain, waterfall and surf. You can also mix the sounds together and customize the tone to find the perfect sound for your needs.
What really makes this machine stand out is the quality of the sounds. The sounds are really soothing and pleasant compared to several other white noise generators. Not only do they mask unwanted noise, they also work great if you find it difficult to fall asleep because of racing thoughts, stress or anxiety. It has great noise masking capabilities and the volume goes really loud if needed. You surely won’t hear a thing when you’re sleeping with Marpac Marsona Travel sound conditioner as it successfully drowns out street noise, traffic, snoring partners, and loud neighbors. So I highly recommend you to check out this product if you’re a light sleeper with noisy neighbors or you just travel often.
Sound Oasis Travel S-850 Sound Therapy System
Sound Oasis S-850 is one of the best portable sound machines and it’s perfect for traveling as well as for home use. The machine comes with a durable travel pouch and a set of adapter plugs for international use. The device also has a battery backup: in case you don’t have an electrical outlet nearby, you can run S-850 on 4 AA alkaline batteries. I find the battery option especially useful on planes (through headphones, of course), since not all airlines offer in-seat AC power and I’m not exactly a fan of flying.
Sound Oasis S-850 travel sound machine has 18 different sounds that you can use for sleep, relaxation or better concentration. The sounds include north woods, rain, ocean, thunderstorm, bonfire, wind, and fan, to name just a few. It even has a jet lag reduction sound to help you to adjust to time zone differences. The volume is decent and the sounds are great for masking disturbing outside noises. They’re also suitable for tinnitus treatment or home sound therapy. And, you can record your own memo and use it as a wake up alarm or as the sound to fall asleep to.
Sound Oasis S-850 also comes with several useful features. It has a headphone jack, a timer that can be set for 30, 60 or 90 minutes, and a volume reduction feature to gradually decrease the volume. It also has a calendar and an alarm clock that allows you to set different alarms for home and for travel. You have multiple options for setting the alarm: you can choose a voice memo, a regular buzzer, your favorite sound or the jet lag reduction track. You may also want to check out the Sound Oasis S-850W which is quite similar to S-850, except that instead of the silver color, you can get it in white or black.
Marpac Rohm Portable White Noise Machine
Marpac Rohm is one of the most popular travel white noise machines for its simplicity and relatively low price.
It’s very small and has a handy design. Rohm is really easy to use and it effectively masks disruptive sounds both at home and on the go. It comes with three different-pitched white noise sounds (the surf sound is my personal favorite). The volume is highly adjustable and Rohm can go really loud in case you have lots of disturbing outside noises in your sleeping environment. The background sound that Rohm generates is soothing, consistent and has no irritating loops. The sounds are not generated naturally though (as they are on Marpac’s popular Dohm sound machine), but are prerecorded electronically.
Marpac Rohm travel white noise machine charges via a USB cable So it can be plugged into a wall outlet, but you can also use a laptop or any device that has an USB port for recharging. It allows you to leave Rohm on for the night without having to worry about the machine switching itself off because of a drained battery – something that often happens when you use sound machines that run on alkaline batteries.
Soneic travel sound machine
If you’re looking for something extra cheap, this Soneic sound machine is definitely worth checking out. Sure, you can’t expect the quality of a $100 machine, but this small device surprised me with its loudness and the wide selection of sounds.
Soneic portable sound machine comes with 10 sounds: white, pink and brown noise, fireplace, thunder, brook, heartbeat, ocean, tropical forest and summer night. It also has 7 baby lullabies, so you can use it for both yourself and your baby when you’re traveling or on the go. The sound machine has a timer that can be set for 15, 30 or 45 minutes and it can also run continuously. It also has an headphone jack that allows you to listen to soothing sounds through earphones or a speaker pillow. Soneic travel machine comes with a USB cable and an AC adapter, but it can also be run on AAA batteries.