Best Sound Machines to Help You Relax

Get some inner peace and better sleep with the right sound machine.

Get some inner peace and better sleep with the right sound machine. (Marpac/)

The hustle and bustle of everyday life may have inhibited our ability to get out in the fresh air, but technology has found a partial solution for nature lovers by bringing the sounds of rustling leaves and rushing waterfalls indoors. Not just aurally stimulating, some sound machines also create the perfect mood with soft-glow lights that come in different colors. It’s not a massage without the sounds of wolves howling in the distance or a power nap without hearing gently rolling waves on a beach. If you’re looking for ways to transform your “calm space,” try these sound machines.

When you’re ready for bed, just tap to start. When awaking, press and hold the touch control to turn it off or to snooze.

When you’re ready for bed, just tap to start. When awaking, press and hold the touch control to turn it off or to snooze. (Hatch/)

With this first sound machine, you can personalize a routine, which helps you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling refreshed. Before hitting the hay, settle in with a good book or your favorite magazine and set the right light and mood from your library of sounds and lights. You can also set your wake time, alarm sound, and favorite sunset color. Sleek and slim-profile buttons on the side make it easy to adjust brightness and sound without having to reach for the app on your phone.

Just what the doctor ordered for moms who have a tough time getting their little ones to sleep, this machine helps block disruptive environmental noises.

Just what the doctor ordered for moms who have a tough time getting their little ones to sleep, this machine helps block disruptive environmental noises. (Adaptive/)

This sound machine features 10 fan sounds and 10 ambient noise variations, including white noise (higher-pitched), pink noise (deeper, more balanced), and brown noise (more bass-y rumble). It’s solid-state and is powered by either AC or USB, and the precise volume control allows you to set the perfect level for your unique environment. Good in the nursery, but also effective in the workplace or study area as it helps to maintain focus and improves privacy; especially when you don’t need your conversations distracting others hard at work.

This classic has been around since 1962, popularized by its signature sound - the soothing ambient noise of rushing air.

This classic has been around since 1962, popularized by its signature sound – the soothing ambient noise of rushing air. (Marpac/)

This sound machine from Marpac has two-speed options for adjustable tone and volume and is excellent in masking background noises. That means better sleep, better office efficiency, better behaved babies, and better for your sound-sensitive dog, Bowser. Flip the switch to high or low, and then rotate the cap and collar to find the best sound for you. It comes with a 6-foot 120V AC plug so it’ll fit anywhere, and features a compact and basic design that blends nicely into any surrounding. This sound machine is available in white, black, grey, pink, and tan.

The calming nature sounds help your fussy baby fall asleep faster and longer.

The calming nature sounds help your fussy baby fall asleep faster and longer. (Letsfit/)

This extremely versatile sound machine comes with 14 soothing sleep soundtracks: three with white noise sounds, three lullabies, three fan sound effects, and five relaxing natural sounds. Also for new mothers, this sound machine features an adjustable night-light, which emits just enough light for a midnight feeding or changing without disturbing the other half of the bed. The white noise can be played at 15, 30, 60, 90 or 120 minute intervals with auto-off timer settings. And no need to worry about re-setting, as this one remembers the last sound and volume when re-started.

Measuring in at 1 pound, it will fit in any luggage compartment or backpack.

Measuring in at 1 pound, it will fit in any luggage compartment or backpack. (HoMedics/)

Perfect in any hotel room, nursery, or office space, this sound machine from HoMedics can be plugged into a wall outlet with the included adapter or powered by four AA batteries (not included). You can choose from six digitally recorded relaxing sounds: white noise, thunder, ocean, rain, summer night, and brook. Set the timer to 15, 30, or 60 minutes. Or, if you choose, leave your noise machine on all night.

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