I can not sleep in complete silence. I need the sound of a fan or the crackle of a flame. Too much noise and I can’t turn my brain off, but it’s too little and every toss, turn or sniff is amplified. Whether you feel the same way or not, you can still not getting enough sleep, and if you’re like most people, it’s not for lack of trying. Help is available. A good sound machine (also called a white noise machine or a sleep machine) is just one tool in an arsenal of gadgets can help you get the recommended z number.
WIRED device reviewers have filled their homes with sound machines for everything from sound reduction witch battle in the living room while the kids doze off to keep us asleep while the night owl partners sneak into bed. These are our favorite machines for closing our eyes.
Check out our many more shopping guide to get a good night’s sleep, such as Best mattress and Best sunrise alarm clock.
Updated March 2023: We’ve added Baby Brezza and Hatch Restore 2 portables. We’ve also added the Allway Aqua 10 Bluetooth speaker and humidifier for our honorable mentions.
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