As a parent, ensuring a peaceful sleep environment for our babies is so important and this is where white noise comes in. It’s a soothing tool that mimics calming sounds from nature, helping babies relax and in turn, sleep better.
With various sound options available, like nature sounds, fan hums and even womb noises, white noise can be a perfect addition to your baby’s bedtime routine, providing comfort and peace for a restful night’s sleep.
If you want a quick answer, the best white noise machine for babies is the Dreamegg, which is affordable yet packed full of different sounds for your little one. However, if you want a white noise machine that also doubles up as a cuddly toy, Ewan The Sheep is the best alternative that replicates the comfort of the womb with actual recordings.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a more ‘high-tech’ white noise machine that features multiple sounds plus mood lighting that can be controlled from your phone, the Momcozy alternative is the perfect solution.
To rate the white noise machines within our roundup, we based our recommendations on testing, our experience using multiple white noise machines with our children, the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the design, portability, value, sound quality, timers and additional features (i.e. lights) and warranty.
Best White Noise Overview
- Best All Round: Dreamegg Machine
- Best Value: Easysleep Sound Machine
- Best Womb Sound: Ewan The Sheep Deluxe
- Best Budget: Munchkin Shhh Sleep Machine
- Best Smart: Momcozy Machine
- Best For Multiple Sounds: Magicteam Machine
- Best Easy To Use: LectroFan Machine
Below is a list of the best white noise machines that promotes sleep as well as calming your baby.
The Best White Noise Machines
1. Best All Round: Dreamegg White Noise Machine
If you are looking for a white noise machine that is small, portable but mighty, then look no further than the Dreamegg. This clever machine features 11 different sounds, adjustable light settings and a child lock so once you have your preferred setting, even if the buttons are pressed the setting will not change.
What makes the Dreamegg stand out from the crowd is that it is very lightweight and it can be easily taken around with you, so you know naps on the go can still happen.
This was my saviour when my son was a baby because we have dogs who like to bark but by using the Dreamegg, as soon as I put the white noise on it completely blocked out all the background noise and it worked a treat. I am very impressed with this white noise machine and I still to this day continue to use it with my other children.
To conclude, with its jam-packed features in such a small machine, you will not be disappointed with the Dreamegg. When compared to other machines we have tested, it really does tick all the boxes.
2. Best Value: Easysleep Sound Machine
The Easysleep brand has certainly thought about everything with its white noise machine. This is because it features 25 sounds, 32 different volume settings and a choice of 5 timers. In addition to this the sound machine comes in 4 different colours, so you can choose one that would best fit in with your home design.
During testing, one feature that stood out to me on this machine was the light. Its subtle and calming glow joint with the white noise helped calm my son, especially during his colic period.
To conclude, the Easysleep Sound Machine is a very popular choice amongst parents and considering how many features are jam-packed into the machine, for the price of the product you can’t go wrong.
3. Best Womb Sound: Ewan The Sheep Deluxe
By far the most popular choice for white noise machines for babies is Ewan the Sheep! This is reflected in its popularity amongst babies and parents. The reason for its popularity is that it features real womb, heartbeat, rainfall, harp lullaby, vacuum cleaner and shushing recordings that are proven to help soothe your baby and promote longer-lasting sleep.
These noises are all played at a low recording known as ‘pink noise’ which reminds the baby of the comfort of being inside mummy’s tummy. In addition to this, it features a clever cry sensor by listening for 4 hours and if it detects a baby cry it will automatically play your chosen sound to help resettle your baby, so you don’t have to!
Whilst testing Ewan The Sheep, I found it great in soothing my little one, however, I did find it more difficult to take out and about with me as it didn’t fit neatly into my bag. With that being said, at home it helped calm my son and ensure he stayed asleep if he did wake crying. I loved the fact that if my son cried within the 4-hour listening window, Ewan would reset and start the 4 hours again. Ewan also made a great companion in my son’s room to reassure him.
This is by far one of the most popular choices of sound machines to help soothe babies on the market. The thought and designs that have gone into Ewan are second to none and will provide peace and calm for your baby and you!
4. Best Budget: Munchkin Shhh Sleep Machine
Munchkin is a well-known brand in the baby world, offering a wide range of products such as spoons, bowls, plates, cups, and much more. Among their amazing products is the Shhh Sleep Machine, specifically designed to soothe and comfort your baby during sleep time.
This portable machine features a soft glow light and 3 different sounds along with a timer and in terms of using the machine, it requires 2 x AA batteries and you are ready to go!
If you are looking for a great-priced white noise machine that features the 3 most popular sounds for babies then you will be pleased with this Munchkin Shhh Sleep Machine. For the price you really cannot go wrong as you also get the night light glow too!
5. Best Smart: Momcozy White Noise Machine
White noise and night lights are such a popular duo choice with parents and the Momcozy brand have thought about this with their white noise machine.
With this machine, you have the choice to either use it manually (buttons on the machine) or connect it to your smartphone by downloading an app (available on the App Store and Google Play).
The Momcozy machine features 34 different sounds, 7 different colour night light options and you can set specific programmes for the machine to turn off and on automatically based on what your child’s sleep schedule/needs are like.
Although it is one of the most expensive white noise machines within our roundup, the design and jam-packed features make it all a worthwhile investment. The stand-out feature is of course the smart element of this white noise machine and if you are tech savvy, this is a great addition to have.
6. Best For Multiple Sounds: Magicteam Baby White Noise Machine
Choosing a sound for your little one whilst they sleep can be a difficult choice but the Magicteam sleep machine has all this packed into one machine for you. It features 40 different soothing sounds for your little one, so you are sure to find the best sound.
As well as the selection of different sounds it has 32 different levels of volume and comes with a timer with 3 different settings. Once you have found a sound, volume and timer setting you like, the clever memory function saves this so you can use it time and time again without having to fiddle around.
To conclude, babies’ preferences change an awful lot as they grow older and the choice of sounds can affect the way they sleep. One sound might work great one night but then they change the next, with this machine you will not have to worry about that with all the different sound options to choose from, your baby will not be disappointed and enjoy a more peaceful sleep.
7. Best Easy To Use: LectroFan White Noise Machine
When you are trying to get your baby down to sleep, sometimes it can be a very challenging time and you do not want to be fiddling about trying to turn your machine on and use it. This is where the LectroFan Machine comes into play, with its large, clearly labelled buttons you are sure to get this machine on quickly and easily without fussing with it.
In terms of the sounds the machine offers 20 different sounds and a timer option so you can find what best suits your babies needs.
During testing, I found the design and ease of use great and when putting my son down for a nap it was a pleasure as the machine made it easy for me! The only issue I would like to say is that it could do with having more ‘baby-related sounds’ such as ‘shhing’ and heartbeat.
Overall, the Lectrofan Machine is impressive with its easy-to-use features making it unique and desirable for many parents.
How We Rated
As a parent, I firmly believe in the importance of using white noise machines for babies.
These devices create a soothing environment that mimics the sounds they experienced in the womb, promoting better sleep and reducing fussiness. By creating a calm atmosphere, white noise machines play a crucial role in supporting the overall well-being of babies by inducing peaceful sleep.
From those that have 40 different sounds, 3 sounds to those that have lights, we have tried and tested quite a few different white noise machines over the last couple of years and have listed those we found particularly helpful above.
I love using the Dreamegg in particular with my son, especially when I am out and about with him and need him to nap on the go. As shown in the image below, I can easily attach it to the pram, which means on the go, it works great to block out background noise so he can continue to sleep peacefully. Its portability is a key feature and it enables me to put my son to sleep virtually anywhere (i.e. even when I am at soft play with his older brother!).
When we are at home, I love to use Ewan The Sheep. This is because I don’t want the white noise on all night and the fact that Ewan can detect when my son cries is great as it soothes him straight back to sleep. As you can see in the pictures below, it’s also easy to take the pod out of the bottom to wash Ewan which I have had to do a few times!
Below is a video we posted on our YouTube channel that shows us testing our top-rated white noise machine (Dreamegg). As you can see in the video, it has lots of different noise options, light settings and it even features a lock!
During our testing of the white noise machines, we analyse their build quality, portability, size and functionality.
In terms of our commitment to reviewing and testing the latest white noise machines (for this article), we are continually testing the latest offerings from top brands in the UK. This means that when a brand releases a new and improved machine, we attempt to put it to the test and upgrade our older sound machines where applicable.
As well as testing and our experience of using white noise machines out (when visiting family, friends or visiting busy noisy places) and around the house, we also based our recommendations on the latest research and several factors. Some of the factors that we considered included the design, portability, value for money, quality of sounds, timers, additional features such as light and warranty.
White noise machines are great for helping promote healthy sleep for you and your baby, whether you are out and about or at home, they are great in blocking out that background noise that would otherwise keep your baby awake. All of our recommendations are suitable for a range of budgets and include those that come with or without the light feature.
If you require further information regarding any of our white noise machine recommendations, feel free to contact us and we will try to provide our assistance where possible.