I cannot sleep in total silence. I need the hum of a fan or the crackle of a fire. Too much noise and I can’t turn my brain off, but too little and every toss, turn, or sniffle is amplified. Whether you feel the same or not, you probably still don’t get 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 sleep machine) is just one tool in an arsenal of gadgets that can help you get your recommended number of z’s.
WIRED’s gear reviewers have filled their homes with sound machines for everything from muffling Witcher battles in the living room while the kids snooze to keeping us asleep while night-owl partners sneak into bed. These are our favorite machines for getting some shut-eye.
Check out our many other buying guides for getting a good night’s rest, such as the Best Mattresses and the Best Sunrise Alarm Clocks.
Updated March 2023: We’ve added the Baby Brezza portable machine and Hatch Restore 2. We’ve also added the Allway Aqua 10 Bluetooth speaker and humidifier to our honorable mentions.
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