A good noise cancelling machine is the perfect way to block out any unwanted noise, whether at home or the office. These machines can go by many different names, such as a sound therapy machine, a white noise machine, a noise reduction machine or a sound blocking machine. No matter what you want to call it, one thing is certain – these things are a great way to get rid of noise that you do not want to hear or have disrupting your sleep or your day.
Ever since I moved into an apartment with really thin walls a few years ago, I started using a cheap noise cancelling machine for sleeping. I’ve since upgraded that original unit to one that offers better noise cancellation and sound blocking, but even the cheapest models can offer some relief.
What To Look For In Noise Cancelling Machines
When you are out there comparing noise cancellation machines to determine which one to buy for yourself, it helps to know what you’re looking for in the various models.
Some of the machines only offer one sound to cancel out the noise. These are what are commonly referred to as white noise machines as that is the noise they give off. A popular model is the Marpac Dohm-DS Dual Speed Sound Conditioner reviewed below.
Other machines offer a variety of sounds so that you can choose your preferred sound. You normally see these with sounds like:
- ocean waves
- babbling streams
- jungle noises
- nighttime in the countryside
- rainfall or thunderstorms
- crackling fire
- light city noise
As you might imagine, this type of machine is usually referred to as a sound therapy machine. I have one of these two and you’ll see my favorite below.
Best Noise Cancelling Machine For Office Work Noise
When you work in an office with distracting noises, it can really have an affect on your productivity. That is why a good noise cancelling machine for work helps with that type of situation. Since you are in an office, you normally cannot get away with using one of the sound therapy machines cause there will be someone in the office who complains about hearing jungle birds or thunderstorm noises coming from your desk. For that reason, a white noise machine is your best option in the office.
And of all the white noise machines for offices that I’ve tested out – there is one that is way better than all the rest when it comes to blocking out unwanted noises at your cubicle without annoying your co-workers. That machine is the Marpac Dohm-DS Dual Speed Sound Conditioner.
It is small, so it won’t take up a lot of space on your desk. And, you can order it in either the pictured white or in black. So, it also won’t be too flashy sitting on your desk at work. I love that it has a low price and two different sound levels – for those times when a certain co-worker is talking really loudly at her desk!
And if you will be taking the machine from home to work, it is also a good choice for helping you to sleep! If you want to see it in action, take a look at the video below that I found on YouTube.
Good Cheap Noise Cancelling Machine for Home or Apartments
Sometimes you just want to drown out the noises from your neighbors or the neighborhood with something is a little more pleasant to your ears. That is when a good sound therapy machine comes in use. This type of noise cancelling machines offers a few different pleasing sounds for you to choose from. Personally, I love spending an afternoon reading and listening to the sounds of ocean waves breaking on my home sound therapy machine. Then, when I go to sleep at night I switch over to the soothing sounds of rainfall.
Since I’m on a budget, I do not like spending a fortune on something like this, which is why I tested out several of the cheap models to find the one that works best for me. And, I found a great solution in the HoMedics SS-2000G/F-AMZ Sound Spa Relaxation Machine.
While it is not the cheapest model available, it is the best value noise cancelling machine for the money with a super low price under $20! Plus, it is the highest quality that you can get at this cheap of a price. I tried out another brand that was cheaper but the quality was poor and the sound was terrible, which is why I returned it and got this HoMedics one.
I also love that it is so small and lightweight, which makes it good for traveling. I’ve taken it on a few overnight road trips and used it at hotels.
Overall, it is a great choice at an affordable price, which is perfect for my budget. And, you get a total of 6 different soothing sounds to choose from, which isn’t a lot but still gives you several different options.
Best Noise Cancelling Machine For Sleeping
Since I enjoy getting a full night’s rest, I always use one of these machines when it is time to sleep. For me, the sounds of a good thunderstorm or rainfall is the best noise to sleep by. And since I don’t live in a place where it rains all the time, one of these machines is the only way for me to get that noise every single night.
While I do own the machines listed above, neither of them is my favorite choice when it comes to using a sound therapy machine for sleeping. Instead, I prefer the sounds and the sound quality that comes from the Ecotones Sound + Sleep Machine.
This sound therapy sleep machine offers you 10 different sounds to choose from when it is time for sleeping. And the sound quality that you get from this machine is really high quality. It also sounds like you are actually outside in the rain!
The most impressive feature though is the Adaptive Sound technology. This noise cancelling machine for sleeping can actually automatically adjust to detected background noise for uninterrupted peace and relaxation. How awesome is that?!
It is also very compact and small so it won’t take up a lot of room on your bedside table, or in your suitcase if you decide to travel with it. That’s why I think that this is very best noise cancelling machine for sleeping that money can buy. Plus, it has a good price.
I hope that my noise cancelling machine comparisons and reviews have helped you to find a machine that meets your sound blocking needs. If not, I suggest taking a look at the current best selling models at the link below to determine if there is something better to fit your needs.