Whether you're struggling with loud neighbors, living above a busy street, or just can't stand total silence in your bedroom at night, the best fans for white noise can perform dual purposes: keeping your bedroom cool while filling the airwaves with a light background noise that can lull you to sleep. But there are a lot of fans out there, ranging from small ones that are whisper quiet to workhorses that might be too loud for you. So, what should you look for in a white noise fan?
What To Look For In A White Noise Fan
First and foremost, keep your space in mind as you shop for the
best fan for sleeping. There are plenty of fans for white noise that come in a variety of types, from a taller tower fan to a box fan you might place in your window. This may go without saying, but the larger your bedroom, the more powerful you'll want your fan to be. However, if you're primarily looking for a fan for the white noise it provides instead of its cooling features, room size might not matter quite as much as you shop. And, if you are looking to mimic the sound of a white noise fan without any of the breeze, you might be better off with a white noise machine.
Scroll on for the 11 best white noise fans on Amazon that’ll get you to sleep in no time.
Shop The Best Fans For Sleeping With White Noise In a hurry? Here are the most soothing fans. A Popular Box Fan For White Noise: Genesis Box Fan A Small Desktop Fan: Lasko Platinum Desktop Wind Tower The Editor Favorite: Lasko Wind Curve Electric Oscillating Tower Fan A Low-Profile Personal Fan: Honeywell 2-Speed Personal Fan A Stronger (& Louder) Fan For Your Whole Room: Vornado Whole Room Air Circulator Fan A Budget-Friendly Model: Comfort Zone 3-Speed 12-inch Oscillating Table Fan A Portable White Noise Fan: Treva Clip Fan A Powerful Fan That Cools Like An AC: Lasko High-Velocity Pro Pivoting Utility Fan A “Wind Machine” White Noise Fan: Lasko 3300 Wind Machine A Powerful, Industrial Fan: Air King Industrial Grade Fan A Tiny White Noise Machine: Marpac Dohm Sound Machine Fan 1 A Popular Box Fan For White Noise: Genesis Box Fan
White noise sleepers widely consider
box fans like this one from Genesis to be one of the best options, because they're often the loudest. This one has three speed settings you can operate with a convenient dial. It features a copper motor, and it's great for a constant sound. It’s earned a 4.6-star overall rating on Amazon, with more than 4,500 ratings in total. Plus, the manufacturer offers a one-year warranty. According to a reviewer: “This is a powerful box fan. It works perfectly. It is sorta loud and we keep it on the lowest setting. But I really like the white noise it creates. Helps me sleep. It also drowns out my boyfriend’s snoring pretty well.” 2 A Budget-Friendly Table Fan: Comfort Zone 3-Speed 12-inch Oscillating Table Fan
For less than $20, the
Comfort Zone fan is a popular choice on Amazon, with a 4.5-star overall rating after more than 2,500 reviews. It has three speeds that are adjustable using buttons on the base, and it has an adjustable tilt so you can get airflow where you need it. Plus, it oscillates so you can cover a wide area. According to a reviewer: “This fan is easy to assemble, quiet and every feature works perfectly, just as the description states. I use it in the bedroom every night. No rattling or any other annoying sounds that many other fans create. I wasn't sure how good this would be since it isn't in the pricier category but, I couldn't be happier with this fan. Great buy at a great price!” 3 A Small Desktop Fan: Lasko Platinum Desktop Wind Tower
If you're looking for a compact fan for your apartment, this small but powerful
oscillating tower should do the trick. It has three speed settings that are easy to adjust using the buttons on its base. Best of all, the space-saving stacked design features two separate sections that pivot independently for even wider coverage. According to a reviewer: “Love this fan. I was looking for a fan that was not to big but that had very good whitenoise for sleeping. This one was perfect.” 4 The Editor Favorite: Lasko Wind Curve Electric Oscillating Tower Fan
With three speed settings, you’ll be able to customize your white noise with this
tower fan. And thanks to the Bluetooth compatibility, you can control it all from your phone from up to 75 feet away. The oscillation is wide and there’s a timer function that’s great for sleep. “I've had this Lasko tower fan for over a year, and it is a lifesaver for my hot apartment,” says Bustle editor Amy Biggart. “This fan has three speeds, each of which produce a white noise at different intensities. It's surprisingly powerful on its highest speed, and I love that I can control it via an app from anywhere in my space.” According to a reviewer: “My boyfriend and I have to sleep with a fan on us every night, mostly for the white noise sound in the background, but also we are warm sleepers. This fan has been life-changing. [...] We've been using it for a little over a month now and I genuinely have nothing bad to say. It looks way better in our bedroom than the typical bulky box fan, and it just works. Our big dogs also love laying in front of it as well during the hot Florida summers.” 5 A Low-Profile Personal Fan: Honeywell 2-Speed Personal Fan
If you want something that's noticeable, but a bit more subtle, there's the
Honeywell personal fan. It has two speeds that can be adjusted via a knob on the front, and it fits on desks, tabletops, and nightstands. With a one-year warranty in case you run into any issues, this fan is a safe home purchase that plenty of Amazon reviewers wish they had found sooner. According to a reviewer: “Powerful and sleek. The low setting is actually quite powerful and we rarely use it on high. We got this for our bedside table to run at night. It does give off a white noise sound from the fan but that is exactly what we wanted.” 6 A Stronger (& Louder) Fan For Your Whole Room: Vornado Whole Room Air Circulator Fan
If more airflow is what you’re looking for, this
small Vornado fan is the way to go. It uses the brand’s signature “vortex action” to circulate air up to 70 feet. Instead of hearing the mechanical sound of blades, though, you actually hear whooshing air. The fan can be tilted to achieve the right angle, and it has three speed settings that can be adjust using a knob on its base. According to a reviewer: “This fan is a monster. Went above and beyond my expectations. Very well built, easy to use, and POWERFUL! Close your eyes and buy it if you need a quick relief and a cold breeze of air in this hot summer. Yes, the white noise puts me in a deep sleep every night. I should have bought this earlier. Happy happy happy!” 7 A Portable White Noise Fan: Treva Clip Fan
battery-operated clip fan measures in at only 5 inches, so it’s a great option for traveling, and reviewers have raved that it delivers just the right amount of white noise for sleeping. It offers two speeds, and the head pivots so you can aim the direction of airflow in any direction you choose. Pro tip: The clip is perfect for attaching the fan to a headboard or bedside table. According to a reviewer: “Bought this product for our travel trailer. We like it, the noise level is low and does not disturb our sleep. I also use it when working on stain glass to get rid of the fumes. I am pleased with this product.” 8 A Powerful Fan That Cools Like An AC: Lasko High-Velocity Pro Pivoting Utility Fan
Lasko utility fan has a pivoting high-velocity airstream blower that outputs loads of air and a nice, constant noise. With three speeds that can be set with the adjustable dial, it's ideal for super hot sleepers (one reviewer even noted that “Everyone asks if it is an AC”), but it's not so loud that it disrupts sleep. According to a reviewer: “I am one of many in this world that like to sleep with fan noises, but also the breeze. I have gone through many fans in my life, many didn’t last long, or were disappointing. NOT THIS FAN THOUGH! This is the best fan hands down, especially if you like to sleep covered up! This thing will MOVE air and has a very nice soothing sound.” 9 A “Wind Machine” White Noise Fan: Lasko 3300 Wind Machine
Lasko Wind Machine has large 20-inch blades and a pivoting head for optimum air flow. There’s a convenient carrying handle to move it from room to room. This fan has three speeds so you can pick your preference, and it weighs under 10 pounds, making it portable enough to move from room to room. According to a reviewer: “Really impressed with this fan...excuse me, wind machine. It's large, but fits in on a window ledge perfectly. The main reason I got it was for the noise reviews. I really wanted a fan that would keep my bedroom cool, and also provide some good white noise to sleep too. The fan is excellent on both counts! It's mostly plastic parts, so no rattling/metal vibration sounds. Would purchase again.” 10 A Powerful, Industrial Fan: Air King Industrial Grade Fan
According to many reviewers, the Air King fans are the way to go if you want plenty of power as well as a soothing white noise. This
floor fan has a pivoting head, powder-coated steel blades, and a mounting option for more versatility. It measures 20 inches in width, but it comes in a few different sizes if this isn't the best one for your space. According to a reviewer: "It does exactly what it says it does. It moves the air! It is a powerful fan. It is more quiet than some other hassock fans but if you are looking for something that is noise free, this isn't it. Has a lovely white noise hum to it that's perfect for sleeping. This is not your average box fan. It's great outdoors when sitting on the porch or out in the yard. It's great as an exhaust fan to pull the old stale air out of the house.” 11 A Tiny White Noise Machine: Marpac Dohm Sound Machine Fan
Whether you're traveling light or it's too cold to deal with airflow, this
sound machine was specifically created to drown out the world with a relaxing fan noise. That's because it's got actual asymmetrical blades inside that create the soothing sound of rushing air without pushing any around. With nearly 20,000 Amazon reviewers weighing in, this white noise machine is tried and true. It's a great way to experience the sound of a white noise fan without any of the cooling effects. According to a reviewer: "I sleep so much better with using this little wonder! It is extremely easy to use. Love that you can customize the level of white noise at any time. Better than using a regular fan for white noise because it's not blowing air around and making me cold when I don't want the breeze.... I would recommend to everyone!”
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This article was originally published on
July 27, 2017