The 11 Best White Noise Fans, According To Amazon Reviewers

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Whether you're struggling with loud neighbors, living above a busy street, or you just can't stand the true silence of 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?

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.


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 4,000 ratings in total. Plus, the manufacturer offers a one-year warranty.

According to a reviewer: “This fan is the best fan I have owned in the past 20 years. I have always slept with a fan and need the noise to sleep. This not only provides the “white noise” but also cools your room. It’s definitely a powerful fan, even on low. [...] Worth every penny and then some! If you’re looking for a quiet fan that weakly blows air this is not for you. Highly recommend!!”


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: “I'm used to a certain amount of ‘white noise’ from a fan -- it helps me sleep, in fact -- but a lot of fans I've tried are so noisy I can't get to sleep. I've been using this on the medium setting and in the small ‘bedroom’ alcove, it's the right amount of air and just the right amount of white noise, fairly quiet, but enough to screen out background noises. If there's a heat wave, no doubt I'll switch it to the higher setting.”


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: “The fan is tall, but slim and not too bulky to take up too much room. I also love that I don't have to worry about misplacing a remote--my phone app works perfectly with this. I use it all the time to cut the fan on and off, start it oscillating, and change the power setting. Sometimes it can be a little noisy (but I've definitely had worse fans in that regard) and mostly it just provides a great white noise when I'm trying to sleep. Great value for the purchase.”


A Low-Profile Personal Fan: Honeywell 2-Speed Personal Fan

If you want something that's noticeable, but 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: “While we have a ceiling fan in our master bedroom, my husband has been talking about getting a personal fan because he loves the noise. [...] We are super impressed! Take note that we bought this FOR the noise and we love it. It a bit of a white noise sound but not like a machine. We have an infant and it’s still a struggle for us to sleep even if he’s sleeping. We didn’t want something to drown him out but more for soothing. It is PERFECT. We both have better sleep now.”


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: “We try to save energy by setting the A/C to the high 70s during the 100+ summers every year so fans are an integral part of our house cooling plan, and all eight are made by Vornado. Like most Vornado fans, the medium and high settings will produce a nice level of white noise which does a great job drowning out the dogs moving around when we sleep (feet running in their sleep, feet scraping baseboards, collar clinking when the roll over, etc). It fits nicely on my large nightstand and the adjustable angle allows me to point the fan directly at me when sleeping.”


A Budget-Friendly Model: 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: “I love the noise level it’s like a soft white noise that even helps me sleep. It’s not too loud at all. I adore that it has 3 options of speed, and can be placed in oscillation easily with a push down on the top.This is overall a nice and simple fan with a great price. It’s a perfect size for desk tops or side tables. It’s the best purchase I have made in recent years.”


A Portable White Noise Fan: O2COOL Clip Fan

This 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: “I love that it clips onto anything. I love that it can point in any direction. I love that it's small, but still delivers a good amount of air. I would happily be able to sleep to the quiet white noise it makes.”


A Powerful Fan That Cools Like An AC: Lasko High-Velocity Pro Pivoting Utility Fan

The 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: “By far the best utility fan I have ever owned. [...] Its compact size along the ability to move a good amount of air, is perfect for a small room (bedroom). The noise does not bother me, might bother others, but it creates a nice background or white noise for restless sleepers, like myself.”


A “Wind Machine” White Noise Fan: Lasko 3300 Wind Machine

This 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: “I absolutely love this fan. I now have owned three (3) of these fans and during the summer months they pretty much run 24 hours a day to move air around our house. The noise level is perfect for ‘white noise’ and they never make any strange sounds, just constant, consistent fan noise. These fans also MOVE a tremendous quantity of air on all three settings.”


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: "Awesome air movement! I could very well see this being used in a nursery or warehouse. I use it for "white" noise at night. It has 3 speeds. The lowest speed covers up just about everything except the trash truck."


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 15,000 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: "Do you ever get the feeling your white noise is just...fake? These machines are anything but! [...] Real fans power REAL sound, and they'll lull you to sleep in a few winks. Think you can turn this machine on and read in bed? Think again! You'll be asleep by the end of paragraph 1."

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