The ‘LectroFan Classic white noise machine is often at the top of the list of best white noise machines – and for good reason. It’s compact, easy to use and offers 20 distinct – but crystal clear – white, pink, and brown noise and fan noise options to choose from.
Who is going to like this white noise machine and what else do you need to know about it? Check out my video review below as well as my full written review with more photos. If you have any questions about the ‘LectroFan, just leave them in the comments below!
- The ‘Lectro Fan Classic dimensions are 4.4″ x 4.4″ x 2.2″ and 1.2-lbs in weight
- Includes 10 pure variations of white, pink and brown noises, plus 10 fan sounds
- All sounds digitally synthesized and non-looping
- Volume control – goes up 1db or down 1db up to 10 times
- Can be charged via USB or AC adapter
- Sleep timer that shuts off at 60 minutes, 120 minutes, or 180 minutes
- Comes in black or white
- Full price around $55; available at several retailers
- 1-year warranty
White, Pink & Brown Noises Explained
White noise has equal power across all frequencies audible to the human ear. Pink noise is white noise, but with reduced higher frequencies and is considered to be more soothing than white noise. Brown noise lowers the higher frequencies even more. It’s a bit “rougher” than pink noise and resembles the roar of a river or a strong wind.
Who Makes It?
The ‘LectroFan Classic white noise machine is made by a company called Adaptive Sound Technologies, Inc., which was founded in 2008. In addition to the ‘LectroFan series of sound machines, they also make a Sleep+Sound collection of sound machines that offer more than white noise or fan sounds.
- The sound quality is superb and no looping is excellent
- No LED lights to potentially disrupt sleeping
- Buttons are large and easy to use
- Compact and simple to travel with
- The design is aesthetically pleasing to look at
- USB charging is available
- The ‘LectroFan is not battery powered
- Only sounds available are white/pink/brown noise and fan sounds
- There are more affordable options available
I personally need complete silence to sleep at night – which is why I often sleep with earplugs. Since I also happen to live in a house with young (loud) children and pets, I also often use a white noise machine or sound machine to help mask any additional noise so I can sleep uninterrupted for as long as possible.
One thing that immediately stood out to me with the ‘LectroFan is how clear and crisp the white, pink and brown noise is. The sounds, white noise and fan sounds, are digitally-synthesized (computer-generated) but they’re non-looping. This means there’s no small track of sound that is played over and over again. With some white noise machines, you can detect when the sound is looping over again, and that can be distracting when you’re trying to fall asleep.
You get a total of 20 sounds: 10 white, pink and brown noises, and 10 fan sounds – to choose from. The interface is very simple with this machine. You simply click the “Fan Sounds” or “White Noises” button as it cycles through the various options.
Since it’s just one button, you don’t know exactly what white/pink/brown noise you are getting but the first click starts with brown noise and moves through pink and ends with white noise. You will also hear a small beep that lets you know you’ve cycled through all the options.
The volume button is also simple and lets you turn the volume up or down 1 dB with each click (up to 10 times).
One thing that I did really like about the ‘LectroFan Classic, outside of the great sound quality, is the fact that there is no blue or green LED light that comes on when the machine is powered on. This can be especially distracting at night when the rest of the room is completely dark. The buttons are large and easy to press, so even if you need to make changes to your sound in the dark, it shouldn’t be difficult to do.
While the machine is compact and you can use it for travel, it won’t take batteries. You can either charge it with a USB or an AC adapter (wall outlet).
There are a few retailers who sell the ‘LectroFan Classic and they each come with their own return policies, but you should expect to pay around $55-$60 for the machine. Because of the high quality, I personally think it’s a good value and should last you a long time.
A Note On Volume
If you’re planning to use the ‘LectroFan white noise machine, or any other type of sound machine overnight in your room or a family member’s room, you should be aware of the volume level.
The World Health Organization recommends that anyone planning to use a sound machine for more than 8 hours should do so at a volume of fewer than 85 decibels. Louder than that and you may be putting your hearing at risk. Parents who put a sound machine in their children’s rooms should speak with a pediatrician about an appropriate volume level.
The ‘LectroFan Classic does not have a decibel meter on the machine, but you can easily use a free app on your smartphone to find the decibel level – there are many free options to choose from.
The ‘LectroFan Classic is one of my all-time favorite white noise machines. The biggest thing it has going for it is the great sound quality and the ability to choose between brown, pink or white noise and 10 different white noise fans. If you prefer to sleep with white noise or fall asleep to the sound of a fan in your room, this white noise machine cannot be beat. It’s simple, it’s effective and for what you’re getting, I think the price is spot on.
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