This is white noise machine is a small device probably about the size of a personal DVD player – if you’re old and decrepit enough to remember when those were a thing.
In silver and white, it’s got a compact design and the machine claims to help beat insomnia and calm even the loudest screaming child.
AuCuTee were kind enough to send me one of their devices to review – so here’s what you need to know.
In a nutshell
- Runs for up to 10 hours when the internal battery is fully charged, or run it from the mains
- 20 sounds built in including lullabies, pink, pink and grey noises, crackling fires, chirping crickets, birdsong and a crackling fire
- As well as the speaker, you can use earphones with it
- Run on a timer, or an infinite loop
- Volume control
- White and silver case
Unfortunately the product’s box had been bounced around inside the delivery van, so it was a bit crumpled – although the device itself was well-packaged and wasn’t damaged.
The device itself is about the size of a sandwich, mine was white with silver coloured detailing, but it also comes in black which costs a little less.
It couldn’t be easier to set up – just plug in and go. There are instructions included – the small leaflet is easy to read and understand, but it’s obvious the information has been written by someone who doesn’t have English as their first language.
The white gloss casing seemed pretty sturdy and it felt solid enough, while still being light and small enough to be portable and the cables seemed high quality.
With 20 different sounds to pick from, you’re sure to find something that works for you. At lower volume, some of them sounded a little tinny, but once the volume was a higher they sounded pretty good. I liked the thunderstorm, crackling fire and ocean noises, but the chirping crickets and birdsong worked every time when it came to calming my daughter down when she was pitching a fit.
The timer is a nice touch, meaning it’ll turn off after 30, 60 or 90 minutes or you can keep it on all night.
I was also pleased to note that it didn’t have light-up displays, which I’ve always found counter intuitive to sleeping.
It’s good quality for the money, although I did find some of the sounds weren’t quite as high quality as others. The timer is a really good idea and it’s simple to set up and use.
Although I can’t say for sure that it helped my sleep or concentration any (kids, amitite?) for me, the chirping crickets and birdsong were worth their weight in gold, because they stopped my three-month-old’s screaming fit in its tracks.
You can buy the AuCuTee portable white noise machine here