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Eva Mendes depends on this top-selling white noise machine for blissful sleep, and it's down to $35

This astonishingly small gizmo with big, soothing sound is a bargain during Amazon's Big Spring Sale.

I love finding out that one of my favorite products has a celebrity fan. After all, these A-listers can afford the best of the best, so the fact that they approve of something I own — something affordable — says something about its effectiveness. So imagine my delight when I read that Eva Mendes uses the very same white noise machine as I do: the LectroFan White Noise Machine. It's just $35 (down from $50) during the Amazon Big Spring Sale.

This small but mighty white noise machine has 20 different sounds to choose from.

$35 at Amazon

Why is it a good deal?

This is the lowest price we've seen since November, so we recommend grabbing it while it's on sale. Plus, getting a good night's sleep is pretty priceless! I have a snoring spouse, and I live across the street from the world’s noisiest neighbors, so I would have paid far more for some solid sleep — but I'm glad I didn't have to.

Why do I need this?

In an interview with The Strategist, Eva Mendes said she loves the LectroFan so much, she has multiples. "I take two everywhere I go. You never know, like staying at a hotel and there's construction outside. ... Hit that volume, turn that up. I used to have one that had a train on a railroad, thunder and rain. I stay with that static-y white noise now. It almost sounds like there's an air conditioner on full blast."

I’d spoken to friends, many of whom live in loud cities, who swear by white noise machines for getting a good night's sleep, so I thought it couldn’t hurt to try one myself. After all, any other noise had to be better than my screaming neighbors, right? After doing some research, I opted for the LectroFan. It had thousands of perfect five-star ratings, and I thought its sleek aesthetic would look great in my bedroom.

If you’re new to the world of white noise, here's how it works: It's essentially a combination of frequencies that can help block out distracting sounds — and that's why so many people rely on it to fall asleep. Different people may prefer a higher or lower pitch, and one of the things that drew me to the LectroFan is that it offers 20 sounds: 10 white noise variations and 10 fan sounds. It seemed like the right amount of options without being overwhelming, and I was eager to see if it was worth the hype.

Eva Mendes wearing a green dress
Who knew I was sleeping like a celebrity this whole time? Eva, you've got good taste. (Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)

First impressions are important

The first thing I noticed about the LectroFan was how tiny it was. I knew it would be compact from reading reviews, but this thing was only slightly larger than my not-very-big palm — a plus for people like me who are short on surface space.

Another standout was its minimalist appearance. I’d ordered the white model, which I thought would add a calming presence to my bedroom. I was also hopeful that, in addition to giving it visual appeal, its seven sides would ensure I got at least seven hours of solid sleep!

Testing it out

I'm not remotely savvy when it comes to electronics, so I was pleasantly surprised by how user-friendly the LectroFan was right off the bat. There are only three buttons: one that turns it on and off and sets a timer, one for volume, and one to switch between the white noise and fan sounds. As far as setup goes, all you do is plug the power cord into an outlet, and you’re golden.

Once bedtime rolled around, I clicked through the sounds until I found one I thought would drown out outside noise without being disruptive. Admittedly, I thought some of the higher-frequency sounds were too intense and shrill, but there were several lower-sounding options I found a lot more soothing. I was also impressed by the volume settings, which go from whisper-soft to startlingly loud. Since I was going for a more peaceful sleep environment, I went with the quietest setting that still managed to muffle outside noise, got into bed and hoped for the best.

Is it what dreams are made of?

After just one night with the LectroFan, I was sold. Not only did it block out the commotion outside, it lulled me into a state of deep relaxation, and I drifted off in no time. Since then, I’ve used my LectroFan to help me fall asleep every night, and it still works just as well as it did the first time.

One of the great things about this machine is that it uses non-looping sounds to keep our brains from picking up on noise patterns, which can minimize effectiveness. This means the sounds are always changing ever so slightly, but I truly can't even tell. My favorites still sound the same night after night, and I find it extremely comforting. The built-in timer is also convenient in case you want the noise to turn off after an hour. I leave mine on all night.

Icing on the cake: Its simple, stylish design will fit in pretty much any room, and its wee size makes it great for travel. After all, anyone who’s ever tried sleeping in a hotel room near the elevator or ice machine knows how loud that can be.

I do find myself wishing the LectroFan was battery-powered at times, as outlets can be hard to come by when you’re traveling, but it suits my nightly needs just fine. Another slight inconvenience is that if you accidentally click past the sound you want, you have to keep clicking through all of the others to return to it, since there’s no back button. That said, you’ll have to scroll through 10 sounds at most, so I'm nitpicking here!

author holding the LectroFan White Noise Machine
With just three buttons, the LectroFan White Noise Machine couldn't be more foolproof — even for my not-so-tech-savvy self. (Britt Ross/Yahoo Life)

What reviewers say

In case it isn’t glaringly obvious, I wholeheartedly recommend this little gizmo — but I'm not alone in thinking it's the greatest thing to happen to sleep since beds themselves.

One satisfied shopper who has been using the LectroFan for many blissful years raved, "This thing has saved my sanity, and possibly my marriage. I bought it in January of 2016, and seven years later, it's going and going and going."

A fellow city dweller said, "Don't know how I slept through the night before I purchased this machine! My apartment has no floor/ceiling insulation between the units in my building, and I can hear every move my upstairs neighbors make. This drowns out about 85% of the noise, which is incredible since they stomp, wear heels and boots around the house and drop what sounds like bowling balls above my bedroom. I previously had a box fan and can tell you it doesn't even come close to this machine in terms of sound blurring."

"Bought for my son's room after his 'baby' sound machine started skipping at night," shared a final fan. "We turn it on at story time before bed and it basically puts my husband and I to sleep first! ... I think it blocks sounds really well too. I was in my son's room one night while my husband pressure-washed the patio and I could not hear him at all, it was crazy. One complaint: I wish the buttons were not so similar. An on/off button that has a different shape would be helpful for a tired mom fumbling around in the middle of the night."

You can also get it in black for a bit more. 

$40 at Amazon

Another sleep find I adore? This pair of No. 1 bestselling Beckham Hotel Collection Bed Pillows.

After having heard nothing but raves about these pillows for years, I finally bought a pair to see what all the hype was about. Fair warning: They come vacuum-sealed, so when you first see them, you'll think, There's no way these will be comfortable. But give 'em a few hours, and they fluff up beautifully. I was impressed by how soft yet supportive they feel, and thanks to their breathable construction, I didn't wake up with sweaty hair. Now I want to replace every pillow in my house with these!

Our Yahoo Life home editor also swears by them — check out her Beckham Hotel Collection Bed Pillows review for more.

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The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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