When we moved to Germany, we quickly learned which of our old electronics were dual voltage, and which were not. Our sound machine, unfortunately, was not. Luckily, we arrived in the summer when I could have a fan going in Harry’s room while we watched TV on the other side of the wall, but I began a hunt for a dual voltage sound machine and thanks to a recommendation from a friend, found one in the LectroFan Fan Sound + White Noise Machine. We’ve been using this for over a year now (and just ordered a second one for the new baby’s nursery!) and I’m ready to admit that I truly love this sound machine – and explain why.
As I mentioned, the LectroFan is dual voltage which is great news for people like me (Americans living abroad) because all it takes to work at a 220 voltage, instead of the American 110V, is a cheap plug adapter. But this is also good news to Americans NOT living abroad, or obviously native Europeans. The LectroFan is small enough that it would be easy to pack on that big European vacation, making the time difference and strange surroundings a little easier for your little one to deal with.
And small it is, it’s only about four and a half inches wide by two and a half tall. I love this because it fits on Harry’s shelf pretty inconspicuously. Plus, as already mentioned, it is super easy to pack on trips, which helps Harry adjust to his strange sleeping arrangements like a champ.
The LectroFan has ten different, non-repeating white noise sounds as well as ten non-repeating fan sounds. I like that there is no loop, which can be super annoying. It honestly sounds like a fan, which was Harry’s noise machine of choice, but not always practical on chillier nights. There is even a sleep timer so if you’d prefer that the machine not be running all night, it can shut itself off. The volume adjustment seems to be great too – it’s able to run pretty low at home but any time we need it to cover up more sound, the volume levels can be turned up. We haven’t had an issue with the volume in over a year of use.
There is only one consideration I can think of with the LectroFan, and it’s honestly a very small complaint. As it is not marketed just as a baby noise machine, instead being a noise machine for all ages, it is not capable of any sort of noise aside from white noise or fan noise. With Harry’s old sound machine, we’d often use a sort of night time, crickets sound for a change up. Harry doesn’t seem to mind the white noise one bit (and as we all know, the shushing noise is universal for helping babies calm down, so the LectroFan definitely does it’s job).
Overall, this small noise machine is a favorite in our household, and I don’t know how we could do without it. In the few weeks we went without a sound machine at all, Harry had the hardest time falling asleep at night if we were watching anything on our TV two rooms over, but since introducing the LectroFan, we’ve had little issue with that. I highly recommend this noise machine!