Kid is home from college. He is loud. Like I did at his age, he functions best at 11pm.
Phone apps are great, unless you want to actually use the phone for something else at the same time. I prefer not to have a rain storm 12 inches from my face while I’m checking email in bed or taking a dump (also in bed, at my age).
Plus, wife and I share the same noise source because we still like each other enough to sleep in the same bedroom. I can’t take my phone with me when I wake up earlier than she does, because I will lose points for disrupting the consistency of the sleep environment. Yeah, that’s a thing.
So yes, phone apps are free and they work great. I’ll pay the $20, though, to free my phone (and myself) from this current hostage situation.
I will always prefer a physically separate unit over a dang app for this kind of thing…and unless you’re connecting your phone to a speaker, it will sound way better than your phone’s tiny built-in one. Sold, with about 5 minutes to spare!
I had a family member buy one of these noise machines (not this one) and the waves and/or campfire sounds like a very bad recording of someone masticating in the mic. Instantly returned. I dont trust these things
I travel for business a few times a year and bought it for generating white noise in the hotel room to help me sleep.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I am now working from home and use it to drown out the small noises in my house while I am working.
PROS: small size, easy to use, sounds are nice and don’t repeat too often.
CONS: it is a little louder than I’d like. It is a little too loud on the lowest setting. I pile clothes on top of it to dampen the sound. In a hotel room I’d just put it on the opposite side of the room so it’s probably just right for that environment.