Marpac SleepMate 980A Electro-Mechanical Sound Conditioner
Marpac SleepMate 980A Electro-Mechanical Sound Conditioner

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Product Description

Marpac Sound Screen & SleepMate 980 combines American ingenuity and craftsmanship to create a lightweight, yet durable appliance capable of many years of reliable service. Marpac sound conditioners create a consistent, smooth sound of rushing air. The tone and volume of the sound are controlled by simply rotating the "cap" and "collar" of the housing. This "white noise" sound effectively masks unwanted noises and creates a sense of calm, making it easier to concentrate, relax and/or sleep. These sound conditioners are recommended for restless sleepers, shift workers, infants, children, students, apartment dwellers, office workers (for confidentiality) and many others. The dual speed 980 is made of durable plastic housing suitable for travel or use in the home or office.

  • "White noise" sound machine masks unwanted noise for use in the home and office
  • Recommended for restless sleepers, shift workers, infants, children, students, apartment dwellers, office workers and many others
  • Duo speed
  • UL-Listed in USA and Canada
  • Made in USA

Customer Reviews:

  • Great product!
    When I received my package and opened it, I was surprised at how small the unit was and worried that it may not be able to produce the sound effect I was looking for. I plugged it in, adjusted all the different settings, and am VERY pleased with the quality. Good things DO come in small packages. Anyone thinking it's not loud enough either isn't adjusting all the settings available or is used to a jet landing in their bedroom. I would recommend this to any light sleeper or anyone looking for white noise....more info
  • Works like a charm.
    We got one for our child away at college, and he spoke so highly of it that my husband ordered one for his office....more info
  • Marpac 980
    Contrary to other reviews my unit does not "whistle" it makes a nice rushing sound that is more adjustable than you might think at first. As a longtime tinnitus sufferer, white noise is the best masker, this simple device supplies that well....more info
  • Too LOUD
    The machine makes a nice white noise sound which is adjustabel in "tone", but not volume. I found it much too loud for our bedroom. So loud that it kept us awake. If you are looking for a soft background noise machine do not buy this....more info
  • The best white noise machine
    I have used the dual-control machine for over 5 years now, and have had the same machine this whole time. It does tend to get more "rattly" after a few years, probably because one of the ball bearings is loosened. I have followed the advice of another amazon customer and turned the machine on its side - this somehow made the sound more even, and I've had the machine on its side for the past 1-2 years without problems.
    This machine is GREAT for light sleepers (like me) who live in an apartment and lie awake at night listening to every car go by and the neighbor's creaking floors. Of course, it is not loud enough to tune out every single sound, but it somehow makes them less noticeable. I live on a street with heavy traffic, and sleep like a baby with my machine on the quitest setting (for a smaller size bedroom, and the machine is right near my bed). Whenever I end up sleeping somewhere else without bringing my machine along, I struggle every time.
    I've also tried a cheaper machine with recorded white noise and a variety of other sounds (surf, etc.), but it drove me crazy because I could hear the looping of the recorded sounds. Trust me, a machine that generates the sound is well worth the extra money!
    I'm thinking about replacing my old machine with the same model - even if it wears out after about 6 years of use, I think it's still worth every penny.
    ...more info
  • Great product!
    When I received my package and opened it, I was surprised at how small the unit was and worried that it may not be able to produce the sound effect I was looking for. I plugged it in, adjusted all the different settings, and am VERY pleased with the quality. Good things DO come in small packages. Anyone thinking it's not loud enough either isn't adjusting all the settings available or is used to a jet landing in their bedroom. I would recommend this to any light sleeper or anyone looking for white noise....more info
  • Awesome
    The Marpac drowns out all noises in my apartment complex. 1) Tones and noises from cars starting up 2) car doors closing in the parking lot and 3) thuds, booms, and clicks from my neighbors... they all fade away into the strong hum of the Marpac.

    Many people have mentioned the similarity to fan noise, but in my opinion it would be more accurate to say it sounds like the smooth hum of an air conditioner. The beauty of it is that the hum is deep and rich and covers many tones, so the sound is thick, is not whiny, and so it is hard to focus on it or be distracted by it. I compared this to other noise machines and for me this was an easy decision. The nature noise machines may or may not sound pretty, but they simply give you something to be distracted by. When it's bedtime, I don't want to be distracted or listening to noises, I want to be asleep, and the Marpac is great for that.

    I'm amazed by how many people said it was too loud or too quiet. Move the machine further away from your bed if it's too loud... Move it closer if it's too quiet....more info
  • Really works!
    I bought two of these for both my kids. They sleep better and longer. It really helps with noises in the house when they are sleeping and I would recommend this to anyone who has trouble sleeping. It has a nice sound that is soothing....more info
  • used for a 3rd shifter!
    I bought this product for my husband who sleeps during the day. It works well to drown out the noise from inside the house and outside the window. It helps to keep him sleeping!...more info
  • Enjoy a good night's sleep!
    Marpac SleepMate 980A Electro-Mechanical Sound Conditioner

    Gives a wonderful white sound that blocks noises in the surrounding area. It is not like the clock I have that makes ocean noises or birds, etc. When I hear those, I tune to the cycle of them and it does not help.
    This really works, but at the same time would not block a loud noise, like the fire alarm or a door or window opening. I would recommend this highly if you live in an apartment or condo and need help to sleep....more info
  • Great Product
    I have slept with a fan since I was a very young child and need the noise. I finally got tired of the dust it leaves in my room and how fast I was going through them (seemed like they broke every winter and then it was hard to find a good one), so I decided to get a noise machine. I have also been using white noise (a fan) in my infant son's room, so at that point we were blowing through fans! Finally, while I like the fan, my husband can't stand it, and I don't like it very loud. This machine has many different sound levels (you have to turn the top) and I got used to the sound very quickly. I will never go back to a fan! Although this was a little expensive, I forsee us using it for a very long time....more info
  • Choose your reseller wisely....
    I ordered from Pro Therapy as the Amazon reseller and thought I'd provide a heads up to fellow customers who are considering ordering and simply returning if they don't care for this version of a noise machine.

    If you are not satisfied with your order, you will be responsible not only for the return shipping, but a restocking fee. Also, even if the orginal delivery was free, you will be charged for the delivery after the fact if you are disatisfied with the product. My $40 product will cost me $15 to return. ONLY order if you are sure you won't need to exchange or return your selection.
    Personally this wasn't a good fit for the office enviroment I was hoping to quiet down, but it's worth a try if you find the right reseller- just not Pro Therapy Supplies!...more info
  • I can finally sleep!
    This product works great! The "fan" sound shuts out all the outside noises that have kept me awake at night, and helps me to sleep better. It's a constant whirring sound that you can adjust to different volumes but even the lowest setting works for me. It's small enought to put on a nightstand and not take up too much room, and easy to use. My son uses it for nap time as well. It was definitely worth the money! ...more info
  • Sleep Soundly
    I love my Sound Screen. We sleep with a fan on all year round. I am so used to sleeping with white noise in the back ground. But whenever we would go places and spend the night I couldn't drag a fan with me. I recently went away for the weekend and took my Sound Screen with me. I had the most wonderful nights sleep in a motel. Thank you so much for your product. I will recommend it to everyone....more info
  • good for people who need a fan to sleep
    I've always been awoken by little noises such as creaking and people walking above me. For years I slept with a fan, but it was getting too cold and the blowing air was starting to bother me. This noise machine is a good alternative to a fan. It's a smooth sound and there is no blowing air. I find it covers up noises pretty well (although not entirely) and it's very soothing. I can't sleep well without it now. ...more info
  • price, fan, loudness, tone quality
    I've always slept with some sort of fan running in my room. Sometimes it's just seems too quiet to sleep without some sort of steady background noise. After hearing one of SleepMates run in a hospital room that I was in, I thought that I'd buy one.

    Just a few comments:

    It's pricey for this little thing and I think that a small fan running would be a cheaper alternative.

    Some reviews state that this "machine" is just too quiet. I actually found it quite loud even placing it about 12 feet away from my head on the "low" setting. A third and even lower setting would be welcomed. Perhaps I'll try a plug-in (inline) rheostat from Home Depot. At the high setting, whatever it is that rotates inside, is too loud and makes the machine vibrate and it's not a calming noise.

    As for "tone quality," I wouldn't call this white noise in a strict sense. It does have a mid-range sound, not too bright and also not too deep in frequency. It would be nice to have a wider range of tones coming out of this machine, but so far, it's working well for me.

    Bottom line: Try a $10 8" fan from a store, first, before spending so much on one of these....more info
  • love it
    I purchased this for my 2 year old daughter for night time and naps. It is great. We had been using a humidifier for white noise but it was such a pain to fill and clean. This is so easy and the amount of white noise it provides is great. We are able to put her down for bed and not worry about waking her up while we are in the family room directly under her room. I liked it so much I just purchased a additional one for my newborn son's room. Highly recommend it!...more info
  • works very well
    The item works well. It is a little expensive for all that it is but it does the job...more info
  • Campact and Powerfull
    This unit is great. It is compact yet has a powerful sound that is very soothing. It is not loud enough to complete drown out a snoring partner but it is loud enough to give you some other sound to concentrate on to help you sleep. My wife has not had to resort to the couch since we have had the SleepMate. I would say that the sound (at it's loudest setting) is akin to that of a window air conditioner....more info
  • sleep mate sound maching review
    I bought the Sleep Mate when my daughter was an infant,she is 28 years old now. She had colic and it seemed to help soothe her. It lasted for over 20 years before giving up the ghost.Was some of the best money I ever spent. Thanks for making such a reliable product. Pretty rare these days....more info
  • Very Nice Machine
    We are very pleased with this sound conditioner. We have it on the lowest setting and that works well to block the outside noises....more info
  • Works like a charm
    I fall asleep quickly and soundly, every night, without fail. And it does not bother my husband. I love this machine. ...more info
  • Unique and good
    We have been using a fan for many years for nightly noise. After moving to Minnesota four years ago, the winter nights just don't quite make sense with a fan running. My wife and I were both surprised by the design and size of the product - very unique. We were also both surprised at how much it doesn't sound like a fan - which was rough at first. After a few weeks, we are still getting used to the different sound. We still have it parked in our master bathroom and run it in there with the door open since it is considerably louder than the fan we were using in our bedroom. All in all, we like the product and think that it should travel well when we take trips to visit friends and family....more info
  • Awesome product
    Awesome product! I did not know this product was still being made. I have not seen this sleep mate in any stores in my area and decided to do an online search. Now I am sleeping like a baby!...more info
  • Not quite loud enough if you live in the city...
    I thought this would be better than the small fan I had next to my bed for "white noise" purposes, but it just doesn't get loud enough to drown out the noise of my neighbors booming bass in their conversations and from their TV/Stereo. I reverted to my fan on high, and I have the sleepmate as a supplemental noise maker....more info
  • Finally, I'm getting some sleep!
    I'm the lightest sleeper in the world and I'm super sensitive to noise.. I get annoyed by my neighbor's phone conversations, I hear every car door closing outside, I hear every person walking home from the bars at 2 in the morning, etc. HOWEVER, since I got this "sound conditioner", I've been sleeping through the night! I used to sleep with a fan on, just to try to drown out all those noises, but now that it's colder, I needed to find an alternative to the fan. This Sleepmate sounds a lot like the fan, without the cold air of the fan.

    It's definitely white noise to me, but I could see how the noise might actually keep someone up at night - if they're used to sleeping in silence.

    I'm so grateful for this little machine! Did I mention I love this machine? Ahhhh, sleep-filled nights......more info
  • Perfect for my infant!
    We wanted something loud enough but not too loud to block out other noises so our 8 month old could sleep. We love that this has a high and low volume control and it makes the perfect constant, soothing, sound. We now dont have to tip toe around the house afraid of waking him since this blocks the noise out =)It is very small which is great for travel!...more info
  • White Noise Machine
    I have enjoyed using my Sleep-Mate Sound Conditioner.
    My Condo neighbors are usually very noisy at night, and my sleep has been disturbed many times. Since I've owned the wonderful white noise machine, my problems are over. This machine sounds a fan, but screens out any outside noises, loud music, etc....more info
  • Happy office staff
    We work in a bereavement center and recently have acquired additional space in a satellite location. There is not much privacy due to the building structure at this location and these machines have assisted the therapists in providing confidentiality to clients....more info
  • Finally a good night's sleep!
    This thing is awesome. I am a light sleeper and my husband snores. I just put this between us and I can finally sleep through his noise. We also have one in our babies' room....more info
  • Must-have for problem sleepers!
    This is simple, but very useful. I shied away at the high price tag for such a simple item that does nothing but make noise, but I borrowed this from a friend of mine and I was sold.

    The noise is just loud enough to be soothing but not so loud that it's distracting. ...more info
  • White Noise is better to no noise.
    My house has tile floors with several long hallways. At night sounds from the kitchen would echo down the halls and wake our sleeping child. We placed this product in the hallway between a bedroom and the kitchen. It is only turned on at night. It creates an effective noise barrier. I recommend it highly for situations similar to ours. We don't notice any sound it makes, but we be notice that our child now sleeps throught the night....more info
  • Can't sleep without it
    I love this product and have one for every member of my family.
    It provides the most-perfect white noise to block out extraneous sounds while you sleep at night, or nap during the day.

    As a used-to-be shift worker, I can state it's the must-have for day sleeping....more info
  • Love It (but I also had realistic expectations)
    When I began sleeping with a humidifier a few months ago during a bad cold, I grew to love the sound of white noise while I was sleeping. Well, it didn't take long to kill my humidifier by running it every night, so I went looking for a sound mahine on the internet. Now that I've been using the Marpac or over a month, I can say I'm very pleased and can't imagine sleeping without it.

    To address some of the comments made in other reviews...

    This machine is not a miracle worker. It's not intended to block out every noise possible. It does block a lot of noise, and the rest of it is muffled.

    There are two volume settings (hi and lo), plus you can adjust the pitch. I sleep with mine on low and it's plenty loud. Those that say they have it on hi and it's not loud enough are either hard of hearing or they're crazy. (Sorry....I know it's subjective, but trust me, for the average person, the hi setting is very, very loud.)

    If the sound does not seem soothing to you, try using it on low for awhile, then gradually increase the volume over a period of a few weeks. I turn mine on as I begin getting ready for bed, so that by the time I actually crawl into bed, I hardly notice it's on. The instructions also say it works best if it's not right next to the bed, so try moving it around the room too.

    Bottom's been very helpful for me in both getting to sleep and staying asleep. I'm purchasing a second one today to use while I'm studying in another room. Unfortunately, our backyard borders two other houses with dogs, unruly children on trampolines, and adults who like to party outside during all seasons and at all hours of the night--so my Marpac is getting good use!

    ...more info
  • Simple to use & very effective.
    The Marpac SleepMate 980A is very effective for individuals who seek white noise while working. Working from a home office often creates distractions throughout the day. I find I am able to focus for longer periods of time when running this machine. ...more info
  • Wish I Knew About This Sooner
    I really like this machine. It is soothing to me on the low speed turned as far as it will turn in one direction. I am not trying to block out a lot of noise so I can't speak to that. I really just wanted something to relax me and soften any noises that might occur at night such as my small dog moving around in his bed, or a dog barking in the distance. Also my husband gets up very early to play racketball and it blocks out bathroom noises. I have tried white noise cd's but the sound varies depending on your CD Player and the repeat function. A electric fan works perfectly for me but I felt guilty using it in the winter and freezing my poor husband. This machine solved my sleep problems completely and is small enough to take when traveling....more info
  • Not as great as I'd anticipated
    I purchased this item to try and mask the sound of my neighbor coming down the stairs outside my apt. every morning at 6:30. Unfortunately, I can still hear the noise even with this thing turned on High.

    I also feel like it is priced too high as it does not feature a variety of sounds like other (less expensive) sound machines do. This machine creates a sound equivalent to having a fan blow all night. You can vary the air flow a bit by turning the top which is just repositioning the vents by a few inches.

    I wanted to return it but the seller states that they will charge a 15% restocking fee unless there is something wrong with it. Between that and the price of shipping it back, I figured that I might as well keep it or sell it on Craig's List. But it has done me no good for my present noise situation. I am back to wearing ear plugs at night and the sound machine stays off....more info
  • sleeping like babies
    highly recommended for those light sleepers. i used to wake up at the sound of ANYthing and thought that i needed it to be completely quiet for me to fall asleep. you can definitely hear this machine, but it really helps with sleep. now i'm sleeping through the night and waking up feeling a lot better. ...more info
  • Great item but it has doubled in price!
    I actually want to give this item 4 stars but I can't due to the price.

    I have owned this item for about 1.5 years and purchased it from the JC Penney website b/c it was slightly cheaper than Amazon. It was about $26 at the time. Now its $50! Even though I like the product I won't be buying a second one due to the price surge. At $26 it was only slightly more expensive than a decent fan. At $50 I think I'll just make due with a fan or try another sound machine. Very sad too b/c this one works so well. If you are willing to spend $50, it puts out good sound and its small & convenient. ...more info
  • Sound Sleep!
    We had this product many years ago when our children were young. We loved it then and we are very happy with it once again.

    Thank you for prompt, excellent service....more info
  • Great for travel - don't let noise keep you awake again!!
    I take the Sleepmate with me whenever I travel. I recently took it on a 3 week trip with a friend who snores and who likes the TV on when he sleeps. With the steady sound of the Sleepmate I was able to sleep without being disturbed by the other noises in the room. My friend even began to think he couldn't sleep without it. ...more info
  • Marpac 2-Speed Sleep Mate White Noise Generator
    Quite pleased. This device operates very smoothly, and its appearance radiates quality, actually reminding me of equipment seen in hospitals. The available sounds, even when using the means provided, are really not all that different though, but, yes, there is some difference. The basic sound reminds me of a very smoothly operating fan, but with a very minmal amount of air being expelled. There is one minor annoyance I don't recall seeing anyone else comment on. The switch has three positions. Depressing the top position causes the device to run at the slower speed, the center position turns it off, and the bottom position provides the higher speed. My minor complaint is that, at least over time, it is almost impossible to avoid moving the adjustable collar and cap when turning the device off or on. It is by moving the collar and cap that what variation there is in sound can achieved, except, of course, that the higher speed is louder than the slower one. This means that if you have settled on a desired setting for for the collar and cap, it is very, very easy to move them, thereby losing your desired setting. I have solved this problem by taping the collar and cap in the back with masking tape, but that is not a very elegant solution, especially for a device that otherwise radiates very high quality. It seems to me that this problem could be solved very easily by simply providing a vertical tab with a ridge at the top of the switch. That would allow ones index finger to be placed behind the ridge while the thumb changes the position of the switch. As it is, it is natural to grasp the collar or cap for leverage while depressing the switch, and the collar and cap move quite easily, especially over time....more info
  • Sound Machine
    We bought this for our baby and it seems to be working fine. I thought it would have been a little louder, but it seems sufficient....more info
  • would buy again
    We bought this for our infant daughter's nursery when she was about 6 weeks old because she had trouble getting to sleep and was a very light sleeper and any little noise woke her up. She was in her crib fusing when it came, but when I plugged it in and turned it on she literally shopped fussing instantly and fell right asleep. She's been in the hospital since then and it came along with us for 10 days as it was the only way to drown out the beeping of the machines and all the voices so she could sleep. It's very compact and portable which is nice. I saw a few reviews that said it could be louder which may be the case if you place it across the room from where you're actually sleeping but I just placed it on a nightstand by the head of her crib and it's the perfect volume without even being on the highest possible setting. Another plus is I can still use my baby monitor on the voice activated mode with the SleepMate running which would probably be a problem with some of the other sound devices that use nature sounds like waves or forest sounds. ...more info
  • Does the job, could be louder
    I received this machine in 3 days! Super quick shipping! I used the machine last night. The sound it emits is exactly what I was looking for. Similar to a fan and very consistent. There are two levels of noise. A lot of reviews say it could be a bit louder, and I'll have to agree. It does the job for me because I don't have any loud noises to cover in my household. I just need a consistent noise to be able to fall asleep and stay asleep. I was hoping it would drown out my husband's snoring but that is definitely not the case. Do not buy this product if you are trying to drown out noise that is in the same room as you because it will not work for that - it's not loud enough! However, it will block out most noises from other rooms and the street (given they aren't extremely loud). I am happy with this product for the kind of use I want to get out of it. Thanks! ...more info
  • Great for baby
    We bought this product to help our baby sleep. We live in an apartment in the city and he would wake up when we walked by his door. This product doesn't block out all of the sound, but our baby is sleeping much better and we don't feel like prisoners in our own home anymore! We also take the machine with us when we travel as it doesn't take up much space. I wish I had bought it sooner....more info
  • Soothing sound degrades over time
    After running this product nightly for a year now I've noticed that the sound has gradually changed. The soothing "whooshing" sound is now complimented by an increasingly noticeable motorized buzzing noise I find to be distracting. Adjusting the vents on the side can help eliminate the noise (by making the "whooshing" sound louder) but the problem is getting more apparent. I'm afraid I will have to pitch the thing unless the problem corrects itself (an unlikely scenario in the electronics department)....more info
  • Great for Apartment dwellers
    The Marpac Sleepmate 980A will help mask some but not all urban noise, but it goes a long way in providing peace and quiet..........more info
  • Two Volume Sound Level Setting in Need of a Third (Quieter) Level
    I recently purchased three Marpac SleepMate 980s. Two were to be used in my classroom, and one in my home. My students complained that even the lowest-volume sound setting on the machine interfered with their work. A tenant in my home complained that when the machine was placed in the hallway even the lowest-volume sound setting kept him awake.

    With those complaints lodged, in fairness it must be said that the Marpac SleepMate 980 is a well-constructed machine. It is effective at deadening outside noises, helping one concentrate, and creating a peaceful enclave. The machine might be improved if a third lower and quieter volume adjustment were added. But then again, a large bowl placed over the machine would help users acheive that third (quieter) sound level, if desired. ...more info
  • This little machine changed my life.
    For the past 28 years I've been woken up at least twice a night by little noises that no one else notices. When I got into graduate school and realized I was going to have to move in to a house with four 22 year old musicians, I was very nervous. My boyfriend surprised me with this thoughtful gift before I left and it has made all the difference. I rarely wake up. I can sleep through parties and loud music. I can sleep through vocal warm ups. Another reason I really like this product is because of the noise it makes. It's a constant hum, not unlike the noise of box fan. It's not annoying or repetitious at all. It lulls me right to sleep. I even like the way it looks! I love this machine and I miss it when I travel without it. I highly recommend this product!...more info


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