Marpac Dohm-DS All Natural Sound Machine Review

Last updated: April 7, 2019

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marpac dohm white noise machine

White noise machines promote relaxation so you can easily fall asleep. They produce constant soothing sounds that allow the brain to settle and get into a state that is conducive for sleep. This process helps quiet the mind and prevents users from focusing on disruptive sounds that can interfere with the process of falling asleep. Before the advent of sound machines, light sleepers had to wear noise-canceling headphones just to get a few hours of sound sleep and babies get woken up by the slightest of sounds like that of a closing Ubbi Diaper Pail.

And then came the Dohm DS. This is a sound machine that backed by decades of studies and professional experience. This is also the official sound conditioner of the National Sleep Foundation and that’s saying something.

Classically Designed White Noise Machine

At 5.8×5.8×3.8 inches the Dohm DS is bigger than most white noise machines. It is larger than the LectroFan sound machine that we tried but the size of the DS is still manageable. We managed to place it our window sill without it tipping over. You can also place it in your nightstand and we’re confident that it can still provide you with a great night’s rest. Due to its dimensions, the DS is also heavier than the LectroFan Evo. But at 1.3lbs, it’s still light enough for you to consider taking it when you fly without incurring baggage penalties. They come in white, black and tan colors. The colors that they used are classic and mute colors and it makes sense for us. We certainly don’t want a sleeping aid with bright colors that might stimulate our brains instead of calming them. A power cord that uses 120V powers the device. Sadly, there is no option to use batteries in this device. We would have loved a battery option so we can use it even while traveling by road.

Another thing that we hope they include in their next model is a sleep timer. It will mean energy savings since the device will just power off after a predetermined time.

How will it work for me?

Dohm DS works by generating white noise through a built-in fan that mimics the sound of rushing air. This is a classic sound machine that doesn’t use any digital sound. One thing that potential buyers should realize is that this is a white noise machine. Period. We know that newer white noise machines like the Homedics SoundSpa can also play lullabies or nature sounds like raindrops or waves or waterfall sounds that mask background noises to help users get restful sleep. This is not that kind of sound machine. It also doesn’t generate pink noise or brown noise. It sticks to its signature sounds that for decades has been helping people get to sleep and stay asleep.

This device has a dual speed motor housed in an acoustic shell. The dual speed gave us the freedom to choose the tone and volume that is just right for our needs. The volume control is fully adjustable with just a simple twist. You can also make the sound higher or lower in pitch so you can find a sound that is most relaxing for you and can help you sleep soundly. Since we live near a busy intersection, we decided to use the deeper tone at a higher volume. The said setting proved to be just enough to drown out the unwanted noises that keep on interrupting our nightly rest. We also noticed that the sound produced by our air-conditioning unit got masked entirely by the fan sound of the DS.

Does It Sound Natural?

As we have mentioned above, this device doesn’t use any digital recordings. Dohm sound machines use asymmetrical fans that produce fan sounds without actually blowing out air. And although it generates fan sounds, it doesn’t have the rattle and vibrations often emitted by regular fans. After a few days of using this device, we noticed that the low-speed option is ideal for dealing with sounds with low-frequencies like footsteps while the higher pitched sounds work great in masking the sound of barking dogs or for those who suffer from tinnitus. The sound quality greatly improved because it doesn’t have any noticeable loops because it uses a mechanical fan to generate white noise.

Is This Device Durable?

This is something that we liked about this white noise generator. The device doesn’t just look sturdy, it is sturdy. Marpac, the device’s manufacturer has been in the white noise machine business for decades and it is evident in this product that they have perfected their production process. Although the device has plastic components, they used the kind of plastic that doesn’t feel brittle. They were able to come up with a device that can last a long time. Most machines that use twisting action loosen after repeated use but the twisting part of the DS remained tight.

Pros and Cons of Marpac Dohm-DS

What We Liked

  • Sturdy design
  • All-natural sound
  • Easy to use controls

What We Didn’t Like

  • Expensive compared to other machines

About Marpac

History of Marpac

Jim Buckwalter founded Marpac in 1962. The company’s headquarters is in Wilmington, North Carolina while the Sales Office can is in Raleigh, N.C. The company currently have 50 employees and continuously grows each year. Based on estimates, Marpac has sold more than 4.5 million sound machines since the company’s founding.

Customer Service Ratings

Marpac currently has an average of 4.5stars review in Walmart.com.
Customers expressed satisfaction with how the product worked for them based on the reviews they left in Walmart.com

One customer’s comment said that

“This product has already saved me from several nights of lost sleep. I can now block out my noisy upstairs neighbors without the cold draftiness of a fan.”

Another customer called the product impressive and raved about it helping her sleep through the night

“I can sleep thru the night now, I used to wake up 3 – 4 times a night. I thought I was waking up because I had to use the restroom, but now I know it was the noises waking me up because since I have had the white noise machine I sleep straight thru the night. I love it!”

Physical Stores

Marpac sells their products online through their website and with the help of online retail partners like Amazon and Walmart. They also have partner retail stores that sell their products. Retails shops that sell Marpac products include Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Best Buy, Target, and Walmart.

BBB Ratings

Marpac is not a BBB accredited business.

Contact Marpac

800-999-6962 (USA/Canada)
1-910-602-1421 (worldwide)

Marpac on Social Media

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Accolades & Praise for Marpac

Our Verdict

  • Set Up Process/Ease of Use
  • Functionality
  • Number of Sound Choices
  • Portability
3.8

Summary

Marpac has been in the white noise sound machine business for decades and it shows in their product that they are veterans in this field. The Marpac Dohm DS is easy to use and utilizes natural fan sounds to help in ushering users to a good night’s sleep. The machine lets users customize the sound so it can generate one that can help in getting to sleep. The device is a bit bigger than other similar machines but it is also built stronger. We hoped that there is an option to use batteries so we can use it while driving but this small wrinkle is not enough to discourage us from using this great machine. With the help of the Dohm DS, we created a sound environment that enabled us to sleep better. And we did it without the benefit of sound therapy or the use of complicated tools like sound level meters. We tested this device and it worked wonders for us so we would recommend it to anyone who still finds sleeping in a noisy environment difficult.

Marpac Compared to Other White Noise Machines

ProductNumber of Sound ChoicesPortabilityOur ReviewBuy Now
LectroFan EvoGreatPortableRead Full ReviewCheck Price
SNOOZGoodPortableRead Full ReviewCheck Price
Marpac Dohm-DSGreatNot ideal for travelRead Full ReviewCheck Price
AVANTEKAverageNot ideal for travelRead Full ReviewCheck Price
X-Sense PortableGoodUltraportableRead Full ReviewCheck Price
Homedics Soundspa Sound MachineGoodPortableRead Full ReviewCheck Price
Hatch Baby Rest Sound Machine and Night LightAveragePortableRead Full ReviewCheck Price

How We Rate White Noise Machines

White noise machines are judged by 4 standards: 

  1. Set Up Process / Ease of Use
  2. Functionality
    1. Size  – just for home or can be included in your luggage
    2. Volume Control
    3. Does it loop? Is it too obvious that it distracts you?
  3. Number of Sound Choices
  4. Portability

Learn more about how we rate white noise machines.