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The Yogasleep Travelcube is a compact white-noise machine that’s a good choice if you’re struggling to settle down and sleep in an unfamiliar bed – although it’s not the most portable or versatile machine out there.
While it’s not huge (you can hold it in one hand quite easily), the Yogasleep Travelcube isn’t much smaller than many full-size white noise machines like the HoMedics Deep Sleep Mini, which offer far more options and better sound quality. It’s also not the lightest white noise machine we’ve tested — that award goes to the LectroFan Micro2.
That said, it is very easy to use and would be a good choice for an older person or someone with limited dexterity in their hands. There are only five buttons, all of which are large and clearly labeled. It’s odd that the Yogasleep Travelcube’s controls are on the bottom, as you have to pick up the entire device to use them. Locating the side controls seems like a better option, especially as the Travelcube has a non-slip base that would prevent it from sliding around while you’re using them.
There are only six sounds to choose from, but they are all high quality recordings and (with the exception of the piano version of Brahm’s Lullaby) we couldn’t find the dots where they roamed.
Price and availability
- Affordably priced
- Widely available
The Yogasleep Travelcube costs $20.99 / £34.99 (about AU$42) direct from Yogasleep or from third-party retailers such as Amazon worldwide. That makes it Yogasleep’s cheapest portable sound machine and one of the most affordable white noise machines we’ve tested yet.
It’s also a bit cheaper than the LectroFan Micro2 in the US and Australia (this smaller device retails for $34.95 / £34.95 / AU$69.99).
- Not as small as LectroFan Micro2
- Practical, easy-to-carry design
- Controls at the bottom
The Yogasleep Travelcube is a square, pillow-shaped device, measuring 90 x 90 x 44 mm and weighing 180 g (measured with our digital vernier caliper and scale). That’s significantly larger than the LectroFan Micro2 and nearly twice as heavy (our Micro2 tipped the scale at 96g).
The Travelcube’s case is made of hard plastic, with a loop on one corner and a cord so you can tie it down somewhere if a flat surface isn’t available. The speaker on top of the device is covered with light gray fabric and a ring of soft silicone on the bottom prevents the device from sliding on your bedside table.
At the bottom you’ll also find the controls: an on/off button; a timer that turns the machine off after 30 minutes, an hour, or two hours; a button to switch between audio effects; and the volume buttons. It charges with a USB-C cable (included), which plugs into a port on the side of the device.
- No noticeable looping (except for lullaby)
- No Bluetooth speaker option
- Easy to control
Unlike the smaller LectroFan Micro2, the Yogasleep Travelcube doesn’t excel as a Bluetooth speaker. This is just a noise machine – and a very well built one, besides. The Travelcube is built tough, and while it’s not exceptionally light, its tough plastic shell took quite a few knocks when carried around during our testing, and it didn’t show a scratch. It also comes with a one-year limited warranty, which protects you in the event of a manufacturing defect.
The design is user-friendly and easy to operate. The Travelcube is controlled with just five physical buttons, all of which are large and clearly labeled, making this white noise machine a good choice for users with vision problems, or parents who want to operate it in a darkened room without disturbing their child.
There are six sounds to choose from: white noise, brown noise, a piano rendition of Brahms lullaby, rain and crashing waves. It’s not a huge selection, but the sounds available are high quality recordings and we couldn’t tell when the colored noise and nature effects looped (something that can be a problem with cheaper sound machines). The volume controls allow you to adjust the sound in very small steps and the lowest setting is very weak; some of the white noise machines we tested were quite loud, even with their volume set to minimum, so this is a welcome feature.
One of the best features of the Yogasleep Travelcube is the timer, which can turn the speaker off after 30 minutes, an hour or two hours. Many people only need white or other ambient noise to fall asleep, not all night, and the timer helps extend battery life significantly. It has a battery life of about eight hours, but thanks to the timer you only have to charge it once or twice a week instead of daily.
The fact that the controls are on the bottom of the Travelcube is a bit strange. On the one hand, this means Yogasleep’s designers have made all the buttons large and clearly labeled for accessibility, but on the other, you have to pick up the device to make changes to the sounds and settings. It’s not a big hardship, but something you might prefer to avoid once you’ve gone to bed.
First reviewed in March 2022
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