If you’re a visual person, nothing hammers home what time it is then seeing it projected onto your wall or ceiling to jolt you out of bed.
It not only projects time but also the temperature for you to have in full view. It has a 180 degrees swivel projection, so you don’t need to roll over to see what time it is.
If you don’t want the projector to be on so that you can fall asleep without interruptions, the 3.6 inches of white LCD with blue backlighting display, can show you the time and you can adjust the brightness to your heart's content.
The Electrohome offers you the option of having a buzzer or radio set as the alarm clock sounds.
With 20 preset radio stations on offer, you’ll be spoilt for choice on what tunes to wake up to.
Powered by an AC cord, it comes with a backup battery and automatically adjusts to daylight saving time.
The Electrohome does all the heavy lifting, including waking you up!
3.6 inch white LCD with blue backlight & adjustable brightness
Project time or temperature onto wall/ceiling
180 degrees swivel projection
20 preset radio stations
Auto adjust to daylight saving time
2 sirens: Radio or buzzer
Smart alarm clock
AC power cord
Model: Electrohome EAAC601 Projection Alarm Clock
Size: 3.5 x 5.5 x 4.76 inches
Weight: 1.23 pounds
Available in 2 colors
Good for sleepers who prefer clocks with wall projections
Best for couples
Ideal for people who enjoy listening to music at night
Long-lasting battery backup
The alarm may not be loud enough for heavy sleepers
The Wake-Up Light provides a more natural experience of getting up by simulating sunrise through 20 different brightness settings.
In addition to the soothing light, the Wake-Up Light alarm clock can also awaken you with 7 different nature sounds, from birds, singing, ocean waves, streams, wind bell, beeps, soft music to piano music.
At night you can set alarms for sunrise and the Wake-Up Light gradually dims the light that helps guide you to natural sleep.
It also functions as a bedside lamp in the evening. Allowing you a more mellow start and end to the day.
One of the best alarm clocks with impressive features.
20 levels of warm lighting
7 different natural alarm rings
Sunrise & sunset simulation
USB charging port behind the clock
FM radio stations
Dual system to set alarms
9 minutes snooze function
Model: Wake-Up Light 7 Colored Sunrise Simulation
Size: 6.3 x 6.3 x 2.56 inches
Weight: 1.95 pounds
30-day money-back guarantee
Great for kids & adults looking for features like luminescence
Ideal for sleepers who want more gradual levels of brightness
Good for sleepers who like to wake up to light & toll
For those people who find classic audio alarms intense
The Peakeep Twin Bell Alarm Clock is an oldie but a goodie. It’s the perfect old-fashioned analog alarm clock for you fans of the timeless 80’s shrilling bell alarm clock.
There’s no glaring display light, and when you want to see the time in the dark simply turn the backlight on.
The twin bell analog alarm wakes you up from the deepest of sleep, what's more, there’s no snooze button. Yes, you heard correctly!
This old-fashioned analog alarm clock is sooo loud that you’ll be awake in a nanosecond.
With a retro design, Peakeeep oozes timeless elegance with the black background of the clock and the white hands, which remain silent as a mouse so you're never disturbed with annoying ‘tick-tock’ sounds of the hands ticking.
This vintage clock may take you back to nostalgic times, but rest assured it wakes you up in the present, earning its place fair and square amongst the more modern snazzy digital alarm clocks toplining our list.
Classic analog twin bell alarm
Dial with stereoscopic numbers
Booming alarm clock
Silent non-ticking hands
Large 3D numerals
Analog quartz accuracy
Black background, white hands
Model: Twin Bell Alarm Clock
Size: 4.13 x 2.17 x 6.5 inches
Weight: 11.2 ounces
No brightness to disturb your sleep
Available in 5 colors
Fans of classic 80’s analog-style
A great choice for heavy sleepers & hearing impaired
If you like waking up gradually and with some light to adjust to, you need a sunrise alarm clock that mimics natural sunshine. That's the wake-up call you get with the Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light.
Imagine the sensation, you're lying in bed and someone comes into your room and gently draws the curtains apart, letting in a gentle ray of sunshine that bathes your room in soft hues of light. That’s what you get with the Philips sunrise alarm.
Recommended by physicians and pharmacists for the Philips sunrise alarm is key to establishing a healthy sleep and wake routine.
The Philips Wake Up Light not only imitates natural sunrise, it has 5 nature sounds, with the sunrise alarm programmable from 20 to 40 minutes, allowing you to ease into your morning one step at a time.
The LED light bulb lasts for a healthy duration of 7 years, the only downside is, it can’t be replaced.
The Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light comes with all the bells and whistles! and shine.
Philips sunrise alarm clock
10 different brightness settings
Simulated sunset & sunrise
5 nature sounds to awaken to
FM radio access
Features personalized light setting
Automatic dimmable display
Backs uptime & alarm setting in case of a power outage
Model: SmartSleep Wake-Up Light
Size: 7.83 x 5.75 x 7.56 inches
Weight: 2.45 pounds
90-day money-back guarantee
Great for sleepers who want a more gradual wake up call
Good for sleepers who like to wake up to illumination & resound
Ideal for sleepers who like waking up to ambient chimes or white noise
Designed exclusively with children in mind, it’s an alarm clock, but it's so much more than that it's a smart alarm clock that grows with your child.
Mella uses a delightful array of colors and facial expressions to teach kids when it’s time to go to bed and when it’s time to wake up.
Half an hour before waking up, Mella glows yellow signaling it’s almost time to wake up. When it's the actual time to wake up, Mella turns green.
Mella comes with 3 options for sleep sounds and 5 night light colors, helping to soothe your child.
When it's time for your child to rise and shine Mella has 3 alarm sounds, making every parent's life easier, helping kids by sleeping when they should, and helping them grasp the concept of time as they grow.
Features 3 sleep sound options
5 night light colors
5 volume settings
Alarm & silent countdown for timed activities for older kids
Made from child-safe ABS & silicone
Uses facial expressions & colors to signal bedtime & wake uptime
Model: Mella Ready to Rise Children’s Alarm Clock
Size: 4.25 x 4.25 x 4.5 inches
Weight: 8 ounces
100% satisfaction guarantee
Features wonderful array of sound & light choices
Great for kids to keep them in bed longer & sleep train them
Helps kids up to 8 years old with the concept of time
A great pick for parents
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Alarm Clocks Buying Guide
These days you can buy digital alarm clocks, or smart alarm clocks, set the alarm and the alarm wakes you up like it’s supposed to.
What you select will depend on the kind of sleeper you are. We’re giving you a helping hand in summarizing the features you may want to consider before making your purchase. ¶
An alarm clock is an object that you use to wake up on time or before a specific time. Alarm clocks are essential because they will help you plan your day better.
That is why it's important to choose the best one that suits your needs.
Types of alarms include a clock radio, analog clock, smart alarm clock, or repeating alarms which can be set to sound on particular days of the week.
The best alarm clock is one that offers reliable wake-up calls.
Benefits of Alarm Clocks
When it comes to getting up in the morning, many people would rather stay asleep than face the day. Because of this, an alarm clock is one of the best inventions for those who need a little extra push to get out of bed.
The best alarm clocks can wake people up in a way that doesn't cause stress and anxiety.
Instead of annoying beeps or sudden noises, the best alarm clocks provide pleasant and soothing sounds.
Many alarm clocks can also brighten with the push of a button, which helps to ease any grogginess in the morning when getting up.
The best alarm clocks also have a variety of features, such as USB charging for smartphones, projection capabilities to view the time on a wall or ceiling, and dual alarms that can be set for different times for individuals in a household.
Features of Best Alarm Clocks
Some alarm clocks will allow you to customize the alarm by changing the tone of the alarm, or programming the alarm sound to a song or an FM radio station.
You may be able to set at least 2 different alarms on some clocks. Other alarm clocks may allow you to set assigned alarms for weekdays and exclusive alarms for the weekend.
Many alarm clocks will allow customization functions for the snooze settings or volume.
The snooze button is the button we all push when our alarm clock goes off. We all want an extra few minutes in bed.
Conventional alarm clocks have a standard 9 or 10-minute snooze built-in, however, newer alarm clocks allow sleepers to customize the snooze length to suit their needs.
If you’re someone who likes to be woken up gradually, you may also want to look for an alarm clock with alarms that are quieter, to begin with, and gradually increase.
Most alarm clocks display the current time, they will indicate AM/PM and whether an alarm has been set. Some clocks may also display the date and temperature.
Consider whether you want an analog alarm clock or a digital clock with an LCD display that can be brightened so that you can see it clearly or whether you want to be able to dim the display so that the light doesn’t interrupt your sleep.
If you’re not a fan of shifting sleep positions to look at your alarm clock, you may want to consider an alarm clock that projects the time onto the wall or ceiling.
You want the alarm clock to be loud enough to cut through your sleep and wake you up. On the other hand, you don’t want an aggressive alarm clock that assaults your senses.
It also depends on whether you are a light sleeper who prefers a quieter alarm, or if you’re a deep sleeper then you may need a louder alarm.
Choose an alarm clock that is easy to use and the volume can be adjusted to your needs.
If you want your alarm clock to be able to play music, select an alarm clock with good stereo speakers, or if you want something cutting edge then look for superior sound technology.
What do you like waking up to? Music? A morning show? Bells tolling? White noise? Sound of the ocean? Look for alarm clocks that offer a few different sound options if you’re not a fan of the traditional bell tolling ring.
If you like the idea of your alarm clock having a medium-range volume setting but also vibrating for a less harsh wake-up call, select an alarm clock that has built-in vibration functions.
Many top-rated smart alarm clocks offer vibrating features.
Standard alarm clocks have features of a radio built-in. If you want to play music other than the radio, consider streaming capabilities.
If you're not a fan of blaring alarm sounds waking you up, many people find wake-up lights and a gentler sound of waves is a more pleasant way of waking up.
Automatic Time Sync
When clocks go back and forward for daylight saving time in winter and summer or if there’s a power outage, does the alarm clock automatically sync the alarm time?
Most alarm clocks are AC-powered so make sure the power cord is long enough for you to have the alarm clock plugged in on your nightstand and your nearest electrical outlet.
If you’re not a fan of AC-powered models, look for clocks that are battery-powered.
Some alarm clocks also come with a USB charging port that can also be used to charge smart devices.
If you want a smart alarm clock that can connect to Wifi to play music or integrate with other platforms such as Amazon Alexa, you may want to buy a smart alarm clock that has Wifi connectivity.
Many cutting-edge smart alarm clocks are compatible with Bluetooth speakers.
You want to buy something that is of good quality but within your budget. Lower-end alarm clocks are around the $30 mark. The more cutting-edge smart alarm clock can be north of $120. Decide on your budget.
Trials, Returns & Warranties
You’re buying without having tried the alarm clock. That’s why it's essential you pick a top-rated brand that offers a sleep trial.
Also read the fine print, whether the return of an alarm clock is permitted and whether you are entitled to an exchange.
The lion's share of alarm clocks is covered by warranties ranging from 1 to 3 years.
Alarm Clocks FAQ
What is the best way to set an alarm clock?
Proximity and distance are key. You want your alarm clock within reach of you to snooze but far away from you so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
Also, it’s probably a good idea to set a minimum of 3 alarms, that allow you some time to snooze but still allow you enough time to get ready and start your day.
What are the best alarm clocks for heavy sleepers?
We’ve all heard the story of a deep sleeper alarm going off beside him and he carries on sleeping. In the meantime, people down the street can hear the alarm blaring!
To make sure this doesn’t happen to you, you need to get a different type of alarm clock.
A clock that may make it impossible for you to press snooze and stay in bed. Invest in an alarm clock that has a boom or vibrates, so you are awoken as though you’re in an earthquake.
It’s time for you to get loud and creative!
What is a sunrise alarm clock?
A sunrise alarm clock is an artificial light source assimilated into a digital alarm clock.
It’s programmed to wake you up gently by impersonating a gradual increase of sunrise light over a period of 15 to 60 minutes allowing you to wake up slowly.
A sunrise alarm clock is one of the best alarm clocks out there. The alarm goes off at a gentler tone, allowing you to wake up naturally.