Best Alarm Clocks

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 19, 2018
Annoying alarm clocks ring every morning with their irritating tones and flag our spirits from the very morning. Now it's time to upgrade your wake up with a modern and unusual alarm clock that will make your mornings pleasant and will definitely energize your day. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
A slight tap anywhere on the clock sets the snooze mode. Sunrise simulation helps you to awake naturally.
CONS
This clock is a bit pricey in comparison with other models on our shortlist
OUR VERDICT
Clinically proven alarm clock that makes your awakening really pleasant and joyful. The simulation of sunbeams will make you ready for the day.
detailed parameters
SETTINGS
2 alarms set, brightness settings, alarm with adjustable volume control, 9 minutes' snooze feature, programmable sunset simulator (from 5 to 60 minutes)
ALARM OPTIONS
Radio, 5 Nature Sounds, 3 colors of sunrise simulation, adjustable simulation duration (20 to 40 minutes)
EXTRAS
Bedside lamp, FM radio, in-store demo function, adjustable display contrast
DISPLAY AND BACKLIGHT
LED display with intuitive dimming feature, buttons backlit flashes on before finger touches it
DESIGN
Fancy clock with sleek looking design.
WARRANTY

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PROS
The swiveling projector allows you to display time on your walls or ceiling. You can charge your gadgets using the built-in USB plug.
CONS
The settings are quite intricate so following instructions is advisable.
OUR VERDICT
This model will ensure your pleasant awakening to the soothing nature sound. Perfect choice for people who prefer modern gadgets.
detailed parameters
SETTINGS
2 alarms set, extendable snooze interval from 10 to 60 minutes, sleep timer (from 15 to 90 minutes), weekend / weekday / everyday modes
ALARM OPTIONS
Radio, Buzzer, 5 Nature Sounds (Ocean Waves, Birds, Rain, Brook, Under-the-Sea)
EXTRAS
AM/FM radio, 10 radio stations preset, USB port, automatic adjustment to daylight saving time, time projection, preset EST
DISPLAY AND BACKLIGHT
Backlit LCD display with adjustable brightness control (High, Mid, Low modes)
DESIGN
Stylish design with mirror-finished display
WARRANTY
1 year limited warranty
PROS
You can listen to your favorite music using your phone through 3.5 AUX input. This clock can be adjusted to fit your sleeping habits.
CONS
Comes with 2 alarm options only.
OUR VERDICT
This feature-rich alarm clock is the best pick for people who love waking up to the voice of favorite DJ. Electrohome will meet the needs of every user and will ensure your pleasant awakening every day.
detailed parameters
SETTINGS
Pre-programed dual alarm feature with the weekend mode, 9 minutes' snooze function, sleep and nap options
ALARM OPTIONS
Radio, Buzzer
EXTRAS
AM/FM radio, 3.5 AUX input, calendar and temperature display, automatic adjustment to daylight saving time, preconfigured to EST, settings restore after power loss
DISPLAY AND BACKLIGHT
Crystal clear 3.6-inches blue LED display with adjustable brightness
DESIGN
Digital clock has a stylish design and comes in black color
WARRANTY
1 year limited warranty
PROS
The alarm sound at up to 113 decibels is really enough to wake a heavy sleeper up. Audio alarm, bed shaker and flashlight signals can be combined or used separately.
CONS
Too loud and irritative for light sleepers.
OUR VERDICT
Perfect for heavy sleepers. Due to the extra-loud alarm and bed shaker, you will never sleep through the alarm clock again.
detailed parameters
SETTINGS
Customizable dual alarm, adjustable snooze interval (from 1 to 30 minutes), selectable alarm duration (from 1 to 59 minutes)
ALARM OPTIONS
Extra-loud buzzer along with the powerful bed shaker may be used in combination or separately, alarm with adjustable tone and volume control, pulsating alert lights
EXTRAS
Battery backup maintains settings up to one week, Alarm and Bed Shaker Test Mode, Uses 60% less energy owing to the new green power technology
DISPLAY AND BACKLIGHT
1-inch red LCD display with 5-level dimmer function
DESIGN
Digital clock designed in the form of the bomb. Comes in black color with red controls
WARRANTY
1 year limited warranty
PROS
Simple intuitive interface makes this clock easy to use. Dual-purpose snooze button with a nightlight function.
CONS
This clock lacks extra features.
OUR VERDICT
If you are looking for an affordable and simple in use alarm clock, this model will meet all your requirements.
detailed parameters
SETTINGS
Single alarm, 9 minutes' snooze function
ALARM OPTIONS
Buzzer
EXTRAS
Large full-width snooze button, No Worry battery backup system, Low battery indicator
DISPLAY AND BACKLIGHT
0.7-inch green LED Display with a built-in night light function
DESIGN
This clock has a straightforward design in black color
WARRANTY
1 year limited warranty

Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light

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Philips Wake-Up Light is a clinically proven device that makes your awakening really pleasant and natural. Colored sunrise simulation along with 5 nature sounds gradually increase within 30 minutes to wake you up. The color of the morning light softly changes from red to yellow. Philips Wake-Up Light naturally brings your body out of sleep and by the time you open your eyes you really feel that it is time to get up. So with such a device you will not be irritated in the morning anymore. You may personalize the brightness settings, sunrise simulation duration, pre-set 2 different alarm times and choose the sound volume up to your needs.
Review of Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light

Extras

Philips alarm clock offers lots of different extra features and is still easy to use. With this clock you can listen to the radio while you are starting off to work. You can even use this device as a bedside lamp for reading. Due to the dimming light Philips Wake-Up Light automatically adjusts brightness level when the bedroom gets dark. This clock also features the sunset simulation or as it preferred to say - a sleep timer option, its duration can be adjusted either. So you can either wake up to a sunrise or use a sunset simulator that will gently send you off to sleep.
Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light in the use

Design

Philips Wake-Up Light is a beautifully engineered sleek looking alarm clock. Its modern design reminds of a light bulb or a truncated cone. Such shape makes the sunrise/sunset simulation really realistic. All the control buttons are arranged around the edge of the LCD display. The speakers for the radio and alarm sounds are integrated into the rear panel. So, such elegant form of the clock without any controls in the line-of-sight will fit any room design.
Detailed review of Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light

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Philips Wake up light
 

Sony ICF-C1PJ

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This outstanding alarm clock manufactured by Sony Corporation will wake you up in the way that works best for you and will prepare you for the rest of the day! Sony Projector Dual Alarm Clock features 5 natural sound alarms, hence, you may wake up to the sweet sounds of Ocean waves, Birds, Rain, Brook, or Under-the-Sea. For those who prefer standard buzzer or radio, this alarm clock features such options too. Additionally, you can set 2 separate wake-up times, one for you and the other one for your significant other, and customize them up to your needs. Moreover, you don't have to worry about the alarm clock ringing on weekends as this model features weekend/weekday/everyday modes. And finally, with an extendable snooze interval and a sleeper timer you may set turning the sound off from 10 to 90 minutes and fall asleep to the radio or your favorite nature sounds.

Review of Sony ICF-C1PJ Clock Radio with Time Projector

Extras

One of the crucial features people look for when opting for an alarm clock is an easy-to-read display. Fortunately, Sony alarm clock features 1.4-inch blue LED display with adjustable display brightness, so you will be able to read the time from any distance. The alarm clock automatically adjusts to daylight saving time and comes with already preset EST. Thus, on buying this clock all you have to do is choose your time zone. It is worth noting that you can customize almost every option here to meet your requirements and enjoy your mornings. For your convenience, Sony is designed with the swiveling projector that allows you to display time on your walls or ceiling with up to 180 degrees' tilt. Therefore, if you wake up a dozen times at night and want to know the current time, you can easily catch sight of displayed time without grasping the alarm clock every now and then. Additionally, this device has a USB port so you can charge your gadgets on your nightstand.

Sony ICF-C1PJ Clock Radio with Time Projector in the use

Design

Be sure that the eye-catching design of this alarm clock won't go unnoticed and will please your eyes from day to day. The manufacturer has designed the clock in the shape of a cube with the mirror-finished display. It will suit any interior and become the icing on the cake that is your beautiful room! We are sure that thanks to its design and functionality, your guests will be asking you where you bought it.

 

Detailed review of Sony ICF-C1PJ Clock Radio with Time Projector

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Sony ICF-C1PJ Projection Auto Set Dual Alarm Clock Radio w / Nature Sounds
 

Electrohome EAAC601

Settings

With Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock you can wake up to your favorite music or pre-set radio station. You can also set a buzzer option, and when it is the time the alarm clock is set to ring, the sound will gradually swell from soft to loud. In this unit can use a sleep timer, so you may listen to music while falling asleep. Then it will turn off automatically at preset time. Moreover, Electrohome features a nap function that will wake you up after a set length of time, if you would like to take a lie-down in the middle of the day. This clock also offers dual alarms, so you and your soulmate can wake up at different times and weekday and weekend modes allow you to set it to ring only on certain days.

 

Review of Electrohome EAAC601 Projection Alarm Clock

Extras

Electrohome clock has lots of extra features that make this model convenient for a user. For example, this clock features 180-degree swivel projection. Now you can display the time and temperature on the walls or on a ceiling and will be able to see the time from anywhere in the room. As to the LED display, it is unique and convenient. Large, crystal clear digital clock display with smaller figures shows current date and temperature. With Electrohome alarm clock you can listen to your favorite music using your phone or MP3 player through 3.5 AUX input or favorite radio station using built-in digital AM/FM radio. This clock comes with already preset time and you just need to choose the correct time zone. It automatically adjusts for daylight saving time and retain the alarm settings in case of power loss. And finally, the display can be dimmed to adjust to your brightness requests.

Electrohome EAAC601 Projection Alarm Clock in the use

Design

Taking a closer look at extra features of this model people decide purchasing Electrohome alarm clock depending only on its multifunctionality. Although this clock has a modern design and comes in a classic black color. It will fit any interior design and its compact size will not take much space on a night stand. This is one of the best alarm clocks on our shortlist that will help you to get up in the morning.

Detailed review of Electrohome EAAC601 Projection Alarm Clock

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Sonic Alert SBB500SS

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Sonic Bomb alarm clock will literally wake up the dead. The clock features an ultra-loud 113-decibels alarm along with the bed shaker and a bright red flashing light that will encourage a prompt rise every morning. These alarm options can be used separately or in combination. So, if you don't want to wake your roommate, you can switch off the sound and wake to a powerful bed shaker. With the adjustable volume and tone, you may customize the clock to fit your sound preferences. Sonic Bomb has an adjustable snooze interval which can be set from 1 to 30 minutes and also has a selectable alarm duration (1-59 minutes). And finally, this clock has a dual alarm, so you can set it to ring twice each day to be sure that you will not sleep through it.

Review of Sonic Alert SBB500SS Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker

Extras

Sonic Bomb has a fairly standard 1-inch red LCD display. It shows the time in large numbers and has a 5-level dimmer function, so you may adjust its brightness up to your needs. Sonic has a built-in Alarm & Bed Shaker Test Mode to test the functions and adjust it if something doesn't suit you. Due to the new green power technology this clock reduces energy consumption for up to 60%. In case of power outage, the clock has an improved battery backup that keeps the time and alarms settings. Though, you should remember that it doesn't alarm when battery powered. While it does lack several features, this extra-loud and vibrating alarm clock will do its job and get you up in the morning.

Sonic Alert SBB500SS Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker in the use

Design

Sonic alarm clock in a "bomb" shape has a metallic black plastic body with the red 1-ich display and red control buttons. Its explosive design will be perfect for cheerful people with a good sense of humor. So either you're a student or a grown up and still a heavy sleeper Sonic Bomb will wake you up in a decent time and vivify the design of your room. Moreover, this clock would be a perfect and nonstandard gift for your friends.

Detailed review of Sonic Alert SBB500SS Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker

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Product Review: Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock
 

RCA RCD20

Settings

If you are an adherent of standard digital alarm clocks with a classic buzzer than RCA Digital Alarm Clock will be a perfect device for you. This clock offers a single alarm and 9 minutes' snooze feature. This clock will be useful for people who love lying in before getting up out of the bed. With the simple interface and a large snooze button, your mornings will be pleasant. So if you are looking for an affordable clock that is simple in use, RCA would be a reasonable pick.

Review of RCA RCD20 Digital Alarm Clock with Night Light

Extras

This clock is quite simple and cannot be compared with other models by its extra features. However, this clock is very convenient and easy in use. It is simple to turn it on/off. Easy to adjust the time and alarm, even a child is able to do it. RCA features a built-in night light in dual purpose snooze button. When you turn the night light on a low-intensity light illuminates the dark room. And what is more important, the snooze button is highlighted so you can easily find it in dark mornings. With No Worry battery backup you can sleep without worrying about the possible power loss.

RCA RCD20 Digital Alarm Clock with Night Light in the use

Design

This affordable and streamlined alarm clock is made of plastic and comes in black color. Its compact size about 5 x 4 x 6 inches will be perfect for those who don't have much space on their night stands. Due to the big numbers on the 0.7-iches display it is easy to see the time even for a people with shortsightedness. And one final comment is that due to the simple alarm clock design it will fit any interior.

Detailed review of RCA RCD20 Digital Alarm Clock with Night Light

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RCA RCD20 Electric Digital Alarm Clock with Night Light
 

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Comparison of Alarm Clocks

What Is an Alarm Clock?

Every day we face the challenge of early awakening. Either we need to go to work, school or even on a hike, we need to set an alarm clock that will force us to get out of the bed. As we know, the discovery of the first adjustable mechanical alarm clock is referred to mid-19th century, but it is incomparable to the modern models. Modern alarm clocks are mostly digital with different audio signals, they can speak, laugh, play the nature sounds or your favorite songs. With such a device you will wake up feeling ready for the day.

However, if you cannot imagine your day without music, you should consider purchasing an MP3 player.

What Features to Compare

Settings

If you decided to replenish your collection of gadgets with a digital alarm clock, first of all, you should take a notice of the settings. Modern devices can be customized to wake you up in the way that suits you best. Among the available audio signals, you can choose nature sounds, your favorite radio station or a progressive beeping. But it will work well if you are a light sleeper. However, if you always sleep past the alarm time and affiliate yourself to a heavy sleeper you'd better choose an alarm clock with a snooze function. This function allows shutting the alarm off temporarily and then setting it to ring again at a short time later. You can also consider an option of purchasing the alarm clock with dual alarms. It is convenient for families where wife and husband wake up at different times. As you can see, the more options an alarm clock offers, the easier it is to customize the device.

Extras

The next important aspect to consider when selecting an alarm clock is what extra features it offers. The market has a lot of models that in addition to performing their primary purposes such as waking you up in the morning and showing you time can also have additional functions, with built-in projectors being the most interesting one. Such alarm clocks will project time on any surface where you direct it - the ceiling, walls, etc. Many models combine the functions of calendar and thermometer and can show you time, date, and current ambient temperature. There are also alarm clocks that automatically adjust settings so that you wouldn't need to sync them when the time changes. All these features expand the functionality of alarm clocks making them much useful and multi-functional gadgets. 

Design

As for design, alarm clocks, just like any watches, come in different styles, sizes, and shapes, which makes it easy to find the one that will best match your home interior. So if you belong to those people who value not only the functional side of the clock but also its exterior look, you will have a great choice of options, ranging from classic to super modern models, to select from.

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