Best Clock Radios

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 21, 2018
The regular early morning sounds for most of us are those made by our alarm clocks. How pleasant or irritating these sounds are depends on what kind of alarm clock is making them. Make those sounds literal music to your ears by buying a clock radio! Read our reviews for five of the best clock radios available. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

Thanks to two built-in Bluetooth-speakers, the effect of stereo sound is provided when listening to tracks from any mobile device. The audio system was created using the Reson8 technology, which makes the sound deeper and allows such a compact device to produce impressive bass.

CONS

Even the minimum brightness level of the backlight may seem too intense for a night lamp.

OUR VERDICT

The iHome iBT29BC is a multi-function alarm clock with a built-in microphone, FM radio with memory for 6 stations and a USB connector for recharging mobile devices. Its design does not look like any other alarm clock, and a bright multi-colored highlight will not leave anyone indifferent. Thanks to the 3.5 mm jack, the device can also be connected to audio players without the support of wireless technologies.

detailed parameters
Settings

2 independent alarms with Adjustable Alarm Sound, delayed snooze after 9 minutes (configurable from 1 minute to 29 minutes)

Alarm Options

Bluetooth audio, FM radio or built-in tone

Extras

Night Light, FM radio with 6 presets, Bluetooth, Speakerphone, USB charging port

Display and Backlight

LED display, 5 Color-changing backlight with color mode, brightness adjustment

Design

Rounded Eye Design

Warranty

1 year

PROS

You can listen to your favorite music using your phone through the 3.5 inch AUX input. The multiple available settings allow this clock to be easily adjusted to fit your sleeping habits. The beautiful and large backlit LCD display means that you can always easily see the time, even with sleep-blurred eyes.

CONS

Comes with only 2 alarm options.

OUR VERDICT

This feature-rich alarm clock is the best pick for people who love waking up to their favorite tunes. The projection capabilities let you project the time and temperature on your wall or ceiling for easy readability. This clock radio should perform admirably for every user and will ensure a pleasant experience in waking up every morning.

detailed parameters
Settings

Pre-programmed dual alarm feature with weekend mode, 9 minute 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

Warranty

1 year limited

PROS

You can fall asleep to the tunes of your favorite radio station using a programmable sleep timer (10-120 minutes). The display is easy to read and pleasant to look at, with a light blue color that won't strain your eyes, even when you first open them from a deep sleep.

CONS

The plastic case seems a little cheap.

OUR VERDICT

The wide-screen DreamSky digital alarm clock is easy to read from anywhere in the room. This model of alarm clock has all the necessary functionality, including Snooze delay, and the device will help recharge any of your gadgets via the USB port, and even show the current room temperature.

detailed parameters
Settings

1 alarm setting with Adjustable Alarm Sound, Snooze with 9 minutes interval (can be repeated in 1 hour)

Alarm Options

Buzzer (3 level volume), radio (15 level volume)

Extras

FM Radio, Sleep Timer (10-120 minutes), USB Charging Port, 12 or 24 hr switch, Indoor temperature (℃ or ℉) Display, Battery Backup

Display and Backlight

4" Blue Digit Display with 3 levels of brightness

Design

Classic electronic clock in a rectangular black body

Warranty

90 days money back guarantee. 366 days free replacement

PROS

The backlight brightness will increase from 0% to 100% half an hour before the set time of the alarm, simulating the rays of the rising sun and giving you a light and pleasant awakening. The display is easily readable with bright red numbers, and the settings are easily accessible.

CONS

Buttons do not always respond well at the first click.

OUR VERDICT

The modern digital AZDeal alarm clock with soft seven-color illumination can reproduce as an alarm six sounds of nature or you can switch on the radio station you have chosen. In the event of a power outage, the alarm clock can still work with 3 * AAA batteries.

detailed parameters
Settings

1 alarm setting with Snooze function

Alarm Options

Sunset simulation sleep light for 30 minutes before the set time. 6 Natural Sounds & FM Radio

Extras

Touch control, bedside light, FM radio with auto save channel, 12/24 hour format, Battery Backup

Display and Backlight

LED Display with 7 Colors With 10 levels Adjustable Brightness

Design

Clock with a modern cone shaped design

Warranty

30 days

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, so there is no need to worry about taking up a power outlet. The modern design of the case looks stylish and will match most room interiors.

CONS

The settings are quite intricate so following the instructions is advisable.

OUR VERDICT

This model will ensure your pleasant awakening to the soothing sounds of nature. The stylish design of the case makes this a perfect choice for people who prefer modern gadgets. The case is small enough to fit even in a small nook in the room, so finding space for it won't be a problem.

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

iHome iBT29BC

Color Changing Alarm

One of the great things about modern clock radios is the fact that many of them have really kept up with changes in technology, adding features that make them a great addition to your bedroom. The iHome iBT29BC Bluetooth Color Changing Dual Alarm Clock FM Radio is a great example of a modern clock radio that shows how far advanced technology has become. Featuring a translucent cabinet that changes colors with a smooth and hypnotizing effect, this clock radio is packed full of features that make it a can't miss model.

This clock radio includes a bright LCD display that shows the time in bright, easily readable numbers, and includes symbols indicating certain settings of the clock, including for multiple alarm settings as well as for Bluetooth connectivity. The Bluetooth features allow you to sync a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet for streaming music. You can even pair the clock radio with your smartphone and use it as a speakerphone, as a microphone is included on the clock. Also included is an FM radio with six preset stations, which can be used for the alarm sounds along with streamed music and other built-in sounds. With the sheer number of options packed into this unique clock radio, it will be a great addition to your home.

Review of iHome iBT29BC Bluetooth Color Changing Dual Alarm Clock FM Radio

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Electrohome EAAC601

Project the Time

The Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock lets you wake up to your favorite music using your phone or MP3 player through the 3.5 inch AUX input or your favorite radio station using built-in digital AM/FM radio. You can also set a buzzer option, and when it is the time the alarm clock is set to ring, the sound will gradually change from soft to loud. In this unit the manufacturer included a sleep timer, so you can listen to music while falling asleep. It will then turn off automatically at a preset time. Moreover, this clock radio features a nap function that will wake you up after a set length of time, which may come in handy when taking a nap in the middle of the day. This clock also offers dual alarms, so you and your partner can wake up at different times, and weekday and weekend modes allow you to set it to ring only on certain days.

This Electrohome clock has lots of extra features that make this model convenient for a user. For example, this clock features 180-degree swivel projection, which allows you to display the time and temperature on the walls or on a ceiling, giving you the ability to easily see the time from anywhere in the room. As for the LED display, it is unique and convenient. The large, crystal clear digital clock display with smaller figures shows the current date and temperature. These and many other features make this clock radio a great fixture in your bedroom.

Review of Electrohome EAAC601 Projection Alarm Clock

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Electrohome SelfSet Projection Clock Radio with Audio Input Unboxed & Initial Impressions
 

DreamSky DS206

Classic Clock Design

The DreamSky DS206 Decent Alarm Clock Radio with FM Radio is a model that retains a classic design of older clock radios while adding in modern features that place it well in line with other recent models. Featuring a bright LCD display with bright blue digts, this clock radio exhibits just enough light to remain easily readable without being too bright, which makes this perfect for readability with those who wake up with blurry eyes. Along with the time, the display also features the indoor temperature as well as the alarm settings, including the time of the next alarm. This takes away a lot of the guesswork when it comes to remembering what time the alarm is set for.

Along with the great display, this modern clock radio also includes a digital FM radio that can be set as the alarm. The sleep timer function lets you fall asleep to the sounds of the radio, and will turn off after a preset length of time. Also included is a USB charging port that lets you charge your smartphone or tablet while you sleep. The alarm settings allow you to wake up to your choice of the buzzer or radio, with volume settings for both audio sources. The clock can even accommodate 3 AAA batteries that will help it retain its settings even during a power outage. These features combined with the great functionality of this clock radio should allow you to wake up pleasantly and with a great start to your day.

Review of DreamSky DS206 Decent Alarm Clock Radio with FM Radio

 

FitMaker 43223-17170

Wake Up to the Sunrise

One of the staples of the morning is waking up to see the sunrise. For most people, this entails having to get out of bed and get dressed before going outside to view it. Why not view a sunrise instead from the comfort of your bed? The FitMaker 43223-17170 Sunrise Alarm Clock with FM Radio is a clock radio that brings the sunrise to your bedroom. Featuring a large LED light surrounding the display, the light can change colors and brightness thanks to the preset light settings, allowing it to gradually brighten and simulate the effects of a sunrise. The light will start to gradually brighten 30 minutes before the alarm goes off, and will be at full brightness at the time of the alarm. In the center is the display, which shows the time and around which are the buttons for the settings, providing easy access to them.

Along with the light settings, you can set your alarm to work at a preset time, and to use either one of six built-in sounds of nature, or music played from the FM radio. There is also a built-in USB port that allows you to charge your mobile device, and a USB cable is even included with the clock radio. This great looking and fully functional clock radio can help you wake up feeling refreshed and ready to start the day.

Review of FitMaker 43223-17170 Sunrise Alarm Clock with FM Radio

 

Sony Alarm Clock Radio ICFC1PJ

High Quality from Sony

From time to time every person gets tired of living a hectic lifestyle. Unfortunately, we don't always have a chance to run away from the city's blare and bustle. However, this Sony alarm clock may help you solve this problem. This clock features 5 natural sound alarms so you can wake up to soothing sounds including Ocean waves, Birds, Rain, Brook, and Under-the-sea. Though, if you prefer a standard buzzer or radio, this alarm clock features these options as well. With this model, you can set 2 separate wake times owing to the dual alarm feature or use a sleeper timer if you want to fall asleep to the radio. You also don't have to worry about the alarm clock ringing on weekends because Sony has the unique feature of a gradual wake alarm that starts with a subtle low volume then increases it to the higher volume level. With an extendable snooze interval, you may set turning the sound off from 10 to 60 minutes.

One of the crucial features people look for when opting for an alarm clock is an easy-to-read display. Fortunately, this Sony alarm clock features a 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. You can customize almost every option here to meet your requirements and enjoy your mornings. For your convenience, a swiveling projector is included that allows you to display the time on your wall or ceiling, ensuring that you can easily view the time the moment you open your eyes. With these incredible features, this Sony clock radio is sure to be a great addition to your mornings.

Review of Sony Alarm Clock Radio ICFC1PJ

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Sony ICF-C1PJ (Unboxing + Buzz setup)
 

What Is a Clock Radio?

Most people have at the very least had an alarm clock at some point or another. A clock radio is pretty much the same thing as an alarm clock, with the main exception being that it includes a radio, which can be preset to a specific station and used as the alarm function of the device. Clock radios are not new devices, having been around for many years and having thoroughly replaced old-fashioned bell alarm clocks. However, many of the features included in modern clock radios have easily kept up with the advancement of technology, and have made them essential devices in the home.

Many modern clock radios include functionality that makes them better and more effective than older alarm clocks, and even better than using a smartphone as an alarm. Many of the models featured include USB ports for charging your smartphone or tablet, making them quite handy devices to have on your night stand. In addition, many include advanced features such as projecting the time and temperature on the wall or ceiling, along with many preset alarm sounds, including using the radio as well as built-in sounds, giving you a variety of choices when it comes to the sounds that will wake you up.

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Publish Date: 2018-07-25 11:33:12