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Top Of The Best Alarm Clocks Reviewed In 2018Last Updated January 1, 2019
№1 – Lyker Digital Alarm Clock FM Radio Loud Alarm Clock Alarm Clock Radio for Heavy Sleepers with Dual Alarm Clock,AUX in and Dual USB Charging Ports,LCD Digit Display with Dimmer,Radio Alram Clock
№2 – Warmhoming New Style Wooden Clock, Hexagon Wooden Digital Alarm Clock with Time Date Temperature and Voice Control (Brown)
№3 – Pluteck Non Ticking Analog Alarm Clock with Nightlight and Snooze/Ascending Sound Alarm/Simple to Set Clocks, Battery Powered, Small, Black
The Insider Pick
Although waking up early for work or school might never be a joy, a good alarm clock makes it easier. We checked out dozens of alarm clocks, and determined that the Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock is likeliest to wake you up and get you going with the least amount of pain.
Let’s face it: The ring, blare, buzz, or chirp of your alarm clock is probably never going to be your favorite sound. But then again, the angry rumble of your boss, when you show up late for work after oversleeping, is even worse. So make mornings a little easier by choosing an alarm clock that makes your return to reality if not a pleasure, then at least not a pain.
Why you should use an actual alarm clock, not your smartphone alarm
You might be wondering, “Why bother with an alarm clock when I have a phone?” A fair question and many people do wake up to their cell phone’s prompting. The problem with this, however, is it makes it far more difficult to put some space between your technology and your sleep, and those are two areas of your life best kept separate.
If the last thing you do before closing your eyes for the night is pick up your cell phone to set the alarm, how likely is it that you’re just going to do that one thing, then set the phone down on the nightstand? Admit it, you’re probably going to check your Instagram, send a text or two, play just one more round of your favorite game, or surf the web.
By the time that phone hits the nightstand, you’ve lost precious sleep time, you’ve tricked your brain into thinking it’s wake-up time instead of dream time, because the glow of the blue light emitted by your phone reduces your body’s release of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle. Instead of relaxing, you’ve stimulated your mind. All of that adds up to poor quality sleep followed by a groggy, foggy, “I don’t know why I’m so tired,” kind of morning.
Here at Insider Picks, we want you to sleep well and wake up refreshed. That’s why we’ve researched the top consumer websites, listened to sleep experts, and checked out what actual buyers have to say about their favorite alarm clocks to find the five best options for every kind of person., and the best home security cameras you can buy
Although the Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock is our top pick, for various reasons laid out in the slides below, you should also consider the Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock, the Philips Wake-Up Light, the Marathon Analog Desk Alarm Clock, and the OK to Wake! children’s alarm clock.
Why you’ll love it: The Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock goes way beyond just waking you up: it also projects the time onto the ceiling, gives you the temperature, automatically sets itself, and much more.
Waking up might be a little bit more pleasant when you can choose between a buzzer, the radio, or your favorite songs streaming from your smartphone or MPplayer to nudge you out of dreamland. Add to that the fun of seeing the time of day (or night) projected in large, red numerals onto your ceiling — you don’t even have to turn your head to figure out how much more sleep you’ll get if you can just fall back into slumber right now — and the large LCD display on the clock’s face, and you have just some of the features that make the
Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock
In the words of one happy owner, “It’s like the Swiss army knife of alarm clocks. It has every function you might want and some you probably haven’t thought of. Once you get it set up, it is mostly automatic thereafter.” : Display is too bright for some
Throwing it back to the mid-century, Kikkerland’s vintage alarm clock is retro in just about every sense of the word. From the bright blue plastic case and numbers, ivory face, and glow in the dark hands this alarm clock has it all. It also features a top shut off button for the clock’s beep alarm, runs off a single AA battery and will certainly bring some vintage flavor to the nightstand.
Newgate Red Bubble
Quite the vintage throwback indeed, the Red Bubble Alarm Clock is sure to please those admirers of yesteryear with its convex case, white paper face, and chunky black hands for some added charm on the nightstand. It’s made with acrylic, is a lightweight piece, and only requires one AA battery to function with ease. Bring a little personality to the home or office.
Newgate Brass Knocker
Old school in appearances, the Newgate Brass Knocker is what most of us envision when we consider alarm clocks. It features a real working hammer-to-bell alarm, a metal case and glass lens, comes with a one-year movement guarantee, and is all wrapped up neatly in an attractive dark chocolate brown finish. Ditch the irritating radio, time to appreciate vintage design and functionality.
Vintage-inspired and outfitted in Biscuit Box Red, this offering from Newgate is a durable metal clock that works anywhere from the nightstand to the mantel to the wall. Its handsome dial face is protected behind a glass lens and digital beep alarm won’t disturb you in the morning. Oversized? Maybe. A must have? Most definitely.
With such a renowned reputation in the watch world, it would certainly be a shame to not include a Seiko alarm clock in the mix. It boasts a classic yet modern appearance, trimmed in a silver-toned case and its Arabic numeral hour markers remain highly legible thanks to the clocks luminous hands. It’s a straight-forward attractive alarm clock that won’t let you down come morning.
Station Alarm Clock
Originally designed by Arne Jacobsen for Lauritz Knudson in 1941, this rendering of the original still carries with it the easy-to-read numbers and two-tone hands he’s known for. It features an old school bell for the alarm, a snooze option, and a touch sensor LED for viewing at night. It’s also powered by two AA batteries and boasts a precision quartz movement.
Short battery life
The Sony ICFCis another cool alarm clock that is on the lower end of the pricing range. It has a cool, simple, compact design that will seamlessly fit in with the decor of your bedroom.
No temperature display, which is what other alarms in the same price range offer
RCA Digital Alarm Clock
The RCA Digital Alarm Clock is by far the most basic, and therefore most reasonably priced, of all of the alarm clocks that we are taking a look at. If you are that person that just needs that bare-bones alarm clock to get you out of bed in the morning without all of the bells and whistles, this is going to be a great alarm clock for you.
You are going to be blown away by the number of wild features and functionalities that alarm clocks have today. We would normally think that an alarm clock is pretty simple, and therefore only has a limited amount of features and components that it could have. You need
That’s pretty much it, right? Not quite. Alarm clocks are becoming stocked with some wild and fun features that make them not only a lot more enjoyable to use but also a lot more calming and less disruptive when it concerns getting you out of bed in the morning.
Here are just a few examples of what companies are doing with alarm clocks today.
Isn’t that wild? There is an abundance of options out there that helps you to get better sleep and make waking up more pleasant.
What do you Need to Get out of Bed in the Morning
This might be the most important question that you can ask yourself when shopping for the perfect alarm clock: what do you want and what do you need to get you out of bed in the morning? What will help you set your wake and sleep schedule the best, and what will make waking up easiest and most enjoyable for you in the morning.
Because all of us are different.
For some of us, all we need is your basic LED display alarm clock, a single alarm, and a backup power source in case the power goes out in your house. If you tend to be more of a night owl and every morning it is a struggle to get out of bed, you may want or need some additional features to make waking up in the morning easier and more enjoyable.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to your needs and your personal preference. We have taken a look at some of the best alarm clocks so that you can check out the options that are available, and make the right choice for your schedule and needs.
HP DreamScreen 10-inch
While this hybrid picture frame and media streaming device serves multiple purposes, one of them is displaying a digital or analogue clock. You can set two different alarms and wake up to music. There are precious few options for changing the clock face (in fact, you only get two) but it’s conceivable that HP will offer new designs for this Wi-Fi enabled device. We’d also like to see a way to automatically play a photo slideshow in the morning and configure an alarm playlist.
JBL On Time iPhone & iPod Alarm Dock
Outstanding audio quality and slim design separate this alarm clock from the rest of the pack. To play music, you’ll need an iPod Touch or iPhone, but you can also use the rear 3.5mm auxiliary port. Remarkably, for a device that’s only 284mm wide with just two 6-watt speakers, the sound quality is crisp and clear thanks to the audio drivers JBL uses to reproduce sound.
How we picked and tested
Big, bright display. We looked at clocks in all shapes and sizes. However, almost all of them had displays that were visible from at least 20 feet away in daylight and at night. The exceptions were the three analog clocks we reviewed, which are small and require you to push a button to illuminate.
Dimmable display. Although having a bright display is nice, without the option to dim it light sleepers may be kept awake at night.
Easy snooze button. Sometimes you need a few extra minutes. If you’re fumbling to find the snooze button, you may as well find your toothbrush and start the day.
Battery backup. If your home is prone to power outages, you’ll want a clock that will be ready in case of an emergency.
Here are other features that aren’t really necessary, but we found available on a few models in this price range:
Radio. Some people prefer to wake up to music, weather, news, or whatever else is playing on the radio. This feature was available on about half of the clocks we reviewed, but it adds to the price.
Multiple alarms. Whether you have two people sharing a clock or prefer a different wake-up time for the weekends, there are several clocks that allow for two separate alarm times.
Multiple sounds. Some clocks beep, others buzz, and some provide soothing sounds for that wake-up call.
USB ports. Whether you use your smartphone as a backup plan or not, there are a few clocks that offer the option to charge gadgets by your bedside.
Bluetooth. Many alarm clocks now have Bluetooth, but not in this price range. Only one of the models we reviewed included wireless music streaming.
We tested a total of 1alarm clocks. Three of those were analog clocks, which were the only models that didn’t offer AC power; they’re completely battery-operated. Six of the 1models tested also included radios.
We tested each clock in a first-floor home office and a second-floor bedroom. This helped when testing reception on the clock radios, because it gave us data from different locations. We used them during the day and at night to test out brightness levels and if they were easy to work with in the dark. We also monitored each clock for accuracy, the duration of the snooze, and if the snooze would continue after one hour.
We think the RCA RCD30 is the best alarm clock for most people. It is the textbook definition of an alarm clock in features and style with an easy-to-use button layout, a bright display, and an alarm that should wake up even heavy sleepers. It’s also the least expensive model that we tested.
Of the models we tested, the RCD30 packed the largest display size in the smallest design, so it won’t take up much room on your nightstand. The illuminated display measures approximately 3.7by 1.inches, which was visible in daylight and at night from at least 20 feet away. The large display size is a boon for people who wear glasses because you don’t need to fumble with your glasses to check the time. If a big display keeps you up at night, know that the RCD30 does have two brightness settings.
The easy operation has a lot to do with the unit’s no-frills design. It has a large snooze button across the top, so you can usually hit it without much fumbling. That snooze also doubles as an hour/minute button for setting the time and alarm. On the back, there are three switches: one for setting the time/alarm, one for turning the alarm on/off, and one for dimming the front display.
The RCD30 is a basic unit, but it has all you really need in an alarm clock, including backup via a 9-volt battery so you won’t lose your settings if the power goes out at a.m. Just know that like most of the alarm clocks we tested, when using that battery the front of the RCD30 will not display the time, but the alarm will trigger in backup mode, which can’t be said of the Mesqool Projection Clock, the Sangean RCR-5, the Sonic Alert SBB500SS, and the Sony ICF-C1.
Chain Driven Westminster Chime Clocks
These selections use chains located behind the door that are pulled down once a week to raise the weights that power the clock as they drop down during the week. The Westminster chimes will play a few notes on each quarter hour and then play the 1note melody on the hour, then count the hour. There is a lever on the dial to manually turn off the chimes at will. The chime rods are mounted on the side of the movement and are shorter and not as full as the chain driven clocks
Cable Driven Westminster Chime Clocks These grandfather clocks use a key to turn arbors located in the dial that are wound once a week to raise the weights that power the clock as they drop down during the week. The Westminster chimes will play a few notes on each quarter hour and then play the 1note melody on the hour, then count the hour. There is a lever on the dial to manually turn off the chimes at will. Your hands never touch the brass on this design.
Cable Driven Westminster Chime Clocks w/night time chime shutoff option
Grandfather Clocks w/night time chime shutoff option also use a key to turn arbors located in the dial that are wound once a week to raise the weights that power the clock as they drop down during the week. The Westminster chimes will play a few notes on each quarter hour and then play the 1note melody on the hour, then count the hour. There is a lever on the dial to manually turn off the chimes at will. Your hands never touch the brass on this design. There is an additional lever on the left of the dial to select an option for the chime to play continuously or to cease between 10:00PM and 7:00AM.
Cable Driven Triple Chime Clocks w/night time chime shutoff option
Triple Chime grandfather clocks also use a key to turn arbors located in the dial that are wound once a week to raise the weights that power the clock as they drop down during the week. The chimes will play a few notes on each quarter hour and then play the full chime melody on the hour, then count the hour. There is a lever on the dial to manually turn off the chimes at will or to choose between Westminster, Whittington or St. Michaels Chime melodies. Your hands never touch the brass on this design. There is an additional lever on the left of the dial to select an option for the chime to play continuously or to cease between 10:00PM and 7:00AM. You may also use an option for the clock only to count the hour without any hourly or quarter hour melody. Cable Driven Concerto Triple Chime Clocks w/night time chime shutoff option These selections use a key to turn arbors located in the dial that are wound once a week to raise the weights that power the clock as they drop down during the week. The chimes will play one note on the first quarter hour and one each quarter hour. The movement will then play the full chime melody on the hour and count the hour. There is a lever on the dial to manually turn off the chimes at will or to choose between Westminster, Ode to Joy or Ave Maria Chime melodies. Your hands never touch the brass on this design. There is an additional lever on the left of the dial to select an option for the chime to play continuously or to cease between 10:00PM and 7:00AM. You may also use an option for the clock only to count the hour without any hourly or quarter hour melody.
Quartz Floor Clocks (battery operated clocks) Quartz floor clocks use batteries to power the time, chimes and the swinging pendulum. There is no winding and the clocks are very accurate. Most are dual chime offering a choice of Westminster or Ave Maria melodies. There is also a volume control to adjust the volume to the size of the room, chime silence and hourly only chimes. Batteries will easily last a year a time and easy to replace. Some Quartz clocks will have the three weights to resemble a mechanical movement, but these do not move and are added to enhance the style of the clock. Some models of quartz floor clocks are non-chiming. In most cases these clocks are less than half of the price a mechanical movement clock. The quartz clocks with the Harmonic Movement sounds great for a battery powered clock.
Moon Dials Most keywound grandfather clocks will offer a functional, astrologically correct moon dial. When the image of the moon reaches the 15th day of 21/day lunar cycle it will appear at the top of the dial. It will be full moon at that time. This dial rotates slowly clockwise over 21/days. When the image of the moon disappears, it is new moon.
Battery Alarm Clock
Most digital alarm clocks today are rechargeable hence needs a source of power whenever the power becomes low. However, there are battery-operated models that seem to be the best choice for travelers and those who are not always within the reach of power supply.
Vibrating Alarm Clock
Sometimes you may need an alarm system or a reminder to use in a place where minimum distraction is required. For instance, if you want to set an alarm to enable you shift from one subject to the other while in the library, you will need a vibrating alarm clock since noise is not required within the library. Therefore, a vibrating alarm clock is what you need in case you intend to use the alarm in a noise-free set ups such as libraries and theatre rooms.
Loud Alarm Clock
Are you in the lot of the heavy sleepers? If yes, you need s loud alarm clock. The loud sound is known to cause a lot of distractions, and that is the principle that these loud alarm clocks operates on. When the alarm is on, the distraction becomes too much to bear and one would attempt to get up and put it off; by then you will have already woken up.
Sunrise Alarm Clock
Besides having a natural sound, a sunrise alarm clock has additional feature. It has a built-in lamp that mimics the natural sunrise by lighting up gradually till it reaches the maximum brightness. This would wake you up thinking that it is already morning and the room will have full brightness making it look like it is daytime. Although, this alarm is only useful in waking you up from a night sleep, but not day sleep or as a reminder.
In case the system runs low on power and goes off, the alarm system will not function, and you will bear the inconvenience and frustrations alone. What is the remedy for this? You simply need to go for an alarm clock system that has a battery backup option. When you have a power backup system, you can never lose your settings whenever the system runs low of charge or during power outrages. On the same note, various systems operates on different battery types, some AA, and some AAA. Therefore, it is upon the user to select the best one considering the availability and accessibility of the battery by the user.
Dual Wake Times
Sometimes you can have the need to set two or more alarms concurrently. This can be possible without waiting for the first alarm to run first only if the alarm system is dual. Therefore, with the dual wake time alarm system, you are able to set two or more different alarms or reminders e at once. This is the best feature for users who have multiple tasks that needs reminders.
RCA Digital Alarm Clock with Night Light
Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker
Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock with Battery Backup and Audio Input
Multi-function Alarm Clock, Indoor Thermometer, Charging Station/Phone Charger
Sharp SPC800 Quartz Analog Twin Bell Alarm Clock (Silver)
Timex T128BDual Alarm Clock with USB Charging and Night Light
This digital alarm clock with dual clock, USB charging plus night light of Timex features a 240hour set and forget alarm with auto repeat and auto shutoff. The dual alarms of this clock for two separate wake times are very efficient. Likewise, it has a USB charging capability and support for your mobile devices. With the programmable snooze and repeat alarms of this product that lets you customise snooze interval from to 2minutes. More so, it has four-level LED night light in three different settings: high, medium and low. This is not battery-operated because it is powered by a 100V-240V AC adapter for use just about anywhere. Also, this comes very portable and handy.
Identifying a clock is important in determining value
An antique clock price guide should include detailed, specific information to help you identify your clock and try to determine it’s value. While this might not sound complicated, it certainly can be.
How to Determine the Value of an Antique Clock
One of the first things you will discover as you start to research the value of an antique clock is that the same clock will actually have different amounts of value. This happens because the value of the clock depends on the purpose for the appraisal.
For example, an insurance appraisal for an antique clock might be based on the replacement cost of the clock if it was destroyed in a fire or stolen. The value would be based on the average retail sale price of the clock if it were purchased in good working condition, with guaranteed authenticity, from an antique clock dealer.
If you were to donate this same clock to a charity auction, the IRS might have yet another amount determined for the value of the clock as a tax deduction.
Proper identification of the type of clock to be appraised is another critical element in determining value. It’s important to know if your clock is even considered an authentic antique.
Start by giving your clock a thorough examination. Look for evidence that the clock is hand made. Try to find the maker’s signature or label. If there is no label, you will have to try to identify your clock based on what type of clock it is and it’s appearance. You will need to familiarize yourself with different types of antique clocks such as:
Knowing what type of antique clock you have will make it much easier to determine it’s value.
Elder Friendly Features of Alarm Clocks
Ease of Use, Large Snooze Buttons, Large LCD Screen, Dual Alarms, Sunrise Simulator,
Having an alarm clock keeps us alert, responsible, and on top of our schedule. They are particularly important for aging adults, who might be on a strict sleep schedule; relying on your internal clock might cause one to oversleep and in consequence make it harder to fall asleep later that day. Furthermore, take into account that seniors are prone to memory loss; an alarm clock, functioning as a loud auditory reminder, also might help provide the usually forgetful about certain tasks. With the ability to tell time and provide us with constant reminders, consider the alarm clock a highly useful device for aging adults. Though, it is important to realize that not all alarm clocks are made the same. Pending on your own physiological needs, there are certain features that seniors should look for in an alarm clock. We hope that our guide will provide you with the tools needed to pick out the appropriate alarm clock.
What to Look For in an Alarm Clock
Social Alarm Apps to Help You Get out of Bed
If you really have a hard time waking up in the morning, tapping into your friend groups for extra alarm and reminder options might be just what you need.
Read More. Indeed, few things wake you up better than solving a puzzle or conversing with a complete stranger.
In any case, get rid of your default clock app and switch to one of the alternatives in this article. It won’t be long before you thank yourself for it.
Why Use a Wake up Light
The main point of these lights is to help people who have to wake up in the dark, wake up in a more natural way by mimicking a sunrise. Results of studies that the company Philips were involved with, indicate that people who use one of the Philips Wake-Up Light find that it helps them wake up more pleasantly and makes it easier to get out of bed. If you are looking for a light to help treat SAD, you can get lights that combine dawn simulators with bright light therapy..
What to Look for
When you are shopping around for one of these types of lights these are the features and things to keep in mind:
Color of the light: Because the point of these lights is to mimic a sunrise you can expect the color of the light to be at the very minimum a warm yellow color to the soft dawn reds through warm orange to bright yellow of the higher end models.
Ability to dim the time display: Some clock displays can be quite distracting when trying to fall asleep. If you are someone who is sensitive to any light when trying to get to sleep, ensure the device you get gives you the option to dim the display.
Sound choices of the alarm: On lower end models you will usually just have the option of a beeping sound or the radio if you choose to use the alarm sound as well as the light. The higher end models include the option to have things like Bird Song, Birds in the forest, Zen Garden, Gentle piano and Seaside Sounds.
Lux Value: The lux value is the unit of illuminance and luminous emittance, which basically just means the level of brightness. Sunrise simulation lights generally use light sources that range in illuminance from 100 to 300 lux, while the dawn simulation lights that include the bright light therapy are usually around 10,000 lux.
Battery Backup: A fairly important option on any type of alarm clock is having a battery backup option in case your power goes out. Oddly enough, the very popular Phillips models do not include a battery backup.
Powered by battery or electricity: If you are using the product as SAD bright light therapy (in addition to a wake up light), you may want a battery powered device if you are going to be moving it around to different rooms, as it would be slightly more convenient.
Radio: Does it have one, do you need one, and what are users saying about the sound quality of the radio.
Reading light/Sunset simulation: Since some of these alarms take up a good amount of space, you can generally use them as reading lights as you’re getting ready to go to sleep. Some offer the function of a sunset simulation to help you get to sleep.
SAD bright light therapy: The Philips wake up lights offer light therapy but not the full spectrum SAD light therapy. If you are looking for a wake up light to help with SAD, the Nature Bright Sun Bliss or the Aura EnergyUP are much better options.
Aura EnergyUP in Light Therapy and Wake Up Light
PROS: You have the option of displaying the clock or turning it off. It comes with a lithium battery backup. Goes up to 10,000 lux but you can adjust to lower levels if needed.
Need to Know: This recently released in light has been getting great reviews and appears to be a great option anyone who is using SAD light therapy. The light comes on easily with one press of a button. The three different light intensity settings are a great way to slowly adjust to the treatment and the timer settings gives the user a wide range of settings. It has a magnetic stand that lets users adjust the position easily.
What users love: Users love the sleek small design, as well as the compact size that makes it very portable. As opposed to come of its competitors many users find this to be a well-designed and well-made product that works extremely well.
What could be improved: Users would like to be able to set it to only have the light (not the beeping) for the alarm. Some reviewers have reported issues with the plug coming out and causing the lamp to shut off
First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.
Most important, have fun and choose your Alarm Clocks wisely! Good luck!
So, TOP3 of Alarm Clocks
- №1 — Lyker Digital Alarm Clock FM Radio Loud Alarm Clock Alarm Clock Radio for Heavy Sleepers with Dual Alarm Clock,AUX in and Dual USB Charging Ports,LCD Digit Display with Dimmer,Radio Alram Clock
- №2 — Warmhoming New Style Wooden Clock, Hexagon Wooden Digital Alarm Clock with Time Date Temperature and Voice Control (Brown)
- №3 — Pluteck Non Ticking Analog Alarm Clock with Nightlight and Snooze/Ascending Sound Alarm/Simple to Set Clocks, Battery Powered, Small, Black