What is it important to have alarm clocks? The everyday routine, for most people, usually commences in the morning, be it at the break of dawn, or sometime before noon. That means it’s crucial for us to wake up as early we can in order to remain punctual when going to school, offices, workplaces or wherever we’re needed.
In today’s world, the masses are more work-oriented than ever before, and because of our terribly hectic lifestyles, it’s not a surprise that an increasing number of people, especially the youth, are sleep deprived. That’s why managing our sleep is all the more stressed, and thus sleeping on time is the key to waking up on time. Yet, no one wants to willingly sacrifice those numbered hours of precious shut-eye, regardless of their sleeping habits and may need something to push them out of their beds.
Fortunately, the alarm clock has always been there to save the day ever since its inception, but smartphones, with their countless practical applications, have discretely overthrown the alarm clock and taken over its sole function.
However, even though smartphones’ versatility proves them to be a convenient alternative, many people would argue that they’re just not that effective as morning alarms and have reported their smartphones to have failed to do the job.
There could be many reasons for their apparent shortcomings, such as weak speakers, over-soothing alarm tones, etc., but the main reason is that the smartphones are only the jack of all trades, but the master of none, so better leave this job to the ‘professionals’; machines designed to serve this purpose.
As a result, there are a number of new and impressive alarm clock models on the market that, depending on the specific requirements of the user, are much more effective than ordinary models or ‘imposters’.
The Alarm Clock You Need
Alarm clocks have come a long way from their standard dial-clock and buzzer design, now equipped with many interesting features. They’re made to suit different sleeping habits and needs so users are recommended to self-assess and then choose accordingly.
Buyers have to take several factors into accounts such as battery type, display type, multimedia/Aux/USB support, noise levels and exclusive qualities such as projectors, wheels, shockers and much more. You’d be amazed to find out what alarm clocks are capable of nowadays, so here’s a list of the top 10 models available to give you an idea, and help you pick your ideal sleep-slayer.
10. Awakelion Wake Up Light Clock Premium Digital Display Model
- 10. Awakelion Wake Up Light Clock Premium Digital Display Model
- 9. Travelwey LED Digital Alarm Clock
- 8. OnLyee Digital Dimmable Alarm Clock
- 7. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock HF3520/01 Colored Sunrise Simulation
- 6. BeautyFlower Sunrise Simulation Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock
- 5. Kitchenismo Wake Up Light Alarm Clock
- 4. Mesqool Digital Dual Alarm FM Dimmable Projection Clock
- 3. Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock
- 2. Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock
- 1. RCA Digital Alarm Clock
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The Awakelion Wake-Up Light Clock is a great choice for homes with kids because of its color changing ability. The clock is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes as it glows with 7 kinds of circularly changing led-light colors, and it just looks really cool, especially at night.
Children seem to love its compact and orb-shaped structure so it’s no surprise some may mistake this for a toy, but don’t be alarmed (pun intended) because its ABS polymer material is quite durable and will survive any kind of torture at the hands of children.
Moreover, it’s triple battery operated offering a good lifetime, tap-sensitive, has snooze capability, plays 8 different soothing alarm sounds that mimic natural environments, and display the time(12 and 24-hour format), date( 2000 to 2099) and environmental temperature (°C or °F).
It’s a unique alarm clock that helps you go to sleep just as effectively as pulling you out of it. It may not be suitable for adults or those with deep-sleeping habits.
- Dimensions: 4.2 x 3.9 x 3.8 inches,
- Weight: 4.8 ounces
9. Travelwey LED Digital Alarm Clock
The Travelwey LED Digital Alarm Clock keeps everything as simple as possible as a digital alarm clock, but does not in any way compromise in its quality. It’s a powerful alarm clock that’s incredibly effective in waking you up. It’s really easy to operate, with all its adjustable settings at the back, a large digital LED-numerical display, a snooze button (9-minute snooze).
It’s a great partner for a late night reader or kids scared of the dark since it features a large nightlight as well. It even lets you adjust the brightness of the display with a dimmer-slider, as well as the alarm volume with another slider.
The alarm can run for 5 minutes at a really loud maximum volume, so even given the small chance the clock doesn’t wake you up, someone else will. It’s AC electric powered with a AAA battery back-up, making it perfect for any bedside table.
- Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.6 x 2.4 inches,
- Weight: 12 ounces, Rubber Feet
8. OnLyee Digital Dimmable Alarm Clock
The OnLyee Digital Dimmable Alarm Clock is so incredibly versatile that it’s not fitting to call it simply an alarm clock. That’s because it has a built in speaker as well with Bluetooth capability to connect to most devices and phones. You can listen to music throughout the day, and even answer hands-free calls with the help of its mic.
The LED multicolor nightlight with adjustable brightness gives the beautifully designed spherical clock a brilliant aesthetic. If that isn’t enough, it has dual-USB charging ability to charge devices, and even an AM/FM radio.
The power is AC charged but also has a big battery back-up. Needless to say, it’s a gorgeous device that has everything you couldn’t ever expect from an alarm clock.
- Dimensions: 3.5 x 3.5 x 3.5 inches,
- Weight: 1.5 pounds
7. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock HF3520/01 Colored Sunrise Simulation
This is one of the most expensive and luxurious alarm clocks on the market and there’s just one word to describe it: ‘graceful’. It stimulates the conditions of a sunrise to wake the user up in the most natural way possible using light therapy and 5 different natural sounds, leaving the user refreshed, instead of confused and disoriented like other abrupt alarms sounds.
Similarly, it induces sleep by stimulating sunsets as well. The display operates on a non-replaceable, low-power LED light(240 V) that varies in intensities to create that effect, remains cool to touch and is claimed to last 10,000 hours.
Although it’s a beautiful alarm clock, it lacks multimedia/aux/USB support (although it has an FM Radio) and is not recommended for deep-sleepers or college students.
- Dimensions: 7.9 x 10.6 x 10.3 inches,
- Weight: 3.8 lbs
6. BeautyFlower Sunrise Simulation Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock
This is almost the same as the last one but has some more features and costs a lot less than the Philips Light-up clock. It also helps to wake the user up with gradual sunlight simulation with 6 natural sounds that begin 30 minutes prior to the alarm. It similarly also has an FM radio built in with speakers.
Additionally, it has a LED(240 V) lamp feature with 7 different beautiful colors with 4-level adjustable brightness. The settings are configured easily and it also features Touch-control and a snooze function. It charges with a USB charger but also has a battery backup. It’s a great addition to homes that don’t break the bank either.
- Dimensions: 70mm x 150mm x 86mm
- Weight: 245g
5. Kitchenismo Wake Up Light Alarm Clock
This alarm clock also lets users wake up to the gentle simulation of sunlight that increases with intensity and sound. The alarm tones feature 6 relaxing nature sounds so it gives you the experience of waking up in the outdoors in the embrace of Mother Nature.
The clock also has a nightlight mode with 7 radiant colors that can also be changed with touch control. It’s easily chargeable via USB cable and power adapter with AAA batteries as a backup source.
This one’s also suitable for deep sleepers since the alarm tones are quite loud and give the user the option to waking up to the radio. Overall, it’s a decent alarm clock and a tree-hugger’s dream.
- Dimensions: 3.6 x 3 x 0.5 inches.
- Weight: 0.6 ounces
4. Mesqool Digital Dual Alarm FM Dimmable Projection Clock
Don’t like the same old way of waking up to the ringing of the average alarm clock and your phone/clock display burning your eyes as a good morning message when you try to check the time?
Well, then the Mesqool Digital Dual Alarm Projection Clock is the clock for you, which projects the time clearly on your ceiling or wall with the help of its 180-degre swivel projection.
A blessing for the vision-impaired, it’s also equipped with an AM/FM radio and a 1.8-inch ultra-large LED display with adjustable brightness. It can also charge your devices while you sleep.
However, although it has battery support, it needs a constant AC power input to project overnight as the battery doesn’t last long by itself.
- Dimensions: 6.7×1.2×1.6 inches.
- Weight: 15.2 ounces
3. Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock
The Electrochrome projection alarm clock lets you stay at ease when waking up in the morning by constantly displaying the time on the walls or ceiling facing you so that you don’t need to go through the hassle of squinting at your device screens to know what time it is.
The Display is a large 3.6” crystal blue LCD with the adjustable brightness that shows the time, indoor temperature (so you can prepare your clothes accordingly) and date.
The alarm includes an AM/FM radio along with aux input to allow the users to play their own music. It’s a good recommendation to people with weak eye-sights or anyone who hate the generic way of waking up in the morning.
- Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 9 inches
- Weight: 2lbs. AC input+Battery
2. Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock
If you’re a real deep sleeper and none of the aforementioned models were any good, then how about something close to a natural hazard as your personal alarm?
The sonic bomb, true to its name, provides 113 decibels of sound (adjustable), loud enough to shake the mount of Olympus. If that isn’t enough, it comes with a 12V bed-shaker so it’s understandable if you proceed to earthquake protocols when you use it for the first time.
It comes with a large explosive-red display, pulsating lights, and a 9V backup battery. If this doesn’t wake you up, we’ll assume you’re either dead or knocked out.
- Dimensions: 7x7x6 inches,
- Weight: 2.1lbs
1. RCA Digital Alarm Clock
Most of the aforementioned models are too over the top. Why complicate something as simple as waking up on time? The RCA Digital Alarm Clock is as simple as they come, with a 1.4-inch large display with increased visibility and adjustable brightness. The snooze and settings buttons are extremely easy to operate and the backup battery is reliable.
It’s power-efficient and quite effective. The RCA’s extremely simple interface makes waking up even easier, and being the most affordable model in the list is a great plus. This alarm clock is suitable for every consumer type, which is why it has received such great customer feedback.
- Dimensions: 5x4x6 inches,
- Weight: 0.2ounces