Productivity is one thing you need to be successful and one way to ensure a productive day is to get up early. To help you start your morning right, we’ve rounded up the best alarm clocks on the market today.
Check out our top picks below.
Our Pick: Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock
Electrohome’s Projection Alarm Clock is so innovative because of its feature wherein it can project time on the ceiling or the wall. No more finding for the clock to see what time it is already. It is very convenient to just look at the ceiling for the time as soon as you wake up. The alarm clock is also bright that it can serve as a nightlight when you suddenly wake up in the middle of the night. It has dual alarm to avoid adjusting the setting every night. Its time is consistently accurate even during power failure. Its size is compact which is perfect for a small bedside table. The clock even has a radio if you want to listen to the news right after you wake up.
Runner-Up: RCA Digital Alarm Clock
RCA Digital Alarm Clock has a bright and large face that the time can be seen even if you are 15 feet away. Its brightness is not annoying unlike other digital clocks. Its loudness is also modulated to avoid waking the whole neighborhood if you need to wake up in the middle of the night. This product is affordable as well. It is so easy to operate without reading the manual. It looks simple but attractive. Its snooze button is big and placed directly at the center, so you just have to press it effortlessly to turn the alarm off. The alarm clock is made of plastic but still durable and sturdy. It can operate with either battery or electricity.
ZHPUAT Morning Clock’s face can be turned off while still functioning to avoid emitting light during the night. Its beep gradually gets louder to avoid sudden noise that can shock you and give you a headache. This product does not have tangled wires which can be annoying if you have a lot of things on your nightstand. It has a light sensor feature which detects a dark room, automatically turning on the alarm clock’s soft light. This feature saves battery. The clock is lightweight, perfect for travels or overnight visits.
Mesqool Digital Dimmable Projection Alarm Clock can be charged through USB or charge a phone plugged into it. It can also project time which is adjustable according to the user’s preference when it comes to focus.
Homtime Multi-function Alarm Clock is convenient for phone and tablet users because of its dual USB port feature for charging two gadgets at the same time. It also has a unique face because the numbers are white above a black background. It produces a pleasant yet catchy musical tune rather than the usual alarm beep. Setting the time and alarm is easy because you would just turn a dial on top, not the typical confusing buttons.
Sharp Quartz Analog Twin Bell Alarm Clock is affordable because it is simple and resembles the traditional alarm clock. It is so loud, perfect for deep sleepers. You would wake up for sure because the off switch is small and placed at the back. The innovative part of this traditional alarm clock is the LED light so you can still see the time in a dark room. This product can also last for years.
How to Select the Best Alarm Clock
Different people have different sleeping patterns, tolerance to noise, and other factors before and after bedtime. Here are important things you need to consider before buying a new alarm clock:
Blue light can effortlessly disrupt sleep without making you realize it. That’s why it is commonly used for computer screens and smartphones. Alarm clocks with warm colors such as red, orange or yellow light are the best options for a more continuous sleep at night.
As mentioned before, all of us have different levels of tolerance to sound or noise. You should choose alarm clocks based on your personality. Modern alarm clocks can already use radio, songs, nature sounds, or melodies to wake people up. If you are a deep sleeper, resort to the traditional sound of continuous loud beeping or ringing.
The more features an alarm clock has, the more it looks bulky. Think about the size of your bedside table or nightstand first before buying an alarm clock. Big alarm clocks with a lot of wires are inconvenient when you put tons of stuff on your table. You should also consider if you are a light or deep sleeper. Light sleepers are fine with the snooze button simply placed on top of the alarm clock. But for deep sleepers, we suggest buying an alarm clock with its switch at the back to ensure that you would really wake up just to turn it off.
An alarm clock’s function is simple – to wake you up with noise. But, some people need other features to satisfy their preferences. Deep sleepers would find a vibrating alarm clock useful to ensure that they would wake up on time. Some alarm clocks emit bright light, which is useful when you need to get up in the dark. Some even have light sensors to detect darkness or flash a few minutes before alarm time. Dual alarm setting is also useful when two users have different schedules for the day.
People should really buy alarm clocks based on their personality. Loud alarm clocks can annoy light sleepers as soon as they wake up. On the other hand, deep sleepers would stay sleeping with nature sounds and simple music. Also, consider where to put your alarm clocks. Light sleepers are lucky because they can keep their alarm clocks beside them. For deep sleepers, however, it is best for them to put their alarm clocks away from the bed to forcefully make themselves stand just to turn the noise off in the morning. Being late can sometimes be blamed on our ability to turn the alarm off while still half-awake. For an ideal platform for alarm clocks, check out our take on the best nightstand.