Most of us tend to have a love hate relationship with our alarm clocks. Nothing is worse than a deep sleep being shattered by a blaring beep. You're all snuggled and warm in bed, only to be ripped from a peaceful slumber!
And yet, they are (quite literally) the only thing getting you out of bed in the morning. It's thanks to the best alarm clocks that we can get up in the morning to hit the gym, have breakfast, or get to work on time. Without some way to track time, we'd have to rely on our internal body clock, which is hardly reliable at the best of times.
If you're looking for a cool alarm clock, you've come to the right place! We've searched through hundreds of different clocks and read thousands of reviews to find the best alarm clock for you.
Our research has led us to the Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock as the best alarm clock overall. Now that you know what to look for, it's time to take a look at our all-inclusive list.
Cheap yet durable and reliable, large LCD display with dimmable lights, easy to program and set, and comes with built-in battery backup.
Sound is very loud and doesn't turn off until you get up and switch it off.
This device is simple and reliable. It doesn't come with all the extra fancy frills you get with other units, just a time display and alarm setting. The alarm is VERY loud, and it will keep ringing until you turn it off. It's compact and fits on any nightstand, but it's very easy to set and use. The nightlight built into the base will light up a room of any size, making it an ideal option for a kids' room.
This product is accurate as long as the unit stays plugged in. The battery built into the base is designed to keep it running in case of a power outage, but be warned: you may lose a few minutes if the power stays out for more than 4 or 5 hours. It will turn off when running on battery power, but the alert will still ring on time. If you turn on the nightlight, it will light up the snooze button, making it easier to hit for five more minutes of sleep.
Considering that you're paying just $10 for this puppy, it's a good purchase. It may not have all the extra features of the pricier units, but it's a simple, reliable workhorse that gets the job done.
Classic, old-school design complete with twin bells, comes with built-in backlight button, cheap, highly effective, very loud, plus dial and hands glow in the dark.
Difficult to turn off, must manually set the alert every night.
There is no way to set the alert for AM/PM (it's an analog 12-hour face), so you have to remember to manually set the alarm hand and turn it on every night. It will take a bit of work to get the setting at precisely the right time. There is no ticking sound, and the luminous dial and hands will make it easy to see the face at night. There's even a backlight built in so you can light up the face to tell the time. The unit runs on a single AA battery, and the timekeeping is highly reliable until the battery runs low.
If you like the old-school models, this is the one for you! When it's time to wake up, those twin bells ring out with enough sound to wake up your neighbors. There is a drawback with the design: the button to turn off the bells is located in the back, and can be tough to find. However, it's this that makes sure you get up in the morning.
For $8, this old-timey model is a total steal! You may set your neighbors and family against you, but it's GUARANTEED to get you out of bed in the morning.
Perfect for kids and Star Wars lovers, built in alert is nice and loud, LEGO arms and legs are adjustable, and easy to set up and use.
Snooze button can be hard to press--Vader must be in sitting position.
The arms and legs are fully mobile, just like any other LEGO figurine. Your child (or man-child) can play with Vader, provided they return the figure to a sitting position--the only way the snooze button, located on Darth's head, will work. Be warned: futzing with the arms and legs may make it hard to return the figure to standing position. The alert is easy to set, and though it doesn't have many extra features, it's a reliable device.
If you have a kid who loves LEGOs (or you, as a grown man, are unashamedly a LEGO fan), this is the device for you! It's designed in the shape of Star Wars' biggest bad-ass, and yet it's a fully functioning alarm clock that will wake up even deep sleepers. Despite its high volume, the beep of the alert isn't grating or annoying. Kids will love the fact that the unit lights up red (like his lightsaber) when the snooze button is pressed.
$20 isn't too high a price to pay for unique and funny clock--after all, it's Darth-freakin'-Vader! The 9-inch tall unit will be a fun purchase for kids or grown-ups who love LEGOs and/or Star Wars.
Gentle wake-up with lights and soft sounds, personalized alarm tone and light settings, also doubles as bedside lamp.
Controls are small and hard to read/set.
Don't like white light? Try setting it to red, orange, or yellow with the customizable LED bulb. The wake-up lights come with a built-in alarm clock, with FM radio capability or five different gentle alert sounds. Its dual alert feature allows you to set two different wake-up times, and its simple tap-to-snooze design makes it easy for you to get a few more minutes of light sleep.
This wake-up light is more than just an alarm clock--it's a system designed to simulate the sunrise. The light slowly brightens in anticipation of you getting up, with a 20 to 40-minute "sunrise" duration depending on your settings. The light reaches 300 lux, roughly the same as a basic indoor light bulb, but in a gradual change that will help you to slowly come out of sleep rather than suddenly waking up.
Make no mistake: this is a pricey unit! At $130+, it's a high-priced device. But if you HATE the jolting wake-up of typical alarms, you'll love the more natural, gentler wake-up design of this unique alarm.
Highly accurate, automatically set to adjust time/day/date, can be set to auto-adjust with your preferred time zone, and LED projection displays time on the ceiling.
LED projection doesn't swivel, so it's tough to set it to display the time right where you want it.
It can be set to any U.S. time zone, and it will automatically adjust the time according to your location. The projector displays the time on your ceiling, though it can take a bit of adjustment to get it just right. It comes with a "crescendo alarm" (starts quiet and grows louder) for a gentler wake-up, as well as an 8-minute snooze. With the battery backup, it will always be on and set to the right time.
If you want guaranteed accuracy, this unique clock is for you. It automatically adjusts the time, date, and day according to the U.S. Atomic Clock (via radio frequency), and it updates for Daylight Savings Time on its own. Few units can match the precision of this device, manufactured by the company that brings you scientific calculators.
$30 for this incredibly accurate device is not too high a price to pay. You'll find that it is durable, doesn't take up too much space on your bedside table, and lasts for years to come. Definitely a worthy purchase!
Incredibly loud with highly effective built-in vibration and lights, guaranteed to wake up even deep sleepers, plus built-in battery backup ensures consistent functioning.
It can be challenging to set the hour (must read instructions THOROUGHLY).
If you have a hard time waking up in the morning, this is the unit for you! Not only is it one of the loudest alarm clocks around (up to 113 db), but it comes with bright LED lights and a Super Shaker bed vibration unit that will vibrate the bed as the alert goes off. If you don't like the vibration and lights, you can set it for sound only. The volume and tone are fully adjustable, making it ideal for both light and deep sleepers.
The unit runs on wall power, but it also has a built-in battery so it will always be on and accurate. It comes with dual alarms. You can adjust the tone fo the alert as desired, or you can turn off the sound and use ONLY the vibrate feature. It's highly effective at waking you up no matter how heavy you sleep.
Warning: Read the instruction manual to ensure accurate set-up! Setting it at the incorrect frequency will affect the clock's accuracy.
The $35 you'll pay for this product will be money well-spent if you (or someone in your family) have a habit of sleeping through alarms. It's loud, it's annoying, and it will wake you up!
Projects the time onto your wall or ceiling, packed with features, user-friendly and easy to set, also equiped with both battery and wall power.
LCD is very bright at night, even when on "dim" setting.
What makes this the best unit around? In large part, it's due to the LED projector that displays the time on your wall or ceiling. The projector arm swivels 180 degrees, allowing you to point it in the direction you find most convenient. The displayed numbers are VERY large, making it easy to see at night (especially for those who wear glasses). The unit plugs into the wall, but it has a built-in battery as a backup in case of a power outage. Once the power returns, it automatically resets to your alarm settings. All in all, a VERY reliable device!
The 3.6" LCD screen displays the numbers clearly, though it can be a bit bright for people who like total darkness. It auto-adjusts to Daylight Savings Time, and the dual alarms can be programmed not only according to time, but also day of the week (no ringing on the weekends!). There are two alarm options: radio and buzzer. However, it also functions as a sound system, with an auxiliary cable that can connect to your music players.
$40 may sound like a lot to pay, but it's a fair price to pay for this bad boy. Considering its reliability and convenient features, you'll find that this baby is definitely as good as it gets for the price.