The 12 Best Alarm Clocks for Chronic Snoozers
Waking up just got way more pleasant. Take a look at our top picks, and update your nightstand with an alarm clock that's stylish and high-tech.
Not to sound dramatic, but replacing my smartphone with an actual alarm clock is one of the best decisions I made last year. Without the temptation to check my email or scroll through social media, I actually read the books on my nightstand, fall asleep easily and wake up feeling refreshed, without ever hitting the snooze button.
If you're eager to make the switch, too, these alarm clocks should do the trick. They're all stylish, affordable and equipped with cool features, so you can find the perfect one for your budget.
A good night’s sleep is crucial to our wellbeing, and there’s no time like the present to get your bedtime routine in order. The Hatch Restore combines an alarm clock, sound machine, sunrise alarm, smart light and meditation app in one sleek smart assistant. You can create and personalize a morning and nighttime routine that will help you fall asleep and stay asleep. The sunrise alarm will transform your mornings, too. You can wake up to a sound with 10 different sunrise hues to choose from, like Portland Lighthouse, Morning in Prague and — my personal favorite — Hiking in the Dawn. And when you just need to simply de-stress during the day, create a custom “mood” with a variety of soothing sounds and lights and allow your mind to wander. Plus, for just $49.99 a year, you can enable your (optional) Hatch Sleep Membership to gain unlimited access to a massive library of wind-down meditations, soundscapes and more.
We couldn't possibly talk about alarm clocks without mentioning the bestselling hOmeLabs Sunrise Simulator. Instead of a ringer, this clock wakes you up with a warm LED light that gradually brightens over time, just like the sunrise. The clock also has eight different color settings and plays ambient nature sounds. We also love it because it's inexpensive, easy to use, compact and even has sounds for heavy sleepers. It lets you decide how you want to start your day.
You know how helpful Amazon devices can be for doing everyday tasks like making hands-free phone calls, adjusting thermostats, turning on lights, checking the weather and more. But an Amazon Echo Dot is also perfect for your nightstand as an old-fashioned alarm clock. You can see the time and set alarms and timers on the LED display. Simply tap the top of the device to snooze an alarm.
For an alarm clock that's easy on the eyes and packed with cool features, look no further than The Wakey by Anker. This device has the streamlined shape and smart capabilities of a Bluetooth speaker but also gives you a wireless charging station for your phone, two USB ports and the ability to generate white noise. Suffice it to say, it's worth the $90.
If you just need a little something to wake you up in the morning, snag this bestselling alarm clock by Capello. It's a great deal at less than $15 and gets the job done by beeping low and slowly at first and then getting louder over time. The round shape and light gray fabric face are a fun break from traditional styles, too. It even provides the option to plug in your phone to charge.
If you're all about the aesthetic, then you'll love this modern alarm clock from Capello. A low profile and light wood face give the device a clean, organic feel that will easily refresh your nightstand or dresser. It also has a large display with three brightness settings, so you can easily read the time from any corner.
Kids will love Mella, an adorable, modern device that operates as an alarm clock, sound machine and nap timer. What makes Mella so cute and kid-friendly is that it uses colors and facial expressions to teach kids when it’s time for bed and time to wake up. For example, half an hour before it’s time to wake up, Mella will glow yellow, indicating it’s almost time to start the day. Once it turns green, it’s time to play! Plus, it features three sleep sound options and five night-light colors to soothe little ones to sleep.
This is the alarm clock you never knew you needed. Clocky will run away, hide, move, roll, wheel, beep and jump (from up to a three-foot nightstand). He is fun, annoying, unique and guaranteed to get you up on time. You can snooze one time (or turn off the snooze feature entirely), but as soon as it's time to wake up, Clocky will light up in the dark and leap into action. Basically, you have to get out of bed to turn this alarm off.
If chasing Clocky around still doesn’t do the trick, try the Sonic Bomb. This super-loud alarm clock has a volume up to 113dB (that’s almost as loud as a rock concert!) and features super-bright red flashing strobe lights. (Although you can use the dimmer to control the brightness if you like.) There’s even — get this — a bed vibrating unit that can be placed under your pillow or between the mattress and box spring for an additional wake-up method. You surely won’t sleep through this one!
Lexon Flip+ alarm clocks have a cult following for a reason: They're really fun to turn off in the mornings. Instead of a typical switch, these devices have to be flipped from their "ON" to their "OFF" side, which deactivates the alarm and displays the time. They also come in bright colors like orange, pink, red and yellow, which adds an artistic element to any bedroom.
This minimalist digital alarm clock is perfect for those that need a little extra push to get out of bed. You can either set two or three alarms with a weekday mode that will operate Monday through Friday. You can also adjust the brightness from low to high and even turn off the LED light altogether at bedtime. Plus, there’s an indoor temperature and humidity sensor.
Hello, handsome. With its retro case and bold numbers, this midcentury-style alarm clock reminds us of Mad Men in the best way possible. Prop it on a stack of books for a carefully curated look and enjoy how its silent-sweep hands eliminate any annoying ticking sounds. It also features a matte black case and bold, easy-to-read numbers with an acrylic dial.