The best alarm clocks to wake you up on the right side of the bed

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Three alarm clocks on a pastel background
Until you hit the lottery and no longer have to get up in the morning, you might as well arise with style and smarts. (Photo: Amazon)

Imagine you need to get up early in the morning and you need to set an alarm, but your phone battery is dead because you forgot to charge it. What are you to do? That’s why dedicated alarm clocks are still valuable in this day and age. Thankfully, there’s plenty to choose from, from simple no-frills models to internet-connected marvels. Here are this year's best alarm clocks for any type of sleeper.

Jall Wooden Alarm Clock

The time, humidity and temperature displayed on a wooden clock
One more reason not to smoke in bed, this wooden alarm clock has a minimalist, sophisticated look. (Photo: Amazon)

The Jall Wooden Alarm Clock is quite possibly one of the most stylish alarm clocks we’ve ever seen. It’s an interior decorator’s dream! The digital display is overlaid on a beautiful minimalist wooden design, and you can adjust the brightness level. You can also enable power-saving mode so that the display will only appear when it hears sound or when you touch it. You can set up to three alarms, and you can also program a “weekday mode” so that the alarm only comes on Monday to Friday.

"I absolutely love this alarm clock," said one Amazon reviewer. "We purchased it for a spare room but liked it so much we moved it to our bedroom. It's attractive and stylish. I love its three brightness levels and that you can turn the display off so that it's only sound- or touch-activated. I also really appreciate the temperature and humidity displays.... We like this clock so much I will probably purchase another one soon."

$25 at Amazon

DreamSky Compact Digital Alarm Clock

An alarm clock with jumbo-sized digits
The DreamSky's jumbo-sized digits make things clear for myopics and just plain stubborn risers. (Photo: Amazon)

The DreamSky Compact Digital Alarm Clock is simple but effective. The 2-inch LED digits are large enough to see from across the room, and you can easily set the brightness from zero to 100 with a wheel on its rear panel. The alarm sound can be adjusted, and there’s a on/off switch that’ll let you disable it on the weekends. Plus, there’s a USB charging port so you can juice up your phone while you sleep.

"This clock is perfect for what I wanted," said one five-star review. "It is small, so it doesn’t take up a lot of space. The numbers are large and bright so I can see the time in the middle of the night without my glasses. The time was easy to set right out of the box. It comes with the USB cord PLUS the electric plug. Most don’t include that. It takes two AAA batteries in case of power outage [so] you won’t lose your settings. It is surprisingly heavy and well built, so it will not be knocked over."

$20 $26 at Amazon

Loftie

Loftie
If your design aspirations are lofty, get a Loftie. (Photo: Amazon)

If you want an alarm clock that will wake you up gently, then consider the Loftie. It’s a beautiful, smart alarm clock that aims to put your wellness first. Instead of blasting you with sound, the Loftie has a two-phase alarm that plays a softer sound at first, and then a louder one later. We're talking friendly sounds, too, like chirping birds and morning bells. It’s also one of a few alarm clocks that will help you go to sleep as well, with soundscapes, meditations and bedtime stories designed to send you off to slumber.

"Loftie has been such a game changer for me!" raved one shopper. "At first I was skeptical about investing in a smart alarm clock, but after seeing what a difference it's made in my quality of sleep, I can confidently say it's more than worth it! I've struggled with bouts of insomnia and fatigue for years, and this smart alarm clock has been huge in helping me initiate and maintain healthier sleep habits."

$149 at Amazon

Philips SmartSleep Wake-up Light

A Philips Wake-up light in the shape of a large light bulb and clock combination
Although it may bring confusion to graveyard-shifters, the rest of us love the pastoral awakening this Philips model simulates. (Photo: Amazon)

The Philips SmartSleep aims to wake you up more naturally through simulating sunrise along with five different wake-up sounds inspired by nature. The light will gradually increase 30 minutes before your set time, from a soft dawn-like red through a late morning orange, waking you up slowly and gently rather than suddenly. It also has a sunset mode that will gradually dim the lights as you go to sleep. It even doubles as a bedside reading lamp thanks to its 10 different brightness settings.

Said this digital-age renegade: "I got it because I got tired of being owned by my phone. It used to be the last thing I checked before going to bed, and the first thing I would check in the morning. No more. Now I can leave the phone charging across the room (or in a handbag even. Who cares?) I can set this for the 'sun to set' at 15, 30, 45, or 60 minutes later. So I set it, and I get in bed and read a book for an hour. Then the 'sun goes down' gradually, and I go to bed. Eight hours later, the 'sun' starts coming up gradually. So gradually, that at the beginning, you don't even notice."

$170 at Amazon

Peakeep Small Travel Alarm Clock

A square analog alarm clock
When you want to PeaKeep It Simple, at a very affordable price. (Photo: Amazon)

If you prefer the look of a traditional waker-upper, this Peakeep Small Travel Alarm Clock is a fantastic option. It’s small and square and will fit most nightstands. It’s even compact enough for travel! It has the basic beeping alarm sounds, which can last for almost an hour before the alarm or snooze button is pressed. It doesn’t have that annoying ticking sound that most analog clocks have either, so you can rest easier through the night.

"This is a Winner," said one review. "Easy to see in the dark with the dim light just enough light to pick it up and look at it. It has a simple 2 button operation set the alarm and then it gives you a gentle beeping tone that gets louder over about 1 min. if you let if get to full volume you will not sleep through that. Hit the top button and you are in for a brief 5 min snooze for the next alarm. The same top button activates the light when the alarm is not active. Easy to read without my glasses on."

$11 $16 at Amazon

Lenovo Smart Clock Essential with Alexa

An alarm clock with bright digits. Wrapped in a grey fabric.
Warm fabric swathing will help you digest the cold, hard truth that IT'S TIME TO GET UP. (Photo: Amazon)

The Lenovo Essential brings some style along with the smarts. It has a bold and bright LED display that displays the time as well as the current weather, temperature and humidity; plus, it has Alexa built right in. This means you can use it to verbally set timers, alarms, reminders, get the weather forecast, turn on or off the lights, or play a song from your favorite streaming service. The display dims automatically when it’s dark and you can tap the top to dismiss the alarm or snooze. We especially dig its fabric cover, available in Misty Blue (above) or Clay.

"I’ve been wanting to keep my phone away from my bed at night," said this satisfied slumberer. "Switching to this clock was the best thing for my sleep. It’s light-sensitive, so when you turn your bedroom lights off, the screen automatically adjust brightness. It’s clear and easy to read. If I wake up in the middle the night, and I want to check the time, it’s not complicated.... Also, the speaker works great; I love playing music on it."

$70 at Amazon

Lenovo Smart Clock Essential with Google Assistant

An alarm clock with large digits
This baby allows even the lowliest of office peons to start their day barking orders at Google Assistant. (Photo: Walmart)

Lenovo also makes the Essential with Google Assistant, just in case you prefer the Google ecosystem over Amazon’s. It has pretty much the same features as the Alexa model, with that same big and bold LED display. This particular version has a built-in nightlight so you can walk around at night without bumping into obstacles and waking up the family.

"Awesome alarm, easy to read letters, weather and temperature icons," said one five-star shopper. "You can change the volume and other options within your google home app or by speaking to the speaker. There is also four buttons used to set the alarm manually [and] change light or volume if needed."

$40 at Walmart

Lenovo Smart Clock 2 with Wireless Charging Dock

An alarm clock set on top a charging pad
We're stone impressed by the faux granite base and wireless charging dock on this multitasking Lenovo. (Photo:Walmart)

Instead of an LED display, Lenovo’s Smart Clock 2 has a 4-inch color screen, which not only shows the usual time and weather, but also family photos. You can also use it to check out your security camera footage before bed for peace of mind. The Smart Clock 2 comes with Google Assistant so you can use it to set timers, reminders, alarms and more. There’s a built-in nightlight, plus it comes with a wireless charging dock so you can charge your phone while you sleep.

"My Lenovo Smart Clock 2 is hands-down my favorite clock that I've ever owned," said this deep sleeper. "The display is big and bright and the alarm is loud enough to wake me up, unlike the alarm on my phone that I often sleep through. Since the clock is 'smart,' I can choose between quite a few faces. I can even use pictures in my Google photos as my clock face, which I think is super cool."

$70 at Walmart

Amazon Echo Dot with Clock

A round sphere with clock digits
162,000 shoppers can't be wrong — this 4th Gen Amazon Echo Dot is a five-star fave. (Photo: Amazon)

Let's not forget — Amazon’s most popular smart speaker also comes with a clock! This Echo Dot has an attractive spherical shape that will look great on your nightstand. Like all Amazon’s speakers, it has Alexa built right in, which you can use to set alarms, timers, check the weather and more. Plus, the Dot has fantastic audio quality, which makes it great for playing tunes from your favorite streaming service.

This user is very happy with it: "I have multiple 3rd generation Echo Dots with clock and I love the upgrade to the 4th generation. I chose the Twilight Blue color, and it’s great-looking in person. It’s a nice break from the charcoal and sandstone colors but still looks elegant and sleek in design.... It’s very easy to read. The speakers and microphone are improved as well."

$50 $60 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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