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Top 10 Alarm Clocks 2017

Maximum research agrees that one of the worst things you can do before bed is get trapped searching for your smartphone. The color of light it places out inhibits melatonin production and may maintain you from having an excellent night's sleep. Take the time to maintain your devices out of the bed room with any such alarm clocks. They will unfasten you from counting on that vivid tool of yours. When customers buy our independently selected editorial choices, we may earn commissions to support our work.

Philips Wake-up Light with Sunrise Simulation alarm clock, White HF3500/60Electrohome EAAC601 Projection Alarm Clock with AM/FM Radio, Battery Backup, Auto Time Set, Dual Alarm, Nap/Sleep Timer, Indoor Temperature/Day/Date Display with Dimming, 3.5mm Audio ConnectionSony ICFC1PJ Alarm Clock RadioB00JSRML62Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Bed ShakerElectrohome EAAC475W USB Charging Alarm Clock Radio with Time Projection, Battery Backup, Auto Time Set, Dual Alarm, 1.2-Inch LED Display for Smartphones & Tablets, WhiteHomtime Multi-function Alarm Clock, Indoor Thermometer, Charging Station/Phone Charger with Dual Port USB for iPhone/iPad/iPod/Android Phone and Tablets, BlackMARATHON CL030036BK Atomic Travel Alarm Clock with Auto Night Light Feature, Batteries Included (Black)[Upgrade Version] ZHPUAT 4.6Sony ICFC1 Alarm Clock Radio, White

How To Avoid The 5 Most Common Alarm Clock Fails


Alarms are a necessary sound, but they are rarely a welcome one. The very word "alarm" connotes a sense of fear or urgency. In the case of an alarm clock, however, that sense of urgency means that the mechanism is working and that it has either woken you up or provided you with a reminder to get something done.

This explains why it seems so frustrating to be woken up by an alarm that has been going off for several minutes, or worse yet, to wake up late due to an alarm that never actually went off at all. In that spirit, here is a list of the top 5 alarm clock fails, along with some ideas about how to avoid each one:

1) AM/PM: In the age of digital clocks, this is the most common reason that an alarm will fail to go off. Even if you are exhausted, it is critical to confirm whether you have set an alarm for AM or PM hours, especially when you are in an unfamiliar place, and you are dealing with an unfamiliar alarm.

2) You've Changed The Time: We've all been there - one slip of the finger, and you've jumped ahead anywhere from several minutes to several hours. The best way to avoid this is by checking the time on the clock after you have set the alarm, and then readjusting the time if it happens to be wrong.

3) The Volume's Turned Down: This is germane to cell phones and clock radios. In both cases, it pays to check the volume on your device after you have set the alarm.

4) The Batteries Are Dead: If you still happen to be using a battery-operated alarm, be sure to check or replace the batteries regularly, especially if you notice the clock beginning to stall.

5) Alarm 1/Alarm 2: Clocks that offer the option of setting two separate alarms aren't necessarily doing you a favor. There's always a chance you'll set the clock to the wrong alarm. The only two ways of getting around this are by confirming which alarm you've set, or by replacing the clock you're using a model that only offers one alarm.

How Do I Choose A Decent Alarm Clock?


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It's a challenge to know whether you're buying a worthwhile alarm clock based on little more than a photo, or a handful of models that are lined up on a shelf. You may want to go a step further to ensure that you're buying the right one.

First things first, you want to purchase an alarm which features numbers that are bright (but not too bright). This is important not only for when you're waking up but also for when you just want to see what time it is during the middle of the night.

Next, you want an alarm that you can hear. And while this sounds like a no-brainer, keep in mind that you may have white noise - like a fan, or an air conditioner, or a television - competing for your ear. If you find the phrase adjustable volume in an alarm clock's description, followed by terms like loud or explosive, you're probably in the right place.

Finally, see if you can find any videos of the model that you're interested in online. Videos by consumer advocates are bound to provide some indication of how loud or penetrating an alarm is, while also showing off some of the ancillary features that an alarm clock has to offer.

A Brief History Of The Alarm Clock


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Whether you're talking about the 30-second collage of alarm clocks at the beginning of Pink Floyd's "Time," or those old Dunkin' Donuts commercials, one of which began with a wind-up alarm going off before Fred the Baker said, "Time to make the donuts," almost everyone can point to some connection between the modern alarm clock and popular culture.

What most people don't realize is that the alarm clock has been around for ages. The philosopher Plato was said to have constructed an archaic alarm for his water clock way back in Ancient Greece. The Ancient Romans constructed "alarm gongs" for the giant clocks that were placed in their public squares. Next came the Chinese, and then the Buddhists. By the 15th Century, alarm clocks were spreading across Europe, where church towers featured ornamental clocks that were hooked up to chimes or bells that would echo throughout the region.

During the early 20th Century, advances allowed for alarm clocks to be produced on a mass level. By the 1930s wind-up clocks - and even early electric clocks - had become a fixture in the American home. Radio alarm clocks became huge during the seventies, and they remained the industry standard for another 25 years.

Today most people rely upon their cell phones for everyday alarms. Despite this, the alarm clock industry continues to advance. New technology has allowed for everything from ascending-sound alarms (i.e., an alarm that increases in volume to keep from jarring someone who is in a deep sleep) to radiant-light alarms (i.e., a light that increases in brightness until the person is awake). As long as people have a need to wake up at a certain time every day, it's safe to assume that the alarm clock in some form isn't ever going away.


#10.Sony ICFC1 Alarm Clock Radio, White


Clean, simple, aesthetically pleasing design. Not too big, not too small. Adjustable brightness. Solid snooze bar. Radio gets clear signal (at least inside a large NYC building). Speaker is loud and clear. No frills, just another solid entry into Sony's decades-long run of producing excellent digital alarm clocks. The price is right at $20 - this can't be beaten.


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#9.[Upgrade Version] ZHPUAT 4.6" Smart Backlight Alarm Clock with Dimmer (White)


We like to have a nice large clock in the bedroom across the room so when we wake up (whether that's in the middle of the night or morning), we can instantly see what time it is without picking up our phones on the nightstand. When I saw this clock available, I thought it might just do the trick.


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#8.MARATHON CL030036BK Atomic Travel Alarm Clock with Auto Night Light Feature, Batteries Included (Black)


Marathon's Travel Alarm Clock with Auto Night Light Feature features an automatic or manual (user selectable) backlight display which activates in low light settings. This clock automatically sets and adjusts time, day and date - remaining accurate at all time. Displays time in 12 or 24-hour formats. Features 6 time zones (Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, Atlantic or Newfoundland), one-touch glow display, indoor temperature display and an extra loud alarm. Displays in 5 languages (user selectable): English, French, German, Spanish and Italian.


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#7.Homtime Multi-function Alarm Clock, Indoor Thermometer, Charging Station/Phone Charger with Dual Port USB for iPhone/iPad/iPod/Android Phone and Tablets, Black


This is the perfect alarm clock for our teenage daughter. As hers died last year and since then she has been using her iPhone as an alarm. But that has not fared well during the school year. This alarm clock has 2 USB ports on the front to charge your devices with. A big rotating button on top for setting time and the alarm and doubles as the off/snooze button for the alarm. You can pick between 12hr or 24hr time, celsius or Fahrenheit for temperature and the alarm does have a volume control as well. And speaking of the alarm, it is a nice melody that starts at low volume and then increases in volume.


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#6.Electrohome EAAC475W USB Charging Alarm Clock Radio with Time Projection, Battery Backup, Auto Time Set, Dual Alarm, 1.2-Inch LED Display for Smartphones & Tablets, White


Have had this about a week and I love it. Great clock with lots of features and options. The best part? As soon as I plugged it in it was set to the right date and time. I can't sleep with any lights in the room, so having the ability to turn off the display is great. The only (minor) problem is when you turn the display off at night there is a super bright tiny LED light that turns on which is brighter than the lowest dim setting.


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#5.Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker


The Sonic Bomb, AKA The Bomb, is for anyone at any age who thinks they might not wake up in the morning. At 113db, this dual alarm is sure to rattle your windows and force your eyes open. And if that doesn't put your feet on the floor, the pulsating alert lights and Super Shaker bed vibrating unit will. However if the room mate needs a little more shut eye, switch off the sound and wake to the powerful bed shaker and let the roomies crash a little longer.


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#4.iHome iBT28GC Bluetooth Color Changing Dual Alarm Clock FM Radio with USB Charging


The iBT28 is a Bluetooth-enabled alarm clock radio with a difference. Add excitement and color to your music with the iBT28. Reson8 speaker chamber provides great sound. Perfect for parties or setting the mood while listening at home.


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#3.Sony ICFC1PJ Alarm Clock Radio


Rise and shine with a Sony alarm clock radio. While a large, easy-to-read, backlit LCD display with jumbo LEDs make reading the time from across the room a snap, a battery back-up is also there to ensure that you never miss an important appointment or meeting again!


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#2.Electrohome EAAC601 Projection Alarm Clock with AM/FM Radio, Battery Backup, Auto Time Set, Dual Alarm, Nap/Sleep Timer, Indoor Temperature/Day/Date Display with Dimming, 3.5mm Audio Connection


Convenience, reliability, & modern design come in the form of the EAAC601 Projection Alarm clock by Electrohome. This advanced clock radio automatically sets the time and date and saves all your alarm settings when the power goes out. Plus, with time projection display, dual alarms, temperature display, a large backlit LCD with dimming options, and the ability to play your smartphone, tablet, or MP3 player music, this is the only alarm clock you’ll ever need.


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#1.Philips Wake-up Light with Sunrise Simulation alarm clock, White HF3500/60


Inspired by natures sunrise, light gradually increases from 30 minutes before your set wake up time, gently preparing your body to wake up. At your set wake up time, a gentle beep will ensure you are awake. Developed with Philips’ Clinical Sleep & Respironics knowledge and 100+yrs of Lighting expertise.


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