Your alarm clock is one of the most important items in your house. Every day you rely on it to wake you up and start your day. But what if there was a better way to wake up each morning?
Here are the top 10 best and most unique alarm clocks you can buy.
#1 – Best Traditional Alarm Clock – Sony Dream Machine ICF-C318
If anyone has perfected the art of creating alarm clocks, it’s Sony. They’ve been making their range of alarm clocks (Dream Machines as they like to call them) for over thirty years. They’ve come a long way in that time and this 2006 model certainly packs a punch.
The Sony Dream Machine ICF-C318 is priced just like any regular alarm clock, but it comes jam packed full of features.
- Dual alarms – Set independently to radio(FM/AM) or buzzer
- Extendable snooze time – From 10 minutes to an hour
- Automatically adjusts DST for seven time zones – Never come in an hour late for work again!
- Three brightness settings: low, medium and high
- A Battery backup in case there’s a power cut during the night
- Date display
- And finally a sleep timer so you can fall asleep whilst listening to the radio.
For the price and features, the Sony Dream Machine ICF-C318 is definitely one of the best traditional alarm clocks.
Price: $19.95 | Buy from Amazon
#2 – Sunrise Alarm Clock – Philips Wake Up Light HF3520
Instead of being startled awake with an alarm, imagine slowly coming out of sleep in the morning. When it’s time to wake up, you’re already awake and ready to start the day. Sounds like just a dream for most people, but the Philips Wake Up light seeks to make this a reality.
This alarm clock is a dawn simulator. Instead of being woken up by a loud noise, this alarm clock wakes you up using light. The light starts as a dim red glow 20 to 40 minutes before you wake up. It slowly gains intensity, becoming a bright white light at your desired wake up time. It then plays a choice of 6 natural wake up sounds or the radio to gently let you know that it’s time to get up.
Waking up to light isn’t as revolutionary as it sounds. It’s how we humans naturally wake up, long before electric lights and curtains were invented.
The first light of the morning tells your body clock that the sun has come up and that it’s time to get up. The body clock then works to slowly ease your body out of sleep and become more alert. A natural, refreshing and completely effortless way to wake up in the morning.
Price: $112.89 | Buy from Amazon
#3 – Nature Sounds Alarm Clock – Sharper Image EC-B150
This stylish alarm clock comes packed with 20 high quality nature sounds to wake up to. These are:
Or you can choose to wake up to the traditional beeping sound.
There’s an adjustable volume so you can choose just the right level of sound. Not too quiet so you don’t hear it, but not too loud to jolt you awake.
There’s also a sleep timer so you can fall asleep while listening to one of the nature sounds. You can set the timer for 15, 30, 45 or 60 minutes.
It features dual alarms, automatic DST adjustment and an adjustable backlight.
#4 – Extra Loud Alarm clock – Sonic Alert SBT425ss
This alarm has an adjustable volume that goes up to a huge 113 decibels. That’s louder than a subway train or a chainsaw. You can adjust the alarm’s tone to make it as pleasant or as irritating as you please.
But if the sound of a subway train rolling past your bed isn’t enough to get you out of bed, this alarm clock comes with a bedshaker. Put it under your mattress, or even your pillow, and when your alarm goes off you’ll be shaken awake. The bedshaker can be used with the buzzer or on its own.
It can also be connected to a phone so that a loud telephone ringer goes off when someone’s calling you. Useful maybe if your phone is in your bedroom and you can’t hear it in other rooms of the house, but most people probably won’t need this extra feature.
Take a look at this video to see the Sonic Alert alarm clock in action.
Price: $31.90 | Buy from Amazon
#5 – Projection Alarm Clock – Magnasonic MAG-MM176K
This alarm clock projects the time onto a wall or ceiling. A useful feature if the clock is too far away to see the time when you’re in bed. The projector can be swiveled independently of the clock for a full 180 degrees so you can project the time exactly where you want it in your room.
The alarm clock features:
- Automatic DST adjustment
- Dual alarms that can be turned on or off for weekends and weekdays
- Temperature display
- Keeps the time even when there’s a power cut
- FM/AM radio
- Auto dimming display
These features make this alarm clock stand out as one of the best projection alarm clocks.
Currently unavailable on Amazon
#6 – Aromatherapy Alarm Clock – Oregon Scientific Aroma Diffuser
It features an ultrasonic diffuser. Fill it with a glass of water and add a few drops of essential oil. The diffuser evaporates the mix of water and essential oil, filling the air with fragrance. Because it’s ultrasonic there’s no flame and no heat.
The alarm clock also has a choice of 5 natural sounds and a choice of 6 different mood lighting options.
You can use this aromatherapy alarm clock for both waking up and falling asleep. For falling asleep choose a relaxing fragrance such as lavender or jasmine, blue or purple mood lighting, and whichever sound you find the most relaxing. For waking up, choose an invigorating scent such as lemongrass, orange or yellow mood lighting, and a more upbeat sound.
This alarm clock provides a wonderfully relaxing way to both fall asleep and start the day.
#7 – Runaway Alarm Clock – Clocky
You start by setting the number of snoozes you want to allow yourself to have. Once you’ve reached the end of your snooze limit, the alarm goes off and the alarm clock rolls off your bedside table and rolls around your room. To turn it off you have to catch it, by which time you’re out of bed and wide awake!
Price: $39.99 | Buy from Amazon
#8 – Silent Alarm Clock – Shake-N-Wake
This is the perfect solution if you need to wake up in the morning without disturbing your partner. This alarm clock vibrates instead of playing an alarm. You can wear it on your wrist or detach it from the strap and put it under your pillow.
It’s a great concept, but it’s not quite as silent as you might hope. It’s similar to the vibration on a mobile phone. So you can still hear it, but it’s still far quieter than a traditional alarm clock.
Unless your partner is an extremely light sleeper, this alarm clock will wake you up and leave them sleeping.
Currently unavailable on Amazon
#9 – Flying Alarm Clock
When it’s time to wake up, a loud air raid style alarm goes off, the propeller powers up and launches itself into the air. To turn off the alarm, you have to find the propeller and attach it back to the top of the clock. There’s no other way of turning it off so you’re forced out of bed.
It’s a great idea for heavy sleepers. But judging by the Amazon reviews, it does seem to have some reliability issues, which is a shame because it’s a great concept. Still, it’s pretty cheap so it might be worth a shot.
Take a look at this video to see it in action.
Price: $19.99 | Buy from Amazon
#10 – Gun and Target Alarm Clock
There’s tow modes. Easy, where you only need to shoot the target once. Or hard, where you need to shoot the target five times, by which time you’ll be wide awake. For extra difficulty you can put the gun over at the other end of the room making it harder to shoot the target and forcing you to get out of bed.
It’s perfect for those who need a little bit of encouragement to wake up in the morning.
The downside is that you can’t plug it into the wall. Instead it relies on 4 AA batteries, so it’s probably a good idea to use rechargeables. But because it’s free from the wall socket, you can easily place it anywhere in your room
This video shows it in action.
Price: $20.95 | Buy from Amazon
Bonus – Bacon Alarm Clock
Probably the strangest and most creative method devised for getting you out of bed.
Put a rasher of bacon inside the clock before you go to bed. 10 minutes before your wake up time it starts cooking the bacon. When it’s time to wake up the bacon pops out and circulates the freshly cooked smell around your bedroom.
You wouldn’t want to let the bacon go cold, so you get out of bed to eat the bacon. By the time you’ve finished eating, you’ll be wide awake and ready to start the day, and probably eager for more bacon!
Unfortunately this alarm clock is only a prototype and not yet in production. But perhaps with public demand you’ll be able to buy your own bacon alarm clock in the future.