The 9 Best Alarm Clocks to Buy in 2018

These top alarm clocks will make sure you never oversleep again

Whether it’s a weekday or the weekend, the struggle to get up and out of bed is a battle all of us face. While the smartphone alarm clock has its place as a dedicated device for many people, there are still plenty of fantastic choices out there for individuals who wish to separate their everyday devices from their morning routines and use an "old-fashioned" alarm clock. The bevy of options available include digital or old-school analog favorites and they can be inexpensive or pricey depending on what you're looking for. Fortunately, no matter your preference, one of the best alarm clocks below will be perfect as your morning wakeup call.

Sleek and simple, the CubieTime alarm clock is ideal for the home, but can also be found in hotel rooms across the world, thanks to its easy-to-use interface. Powered via an AC adapter cord, the CubieTime includes two AAA batteries for battery backup in the off chance of a power outage. Weighing 1.7 pounds, it measures a relatively small 4.5 x 4.5 x 1.75 inches in footprint, which makes it ideal for even a small nightstand. If what you’re after is an attractive, simplified option that’s reliable, the CubieTime is a fantastic choice.

The CubieBlue is an alarm clock that comes with Bluetooth music playback and it's even capable of charging your smartphone. The nightly alarm is easy to set, and there's a display dimmer to keep the amount of light to a minimum, so you can rest easy. There’s also a single-day alarm for one-off wakeup times, as well as an auto update feature for daylight savings time, security clamp and two USB outlets for keeping your smartphone charged, so it’s ready the next morning. It weighs just 2.8 pounds measures 4.5 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches.

The idea of a gentle wake-up alarm clock still has many skeptics, but the Philips HF3520 is designed to emulate the sunrise in the morning. The hope behind the Philips design is that the brain is stimulated to the point that it’s telling your body “it’s time to get up," which allows for a much more natural morning experience. Gone are the days of the abrupt wake-up with blaring beeps and snooze buttons. The colored display offers a natural light experience along with five calming wake-up sounds. If you want to combine the best of both gentle wake-up and old-school function, there’s FM radio capability and a tap-to-snooze alarm clock just in case. Additionally, the bedside light dims and it sounds gently to help you go to sleep emulating a more natural way to enter REM sleep. With 20 total brightness settings, the lighting begins to gradually increase 20 to 40 minutes before your selected alarm time.

Featuring a large 1.4-inch display with oversized red numbers against a black LED display, the RCA digital alarm clock is a perfect budget-friendly, no frills device. The large full-length snooze button makes it easy to swat when your head is still properly buried in a pillow allowing you just a few extra minutes of rest before you face the day. Weighing an ultra-lightweight .2 ounces and measuring 5 x 4 x 6 inches, the RCA offers a repeating snooze option and a “no-stress” alarm set function. Additionally, the RCA offers battery backup through a separately-purchased 9V battery.

An alarm clock that can project the time on the wall, roof or just about any object might sound silly at first glance, but the Mesquool alarm clock is anything but that. In fact, having a projection alarm clock introduces a unique way of solving a problem you've never identified. Projecting the time on the ceiling over the bed might be an easy way to quickly allow a glance at the time without ever needing to lift your head. There are additional features as well on this digital favorite, including dual alarms, AM/FM radio and a choice between a buzzer or radio sound for the wake-up alarm.

There are some extra features, too, including a battery backup, high-speed USB charging and a daylight savings time setting. The three-mode dimmer keeps the projected display or the time directly on the clock from being too bright throughout the evening on the 1.8-inch screen. Weighing 15.2 ounces and measuring 6.7 x 1.2 x 1.6 inches, the Mesquool alarm clock and its 180-swivel projection might be everything you didn't know you needed.

The days of the digital alarm clock are in full force, but the simplified nature of an analog alarm clock cannot be overstated. If you want to skip all the extras and provide yourself with nothing more than a wake-up alarm, the Pluteck non-ticking analog alarm clock is the answer. Featuring a completely silent mode without any annoying tick-tock sound, the Pluteck offers an ascending three-beep alarm that increases in volume over three stages until the alarm is turned off or the snooze bar is pressed. Once the snooze button is pressed, the alarm will return every five minutes until manually turned off. A built-in night light allows easy viewing of the time in the evening with the single press of a top button to avoid a full-time running light that can interfere with light sleepers. Running on a single AA battery, the 3.2-ounce alarm clock measures just 3 x 1.6 x 3.2 inches in size. 

If it’s an alarm clock with all the bells and whistles you want, the iHome IPLWBT5B alarm clock is the best choice around. It's compatible with Apple’s iPhone 7/7 Plus and iPhone 6/6 Plus via the included lightning dock, and there’s also an additional charging station for the Apple watch. Additionally, if an Android smartphone is more your style, there’s a USB charger for any USB-ready device.

With the included smartphone functionality, you can wake up to Bluetooth audio, the docked lightning device, FM radio or one of the included built-in tones or buzzer sounds. Courtesy of its smartphone function, there’s also a built-in speakerphone and microphone for phone calls, plus send and end controls.

Dual alarms can help wake different individuals at different times along with a 7-5-2 schedule for an alarm that repeats weekly, only during weekdays or just on weekends. Weighing 2.93 pounds and measuring 4.65 x 9.46 x 4.1 inches, the iHome is larger than most stand-alone alarm clocks, but offers more functionality for its size.

Uniquely styled, this alarm clock rug/carpet offers a snooze function that only works when you stand on it. In fact, you must do more than just gently touch the mat before crawling back into bed. The Witwatia carpet requires three seconds of pressure before the alarm will stop. If you want a quick notification on the time of day, you can stand on the smart clock at the upper left corner or just touch it with your toe to get a quick display of the current time. Made of high-density foam, there’s an undeniable softness to this alarm clock, which makes it a joy to step onto every morning. Additionally, you can even customize your alarm sound by connecting a USB cable and adding new sounds via computer. There’s no question this pressure-sensitive alarm is something totally different, but different is good and this just might be exactly what you need to get started in the morning.

Portable and easily packed into a backpack or carry-on, the Casio TQ140 travel alarm clock is ideal for life on the road. Featuring a beep alarm, the three-hand analog display offers no frills or fancy features. You just get the alarm you need to ensure you’re up on time while traveling. Weighing just 2.9 ounces and measuring 2.2 x 1.3 x 2.2 inches, the Casio is as basic as it gets with alarm clocks. Online reviews praise its accurate timekeeping and sharp looks. It's powered by a single included AA battery.

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