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The Best Alarm Clocks

Updated Dec 10, 2022
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If you use your phone in the bedroom at night, it’s probably messing with your sleep, even if you mute and dim it. An alarm clock can be a healthy upgrade to a distraction-free bedroom, despite its feeling like a technological downgrade. After a phone-free week of testing, we recommend seven clocks (including analog, digital, and smart versions) for a more peaceful bedroom. They aren’t too bright at night and will dependably wake you up in the morning. And they’ll look nice on your nightstand to boot.

DreamSky Compact Digital Alarm Clock, an affordable, easy-to-see alarm clock

DreamSky Compact Digital Alarm Clock

An affordable, easy-to-see alarm clock
This budget digital alarm clock does so much for so little. It has the largest numerical display of the clocks we tested, two USB ports, and easy-to-use tactile controls (which take the guesswork out of changing settings).
We recommend
Lenovo Smart Clock Essential, a slightly smarter alarm clock

Lenovo Smart Clock Essential

A slightly smarter alarm clock
The Lenovo is an affordable smart alarm clock that won’t take up much space. And with its built-in Google Assistant, it can be operated completely hands-free.
We recommend
Oct17 Wooden Alarm Clock, a clock you can control with a clap or a tap

Oct17 Wooden Alarm Clock

A clock you can control with a clap or a tap
This alarm clock has a unique tip-proof, triangular design, and you can set the display to turn off automatically after 10 seconds (just tap the clock’s face to wake it up again).
We recommend
RCA RCD30, an affordable and basic alarm clock with a loud alarm


An affordable and basic alarm clock with a loud alarm
Our most affordable pick, the RCA has an easy-to-read display and a very loud alarm to wake even the deepest sleepers.
We recommend
Loftie, an unalarming and smarter bedside companion


An unalarming and smarter bedside companion
This was one of the least sleep-disruptive digital alarm clocks we tested. Whether it’s the night-light, the snooze button, or the sound of the alarm tones, every detail feels like it’s been refined to reinforce a state of calm.
We recommend
Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light HF3520, best sunrise alarm clock

Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light HF3520

Best sunrise alarm clock
A serene alternative to loud alarms, this clock induced a gentler wake-up (a simulated sunrise accompanied by birdsong) than any other clock we tried. But it’s pricey, and it’s harder to navigate than the other clocks we tested.
We recommend
Lemnos Riki Alarm Clock, a handsome, classic clock

Lemnos Riki Alarm Clock

A handsome, classic clock
The Riki is an analog clock that’s easy to read and to set (with one of the most pleasant alarms that will still wake you up). It’s ideal for light sleepers who want to banish electronic distractions from the bedroom.
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