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While many people rely on their cell phones to wake them up, there’s nothing quite like an old-school alarm clock to rouse you from your slumber. After all, we could all use a few minutes before we start checking emails.
While there are classic analog clocks with dual bells out there, there are tons of high-tech styles too, from ones that simulate the sunrise to options that even brew coffee. Regardless of your preferences, there are tons of options out there to fit your needs.
Here, the best alarm clocks.
Design lovers, this one’s for you. This alarm clock was created by acclaimed mid-century Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen, and it perfectly combines analog style with contemporary technology.
Aesthetically, this is a classic analog clock—it has a round face, brass hands, a brass base, and a concealed bell alarm. But it has a few modern upgrades, including a touch-activated sensor that illuminates the face at night so you can see the time. The best part, though, is its petite size: It fits perfectly on small nightstands and doesn’t take up too much real estate.
If a blaring iPhone alarm turns you into a monster each morning, consider a more natural route—that is, waking up with the sun. These days, there are “alarm lights” that simulate sunrise, waking you up with a slowly brightening glow instead of a jarring noise.
The Philips SmartSleep Wake-Up Light allows you to set a gradual sunrise to wake you up in the morning, accompanied by gentle wake-up sounds like birds chirping. It also has a sunset function for the evenings, and there’s even a clock embedded in the lamp so it does actually tell the time.
The cheeky Lexon Flip alarm clock is best for those with a penchant for Pop Art–inspired style. Offered in a range of bright colors, this device looks like a standard digital clock, but it’s how it’s used that makes it stand out.
As you might’ve inferred from the name, to turn on the alarm you have to flip the clock over to the side that says “on”. To turn the alarm off, you flip the whole thing over to the side that says “off.” Hopefully that act might help you wake up a bit more than simply tapping your phone screen!
It doesn’t get more classic than the Charlie Bell Alarm Clock, a vintage-inspired model designed by British clockmakers Jim and Chloe Read of Newgate Clocks. It has a traditional round body with two mouse-ear bells, though it features minimalist graphics on its dial for a touch of modernity.
The steel clock comes in two colors—a burnished brass and matte charcoal. Just a warning: Those bells are quite loud! It’s a prime option for heavy sleepers, but it’s also simply a pretty clock if you don’t want to use its alarm function in the mornings.
If you've been waking up on the wrong side of the bed you'll appreciate this alarm clock, which features a Himalayan salt base that'll reset you for the day. The design, which simulates a sunrise each morning, provides time and temperature so you can get all the essential info for the morning.
Available in three neutral colors—white, black, and brass—the clock features a snooze button, as well as USB plug-in so you can charge your phone while you sleep.
For those who aren’t into the look of a clock at all, there’s the minimalist Gingko Cube Click Alarm Clock. It looks like a marble or wood cube sculpture, depending on the finish you select, thanks to a hidden LED display that blends right into the face.
You can choose to have the display lit all the time, or you can have it only illuminate in response to a sound, like a snap or a clap. And that display does more than tell the time—it also shows the date and the temperature.
A mid-century modern bedroom wouldn’t be complete without this Wideboy Analog Alarm Clock from Newgate. It has an unusual rectangular body with the numbers arranged in a circular pattern, creating a visually appealing geometric look.
Though it’s an analog clock with second hands, those hands operate via a silent mechanism, so you don’t have to worry about hearing a pesky tick as you fall asleep at night. But this is an alarm clock, so it’ll certainly be able to wake you up in the morning—on your own time, of course.
If you find mornings unbearable until you’ve had your first cup of coffee, then the Barisieur Coffee Brewing Alarm Clock is for you. Yes, it actually brews pour-over coffee at your bedside! Simply set the alarm clock, and the device will have your morning cup of Joe steaming when you wake up. Prefer tea? It can brew that for you as well.
Beyond its beverage-brewing capabilities, this alarm clock also has a storage drawer for a week’s worth of freshly ground coffee beans, a milk refrigerator, and a USB port for charging your phone. The device is an investment piece, but it's worth it to wake up to the smell of coffee every morning.
Part tablet, part alarm clock, the Lenovo Smart Clock with Google Assistant is designed for smart-home aficionados. It can do pretty much everything, from waking you up with one of hundreds of different alarm sounds to sharing the morning news to giving you a traffic report to playing your favorite podcasts. Plus, it comes complete with Google Assistant to help you access all of its functions with your voice.
Despite its strong computing power, the device is quite small and simple: It has a wedge-shaped body behind its rectangular LED display, which can display all styles of clock faces.
Sure, cell phones are the alarm clock of choice for travelers while they’re on the road, but if you’re attached to analog devices, you can bring Shinola’s The Guardian Travel Alarm Clock with you wherever you go. At just 2.6 by 2.5 inches and weighing half a pound, it’s easy to toss this clock into your suitcase.
The travel clock has plenty of vintage charm, including a brass-hued stainless steel body and a cream-toned dial with illuminated hands. Best of all, you don’t have to worry about it dying overnight if it’s not plugged in, since it’s powered by a traditional battery.