We have picked out the top three best alarm clocks, which are specially classified for different groups of people. You can take a look at the alarm clock that suits you.
Electrohome Projection EAAC601
It is more than just an alarm clock – it doubles as a radio, speaker, calendar and thermometer. It’s missing some convenience features, like an adjustable snooze time and power failure alarm, but it’s customizable and displays valuable information to prepare you for the day.
This is one of three alarm clocks we tested, including the Mpow and Oregon Scientific, that project the time onto a wall or your bedroom ceiling. This feature is particularly useful if you often wake up in the middle of the night and wonder what time it is. The projection feature is a distraction for light sleepers, so there is an on/off button on the back if it disrupts your sleep.
We tested each alarm clock’s maximum volume by playing its loudest tone placing a decibel meter two feet from the speaker for measurements. The Electrohome’s radio alarm is slightly quieter than its buzzer, which we measured at 73.4 dB. That is average for our test group and about as loud as a vacuum cleaner. This clock has a progressive alarm that starts out at whisper level and gets progressively louder until it reaches its maximum volume.
A lithium button cell backup battery saves your alarm and clock settings during power outages. However, it doesn’t power the alarm. The Electrohome Projection can’t wake you up when the power is out. Keep that in mind if you live in an area with frequent power disruptions.
This alarm clock has the largest display of the models we tested, and it shows the current time, indoor temperature, date and day of the week. Because of its size, the Electrohome Projection clock and its adjustable backlight is a good fit for those with slight visual impairments.
The Electrohome Projection alarm clock has dual alarms, which is great for couples who wake up at different times. You can also set alarm times for each day of the week, or just different times for weekends and weekdays. This is the only alarm clock we tested with this level of customization. Day-specific alarm settings work with the dual alarm feature if you want to wake up to the radio on the weekdays and buzzer on the weekends or vice versa.
Oregon Scientific RM313PNFA
The durable and compact Oregon Scientific RM313PNFA automatically adjusts the time when you travel to a different time zone. Its features make it a good alarm clock to stow away in your luggage, so you can wake up to a familiar tone in an unfamiliar place.
This alarm clock has a battery backup feature that uses two AA batteries to maintain the correct time and alarm settings during a power outage. However, the alarm doesn’t sound when the clock is running on its backup batteries.
It only has one alarm tone: a buzzer. It’s a progressive buzzer that starts out quiet and slowly builds to a maximum volume of 59.2 dB, which is about as loud as a normal conversation. We tested the maximum volume with a decibel meter placed two feet away from the clock. If you have a hard time waking to quiet tones, we recommend placing it close to your bed. However, keep in mind that the screen brightness is not adjustable, so it may disrupt your sleep if it’s too close. The Electrohome Projection alarm clock has adjustable display brightness and a much louder alarm, but it’s too bulky to travel with.
This Oregon Scientific model’s compact design makes it a good alarm clock for someone who travels. You can wake up to the same tone every morning, no matter where you are, without rummaging around to find the right buttons on an unfamiliar alarm clock.
Homelabs Sunrise Alarm Clock
The Homelabs Sunrise Alarm Clock uses a soothing LED sunrise simulation to gently wake you up. The LED display also works in conjunction with the sleep timer to slowly dim the light in your room and simulate a sunset.
This alarm clock has six nature sounds and a radio alarm option. The nature sounds include ocean waves, chirping birds and lullaby songs that pair well with the sunrise simulation. This is the only alarm clock we tested with nature alarm sound options. The radio alarm has a much higher maximum volume than the nature sounds. We measured the maximum volume from two feet away, and the Homelab alarm reached almost 80 dB with a clear radio station playing. That’s about as loud as a blender and is loud enough to wake even the deepest sleeper. It also has an antenna on the back panel to improve radio reception.
The radio on this alarm clock has a scan feature that automatically finds radio stations with good reception and saves them as presets. The presets help you quickly find a different station if you want to wake up to a different morning program or news station. The durable snooze button on the top panel pauses the alarm and sunrise simulation for five minutes. However, if you want an alarm clock with an adjustable snooze time, the Sony ICFC1T has a progressive and adjustable snooze function.
The Homelabs alarm clock has a lithium button cell backup battery that saves the alarm and time settings but doesn’t allow the alarm to function during a power outage. It also has a unique power cable. The micro-USB port on the back can’t charge mobile devices because it functions as the AC power port from a wall socket. The USB cable is included in the retail packaging and plugs into any USB wall plug that you use to charge your phone or tablet.
The front panel has touch sensitive buttons to control the alarm options, current time and sleep timer. The sleep timer sets to 30 or 60 minutes and controls the LED light display that works in reverse as a sunset simulation. The clock is attached to a metal base with a slip-resistant rubber pad to keep the alarm from sliding around on a bedside table when you are fumbling around looking for the snooze button. The clock design and all the buttons feel durable and should last for many years.
Why Trust Us?
We spent more than 40 hours researching and testing well-known and lesser-known alarm clock features. Our goal during the testing and research phase was to identify the products’ essential and bonus features not commonly discussed in traditional marketing material. For instance, almost every alarm clock we tested has a backup battery, but it is hard to tell what it powers just by reading surface-level specifications. Some backup batteries only save time and alarm settings, but a few we tested power the alarm as well, so you still wake up on time during a power outage.
Alarm clocks spend most of their lives sitting quietly on your bedside table. You usually only interact with them early in the morning when you may not be fully awake or functional. As such we thought it was important to test how durable the buttons were by pressing them hundreds of times with varying amounts of force to make sure they could last for years to come. Our recommendations are based on our impression of each product after using it and abusing it.