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Mpow Digital Alarm Clock Review

An alarm clock that is both functional and easy to use is something that many of us look for. And so with qualities of the best alarm clock, the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock is a choice that makes waking up in the morning all the more easier and comfortable thanks to its 3 different natural sounds. Paired with a number of dimming levels for the digits on the screen, it shows your time clearly all day long, keeping in sync even when the electricity goes out making sure you’re always on time.

Why We Like It – Mpow Digital Alarm Clock

The perfect alarm clock for you and your family, the Mpow Digital Alarm clock comes with 3 different alarm sounds, natural and peaceful enough to give you a smooth wake up. And if you need a few more minutes of sleep to just wake up, the Mpow Alarm allows you to snooze it with the large and easy to press one time snooze button. Thus, with all that and a display with clear digits, 6 different dimming levels, the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock is a much more affordable, maybe better, option than the Mpow Projection Alarm Clock.

Pros
  • 6 dimming levels
  • 3 different alarm levels
  • Easy to use set up and snooze button
Cons
  • Doesn’t work when power is off
  • Alarm Shut off button is harder to reach than the snooze button

Performance

A perfect gift for your kids, friends and family, the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock comes with a blue LED display that shows the digits clearly, compatible with both 12 and 24 hour time. Thanks to the 6 different dimming levels on it, the Mpow alarm clock makes sleeping at night much easier avoiding any form of glares. While this is great, if you’re willing to spend a bit more, the Lbell LB01 with it’s 20 different brightness settings and the American Lifetime Clock with it’s larger display and month, year and date view may just make your life a whole lot better. If you do want a FM radio, the LBell LB01 Sunrise Alarm Clock and the Mpow Projection Alarm Clock with it’s sleep timer are good options worth considering as well.

Moreover, it comes with three different nature alarm sounds ,unlike the Travelway Home, with two sound levels ranging from 75dB to 85dB. This makes waking up much more comfortable as you never wake up with a jolt and rather with a smooth transition in sound, waking up feels much more easier giving you a good mood during the morning to carry on during the day. You also get a dual alarm to set one during the day or night if you’re someone who takes a nap or needs something to remind them of a task. You can even set it for someone else in your family.

Apart from that, the Mpow Alarm clock even comes with a snooze button that is easy to reach in the morning giving you 9 more minutes in the bed to take your time waking up. However, a slight disadvantage is that while the snooze button is easy to reach, this places the alarm stopping button at the back making it a bit harder to reach. But, being a small compromise as it is, the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock even comes with a backup battery which will make sure that the clock stays in sync to give you the correct time once the clock turns on after an electricity outage.
However, you can still power the Mpow Alarm clock with a USB connector from any USB charging device to stay on even when the electricity goes out. This will make sure that the alarm kicks in when it is supposed to despite no electricity.

Design

With it’s 5Inch LED curved screen, the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock measures to have dimensions of 7.87 x 3.82 x 2.17 inches and weighs around 7.8 ounces. This makes it smaller than the American Lifetime Clock and thus easier to place at your bedside with the charging port being easy to reach from a socket. However, the digits do still remain big enough to be understood by both kids and elders. Thus, with that and no potential bad reviews on amazon, this clock Mpow has made is both solid and elegantly built.

Value

Priced at $14, the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock is much cheaper than the American Lifetime Clock and more affordable than the Mpow Projection Clock. It offers everything for its price ranging from a number of sounds to choose from along with sound levels to a great design that is both durable and easy to use. The only downside being that the alarm won’t go off when the electricity goes out unless you plug into a USB device, the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock is actually a great alarm clock coming at a great price. In case the battery doesn’t set the time correctly, please try to get a replacement from the customer service.

Mpow Digital Alarm Clock Wrap Up

The display not being as large as the American Lifetime, and not having just as many brightness settings as the LBell LB01, the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock may not be the best of alarm clocks in terms of visibility or design. But it does perform moderately well, and pretty great for its price. And so with a number of dimming levels, nature sounds, sound levels to choose from along with the added easy to reach snooze button and a pretty great display, the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock is a genuinely great gift to friends, family or even yourself.

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LBell LB01 Sunrise Alarm Clock Review

Are you looking for an alarm clock to wake up more easily, feeling more refreshed at the same time? Well, the LBell LB01 makes it all the much easier with upto 20 different brightness levels in it’s 7 coloured light to wake you up with a sunrise simulation. You also have the alarm sound which comes with the choice of 7 different nature sounds giving you a more smoother and calmer wake up. Thus, despite the slightly higher price, the LBell LB01 may stand out as potentially the best alarm clock in this price range.

Why We Like It – LBell LB01 Sunrise Alarm Clock

Waking up will never be the same with the LBell LB01 Sunrise Alarm clock as with 20 different levels of brightness you get the best sunrise simulation from an alarm clock within your room. Paired with the 7 different colours and also the 7 different nature sounds for the alarm, the LBell LB01 will make sure you wake up smoothly, feeling refreshed as soon as possible. And so, with all that at a fairly decent price, the LBell LB01 may just be the perfect alarm clock for you.

Pros
  • 20 Levels of Brightness
  • FM Radio Support
  • 7 different nature sounds for the alarm
Cons
  • Light intensity change isn’t the smoothest

Performance

Featuring the dual alarm clock feature like the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock, the LBell LB01 Alarm Clock allows you to set alarms both for yourself and someone else in your family. You can even set two for yourself, reminding you to do something during the day, without having to set the morning alarm time once again. When it comes to the light LB01 Wake Up Alarm clock provides you with the choice of 20 different brightness settings and 7 different colours to choose from making it much easier for you to wake up in the morning. The sleep aid feature dual alarm on the LBell LB01 Sunrise Alarm Clock is also pretty great as it gradually changes the colour of the light to a dimmer level at night to help you sleep whilst also becoming brighter and more intense during the morning to wake up just before the alarm with one of the 7 different nature sounds goes off. The LBell Alarm clock radio also supports this, as any music playing on the saved 40 channels will automatically get quieter as it approaches the time you set for the sleep aid function. And so with the colored sunrise simulation sleep aid feature your sleep will become much better, giving you a more refreshed mood during the day. Other than that, while you do get the birds singing, ocean waves, streams, beep, wind chimes, soft music, and piano music as the natural sounds for waking up, you can also set their alarm volume according to your own needs. However, do note that some customer reviews have reported that while the LB01 acts as a pretty nice bedside night light with the different light colors, the LBell LB01 doesn’t have the smoothest transition from colours which may be irritating varying from person to person.

Aside from that you also get a snooze function unlike the American Lifetime Clock, but then again you can’t adjust the snooze time as it is fixed at 9 minutes like the Travelway Home LED Digital Alarm Clock. As for the port selection on the Sunrise Light LBell Alarm Clock, you get a USB port that can be used to charge your other devices, and you also get a backup battery like that of other alarms, which means that while the alarms won’t go off if the electricity is out, you still don’t have to reset the clock everytime it happens.

Design

Having product dimensions of 6.3 x 6.3 x 2.56 inches and weighing to be around 1.21 pounds, the LBell LB01 Light Sunrise Alarm Clock isn’t the most compact nor the lightest alarm clock out there. It measures to be smaller than the American Lifetime Alarm Clock and being a light alarm clock it comes with it’s own unique look of a sunrise. Paired with some easy to use touch keys on the top, a clear display of time and some rubber anti slip feet, the LBell LB01 makes for a pretty great bedside lamp for kids adults bedrooms alike.

Value

Priced at around $40, the LBell LB01 is on the slightly expensive side of alarm clocks. But if you’re someone who wants a good, night light sunrise alarm clock which is also a fm radio clock, the price may not seem like a lot. The feature dual alarm clock which has 7 different natural sounds apart from sounds fm radio channels provide you, is really like a sunrise simulation clock. And so, if you’re someone who wants to wake up by the light and also wants the feature of turning off the light when you want to, the LBell LB01 Sunrise Alarm Clock may be worth the price for you. You may also get a coupon for free shipping on a verified purchase.

LBell LB01 Sunrise Alarm Clock Wrap Up

An alarm clock sunrise simulation is something that maybe many of you don’t really want, but we all want to have a good night’s sleep and maybe even a good bedside lamp. And so providing you with a number of features like the 7 different natural sounds, an FM radio as well as a sleep aid function with lighting time in the morning, the LBell LB01 Sunrise Alarm Clock makes both of those things a reality. If you are willing to pay a slightly higher price for a sunrise simulation than a normal alarm clock like the Mpow Digital Alarm clock, then the LBell LB01 will definitely be a worthwhile investment for you.

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American Lifetime Clock Review

Losing track of time or facing a memory loss of some form? Well no worries as you can now easily remember things yourself thanks to the American Lifetime Clock. Helping both you and those who need it through charity, the American Lifetime digital alarm clock brings punctuality into your lives with 5 different alarms throughout the entire day. Thus, with all that, an easy to use process and the large letters on the extra large screen, the American Lifetime Digital clock is potentially the best alarm clock for you and your loved ones.

Why We Like It – American Lifetime Clock

No longer will you have to forget the time of the day or to take the medicine you were supposed to take. The American Lifetime Clock comes with it’s high resolution large display showing you the time of the day along with the day of the week as well as the month of the year in large letters that are clear and easy to understand. And with the additional 5 daily alarm options and the added battery backup you’ll always be more punctual.

Pros
  • Large display with a high resolution
  • Battery backup
  • 5 daily alarms
Cons
  • There are no options for snoozing

Performance

The days of depending on someone to remind you of things are over as now you can rise by yourself to be the best you can be, enjoying the best of moments with your loved ones whilst always keeping track of the time. The 8 Inch large high resolution digital alarm clock from American Lifetime comes with 5 alarms through the day to make sure you don’t miss out on a dose of medicine or just a stroll through the park.

Moreover, the American Lifetime Clock needs to be plugged into a socket to operate, but even if the electricity goes out, a backup battery makes sure that the clock keeps track of the time to be resetted to the correct time once the electricity comes back. And moving onto what actually makes it stand out, the large letters on the already pretty large display. You get the largest font for the time, followed by the similarly sized day of the week, the smaller day date, month and year. Other than that, you also get an indicator to show what time of the day it is, from morning afternoon evening or night, making it a great fit for your loved one who has a hard time keeping track of time.

Furthermore, with all the letters of the fully spelled words displayed on the 800 x 600 resolution screen in huge letters in the color white on the black screen for greater contrast. This along with the fact that no abbreviations are used, make it much easier to use and understand for those who really need it. However, where the American Lifetime day clock falls behind is with its alarms. While they do act as really good medication reminders, they may be a bit bad for waking up in the morning or something else as you get no snooze options. For snoozing options, the Travelway Home LED Digital Alarm Clock might just be a better option.

While the screen itself is very large and offers easy visibility, it also comes with automatic dimming capabilities, which although helpful aren’t upto the par according to many amazon reviews. And so, if that is something that greatly matters to you, the LBell LB01 Sunrise Alarm Clock is an amazing alarm clock offering upto 20 different brightness settings on it’s already attractive sun design. The American Lifetime Clock also stands out with it’s language compatibility, offering 8 options from English, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Polish, Spanish and Welsh.

Design

Measuring to be 6.75 inches (H) x 8.5 inches (W) x 1.0 inches (L) and weighing around 1.2 pounds, the American Lifetime Clock isn’t the most compact, nor the lightest digital alarm clock out there. But being easy to keep on your table and meant to be large enough for the people who have sight issues, the American Lifetime Clock rather stands out with the appealing large display and letters.

Moreover, it is shaped like a frame with a white on black design which gives a greater contrast for seeing clearly from afar. But with the number of options of colour on the frame, you could just get an additional decoration to your home ranging from a White, Black, Brushed Black, Gold, Wood or even a Mahogany frame colour.

And as an added plus point, the packaging doesn’t contain any form of demotivating message regarding Alzhemers or Dementia making it a great gift for your aged loved ones, who will greatly benefit from it. Lastly, the cable which you have to connect may however interfere with plans to hang it on the wall.

Value

Costing you a price starting from $30, varying slightly depending on the color, the American Lifetime Clock is among the more expensive of digital alarm clocks out there. However, considering the fact that the device is meant to help out your loved ones, benefitting both their daily routines and health, it is surely worth the price. You can look for cheaper options like the Mpow Digital Alarm clock, but with a large display, an excellent customer service based in the United States, and the fact that 10% of profits are sent to charity, the American Lifetime Clock is simply a great clock with a greatly understandable price. On a side note, as some customers have reported facing an issue with the battery running out faster than it should, do contact the customer service to receive a compensation of some sort if it happens to you.

American Lifetime Clock Wrap Up

While it may not be the cheapest alarm clock out there, or the one with the most appealing design, the American Lifetime Clock does serve its purpose with a large screen paired with large and easy to understand letters. The high resolution screen does come with a decent amount of dimming capabilities and with the 5 easy to set alarm options throughout the day, despite no snoozing function, the American Lifetime Clock serves as a great help to you and your loved ones who have a hard time keeping track of time.

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Philips HF3500 Review

With a sunlight simulation thanks to it’s wake-up light, the Philips HF3500 makes waking up all the more easier and happier. You wake up feeling much refreshed with a gradually brightening light waking up. And although it only has a single alarm option,that too with only a beeping sound, the Philips HF3500 can also be used as a reading light if you want. It comes with a number of adjustable settings for the brightness of the light as well as the time display. And so with some of the qualities of the potential best alarm clock, the Philips HF3500 is a great clock as well as a lamp.

Why We Like It – Philips HF3500

Delivering almost everything you need in an alarm clock, the Philips HF3500 comes with a number of brightness settings which automatically change during the morning before your alarm, thus making sure you wake up more easily and comfortably. And paired with a functional snooze button unlike the American Lifetime Clock as well as a number of different settings for the display, the Philips HF3500 may just be one of your go to alarm clocks.

Pros
  • 10 Brightness settings for light
  • Easy to use
  • Portable
Cons
  • No battery backup
  • Only single alarm option

Performance

The LED light simulating the sunrise alarm comes with 10 different levels of brightness on the Philips HF3500 and also automatically increases to your desired level 30 minutes before your alarm. With the level 10 being rated with a lux light intensity of 200, it makes waking up much easier and convenient, thus also saving you by waking you up before the alarm as the beeping sound cannot be changed in terms of the sound itself or the volume. Being fixed at a volume of 67.5dB and not capable of being turned off without plugging off the device itself, it doesn’t make for the best wake up call, if you prefer nature sounds which provide a more gentle call, the American Lifetime Clock and the LBell LB01 Sunrise Alarm Clock might be worth checking out.

Moreover, while you do get a 9 minute snooze option with the Philips HF3500, it isn’t the easiest to reach or rather use. You have to tap on the top of the clock to turn it off, but without any designated button or even a marked area, it becomes seemingly hard to figure out where to tap to turn it off. The Travelway Home Alarm Clock makes for a much easier snooze option, but just without the added sunrise simulation.
Moving back to the bright yellow light once again, they make the Philips HF3500 into a perfect light therapy clock, allowing you to adjust it for reading whenever you need it to. It will work seemingly like a sunset simulation in the morning and as a natural light during reading. But, do keep in mind that you need to reset the brightness for the alarm again. It is fairly easy to do along with the rest of the controls, but it does become a chore for a light alarm.

However, the Philips wake-up light alarm clock falls behind without a battery backup. This means that if the electricity goes out, you won’t be able to rely on the light HF3500 produces as it won’t be on time, nor will the alarm. So it isn’t as reliable an alarm as the American Lifetime clock. It also doesn’t have any form of FM radio support like the LBell LB01 and only features a single alarm setting.

Design

Having product dimensions of H 180mm x W 180mm x D 115mm and weighing just under 290grams, the Philips HF3500 comes with a pretty compact and lightweight build. You can easily change its place and when you need to go for a trip, you can just as easily pack it into your luggage. Additionally, from the review Philips HF300 has received from many amazon com customers, you can rely on the adjustable light settings on it for both waking up and reading, thus the only downside on the design being the unclear snooze area/button.

Value

Priced at around $36 on amazon com, the Philips HF3500 is on the cheaper end of sunrise alarm clocks, but if you don’t really need the light effect, opting for a more traditional alarm like the American Lifetime clock or the Mpow Digital Alarm Clock might be a better choice, that too with added nature sounds. Since you can easily get the LBell LB01 for a few dollars more, we would say that considering the agitating beeping sound, the Philips HF3500 may not be worth the price. Although, if you do prefer the beeping sound, the HF3500 might just be a great sunrise alarm clock for you.

Philips HF3500 Wrap Up

Offering you a number of light settings on both the display and LED, the Philips HF3500 is an easy to control and moreover pretty good looking alarm clock. It is both compact and easily movable and along with that it even has a sunrise simulation feature. And so for all that, the Philips HF3500 is a pretty great alarm clock. But, if you can’t stand a beeping sound and you fear a power outage in the morning, I would say spending a few dollars for a clock with more options with the sound and a battery backup might be a better option.

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Best Kids Alarm Clock

If you’re a parent, you may be on the lookout for the best kids’ alarm clock to help your kids get in the habit of waking up on time. It is one of the biggest bedroom essentials for a kid’s room. To help you with this endeavor, we spent 24 hours setting up alarms and reviewing 35 alarm clocks. From these options, we selected the products that offered the best quality in terms of kid-appealing designs and operational features. These include durability and user-friendly controls for when you’re setting up the alarm clock. We also checked for readability and light settings, features that come in handy during the night. Lastly, we narrowed down our choices based on the alarm quality of the clock.

Out of 35 items, we picked six of the best kids’ alarm clocks, which you can use to get your little one to wake up at just the right time. The Ok To Wake alarm clock emerged as the best of the pack due to its basic settings, simple but attractive design, and a child-friendly notification that indicates it’s all right to get out of bed.

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 #1  Mirari OK to Wake Alarm Clock

Award: Top Pick

WHY WE LIKE IT: The digital OK to Wake clock can train your toddlers about numbers, colors, and the right time to wake up, all the while featuring fun animations and a night light mode. Instead of hearing a blaring alarm, kids will see a green light that glows from the clock’s body, signaling them that it’s all right to get up and leave their room to start the day.

Pros
  • Uses light as an alarm
  • Nap function
  • Fun animations
Cons
  • Some users report a muted alarm sound
  • Issues with build

OK to Wake is a five-inch high white spherical clock with a backlit LCD screen in front. You can easily set the alarm using the control buttons under a covered panel at the back of the LCD screen. The clock glows green when the alarm sets off. Until then, it gives off a yellow light, so the clock also serves as a night light. Its brightness for the display and night light is easily adjustable.

Children can tap the right “foot” of the clock to view various animated facial expressions on the LCD screen. This will keep kids amused and busy if they wake up before the alarm goes off. Meanwhile, they can press the clock’s left foot to turn the yellow night light on and off. The eight-ounce clock features interchangeable flower and bug faceplates, which add to its fun design. For a child’s timepiece outside of the home, consider the best smartwatch for kids as it has plenty of features that will keep them safe.

 #2  ClicTime Lego Brick Alarm Clock

Award: Honorable Mention

WHY WE LIKE IT: This 4-inch high, 10-inch long, and 4-inch wide clock is a replica of the renowned 2×4 LEGO brick, a perfect wake-up tool to use for children who are fans of LEGO building sets. Featuring an LCD screen and snooze functions, the Lego alarm clock is readable and easy to use.

Pros
  • Easy to read LCD screen
  • Easy-to-adjust controls
  • Fun Lego design
Cons
  • Some users report issues backlight issues
  • Hard-to-read numbers at certain angles

The 11-ounce Lego brick alarm clock comes with two double-A batteries. You can set the alarm by making adjustments on the control buttons located beneath the clock. Pressing the studs on top will turn on the backlight of the display and snooze the alarm.

Another nifty feature of the Lego brick alarm clock is that its display indicates both the current time and wake-up time. With its well-known Lego design and many attractive features, this alarm clock serves as both stylish and functional. Plus it’s great for parents that have an affinity for LEGOs. Speaking of parents, check out the best comforter set.

 #3  Plumeet Easy to Set Alarm Clock

Award: Best Budget

WHY WE LIKE IT: The Plumeet digital alarm clock is equipped with a large and readable display, ascending alarm, and pink backlight that make for pleasant wakeup times. The clock is also lightweight at five ounces and has a durable casing so you can take it with you when you travel.

Pros
  • Built-in night light
  • 8-minute snooze button
  • Easy to operate
Cons
  • Requires AAA batteries
  • Night light only lasts a few seconds

The Plumeet Easy to Set prominently displays the time, ensuring easy readability for your kids in the mornings. With its lightweight design, you can conveniently carry it with you during travels. The Plumeet Easy to Set alarm clock features an alarm sound that rings in a crescendo, making it useful for kids who may be heavy sleepers.

This 2.7-inch high, 5.5-inch wide, and 5-ounce clock requires three triple-A batteries. It won’t break easily in case it falls off from the bedside table or other furniture due to its protective, silicone covering. As long as we are talking bed time and wake up, check out the best kids toothpaste.

 #4  Lego Batman Alarm Clock

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Award: Best Design

WHY WE LIKE IT: DC Comics fans will want to wake up to the sight of their superhero. The Lego Batman alarm clock offers many features including a light-up display and movable parts, certainly adding to its fun design.

Pros
  • Yellow backlight
  • 5-minute snooze button
  • Collectible item
Cons
  • No night light feature
  • Requires AAA batteries

This battery-operated clock is a replica of the Lego Batman that appears in the Lego Batman movie. The 9.5-inch high clock has movable arms, legs, and hands, just like a regular action figure. The digital LCD screen is on Batman’s torso while the control buttons are on his back. You tap Batman’s head to snooze the alarm.

The 12-ounce Lego Batman clock comes with two triple-A batteries. If you or your child is a fan of the movie, you may also consider buying the Lego Harley Quinn alarm clock. If you are looking for a laptop case, try best kids laptop case. Or best kids computer case.

 #5  Lielongren Alarm Clock for Kids

Award: Best Value

WHY WE LIKE IT: The Lielongren clock features a room temperature reader that’s important in making sure a room is at its ideal settings so that your kids can sleep comfortably. It also has a night light with varying brightness levels and a built-in rechargeable battery, perfect for moving the alarm clock from one room to another.

Pros
  • Indoor room temp
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • 9-minute snooze button
Cons
  • Shuts off automatically to save power
  • Some buyers found it smaller in size than expected

The Lielongren alarm clock has many features to offer its users. For one, its excellent night light can be set from 10 to 60 minutes. You can also adjust its brightness level so it will give off just enough light to put your little ones to sleep. The other winning feature of this clock is its built-in 2,000-mAh rechargeable battery.

The clock boasts a loud buzzer of 80 decibels. It has a 3.5-millimeter DC jack and comes with a USB cable. When running on batteries, it automatically shuts off to save power. But through its voice sensor, the clock turns on again when you speak or clap your hands. This three-inch high, eight-ounce clock, which is shaped like a CRT-TV set, comes in coral and cyan. You might also want to check out the best alarm clock section.

 #6  UrbanHello REMI Alarm Clock

Award: Best for Toddlers

WHY WE LIKE IT: With many tools in just one alarm clock, UrbanHello’s REMI is yours to personalize, especially with features such as walkie-talkie mode and music. The clock is an ideal companion for busy and traveling parents as they can remotely monitor their infant’s sleep patterns and even talk to their children using the REMI app.

Pros
  • Walkie-talkie feature
  • Plays music of your choice
  • Comes in different colors
Cons
  • Strong internet connection needed
  • Audio-only monitor; no video

The REMI alarm clock trains children to wake up at the right time with the help of emoticons that appear in front of the clock. A smiley appears when it’s time to rise. Meanwhile, children will see an emoticon with closed eyes during the hours before the appointed wake time. The clock can record younger children’s (0–2 years old) sleeping habits as REMI picks up sounds from the time the babies are laid on the crib until they wake up.

REMI isn’t just a clock but also serves as an extension of yourself: using the app, you can speak with your child from another room or even another country, select music that will put them to sleep, or let them hear bedtime stories or do meditation exercises. Parents can also use the app to remotely adjust the night light’s brightness. The time is displayed at the bottom of the 5.5-inch-high, 10.6-ounce giant popsicle-looking clock. REMI comes in gray, blue, yellow, and red. Also, read best tablets for babies.

How We Decided

After 24 hours of testing alarm clocks from various reputable brands, we came up with a list of products that had all the features we were looking for. For kids’ alarm clocks to truly provide you with some peace of mind, it’s important that they’re fairly easy to operate so that you can be relaxed yourself before the kids hit the sack. Then they can dream of the best scooter for kids.

You and your children must find the time easy to read. Clocks with a small display and unreadable numbers were excluded from our list. The alarm must also be pleasant to wake up to. Louder alarm sounds may be good for pre-teens to teens but not for kids who you want to wake up peacefully. Lastly, they must also be made of durable material in case of any accidental falls. Bonus points were given to clocks with a night light function and amusing designs.

The alarm clocks in this review are geared towards preschoolers who are ready to receive and follow instructions about bedtime. Because we were thinking of younger kids, we excluded clocks that feature a clock face (with hand and minute hands), which would require some advanced learning about numerals and counting.

The Most Important Features to Consider

  1. Control buttons
    When choosing the best alarm clock for your kids, pick one that’s easy to operate. Choose clocks that have well-placed buttons and easy-to-understand labels.
  2. Readability
    Alarm clocks can be a great way for children to start learning about numbers when the digital display is clear to look at, whether during the day or at night.
  3. Safety
    Toddlers should be given durable clocks that can sit on a table without danger of toppling off. Or they can be positioned in a way that won’t harm children if they accidentally hit them.
  4. Night Light
    Some children are scared of the dark or being alone. Dim night lighting or even multi-color lighting can relax children and make bedtime something for them to look forward to.
  5. Wake up light
    A wake up light is a gentle way to effectively win your child’s trust in terms of using an alarm clock. It also teaches them to respect house rules about staying quiet and not bothering dad or mom before the alarm sounds off. It’s important to get a clock with a wake up light that’s bright enough to catch your kid’s attention in the mornings.
  6. Alarm sound
    Knowing what type of sound the alarm makes will help you determine whether it’s the right clock for your child. Clocks that play certain music of your choice will be more appropriate for toddlers.
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Gentle Wakeup Sleep and Alarm Clock Simulates Sunrises

These days life is pretty hectic. We are always busy and stressed. That stress doesn’t just magically go away when you sleep either, because we have to get quality sleep to be healthy. Part of a quality nights sleep, believe it or not, is having a gentle wake up in the morning. Those alarm clocks that just sound off an annoying jolting sound basically startle you awake. That’s not good.

Wake Up Naturally, With Light

You should wake up gently and the Gentle Wakeup Sleep and Alarm Clock app for Android will help you with that. It uses light to wake you up. I think most of us have a problem rising in the morning. For many of us, this is due to too many late nights and too many nights of not getting the proper restful sleep as well. Or maybe you just sleep so soundly that you don’t hear the alarm go off.

Light is one thing that helps us wake up in the morning. Your body naturally knows to wake up when sunlight is flooding through the windows. The Gentle Wakeup Alarm Clock uses this very technique to wake you up naturally. Light helps us the body to leave the deep sleep phase and prepare to wake up. And then you can wake up gently, not jarringly.

Gentle Wakeup Sleep and Alarm Clock Simulates Sunrises
Wake up in a more natural way.

No More Loud Alarms

Science says that the best way to wake up feeling fresh and rested is to rise during the period of your lightest sleep. Science also says that waking in this way makes you more energetic and alert. That’s what this app is all about.

The app is free, but there is also a premium version that you can upgrade to for $5 which gives more sound options. You can configure the app in a variety of ways to suit your needs, including tweaking the Brightness Settings. It also has other wakeup methods aside from light, like Sound and Vibration if you feel that you need something more. You can choose from sounds like frogs, a train, a rooster, and more.

If you’re looking for something that will wake you up in a gentle way, you’ll want to give this app a try. Waking up in a more calm way may just help you to be calmer during the day. The app is compatible with Android devices.

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iHome iAVS16 Alarm Clock With Alexa Built In

As adults living in the modern age, we depend on our alarm clocks. Mostly, they make sure we get to work on time. We couldn’t live productive lives without them. So you want a quality alarm clock on your bedside and if your clock serves multiple functions, that’s even better.

This Clock Looks Great And Does the Job of Several Gadgets

iHome’s iAVS16 Alarm Clock With Alexa Built-In is a device that will do much more than just wake you up in the morning. It has Amazon’s Alexa built right in, which means that it is always getting smarter. But don’t worry, you can mute Alexa for privacy when you need it too. Amazon Alexa Voice Service with Far Field voice capability lets you play music, audiobooks, and more, all with the power of your voice.

You will be able to control your smart home devices, check the weather forecast, news, traffic and more. All from your alarm clock. When was the last time you saw a clock that is this capable? But that’s not all it can do. You can also look forward to the Alexa Calling and Messaging feature, which will be added in the near future via a free firmware upgrade.

The iAVS16 has more tricks up its sleeve. Other features include a speakerphone, Bluetooth, and smart buttons that will control music, smart plugs, and more with just one press. Its also Wi-Fi enabled so you can enjoy Wi-Fi audio from Spotify, Pandora, iHeartRadio, Amazon Music, and others.

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iHome’s iAVS16 is a feature heavy alarm clock.

That Accent Lighting Looks Great

The dimmable high-contrast display means that you can see your info under any lighting conditions. The alarm time shows on the screen so that you always know if it’s set. The digital display is large and has adjustable brightness levels. It even features an outside temperature display provided by Accuweather.

Another nice feature is the built-in accent lighting on the bottom of the cabinet that offers sleep and wake mood lighting. The iAVS16 makes your old alarm clock look plain lazy.

We also love the sleek and modern design. That accent lighting is going to look so cool in your room. This a be the best alarm clock out there right now.

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The JBL Horizon Charges Your iPhone, Streams Music And, Oh Yeah, Is An Alarm Clock

The humble alarm clock has developed a lot of competition over the years. In the face of the smartphone, a multitasker with multiple alarms and a multitude of variety and costs, it’s had to diversify, toughen up, and offer more features. And the JBL Horizon is a Swiss Army alarm clock for just such a purpose.

Bells And Alarms

First off, it really has to be said, this is one fancy alarm clock. You can set two different alarms, of course, but it comes with options. For example, you can wake up to music streaming from a Bluetooth device instead of alarm tones or FM radio, although both will be options if you decide to use them. In addition, it has an LED light that slowly brightens to help you ease out of sleep and into your workday, a nice touch.

As for the sound, you have, of course, JBL quality behind this particular alarm clock. But what about that Bluetooth device?

Nightstand Multitasker

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Well, since this will use up an outlet, it makes up for it by including two USB ports to charge up your phone, and also to leave it on to stream music. They’re even fast-charging ports, with 1 amp, and they’re independently wired, so two devices won’t charge more slowly. If that weren’t enough, it’s actually fairly pretty too, looking a bit like a round speaker.

In short, if you need an alarm clock, this is well worth the $100. Although we’ll make no promises about how you’ll feel the first time you need to go back to using your phone; you might miss the stereo sound.

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The Nimbus Alarm Clock Wants To Be Your Digital Personal Assistant

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Wouldn’t you love your very own personal assistant! Yeah, we bet you would, but let’s face it, it’s not going to happen anytime soon. But to help you fulfill your needs for simplifying your life, the Nimbus will have to do. It’s so much more than your traditional alarm clark and is a dashboard for your digital life and everything you’re interested in. The Nimbus displays real-time info that you think is important. You can set it automatically based on your cloud data and preferences since it’s the dashboard into your world. It’s also endlessly expandable via software and connects to the Wink app over Wi-Fi so you can easily use it to monitor calendar appointments, traffic times, weather, email, Facebook, Instagram, calories burned, sleep durations and more. It syncs in real time and is compatible with iOS 6 and above, iPhone 4 and above, and Android phones/tablets with OS 2.2 or higher. It comes in three different colors – white, black and red – is retails for $129.99 over at ThinkGeek.

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Peaceful Progression Alarm Clock for the Therapeutic Wake Up

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I get up at 7:30 but you better believe, if I wake up at 7:29, I’m going back to a deep restful sleep for my full :60.  In such cases the Snooze button fails me miserably. Five minutes is the lowest or least amount of time I can set my alarm’s snooze, only to jarred awake by the “Fire Bell” alarm sound I chose. Who doesn’t like to wake to a virtual Fire Station on full alert?

If you raised your hand then this option should pique your interest. The Peaceful Progression Wake Up Clock is like waking to a soothing massage replete with scented bath oils tranquil ocean water sounds (happy ending not included). At around 30mins before your set wake up time, lights on the clock begin to softly illuminate and brighten over the next half-hour. The clock can also be set to release scents via aromatherapy. I wonder if “bacon and grits” are a scented option? Now 15min before wake up, the clock will serenade you with one of you six different nature sound choices. If you slumber after all this morning pampering then the clock will produce a chime that increases in volume until the dead have risen.

The clock comes with four different aromatherapy beads, including Ocean Water, Pear Vanilla  Lavender Essen and Clean Cotton. But you can also use your own. Hmm… I guess I should start saving the bacon grease.

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Gear4 Renew Sleepclock Review

At this point we’ve seen a myriad of sleep tracking devices.  While most of them don’t make any sort of claim to enhance your sleep, they do promise to track, and in turn better help you adjust your sleeping habits such that you can wake up more well rested and ultimately be a stronger contributor to the quality of society.

Competitively speaking there is the LARK, which is a wrist warn device that communicates with your iOS device over Bluetooth.  Unlike the ZEO, which comes in a mobile and bedside alarm clock version, the Lark infers info about your sleep habits through movement.  The Zeo on the other hand is probably the most powerful of the devices since it includes a head worn brain monitoring device.  Nevertheless, it’s also the most inhibiting as a result of adhering a Velcro strap and a small plastic box to your head, which is makes for the most unorthodox of scenarios, that is assuming of course that you don’t already sleep with one of those Darth Vader like apnea machines.

Bridging the gap between those two aforementioned devices is Gear4’s Renew SleepClock.  It uses an array of sensors built directly into the unit to monitor you breathing and movement throughout the night.  As result, the Gear4 Renew SleepClock must be positioned in relatively close proximity to you and have an unhindered view of your face.  It all sounds a bit stalkerish, but I assure you it’s above board – there aren’t any cameras sending a video feed back to big brother.

The accompanying iPhone (or iPad) app, as well as an iOS device is needed to review your sleep data, though it’s not necessary for one to be docked to capture your sleep data.  That said, once the app  is launched, and the alarms are set, and you hit the “sleep” button, there is a feedback indicator to let you know if the Gear4 can detect you.  My test unit was positioned slightly below the edge of my mattress at an angle and appeared to work fine.

The Gear4 Renew Sleep Clock can also double as a bedside companion for your iPad or iPhone as it includes a set of stereo speakers as well as a 30-pin dock.  It won’t blast out the highest in fidelity, but nor should you expect it to given its modest size.  It will however keep your iOS device fully charged, and is plenty loud to wake even the deepest of sleepers.  There are a few built-in alarms – I choose the chirping birds – which can gradually increase in volume if you so choose.

To make the Gear4 Renew Sleepclock iOS device agnostic, the surface, or dock area, is flat.  As a result the iPad is more stable than the iPhone when docked.  At times it was able to knock around my iPad slightly, but it never became disconnected or damaged.

At the foot of the dock, or just above the LED dimmable clock display, are a set of buttons.  The biggest of the bunch is the traditional sleep/snooze button.  Centered directly behind that is a power button, which if hit turns off the snooze process.  You can probably see where I’m going with this, but a few times, early on in my testing, I tended to hit the power button, resulting in me sleeping beyond the set time.  I would have liked to see the power button out of proximity of the Snooze button.

Much like the Lark and the Zeo, you can leave it up to Renew Sleepclock to determine the best time to wake you up.  That said, you’ll still need to set an alarm and provide the Renew with a range in which you’d like to be awoken.  Once it detects that you’ve entered into a lighter mode of sleep during this range of time, it will begin to gradually increase the alarms audible tone or selected music from your connected iOS device.  The idea of course is that you wake up feeling less groggy and more refreshed.  It works, though the waking up more easily is probably largely dependent on your personality.

Now, it’s important to keep in mind that any sleep clock is only worth its weight if the data is actully usable.  I’ve spoken about this many times before in other similar reviews, and drawn the analogy between a doctor simply providing a diagnosis without a remedy.  The key is providing the solution.  In this instance, the Renew does provide a bit of feedback on how to tweek your sleeping habits, though the suggestions are rather rudimentary, such as avoiding TV and caffeine.

What is paramount is that you need to achieve a certain amount of deep sleep every night.  This is your recovery sleep or when your body heals from the day’s prior work.  Put simply, the Renew can tell you if you’re accomplishing what should be 20% deep sleep, or for most about an hour and a half every night.  Without it you’ll often wake up feeling groggy and physically tired throughout the day.   This is where I found the Renew to be most useful, since prior to my testing, I was clearly not achieving this.  So I started by removing sugar from my diet, at least at night, and performed some A/B testing with that in mind.   As a result I began to achieve more deep sleep and felt less tired in the middle of the day.  It may sound a bit too remarkable, but as it turns out not attaining 20% deep sleep was actually playing a negative roll in my day-to-day performance with work, and physical activity; I often felt sluggish and short of breath.

To further the experience, when you stop your alarm in the morning you can grade your quality of sleep, which bakes into your journal.  Within the journal you can note the foods you consumed and the activities you performed that day.  This helps you better understand what you need to do to accomplish higher quality sleep.

And much like the other devices of the same ilk, you can review your sleep cycles by looking at the month, week or the day.  At a glance you can see how often you woke up, how fast you feel asleep, and what part of the night you hit your deep sleep.  The Renew however won’t reflect your REM sleep, which is also a necessary part of the sleep cycle, at least in terms of memory and cognitive ability.  It’s hard to say why this isn’t reflected in the overall scheme, but my guess is that this can only be achieved through a brain monitoring device, where as the Renew infers info based on movement and breathing.

I can’t help but emphasize enough that you need understand sleep cycles, before you use this device.  Also, it’s necessary that you reflect on your sleep data and try tweaking your habits, as well as a schedule.  As a result of using the Renew Sleepclock I’ve become more cognisant of my sleeping habits, and as a result a better rested individual.  Furthermore, I’ve recently determined that I’ve become sensitive to the entrance of direct sunlight into my room, despite owning a rather heavy shade.   While it doesn’t directly wake me up, it does disturb my sleep, which is clearly reflected in the Renew Sleepclock sleep data.

Bottom line: the safest and easiest “sleeping aid solution” that doesn’t require straps, head gear, or a drug.

Editor’s Rating:

[rating:4/5]

Very Good

Pros:

  • Easy to use and setup
  • iPhone 4s dock with speakers that doubles as a bedside companion
  • Relatively intuitive iOS app

Cons:

  • Power button positioned dangerously close to the snooze button
  • Doesn’t measure REM sleep
  • Must “see you” to work
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Nerf Shoot to Snooze Alarm Clock Sleeps Only When You Shoot it Dead

Blasting each other with NERF darts or discs gets old after about 30 minutes of faux gun warfare.  Laser tag, now that’s where it’s at.  Though we’re a bit skeptical about Hasbro’s latest Lazer Tag guns,which utilize the iPhone as a display – the whole setup looks clunky and haphazardness.  That said, you can’t turn off your bedside alarm by blasting it with a lazer beam (unless you had one of these).  But you can “shoot to snooze” this alarm clock from Nerf.

Located on every side of this cubically shaped alarm clock, are a set of cross hairs.  Nail it and you can snooze for what is presumambly 10 more minutes.  Actually, hit it with anything and it will snooze, but Nerf clearly wants you to shoot it with one of their many guns since it’s a product tie in that forces you to make a further investment.  We would have liked to see an archery like target.  Nail the bullseye and you receive 10 minutes of snooze time.  Nail the outter ring and you only get 3 minutes.   You get the point.  Other features include an indoor thermometer which can display in F or C, the date, and a backlit display which turns on with a tap of the box.

The Nerf Shoot to Snooze Alarm Clock is available now for about $23, though we can’t find it available on a US site.

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Moshi Voice Controlled Talking Alarm Clock Review

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Moshi Review

Not really being sure if this clock was designed with the blind and hard of seeing in mind, this voice controlled/talking timepiece is an interesting piece of gadgetry indeed.  The Moshi Voice Controlled Talking Alarm Clock, or Moshi, as I will refer to it throughout the rest of this review, is a voice controlled and talking alarm clock that is capable of several commands.  Here’s a quick rundown:

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Gadget Design: Breakfast Making Alarm Clock

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Like I don’t have enough crumbs in my bed already.  This ambitious alarm clock aims to please you like no other by waking you up with breakfast in bed.  Talk about pampered!  From making toast, to serving you hot and cold beverages, all you have to do is pre set your breakfast the night before.  It will even butter your toast!  Seems cool as a joke but not really all that appilicable unless perhaps you are injured or living in an assisted care facility.  Definitely good for that one night stand if you are looking to prolong the walk of shame for your partner.  What’s next?  Morning wood alarm clock happy ending maker?

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KUKU Alarm Clock

KUKU Alarm ClockWe have yet another whacky alarm clock for you guys — the KUKU Alarm clock.  This chicken alarm clock will lay 5 eggs when your alarm goes off.  Get this, the only way to turn off the alarm, is to put the 5 eggs back into the alarm.  Guess you’ll have no choice but to wake your ass up.

It runs on batteries so you can take it with you.  Just make sure you don’t leave your eggs behind.
Available at Le Futur for $29.95.