We have to admit, there are mornings when the gravity of our beds is simply so great that we are unable to lift our bodies off it no matter how much we try. Of course, we tend to roll on our sides, lie on our tummy to somehow lessen the effect of this bedward force, but our eyes also seem not cooperating. But to get up and out of bed, we must. We know you may already have an alarm clock with you but aren’t you wondering why it just isn’t waking you up at the correct moment? Why not try one of our 15 cool alarm clocks to wake up to in 2017? We’re certain you’ll be up in no time.
15 Amazingly Cool Alarm Clocks
1AM/FM Digital Dimmable Projection Alarm Clock Radio by Mesqool
Getting up in the morning often means your eyes are still quite literally shut so even if your timer has already buzzed, you’d still want to read the time. Unfortunately, many clocks today have very small digital displays. Want it big? Then get the Mesqool AM/FM Digital Dimmable Projection Alarm Clock Radio. This particular device projects the time on your wall or even your ceiling so you don’t need to strain anymore wanting to learn the time. It’s got a USB charging dock for all of your smart devices and even has a built-in AM/FM radio. Here’s what’s really great about the Mesqool. You can set it to wake you up using its buzzer system or open up your last tuned-in radio station and you’ll surely be awakened. The Mesqool also has cool dimmable light settings to set your mood going to bed. You can even tune in to your favorite radio station to help you reach slumber land in a cinch. Now isn’t that just wonderful?
What We Like about It – The Mesqool has a very apt name – cool! It’s the projection capability that really amazed us, however. When positioned in the right angle, you’ll be staring at the time just as soon as you open your eyes.
2All-New Echo Dot 2ndGeneration by Amazon
If Apple has Siri and the rest of the pack have their own virtual assistants, then you simply need to include Alexa in your home. Let her control your other smart devices, wake you up, and tells you time. Alexa is fully embedded in the All-New 2nd Generation Echo Dot which is a voice-controlled, hands-free device that puts cutting edge technology right in your home. It updates you of the latest news, sets up your alarms, brings you information, and even plays your music streamed on Amazon Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, TuneIn, and Pandora. It can even connect with your other smart technology devices such as Philips’ Hue, Nest, WeMo, ecobee, Samsung Smart Things, and a whole lot more. You’re never too far from Echo Dot because it’s built with 7 high tech far-field microphones so that Alexa can hear you even from across the room. While this is not really a dedicated alarm clock, it is nonetheless the best alarm clock you’ll ever want to have in your home.
What We Like about It – It’s really amazing to have Alexa respond to all of your commands. We wished other people were as responsive as Alexa.
3HF3520 Wake-Up Light with Colored Sunrise Simulation by Philips
Our body naturally responds to light. Our brain tells us that it’s already day and it’s time to get up and out of our beds. This is the basic premise of Philips’ HF3520 Wake-Up Light with Colored Sunrise Simulation. You will still get the wakeup sounds you expect from a timer but with the addition of the early morning glow of sunlight to brighten up your bedroom just as you wake up. The HF3520 simulates the warm orange yellow brightness of the morning sun so you’ll definitely feel like getting up. Additionally, it doesn’t provide your conventional sounds but rather 5 different calming sounds to help you awaken in a more relaxed and peaceful manner. The HF3520 can also serve as an alarm clock radio allowing you to tune in to your preferred FM station. And if, in case, you don’t want to get up just yet, you can easily tap the face of the HF3520 to put it into snooze. At night, it can even function as a bedside light, slowly dimming itself to send you to sleep. Dial in your soothing FM music station and you’ll be in slumber land faster than you can ever before.
What We Like about It – Philips is best known for lighting fixtures. It clearly used this expertise to come up with a very unique wakeup device.
4Smart Backlight Alarm Clock with Dimmer by ZHPUAT
It’s not a projection timer but it doesn’t mean the ZHPUAT Smart Backlight Alarm Clock with Dimmer doesn’t do its job perfectly well. Its large digital display should help you read time easily and the backlight can be automatically adjusted depending on ambient light conditions to allow for high contrast readability. If it’s dark, you can expect the backlight to glow dimmer as well to allow you to go to sleep without the added stimulation of light. Sure, you can adjust the backlight settings manually. The alarm it sets off starts with a gentle buzz, growing louder with each cycle until you decide to turn it off. The ZHPUAT even has a built-in thermometer to make sure you’re getting the right temperature in your room.
What We Like about It – No fancy dials. No fumbling around. Just plain old wakeup device that really works well.
5ICFC1 Alarm Clock Radio by Sony
While Sony is best known for its sound system, television, and other home appliances, you wouldn’t really expect it to venture into timekeeping devices but it does. With a super sleek and elegant look in a glossy black finish, the ICFC1 Alarm Clock Radio is a fitting testament to the company’s renowned music expertise. If you don’t like the black one, you can get the white version. Either way, you’ll be treated to three different tunes to wake up to: your favorite FM radio station, a gradual wake alarm, or the typical buzzer. However you want to be awakened from your restful sleep, the beautiful design of the ICFC1 will surely greet you a good morning.
What We Like about It – Sony’s expertise in sound systems is now in this fantastic looking cube. It’s a wonderful addition to your Sony Xperia phone which typically sports the same stylish design.
6T128B6 Dual Alarm Clock with USB Charging and Night Light by Timex
Need a dual function wakeup device that you can use to charge your different mobile devices? Then you should really consider the T128B6 Dual Alarm Clock with USB Charging and Night Light. It has a large display that will help you read time even from across the room. The best part of this Timex creation is that you can easily set the alarm and leave it as is without having to set it again. Its programmable snooze function allows you to set the interval between alarms from as short as a minute to as long as 29 minutes. You can set the brightness of the LED night light as well so you’ll sleep a lot better.
What We Like about It – The dual alarm settings of the Timex device allow you to program it to wake you on two separate occasions. There’s no more resetting of the device every time you go to bed.
7SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker by Sonic Alert
If you know someone who hibernates like a bear or even an anaconda after a heavy meal, then you’d better get the SBBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker. These are the best alarm clocks for heavy sleepers as the sound they emit can literally wake up the entire neighborhood. Hopefully, it doesn’t have to come to that point as the Sonic Bomb’s alerts can be duly toned down to your liking. Combined with the sonic blast is the powerful vibrations that emanate from the device. If you’re not going to be awakened by the loud noise, the added shaking on your bed will make you feel as if you’ve just been transported to the San Andreas Fault in the middle of a tremor. Let’s just see if you won’t be jumping off your bed. Of course, you have the option not to go full blast. But if worse comes to worst, then be prepared to be thrown out of your bed once the time’s up.
What We Like about It – The Sonic Bomb is one clearly unique waking up device. The inclusion of a bed shaker is something unheard of but it sure makes for an interesting way to wake up heavy sleepers.
8OK to Wake! Alarm Clock and Night Light by Patch Products LLC
Built for kids, the OK to Wake! Alarm Clock and Night Light is one beautiful and kid-friendly wakeup device that is sure to bring a smile to your kid every time he or she touches the friendly face of the digital clock. With changeable faceplates and cool and fun animations, these fun alarm clocks are a joy to use whether for your kids or for you. It’s an excellent tool for teaching kids discipline and for associating the color green with “go”, in pretty much the same way as they associate the green light on a traffic light to mean “go”. The OK to Wake! has integrated controls that have been conveniently hidden from view at the bottom of the timer. The device also functions as a soothing night light so your child will have a more relaxed sleep. And since it’s a training clock, your child will have to stay put in his or her bed as long as the OK to Wake! has not yet turned green in its backlight color.
What We Like about It – It has a very fun and child-friendly design. Great for associative learning among young children.
9HF3500 Wake-Up Light with Sunrise Simulation by Philips
The HF3500 Wake-Up Light with Sunrise Simulation is similar to the HF3520 of Philips. The only difference is that the HF3500 doesn’t have an FM radio tuner so you will not have the option of creating your very own unique wakeup tunes. Nevertheless, the HF3500 offers the same sunrise simulation effect that gently wakes you with the warm glow of early morning sunshine, albeit artificially produced.
What We Like about It – The gradual brightening of your bedroom should let you wake up more peacefully than ever before.
10CL030023WD Travel Alarm Clock with Calendar and Temperature by Marathon
Jetlagged travelers often have difficulty waking up to a new morning especially if they travel to a different time zone. Not to worry, one of the best alarm clocks for heavy sleepers, especially tired and weary travelers, is the Marathon Travel Alarm Clock complete with a calendar function to keep you abreast with the dates and a temperature monitor to give you an idea of your current location’s temperature. It comes in a very elegant wooden case as well. As it has a compact size, it won’t take so much of your luggage space.
What We Like about It – The Marathon has a very elegant wooden design that should blend well with any hotel furnishings. It’s compact and just right for the traveler of today.
11LEGO Kids’ DC Super Heroes Batman Mini-Figure Light Up Alarm Clock by LEGO
You can now add the LEGO Kids DC Super Heroes Batman Mini-Figure Light Up Alarm Clock to your child’s collection of LEGO toys or even Batman action figures. The 9-inch figurine timer makes for a wonderful bedside table ornament especially if your child happens to be a fan of the Dark Knight himself or herself. On the torso of Batman is an LCD screen that lights up every time your child presses Batman’s head. The same action puts the timer to snooze.
What We Like about It – The iconic design of the Batman makes for a great collector’s item.
12All-in-1 Portable Multi-Function Alarm Clock by Fuleadture
If you need really fun alarm clocks, then the Fuleadture All-in-1 Portable Multi-Function Alarm Clock is the one for you. It has a dimmable night light in 4 different settings, an integrated MP3 player using a TF card or even a USB flash drive, and a touch-activated LED table lamp that is cool to the touch. It’s even got a built-in Bluetooth speaker to connect your wireless enabled devices complete with a hands-free function. Its 15-hour capacity battery makes it the ideal companion for those camping trips or even a night at the beach. Of course, you’ll be waking up to its large and bright digital timer as well as its superb alarm tones.
What We Like about It – The multifunctionality of the Fuleadture makes it one truly superb alarm clock.
13Analog Alarm Clock by Travelwey
Considered as the best alarm clock by people who prefer a very simple design, this product from Travelwey comes with a sweeping second hand that eliminates the tick-tock sound we’ve all come to associate with timers. At the very least, you can sleep soundly without that annoying ticking in your ear. The hands of the clock also come with luminous elements so you can easily read the time without having to open the lights. Of course, if you want it to serve as a temporary night light, you can always access a button on the top of the Travelwey to help illuminate the entire face of the clock.
What We Like about It – Simple yet functional. That is what close to 2,000 customers are saying about the Travelwey.
14Extra Large Button Talking Clock by LS&S
For a really unusual clock, we recommend the LS&S Extra Large Button Talking Clock. Yes, it’s a talking clock. It doesn’t have the usual digital readout nor the analog clock hands. It’s designed specifically for visually challenged individuals or those who are blind but are still able to retain their sense of hearing. The LS&S looks like an oversized button which is more like the buttons that we see in many game shows. This makes it easy for the blind to be able to feel for it, press it, and then listen to the clear male voice telling the date and time of day. So, who says you need to read time? Let the LS&S tell you in a clear loud voice exactly the time of day it is.
What We Like about It – The design is ingenious and highly beneficial for the visually impaired. The large button should make it very easy to locate.
15Peakeep 4” Twin Bell Alarm Clock by Peakeep
Classic designs never fail to draw admiration from members of the new generation. We grew up in an age where everything was analogue, not digital. It should be worthwhile bringing back the memories of old with the Peakeep 4-inch Twin Bell Alarm Clock. If you’d ask us, we’d say this is still the best alarm clock there is today. These are the perfect alarm clocks for heavy sleepers as it emits the iconic ringing of metallic bells that have awakened neighbourhood for many decades. This is perfect for those people who love to be reminded of the glorious past.
What We Like about It – It’s a classic. Call us old-fashioned but there’s a certain elegance in the distinct styling of the twin bell alarm clock. And when it rings, you’ll be transported back in time.
How We Chose the Wakeup Timers in Our List
Since we’re talking about the alarm clocks for heavy sleepers – and moderate ones – the very first criteria in the selection process was the product’s functionality. First and foremost, the clock must be able to wake us up otherwise, what’s the point of setting the timer if it cannot perform its most fundamental function? If it can awaken the people in the other room, then it must be an excellent contender in our list.
Second, the features. These devices must be very easy to set and manipulate. We think that if it doesn’t take so much of your precious time and effort setting the device, then that’s good. Other useful features such as radios, speakers, night lamps, and other cool stuffs were also evaluated and analyzed whether they can also serve a particular function. Since alarm clocks are inherently tied to sleep, we thought that if it could also help us sleep a lot better, feeling well-rested the following day, then we would want a device that could aid us in our sleep, too.
Then there’s the aesthetics. We know this is purely subjective so we tried to include an array of different styles and designs for different folks; yes, even something for the kids.
Importance of Alarm Clocks Today
With our smartphones and tablets already with their built-in alarm clock function, the question most people have is “do I still need a dedicated alarm clock?” The answer is pretty much dependent on the person himself. For some of us, the multi-functionality of our smartphones has clearly simplified our lives that we can afford not to use other devices anymore. However, for those who prefer using devices for their intended purpose, a dedicated alarm clock is a must.
Whether it is a standalone alarm clock or the app in your mobile device, the role of alarm clocks today is one of ever increasing importance. This is because our lifestyle often see us sleeping in the wee hours of the morning. With these devices, we are inherently reminded to be particularly cautious about our health. Late sleep and late waking up can adversely affect our health by weakening our immune system and making us more vulnerable to anxiety and negativism.
By using these timekeeping and notification devices, we are able to keep track of our need to rest. Otherwise, we’ll all end up in a hospital bed feeling worse than ever.
The Bottom Line
We all need a good night’s sleep so we’ll feel more refreshed the following day. Let our 15 cool alarm clocks wake you up to a brighter and better morning this 2017.