Waking up is just a fact of life. As much as many of us would like to sleep in on most days—probably mostly on Mondays—the alarm clock quickly snaps us back into reality with its loud and often unwelcome sounds. Fortunately, the alarm clock world has had plenty of developments over the last few decades to make them a little bit more appealing and even gentler in the manner it can wake someone up. If you’re looking to upgrade your alarm clock into the 21st century, here are five of the best digital alarm clock options that you can buy on the market today.
La Crosse Technology Large Atomic Digital Clock
If the large displays on this digital alarm clock aren’t enough to wake you up, the sounds surely will. Both the time and date are displayed on this clock as well as the day and the temperature. The clock will update automatically for daylight savings time. The clock will let you know when it’s time for new batteries, which are only 2 AA batteries. This is a great accessible clock for those who prefer larger displays. It can either sit on a desk, a bedside table, or even hang on the wall. You’re guaranteed to see the time even from a bit of a distance.
Sangean RCR-22 AM/FM Atomic Clock Radio
Believe it or not, people still listen to the radio today, and the combo of an AM/FM radio and alarm clock is just a classic. This particular Sangean alarm clock is tied to the atomic clock in Boulder, Colorado, which means that it has some of the most accurate times that you could ever have. Sangean’s high quality materials also make this clock a very durable option. If you were to buy your last digital alarm clock, it should be this one. You’ll appreciate the Humane Waking System it uses to slowly build up the intensity of the alarm, so you can easily rouse instead of jumping out from sleep.
Sonic Alert Sonic Boom Alarm Clock with Super Shaker
This tiny portable alarm clock takes waking up to the next level. If you’re particularly difficult to wake up, you’ll meet your match with this alarm clock from Sonic Alert. First off, the alarm sounds from this clock are loud enough to wake up the next-door neighbor. If that doesn’t wake you, the flashing lights might stimulate your eyes from behind your eyelids. And if that doesn’t do the trick, you better believe that the vibration from the device will shake you up from your sleep. The alarm only uses 60% of the battery’s power, which means that the battery will last you a long time. This portable alarm clock requires 9V batteries to function.
Nanda Home Clocky Alarm Clock
Are you the snoozing type? Would you rather sleep in than face the morning sun? There’s a solution for those who just can’t find it in themselves to get up after the first morning alarm. The Clocky alarm clock from Nanda Home features two very interesting details that you’ll never find on any other alarm clock: wheels. The wheels function to move away from you after the first time you hit the snooze button. This way, you won’t have a choice but to get up and catch the clock. It’s not something that you can just keep on snoozing right next to you. It will blare just by the foot of your bed, forcing you to leave the comforts of your sheets and face the world.
Life Assistant Technologies Reminder Rosie Talking Alarm Clock
This alarm clock may not be able to physically nudge you to wake up, but the talking function is just as good. Reminder Rosie is the perfect gadget to wake up to. You can record up to 25 different voice reminders that are up to 6 seconds long. You could easily wake up to your kids screaming, “Good morning!” You could also wake up every so slowly to a loved one singing a song. But then, you could always record yourself with a reminder saying what you’ve got going on for the day. A sense of urgency is always a good way to wake up, and sometimes all you need is a little reminder that it’s definitely time to get going.