When sleeping in is not an option, you need to know that you’re using an alarm that’s going to lure you out from under the covers. Thankfully, there are an array of alarms on the market designed to rouse even the heaviest sleepers. You may not be ready to shine, but these 10 innovative, attractive and multipurpose alarms will help you rise.
TIVOLI ALBERGO CLOCK RADIO WITH BLUETOOTH
We know: The struggle is real in the A.M., which is why most people will appreciate the simplicity of the Albergo’s interface. The controls on the front make it easy to use, and the display will feed you hints when doing things, like setting the alarm. Along with offering a clock radio, this model features wireless music streaming. To boot, it looks great. Choose from five colors (white, graphite, red, blue or green), and further customize it by selecting a sophisticated wooden cabinet ($80; available in cherry, walnut or black ash).
GOGROOVE BLUESYNC TYM WOODEN ALARM CLOCK AND BLUETOOTH WITH LED DISPLAY
You’ll earn style points with this multitasking bad boy. The sleek Bluetooth-enabled wooden alarm clock plays your tunes wirelessly and offers speakerphone. Plus, you can see the temperature right on the display, so you can decide what to wear while still comfortably swaddled in your sheets.
JASPER MORRISON & PUNKT’S ALARM
This Swiss designed clock won’t just rouse you with its not-too-soft-but-not-too-loud morning trill; it will also look fantastic on your nightstand. Long battery life ensures it won’t crap out on you, and the scratch-resistant face means it can take a beating.
PHILIPS WAKE-UP LIGHT
If an audible wake-up call only inspires you to bury your head in your pillow, try this lamp. It gradually wakes you up by getting brighter over 30 minutes, imitating sunlight to boost your alertness. It also has two wake-up sounds and an FM radio. And yes, it’s got a snooze button…just in case.
SONIC BOMB WITH SUPER SHAKER
Would it take an earthquake to get you out of bed? Here’s the next best thing. The Sonic Bomb with Super Shaker is armed with an extra loud alarm, as well as pulsing lights and a 12-volt bed shaker that vibrates.
When it comes to alarm clocks, the iHome has become a contemporary classic. The dual alarm clock radio charges your device and lets you wake up to the radio or your playlist of choice. You’re already probably charging your iPad, iPhone or iPod overnight, so why not give your cord a little break, simplify your life and use this dock instead?
You’ll have no choice but to get out of bed with Clocky, which looks and sounds like R2D2’s distant cousin. This adorable clock on wheels begins to roll away after sounding the alarm, forcing you to chase after it to turn it off.
VOICE COMMAND ALARM CLOCK
This idiot-proof device takes the button-fiddling part of setting an alarm clock out of the equation. With your voice, you can set and turn off your morning alarm, learn the date, time and temperature, stop and set a timer and activate the sleep sound and night light. It features three wake noises, as well as two soothing sounds for sleeping.
SOUND SOOTHER WHITE NOISE MACHINE
Maybe your whole day would go better if it didn’t start with a shrill beep or the grating voice of your local radio DJ. Instead, this device—which doubles as a white noise machine to help you sleep—eases you out from under the covers with the gentle sounds of nature, featuring 20 different soundscapes, including recordings of the ocean, rain, the din of a city and a crackling fire.
There’s no need to splurge on an alarm clock if you’ve got an iPhone or Android and a buck to spare. This app analyzes your sleep and wakes you during your lightest phase of sleep, so you wake up feeling more bright-eyed. Simply download the app, and place your phone on your bed as you sleep so it can monitor your movements. It also keeps track of the quality of your shuteye over time.