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Best alarm clocks

i-box Bedside Radio Alarm Clock
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Waking up naturally in time to start the day isn’t going to happen for most people. That’s where an alarm clock comes in, signalling that it’s time to get out of bed with sound, light, or even vibration. The type of alarm clock you need will depend on how much it takes to rouse you, and our selection includes versions for heavy sleepers as well as the more easily awakened.

Best overall

Geemarc Sonic Bomb

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Geemarc Sonic Bomb

Shaker and lights

The makers of the Sonic Bomb alarm clock describe it as “ballistically loud”. With its combination of an ultra-loud ring, shaker pad for placing under your pillow or mattress, and bright flashing LED lights; even the deepest sleepers won’t slumber on. You can set two alarms with a duration of one to 59 minutes but, for temporary relief, there is a snooze function. 

Traditional style

Newgate Silent Alarm Clock

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Newgate Silent Alarm Clock

Twin bells

A classic alarm clock with bells rung by a hammer could also be an excellent choice for deeper sleepers. The silent sweep movement and reduced ticking should bring peaceful sleep before wake-up time, though. This version’s blue, but there is a range of other shades so you can complement bedroom decor.

Gentle wake-up

Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

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Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

Radio built in

If you don’t want to wake up with a jolt, this sunrise simulation clock could be the answer. Over 30 minutes, the brightness of the light gradually increases to mimic a natural sunrise and can be followed up with a sound alarm from an FM radio station or bird song if you need it. The brightness is fully adjustable, and it doubles up as a lamp for before-bed reading.

Easy viewing

OCUBE LED Digital Alarm Clock

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OCUBE LED Digital Alarm Clock

Five alarm sounds

With a large display, this digital clock is clear to read, while the brightness is adjustable to get the preferred level. Pick from five-alarm sounds and set the volume to create the perfect wake-up, plus enjoy the option to hit the extra-large snooze button. It’s mains powered with battery back-up in case the electricity goes off.

Compact size

Tisaika Silent Alarm Clock

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Tisaika Silent Alarm Clock

No ticking

Just 7.5 x 4 x 7.5cm, this analogue clock won’t hog space on your bedside table. A nightlight illuminates the clock face in the dark, and it has an alarm that gets faster and louder in four stages for the morning. The snooze button can be pressed up to five times for more duvet time.

Stylish option

i-box Bedside Radio Alarm Clock

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i-box Bedside Radio Alarm Clock

Built-in charger

Curvaceous lines and understated colour give this alarm clock a cool, modern aesthetic. Two radio alarms could suit a couple with different wake-up times, and up to 10 FM stations can be pre-set. A pad allows Qi-enabled phones to be charged wirelessly, plus there’s a USB port for a second device.

Bottom line

Oversleeping will be a thing of the past with the right alarm clock, and it can be a handsome addition to your bedroom whether your taste is for modern or traditional design. The Geemarc Sonic Bomb won’t leave the heaviest of sleepers undisturbed when morning comes with a combination of sound, vibration, and light doing the wake-up work.

If the most natural of experiences is your preference, the Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock will deliver a sunrise in your bedroom as its light increases in intensity over half an hour. Because it functions as a reading lamp, too, it will do two jobs in one on the bedside table.

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