Like the Philips upgrade pick, the iHome offers an extensive wind-down program, yet costs about a quarter of the price. But that isn’t a big deal. Welcome to Oregon Scientific Store, the Top-Rated Oregon Scientific US retail store for home weather stations, atomic projection clocks, thermometers, smart globes, weather instruments, BBQ thermometers and more. We favored clocks that let you adjust the brightness of the numbers. In fall 2020, we tested an additional four clocks under $100: the iHome Zenergy Dream Mini, the La Crosse Technology C85135 Mood Light and Nature Sound Alarm Clock, the La Crosse Technology C80994 Soluna Light Alarm Clock, and the Lexon Miami Sunrise Simulator Alarm Clock. This app is more precise and reliable than a traditional forecast. Unfortunately, the light isn’t so much a gradually swelling sunrise as it is a lamp with a brightening switch that turns itself on in stilted increments. This sunrise alarm’s light simulation isn’t as soothing or radiant as that of more expensive wake-up lights, but its alarm sounds, dimming capabilities, and radio make it better than some models that cost twice as much. The Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520 offers the best features at the most reasonable price. Photo: Sarah Kobos. With it, you can program wake-up alarms for every day of the week (as opposed to just two in the HF3520) and designate wind-down times, along with corresponding brightness levels, alarm sounds, radio stations, and the volume. At $100 currently, this model’s price is similar to our pick’s frequent on-sale price, yet it falls short. Remove all power from both units. The typical treatment for SAD is bright-light therapy, which requires a medical-grade device that shines 20 to 50 times brighter light than what these alarms provide. We also like that you can set multiple alarms during the week and that the sunset component comes with the option of several “wind down” routines, complete with calming sounds and (if you like) visual prompts to guide you in deep breathing. But it comes with features you typically find in high-end clocks, and that makes this model the best budget choice. Lumie Bodyclock Active 250: If Lumie's models sold more widely in the US, it would be Philips’s competitor. As with the other under-$100 models listed in this guide (except for the Zenergy), it felt flimsy, too. Wirecutter is reader-supported. It’s hard to test lights without having them in hand, so we started out by picking clocks that met the following criteria, with the most important ones up top: Good general appearance: You can’t help but notice the device on your nightstand, so it’s preferable to have something that can hold its own in a well-kept bedroom. The clock’s biggest drawback, though, is that the light isn’t as robust as that of all the Philips options, which is essential to helping you feel awake. (Philips’s SmartSleep options, which are more expensive, are the only other clocks offering this red-tinted sunrise/sunset simulation.) The wake-up light doesn’t mimic the colors of sunrise, despite the clock’s 20 “mood-light” options (including red and orange), nor does it fill up the room. It has one less wake-up sound and relaxation sound than the HF3670 and just one sunrise to choose from (as opposed to four). I haven’t yet tested the accuracy of the sensors’ readings, but they seemed generally on the mark—you just need to walk into my bedroom to know it. Pleasant alarm tones: Although light is the main method of waking you up, these clocks also feature an audio alarm, which kicks in at the height of the light’s brightness. You can use a smart bulb with a regular lamp and control it with an app or smart speaker such as an Amazon Echo or Google Home. A natural alarm clock allows you to greet the day brightly and peacefully and makes a great gift for friends and family members. The SleepMapper app will ask you to create an account to use it, but it’s not required. I also listened to each alarm tone and radio to evaluate the selection and sound quality. If you’re not ready to spring for either of our main picks, we recommend the hOmelabs Sunrise Alarm Clock. Skip to main content.us. This clock is missing certain bells and whistles of the premium model—a phone charger, an aux cable and port to play music from your phone over the alarm’s speaker, a midnight light, and extra sounds—but we didn’t miss them enough to be willing to pay $60 to $100 extra for them. The Philips HF3670 has sensors in the back to detect your room’s temperature as well as its humidity, light, and noise levels. Alarm clocks have long been faithful bedside companions, getting us to wake up in time for work, school and other obligations. Once detected at dawn, light of sufficient intensity helps to suppress your levels of melatonin. You can find a few dawn-simulating apps on iTunes and Google Play, but they tend to garner mixed reviews and emit meager light compared with a clock or other dedicated device (see below). It also offers some other special features, like temperature, humidity and light sensors, and the ability to log your sleep and wake up times in the app, but these are simply nice-to-haves. However, as Philips’s product development team wrote to us, the clocks are “tested to last for seven years with regular use.” One Wirecutter colleague has used hers for six years, and it’s still working. The unit also connects to a Bluetooth smartphone or electronic device and streams music from its 3-watt speaker. In wakeup mode, the light starts to brighten 30 minutes before your set alarm time, gradually getting brighter and brighter. In our tests, the light made the clock feel hot, an issue I didn’t experience with any of the Philips models. Travelwey amazon.com. We have a variety of sizes and designs of alarm clocks available to complement your bedroom. Because the HF3650 typically costs the same as the HF 3670, our upgrade pick, when the latter is on sale, but has fewer features, we think you’re better off going with the HF3670. It’s built with all the stuff you’ll find in the high-end clocks; it’s just not nearly as luxe. Thanks to voice assistants, these timepieces have gotten a major upgrade. There are seven color options to play with but the sunrise works only with white. Biologically, people are wired to wake up as the sun rises, and wake-up-light alarm clocks are designed to simulate that effect, starting with a dim light that builds up to the brilliance of a bright spring day over the course of about 30 minutes. What can I say? You’re seeing this ad based on the product’s relevance to your search query. Frigidaire 308-2408FR Wireless Curved Mirrored Extra Bright LED Atomic Clock – BIG CURVED … Our favorite, the Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520, emits soothing red-tinted dawn and dusk simulations and gentle wake-up sounds. But we appreciate the virtue of a streamlined sleep tool. It’s also easier to change the settings via the intuitive app. It is very useful for all outdoor activities – including cycling, motorcycling, hiking, gardening, BBQs, picnics, dog walking and DIY. Liam McCabe, Wirecutter’s senior writer for appliances, uses a LIFX bulb and likes that it doesn’t take up his limited nightstand space and helps him feel “like I’m waking up on my own rather than being jolted awake.” Although he has overslept a few times, he has three backups on the mornings he can’t risk that: “my wife’s alarm, my daughter crying, and my wife shaking me awake when all else fails.”. Instead of reaching its brightest peak in awkwardly distinct “steps,” the light swells gracefully and smoothly to a bright white. We’ve found five clocks (analog, digital, and smart) in various styles that we recommend for a peaceful bedroom—and a dependable wake-up in the morning. Even at its peak, the light doesn’t quite fill the room—it’s only 130 lux, compared with our main pick’s 300 and the entry-level Philips’s 200. We favored clocks with a variety of sounds to choose from. To snooze an alarm, all you have to do is touch the clock anywhere—a convenience that’s unique to this model. But you can’t rely on these clocks alone as treatment. On the plus side, you can use the clock as a reading light and program it to dim as you wind down and go to bed. 330 Recently added Clock Skins and Widgets for Rainmeter A rubberized foundation keeps the hOmelabs clock from slipping off the nightstand despite its light weight, and it comes with a 30-month warranty if you register the product—the coverage is six months longer than that of the other models we tried. Just for fun, you can also adjust it to glow in one of six different Gatorade-like colors in the dark—but only the white light works as an alarm light. The audio alarm—a choice of five not-always-calming nature options (ocean waves but also a thunderstorm), plus a buzzer—grows quite loud, but the highest brightness level barely fills the corner of the room, let alone the whole space. Think of this purchase as getting, say, a pair of inexpensive ice skates before deciding that you actually like the sport—and going for an upgrade the next time around. Rather than simulating dawn or dusk, its white light simply grows from dim to bright within a 30-minute window—no fancy color nuances, and with a less gradual change than on our other picks. Most of the La Crosse’s attributes are more nice-to-haves than wake-up essentials, including its clearly labeled, intuitive-to-set buttons and a USB port (so you can charge your phone and listen to a personal playlist). It’s for anyone who is eager to use their clock as an accessory for an entire sleep ritual. We think it’s the intuitive app that truly makes the upgrade worth it, allowing you to program your sunrise and sunset times and other features much more easily than navigating the buttons on the clock. How to fall asleep fast and stay asleep all night? You don’t really need a special clock to wake yourself up with light—any ol’ lamp with a timer will do. © 2020 Wirecutter, Inc., A New York Times Company, La Crosse Technology C80994 Soluna Light Alarm Clock, Lexon Miami Sunrise Simulator Alarm Clock, SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light HF3670, Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light, Upgrade pick: Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light HF3670, Budget pick: hOmelabs Sunrise Alarm Clock. 900+ Amazon customer reviews. 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