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The best alarm clocks of 2021 - CNN Underscored

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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To help you replace your phone's alarm, we put 15 top-rated alarm clocks to the test — from analog tickers to tech-filled wake-up lights. For a whole month, we set alarms, let them ring and snoozed (maybe a bit too often) to find the absolute best.

So if you want to rid yourself of the temptation and put some distance between your bed and your screen but still need to wake up on time, an alarm clock is just the thing.

To help you replace your phone’s alarm, we put 15 top-rated alarm clocks to the test — from analog tickers to tech-filled wake-up lights.

After all our tests, three alarm clocks rose above the others.

Plus, at $25, the Jall Wooden Alarm Clock is equipped with incredibly useful features, such as the ability to set multiple alarms, humidity and temperature readings along with a feature that puts the display to sleep and automatically wakes it back up if it senses movement or sound.

If you want a more soothing and gradual wake up experience than the standard beep of an alarm clock, the Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520 is the alarm clock for you.

The Jall Wooden Digital Alarm Clock scored extremely well in all of our testing thanks to its modern design, simplicity and extra features.

First and foremost, the Jall is a solid alarm clock that will comfortably wake you up.

It didn’t have the best wake-up experience of all the clocks we tested (that title belongs to the sunrise clocks we’ll touch on later), nor did it have a terribly jarring alarm that scared us awake (we’ll talk more about those too).

The Jall Wooden Digital Alarm Clock ended up being the highest scoring clock in all of our testing and rightfully earned its place at the top of our list.

The DreamSky Compact Digital Alarm Clock was neck and neck with the Jall Wooden Clock throughout our testing and, in the end, finished just one point shy of the overall winner.

If you’re looking for a solid alarm clock and don’t need the extra features of the Jall, the DreamSky Compact Digital Alarm Clock could be the one for you.

After our testing, the best sunrise alarm clock — and one of the best all-around alarm clocks — was the Philips Wake-up Light HF3520.

To be transparent, the title for best sunrise alarm clock was extremely close between the Philips Wake-up Light HF3520 and its more expensive sibling, the Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light.

Since it is such a big alarm clock, it’s also got some weight to it, which made the drop test extra scary.

The Philips Wake-up Light HF3520 is quite an investment for an alarm clock at $79. 95, but for the price you’re getting the best wake-up experience on the market that will make your mornings brighter and happier.

We opened each alarm clock and set the time and alarm, playing with all the settings and testing out any and all extra features.

Like we said earlier, the Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-up Light is an outstanding alarm clock.

The wake-up experience is just as good as our winner for the best sunrise alarm clock — and this light comes with more features such as a customizable snooze, more alarms you can set, relaxation exercises and more.

The snooze button can function as a light, which is a nice feature other digital clocks didn’t have, but setting the time and alarm was a slow and unforgiving experience.

This clock is the only analog option we tested to have a snooze button and it was easy to set the alarm (though not an exact science since you’re moving an analog hand instead of entering a digit).

Sonic Bomb Dual Extra Loud Alarm Clock with Bed Shaker ($33. 40, originally $52. 95; amazon. com)

So while it didn’t score too well in our testing and broke during our drop tests, if you have a bad habit of sleeping through multiple alarms, the Sonic Bomb Dual Extra Loud Alarm Clock should be enough to wake you up.

Jall Analog Alarm Clock ($10. 99; amazon. com)

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