The Best Alarm Clocks for a Gentle Wake-Up Call
The era of using your smart phone as your alarm clock is over: In some respects, it's time to go old-school and situate a good-looking time teller permanently onto your nightstand. Today's alarm clocks, however, are anything but retro—there's no need to go back to the cumbersome black block, ominous red display and all, that once jolted you awake with a digitized shriek.
Your modern-day wake-up call is anything but jarring. Several contemporary machines even have built-in guided meditations, sleep sounds, and soothing color settings, so you can wake up calm and centered. And if the high-tech come-to isn't for you? At least upgrade to a prettier model. Ahead, you'll find a bit of both—new-age and classic (but elevated!) options—so you can start your morning stronger.
Here's another multi-hyphenate: The Hatch Restore offers a multitude of sleep, white noise, and "alarm" sounds (we're partial to Meditative Flute, a sound so gentle, you hear it in your dreams before reality sets in) and meditation exercises via a paired app. Best of all, the device helps you create and follow a sleep routine. With one tap, your regimen—which might include a reading period, breathing exercise, and sleep sound—begins. And in the morning? Your Hatch begins to glow, just like the rising sun.
Shop Now: Hatch Restore Sound Machine and Smart Light, $129.99, bestbuy.com.
Rise and shine with ease thanks to this aesthetically-pleasing clock, complete with a Himalayan salt base and wood top. Its cozy amber light intensifies as the clock ticks closer to wake-up time—but it does come with a snooze feature if you're just not ready to open your eyes.
Shop Now: Mahli Himalayan Salt Sunrise Alarm Clock, $38, urbanoutfitters.com.
This award-winning machine has sunset and sunrise simulations to prepare your body for sleep—and to help you rise on time. It makes your morning routine more fun, too, since the clock can also play your music library.
Shop Now: Philips SmartSleep Sleep and Wake-Up Therapy Light, $179.99, bestbuy.com.
If you're looking for an alarm clock that moonlights as a piece of art, this iteration is for you. It's a splurge, but makes waking up—or telling time, for that matter—that much more beautiful. Available in six colorways with interchangeable interfaces, this piece is one you will have forever.
Shop Now: Qlocktwo Touch Pure in Vanilla Sugar, $565, qlocktwo.com.
Looking for a tiny physical alarm clock you can take on the go? This classic model is ultra-small, which makes it perfect for travel.
Shop Now: Twin Bell Alarm Clock, $14.89, amazon.com.
This traditional, but modernized petite clock (how dreamy is the green colorway?) was designed by famed Danish architect and designer Arne Jacobsen; it comes with an old-school bell alarm that can be silenced with a tap of the top. Plus, the LED touch sensor means you can easily see the time at night.
Shop Now: Arne Jacobsen Alarm Clock in Dark, Green $149, schoolhouse.com.
It looks vintage, but this clock—with a silent ticker and matte black case—knows what century it's in. The battery-operated time teller is also wire-free.
Shop Now: West Elm Wideboy Analog Alarm Clock, $50, westelm.com.