From the moment that getting up in the morning becomes a priority in our lives, we develop what can only be described as a love-hate relationship with our alarm clock. Love insofar as we rely on them to get us out of bed in the morning and off to school or work without tardiness. Hate in that (I think we can speak for everyone here), getting up early in the morning, especially after a late night, isn’t the most pleasant. Factor in an annoying Disc-Jockey yelling at the crack of dawn, an unrelenting buzzing sound, or the old-school ringing from a more vintage setup, and those first few seconds when the dream is rudely interrupted and bright morning light is shining across your bedroom is nothing other than a rude awakening.
That’s why if you’re going to have to participate in the necessary evil of “rising and shining” then you need to quit relying on your cell phone or that terrible morning show and get yourself a quality alarm clock. Not only are they dependable, but if you take the extra time in researching the right ones they can bring some class to the nightstand. No matter if you’re a stickler for schedules, work for someone who is, or believe that time is relative, we all need a wake-up call from time to time. So it’s in your best interest then to take a gander at our picks for the 10 best alarm clocks and realize that with the right equipment, time can finally be on your side.
Throwing it back to the mid-century, Kikkerland’s vintage alarm clock is retro in just about every sense of the word. From the bright blue plastic case and numbers, ivory face, and glow in the dark hands this alarm clock has it all. It also features a top shut off button for the clock’s beep alarm, runs off a single AA battery and will certainly bring some vintage flavor to the nightstand.
Braun Classic Analog
Ideal for travel, the Classic Analog from Braun boasts real value for the individual who doesn’t want to resort to hotel wake-up calls or smartphone alarms while traveling. It runs off a quiet quartz movement, features a large alarm switch, comes in an elegant black color, features a sweep second hand, and only requires one AA battery.
Newgate Red Bubble
Quite the vintage throwback indeed, the Red Bubble Alarm Clock is sure to please those admirers of yesteryear with its convex case, white paper face, and chunky black hands for some added charm on the nightstand. It’s made with acrylic, is a lightweight piece, and only requires one AA battery to function with ease. Bring a little personality to the home or office.
Newgate Brass Knocker
Old school in appearances, the Newgate Brass Knocker is what most of us envision when we consider alarm clocks. It features a real working hammer-to-bell alarm, a metal case and glass lens, comes with a one-year movement guarantee, and is all wrapped up neatly in an attractive dark chocolate brown finish. Ditch the irritating radio, time to appreciate vintage design and functionality.
Vintage-inspired and outfitted in Biscuit Box Red, this offering from Newgate is a durable metal clock that works anywhere from the nightstand to the mantel to the wall. Its handsome dial face is protected behind a glass lens and digital beep alarm won’t disturb you in the morning. Oversized? Maybe. A must have? Most definitely.
With such a renowned reputation in the watch world, it would certainly be a shame to not include a Seiko alarm clock in the mix. It boasts a classic yet modern appearance, trimmed in a silver-toned case and its Arabic numeral hour markers remain highly legible thanks to the clocks luminous hands. It’s a straight-forward attractive alarm clock that won’t let you down come morning.
L.L. Bean Moonbeam
The first Moonbeam alarm clock was introduced back in 1952, since then, L.L. Bean has continued to release this fan favorite for those who favor a little blast from the past. It takes standard AA batteries, features a pre-installed LED light, an electric analog clock mechanism, and is housed within a plastic molded case with a convex glass lens. Also, since this is 2017 after all, the Moonbeam comes equipped with a built-in USB power source so you can charge your smartphone.
Station Alarm Clock
Originally designed by Arne Jacobsen for Lauritz Knudson in 1941, this rendering of the original still carries with it the easy-to-read numbers and two-tone hands he’s known for. It features an old school bell for the alarm, a snooze option, and a touch sensor LED for viewing at night. It’s also powered by two AA batteries and boasts a precision quartz movement.
George Jensen HK Clock
Designed by none other than Henning Koppel himself, this designer alarm clock is sure to please. Henning has been responsible for designing luxury watches and chronographs, wall clocks and weather stations, and it’s clear his talents resonate strongly with this alarm clock. It’s made from stainless steel, boasts a minimalist dial face, and is the perfect companion for both home and abroad.
Punkt Alarm Clock by Jasper Morrison
Straight from the UK, influential designer Jasper Morrison decided it was time to team up with Punkt -a Swiss electronics brand- to build this handsome solid aluminum alarm clock. It features a scratch-resistant crystal clear face, a smart alarm switch to activate the alarm, snooze button, a light ring to view at night and glow in the dark hands and dial. Clean design at its finest.
Best Watches Under $150
And for the wrist, here is a collection of the best men’s watches under $150 that are sure to keep you on time and in charge while out and about.