They may be one of the more despised products out there but just about everyone needs one. Alarm clocks
are a fact of life. Find one that won't fail you and let us help.
Types of Alarm Clocks
Features to Consider
* '''The Snooze Button'''
** Where is it located?
** Will you be able to hit it with accuracy while still half asleep, or will you accidentally hit something else (like the Off button)?
** How long is the snooze? Is snooze length programmable?
* '''Ease of Programming'''
** Is the clock easy to program or excessively complicated?
** Where are the programming and set switches? Are they dangerously close to the snooze button?
* '''Power Source'''
** Does the alarm clock run on house current?
** If it runs on house current, does it have a battery backup?
*** Battery backup is important, especially if you live in an area prone to blackouts.
** If you get an alarm clock that runs only on batteries, make sure to change or recharge them frequently.
** Analog, wind-up alarm clocks need only occasional winding, but they don't offer the range of features available on electronic alarm clocks.
** Most people like to be able to read their alarm clocks, so make sure the numbers on yours are big enough for you to read easily, especially in the dark.
** If you wear glasses, don't forget you might not be able to read smaller numbers in the middle of the night.
** There are also analog alarm clocks available, but consider whether you will be able to read it in the dark.
** Some clocks have adjustable backlighting levels.
** If you are sensitive to light while trying to fall asleep, look for a dimmer switch.
** Some high-end clocks may automatically adjust their brightness when you turn the room lights on or off.
* '''Multiple Alarm Settings'''
** Some clocks only have one programmable slot for the alarm.
** Fancier models may have a "72" system, which means that the alarm can go off at the same time every day, or it can go off the same time five days a week and at a different time the other two days of the week.
** Some clocks simply have more than one alarm that you can set some have as many as three or four.
*** Handy if two people need to wake up at two different times.
* '''Wake-Up Call'''
** Some clocks only offer one alarm type usually a beep or chime of some kind.
** You may choose to opt for one that has multiple sound options, including a radio or CD player.
* '''Sound Machines'''
** Many alarm clocks on the market now have a Sound machines
can also be purchased separately.
* '''Time Zones'''
** If you are specifically interested in an alarm clock for traveling
, consider getting one with multiple time zone settings.
** This will let you keep track of what time it is at home and wherever you are traveling.
There seems to be a never-ending array of alarm clocks on the market now with all kinds of special gadgets. Here are a few of the most fun features:
* Sync with atomic clock for absolute accuracy.
* Indoor and outdoor temperature, weather and humidity.
* Built-in gradual light wakes you up progressively with light and sound.
* Calculator and calendar.
* Multiple radio station memory slots (AM and FM).
: some clocks feature red projections of the time, date, temperature and more on the wall or ceiling.
* Talking alarm clocks
: announce the time on demand or when the alarm goes off.
* Specialty alarm clocks: feature cartoon characters
or other novelties.
Hot Alarm Clocks
MP3 Alarm Clocks
You can dock or line-in any iPod or MP3 with a standard USB input into these alarm clocks. Wake up to your favorite playlists with crystal clear, digital sound.
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