4 Alarm Clocks to Help You Rise and Shine
If you have trouble waking up in the morning, you've probably tried everything to wake from your comatose state — almost everything. Put down your rolling, flying, or somersaulting alarm clock and take down the water bucket rig over your bed. There's a much simpler solution: sunlight.
Sunrise alarm clocks and lights aim to mimic the best parts of dawn, from colors to relaxing sounds. Waking up to the gradual increase of light offers a less jarring experience than the blaring alarms you know and detest. We chose the best dawn simulating options out there to help you really rise and shine.
Learn about what features you should look for and how we chose our picks here.
Philips sets the tone for reliability and design when it comes to wake-up lights. We recommend the Philips HF3520 for people who want an attractive, durable product that combines classic and sunrise alarm features.
- Red tones create realistic dawn and dusk simulations
- Customizable sunrise duration
- Soundscapes and FM radio serve as a backup alarm
- Poor button placement
- Mediocre speaker quality
If you want to spend a little less, but still want the reliability of a Philips Wake-up Light, we recommend the Philips HF3500/60. This bare bones approach to a sunrise alarm clock is great for people who just want a sunrise simulation.
- Backup sound alarm (beeps)
- Intuitive buttons
- Can be used as a lamp
- Can't adjust the sound alarm volume
- Clock display is too bright
If you want to take the sun with you, we recommend Nature Bright's Sun Bliss. This tiny device works as a sunrise alarm clock and a portable light therapy device. Whether you want to conquer your jet lag or just get a little artificial sunlight boost at the office, this is a useful addition to your work bag/carry-on.
- Small and easy to pack
- Backup sound alarm (chirping birds)
- Can be used for light therapy
- Buttons aren't intuitive
- Short power cord
If you want the lowest amount of impact on your decor and are fairly tech-savvy, a smart LED bulb could become your wake-up light. After testing out a few smart bulbs, we recommend Flux's WiFi 10W Smart Bulb because it's the most user-friendly, comes with great customer support, and offers the right amount of customization.
- Easy to adjust sunrise brightness and duration
- Can set multiple, day-specific alarms
- Connects to Amazon Alexa, IFTTT, and Google Home
- No backup sound alarm
- Manually turning light off turns off the alarm
Sunrise alarm clocks are fairly new light therapy tools that are still finding their footing. There were a few additional products that try some new things, but fell too short of the mark for us to recommend them.