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Best features to look for in an alarm clock

Choosing an alarm clock can be quite time consuming as we all want to ensure we are starting the day the right way. For some, simple setting an alarm on a mobile phone will be suffice. However, others may wish to choose a physical alarm clock unit. So, what are the key features to consider? 

Simplicity of a basic clock

You may wish to go for a classic style of a basic clock. These alarm clocks offer the basic function of an operating clock with an alarm. Although they have a simple to design, they can be straightforward and easy to use. Featured below is the Acctim Hilda Retro Alarm Clock – Pigeon Grey (947/0978). 


Digital display

Digital displays are also increasingly popular. Depending on the model, you may find the alarm clock gives the options for a 12 hour clock or a 24 hour clock. This allows users more preference.   

Calendar options

Similar to a standard digital display, some alarm clocks offer an inbuilt calendar. This can add even more personalisation for users. However, this may not be suitable for those who want pure simplicity as the display will feature the day and date, as well as the time. 


Control over alarm sounds

If you hate the sound of an alarm but still want to be woken up, you’ll want an alarm clock which offers control over the sounds. For example, some alarm clocks will provide a variety of different alarm tones, or even the option to start the day by switching immediately to your favourite radio station. 

Getting a projector as an additional feature

When waking up in the morning, you may wish to have the time directly in front of you or projected onto the ceiling above you. If that’s the case, you may want to consider if the alarm clock has the ability to project the time. Featured below is the Bush Projection Alarm Clock (913/4087). 


Lights and atmosphere

If you wish to start the day calm, it is likely that you’ll want an alarm clock which will help to produce a calming atmosphere. If this is the case, a key feature you’ll be looking for is lighting. Some alarm clocks have the ability to create an atmosphere with soft, coloured lighting. Below is the Lumie Bodyclock Glow 150 Wake-Up Alarm Clock (916/7607). 


So which do you pick?

Overall, there are many features to consider when choosing your alarm clock. We recommend listing what is most important to you, and basing the choice on these qualities.