15 Effective Alarm Clocks That Aren’t a Total Snooze

For those of us who can't help but want 5 more minutes.

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Trust us, these alarm clocks are more reliable than your smartphone. For all those days you really need to get out of bed (hi, 9-to-5 job!), these clocks will have you covered. We can't guarantee you'll never be late, but at least they'll get you up and going!

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Clocky Alarm Clock by Nanda Home

Need a little extra incentive to pry yourself out of bed? You'll have plenty of it with this no-nonsense wheeled alarm clock. After the first time you press snooze, this unit automatically starts moving away from you, creating enough distance to literally force you out of bed in order to shut it off for good. Plus, it also comes in pastel blue, white, red, and more.

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Pyramid Shaped Digital Alarm Clock

The best part of this pyramid-shaped clock is its up-to-date thermometer that tells you the outdoor temperature, so you know exactly how to dress for the day. This unit flashes up to seven different colors, and the pyramid shape is particularly fun to display on your desk or dresser. It's a reliable option for a tiny price tag!

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Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light With Colored Sunrise Simulation

Now you can wake up to the sun without even opening your curtains. This alarm clock uses a gentle glow that simulates a sunrise, waking you gently and naturally, so you definitely won't want to murder it when it starts going off. Choose from five different calming sounds to pair with the gradual light for an all-around sensory experience, or just select the FM radio option (that you'll inevitably snooze once or twice).

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Sonic Alert Alarm Clock With Bed Shaker
$31.19 (41% off)

Don't worry, Zeus didn't show up to your home, but you'll certainly feel that way when waking up to this unit's thunderous, 113-decibel buzzing. Fair warning: It's definitely loud, so it's a good pick only if you're a heavy, heavy sleeper. Just in case the noise somehow isn't enough to pry you out of bed, this alarm clock flashes multiple bright red LEDs and comes with a bed shaker that'll really get you going. Trust us, if that sensory overload doesn't get the job done, nothing will.

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Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock
$19.99 (33% off)

Never squint to see what time it is again, especially when you're waking up 20 times in the middle of the night to, you know, see exactly what time it is. We love the projection feature that displays the time on your wall or ceiling for easy viewing. Plus, it'll even toss up the temperature — so you'll already know what you should wear to work before you even get out of bed.

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Mirari OK to Wake! Alarm Clock

The OK to Wake! alarm clock and nap timer is a useful tool for parents with young kids learning the importance of sleep schedules. When it's OK for a child to get out of bed (aka when the alarm or nap timer goes off) the clock will light up green, providing an easy-to-understand visual cue for little ones to start their day. It even has interchangeable face plates to suit aesthetic preferences.

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iHome iBT29BC Bluetooth Color Changing Alarm Clock
$52.94 (24% off)

This color-changing option features a radio, built-in wake-up tones, Bluetooth music streaming (so you can wake up to your favorite playlist), and USB-charging capacity to keep your phone juiced. You can preset two alarms, cycle through colors, and snooze, and even use the alarm clock's speakerphone and microphone functions to answer phone calls from paired devices. Basically, this clock does everything except your laundry.

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Life Assistant Technologies Reminder Rosie Talking Alarm Clock

Who doesn't love an alarm clock that verbally lets you know it's time to get up and start your day? Step aside, Siri, because "Reminder Rosie" is where it's at. You can easily record up to 25 different alarm-reminders at 6 seconds each. So why not wake up to a recording of your kids saying, "Good morning, Mom!"? (Or maybe you don't want that.) We love how you can turn off the alarm by quickly pressing a button or just saying out loud, "Reminder Off." 

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Instecho Pressure Sensitive Alarm Clock Mat

If you literally need to be forced out of bed with no opportunity for an extra snooze, this pressure-sensing alarm clock will definitely do the trick: You have to physically get out of bed and stand on it for a full five seconds before it'll turn off. 

Use the preset alarm, or load it with your favorite song to wake up to so you can listen for a few minutes before standing. The mat connects to your computer with a USB cable for music options, and it's battery-powered, so you won't find yourself tripping on any cords. 

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Lego Star Wars Figure Clock

Rise and shine, rebel. This Stormtrooper comes to you, bringing news of a peace proposal with the empire. See those bright numbers displayed brilliantly on its LCD screen? That means it's time to go. Adjustable arms point toward the door, beckoning for you to make haste. But before you head off to save the galaxy, you might want to turn your Lego alarm clock off first. Plus, if you're a Darth Vader fan, you can get this alarm clock with him, too!

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Cloud Shaped Alarm Clock System

Cute. Small. Affordable. It's a desirable trifecta that comprises this visually "punny" alarm clock that helps you gently come down from cloud nine by triggering its soft (but effective) wake-up call. Just shake the cloud to conveniently trigger the snooze.

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LEXiBOOK Olfactory Radio Clock
$48.77 (54% off)

This alarm clock uses scent cartridges to wake you up to the smell of your favorite things, from bacon (!!!) to sweet peach. You can purchase any variety of cartridges you'd like (scents include bacon, cappuccino, mint, strawberry candy, banana, and sweet peach), but your initial purchase will come with one bacon capsule. Each cartridge contains 30 wake-ups.

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Doctor Who TARDIS Projection Alarm Clock

Get woken up to the soft blue glow of the hour (and the Doctor Who logo). Time to hop into this bedside TARDIS and save the world — or just go to work. Regardless of what you have going on, this TARDIS-styled alarm clock will awake the Whovian in you.

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Sound Oasis Aromatherapy Alarm Clock

This clock uses customizable aromatherapy, gradual light, and the sounds of nature to gently wake you up like the angel you deserve to be treated as. Thirty minutes before your alarm is set to go off, the clock will start glowing softly and gradually radiate golden light.

You can set the clock to release aromatherapeutic scents in tandem with the light, choosing from four different fragrances that come with the clock or using your own essential oil blend. Fifteen minutes before your wake-up time, it'll also emit your choice of soft nature noises. The cycle ends with a chiming noise that gradually grows in volume to ensure that even the heaviest sleepers will wake up.

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SWAN Vintage Teasmade Alarm Clock

Fellow tea-lovers, all of our dreams are coming true! We can finally wake up to the smells and sounds of freshly brewed tea with the Teasmade Alarm Clock. Instead of making screeching noises to get you out of bed, it'll first brew you a fresh cup of tea at the time of your choice, and then sound an alarm after boiling is complete. After dark, the face of the clock illuminates with an adjustable blue night light that's dim enough to not disturb light-sensitive sleepers.