15 Best Alarm Clocks That Actually Get You Out of Bed

For those of us who can't help but snooze.

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Trust us, these unconventional alarm clocks are more reliable than your smartphone.

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Clocky Alarm Clock by Nanda Home

from $35 BUY NOW

Best for Forcing You Out of Bed

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

$9 BUY NOW

Best for the Budget

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

$113 BUY NOW

Best for Gentle Mornings

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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Thunderclap Alarm Clock

$50 BUY NOW

Best for Seriously Heavy Sleepers

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 pickup only if you're a heavy, heavy sleeper. Also, just in case the noise isn't somehow enough to pry you out of bed, this alarm clock flashes multiple bright red LEDs. If that sensory overload doesn't get the job done, nothing will.

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Electrohome Projection Alarm Clock

$21 BUY NOW

Best for Easy Reading

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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OK to Wake! Alarm Clock & Night-Light

$17 BUY NOW

Best for Little Ones

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

$50 BUY NOW

Best for the Music Lover

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

$100 BUY NOW

Best for Basically Having a Friend Wake You Up

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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Smart Alarm Pressure Sensory Alarm Clock

$47 BUY NOW

Best for Stubborn Sleepers

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 three seconds before it'll turn off. Use the preset alarm or load it with your favorite song to wake up to so that you can listen for a few minutes before standing, reducing your urge to immediately kill everything. 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

$19 BUY NOW

Best for Star Wars Lovers

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

$30 BUY NOW

Best for Its Shakable Snooze

Cute. Small. Affordable. 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) 90-decibel wake-up call. Just shake the cloud to conveniently trigger the snooze.

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The Sensorwake 2 Scented Alarm Clock

$146 BUY NOW

Best for Hungry Wakers

This alarm clock uses scent cartridges to wake you up to the smell of your favorite things, from espresso to fresh-cut grass. You can purchase any variety of cartridges you'd like (scents include espresso, seaside, edge of the woods, cut grass, chocolate, and peppermint), but your initial purchase will come with a selection of all these scents. Each cartridge contains 30 wake-ups.

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Doctor Who TARDIS Projection Alarm Clock

$20 BUY NOW

Best for Saving the Universe

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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Hammacher Schlemmer Peaceful Progression Wakeup Clock

$80 BUY NOW

Best for Meditators 

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 radiating 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 the hell up. 

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The Barisieur Alarm Clock

from $340 BUY NOW

Best for Coffee Lovers

All of our dreams are coming true! We can finally wake up to the smells and sounds of freshly brewed coffee with the Barisieur Alarm Clock. Funded through IndieGoGo, this alarm clock doesn't make screeching noises to get you out of bed. Instead, it'll brew you a fresh cup of coffee or tea at the time of your choice. It comes complete with a specially refrigerated spot for milk and plenty of storage for sugar, extra coffee grounds, and stirrers.