After 19 hours of hands-on testing and crowdsourcing, we have come to conclude that the iHome iBT230 Bluetooth Alarm Clock Radio With Speakerphone is the best alarm clock for heavy sleepers in our list. It works both as a reliable alarm clock and a music player
Alarm clocks are important for us to keep track and be on time on our day to day activities.
Whether you would like to catch up on your sleep and not have to worry about oversleeping. Or make sure that you won’t miss an early class, or come in late for an important meeting. You will need an alarm clock that will not fail you.
However, with all the excellent yet ironically poor alarm clocks available in the market today, choosing one can be a difficult task.
Luckily, you are in the right place. We did all the tedious work for you by testing out the best alarm clocks available while also doing intensive crowdsourcing from consumer reviews and from our peers.
Read more on our article and learn which one grabs the top spot as the best alarm clock for heavy sleepers in 2018.
|Product Name||Brightness Control||Music Playability||Bluetooth Transmission|
|RCA Digital Alarm Clock (Second Runner up)||Yes||No||No|
|Philips Wake up Light with Colored Sunrise Simulation (First Runner Up)||Yes||Yes||No|
|Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Alarm Clock (Loudest Alarm)||Yes||No||No|
|Sony ICFC1 Alarm Clock Radio||Yes||Yes||No|
|iHome iBT230 Bluetooth Alarm Clock Radio With Speakerphone (Editor’s Pick)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
How To Chose the Best Alarm Clock?
In this portion of the article, we will tackle the factors that you need to consider before buying an alarm clock.
An alarm clock that does not tell the time accurately somewhat defeats its purpose.
An alarm clock needs to be consistent in making that alarming sound. To do this, you can merely set a schedule for an alarm, keep track of the time on another device be it a phone, a watch or another clock and see if it alarms at the right time.
The snooze feature is also another assessment when measuring the accuracy of an alarm clock. The last thing you would want to happen is to sleep through 2 hours and be late for class, when in fact you set the snooze time to only 10 minutes.
2. Ease of Use
Ease of use is another important feature that you want to test out before buying a unit. When you wake up after a sounding alarm, the worst thing that could happen is struggling to turn off your alarm. With this, it is important to look for an alarm clock that is convenient to use.
A user-friendly alarm clock is one that lets you adjust the volume of the noise the clock makes. In addition, it is best that you equip yourself with one that has an easily accessible snooze button. Moreover, find alarm clocks that are backlit so that you can tell time even in dark lit rooms, even better, find an alarm clock that lets you adjust its brightness.
Customizable alarm clocks are convenient to use. A few alarm clocks in the market today allow you to set an alarm in advance for the whole week or during weekdays only. With this, you save time on constantly setting the alarm time.
Noise sounds or styles are also common among customizable alarm clocks. This is a good feature since not all people prefer the alarm sounds that come with the purchase. Because of this, you can have the capacity to change the sounds whenever you like.
4. Added Features
To add more icing to the cake, several alarm clocks available in the market nowadays offer other features than just telling time. With the advent of advanced technology, some alarm clocks can now store music, calendar and can also read temperatures in the room they are placed.
There are also alarm clocks that have an LCD screen wherein you can display pictures that you can store in the alarm clock. Wouldn’t be nice to wake up by the sound of an alarm clock and the first thing you see is a picture of a loved one? Cheesy right? But we know, deep down inside, you would want to grab a hold of these types of alarm clocks when you see one.
Our Assessment and Evaluation Process
In this article, we have done the strict and rigorous process of evaluating and assessing each and every product. In our search for the best alarm clock for heavy sleepers, we have shortlisted a total of 20 alarm clocks all in all. This process although sounds simple was not an easy task to do.
In our hands-on testing of each product, we have focused on the main factors that you need to consider when buying a new alarm clock.
Accuracy: we compared how accurate the set alarms of the clock were with another clock. Those that had a small difference with the compared time were then eliminated.
Ease of use: we had a scoring system which evaluated how convenient the alarm clocks were.
Customization: we also did an objective scoring system as to the number of customizable features present in every product. Did it have an easy access snooze button? Did it allow the possibility of changing the alarm sounds and the volume? Did it have the capacity to set an advanced alarm time?
We answered all of these questions to rule out which of the shortlisted products were packed with customizable features.
Added features: In this portion, we counted and scored the quality of each of the added features, be it the added music, calendar, and picture storage among others.
After the hands-on testing and a combination of crowdsourcing from consumers and peer reviewers, we were able to narrow the list from 20 products to 5 exceptional alarm clocks. These 5 products were placed under strict observance and without bias.
The end result of this rigorous process is our objective and honest review of each of the 5 products. After reading the article and going through each pro’s and con’s of each alarm clock, we hope we can enlighten you with what to buy in your next purchase.
Read on our product reviews as well as our top pick and honorable mentions. So without further ado, here goes.
Our Top Picks
1. RCA Digital Alarm Clock– Second Runner-up
The first entry on our list is the RCA Digital Alarm Clock. If you are searching for an alarm with all the basics at hand and done exceptionally, then this is the alarm clock for you.
This easy to use alarm clock ensures that you come on time for work or class thanks to the loud sound or noise it produces. It is suitable for heavy sleepers since the sound it produces is loud enough but not overbearing.
It features a 1.4-inch red LED screen that allows for better readability and visibility. It also has a snooze button that is easily accessible which lets you squeeze in a few more “ZZZs”.
The led screen’s brightness can be adjusted to your liking. Never worry about your batteries losing power since it has a backup system that powers the alarm clock despite low battery situations.
We found that the RCA Digital Alarm Clock was very accurate in telling the time. There were no inconsistencies when we tested the accuracy and precision of its time tracking.
In our hands-on testing, we noticed that some of the buttons were a bit flimsy when compared to the overall excellent build of the RCA Clock. It may be because of a fault in the manufacturing process or either we received a slightly defective unit.
What We Liked
- Covers all the basics
- Accurate time
- Loud alarm noise
- Customizable features
What We Didn’t Like
- Buttons were a bit flimsy
2. Philips Wake up Light with Colored Sunrise Simulation– First Runner Up
The second entry on our list is the Philips Wake Up Light which features a Colored Sunrise Simulation function.
If you are willing to shell out a bit more bucks and enjoy a feature packed alarm clock, then this one is for you. Donning the Philips tag, you instantly are ensured of the products durability and reliability.
This product features a special lighting function that simulates sunrise, with this, stubborn heavy sleepers have no choice but to wake up to the glaring light that is emitted by the Wake-up Light. In contrast to the usual alarm clocks which rely on the loud alarm noise, this one does that by waking you up with an intense light.
According to Philip’s official website, their study using this product revealed that 92 percent of test users opted for this method of waking them up than the usual annoying sound.
It features five natural and calming wake-up sounds to choose from, if you are not fond of the annoying buzzing sound most alarm clocks produce, then this provides all the more reason to get this product.
To add more to this already feature-packed product, it flaunts an FM radio, a dimming light and a calming sound feature that gently puts you to sleep.
With the hefty price that comes with this product, some consumers may back away. We could not blame them anyway since most people only want a cheap alarm clock that does the important work. However, we think that the overall performance and the amount of added features are noteworthy things to consider.
What We Liked
- Colored Sunrise Simulation
- Unique added features
- Elegant looking
- Calming light and sound feature
What We Didn’t Like
3. Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Alarm Clock– Loudest Alarm
The next entry on our list is the Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb Loud Alarm Clock. As the name implies, you will expect a loud booming sound that will definitely wake you up in the morning in time for class or work.
If you are a heavy sleeper who was gone immune to most alarm clocks, then this is for you.
It is not only loud but it also has a vibration feature that will jolt you out of your bed. If this feature still can’t wake you up, then it is high time you visit a sleep therapist, asap!
It has a built-in pulsating alarm light that further wakes you up even more. If you have a roommate that you would not want to annoy with waking up off schedule, then you can always turn off the sound from this alarm clock and just go with the vibration which we think is strong enough.
On testing, it really lived up to its promise of having to alarm at a specific time. It definitely was loud. However, some of our participants in the test mentioned that the volume was too overbearing for them which ticked off a few stars from this product.
Taking into consideration the volume of the alarm it produces, this product is worthy of an in-depth look from heavy sleepers.
What We Liked
- Has vibration feature
- Loud-sounding alarm
- Simple design
What We Didn’t Like
- Loud noise can be overbearing for some
The fourth entry on our list is the Sony ICFC1 Alarm Clock Radio.
Want to have an alarm clock that you can jam out with its built-in radio? Then this product from Sony is a great deal maker. Featuring an AM/FM radio, it lets you listen to your favorite songs from your favorite station while also working as a reliable alarm clock.
The alarm sound starts off with a gentle or subtle sound, but by the end, the volume of the alarm will surely wake you up. This is one of the product’s main selling points.
It features a LED display that has a brightness adjustment feature, it also has a programmable sleep timer, snooze button and automatic daylight saving feature which saves power during the morning. The product comes in an elegant design and comes in colors black and white.
One caveat we noticed with this product is that it has a larger size compared to those of its competitors. Because of this, expect that the product will take up a large space in your countertop. Another thing we noticed is that the control settings were rather difficult to manipulate with.
What We Liked
- Elegant design
- AM/FM Radio
- Adjustable LCD screen brightness
- Subtle alarm sound
What We Didn’t Like
- Takes up a huge space
5. iHome iBT230 Bluetooth Alarm Clock Radio With Speakerphone– Editor’s Pick
Among all the products we have featured in this list, we collectively agreed that this alarm clock has one of the most innovative technology.
One of its major selling point is the fact that it has Bluetooth transmission which allows you to stream music from your phone or music player. You can even take calls from your phone with this clock. Awkward, yes, but interesting!
It features a USB port that will let you charge your phone. The waking mechanisms of this product could either be sound coming from your phone, the FM radio or if you are more fond of the old-school, then the old-fashioned buzzer will fit the purpose.
When we received the item for review, we instantly marveled at how small and compact it is, despite the numerous features it has under its belt.
One of the major drawbacks we have noticed with the products is that the buttons were rather flimsy. We heard a few unnecessary clicking sounds when testing the buttons. With that being said, you need to be extra careful when handling the product.
What We Liked
- Has Bluetooth transmission
- FM radio feature
- Small and compact
- Elegant minimalistic design
- Charging feature
- Doubles as a speaker
What We Didn’t Like
- Flimsy buttons
Editor’s Pick: iHome iBT230 Bluetooth Alarm Clock Radio With Speakerphone
We featured 5 of the great alarm clocks for heavy sleepers available in the market today. With that, it was fairly difficult to pick the best among them. However, we came up with a consensus that the last entry, iHome alarm clock takes the top spot.
Not only does it do the job of waking you up in time for class or work, but it also doubles as a speaker that lets you enjoy your favorite music either from your phone or from the radio. That feature alone puts the nail in the coffin for all the other selections.
In addition, the product features an elegant and compact design that complements well with most millennial’s design preferences.
Coming in not too far away as first runner-up is the Philips Wake up Light with colored sunrise simulation. It is also one of the most feature-packed products that we have in this light. The main feature that helped this product stand out from the rest is that it is equipped with a colored sunrise simulation which further helps you wake up on schedule aside from the alarm sound it makes.
At second runner-up place is the RCA Digital Alarm Clock. The basic features it is equipped with is done well by this product. A reliable alarm clock that does all the needed work, the RCA Digital Alarm Clock definitely deserves our high praises.