Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Speaker Alarm Clock

Upgrade your bedside timepiece for a more calm and peaceful way to great the mornings.

Alarm clock
Because the screens on some alarm clocks are so large and bright, they’re a good substitute for a nightlight to help you see your way to bed.Unsplash/Yasin Hasan

If you’re still waking up to a loud alarm every morning, here’s some good news: there’s a much (much) better way to rise and shine. Rather than waking up in a panic, how about waking up gently, to some of your favorite tunes? How about a clock that can play music while you’re folding your laundry, or making your bed? Maybe something that can charge your phone, and even answer your burning questions? All of that is possible with a simple upgrade to your alarm clock.

heimvision Sunrise Alarm Clock, Smart Wake up Light Work with Alexa, Sleep Aid Digital Alarm Clock with Sunset Simulation, Snooze/FM Radio /7 Natural Sounds and 4 Alarms Supported for Adults & Kids
This unit has a built-in digital assistant.heimvision

Some bedside clocks pack in a lot of extra features that make your nightstand a lot more useful. This could include a light that slowly dims at night and gets brighter in the morning to wake you up more gently. Some have digital assistants built-in, like Amazon’s Alexa, so you can get your day started without even getting out of bed.

i-box Bedside Radio Alarm Clock with USB Charger, Bluetooth Speaker, QI Wireless Charging, Dual Alarm Dimmable LED Display
Compact and sleek, this device will sound good and keep your phone full of juice.i-box

Unless you have a million power outlets near your bed, it’s great to have an alarm clock that can multitask. Having a clock with the ability to charge your phone, earbuds, and/or smartwatch makes life easier and cuts down on clutter. Some units can even charge devices wirelessly.

Emerson SmartSet Alarm Clock Radio with Bluetooth Speaker, Charging Station/Phone Chargers with USB port for iPhone/iPad/iPod/Android and Tablets
With both FM and wireless capabilities, this affordable device can also keep your electronics’ batteries topped off.Emerson

Since it’s a speaker, obviously you want it to be able to play music, right? While FM radio is nice to have, if you’re interested in it playing your own music, you’re going to want some kind of wireless capability. If you want to play music off your phone, make sure it’s Bluetooth ready.