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12 Smart Alarm Clocks That Might Make You a Morning Person

Waking up has never been easier thanks to these smart devices — there's one for every type of sleeper.

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Why You Need a Smart Alarm Clock

Waking up every day is a challenge for many. But using a smart alarm clock can help us rise and shine a little easier. “Smart alarm clocks can be the backbone of a good morning routine,” says Jennifer Cohen, a high-performance coach and author of Strong Is the New Skinny: How to Eat, Live, and Move to Maximize Your Power.

Cohen doesn’t believe in lingering in bed, so she suggests choosing an alarm clock that will wake you up the fastest. That’s especially important if you’re a heavy sleeper. “While bells and whistles like telling you the weather or smart home compatibility are nice, if a smart alarm clock isn’t getting you out of bed quickly, you might as well be using an old-fashioned analog one,” she says. “Think about what you need, whether it’s a loud sound or a light that’s similar to sunrise and choose the right device based on features.”

The best smart alarm clock for you depends on your lifestyle and budget. Here are 12 to consider. Smart alarm clocks are only one of the coolest tech products on the market.

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Smart Alarm Clock for Google Fans

With a large touch screen, the Lenovo Smart Alarm Clock with Google Assistant is designed to make life easier in so many ways. Because it has Google Assistant, it serves as a hub to control thousands of other smart devices. Then there are simple but useful features, such checking traffic and weather using voice commands, which can help you avoid the distraction of smartphone apps.

You can also set alarms with reminders of important tasks, like picking up the kids or taking medication. There’s even a USB port so you can easily charge your phone or other devices while you sleep.

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Best Smart Alarm Clocks for Couples

The Sony Compact AM/FM Dual Alarm Clock Radio clock has all the basic features, making it ideal for anyone who just wants slightly more than a traditional clock radio offers. With a large easy-to-read display, it has a dual alarm option, which is perfect for couples. It’s also a noise machine, preloaded with nature sounds as well as a sleep timer to help lull you into a restful slumber. You’ll sleep even easier knowing there’s a backup battery, along with adjustable brightness and an additional USB port. These are the smart appliances that are worth it.

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For Those Who Sleep Like the Dead

This DAPRIL Alarm Clock for Heavy Sleepers is actually a mat and was designed for heavy sleepers. Incredibly loud, the volume can reach between 90 and 120 decibels to rouse even the most tired people out of bed. And rouse it will, as the sound is only disabled when both feet are on the mat. One fun feature: You can upload custom alarm sounds by connecting the device to your computer via USB cord. Wake up to your favorite tune, or perhaps to something less enjoyable that you’ll want to shut off immediately.

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The Does-it-All Alarm Clock

The Amazon Echo Spot is so much more than a smart clock. Smart home compatible, it makes voice calls and video calls, plays music through a Bluetooth speaker, and is compatible with streaming services. There’s also a sleep timer in case you want to go to bed listening to music or perhaps an audiobook. Because the Echo Spot integrates with Alexa, it can be used to turn on lights, control thermostats (Turn up the heat without leaving the bed? Count us in!), garage doors or any other enabled device. Once you have this smart alarm clock, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Plus, here are 15 unexpected ways you can use Alexa.

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To Match Any Decor

Sleekly designed, the Witti Beddi Style Smart Alarm Clock has a variety of decorative faceplates. From classic tweed to wild leopard and even a fun chevron design, there is something for everyone. It also features a Bluetooth speaker for playing music, as well as several relaxing nature sounds and a white noise option pre-loaded to help you drift off to sleep. The clock face is dimmable, which is important for people who require total darkness when they sleep. Like your alarm clock, these are the things in your home you should have replaced by now.

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Affordable Smart Alarm Clock

If you are looking for an affordable smart alarm clock with basic features, the Emerson SmartSet Alarm Clock Radio gets the job done. In addition to a Bluetooth speaker, it has a programmable alarm that can go off at the same time every day or just five days a week for those who like to sleep in on weekends. It’s also useful during a power outage because it will reset itself to the proper time and date once electricity is restored. And much like an old-fashioned alarm clock, it has an FM radio with the option of programming up to 20 stations.

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For Apple Devotees

The iHome IBT29 features a high-quality Bluetooth speaker that connects to your phone, plays music and has an FM radio. It can also make calls, communicate with Siri or other digital assistants, and charge another device via a USB port. With a fun design that can change colors, this makes an excellent gift for adults and teens alike. Here are some more things you need to have a smart home.

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Make it a Sunny Day

Programmed to start illuminating half an hour before the alarm goes off, the Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock simulates the rising sun. With an intensity of 200 lux, it helps you wake up in a more natural way and feeling more refreshed. If you need a few more minutes of rest, just tap anywhere on the device. This is an ideal way to hack your body to be more functional in the morning.

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For Frequent Travelers

For heavy sleepers who travel, the Sonic Alert SBP100 Portable Loud Vibrating Alarm Clock is a must-have. The volume reaches 90 decibels, beating a hotel alarm clock or wake up call every time. But if that isn’t enough to rouse you, don’t worry: The Sonic Alert has a clip that attaches to your pillow with a vibration strong enough to shake you into awareness.

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The Stylish Smart Alarm Clock

If style is the first thing you look for in a smart alarm clock, then the Oct17 Wooden Alarm Clock is the device for you. Perfect for modern or mid-century modern rooms, it features a voice-controlled alarm as well as time, temperature and date display. It runs on batteries or through a USB plug. Perhaps the best feature: It can charge iPhone and Androids wirelessly. Here are more smart home devices that are worth every penny.

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Best Smart Alarm Clocks for Families

With seven bright, fun LED colors to choose from, the Crazy Bee Sunlight Alarm Clock is great for adults and kids alike. It wakes you by illuminating incrementally as the alarm gets closer to going off. Choose from six nature sounds including the forest, waves and birds as well as an FM radio.

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For Super-Heavy Sleepers

Engineered for heavy sleepers, Clocky is a great alarm clock for people who can’t resist hitting the snooze button and catching a few more Zs. Like a toy, this device is on wheels, so the user has to chase it down to turn it off. It jumps up to three feet, can change direction and even hide from you. By the time you chase down Clocky, it’s unlikely you will want to go back to bed.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest

Amanda Lauren
A self-proclaimed "Jackie of All Trades. Marilyn of None," Amanda Lauren does everything including writing about anything lifestyle related for a number of websites as well as her blog, It's Amanda Lauren. Anything but lazy, she also has a podcast called Things We're Too Lazy To Blog About. When she isn't in front of her MacBook, she can be found on stage doing standup and sketch comedy or hosting red carpet events. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their two dogs, Lulu and Milo.