The best sunrise alarm clocks

These excellent sunrise clocks help you wake up the right way

In our research, we’ve come across several sunrise clocks that are sure to impress us. The first is the excellent Philips Wake-Up Light, which has been shown to treat a myriad of sleep issues, but be sure to take a look at the others as well.

Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520

The Philips Wake-Up Light may sport an odd, spotlight-like design, but its unique form helps it broadcast a gentle, natural light more easily. In fact, the Wake-Up light provides some of the best lighting and light progression of any sunrise clock we’ve seen. The program is designed to mimic a real sunrise as much as possible, and as such, it fills your room with light over the course of 30 minutes.

You can also choose from five different wake-up sounds — birds, waves, etc. — which will gradually get louder if you prefer. You can set the FM radio to turn on at a desired time, too, if there’s a channel you like to wake up to. If you need some help falling asleep, the Wake-Up Light comes with a sunset setting that will gradually power down as you settle down, and the display will naturally dim in a dark room so there’s little ambient light. The clock also includes an easily-accessible snooze button.

HeimVision Sunrise Alarm Clock

This HeimVision model combines an affordable price tag with ample customization, which allows you to set sunrise and sunset light progression as you see fit. There are seven different colors available for the LED lights, as well as 20 different brightness levels. You can also program default wake-up times and a target light intensity (with four different alarms) so you get the exact sunrise experience you’re looking for. The clock naturally starts with redder colors and moves to brighter hues to mimic a real sunrise, and radio and wake-up tones are included by default. The alarm clock even includes a “sun” button, which lets you use the device as a nightlight when necessary.

Homelabs Sunrise Alarm Clock

For those looking for a budget-based model, look no further than the Homelabs Sunrise clock. The basic, no-frills device offers a 30-minute timer and a similar timer designed to mimic sunsets. It also functions as a vibrant lamp with eight different color options, including purple, blue and green. There are a number of nature sound options to choose from, too, as well as an FM radio and snooze button. This inexpensive model even includes a backup battery and USB charger.

Philips Somneo HF3650

Given Philips is a household name when it comes to lighting, it’s not surprising to see the manufacturer featured twice on our list. The Somneo is similar to the aforementioned Wake-Up Light, but includes a wealth of extra features. There are seven sounds to wake up to, USB and auxiliary connections for playing music and charging your phone, and a white noise setting if background sound helps you fall asleep.

If falling asleep is often difficult for you, you might also appreciate the RelaxBreathe setting, which helps you time your breath to a gentle pulse of light or sound so you can relax more quickly. There’s also a “PowerSnooze” option if you want to break your bad snoozing habit. It’s one of the most feature-rich clocks available, though, said features come at a price.

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