[Physical] Alarm Clock Suggestions

5 years ago from , Product Designer | Flexport

I'm looking for a sleek alarm clock for my bedroom and I'm curious if anyone has suggestions of nice alarm clocks (physical ones, not alarm clock apps).

I know this isn't digital design, but I figure you all have good sense of physical design too.


  • A. M. ­DouglasA. M. ­Douglas, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Railway Alarm Clock by Muji



    Medium Digital Alarm Clock by MujiLink

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  • Daniel De LaneyDaniel De Laney, 5 years ago

    I think the standard approach to alarm clock design frames the problem wrong—I don’t need an alarm. Nothing bad is happening. Nothing went wrong. I just need to wake up on time.

    I use a Philips “light therapy” alarm clock:


    My room gradually lights up in the morning. If that doesn’t wake me, nature sounds begin and get progressively louder. It’s not the prettiest thing, the buttons are annoying, etc. Still, it’s infinitely better than those hellish air raid sirens that dominate the market.

    2 points
    • Eytan Davidovits, 5 years ago

      YES. Thank you, this is what I was looking for.

      1 point
    • Art VandelayArt Vandelay, 5 years ago

      Just a note for heavy sleepers (in my experience) this isn't incredibly effective unless you're in a room that has little natural light.

      Also - dissecting the name of this general product 'alarm clock' is overkill.

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      • Michael AleoMichael Aleo, 5 years ago

        I've had it for two weeks and while I've found this to be true, I've found that by using it in conjunction with my iPhone alarm, I'm MUCH more likely to actually get up with the iPhone alarm because the Philips alarm has primed me to waking up with the brightness and nature sounds. In my book, totally worth it.

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    • Noah Batterson, 5 years ago

      I've also owned this. It's nice, but the placement of the buttons are so infuriating. If someone actually spent some time making a clock that has this functionality with a better design, I'd buy one in a heartbeat.

      1 point
  • Maurice CherryMaurice Cherry, 5 years ago

    I have a Slabang from IKEA.


    I'm not sure if they still sell these, but it looks good and it does the job. You can also set a recording as a custom alarm.

    1 point
  • Jørgen Arnor LomJørgen Arnor Lom, 5 years ago (edited 5 years ago )

    Withings Aura

    I use the Withings Aura, which is a beautiful device, that also uses light to wake you, as well as an assortment of less-jarring-than-an-alarm sounds (think wood chimes, birds chirping, etc.) to wake you up. It also has a sensor that goes under the mattress, that keeps track of how much (and how deep) sleep you're getting, and attempts to wake you up when you sleep the lightest.

    It has had some software issues, though - thinking I'm asleep when I'm not, and not registering touches sometimes. Overall satisfied with it, though.

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