The Best Sunrise Alarm Clock

The Best Sunrise Alarm Clock

Our pick

Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520

Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520

The best sunrise alarm clock

This alarm has the most soothing simulated sunrise and sunset, which may help you feel less groggy. It has a good range of alarm sounds, a second alarm, power backup, and a sleek design.

Buying Options

$140* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $130.

Many sunrise alarms use white light to wake you, which can be irritating in the early morning. The Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520 starts with a more soothing red-tinted light that gradually grows into a bright white light. This approach feels more natural and may be more effective at helping you feel less groggy when you wake up. (Philips’s SmartSleep options, which are more expensive, are the only other clocks offering this red-tinted sunrise/sunset simulation.) The HF3520 lacks both an app to program the settings with and relaxation sounds to fall asleep,  but it has a good range of five alarm sounds, a backup alarm, a backup power source (so your alarm will still function in case of a power outage), and a decent radio.

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Upgrade pick

SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light HF3670

SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light HF3670

A luxe wake-up light

This Bluetooth-connected model has many of the same features as our main pick, but with some nice-to-have extras like a USB charging port, soothing sunrise lighting, and multiple alarms. It’s also easier to change the settings via the intuitive app.

Buying Options

$200 from Philips

This upgrade isn’t for someone who is simply looking for a sunrise alarm clock to go to bed and wake up to. It’s for anyone who is eager to use their clock as an accessory for an entire sleep ritual. The Philips SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light (essentially the Bluetooth-connected version of the SmartSleep HF 3650, previously called the Somneo HF3650, our former upgrade pick) has many of the same features as our main pick, including a natural, red-tinted sunrise and sunset light. But it offers more alarm sounds and a wider range of brightness levels and programmable sunrise nuances. It also has sensors that detect temperature and humidity, noise, and light levels (which post readings on its app), a built-in nightlight (just tap if you need it), and a USB port. We think it’s the intuitive app that truly makes the upgrade worth it, allowing you to program your sunrise and sunset times and other features much more easily than navigating the buttons on the clock. We also like that you can set multiple alarms during the week and that the sunset component comes with the option of several “wind down” routines, complete with calming sounds and (if you like) visual prompts to guide you in deep breathing.

Budget pick

hOmeLabs Sunrise Alarm Clock

hOmeLabs Sunrise Alarm Clock

A no-frills wake-up light

This sunrise alarm’s light simulation isn’t as soothing or radiant as that of more expensive wake-up lights, but its alarm sounds, dimming capabilities, and radio make it better than some models that cost twice as much.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

If you’re not ready to spring for either of our main picks, we recommend the hOmelabs Sunrise Alarm Clock. It’s built with all the stuff you’ll find in the high-end clocks; it’s just not nearly as luxe. The plain white glow from this light is less soothing than the red-tinted dawn and dusk simulations on the Philips models, and the alarm sounds a bit tinny. But it comes with the option of programming a gradual dimming in the evening, multiple calming alarm tones, and a radio—all features that Philips’s cheapest model lacks despite costing about twice as much. Think of this purchase as getting, say, a pair of inexpensive ice skates before deciding that you actually like the sport—and going for an upgrade the next time around.

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Our pick

Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520

Philips Wake-Up Light HF3520

The best sunrise alarm clock

This alarm has the most soothing simulated sunrise and sunset, which may help you feel less groggy. It has a good range of alarm sounds, a second alarm, power backup, and a sleek design.

Buying Options

$140* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $130.

Upgrade pick

SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light HF3670

SmartSleep Connected Sleep and Wake-Up Light HF3670

A luxe wake-up light

This Bluetooth-connected model has many of the same features as our main pick, but with some nice-to-have extras like a USB charging port, soothing sunrise lighting, and multiple alarms. It’s also easier to change the settings via the intuitive app.

Buying Options

$200 from Philips

Budget pick

hOmeLabs Sunrise Alarm Clock

hOmeLabs Sunrise Alarm Clock

A no-frills wake-up light

This sunrise alarm’s light simulation isn’t as soothing or radiant as that of more expensive wake-up lights, but its alarm sounds, dimming capabilities, and radio make it better than some models that cost twice as much.

Buying Options

$20 from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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