Best Clock Radios

John Kopischke
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I enjoy listening to news or music while I take a shower (or for five minutes while I rinse shampoo out of my hair if I'm in a really big hurry), but I hate having to hold my phone in the air because I don't want it to get wet. Thus, I prefer to take a shower with a clock radio. Nothing fancy, just something to set beside the tub so I can listen to something as I lather up.

NameCategoryProduct
Magnasonic Projection Alarm ClockBest OverallMagnasonic Projection Alarm Clock
Jingsense Digital Alarm Clock RadioBudget PickJingsense Digital Alarm Clock Radio
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm ClockUpgrade PickPhilips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

1. Magnasonic Projection Alarm Clock

Our rating: 9 / 10

Magnasonic Projection Alarm Clock

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Pros:

  • An nspired by Star Wars theme
  • Perfect for the Star Wars fan
  • Five alarm options
  • 3.5mm stereo input
  • USB charging port
  • Turns off display when used with alarm
  • Military-grade shock resistant
  • The clock projection feature lights up the room
  • Sleek and stylish
  • Small and quiet

2. Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

Our rating: 8 / 10

Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock

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The Philips Wake-up Light really makes the process of waking up a pleasant experience. The light it produces simulates the sun rising and projected through a circular opening in the projection dome on top of the clock.

The light gradually gets brighter, and the alarm goes off.

The Philips Wake-up Light also includes a nice snooze feature, and the light dims after you snooze.

3. USCCE Digital Alarm Clock Radio

Our rating: 8 / 10

USCCE Digital Alarm Clock Radio

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Pros:

  • Relatively inexpensive
  • Dimmable display
  • Showcase of features
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Includes a thermometer
  • Easy to use
  • Extra USB ports
  • Stereo FM radio
  • Battery backup
  • Snooze feature

Cons:

  • Display could be brighter
  • Some issues with the snooze feature
  • Alarm beeps could be louder
  • A little bit bulky
  • Alarm volume isn’t adjustable

If you need a new clock radio and only want to pay a reasonable price, then you should look at this model.

The USCCE clock radio not only looks stylish around the house, but the built-in thermometer also comes in handy in colder months. With this model, you can choose your own AM or FM radio stations, set a 24-hour alarm and enjoy superior sound quality. The USB port also comes in handy for charging your smartphone or tablet.

4. DreamSky Decent Alarm Clock Radio

Our rating: 8 / 10

DreamSky Decent Alarm Clock Radio

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Pros:

  • Pretty bright display
  • Supports charging phones and MP3 players
  • Cool and useful features

Cons:

  • Lids on USB port broke off quickly
  • Sound quality not the best

The DreamSky clock radio is small, blue, and has a minimalist, digital display. You can see your time by tapping the switch on the back. Getting out of bed in the morning should be easy when you hear the snooze and alarm tones.

The DreamSky has a standard 3.5 mm auxiliary port so you can connect your smartphone, tablet, or music player! The DreamSky also includes an external FM antenna to help you get clearer reception.

The DreamSky even has a USB port on the clock radio to charge your phone or tablet! The USB port is located under a bezel just beneath the display. You can either plug your charging cable into the jack or directly into your phone’s charging port.

5. Jingsense Digital Alarm Clock Radio

Our rating: 7 / 10

Jingsense Digital Alarm Clock Radio

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Pros:

  • Large display with simple controls
  • Easy to set up
  • Great backup features
  • Weather resistant

The Jingsense digital alarm clock radio clocks in at number 1 for the best Bluetooth clock radio. This digital radio wakes you with 5 different alarm options and an easy to set sleep timer so you can fall asleep to a favorite Spotify playlist.

This Jingsense Alarm clock by Jingsense comes with a 7 clock for easy viewing.

This bedside clock radio uses Bluetooth and Auxiliary plug-in with a wide range of connectivity options.

6. Jingsense Digital Alarm Clock Radio

Our rating: 7 / 10

Jingsense Digital Alarm Clock Radio

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Pros:

  • Has a backup battery
  • Digital AM/FM radio with 1.2” digits display
  • Easy snooze function
  • Has an alarm
  • Other features include dimmer switch, volume control
  • Uses USB cable (included) to charge the backup battery, illuminating backlight, and a convenient alarm snooze.

Some users complain about a slight buzzing sound, however this sounds like its caused by the clock’s backup battery which can be mistakenly taken for the buzzer by some users. Click here to read the full instruction manual to help get rid of the buzzing sound.

This is an excellent clock radio, particularly for the price. One of the best things about it is that it features a backup battery in case of a power outage, which can be important for an alarm clock.

If you’re staying somewhere where you won’t be near an outlet, this clock radio is a good alternative to dragging around a separate battery-powered alarm clock. It’s much less annoying than an annoying chirping alarm clock or the buzzing of a battery-powered backup clock.

7. Alarm Clock

Our rating: 7 / 10

Alarm Clock

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Pros:

  • Very easy to set up
  • Ample volume control
  • Wireless or wired FM connection
  • Best for those with multiple alarms
  • Affordable
  • Completely silent – no ticking
  • Battery backup to prevent worthless clocks

Cons:

  • Does not display temperature
  • No backlight
  • Not great for travel

Multi Alarm & Night Light, for Kids and Adults.

Your clock radios may have outstanding features, but they may not meet the needs of your lifestyle. If you ever laughed at the housewife in the TV ads who woke up in the middle of the night to a faulty alarm clock missing a few buttons and with a button dedicated to some other function (who uses a clock radio for an iron?), consider the following factors before you select a clock radio:

Tinkering with the alarm clock from months ago might have you waking up late for the first week. What happens when problems come with the clock radio as you use it later? You can check this by looking over reviews before you set out to buy it. However, if you think that you wouldn’t have any problems with the unit, you can go for it.

8. iHome iPL23V2BX Alarm Clock FM Radio

Our rating: 5 / 10

iHome iPL23V2BX Alarm Clock FM Radio

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Charge your iPhone, iPad, and iPad Pro with this iHome iPL23V2BX Alarm Clock FM Radio with Lightning iPhone Charging Dock Station from iHome.

The built-in FM radio lets you wake up to your favorite station, while the built-in alarm clock can be set to wake you to any one of four different alarm tones or the radio.

A lightning connector port is also included, so you can charge your iPhone using the LED display as the nightlight, and the built-in USB port supports charging via AC and a 12V car adapter.

9. Mosche Sunrise Alarm Clock

Our rating: 4 / 10

Mosche Sunrise Alarm Clock

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Pros:

  • Inexpensive
  • No sleep function
  • Auto-dim
  • Light sensor
  • Separate snooze button
  • Clear LED backlight
  • FM Radio
  • 4 different alarms
  • Will fit under most truck cabs

Cons:

  • Slow adjusting
  • Energy-efficient LED Light

How does the Mosche Sunrise Digital Alarm Clock and Ceiling Light work?

Movement Sensor – The light will brighten as long as you're still in bed and will dim when you leave or get out of bed. And let's face it, there's nothing more annoying than having an alarm clock that has a bright light shining in your eyes while you're trying to fall asleep.

Brightness Control – To be able to adjust brightness easily, the sunrise alarm clock comes with 3 levels of brightness control: bright, dim, medium.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the best clock radio to buy?

When it comes to buying a radio, I usually stick with the big brands: GE, Sony, Panasonic, maybe even an alarm clock from iHome. But, when I was shopping for a reliable, simple, affordable clock for my room, I saw it: a big ol’ Pyle. I’d never heard of Pyle.

But “why not?” I thought. So I bought the Pyle “powerhouse” PPCD4BK, a fire engine red clock with a ton of features, set it up in my room and gave it a test drive.

It actually works great. The clock automatically came on with the radio when I rolled out of bed, which has been pretty convenient for waking up.

What is the best AM FM radio for its reception?

The best AM FM radio for you is one with the best reception and most desirable features. Features such as ability to connect your iPod and hybrid between AM and FM are factors of the radio that will improve reception.

Your Wi-Fi band is not very significant in this comparison either, because Wi-Fi signals do not travel as far as AM or FM.

What is the best DAB clock radio?

Picking up the latest digital radio standard for yourself might seem like a luxury, but it can be very useful. The radio streams clear sound to your phone, so you can leave the little device in the kitchen and enjoy the same quality radio just about everywhere else in the home.

But the real benefit of DAB clock radios is that they allow you to stream different audio sources into the same spot. With this standard, a single device can act as an FM radio, that same station available on DAB, a traditional analogue tuner, CD player and even internet radio without the need for a separate receiver. It’s a lot more flexible than the old multi-source radios were.

Do people still use clock radios?

Yes! And depending on what you’re looking for, you may have many options.

Some clock radios function as an alarm clock only while others come with a dock, or support for your iPod and the radio stations can be displayed on a digital readout.

Conclusion

Thanks to this review, you can now have a sound sleep and wake up on time with this effective alarm clock that also has a FM radio, your smartphone charger, and a USB port.

Our Recommendation

NameCategoryProduct
Magnasonic Projection Alarm ClockBest OverallMagnasonic Projection Alarm Clock
Jingsense Digital Alarm Clock RadioBudget PickJingsense Digital Alarm Clock Radio
Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm ClockUpgrade PickPhilips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock