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Liz Pearce
over 1 year ago • Seattle

On the hunt for a good bedside clock

I've gotten into the bad habit of checking my phone to see the time if I wake up in the middle of the night, which is a sure path to staying wide awake 😳 Does anyone have a bedside clock they love? Ideally not too bright but still visible in the dark. Lots of fancy alarm functions are not a requirement. Bonus points if it's not bad looking!
25 replies
over 1 year ago
I wear my fitbit watch to bed and it has stopped me from doing this exact thing!
over 1 year ago
We got a Hatch alarm clock for Christmas and are hooked! It has been worth the slightly higher price point
over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago
The Hatch Restore does it all!
over 1 year ago
I bought this for my husband from Nordstrom, they have some others too.
over 1 year ago
I use a Philips Wake Up bedside light - game changing for easy wake ups in the winter - there are some interesting new ones out now too, but I've had the same one forever. Phone is nowhere in sight, as I would do the same exact thing. I keep it in a different room.
over 1 year ago
The Philips SmartSleep is a lifesaver. It gently wakes you up by slowly getting lighter in the morning right before you need to get going. You can control the level of display brightness too so that it's not annoying to be next to you on the nightstand. I swear by these for waking up in our dark winters.
over 1 year ago
I third Hatch!
over 1 year ago
Where's a 'Radio Shack' or 'Sharper Image' store when you need one? That's where I got mine 🤷‍♂️
over 1 year ago
Mondo Travel Alarm Clock White - no frills - super small, tells the time, has an alarm.
over 1 year ago
We bought one for our son recently. It's no Hatch, but you can get this old school one for $13. Complete with USB plug!
over 1 year ago
We are a Hatch family, so I vote for the Hatch Restore Sleep Sound Machine. It's pricey but I was running into the same issue of checking my phone for the time, seeing some notification that then made my mind race and would keep me awake. I love that it can subtly wake me up when it's time as well so I don't need to have my phone anywhere near me!
over 1 year ago
Thanks everyone! I had not heard of most of these - I like the Hatch and the Phillips in particular. Red Russak I think the last one I bought WAS at Radio Shack so that tells you something.
over 1 year ago
I opted for one of the Amazon Alexas with a screen. It works as my bedside clock AND since my mind is always running, I am able to add things to my to-do list and shopping list!
over 1 year ago
I love this one. You can adjust basically all of the settings (brightness of the display and the wake up light, volume) and it’s easy to use. And the little wake up songs it plays are lovely and sweet.
over 1 year ago
I went retro... and low rent. Pretty much any thrift store will 5 - 15 alarm clocks for about $2.00. Some are in doggey condition... but some will be nearly mint. Mine was $1.50 in near-perfect condition. Easy to read. The alarm wakes you up. It even has dual recurring alarms by day of the week! But, alas, no smart-gadget functionality. But, you can't beat the carbon foot print... since already exists in the world and so it doesn't need to be manufactured.
over 1 year ago
To take Robert's suggestion one step further I strongly suggest going even more retro: a plug-in, illuminated dial Westclox alarm clock (or a Timex or a GE). They are simply the easiest to operate. I bought mine second-hand at a thrift shop over 30 years ago and it still works perfectly. The picture comes from one on e-Bay; it is very similar to mine.
over 1 year ago
Robert Crimmins Neil Wechsler I like the sustainable / retro suggestions!
over 1 year ago
I use a Fitbit charge 4. I got a new band that was more comfortable to sleep in
over 1 year ago
Love my Beddi. We all have one in my family and it's the best.
over 1 year ago
I have been thinking about this one.
over 1 year ago
Loftie clock - Loftie: Break up with your smartphone alarm

"Our first product, the Loftie Clock, began with a question: How do we help people feel less dependent on smartphones at home? Thousands of hours of R&D later, we’re excited to bring you the fruits of our labor. Now, with a little help from you, we’re out to retake …"
over 1 year ago
I am an insomniac so I dither between wanting to know the time and not wanting to know it. For now I am in the camp of wanting to know the time. I love our projection clock. It projects the time on the ceiling so I don't have to move very much to see the time. We have one from Amazon: Mesqool Projection Alarm Clock. It also has a radio. I just use it for the clock.
over 1 year ago
My partner bought a clock that projects the time onto the ceiling. I was skeptical at first but it's fabulous to just look up to see the time. And it's not too bright. As a bonus, it uses radio to set its own time, so the time is always correct.
over 1 year ago
I got this clock a month ago and like it so far.
(Bedside Radio Alarm Clock)
over 1 year ago

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