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Despite the fact that mornings originate in Hell, we still have to encounter them (almost) every day. Whether you’re trying to be on time for the Literature class, catch an early flight, or finish the chapter you owe to an anxious publisher — we all need that kick that will get us out of the well-balanced climate of our bed sheets. For a while, my phone has served my alarm well. Today, though, I’m ready to admit that I’m spending too much time on the phone before bed — so much at times, that the whole purpose of sleep before an early rise turns useless. I couldn’t let the phone drama continue — so I removed it from my bedroom. How do I wake up without a phone?

After hours of research and existential self-doubt, I ended up buying six alarm clocks — all claiming to be a perfect wake-up companion. In the end, is there anything as historically refined and tweaked as an ordinary alarm clock? Let’s take a closer look.


1. Braun BNC011

It probably looks and feels like the most common clock. It’s all mechanical, powered by a single AA battery with handsomely convenient rubber base. Braun grants us no second chance, though — there’s no way to snooze this clock. ($40 on Amazon).


2. Punkt

Legendary Punkt Alarm Clock by Jasper Morrison was doomed to enter this line-up, partly because I was wondering what a $200 feels like. In short, it’s a stunning clock with a thought-out snoozer (that’s naturally reached by grabbing the clock), stunning design, and smart back light. It didn’t make me happier in the morning, though. ($185 on Amazon).


3. Braun BNC008

That’s one of my favorites (if one should have a favorite alarm clock) — a slim and tiny, loud, power-efficient workhorse. That’s one of the three alarms here that shows both the current time and the set alarm time. It turned out to be on of the most convenient things an alarm can have ($35 on Amazon).


4. MoMA

A good example of a smart idea manifested in poor shape. To cut down on costs, MoMA had to compromise on materials, finish, and interaction — which makes the clock look as genuine as a pair of Prada glasses displayed by a street vendor on 42nd Street. ($48 at MoMA).


5. Lexon

A most peculiarly shaped clock in the review, Lexon Dream Time allows to easily change hours and minutes with the left and right toggles. Textured in rubberized plastic, this alarm is a charm to smash in the morning. ($60 on Amazon).


6. Industrial Facility

Jetlag Alarm Clock is my other favorite. By clearly lining up the current and the alarm times, this clock looks like an army sergeant ready to go off every second. The display is a little hard to read in the dark and the light button isn’t very prominent which makes it a little difficult to operate at night ($27 on Amazon).


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