Updated May 14, 2018
People who are hard of hearing or are deep sleepers often find standard alarm clocks not very effective at waking them up. A good solution is to buy a vibrating alarm clock. These types of clocks come with a device that you put under your bed, your pillow or you can wear as a watch. When it is time to wake up, it vibrates, and the alarm goes off. Most of the vibrating alarm clocks also come with extra loud signals and lamp flashers. Vibrating alarm clocks are also an excellent option for anyone who has to wake up without disturbing others.
There is a wide variety of vibrating clocks on the market; the following is a comparison chart of some of the bestselling and top rated products you can buy.
Best for Heavy Sleepers
Best for Hard of Hearing
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Key features to look for:
For consumers, there are some things that you should keep in mind when choosing a clock. These include the power source, the loudness of the alarm, the strength of the bed shaker and many other things.
- Extra Loud Audible Alarm some alarms have an adjustable tone and volume and can go up to 113db. The combination of tone and volume control allow you to personalize the sound to your preference
- Bed Shaker– Vibrating alarms come with a bed shaker that you place under your mattress or pillow. When the alarm goes off the shakers will vibrate your mattress or pillow to wake you up. It is a very effective way for people with hearing loss to wake up. The shaker is small enough to fit under your pillow and vibrates at a set time to awaken you. Couples and roommates can take advantage of the shaker to wake up discreetly. Heavy sleepers and those who are hearing impaired can use the shaker in conjunction with an audible alarm to ensure they wake up on time.
- Lamp Flasher – Some clocks have an option to plug a lamp into an outlet at the back of a clock or at the end of a cord, when the alarm goes off the lamp will flash or many have a light flasher built into the unit.
- Power Source- While most vibrating clocks are one that you plug into an electrical outlet, you may want to ensure that any model you choose also has a battery backup in the case of a power outage or if you will be using it while traveling.
- Time Display If you wear glasses or have a visual impairment you may want to consider products that have a large, bright LED or LCD. Conversely, if you are someone who is bothered by a bright display, some products allow you to change the brightness or that dim the screen while you are sleeping.
- Snooze Button – A snooze button is a pretty standard feature on most alarm clocks but you may want to check the length of the snooze delay and whether you can program it.
Recommendations and Reviews
The prices for vibrating alarm clocks range from just below $20 to $70. You can get a good quality basic alarm clock for around $30, but if you want extra features, you can expect to pay slightly more. You can get them at some major retailers like Walmart, Best Buy, Sears and online through Amazon or eBay, as well as directly from some manufacturers websites.
As far as the best performing vibrating alarm clock, the clear choice is the Sonic Bomb with the super shaker. It is super loud has dual alarms as well as pulsating alert lights and the Super Shaker bed vibrating unit, if you cannot wake up with this alarm clock you are in big trouble.
The standard warranty for most of these clocks is a one-year limited warranty as long as you return your warranty card. Standard return policies apply if you buy from a major retailer (i.e., 30-day return window).
If you are someone who has a difficult time waking up to a regular alarm clock either due to hearing loss or just because you are a deep sleeper, you should give one of these vibrating alarm clocks a try. They are relatively inexpensive and have a lot of great features like extra loud ringers, bed shakers and flashing lights that can help get you up and out of bed without disturbing your partner or roommate.