Smart alarm clocks can do more than just tell time and wake you up in the morning. They can stream your media, give updates, and even control your smart devices from your nightstand.
These and other features make them a remarkable addition to your bedroom.
Best Smart Alarm Clocks According to Tech Review Planet
Let’s take a look at the five best smart alarm clocks available today.
Amazon Echo Show 5
If the second-generation Amazon Echo Show is too big for your taste, then the Echo Show 5 should be perfect for you. Having this smart clock is one of the most cost-effective ways to integrate Alexa into your home. For $60, you get an amazing set of features – an alarm clock, basic smart home functions, and some video apps.
Unlike its older siblings, the Amazon Echo Show 5 is big on privacy. The front-facing camera comes with a built-in cover so you are in full control of what it sees. If you’re still not satisfied, you can manually turn off the microphone and the camera for extra protection. As an Alexa device, this smart clock works well with compatible security cameras – letting you view a live feed with a simple voice command. It also works with Prime Video, so you can stream movies and shows to the 5.5-inch display.
Google Nest Hub (2nd Gen)
At $99, Google’s Nest Hub is packed with plenty of features that make it an excellent bargain. You get a media playback center, a virtual assistant, a communication console, a digital photo frame, and a sleep tracker all rolled into one solid device. As a hub device, you can control your doorbells, lights, plugs, locks, thermostats, and other smart devices from your nightstand.
The Nest Hub is an excellent streaming device. You can listen to Spotify or watch YouTube videos on its 7-inch display. Audio may be lacking but you can always connect a Bluetooth-enabled speaker for better sound. Unlike the Nest Hub Max, this device doesn’t feature a front-facing camera which might appeal to those who need privacy. As a sleep tracker, this device does a decent job. It may not record your heart rate or sleep cycle, but you get simple sleep tracking without having to wear a separate device.
Lenovo Smart Clock
Equipped with a 4-inch display and integrated with Google Assistant, the Lenovo Smart Clock is essentially a smaller and more affordable version of the Nest Hub. However, this device has a few tricks up its sleeve. It features a “Sunrise Alarm” that gradually increases the display’s brightness before the alarm. There’s also an extra USB port so you can charge your phone or tablet while you’re in bed. The sound is adequate thanks to its built-in 3.5W speaker.
With Google Assistant, you get important updates such as news, weather, traffic, sports, and more. The Lenovo Smart Clock works wonderfully as a home entertainment hub. You can listen to your favorite music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more. You can play your media files and stream movies, shows, and music to your TV or speakers through Chromecast.
Anker Soundcore Wakey
The Anker Soundcore Wakey does not have built-in smart home connectivity, unlike the other devices. Instead, it runs on the Soundcore app using your smartphone. While this might be a deal-breaker, it still packs awesome features that some users could be looking for. So, if you’re not too big on Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa, this might be the smart clock for you.
The LED display is housed within the speaker grille so you don’t get that harsh light in the middle of the night. There are 10 built-in alarm sounds which you can edit using the companion app. This device features an ambient sound generator to help you fall asleep. The sound is outstanding for such a small device thanks to the built-in 5W speaker. Finally, the Wakey comes with a Qi wireless charging pad located on top.
Reason ONE Smart Alarm Clock
The Reason ONE is a brilliant smart clock for those on a tight budget. This $25 device checks all the boxes that most users need and offer great value for money. It has a large, easy-to-read display that automatically adapts to ambient light. The built-in speaker might not be as powerful as others on this list but it gets the job done nonetheless.
With Amazon Alexa built-in, you get weather, calendar, translations, and more. The Reason ONE can also be set up as a smart hub to control your Alex-enabled devices. This smart alarm clock has one physical button that can handle different tasks – snoozing the alarm, activating the voice assistant, and muting the microphone. Everything else must be done via a smartphone with the Reason Home app installed.