See here the list of Top 10 best alarm clock radios. Read the buying guide and other important factors before making a selection for you or any of your dear ones

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As a statistic of the IfD Allensbach shows, of 2,000 respondents 26% are tired in the morning after getting up. But in addition to sleep disturbances or nocturnal noise, there is another factor that can affect our well-being in the morning: the penetrating ringing of the alarm clock. But there is also a remedy in the form of a radio alarm clock, which can wake you gently on request with your favorite music from the radio.

Therefore, we offer you our radio alarm test 2019, in which we have taken a closer look at the best, currently available pickups for you. In our purchase advice you will also learn why an easy-to-use menu is particularly practical and the benefits of a weekend function.

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1. The display and ease of use: Good readability and logical adjustment options are a must!

1.1. Can alarm clocks do more than just wake you up?

Yes, some models from our test offer the possibility to charge the smartphone via a USB port. For charging the iPhone also clock radios with integrated charging station are available. If you want your own favorite song to sound instead of ringing, you can access a radio alarm clock with Bluetooth. Here, the Wecktitel can be loaded via the smartphone. But even with a CD clock radio, the wake-up track can be externally loaded. For convenient reading of the time in bed is worth a clock radio with projector. This can project the time on the wall in darkness.

1.2. The menu: Most buttons have dual functions

Even the best clock radio is only good if the setting of radio and alarm time is done in seconds. However, all models in our test have a double key assignment, so unfortunately a look at the instructions is inevitable here. For ease of use, the menu navigation is crucial in the first place. In addition to a clear control panel, a volume control using a rotary knob proves to be particularly simple, as it has, for example, the Grundig Sonoclock 660.

1.3. The display: It must also be readable from the side and in the sun!

Watch out for the radio alarm clock purchase on the display! As our clock radio test shows, high-contrast displays, such as the Karcher alarm clock or the radio alarm clock GEHM069ABEU, are best readable. If you would like to set up the radio alarm clock on a bedside table next to your bed , the display should also be easy to read from the side. Split ads such as the retro clock radio from Telefunken disappoint in this regard.

Especially for ladies, we recommend models with mirrored display, as z. B. has the white AJ2000 clock radio from Philips. Such clock radios can also be optimally used as make-up mirrors. However, they also have a major disadvantage: In summer sunrises or strong sunshine, the time is very difficult to not read. Decisive here is a shady location.

1.4. The keys: Logically placed, clearly labeled and with low pressure point!

But before you buy a clock radio, you should pay attention to the buttons. Although models like the Sony XDR-C1DBP offer small, but especially meaningful labeled keys. Most of the models in our test are also placed in the middle above the display, so they are always easy to reach. Especially people with long fingernails and older people with reduced dexterity should therefore resort to models with easy-to-use buttons. As a rule, a lower pressure must be exerted during operation.

2. The radio: DAB + guarantees the best reception!

If you are now looking for a radio clock that suits your purpose, then of course the sound must convince. With the exception of the JBL Horizon , the models we tested mainly offer average mono sound quality. Real music fans will therefore come here less at their expense.

2.1. Equally decisive: the reception quality

In the first place, a good reception is guaranteed by an individual alignment of the wire antenna. Also keep in mind that in addition  to traditional FM or FM reception, the digital DAB standard is also available. The basic difference: With DAB, the transmission takes place by means of data streams (packets), so that no noise occurs during reception in contrast to VHF. Receiving interference is noticeable by a delayed playback or completely missing reception noticeable.

But DAB or the more up-to-date DAB + offers even more advantages: In addition to program-accompanying information such as artist or song title, thanks to this reception standard, weather and traffic reports can also be displayed, without you having to wait for the next news program.

However, with the mostly cheaper DAB-free radio alarm clocks, you do not have to do without additional information during the current program. For this we recommend models with the so-called RDS function (Radio Data System). Similar to DAB, for example, song title and artist as well as messages about the current traffic situation can be transmitted.

But beware: The digital radio network is constantly expanding. In areas with poorer reception, models such as the DAB clock radio from Sony or Philips (AJB3552 / 12) can therefore switch to conventional short-wave reception.

Our tip: The best possible reception is guaranteed by devices that can receive both analogue FM and digital DAB stations.

If you would like to use the device as a kitchen radio, the number of receivable stations also plays an important role. Here are digital clock radios as the aforementioned Philips clearly in the advantage. However, if your personal clock radio test winner is used to listen to several radio stations alternately, then the device should have as many memory locations as possible – with the radio alarm clocks in our test, the number is 5 to 20.

3. The clock and the alarm clock: Deep sleepers need an alarm clock with more than 70 dB

Certain models from our test can show not only the time but also the temperature, the day of the week or the date. For radio alarm clocks with automatic time synchronization, both are set automatically by radio. The advantages and disadvantages of clock radios with these options compared to models with manual time settings are described in the following overview:

  • no incorrect entry of the time possible
  • no change from summer to winter time or winter to summer time necessary
  • works only with sufficient received signal
  • only for models with DAB + or RDS

However, if you are a deep sleeper or use earplugs at night, then clock radios like the JBL Horizon will be the right choice for you. This brings it to a wake-up volume of 75 dB. Conversely, this means that for people with shallow sleep to awaken already a volume of less than 60 dB. If you are restless or have stressful or work-related sleep disturbances, we recommend models with a rising or adjustable alarm tone. These awaken in the morning very gently.

3.1. The alarm functions: For couples, two alarm times are mandatory!

As our test proves, clock radios can also have a variety of different alarm functions. In addition to the radio alarm, all models we tested have a normal alarm tone. Alarm clocks with two alarm times are the rule. If you work from Monday to Friday, the weekend function will be a good solution for you. If this is activated, the alarm clock only rings on the weekdays and the alarm clock does not have to be deactivated additionally at the weekend.

On the other hand, it pays off to buy a model with weekly function for people working shift shift on different days of the week. With this, the alarm clock can be set to one or more days of the week. Work from home and have a nap at a certain time, so we put alarm clock radio with a nap function to heart. After a preset time, the radio alarm will be activated.

4. Insight into our test lab: That is how we tested

The evaluation of our test products was based on three main criteria:

  1. Display and ease of use (40%)
  2. Radio (35%)
  3. Clock and alarm clock (25%)

The first test category (display and ease of use) accounts for 40% of the overall grade.  Here we examined whether the menu navigation is self-explanatory on the basis of the existing keys, or whether the operating instructions had to be studied with each setting.

In addition, we have rated the display, which was especially in strong sunlight not perfectly readable on all models. And finally the keys: the more thoughtful, intuitive and logical their positioning and the lower the pressure needed to operate them, the higher the note in this chapter.

The radio function (35% of the overall grade) is the second most important criterion in our test. In addition to sound and reception, which left something to be desired especially for devices without DAB standard, we also measured the maximum volume. To obtain the most realistic and practical results, the measurement took place at a distance of one meter.

In the chapter on the clock and the alarm clock (25% of the overall grade) , we measured the alarm tone volume under the same conditions as before, which can be constant or increasing depending on the model. Furthermore, we also took a closer look at the additional functions of the devices. Especially stand out models with a projector, a Lichtweckfunktion and a temperature display.

5. Questions and answers about radio alarm clocks

5.1. How much power does a clock radio consume?

As our test proves, clock radios are true power-saving miracles . For both the digital radio alarm clocks with radio and the models without automatic time setting, the consumption in stand-by mode averaged 0.5 to 2 watts. Assuming 1 Watt as average, this corresponds to an electricity price of 0.25 Euro annual total electricity costs in the amount of slightly more than two euros.

5.2. How long does a clock radio ring?

In principle , the alarm rings until it is turned off or you press the snooze button. Although two models in our test have a wake-up time limit of up to 30 minutes, we recommend that you (for the sake of your neighbors) not test this yours