AT Email: Best Alarm Clocks of 2008

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February 19, 2008

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After a long weekend, the week starts fast and we're running late. Which makes it a good day to review our top picks for alarm clocks. To be honest, since Ursula was born we are less and less dependent on one of these pesky things, but we have one and we like anything we keep by our bedside to be simple and beautiful, so here's are list for 2008 (in no particular order). And here's a really novel new clock which we saw for the first time today: Sfera Retracting Alarm Clock.

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>> Gellule Alarm Clock - By Pascal Bardel, this is a new design that we really like, but we haven't used it yet.

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>> Tivoli Audio Model Three - If serious HiFi is what you are after, Tivoli is the cream of the crop. This design is spare and features a cherry wood frame.

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>> Braun Voice Activated Alarm - This is hard to find, but worth it. For years we opted for making a small bark at our clock every morning rather than pushing down a pin. Sounds kooky, but it's cool.

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>> Muji Alarm Clock - One of the simplest designs, from the folks who made undesign famous (or mass market). The alarm controls are on the back.

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>> Jacob Jensen Alarm Clock - Our current workhorse. This small lozenge shape fits nicely in the hands and keeps a low profile.

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>> Braun AB 4 & 5 - These are classics and used to be sold by Martha Stewart as her favorite clock as well. The styling has changed a bit, but they're both still great.

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>> Baby Ben by Westclox - These have to be included simply because they are design classics and they REALLY wake you up. The link I've included takes you to the history of the clock, and vintage models are the way to go.

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>> Clocky Alarm Clock - this one is purely for fun as it jumps and runs off of your table, forcing you to get out of bed

Enjoy! Maxwell

 

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