Who needs an extra loud alarm clock? The short answer is, anyone who finds it hard to wake up in the morning. A partially deaf person might need one, as might anyone who is hard of hearing.
Perhaps you are taking sleeping pills and are struggling to wake up to a normal alarm clock in the morning.
College kids are notoriously hard to wake up too, and they might also benefit by using a super loud alarm clock so as to get to those all important classes on time.
But how loud are the loudest alarm clocks, and do they guarantee to wake you up? They commonly make a sound of about 110 Decibels, which is loud.
If you are trying an extra loud alarm clock for the first time, test the noise level first in order to avoid giving yourself, your partner, and possibly the neighbours, a fright first thing in the morning.
To answer the second question, will it definitely wake you up? That cannot be guaranteed. What I will say is that, having read through a lot of customer reviews for the well known alarm clocks for heavy sleepers, such as the Sonic Boom SBB500ss, I do not recall reading of anyone who has claimed to sleep through one.
Here are 6 loud alarm clocks that are suitable for heavy sleepers:
- Sonic Alert SBB500SS Sonic Bomb Loud Dual Alarm Clock – This alarm clock features a 113 decibel alarm and a vibrating bed shaker.
- Philips Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock – This alarm clock gradually wakes you up with a simulated sunrise and has a choice of natural wake-up sounds.
- RCA Digital Alarm Clock – This digital alarm clock has a loud, adjustable alarm and a large, easy-to-read display.
- iHome Zenergy Bedside Sleep Therapy Machine – This alarm clock has a variety of sounds and light therapy options to help you wake up feeling refreshed. It also has a loud alarm and a snooze function.
- Marathon CL030053BK Atomic Digital Wall Clock – This digital wall clock has a loud, adjustable alarm and a large, easy-to-read display. It also has an atomic time feature, which ensures that the time is always accurate.
- Emerson SmartSet Alarm Clock Radio – This alarm clock has a loud, adjustable alarm and a large, easy-to-read display. It also has a radio and a snooze function.
- Moshi Interactive Voice Responsive Alarm
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The Under Pillow Vibration Alarm Clock is thoughtfully designed, as it has two alarms, one for you and one for your partner.
The audible alarm might not be loud enough to wake some heavy sleepers, though you can use both sound and vibration alarms together.
The main feature of this vibration alarm clock, is that it shakes you awake. The longer you leave it the more it vibrates.
The vibration alarm element of this alarm clock is likely to be of interest to the hard of hearing or the hearing impaired user, because this alarm relies on the sense of feeling. You simply place it under the pillow and the vibration wakes you up.
The Under Pillow Vibration Alarm Clock is compactly designed which makes it useful for travel or to use in the home. Other features include a temperature display, calendar, and a snooze and back-light. The clock needs 2 AAA batteries, which are not supplied.
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The Sonic Alert SB1000ss Sonic Boom Loud Vibrating Alarm Clock with Built In Receiver is certainly not your run-of-the-mill, every day alarm clock. This is more of an alarm system that is built to help heavy sleepers and people with hearing impairments.
With its very loud, 113 decibel alarm tones, this is an alarm that no deep sleeper will sleep through. Since this loudest alarm clock also features some other ingenious technology, it makes for a full-feature system that will help anyone stay alert and awake – no matter what time of day it is.
Bed Shaker Technology
Our favorite feature of the Sonic Alert SB1000ss Sonic Boom Loud Vibrating Alarm Clock with Built In Receiver, has to be the powerful bed shaker. This little device can be easily attached to the Sonic Alert SB1000ss with the included wire.
Once it’s attached, you simply place the bed shaker between your mattress and box-spring. What it does next will amaze you. When the alarm goes off, the bed shaker goes to work by… well shaking your mattress. This may sound very simplistic, but the results are quite amazing.
People who can sleep through even the loudest alarms have reported that the bed shaker wakes them up easily, every single day. You kind of have to experience this mattress vibration for yourself, but once you do, you’ll probably agree that there’s no sleeping through this kind of wake the dead alarm.
Sonic Boom Loudest Alarm Clock: Features & Product Details
- You can choose from multiple alarm tones to find the one you like best.
- The alarm tones can reach an amazingly high volume level of 113 decibels.
- The built in receiver can alert you to doorbell rings and telephone calls – works with particular signaler models (Models SA101, SA201, RH100, BL300, Sonic Boom Alarm Clock)
- Also features a built in 120 volt plug for lamps, so you can get a flashing light alert when the alarm sounds.
- Backed up by battery power, so the time stays current during power outages.
When you combine the flashing lights, the super loud alarm tones and the powerful bed shaker, you’ll have an alarm system that you’ll never sleep through again.
If you have a loved one with hearing impairments, the Sonic Alert SB1000ss Alarm Clock with Built In Receiver can provide a real means of independence that regular alarm clocks and signalers can’t match.
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say hello to the Screaming Meanie Timer and Alarm Clock with 120 Decibals. This alarm is the loudest one that we’ve seen to date.
With an amazingly high maximum volume of 120db, the Screaming Meanie gives quite a bit more of a rude awakening than most traditional alarms are capable of.
There are a number of super-powered alarm clocks available these days. Unfortunately, though, a lot of them are so feature-laden that they end up being a bit too much for the average deep sleeper.
The Screaming Meanie Timer and Alarm Clock with 120 Decibals, though, is designed with simplicity in mind. It looks almost like an MP3 player, and is very small; which makes it the ideal bedside table companion. And since it doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles, operating the Screaming Meanie couldn’t be simpler.
Simply choose your preferred alarm level, set the timer and that’s it. And when the time comes to shut the alarm off, you have to press two buttons at once, which makes it a bit harder to simply crawl back in bed and go to sleep.
Screaming Meanie Alarm Clock with 120 Decibals: Features
- One of the loudest alarms available with a maximum volume of 120 decibels
- You can choose from three different volume levels – 70db, 90db, or 120db
- The Screaming Meanie can be used as an alarm clock or a countdown timer.
- It has a beacon function that sounds the alarm for 10 seconds, every 5 minutes
- Features internal battery testing to make sure that it’s always working for you.
- Comes with a removable belt clip.
- Powered by a 9 volt battery (not included)
The Screaming Meanie Timer and Alarm Clock with 120 Decibals may not be the fanciest alarm clock on the planet, but it does what it was designed to do – provide one of the loudest alarm tones available today. For deep sleepers or people with minor hearing impairments, this alarm clock may well be one of the only models loud enough to wake you up from a deep sleep.
The Alarm Clock Buying Guide
When choosing alarm clocks for heavy sleepers there are a number of considerations to be aware of. Alarm clocks for heavy sleepers are for anyone who frequently sleeps through an ordinary alarm clock. A heavy sleeper just won’t hear an ordinary alarm because it isn’t loud enough.
Compare an alarm clock that makes 80 decibels of sound to one that gives out 115 decibels and you will see what I mean. That is loud. But it is not just the sound alone that wakes us up. You can find that you get used to the sound of an alarm clock and when that happens you will probably ignore it and go back to asleep.
Alarm clocks for heavy sleepers have an adjustment for the tone, so you can adjust the volume and the pitch to produce your own irritating brand of sound that you know you won’t be so likely to sleep through when it comes to waking you up. Look for an alarm that will let you test the sound before you decide to use it, and be wary of using it full volume without testing the noise level first.
If you have someone sleeping in the same room you won’t want to wake them as well. Dual alarm clocks are ideal if you and your partner need to woken up at different times. This is where the bed shaker comes in really useful. The bed shaker is a small, round pad which is attached to the alarm clock via a cord, and when the alarm goes off the bed shaker vibrates. The usual places to site the bed vibrator before you go to sleep, are under the pillow, or under the mattress.
Some alarm clocks for heavy sleepers have an outlet for a lamp, which flashes when the alarm goes off. This is useful for anyone who does not like waking up in the dark.
Alarm clocks have come a long way since the old fashioned, bell ringing, wind up type. Today, there are hundreds of interesting, fun, even exciting, innovative alarm clocks on the market. There are talking alarm clocks, flying alarm clocks, alarm clocks that cook, and many more uniquely designed alarms to awaken sleepers. Many of today’s alarm clock designs include radios, calendars, thermometers, flashlights, LED displays, message and reminder capabilities, and more added features. Of course, the simple, old fashioned, wind up the type of alarms are still available for the technologically disadvantaged consumer, and for those that have nostalgic taste preferences.
The voice-activated Moshi Voice Control Digital Clock Radio alarm can be set using verbal instructions. The clock will ask the user what time to set the alarm and which alarm sound is preferred. The user can select an AM or FM radio station or one of three pleasant alarm sounds. At night, before drifting off to sleep, the user can listen to a choice of three different sleep sounds. This user-friendly alarm clock has a nine-minute snooze option. In the morning, when the alarm is turned off, the clock will announce the time, date, and current temperature. This innovative, voice-activated clock offers a help menu, also.
The Neverlate Executive Alarm Clock is advertised as “the most flexible alarm clock ever.” This modern alarm clock offers an abundance of convenient, customizable options. It has three seven day “alarm banks.” Three separate, seven day, alarm schedules can be set, if desired. This feature can be used for separate his and her alarm settings and a set of reminder alarms. In addition, each scheduled alarm can be set for a different alarm sound. Users can choose different radio stations or any of the four buzzer sounds. It has a descending snooze feature, also. This clock has a nap timer to accommodate those essential, executive power naps, as well. This innovative alarm clock is easy to use and offers even more optimal features.
One of the most recent alarm clock innovations is the Online Alarm Clock. There are a lot of online alarm clocks available. There are basic online alarms that are used by selecting the alarm time and one of several alarm sounds. Other online alarms offer several snooze options, nap timers, a choice of musical alarm sounds, and talking “wake up calls.” Many online alarm clocks offer a wide variety of additional features, as well.