For many of us, alarm clocks are a necessary evil. Yes, we need them to wake up in the morning and go about our lives, but on the other hand, the sound of your alarm can be a somewhat jarring experience.
Therefore, when you find a product that reviewers say gently "caresses" you awake, well, we think that's worth looking into.
Inspired by nature's sunrise, the Philips Wake-up Light uses a unique combination of light therapy and sound to help you ease into your morning and wake up in a calmer, more natural way.
Mimicking the morning sun, the colour of the alarm clock changes from soft dawn red to warm orange to bright yellow, replacing the need for a noisy alarm clock. If you still need sound to wake up, the Philips Wake-up Light includes five natural sounds and your choice of FM radio stations.
When it's time to go to bed, a sunset simulation will prepare your body to fall asleep by gradually decreasing light and sound.
'Worth every freaking penny'
The Philips Wake-Up Light comes backed by more than 12,500 reviews and an average rating of 4.4 stars.
This clock is "worth every freaking penny," raves one user. It wakes you up "nice and gently."
"Screw being violently attacked by noise!" they continue. "I like being caressed awake, thank you very much."
It's a "humane way to wake up," writes another.
"'I'm not a morning person," but "[I've had] no problems at all," waking up with the sunrise alarm clock. It's a "perfect product" —"you get the quality you're paying for."
While fans praise its sunrise function, many say the "overlooked" sunset feature is "by far" their favourite.
'Really triggers you to fall asleep'
It "really triggers you to fall asleep," according to one shopper.
If you have "trouble falling asleep," then this "really eases [you] into drowsiness" without having to take any medication or supplements, they write. Plus, it gives "a limit to your bedtime routine" and helps you get to bed at a "more precise time."
Despite thousands of five-star reviews, some Amazon shoppers say the clock's buttons can be "hard to find."
According to one user, it "could be more user-friendly," as the buttons are "awkwardly" placed.
Waking up in the morning can be tough, but Amazon shoppers say the Philips Wake-Up Light makes the process as gentle and peaceful as possible. The sunrise alarm clock has earned more than 8,200 five-star ratings praising its design and quality. For a limited time, shoppers can save $40 on the alarm clock, bringing the device to $140. However, some note its buttons can be "hard to find," something to keep in mind when placing your order.
The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.