Vibrating alarm clocks for waking up

There are many alarm clocks which can help wake you up by using strong vibration, flashing lights or loud alerts.

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All the alarm clocks we have available are listed on this page. They can be borrowed for a month.

Amplicomms TCL210 Travel

amplicomms tcl210 (credit: NDCS)

Key feature

  • Portable, so easy to carry with you
  • Auto-lock so buttons aren't accidentally pressed

Other features

  • The whole clock vibrates
  • Volume and tone can be changed (3 settings)
  • Flashing light and torch
  • Button to light up display
  • Pillow clip
  • Battery powered
  • Display can be set to 12 hour or 24 hour

Want to buy?

  • To buy it, visit ihear
  • Typical price £29 (ex VAT)

Amplicomms TCL400

TCL400 alarm clock (credit: )

Key feature

  • Large, easy to see digital display

Other features

  • Vibrating pad
  • Loud alarm
  • Volume and tone can be changed
  • Bright flashing strobe light
  • Plugs into power socket
What deaf young people say:
 
"I usually over-sleep and miss my alarm, but this alarm made sure I woke up on time. I was able to go to breakfast, have time to get dress, and get to school on time! I felt more independent using this and more relaxed in the morning.

It does not stop vibrating till you turn it off and the vibration is so powerful that it wakes me up in my deepest sleep. I think this would definitely help severely and profoundly deaf young people and students! It could also help visually impaired people because it is super loud and it has a large display and flashing lights." Jayden (16), severely deaf 

Want to buy?

  • To buy it, visit Connevans
  • Typical price £43 (ex VAT)

Bellman Classic

Bellman alarm clock (credit: NDCS)

Key feature

  • Large and bright display and backlight for viewing at night

Other features

  • Vibrating pad
  • Very loud alarm
  • Volume and tone can be changed
  • Large, clear display
  • Plugs into power socket

What families say:

"Very easy to use. Clear dial and vibratory sensor worked well. It constantly woke him up for school and made him more independent" Mrs P

"Our son was struggling to hear his alarm clock which meant other family members would have to go to his room to turn it off. This was not ideal so this alarm clock seemed a good option. It allows our son to be independent. We did worry a bit about a wire in his bed, but we put this under his sheet and this worked well" Mrs C

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Geemarc Wake 'n' Shake Star

star (credit: NDCS)

Key feature

  • Looks like a mirror
  • USB port for charging smartphones or other tech

Other features

  • Vibrating pad
  • Loud alarm
  • Volume, tone, and screen brightness can be changed
  • Plugs into power socket

What deaf young people say:

“It is very powerful and it definitely got me out of bed in the morning! It looks nice too and is not too bulky. You can change the settings so different people can change the alarm clock to suit what they need and their deafness.

I like the fact I can wake up on my own without other people, it makes me feel happier. It would be useful for people living on their own." Cam (14), moderate to severely deaf

Want to buy?

  • To buy this item, visit Connevans
  • Typical price £36 (ex VAT)

Geemarc Wake 'n' Shake Voyager

Geemarc Voyager (credit: NDCS)

 Key feature

  • Portable, so easy to carry with you
  • Auto-lock so buttons aren't accidentally pressed

Other features

  • The whole clock vibrates
  • 2 vibration settings
  • Medium-loud alarm with 2 volume settings
  • Flashing light and torch
  • Button to light up display
  • Pillow clip
  • Battery powered

What deaf young people say:

"It is very portable. I used this when I was away from home. It is quite small too so it can fit in my suitcase without taking up too much space. It made it possible for me to wake up on time when away without my parents. It's really good for deaf young people so they can be more independent. The one thing I didn't like is that I could not find a way to make it make sound, vibrate and flash all at the same time- I would like it to do all three." Cam (14), moderate to severely deaf

Want to buy?

iLuv Smartshaker 2

smartshaker vibrating pad (credit: NDCS)

Key feature

  • Portable vibrating disk, so easy to carry with you
  • Links to smartphone via Bluetooth 

Other features

  • Connects to iPhone or Android and works with a free app
  • Up to 10 alarms can be set at the same time
  • Vibration,sound, and snooze time can be changed
  • Rechargeable using Micro USB cable (included)

What deaf young people say:

“It has strong vibrations and you can set more than one alarm. I like that it’s rechargeable and that the apps shows the battery percentage.” Nic (20)

"Easy to use and worked very well. It’s compatible with existing technology so can easily be taken on holiday." Joab (12)

“Perfect for traveling. It’s lightweight and doesn’t need to be plugged in!” Arran (25)

 Want to buy?

  • To buy this item, visit Sarabec
  • Typical price £30 (ex VAT)

Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb

From google images (credit: NDCS)

 Key feature

  • Strong vibration

Other features

  • Vibrating pad
  • Loud alarm
  • Volume, tone, screen brightness and snooze can be changed
  • Plugs into power socket
What families say:

"Excellent - very loud and easy to use. I have bought lots of alarm clocks in the past. None have been loud enough to wake her like this one. It has made her more independent." Mrs K

"It allowed me to get on with morning and school chores without having to go up and down stairs to wake my daughter. She got up by herself, got ready and came down. This is making it a calmer house in the morning." Mrs A 

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Sonic Alert Sonic Bomb Junior

From google images (credit: NDCS)

Key feature

  • Looks like the Sonic Bomb but is smaller
  • USB port for charging smartphones or other tech

Other features

  • Vibrating pad
  • Very loud alarm
  • Volume, tone and screen brightness can be changed
  • Plugs into power socket

What families say: 

"Was just right, helped Niall to wake up independently in the mornings, looked good too, like a young persons clock not an adults." Mrs C

"Excellent product. My son loved the vibrating pad which worked well for him. Easier mornings, my son loves to be independent and is up and dressed for school as soon as the alarm goes." Mrs B

"She now gets up of own accord allowing her to take control of a small part of her life" Mrs W

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Sonic Alert Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom silver analogue alarm clock (credit: NDCS)

Key feature

  • Analogue clock face  

Other features

  • Vibrating pad
  • Vibration slowly gets stronger
  • Very loud alarm
  • Volume and tone can be changed
  • Bright blue backlight which also flashes with alarm
  • Plugs into power socket

What families say:

"Analogue display so we spent less time resetting it when our son changed the time. The vibrations woke him, the sound was loud enough to hear without aids in" Mrs MH

"Vibrate - not too hard or soft. Can adjust brightness of light. Easy and simple to set up. Daughter was able to wake up independently" Mrs M 

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Sonic Alert Sonic Traveler

Sonic Traveler (credit: NDCS)

 Key feature

  • USB port for charging smartphones or other tech

Other features

  • Vibrating pad
  • Medium-loud alarm 
  • Volume, tone, snooze and alarm duration can be changed
  • Plugs into power socket
What families say:
 
"It's clear and easy to see the time. The vibrations were really strong and the sound good and loud. The USB charging point is good and will be really helpful for him in the future." Marie-brid, mum to Aidan (7) 

 Want to buy?

Sonic Alert Sonic Shaker

Sonic Shaker portable alarm clock (credit: Jeremy Hine)

Key feature

  • Portable, so easy to carry with you

Other features

  • The whole clock vibrates
  • Loud alarm (one volume setting)
  • Digital display (doesn't light up)
  • Pillow clip
  • Battery powered

What families say:

"What a brilliant product this has been! My son wakes up very promptly and gets ready himself every school day." Miss N

"Good vibration - portable. Helps me to wake up independently. Stops me from being late into college" Mr W

Want to buy?

Travel Tim

Travel Tim alarm clock (credit: NDCS)

Key feature

  • Portable, so easy to carry with you

Other features

  • Whole clock vibrates, but external vibrating pad can be added (not included)
  • Loud alarm (one volume setting)
  • Flashing light
  • Pillow clip
  • Buttons are covered so can't be accidentally pressed
  • Battery powered

What families say:

"Small, vibrates well, clips to the pillow so doesn't move, easy to set up" Mrs N

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