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6 Best Clock Radios for Seniors

by Leona Small

Having trouble seeing the numbers on the clock? Not hearing the alarm go off in the morning? Fumbling to hit the small snooze button when you do hear it? Old age does a number on us.

As individuals age, the importance of a reliable and user-friendly clock radio becomes increasingly evident. For seniors, a clock radio goes beyond a mere timekeeping device, serving as a crucial companion in maintaining daily routines and ensuring a seamless start to each day.

In a market saturated with options, selecting the best clock radio tailored to the unique needs of seniors is paramount.

From clear and adjustable displays to intuitive controls and innovative features, this article explores a thoughtful selection of the best clock radios for seniors that are designed to enhance the daily lives of those looking for convenience, accessibility, and reliability.

a digital alarm clock radio with bluetooth connectivity and an LED screen with a large display sitting on a bedside table

Hearing loss is one of the most common problems that we face as we age. One in three people over the age of 65 and between the age of 75 will have issues with hearing loss. At least fifty percent of those over 75 will experience difficulties with hearing.

Vision loss is a close second when it comes to problems as we age. According to the National Eye Institute, about 15% of Americans who are 75 or older will experience loss of vision. Once a person reaches 80, half of the population will experience cataracts.

With all that said, it’s clear why there is a need to look for the best clock radio options for older adults. The right alarm clock radio will help those who have vision issues or hearing issues by offering multiple alarm settings and volume options to ensure they’re heard even by those who are hard of hearing.

Manual dexterity is another limitation that negatively impacts activities of daily living. According to a study published by the National Library of Medicine:

Studies have reported age-related impairments in maximal grip force sensory functioning and in grasping and manipulation of objects. Regarding specific manual dexterity components, accuracy in force control tasks is reduced in age, and independence of finger movements may deteriorate. Increased variability of finger movements and motor slowing have also been documented. These studies suggest a complex multi-component decline in manual dexterity in older people, especially in the very old.

a very small traditional alarm clock without fm radio, wireless charging capabilities, or dual alarms being held by a hand on a red background

If you have impaired fingers, you can imagine trying to fumble with small buttons on an alarm clock… in the dark… while you’re half awake.

What Makes a Good Clock Radio for Seniors?

The best clock radio for seniors is going to have big numbers, big buttons, and a loud sound. 

Several clock radios have these features, so the deciding factors between them may be something unrelated – like cost and color.

a digital alarm clock with fm radio and large numbers on the LED display that also allows you to set multiple alarms and change the alarm tone

Big Numbers

A clock radio for seniors should include large, bright numbers. It will not be a traditional clock with arms. Traditional clocks are more difficult to read, even if they are large. They are also impossible to read in the dark.

The display should be easily readable. Unusual colors are harder to see. This makes it difficult for those with vision issues to tell time. Ideally, the best colors to have on a clock for seniors would be black and white. White letters on a black background make it easier to read from a distance as well.

Big Buttons

You will want a clock that has big buttons. The larger the buttons, the easier for those with vision problems to navigate. Plus, the bigger the button, the bigger the print on it will be, also allowing those with vision problems to more easily navigate their clock radio. However, ideally the buttons should not interfere with the aesthetic of the clock.

two large buttons on a bluetooth alarm clock radio that likely also offers a usb phone charger

Big Noise

Most manufacturers do not typically boast about the decibel levels of their alarm clocks. That’s okay because most of the clock radios out there are going to have sufficient volume options for seniors. However, if hearing loss is a significant problem, the buyer may want to look for clocks with a high-volume alarm tone as their signature feature.

Many of these clocks will be coupled with vibration devices that shake the pillow with a separate attachment. Between loud noise and vibration, these clocks will wake people who are hard of hearing. If you’re looking for this type of clock, one of our favorites is this one.

The downside to these clocks is that they are usually clocks and clocks only, not a clock radio. If you find you need a vibrating feature to help you wake because you struggle to hear the alarm, it may be worth buying an alarm clock designed for the hard of hearing and then buying a separate radio. While it may not include an alarm clock, there are plenty of FM radios that will play your favorite radio station with great sound quality, which could be a nice complement to your alarm clock on your bedside table.

Other Features

The next thing that you should look for is how it is powered. If it is a corded clock, make sure it is long enough and simple enough to plug in. If the clock runs on batteries, find a clock that does not require tools to change the batteries. The easier it is for the batteries to be changed the better.

Lastly, you want to make sure that the clock will match your décor. This is something that people say not to worry about. However, a clock that does not fit in will stick out like a sore thumb, therefore ideally you find one that blends into your décor and is pleasant for you to look at and use on a daily basis.

Now let us look at some of the best clock radios for seniors.

a women in bed, ready to fall asleep knowing her bluetooth alarm clock radio is set for the morning with two alarms

6 Great Choices

1) American Lifetime Large Digital Clock for Seniors

American Lifetime 【New 2024】 Dementia Clock Large Digital Clock for Seniors, Digital Clock Large Display with Custom Alarms, Clock with Day & Date for Elderly, Large Number Digital Clock White
  • Designed with Durable Material: The dementia clock is built to withstand daily use, making it a reliable and long-lasting aid for elderly individuals with dementia or Alzheimer's. The robust design of the clocks for seniors ensures that it can withstand accidental drops and knocks.
  • Easy to read display: The day of the week clock has a large, clear display that is easy to read, ensuring that elderly individuals can easily understand the time & date. The high contrast display of digital clock large display makes it easy to read even in low light conditions.

This is a big digital clock with a display that looks like it’s housed in a picture frame. It has a black background with white lettering. This is beneficial because it is easy to read from a distance. It features a large display of eight inches. The letters and numbers on the clock are clear and thick. This makes them easy to see. This clock also shows the date and day of the week in addition to the time, which is a nice feature.


  • 8-Inch Display
  • Black and White Display
  • 8 Languages
  • Medication Reminders
  • Auto-Dimming Feature
  • Equipped with a Battery Backup


  • Lacks a radio feature
  • Higher cost
  • Small buttons

The manufacturer bills this clock as particularly beneficial for seniors, especially those struggling with Alzheimer’s Disease and/or Dementia. The clock would seem more appropriate in a senior housing situation where individuals are not controlling the clock, because the buttons are small and on the back. If you need a clock with big buttons that are easily managed, keep looking. If you need a simple display clock that a caregiver manages, this could be the right choice.

2) DreamSky Alarm Clock Radio

DreamSky Decent Alarm Clock Radio with FM Radio, USB Port for Charging, 1.2 Inch Blue Digit Display with Dimmer, Temperature Display, Snooze, Adjustable Alarm Volume, Sleep Timer.
  • Electric Digital Alarm Clock with Full Range Dimmer for Bedroom: 4 Inches large LCD screen with eye easy catch blue number display, time and clock display are easy to read at a glance. 100%-0% completely adjustable display brightness for comfortable viewing. 12 or 24hr switch, Indoor temperature ( ℃ or ℉) Display.
  • Digital FM Radio ONLY with Sleep Timer: Easy tuning in FM radio channel with 0-15 level volume adjustable. Speaker is loud and clear. Benefit sleep timer function lets you fall sleep to the radio by preset the radio to play for a certain amount time (10-120 minutes optional).

This is a simple yet very functional digital alarm clock radio with a battery backup USB charging port, FM radio, large numbers, 0-100% fully dimmable brightness, adjustable alarm volume options, indoor temperature readings, a sleep timer, and snooze functionality.

There is a large display of just over six inches. It has bright blue letters on black lettering, and there’s also an option to purchase the same clock with orange lettering if you prefer orange over blue.


  • 0-100% Adjustable Brightness Control
  • Extra USB Charging Port
  • Indoor Temperature Display
  • 3 Alarm Volume Options
  • Easy to Set Up, Easy to Use


  • No AM Radio

3) Digital Wall Clock – Large Calendar Clock with Day and Date

Raynic Digital Clock, 11.5" Large Display Digital Wall Clock,Adjustable Brightness Calendar Clock with Day and Date, Indoor Temperature, Snooze,12/24H, DST for Home, Office, Elderly
  • 11.5" LED DISPLAY - The 11.5 inch large alarm clock with clear LED digital display makes it easy for the elderly to see the time.5 levels lights options for adjusting the brightness for those that are sensitive to light while sleeping.If you prefer to sleep in the dark, you can adjust this alarm clock's display to a minimum.
  • MULTI-FUNCTION USE -The digital alarm clock is packed with a ton of different capabilities including indoor temperature,DST,2 USB charging port,3 different alarms and 5 adjustable diming.This alarm clock can display the date and the day of the week,easy-to-read LCD display.Adjustable dimming and brightness options allow you to find your own ideal display settings.

If you need a clock to mount on the wall this could be the choice for you. This clock features a large 11.5-inch display which allows for easy visibility. You can read the time or date from every angle. It is black and white so that it is easy to see from a distance. You can put it on a nightstand or have it hanging on the wall.

This clock lacks a radio, however. If you need a big display, loud sound, big buttons, and a radio, you will likely have to give on a feature.


  • 3 Different Alarms
  • Large Buttons
  • Adjustable Brightness
  • Adjustable Volume
  • Temperature Display
  • Calendar and Day of the Week Display


  • Lacks a Radio
  • If used to mount on the wall, it would not be suitable for use as a daily alarm clock

4) Reacher Simple Alarm Clock Radio

REACHER Loud Alarm Clock with FM Radio, Alarm Clocks for Bedrooms, Digital Alarm Clock with USB Charger Port, Dimmer, Snooze, Adjustable Volume Loud Alarm Clock for Heavy Sleepers Adults, Bedside
  • Superior FM Radio Experience: Enjoy top-notch FM radio quality enhanced by a bass cavity design. Use the sleep timer, spanning 5 to 120 minutes, to effortlessly drift off to your favorite station.
  • Effortless Mornings: Wake up to FM radio or opt for the buzzer, with an easy-to-read 1.2-inch LED display featuring dimming capabilities for personalized brightness. Utilize the 6 snooze intervals spaced at 9-minute intervals, catering to those who struggle with waking up.

Wide, bright, and white is the best way to describe this clock radio. It comes with an adjustable volume for heavy sleepers (0db-120db) that gradually increases to your preset volume level. The music sound, according to the manufacturer and reviews, is richer than many competing products because it has a bass cavity design that adds depth of sound, something difficult to find in many compact clock radios. It looks sleek and modern with its rectangular shape.


  • Modern-Looking
  • Focused on Simplicity
  • Black and White Display w/ 1.2in LED Numbers
  • 6 Snooze Options
  • Equipped w/ USB Charger Port to Easily Charge Phones and Tablets


  • May be too small for those with limited sight
  • Does not allow you to pre-set radio stations, only has radio scan functionality

5) Electrohome Retro Alarm Clock Radio

Electrohome Retro Alarm Clock Radio with Motion Activated Night Light and Snooze, Digital AM/FM Radio, Wake-up Light, Dual Alarm, Auto Time Set, Battery Backup, Dimmer, and Temperature Display (CR35)
  • Motion activated sensor night light and snooze function with gradual wake up lighting
  • SelfSet technology automatically detects the correct time/date & WakeUp battery backup sounds alarm even during power loss

Looking for something with a more unique look? This clock radio could be the right choice. It has the white-on-black numbering that we want for easy visbility, easy setup, and a 20-station memory to easily navigate your favorite stations. While the control buttons are smaller than some competing clocks, the most important buttons are located directly on the face of the clock.

This is one of the best clock radio options for seniors becuase it also comes equipped with a motion sensor nightlight. Few clock radios offer this feature, and for the senior who is struggling to find their glasses at night as they fumble with the alarm or are making their way to the bathroom, it’s the perfect solution.


  • Unique Look
  • Easy Setup
  • Low Price
  • Equipped w/ Dimmer and Temperature Display


  • Smaller Size and Screen
  • Legs Make it Less Stable

6) Mesqool Alarm Clock for Hearing Impaired

Mesqool Loud Alarm Clock for Heavy Sleepers and The Hearing Impaired - with Bed Shaker, 2 USB Chargers, 7-Color Nightlight, Large LED Display, Dimmer, Snooze, 12/24H DST and Plug-in Battery Backup
  • - Vibrate Bed Shaker Alarm Clock with 3 Awake Modes: Choose between bed shaker, buzzer, or both to wake you up no matter how heavy of a sleeper you are.
  • - Adjustable Alarm Volume & Big Snooze: Customize your alarm with a volume slider and hit snooze with the top button for an extra 9 minutes of sleep.

had talked about clocks that are designed specifically for the hearing impaired. Well, this is a good example. Hard-of-hearing seniors will appreciate the vibrating bed shaker and loud buzzer that are sure to wake even the heaviest of sleepers up in the morning.

It has a white-on-black numbering display and a helpful night light option atop the clock that can be changed to different colors. The alarm comes with three alarm settings: a loud buzzer, a pillow vibrator, or both working at the same time. Selecting the pillow vibrator alarm only makes a great feature for the individual who wants to wake up without waking a partner at the same time. Sound settings range from 75db to 90db.

Note that while this clock has many features you won’t find in other clocks, it lacks a radio.


  • Vibrating Feature
  • Optional Night Light
  • Reasonable Price


  • Too many features compromise simplicity
  • No Radio

Additional Features Available in Alarm Clocks on the Market Today

While the above options are great basic digital alarm clocks that all have an LED display and most that have an FM radio, there are other added bonus features that some alarm clocks come equipped with.

Depending on your needs, it’s absolutely possible to find alarm clocks that allow you to set dual alarms or multiple alarms, wireless charging for your mobile device, Bluetooth connectivity and a Bluetooth speaker, clocks that provide indoor temperature readings, clocks with a sleep timer function, improved sound quality, adjustable display brightness, various alarm settings with a wide range of alarm sound options and alarm tones such as nature sounds, a dimmer control for the led display, white noise options, and built-in USB ports to charge multiple devices from your digital alarm clock. Basically, all the features are available to you, should you want them!

Also, just because these extra features are available, doesn’t mean they all come with a steep price tag! There are plenty of affordable, stylish alarm clock options that are $50 and under. We’ve included some of our favorites below.

Wake Up Light Sunrise Alarm Clock for Kids, Heavy Sleepers, Bedroom, with Sunrise Simulation, Sleep Aid, Dual Alarms, FM Radio, Snooze, Nightlight, Daylight, 7 Colors, 7 Natural Sounds, Ideal for Gift
  • 【Wake Up Light with Sunrise simulation】 This Sleep Aid digital alarm clock is designed for everyone, especially for heavy sleepers and kids. The sunrise simulation light with 7 natural sounds will be on gradually from 10% brightness to 100% by 30 minutes before alarm setting time. If you think 30 minutes is too long, you can set the process to 20 minutes or 10 minutes. Wake you up by nature.
  • 【Dual Alarm & Snooze supported】 Considering that you may need to set different alarm clocks for your family members, we have designed two alarm clocks for you. Even more thoughtfully, we have equipped Dual Alarms with Every Day, Weekday, and Weekend options. In addition, the snooze function is specially designed for those who need an extra 9 minutes to start the day.
MOSITO Digital Wooden Alarm Clock with Wireless Charging, 0-100% Dimmer, Dual Alarm, Weekday/Weekend Mode, Snooze, Wood LED Clocks for Bedroom, Bedside, Desk, Kids (White)
  • 【Wireless Charging】 - Support most universal wireless charging cellphone models. It provide much convenience for you to place or charge your phone.
  • 【Improved Feature 1:5 level brightness Dimmable】 - Compared with the old version of 3-level dimming, this new version digital alarm clock has more clear LED digits with 5 level range dimmable, you can easily adjust to your favorite brightness level. It will never disturb your sleep at night.
Digital Clock, Alarm Clock with Fast 15W Wireless Charger for Bedroom,Teen Girls Boys Gifts, Dual Alarm, 20 Sleep Sounds, Bluetooth Speaker, Night Light, Bedside Clock for Heavy Sleepers Adults
  • 🏆 5 IN 1 WIRELESS CHARGING STATION - Bedrooms Digital Alarm Clock, Fast Wireless Charger, Bedside Nightlight with Touch Control, Bluetooth Speaker and Sleep Helper Noise Machine are integrated into one Design. You can use this multifunctional alarm clock wireless charging station while working, studying, relaxing or sleeping, which would make your life simple and convenient. The small Alarm Clock Charging Pad saves space on the desktop and nightstand and can also be home office decor
  • 🏆 15W FAST WIRELESS CHARGER - fast charging station is for 1Phone15/14/14 Plus/14 Pro/14 Pro Max/1Phone 13/12/11/XS/XR/X/8 with latest iOS System; 10W charging mode is compatible with S21/S20/Note 10/10 Plus/S10/S10 Plus/S10E and so on; 5W charging works on Any Qi-enabled devices. Note: It requires QC2.0 or QC3.0 Adapter or more than 18W Adapter(not included in box) to support fast charging for iPhone, over-current protection, over-voltage protection and over-temperature protection
Digital Alarm Clock, with Wooden Electronic LED Time Display, 3 Alarm Settings, Humidity & Temperature Detect, Wood Made Electric Clocks for Bedroom, Bedside (Black)
  • 【Dual plus Alarm Setting】- Updated from dual alarms to three alarms. You can either set two or three alarms to better WAKE you up. One for you and the other for your families. Forever Say no to delay. Also, it allows you to set weekday mode, which will ring only on Monday to Friday.
  • 【Stylish Wooden Design for Décor】- This must be the most delicate alarm clock you’ve ever seen. It’s not only a clock, but also a great decoration for your bedroom or living room. Stylish appearance and multiple functions make it suitable as a gifts for kids or anyone who appreciates style and functionality.
AIRIVO Alarm Clock Night Lights, Built-in Battery Alarm Clock for Bedrooms, 6 Scenes & White Noise Sync, Dual Alarms & Snooze, for Heavy Sleepers, Gifts for Kids Teens
  • Latest Alarm Clock - This upgraded white noise alarm clock night llight combines 6 scene simulation lighting modes and 6 soothing songs, providing a better sleep and natural waking experience. Unlike other products, this alarm clock offers 6 scene simulation lighting effects, enriching your waking routine. It is rechargeable and supports both 12-hour and 24-hour time formats to cater to different habits. Designed for all, with a particular focus on heavy sleepers and children.
  • VISIBLE WHITE NOISE - To help those who have trouble falling asleep, we developed 6 soothing white noise(ocean waves, piano, stream, rain, train, birdsong),Each sound sync lighting to simulate a soundscape that inspires the imagination,allowing you to relax and ease into sleep. It is also more suitable for you to do yoga or put it next to the desk, workbench, relaxing moment, experience a different light and mood!

Commonly Asked Questions About Senior Alarm Clock Radios

Is a radio clock designed for seniors worth it?

Yes. These clocks are designed to make it easier for seniors to see the time, and stay on schedule which can be important for a variety of reasons. Additionally, large print and a high-contrast, large screen make these clocks easier for seniors to navigate. Lastly, most of the above options are equipped with large buttons and volume controls which are also great assets for a clock radio for seniors.

What should I spend on a radio clock?

Many seniors live on fixed incomes, so cost is a concern. Clock radios for seniors will typically range in price from $20 to $70. The more complex a radio clock is, the more you will pay. With that in mind, you do not need to spend a fortune on a radio alarm clock for seniors, because it’s simplicity that is most often desired.

However, if you’re looking to splurge on the trendy alarm clock of the moment, or are looking for a luxurious gift to give someone and the cost is not a concern, the Hatch Restore 2 Sunrise Alarm Clock is a beautiful, functional, aesthetic and practical gift that the recipient is sure to appreciate.

What’s wrong with using a cell phone as an alarm clock?

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with using a cell phone as an alarm clock if that is the preferred and easiest option for the user! However, there are more steps involved in setting up alarms and turning them off versus an alarm clock where there are fewer options and its sole purpose is to be a clock, not also a phone.

Additionally, many people choose not to bring their cell phones into the bedroom, as the light and sounds from constant notifications can commonly disrupt sleep cycles. A simple, functional, non-intrusive alarm clock can solve this issue and allow the user to leave their phone in a separate room while still making sure they’re waking up at their desired time of day.

a mobile devices alarm being set for the morning

When should I get a radio clock for seniors?

You may be noticing a loved one having difficulty telling the time, waking up in the morning with their alarm, or struggling to see the numbers at night. This is a sign to get an alarm clock on this list that’s specifically geared towards seniors. To recap, these options have a large display to easily see the time, as well as louder volume options for those who are hard of hearing.

Hatch Restore 2 | Sunrise Alarm Clock | Sound Machine | Bedside Dream Machine | Smart Light | White Noise | Custom Sleep Routines | Dimmable Clock | Deep Sleep | Gentle Alarm | Wake Up Rested | Putty
  • 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲𝘀 𝗴𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝘀𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗲. 𝖱𝖾𝗌𝗍𝗈𝗋𝖾 𝟤 𝗆𝖺𝗄𝖾𝗌 𝗌𝗅𝖾𝖾𝗉 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗌𝗂𝗆𝗉𝗅𝖾𝗌𝗍 𝗉𝖺𝗋𝗍 𝗈𝖿 𝗒𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝗌𝖾𝗅𝖿-𝖼𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗍𝗂𝗇𝖾.
  • 𝗦𝗹𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗱𝗲𝗲𝗽𝗹𝘆. 𝖢𝗈𝗏𝖾𝗋 𝖻𝖺𝖼𝗄𝗀𝗋𝗈𝗎𝗇𝖽 𝗇𝗈𝗂𝗌𝖾𝗌 𝗐𝗂𝗍𝗁 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗍𝖾 𝗇𝗈𝗂𝗌𝖾, 𝗉𝗂𝗇𝗄 𝗇𝗈𝗂𝗌𝖾, 𝖻𝗋𝗈𝗐𝗇 𝗇𝗈𝗂𝗌𝖾 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗈𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗋 𝗌𝗅𝖾𝖾𝗉 𝗌𝗈𝗎𝗇𝖽𝗌 𝗂𝗇𝗌𝗉𝗂𝗋𝖾𝖽 𝖻𝗒 𝗇𝖺𝗍𝗎𝗋𝖾 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖻𝖺𝖼𝗄𝖾𝖽 𝖻𝗒 𝗌𝖼𝗂𝖾𝗇𝖼𝖾.


Taking the time to find the perfect radio alarm clock for seniors is important, as the right selection can promote independence and ease of daily living. Just because someone is starting to have vision or hearing issues, does not mean their bedtime or morning routine should suffer.

The carefully curated selection of clock radios highlighted in this article not only emphasizes functionality but also addresses the specific needs of seniors, from large, easy-to-read displays to intuitive controls and thoughtful design.

By investing in a clock radio that caters to the unique requirements of seniors, one can enhance their overall well-being, providing them with a reliable and accessible tool that seamlessly integrates into daily routines. As technology continues to evolve, so does the potential to improve our quality of life, and the right clock radio serves as a testament to the positive impact thoughtful design can have on everyday living.

Just keep in mind that if you do purchase an alarm clock for a loved one who is a senior, do not explicitly state that it is for their hearing loss or vision loss. These clocks oftentimes look no different than any other commonly found alarm clock radios – they just have more volume options and a larger bolder screen.

a sleeping woman pressing the snooze button on the alarm on her clock radio with an led screen

About the Author

Leona Small is a freelance writer and former caregiver. She has experience working with people with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias and has spent years working alongside both patients and caregivers in Hospice. Additionally, she’s worked as a Professional Organizer helping people and families to purge, organize, manage, and prepare for various life transitions such as moving, downsizing, and the passing of loved ones. Her passions include writing about healthy aging, innovative resources to help older adults and caregivers, and traveling.

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