Newest Review: ... even if it has been used. Unsurprisingly, I did just that. I therefore cannot recommend the Avon Sunrise Alarm as it is a huge disappoin... more
Still waiting for that sunrise.
Avon Sunrise Alarm
Member Name: lolly23
Avon Sunrise Alarm
Advantages: None, really.
Disadvantages: Poor quality, too dim light, annoying alarm, tinny sound, etc, etc.
After reading a few reviews on these types of alarms I decided that I really, really wanted one! Most of them were really overpriced though (around the £100 mark!) so I didn't look into it any further.
I was very pleased to see that Avon had brought out a more reasonably priced version. I ordered it when it was on offer at £15, the usual price (and current price) is £25, which is still a bargain in comparison.
The sunrise alarm clock claims to begin with a dim glow, which gradually increases to allow you to wake up feeling 'refreshed'.
It is a different model to the one pictured and is a tall cylindrical object which has a silver plastic base and a white top, this is where the light shines from; it measures 9 cm x 16.5 cm. It has an on/off switch and an alarm/light/alarm and light switch at the back. On the front there is a sound dial, the clock face (an digital screen), plus four buttons; the buttons are used to set the clock and alarm, the far right button is a 'snooze' button which will stop the alarm sounding for 10 minutes.
The alarm requires 6 AA batteries, which is quite surprising given the size of the device. You also need a screwdriver to open the battery cover, which can be pretty annoying (and unnecessary). Setting it up is simple; you get an easy to follow leaflet which tells you step by step how to set both the clock and the alarm. You then simply flick the back button to decide whether you want the light, alarm, or both.
Personally, I can't see the point of simply having just the light as I could easily sleep until it is light outside (as I assume most people could), so having a light by my bedside wouldn't achieve anything. Again, only using the alarm is pointless, as I could have just carried on using the alarm on my mobile; so I always chose
the alarm and light setting.
I tried the alarm on the evening that I received it to see the effect. It's fair to say that I was a little disappointed. The light begins to glow 20 minutes before you want to wake. The initial glow is barely there, which isn't an issue, as it is supposed to be a gradual process. After ten minutes, the glow brightens (apparently), again, this is barely noticeable; I really struggled to see a difference, even though standing in
The light should then go onto full power, which will brighten the room enough to gently wake you... Really? Yes, the light was brighter, and it did illuminate the corner in which it was placed, although I can't say that it would help me to wake, or wake feeling refreshed. I would say that the light is as bright as a child's nightlight, which is a disappointment as I expected a little more from it.
The alarm is the standard beep that most alarms have; it gets pretty annoying once you've heard it a few times although this is what I expected so I can't complain.
The other issue I have is that when you press the snooze button to halt the alarm, the light goes out as well. I would have expected the light to stay on as it is supposed to be there to help you wake up, so if you are pressing the snooze button then you haven't really woken up yet! I think that it would have been better to have the light stay on until you turned the alarm off completely.
One plus point is that you get an AUX cable, which allows you to plug your mp3 player in. From reading the description in the catalogue I gained the impression that you could use the mp3 player to wake up, i.e. as the alarm. I may have read it wrong, as this is definitely not the case. You can plug the mp3 player in and use the device as a speaker. You have to control the mp3 player separately though so will have to turn it on yourself, meaning that it cannot be used as the alarm. This is a nice touch, and I was still reasonably impressed, until I heard the sound quality; the music sounds tinny and echoes slightly. I therefore wouldn't bother to use the alarm clock in this way.
I persevered and used the alarm for a couple of nights, but it was completely ineffective and I awoke just as slowly, and feeling just as tired as before. For £15, I was disappointed. I was glad that I'd bought it from Avon though as you are able to return any item, even if it has been used.
Unsurprisingly, I did just that.
I therefore cannot recommend the Avon Sunrise Alarm as it is a huge disappointment and is completely ineffective. I can't say that I'll try another brand as I don't think that they are worth so much money, I'll probably just continue to leave the landing light on at night as I think that this does the job just as well.
Summary: Don't bother!