The hardest part of back-to-school season? Getting back to a rise-and-shine wake-up routine. The Soundfreaq Sound Rise ($80), available in back or wood, is the chic, postmillennial take on a classic bedside alarm clock. Yep, this is called "waking up without your phone under your pillow."
Wake up to a radio (real FM radio!), an alarm chime, or, for those who can't be too far from their smartphone, you can opt to plug the phone in and rise to music selected from the device — plus get a full charge while you sleep.
As very student knows, naps are key for scholastic success, so the Sound Rise also includes a nap timer to give you just enough shut eye before heading out to the next class.
— Kelly Schwarze, associate editor