Silence is golden; this saying is never truer than when you're lying in bed drifting off to sleep.
A ticking clock can easily turn your nighttime routine into a headache culminating in a broken clock!
Many of us choose to banish the ticking clock from the bedroom, yet having a good wall clock not only makes a nice bedroom feature but it also means you don't have to stare at your phone in the middle of the night which can damage your sleep with blue light.
Fortunately, there is a solution; silent clocks.
If you're in a rush here are our 4 favourite silent clocks:
Top Tip: If you have an old noisy clock which looks great but ticks very loudly then read our article on how to make a clock quieter.
When buying a quiet clock consider the following features to ensure that you get something that you will be happy with for a long time:
So long as your clock uses a gliding clock mechanism then, in theory, it should make no noise at all, however be aware that some cheaper mechanism can make a very small amount of noise (almost imperceptible unless you try very hard to hear it) when they have had a few years of use and worn down a bit.
Gliding mechanisms mean the second hand rotates smoothly around the clock face rather than ticking around it, thereby making no noise.
Clocks come in all shapes and sizes, in most rooms at 10-inch clock is more or less the standard size, however you may want a huge 20inch + clock to use a centrepiece in your lounge or you may want a smaller clock such as an alarm clock for your bedroom.
Clocks can be made from pretty much anything that can hold the mechanism. Plastic, metal, wood and glass are all commonly used. Typically solid wood clocks will last longer and have a higher build quality than plastic clocks.
You can buy a decent clock for not much more than $20. If you want to get a top-quality wooden-framed clock that will last a lifetime you can do so for not much more than $40.
If you haven't got a lot to spend check out our best budget clock in the table above, it retails for around $10 - and looks great!
Sure you could buy a digital clock and be done with ticking forever but you simply can't beat the look of a traditional clock with hands.
Below we've done our best to get all the details you need about the most popular silent clocks available online (primarily on Amazon) to help you make an informed buying decision.
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The Hito no ticking wall clock is a stylish wall clock that does everything you need a quiet wall clock to do (tell the time without ticking) and more.
It also features a thermometer and a hygrometer (these tell you how much water vapour and humidity is in the air).
Available with four different clock face colors; black, blue, green and white (shown above) this clock will last a year on a single AA battery (FYI these aren't included so don't forget to buy one).
You can be confident it won't be making any noise thanks to the clock's sweeping movement which guarantees complete silence as well as time keeping accuracy.
The Bernhard Non-Tick is a simple, yet beautifully formed clock.
Non-ticking clocks can be marginally more expensive than their ticking counterparts however the Bernhard is a great choice for anyone looking for a quiet clock on a tight budget. The 10-inch version retails at not much more than $10 (as of the 22nd January 2020).
They also sell bigger 12-inch and 13-inch versions for a marginally higher price.
If you're looking for a "silent" alarm clock to go on your bedside table then the Peakeep is a great choice for anyone who loves the rustic look of an old school analog clock.
We said silent in quotation marks in the last paragraph because while this alarm clock certainly doesn't make any ticking noise (its hands glide rather than tick) the alarm is very loud!
If you struggle to wake up in the morning this clock is ideal, if the bronze color pictured above doesn't match your room's color scheme don't worry it's also available in Silver and Black (with Arabic or retro typefaces).
If you're a frequent traveller then the Pluteck non-ticking alarm clock above is a handy companion which will easily fit into your luggage measuring 3 1/4 inch tall x 3-inch wide x 1 5/8 inch deep.
It runs off one AA battery and features alarms which increase in volume as it ascends through four different volume levels.
It comes in either black or white casing and features a handy 5-minute snooze button and a built-in nightlight which is activated by pressing the top of the alarm.
If quality is important to you then this quiet clock is a sure-fire winner. From a distance it may look much like any other classic clock however when you get close it's quality is noticeable.
Featuring non-ticking, sweeping hands and made with a solid oak wood-grain patterned frame. This Seiko (they know a thing or two about making clocks that last) clock is framed with long-lasting glass crystal meaning it is certain to be part of your home for many years to come.
The 13-inch clock requires 1xAA battery (this should last around one year).
There is no statement piece quite like having a giant clock in your lounge. You can design your entire room around a clock or you can use it to make a feature on a previously empty wall.
The clock pictured above measures a huge 31.5 inches (80cm across) and would look fantastic above a fireplace.
If you want something a bit smaller they have options available ranging from 23.6 inches (60cm) upwards. All are non-tick and require 1xAA battery which should last a full year before needing to be changed.
At 18 inches (45cm) this Bernhard clock is perfect for smaller rooms looking for a clock which is big and works as a stylish statement piece.
It features non-ticking gliding hands powered by a Quartz mechanism for timekeeping precision, it requires 1xAA battery (not included) which should last around a month.
Available in a huge array of pastel colors including 2 shades of green, blue, 3 shades of grey, orange, 2 shades of pink and 2 shades of white this glass-fronted clock is perfect for a modern bedroom or kitchen looking for that contemporary finishing piece.
This 10-inch clock is battery operated and requires 1xAA battery which will last at least twelve months.
This non-tick clock adds a bit of seaside colour to your kitchen, bedroom or wherever you choose to put it. Made from eco-friendly MDF with the colour laminated front.
With gliding hands and a quartz mechanism, you can be confident this clock won't make a sound.
Top Tip: The manufacturers of this clock recommend that you use an AA carbon battery, rather than an alkaline battery, to maximise the life of the clock mechanism.
Hopefully one of these will be the perfect finishing piece for your bedroom that will allow you to get a peaceful night of sleep without being disturbed by irritating ticking.