I bought an early model of this type of clock from Hammacher Schlemmer years ago. Mine was ~$100, but they have a similar model on their website now (the "The Peaceful Progression Wake Up Clock") for $79.95, that has six nature sounds (including ocean surf, thunderstorm, white noise, spring rain, mountain stream, and forest stream), an aromatherapy infuser, an optional vibration speaker (for $19.95), battery back-up, and 30, 60 and 90 minute timers that allow you to fall asleep to the sounds as they grow gradually softer and then shut off. Using the aromatherapy basin is optional, of course, but coffee scented oils or beads are as effective for me as the alarm, and the aroma intensifies as the bulb brightens. Grapefruit is another pleasantly stimulating aroma. Bacon would be nice, too (but that would be cruel). You can use the scents that come with it or buy your own. The unit is also smaller (7 1/2" H x 5 1/3" W x 6" D) than the ones offered on Woot today. The reviews on their site are overwhelmingly positive (4.3/5), but there are some very specific complaints. Mine is a previous version, bulkier and not as pretty, but I love it and have never regretted the purchase. Taking into account that you are likely to use your alarm clock 5 days a week, around 50 weeks of the year, the cost-per-use is relatively small. And when you consider the benefits of starting your day with a gentle wake up from a gradually increasing light and the aroma of fresh-brewed coffee or the bright citrus tang of grapefruit, as opposed to being introduced to yet another work day by AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" at full volume, you will no doubt consider it money very well spent.