Best Clocks

Clocks are stylish accents to include in your home and there are so many to choose from that it’s overwhelming to decide on the best option. That’s why we set out to find which clockmakers are producing the best clocks made in the USA of every variety. Below are our findings and the factors we considered in our research.

Our Findings

Through all our careful research, we selected 8 clockmakers that we believe are the best in the country. For folks who follow the industry a little closer, you’ll recognize a couple brands on our list like Howard Miller and Bradford Clocks. We also found a bunch of great smaller makers like New Hampshire Clocks and Providence Workshop that are producing some amazing works of art. Our top picks range every major style from desk clocks to traditional grandfather clocks and many styles in between. Check out our recommendations below.

Top Recommendations

Best ClocksBest for:
Amana Furniture & Clock ShopDesk Clocks
Bradford ClocksMantle Clocks
Howard Miller CompanyTraditional Floor Clocks
Modern MooseBest Kids Clocks
New Hampshire ClocksCommemorative Clocks
Providence WorkshopTable Clock
Stoneybrook ClocksWall Clocks
Kit-Cat ClockBonus

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Below are a ton more details about each of our top picks, along with what we liked and didn’t like about each one.

Best Desk Clocks

Amana Furniture & Clock Shop


Amana is a well-known American company that specializes in furniture and clock making. We were impressed by the solid wood construction and careful attention to detail put into Amana’s desk clocks. Each clock is fitted with a reliable battery-operated quartz movement mechanism and built to last. The clocks are stately in appearance and can be had in cherry, walnut, and oak in a wide range of finishes for just the right look. Amana clocks are stately, customizable, and solid staples in any home or business.

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Things we like:

  • Available in many wood stains
  • Solid wood construction
  • Personally crafted products
  • Quartz battery operated
  • Made from oak, walnut, or cherry wood

Things we don’t like:

  • None

 

Best Mantle Clocks

Bradford Clocks


Bradford offers some of the nicest mantle clocks you’ll find anywhere in the world. These beautiful creations are made from the finest hardwoods, rely on top-quality watch movements, and stand out on any mantle. If you’re searching for a nice mantle clock to decorate your home with, it’s hard to beat a clock from Bradford. These clocks rely on advanced quartz movement and many feature chime features for a classic feel. Each clock is meticulously crafted out of solid hardwood mixed with stately metals like silver and brass for hands, faces, and handles. We love the shine and durability of the protective lacquer used on each clock, and the beautiful face designs. Each clock is like a piece of art that you’ll want to display in your home, as long as you’re willing to pay the prices they clocks demand.

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Things we like:

  • Solid wood construction
  • Lacquer coated construction
  • Beautifully finished clock faces
  • Use quality materials like brass and silver
  • Quarts movement
  • Chime features

Things we don’t like:

  • Few customization options to choose from
  • Expensive clocks

 

Best Traditional Floor Clocks

Howard Miller Company


While costly, the traditional floor clocks produced by the Howard Miller Company are a site to behold. These beautiful clocks are constructed from tough hardwood and veneer and show off ornate design features. We were immediately impressed with the look and feel of the clocks in this collection because they rely on the best materials. Quality brass dials and high-polished metals are used throughout to show true quality. Each of the floor clocks features precision Kieninger chime movement systems with several selectable chime options. These clocks come with decorative astrological accents and ornate pendulums. Each also features an heirloom nameplate and certificate. These clocks are made from fine materials and built to demanding specifications for the highest level of performance.

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Things we like:

  • Stately design
  • Hardwood construction
  • Polished brass dials
  • Advanced astrological designs
  • Illuminated case
  • Night time chime shutoff feature
  • Brass Heirloom nameplate

Things we don’t like:

  • Must be mechanically wound

 

Best Kids Clocks

Modern Moose


Constructed in Massachusetts, Modern Moose clocks serve as a fun addition to any child’s room. These decorative clocks are themed after different animals and are designed to appeal to the imagination of little ones. We love the solid plywood construction and reliable quartz movement that these clocks use. There are many different styles and looks to choose from, and each is priced the same so children can choose their favorite design without heavily considering the price. The clocks are compact and delicate, but make excellent wall décor for a child’s room.

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Things we like:

  • Available with a range of different characters
  • Pricing remains the same for every clock
  • Smooth quartz movement
  • Easy hang design
  • Tough plywood construction

Things we don’t like:

  • Fragile design

 

Best Commemorative Clocks

New Hampshire Clocks


When searching for a custom commemorative clock to add to your collection, New Hampshire clocks are an impressive business. This company can create custom clocks that you’ll celebrate and cherish for years to come. We love how simple the ordering system is, and that you can include your own graphics to be included on the face of the clock. Each clock is crafted from tough hardwood and carefully finished with a multi-step process to make it as durable as possible. Each clock can be customized in a few different ways during the ordering process. Select a light or dark finish, clock face number type, and two custom images for the clock face and the lower glass of the clock. There are also several extra engravings that can be added to a clock from New Hampshire clocks. Each finished creation uses an electronic quartz movement rather than a mechanical one for reliability, but they still maintain a classy appearance that stands out.

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Things we like:

  • Reliable electronic quartz movement
  • Tough North American hardwood construction
  • Roman Numeral or Arabic dial
  • Tempered Masonite backboard
  • Customizable clock face

Things we don’t like:

  • Chiming option is a costly extra
  • Limited color finishes

 

Best Table Clock

Providence Workshop


Providence Workshop offers stately clocks with a classic appearance that rely on modern-day quartz movements. We love the classy appearance of each clock and that each clock is made of really reliable hardwood. They are built with reliable joints and constructed with care in their workshop. These clocks are simple in design and don’t have any advanced features other than a pendulum addition. This keeps them affordable, but doesn’t take away from their appearance in the least. If you’re searching for a classy and well-built table clock, these are impressive creations.

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Things we like:

  • Hardwood construction
  • Quarts movement
  • Hand crafted construction
  • Simple design

Things we don’t like:

  • Limited availability
  • No mechanical options available

 

Best Wall Clocks

Stoneybrook Clocks


Stoneybrook Clocks is an American clock making company that crafts classic clocks with an upscale finish that you’ll be proud of. The company offers clocks that use a weight-driven system or a spring-driven movement, but each clock uses a mechanical hand movement to keep time. They are designed from top-quality hardwoods and we love that they have so many different hardwood options to choose from. Each clock comes finished with a tough clearcoat that gives them a pleasant gleam. Each clock is protected with a two-year warranty and they are offered with or without chimes. Every clock is designed to stand out, and they all have a charming look that shows off the natural hardwood.

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Things we like:

  • Made from solid hardwoods
  • Handcrafted construction
  • Uses high quality metals such as brass and copper
  • Two-year warranty
  • Mechanical weight driven and spring driven movement
  • Good mix of hardwood options

Things we don’t like:

  • Mostly identical clock faces

 

Bonus Pick

Kit-Cat Klock


The Kit-Cat Klock is a timeless American classic that has invaded so many kitchen walls across the country. It has the iconic rolling eyes, wagging tail, and cheesy smile that’s a hit with so many people. This clock is perfect for a kitchen, mud room, game room, or kid’s play room. We like the classic black color, but the Kit-Cat Klock also comes in 18 other colors so you can match it to your style. Keep in mind that it runs on a couple of C batteries, which are not included at most online stores.

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Things we like:

  • American classic
  • Hilarious
  • A hit with the kids

Things we don’t like:

  • None

Recap: Best Clocks Made in the USA


Factors We Considered

Type of Clock

One of the most important considerations to make when purchasing a new clock is its form-factor. For some people a wall clock is best, while others looking for more features or for more of a design statement would benefit from a full-sized floor clock. Consider the space you have available, the décor of your current room and what you want the finished clock to look like. We compared clocks of all different form-factors and chose the best of each type, giving you some excellent options to choose from.

Aesthetic Appeal

One of the main reasons to purchase a high-value clock for your home is for its style and aesthetic appeal. Top quality floor and wall clocks are made from natural woods, built from impressive materials, and can stand out on their own, but at the same time be easily paired with other elements in the room. Here are some of the major style factors when looking for clocks:

  • Wood color
  • Finish (shiny or more of a matte look)
  • Classic or modern face
  • Shape – lots of curves and extravagant designs typically pair well with more of a classic room configuration, while simple and sharp angles pair well with more modern looks.

Hand Movement Type

Every clock has moving hands that tell you the time. Different clocks accomplish this task in different ways though, which is why it’s important to understand what you are interested in and the sort of clock that you want to purchase. We assembled a mix of quartz-driven and mechanical clocks to select from. Quartz is more reliable, but mechanical winding clocks have a major appeal today and they tend to hold their value really well. You can select from high-quality options no matter which type of clock you are interested in.

Chain Driven or Cable Driven

Personally, we prefer cable driven clocks for their durability and their accuracy, but there are benefits to mechanical clocks that operate by way of weighted chains as well. That’s why we included some of the best offerings of clocks with each mechanism. Chain driven tend to be more affordable, but require more maintenance, while cable driven are costly but the more reliable of the two.

Wood and Finish Quality

Each of the clocks on our list is made from a natural wood material for the most authentic and beautiful appearance. We chose clocks crafted from tough hardwoods and finished with durable clear coatings for the best mix of beauty and strength.

Customization Options

Since clocks are largely style accents for your home, it’s important that you can get them looking the way you want. That’s why we look so closely at the customization options offered with each clock. We gave preference to clocks with different finishes, styles, engraving options, pendulum options, and more for exact customization.