Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written about lots of lamps before — including the best desk lamps, the best SAD lamps, and the best floor lamps — here, we’ve rounded up the best bedside lamps, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated bedside lamp
“I would trade my favorite worn out Levis before I give this up,” says one reviewer of this bedside lamp, adding, “I don’t know why I’m so attached to this thing. The color of the white light is what I’d imagine would be produced when unicorns rub their horns against each other. It even has three brightness levels; as if the light could summon the angels.” And many more mention how pleasant the soft lighting is. “This lamp is one of my ‘can’t live without’ nursery items,” writes a mom who “wanted a light with dimmer settings for nighttime feedings and diaper changes.” She particularly loves the touch sensor, which is also mentioned by 500 other reviewers. A few say they thought it would look cheap in person, but as one reviewer puts it, “I wouldn’t recommend this product if you’re trying to have a robust, very formal aesthetic, but honestly if you’re looking at a plastic multicolor lamp and your goal is to put some authentic touches on your 1800’s colonial house, then I think you have your priorities wrong in the first place.”
Best-rated (less expensive) bedside lamp
More than 10 percent of reviewers describe this lamp as small, but for many that makes it the perfect size. “They are a little small, but I needed something to fit the bedside tables and they were perfect,” writes one reviewer. Another says, “It is small and fits perfectly on my jewelry-chest drawers.” Even though it’s small, one reviewer says it gives off “plenty of light.” On top of that, reviewers like the look of the stacked, off-center “stones.” “It’s a great conversation piece. Everyone who has seen it thinks it’s adorable,” one says, while another user writes that it “looks very elegant sitting atop a high-end table, even though the lamp is bargain cheap.”
Best pull-chain bedside lamp
More than 75 percent of reviewers give this lamp five stars, and many say it’s perfect for a bedroom. “I read my Kindle white page in the evening before I shut down. This lamp has just enough light, with a 60-watt long-life bulb, to luminate [sic] my room,” says one reviewer. Another agrees that it does “give off a warm light — ideal for bedrooms,” but people are really in love with the pull string that’s used to turn this lamp on and off. “I don’t know why all lamps aren’t equipped with it. SO easy to locate in the dark,” writes on reviewer. Another says, “I like the pull-chain feature of this compared to the kind where you twist the little knob in the base where the bulb plugs in.” And luckily, “Its base is strong enough to hold a sturdy chain that you just pull on to turn on or off.” Even with continuous yanking, reviewers say the cord holds up too.
Best bedside lamp with glass lampshade
“A great lamp for areas where you don’t want or need a large lamp with a shade,” writes one reviewer, though they also warn, “It took me several tries to get the right bulb for it, since the shade is clear and most bulbs don’t work well without feeling like you’re being blinded.” Another says she’s “had many compliments on this lamp,” adding, “Its simple design looks so clean. I think it would look great with the recommended vintage bulbs but I actually put a Philips Hue light in here.” Another “chose an amber Edison bulk for it,” explaining, “I wanted an industrial type look.” And one customer just loves that because the glass shade is “easy to dust and keep clean.”
Best ceramic bedside lamp
Though dozens of reviewers agree that this ceramic lamp is sturdy, there’s a lot of debate around the actual color of the stand. One reviewer says “it’s actually a much darker blue than shown in pictures,” but another reviewer describes the color as “between a pale robin’s egg blue and pale turquoise,” adding, “Not sure exactly what you’d call the color but it is stunning and exactly what I was looking for.” A few mention that the lamp looks slightly ombré but as this reviewer clarifies, “The lamp is NOT ombré. It appears that way in one picture due to the light being on.” And despite the color confusion, one more reviewer just appreciates that “the base is heavy which makes it difficult to knock over.”
Best touch bedside lamp
Nearly half of all five star reviewers mention the touch function on this bedside table. “I wanted a simple, attractive touch sensor lamp, and this fills the bill,” writes one reviewer who appreciates that this lamps has “no colored lights, no four taps to get from on to off, no annoying blue power on light. One touch, it’s on, one touch it’s off.” Many more love the simplicity, including one who calls the touch button “fabulous,” noting, “Great for the bureau on my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night!” Aside from the touch button, many more love the soft light this lamp emits. “If your goal is to light up a room this isn’t the lamp for you,” says one. One more adds, “It has a calmative feel to it. The finger touch on/off base is far better than having to flip a cord switch. It works every time and is very sensitive.”
Best stained glass touch bedside lamp
About 20 percent of reviewers describe this lamp as beautiful. One says it has “beautiful graphics that set the right light as a lamp for that time between dusk and bed in our room.” Another describes it as “beautiful and well made — they’re the perfect addition to my bedroom.” Even more impressive than the stained-glass shade is this lamp’s touch design. “They are perfect for bedtime reading, easy to assemble, and I love the three brightness options and that you don’t have to fumble for a switch in the dark,” one explains. Another notes, “You can touch it anywhere on the metal to turn on.” On the lowest setting, one reviewer says the light is pretty dim, and “the highest one is very bright.” And while the lampshade does require assembly, one reviewer says it’s pretty easy: “I have been the one to assemble these, and it usually takes, at the most, 15 minutes.”