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Last updated by Daniel Barnes 8 days ago
DAB radio has now overtaken FM to become the UK's most popular format. To meet all that demand, there are countless models for consumers to choose from. But with all that choice comes one big problem: how do you know which model is right for you? Not to worry, though- liGo are here to make that choice a little easier. We’ve scoured the world of DAB radios and road-tested a huge range of products to come up with our Top 10 list. Read on, and discover which ones really made us sit up and listen.
Whenever a new DAB radio hits the market, our experts are quick to test out how it performs. We can then give you an honest opinion on whether these new DAB radios are worth your consideration, or if they aren’t quite up to our high standards. Our Best DAB radios list is updated several times throughout the year so that you can be sure all of the models on the list are the most current and up to date. So, read on to discover our best DAB radio picks!
Style, sound, build - truly exceptional!
The VQ Monty combines an eye-catching retro inspired design with powerful audio for a listening experience that rivals much pricier models. We were instantly impressed with the build quality of the VQ Monty, which features a real wooden case with an exposed wood grain. The 10W speaker driver may not compare to some higher-end models but at this price and with VQ’s pioneering Analogue Sound Processing technology, the audio quality is excellent whether you’re listening to spoken voice or music. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth connectivity so it will double up as a smart speaker allowing you to stream music from your Smartphone as well. Further benefits include a handy USB charging port, 3.5mm aux-in, FM reception, and an alarm function. The VQ Monty is also compatible with an optional battery pack for added portability, providing up to 25 hours of performance on the go. A Which? Best Buy to boot, the VQ Monty is our top choice if you’re looking for the best quality at a reasonable price!
Gorgeous design that lives up to its namesake
The VQ Hepburn is a super-stylish DAB radio that undoubtedly lives up to its namesake. With a plush leatherette casing and warm, elegant curves, this model is sure to impress. But the Hepburn is more than just window dressing. It also features two powerful 10W speakers for full stereo sound setting it apart from other models at this price. Further benefits include Bluetooth connectivity alongside the DAB and FM modes, Alarm with Snooze, and a USB charging port. Given its compact size and handle, this is an ideal model for moving about the home and is compatible with an optional battery pack (sold separately), allowing you to take your Hepburn with you for hours of listening on the go.
The Roberts Revival RD70 combines classic British design with the very latest in audio technology to create a truly timeless DAB radio. Hand-crafted from real wood and with a gorgeous leather casing available in a wide range of colours, this is one radio that's sure to impress. It also provides top-of-the-range sound quality for both music and speech content, meaning it sounds great all the way across the dial. With built-in Bluetooth connectivity, you can also listen to your own choice of music and podcasts. And if you like to listen on the go, the Revival RD70 can even be made portable simply by popping some AA batteries in- perfect for the garden or a picnic!
Classic Roberts design & sound distilled into a miniature marvel
The latest in Roberts' iconic Revival range, the Petite distils everything we love about these premium-quality radios into a pocket-friendly size. Available in a colourful range of hues, its stunning design makes it one of the best-looking portable radios around. With built-in Bluetooth connectivity, you can also connect up your smartphone or tablet to stream music or listen to podcasts.
The VQ Lark is by far the best DAB radio alarm clock on the market. It comes with a beautiful wool casing and real-wood backplate, making it a stylish addition to any bedroom. It also boasts top sound quality, with a powerful stereo speaker driver that makes it a joy to listen to- and with Bluetooth connectivity, you're able to choose your own choice of soundtrack, too. The screen has been specially designed so that it's visible from any angle, and has an autodimming function so it won't keep you awake. On the back, there are two USB charging ports for powering up your mobile overnight.
A true modern classic, this DAB radio is the perfect mix of style and substance.
Pure were one of the first companies to start producing DAB radios, and bring with them over a decade of experience. The H3 is their flagship model, and it certainly lives up to Pure's reputation. With a real wood body and carefully sculpted interior, the Evoke H3 has surprisingly strong acoustics for a small speaker. The audio sounds a lot more natural as a result, and it’s also a pleasing aesthetic touch. The controls are nice and straightforward, as everything you need is right there on the top of the unit, leaving the front panel clear and uncluttered. Even better, the full-colour screen helps to make this digital radio even easier to use. Finally, the Evoke H3 even comes with a whopping 40 preset options. If you always find yourself flicking around the dial, this could be the option for you!
A premium Bluetooth speaker & radio that's great value for money
The VQ Retro Mini is a stylish, eye-catching DAB radio that's packed with vintage charm. Its impressive audio quality belies its small stature and we were blown away by the clarity even at the highest volumes. The 5W speaker driver coped surprisingly well with all types of music and spoken word so don’t worry about whether you’ll be able to hear over the noise of an extractor fan. While the VQ Retro Mini is primarily a DAB radio, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, making it ideal for use as a Bluetooth speaker, too. Unlike VQ's other portable DAB radios, the Retro Mini does not require a special battery pack, and instead takes 4 standard AA batteries. Best of all, it's beautifully designed, with a real wood casing for the perfect premium feel.
Next up, we have the VQ Dexter, a stylish portable model that proves basic functionality doesn't have to mean basic design. While there's no built-in Bluetooth mode to the Dexter, it does offer both DAB+ and FM radio in a stylish portable package. Its real-wood casing is a welcome change from most plastic pocket-sized radios, and its clearly laid out controls make it incredibly easy to use.
Vintage style meets stereo sound in this powerful portable radio
A true modern classic, the Roberts Rambler BT Stereo takes everything we loved about the original Rambler BT and adds an extra speaker for full stereo sound. With its vintage 1970's style, the BT Stereo is as much a statement piece as it is an excellent-sounding radio, with DAB and FM modes. It also includes Bluetooth connectivity, so you can use it to stream music and podcasts straight from your phone. There's a 3.5mm aux-in port for wired devices, too. Best of all, the Rambler BT Stereo is fully portable- just pop in some AA batteries, and you can enjoy listening wherever you like!
An advanced bedside radio with wireless smartphone charging built-in.
The Pure Siesta Charge is undoubtedly one of the most advanced bedside DAB radio alarm clocks on the market today. For one thing, it features full stereo sound that has been carefully tuned by Pure's audio experts to ensure the best performance. But it also comes loaded with a whole host of extra features, most notably a wireless charging pad on the top to power up compatible smartphones overnight. With a crystal clear display screen that's easily visible from any angle, and even Bluetooth connectivity to boot, the Siesta Charge is a fantastic bedside radio that's well worth considering.
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