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Last updated by Daniel Barnes 11 days ago
There's never been a better time to invest in a new alarm clock radio. As DAB radio continues to become more and more popular, there are now a whole host of options available to those looking for a new bedside companion. Whether you simply want a basic model to wake you up in the morning, or are interested in more advanced features, there's so much on offer- and our experts have scoured the market to create the following list of ten of the best.
Our list of bedside DAB radios includes entries from big names like Pure and VQ, as well as lesser known (but still great quality) brands like Revo. All of them come with both DAB and FM modes, and include Bluetooth connectivity so that you can also use them as a Bluetooth speaker. From mini marvels to compact soundsystems, there's something for everyone here- so read on to discover our top picks!
Their latest bedside model, Roberts have reinvented the humble clock radio for the modern age with the Zen Plus. As well as offering DAB & FM radio along with Bluetooth connectivity, this radio also comes with built-in sleep sounds to help you drift off, and natural wake-up sounds to ease you into your day. Available in black, white, or duck egg blue, it's a very smart-looking radio alarm clock, too, with premium woollen casing and touch screen controls on the front. It even has a USB charging port on the back, too!
Excellent bedside radio with wireless charging
The Roberts Ortus Charge is a sleek, stylish alarm clock radio that comes with plenty of extra bells and whistles to boot. It includes a dual alarm mode, so you can set an earlier alarm for weekdays and have an extra lie-in on weekends. There's also an any-button snooze mode, so you don't have to sit up and look for the right button if you need some extra shut-eye. It also comes with an upgrade from its predecessor - Wireless Charging - perfect for powering up your smartphone overnight! But as well as all those extras, the Ortus is still a great-sounding speaker in its own right, with the kind of sound quality that users have come to expect from a prestigious brand like Roberts.
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.
The Best DAB Radio of the Year - truly exceptional!
Our Best Buy DAB Radio of 2020. 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. Offering audio performance of speakers and radios twice the price, the VQ Hepburn is great value!
Part of Pure's brand new range of radios, the Pure Evoke Spot is a compact model that still packs in a whole host of features. As well as your standard DAB and FM modes, the Spot also includes internet connectivity. This gives you access to an enormous range of online radio stations, and also allows users to stream from Spotify directly through the radio. It's also a very stylish unit, available in cotton white or coffee black, both with a snazzy real-wool speaker cover in a complementary shade.
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.
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!
Elan Connect+ combines the best of digital radio, wireless music streaming and stereo sound, at an affordable price point. With access to stations anywhere around the world, seamless Bluetooth connectivity, Elan Connect+ provides unparalleled listening choice. Bluetooth connectivity and the latest in advanced audio technology from Pure will bring a new level of enjoyment to your favourite music and audio. The vivid full colour display and a clean button layout make it quick and easy to navigate the Elan Connect+. Plus, this portable radio can be moved and enjoyed in any room – filling your home with music and radio you love.
Our Best Buy! Effortlessly stylish with incredible sound quality!
Boasting Roberts classic retro style the Revival Uno BT is one of the best DAB Radios on the market and this latest version finally comes with the addition of Bluetooth connectivity, making it the ultimate compact speaker. With Roberts' signature look, and available in a wide range of different colours, it's the perfect addition to any room, no matter how much space you have to spare. Its dual alarm modes and automatic screen dimming make it a great bedside companion, while the option of battery power from 4 AAs means it's portable, too. The Roberts Revival Uno BT has substance as well as style providing exceptional acoustics that rivals it's more expensive sibling, the RD70, which makes this incredible value for money!
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