Best DAB Radio Alarm Clocks (UK 2018)

It’s much nicer to wake up to the radio than a high-pitched alarm, so it’s not surprising clock radios are so popular. If you’re buying a clock radio in 2018, it makes sense to get one with DAB/DAB+ radio, as it will give you a better choice of stations and will be ‘futureproof’ if the FM signal in the UK is ever switched off.

Choosing a DAB clock radio can be difficult, as there’s so much choice available. To help you out, we’ve researched the market and have picked out 7 of the best DAB radio alarm clocks available in the UK in 2018. We hope these reviews help you choose the right radio for you.

Best DAB Radio Alarm Clocks (UK 2018)

1. AZATOM Horizon DAB Radio Alarm Clock

The AZATOM Horizon is one of the most popular clock radios on the market at the moment. It offers great value for money with FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, Bluetooth and a USB charging point.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth with a 66-foot range
  • Saves 60 preset stations
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze function
  • Sleep timer
  • 12 or 24 hour time format
  • 4 display brightness settings

Dimensions: 14.5 cm wide x 14.5 cm deep x 4.5 cm high
Weight: 360 g

Pros

  • Good sound quality for the price
  • Good value for money
  • USB port for charging a phone
  • Buttons are easy to find and use in the dark

Cons

  • Some people find it fiddly to use
  • Display can’t be turned off completely

Summary

The AZATOM Horizon is one of the best-sounding radios in its price range, and while some find it fiddly most users don’t have any problems using the alarm clock. USB charging and Bluetooth are nice additions that help set it apart from other radios at this price point. See our full review of the AZATOM Horizon here.

2. Roberts ChronoDAB

If you don’t mind spending a bit more to get something from a more established radio brand, the Roberts ChronoDAB could be a good choice. The features on this radio are quite basic (it doesn’t have Bluetooth or a USB charging point), but the alarm is well designed and you can set two separate alarms.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm
  • Large LCD display with adjustable brightness
  • Headphone jack
  • Saves 20 preset stations

Dimensions: 23 cm wide x 11 cm high x 7.5 cm deep
Weight: 860 g

Pros

  • Display is large and easy to read
  • Display brightness can be adjusted
  • Clear instructions manual

Cons

  • 12-hour clock format isn’t available
  • Well made

Summary

The Roberts ChronoDAB is a good choice if you want something with a large and clear display. It’s more expensive than some of the other radios reviewed here, but Roberts is a trusted brand name and this radio should last for years. Read our full review of the Roberts ChronoDAB here.

3. Majority Madingley Hall Radio Alarm Clock

The Madingley Hall is one in a series of affordable DAB clock radios made by budget brand Majority. One of the best things about this clock radio is that it has two USB ports so you can charge two phones or other devices at the same time.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze
  • 2 USB charging ports
  • Dimmable LCD display
  • Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • Aux input

Dimensions: 13 cm wide x 13 cm deep x 7.5 cm high
Weight: 549 g

Pros

  • Good size for a bedside table
  • Can charge 2 phones at once
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • No headphone jack
  • Setting alarms can be fiddly

Summary

If you and your partner both want to charge your phones overnight, this clock radio is a great choice. Setting the alarms isn’t as intuitive as it could be, but overall this radio has some good features for the price.

4. Majority Shelford Retro Portable Radio

Here’s another inexpensive clock radio from Majority. The Shelford has quite a different design to the Madingley Hall, with a soft leather-effect finish that’s available in either red or cream. One thing that sets this radio apart from some of the others reviewed here is that it can be used with batteries, so you can easily listen to it around the house, on holiday or in the garden.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Mains or battery powered with 4 C batteries
  • Carrying handle
  • Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)

Dimensions: 25 cm wide x 15 cm high x 10 cm deep
Weight: 1.15 kg

Pros

  • Generally strong DAB reception
  • Good value for money
  • Pretty retro design

Cons

  • Unreliable – several buyers have found their radio stopped working after a few weeks

Summary

This radio seems to be a bit hit and miss—lots of buyers love it while lots of others have had issues with it stopping working properly. If you’re lucky and get one of the good ones this is a great radio for the price, but it might not be worth risking it considering the quality control issues. See our full review of the Majority Shelford here.

5. Pure Chronos CD Series II DAB Clock Radio

Pure Chronos CD Series II

https://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/audio-and-headphones/audio/radios/pure-chronos-cd-series-ii-dab-clock-radio-black-03896103-pdt.html

If you’re looking for a DAB clock radio with a CD player, the Pure Chronos CD Series II is a great choice. It manages to pack in FM/DAB radio, a CD player and a USB charging port into a compact triangular unit that can fit easily on most bedside tables.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Saves 30 preset stations (15 on FM and 15 on DAB/DAB+)
  • CD player
  • Alarm with 4 settings: every day, work days, weekend and one-off
  • Automatic display dimming
  • Remote control
  • USB port for charging a phone
  • Sleep timer

Dimensions: 19.5 cm wide x 18.5 cm deep x 12.5 cm high
Weight: 1.3 kg

Pros

  • Attractive, compact design
  • Good sound quality for its size
  • Useful remote control

Cons

  • No battery backup for the alarm
  • Display is quite small

Summary

This radio is pricier than most on this list, but there aren’t many compact CD player radios with as good sound quality as this. If you want a clock radio that can play CDs, this is a good choice.

6. Logik LHDR15 Portable DAB/FM Clock Radio

Logik LHDR15 Portable DAB/FM Clock Radio

Logik is a brand owned by Currys that aims to offer electrical goods that have a similar level of quality to big-brand products but at a lower price point. The Logik LHDR15 clock radio is a budget-priced product that offers just the most basic features but with decent sound quality and good overall performance.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze function
  • Headphone jack
  • Can be used with batteries

Dimensions: 19 cm wide x 12 cm high x 12.5 cm deep
Weight: 830 g

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Good sound quality for its size
  • Cheap

Cons

  • Battery life is short
  • Display is bright at night

Summary

If you want a straightforward, inexpensive DAB clock radio with decent sound quality, this is a good choice. The Logik LHDR15 doesn’t have any flashy features, but it has a decent radio and an alarm clock that’s fairly easy to use. Read our review of the Logik LHDR15 here.

7. Pure Siesta Rise DAB+ Alarm Clock Digital Radio

The Pure Siesta Rise is a smartly designed bedside clock radio with very good sound quality for such a small radio. It has lots of useful features including Bluetooth and a USB port for charging your phone overnight.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • 3 independent alarms
  • Display with auto-dimming
  • Sleep and snooze timers
  • USB port for charging a phone
  • Saves 20 preset stations

Dimensions:  14.1 cm wide x 13.7 cm deep x 6.3 cm high
Weight: 522 g

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Available with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Very good sound quality for a small radio
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Relatively expensive

Summary

This is a very high-quality DAB clock radio from respected British brand Pure. If you don’t mind spending a bit more to get better sound quality and the flexibility of 3 alarms, the Pure Siesta Rise is a great choice. Read our review of the Pure Siesta Rise here.

 

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