Best DAB Radios Under £100

We’ve reviewed 10 of the best and most popular DAB radios that cost under £100. Before we get started, let’s quickly look at the questions you need to ask before choosing a radio.

Choosing a DAB radio

As with any other product, there’s no single best DAB radio under £100—the best radio is the one that matches your taste and particular needs. Here are a few questions to ask to help you decide:

What kind of design do you like?

Some of these radios, like the Evoke D2, have a modern and minimalistic Scandinavian-style design, using soft, woody colours. Others, like the Sony XDRS60, have a more 1980s look to them.

If you want your DAB radio to make a fashion statement, you might like the Ted Baker London Finisterre. This radio combines Ted Baker’s style with impressive audio engineering.

Do you want a portable radio?

Many of the radios reviewed here need to be plugged into the mains, while a few take batteries and can be carried around the house or into the garden.

Do you want a radio with Bluetooth?

Bluetooth-enabled radios let you stream music or podcasts from your smartphone or laptop. This is great if you have music downloaded on your devices. It also means you can use the radio as a Bluetooth speaker while streaming music from Spotify, YouTube or anywhere else online.

Radios with Bluetooth usually cost a bit more, so if you won’t use this feature you can probably save a bit of money by opting for a radio without Bluetooth.

DAB+ or just DAB?

DAB+ is a slightly better way of transmitting radio than regular DAB. Most stations in the UK use DAB rather than DAB+, but DAB+ is expected to become more common in the future. This means that radios that pick up DAB+ are more future-proof than those that only pick up regular DAB. However, as long as the radio you choose has the “Digital Tick”, it should still work fine for the next 5 years or so.

What’s your budget?

All the radios reviewed here should be available for between £50 and £100 (though prices change quite often). The AZATOM Multiplex D1 probably offers the best value for money in terms of features and sound quality, though you might prefer a radio with less features but a nicer design.

If you’re looking for something cheaper, check out these ultra-affordable DAB radios that cost less than £30, or take a look at our roundup of the cheapest digital radios in the UK. If you’d like something more special, consider one of these high-end radios.

Do you want a DAB alarm clock radio?

Not all of these radios offer an alarm, and some aren’t the right size for keeping on your bedside table. If you’re looking to use your radio as an alarm, it’s best to get one that’s designed for this purpose, like the Pure Siesta Rise which has a large clock display.

Do you need a CD player?

If you still have a large CD collection, having a CD player built into your digital radio would be an obvious bonus. For other people, it would be better to get a Bluetooth radio to stream music from their smartphone.

 

AZATOM Multiplex D1

Price: See price on Amazon

Overview

This stereo DAB radio comes with a great range of features including DAB+, Bluetooth 4.0, stereo speakers and a rechargeable battery.

Features

  • 3D Watts of HD sound
  • 1-year warranty
  • Receives DAB, DAB+ and FM stations
  • Bluetooth 4.0 offers HD streaming from smartphones, laptops and other Bluetooth devices
  • Built-in 2200 mAh rechargeable battery offers up to 10 hours of playback (can also be used plugged into the mains)
  • USB port for charging a smartphone or other USB device
  • 5mm aux-in connection for other audio devices
  • Headphones socket
  • Dimmable screen
  • Alarm that lets you wake up to the radio

Pros

  • Warm, rich sound
  • Autoscans and finds DAB stations
  • Good amount of volume
  • Excellent value for money
  • Easy to set up

Cons

  • Changing the alarm time is quite fiddly
  • No carrying handle, so you have to be careful when you carry it

Verdict

This product is designed to offer pretty much everything the average buyer would want in a DAB radio: it offers DAB+, a rechargeable battery, USB charging, Bluetooth and stereo speakers. This radio is great value for money, and offers a longer list of features than similarly priced radios from more established brands. Read our full review here.

 

Pure Evoke D2

Price: See price on Amazon

Overview

One of the most popular DAB radios in Pure’s highly respected Evoke range, the Evoke D2 has a range of great features and comes in an attractive wood cabinet. The Evoke D2 was named as the “Best DAB radio under £100” by What Hi-Fi.

Features

  • Picks up FM and DAB radio stations
  • Multiple timers: kitchen, sleep, snooze
  • Alarm with a choice of using the radio or an alarm tone
  • Optional ChargePAK makes the radio portable with up to 30 hours of battery life
  • 3-year warranty
  • LCD screen shows the song being played, as well as other metadata
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Digital Tick approved, making it future-proof
  • Stylish and attractive
  • Good sound quality
  • Compact – will fit easily on a kitchen counter or bedside table

Cons

  • FM has to be manually tuned
  • Buttons could be more intuitive
  • No Bluetooth
  • Clock can be hard to read

Verdict

This radio is ideal for the kitchen or bedroom, as it’s compact and offers multiple alarm and timer functions. It’s made by a respected brand and comes with a 3-year warranty. Read our full review of the Pure D2 here.

 

Pure Evoke D2 with Bluetooth

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Overview

The Pure Evoke D2 with Bluetooth and Alarm is a step up from the regular Pure Evoke D2. As you’ve probably guessed, the only difference between this radio and the regular D2 is the addition of Bluetooth connectivity. This lets you stream music from your smartphone, laptop or any other Bluetooth-enabled device.

Features

  • DAB/FM radio
  • Bluetooth for streaming music from a phone, tablet or other device
  • Multiple timers: kitchen, sleep, snooze
  • Alarm with a choice of using the radio or an alarm tone
  • Optional ChargePAK makes the radio portable with up to 30 hours of battery life
  • 3-year warranty
  • LCD screen shows the song being played, as well as other metadata
  • Remote control
  • Digital Tick approved (guaranteed to work after any digital switchover)

Pros

  • Looks great
  • High-quality sound
  • Small and compact

Cons

  • FM has to be manually tuned
  • Buttons could be more intuitive
  • Clock can be hard to read

Verdict

As with the regular Evoke D2, the Evoke D2 with Bluetooth is ideal for listening to in the bedroom, kitchen or bathroom. You can use Bluetooth to turn the radio into a speaker for your smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled device. If Bluetooth doesn’t interest you, you will save £20 or so by going for the regular Evoke D2.

 

Pure Siesta Rise DAB Alarm Clock

Price: See price on Amazon

Overview

This attractive clock radio is very easy to use with a large display. The display shows a lot of information including the time, radio station name, signal strength and the volume. It comes with a USB charger, allowing you to charge your smartphone or other device overnight.

Features

  • DAB and DAB+ radio
  • USB for charging smartphones and other portable devices
  • Display has adjustable brightness
  • Alarm volume gradually increases
  • Snooze and sleep timers
  • 3-year warranty

Pros

  • Easy to use in the dark
  • Display is easy to read
  • Automatically tunes to find DAB stations
  • Good sound quality: neither too tinny nor too bassy

Cons

  • User manual is hard to follow
  • The automatic display dimming can make it difficult to read

Verdict

There’s very little to complain about with this DAB clock radio. It’s easy-to-read display is ideal for people with poor eyesight, and the USB charging feature is very handy. As with all Pure radios, it comes with a 3-year warranty so you can buy it in the confidence that you’ll be able to replace it if anything doesn’t work properly.

Read our full review of the Pure Siesta Rise here.

 

Roberts DreamDock2 Clock Radio

Price: See price on Amazon

Overview

This alarm clock radio comes with a very useful feature: an iPhone/iPod dock that is perfect for charging your device while you sleep.

Features

  • FM, DAB and DAB+ radio
  • 2 alarms, so you can set one for weekdays and another for weekends
  • Saves up to 20 preset stations
  • Adjustable equaliser
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Good sound quality (though not as good as many other radios on this list)
  • Stereo sound

Cons

  • Doesn’t fit iPods made before 2011
  • You might need to remove your iPhone from its case

Verdict

This radio is very convenient if you have an iPhone and also want a bedside radio alarm clock. If you don’t need the iPhone docking feature, it’s better to choose a different radio with more of a focus on sound quality. This radio’s main appeal is the iPhone lightning dock, and the radio doesn’t sound as good as other Roberts radios for a similar price.

 

Roberts Expression DAB/FM RDS Portable Radio

Price: See price on Amazon

Overview

The Roberts Expression is a classy portable radio that lets you listen to both FM and DAB radio stations. This radio mixes a retro design with modern features. One of its key selling points is that it is portable and comes with a built-in battery charger.

Features

  • DAB/FM radio
  • RDS (lets you scan for a particular type of music or radio programme)
  • Up to 100 hours of battery life (likely to be less in practice). Takes 4 D size batteries
  • Built-in battery charger
  • Stereo headphone jack
  • Weighs 1.48 kg
  • Aux-in
  • USB port

Pros

  • Good volume level
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Attractive design
  • Sturdy, robust construction
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • Batteries are unlikely to last the 100 hours suggested by Roberts

Verdict

If you’re looking for a sturdy portable DAB/FM radio with good sound quality, the Roberts Expression is an excellent choice. It’s ideal for listening to around the house. If you choose this radio, it’s a good idea to get some really high-quality rechargeable batteries to use with it such as these by ANSMANN.

Read our full review of the Roberts Expression here.

 

Roberts Sound38 CD/DAB/FM Stereo Clock Radio

Price: See price on Amazon

Overview

The Roberts Sound38 is an FM/DAB clock radio that also features a CD player.

Features

  • FM and DAB radio
  • Headphone socket
  • Built-in CD player that can play MP3 and WMA CDs
  • CD bookmarking, so you can carry on listening where you left off
  • Dimmable display – good for using as a bedside radio
  • Snooze and sleep timers

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality compared to most clock radios
  • Simple and easy to set up
  • Good volume, enough for a large room

Cons

  • Some buyers say that their CD player doesn’t work properly
  • No remote control

Verdict

The Roberts Sound38 is fairly expensive for a clock radio, but the sound quality makes it worth it. The CD player seems to be somewhat unreliable, but provided it works the bookmark feature is very useful. If you’re looking for a clock radio that can also double as a daytime radio/CD player, the Roberts Sound38 is a good choice.

Read our full review of the Roberts Sound38 here.

 

Sony CMTS20B All-in-One Audio System

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This all-in-one audio system combines a DAB radio, a CD player and two speakers into a small package.

Features

  • DAB radio
  • CD player
  • USB port and line-in for listening to music from portable devices
  • 10W power output
  • Bass boost feature
  • Five pre-set equaliser options: classic, flat, jazz, pop, rock
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Small and compact – ideal for a bedroom
  • Lots of ways to listen to music: DAB radio, CD, USB
  • Looks stylish

Cons

  • No headphone socket
  • Doesn’t go very loud
  • Sound quality isn’t as good as you’d expect from Sony
  • No Bluetooth
  • Not compatible with iPods
  • Speaker cables are short
  • Slow to start up and to load CDs

Verdict

This is a good all-in-one system if you’re not too fussy about audio quality. It doesn’t sound as good as other radios on this list, but the addition of a CD player is a big bonus. Read the full review here.

 

Sony XDRS60 Compact Retro Style Digital Radio

Price: See price on Amazon

Overview

Sony call this a “retro” radio, though it doesn’t look especially old-fashioned. It’s arguable less attractive than some of the 50s-style retro radios available, but it’s designed in classic Sony style.

Features

  • DAB, DAB+ and FM
  • LCD display
  • Headphone jack
  • Mains or battery powered (portable)
  • Up to 5 DAB and 5 FM preset stations
  • Dimensions: 25cm wide x 10cm deep x 13.7cm tall
  • Takes 3 CR14 batteries

Pros

  • Smart black design
  • Autotunes to find DAB radio stations
  • Easy to use
  • Good built-in aerial

Cons

  • No alarm. Consider one of these Sony clock radios if you need an alarm
  • Mono speakers
  • Some buyers say that their radio switches itself off at random times
  • Doesn’t charge batteries; you need a separate battery charger

Verdict

This radio is straightforward and easy to use. It’s a great first DAB radio as it is designed very intuitively, it automatically finds DAB stations, and it gives you the option of listening to FM stations for when DAB reception is poor. Read the full review here.

 

Ted Baker London Finisterre

Price: See price on Amazon

Overview

Ted Baker, better known for fashion than technology, brings its sense of style to this attractive silver and leather digital radio. This radio isn’t just a fashion statement; it’s a quality DAB radio that can hold its own against established radio brands.

The Ted Baker London Finisterre can pick up DAB, DAB+ and FM radio stations, and can also stream music from your smartphone using Bluetooth.

Features

  • DAB, DAB+ and FM radio
  • Bluetooth streaming from devices such as smartphones, tablets etc.
  • Graphical equaliser with preset modes
  • Stores up to 10 preset stations
  • Can set two alarms

Pros

  • Durable and well constructed
  • Rich sound with good bass
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Not portable; mains-powered only
  • No remote control included
  • Alarm has a minimum volume which may be too loud
  • Instruction manual isn’t very clear

Verdict

This radio would make a great gift for a fashion-conscious music lover. The sound quality is very impressive, especially as Ted Baker aren’t known for their audio products. Read our full review here.

 

More options

For more options, check out our 2017 guide to buying a DAB radio.

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