Best DAB Radios Under £30

Last updated: March 27th, 2017

The UK has the biggest digital radio network in the world, with over 280 digital stations. Despite this, many people still use analogue radios which limit them to just a handful of channels.

If you’re looking to discover hundreds of new stations like Radio 4 Extra or LBC, it’s time to get a DAB radio. Thankfully, most DAB radios are very affordable and there are several great models available for less than £30.

The radios reviewed below are what we consider to be the best DAB radios available in the UK for under £30. Please note, prices fluctuate so we can’t guarantee that you will be able to buy all of these radios for less than £30 when you read this article.

Chesterton DAB Radio – Our #1 Pick

Price:  £23.95 on Amazon.co.uk

Overview

The Chesterton DAB Digital FM Portable Radio is a compact and minimalistic radio/alarm clock combo. The radio can be plugged into the mains or powered by a rechargeable battery. The radio is in the Majority range and was designed in Cambridge, England.

Features

  • Can be charged by USB
  • 4-6 hours of playback from a single charge
  • Stores up to 20 preset stations
  • Alarm clock and sleep function
  • 12 month warranty

Pros

  • Compact and easily fits on a bedside table or kitchen countertop
  • Very good sound quality given its size
  • Can be turned up loud without distortion
  • Bright and easy-to-read LCD display
  • Light and portable

Cons

  • Can be affected by interference from computer equipchestment
  • No audible warning when the battery is low
  • Some users can’t receive Radio 5 Live

Verdict

This is a great DAB radio for the price. It’s small, has good sound quality and can be recharged, unlike several other similarly priced models. See our full review of the Chesterton here.

LOGIK LHDR15 Portable DAB/FM Clock Radio

LOGIK LHDR15 Radio

Price: See on Currys.co.uk

The LOGIK LHDR15 is a portable FM/DAB clock radio that can be powered by the mains or batteries. It’s a compact and affordable radio that has a nice wood-style finish.

Features

  • Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • Dual alarm with snooze function
  • Sleep function
  • LCD display
  • 5mm headphone jack

Pros

  • Good sound quality for the price
  • Attractive design
  • Small and compact

Cons

  • Saving preset stations can be fiddly
  • Display might be too bright if you use it as a clock radio

Verdict

The LOGIK LHDR15 isn’t perfect, but it offers good overall performance for the price. The radio has a nice wood-effect finish and has decent sound quality.

Arbury DAB Digital FM Portable Radio

Price: £23.95 on Amazon.co.uk

The Arbury radio is made by Majority, a British brand who manufacture a large number of affordable DAB radios. The Arbury has a good range features for the price, as you can see below.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • LCD display
  • Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • Alarm clock
  • Sleep function
  • Headphone jack

Pros

  • Good sound quality given the price and size
  • Easy to use
  • Comes fully charged
  • Light and easily portable

Cons

  • Instructions could be clearer
  • Doesn’t go especially loud

Verdict

The Arbury is one of the best digital radios you can get in this price range. It sounds decent and offers all the features most people are looking for in a budget DAB radio.

LOGIK L2DAB16 Portable DAB/FM Radio

LOGIK L2DAB16 Radio

Price: See on Currys.co.uk

The LOGIK L2DAB16 is one of the cheapest portable FM/DAB radios in the UK. It can be mains or battery powered, and lasts for up to 8 hours on batteries.

Features

  • Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • LCD display
  • Takes 4 AA batteries

Dimensions: 11.5 cm wide x 9.6 cm high x 5 cm deep
Weight: 290 g

Pros

  • Light and easy to carry around
  • Good value for money
  • Saving preset stations is easy

Cons

  • Sound quality is mediocre
  • Instructions manual isn’t very clear

Verdict

Overall, the LOGIK L2DAB16 offers great value for money. The sound quality is disappointing , though it might be good enough for listening to speech programmes. Read our full review of the LOGIK L2DAB16 here.

Kite DAB Digital FM Personal Portable Pocket Handheld Radio

Price:  £21.95 on Amazon.co.uk chest

Overview

This is a small digital radio to take with you when you’re on the go. The radio offers 6 hours of playback using AAA batteries. The Kite DAB radio was designed in Cambridge, England and comes with a 12-month warranty.

Pros

  • Very light (82g)
  • Very good sound for the price
  • Comfortable earphones
  • Fits in your pocket
  • Up to 20 preset stations

Cons

  • No advanced features like USB charging.
  • AAA batteries run out quickly

Verdict

This is the perfect radio if you’re looking for a cheap, portable DAB radio. Read other reviews on Amazon here.

Milton DAB Bedside Digital FM Radio

Price:  £23.95 on Amazon.co.uk

Overview

The Majority Milton digital radio offers quality sound, style and great functions at an affordable price. The radio is perfect for your bedside table and has an alarm clock with snooze and sleep features.

Features

  • Mains powered (can also run on 4 AAA batteries)
  • Up to 20 preset stations
  • Sleep function
  • Easy-to-read LCD display
  • 24-hour clock

Pros

  • Alarm can be set to a radio station
  • Aerial is unobstrusive
  • Good audio quality
  • DAB Auto Scan quickly finds lots of stations

Cons

  • Doesn’t run very long on battery power
  • LCD display can’t be turned off
  • Fiddly if you want to set an alarm just for weekdays or the weekend
  • LCD display is quite small and could be hard to read

Verdict

This radio is ideal if you want a bedside DAB alarm clock radio. Read our full review of the Milton DAB radio here.

Akai A61016 Portable DAB Digital Radio

Price:  £22.90 on Amazon.co.uk

Overview

This DAB radio is small, stylish and cheap. You can use it to listen to both DAB and FM stations.

Features

  • Stores up to 10 preset stations in memory
  • Alarm clock
  • Runs on mains power or batteries

Pros

  • Portable and easy to carry
  • Clear sound
  • Large aerial; ideal for areas with poor reception

Cons

  • Sounds distorted when the volume is turned up
  • Looks cheap
  • Sounds quite tinny

Verdict

This radio is a bargain for the price, especially if you just need something portable and don’t expect perfect sound quality. Read our full review of the Akai A61016 here.

Lava DAB Radio

Price: £29.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Overview

The Lava DAB & FM Radio comes in a soft cream colour and allows you to listen to both DAB and FM stations. The radio is small and portable, and can be used with batteries or mains power.

Features

  • Saves up to 10 stations
  • Easily fits on a shelf
  • Runs on mains power or with 4 AA batteries

Pros

  • Attractive appearance

Cons

  • Sound is quite tinny
  • Batteries run out very quickly

Verdict

This radio is fine for spoken-word programs, but the sound quality isn’t great for music. Though it is small and portable, batteries run out quickly. Read our full review of the Lava DAB radio here.

KitSound Pixel Portable Mini DAB Radio and Alarm Clock

Price:  Out of stock on Amazon.co.uk

Overview

This is a cute little DAB radio that comes at a very attractive price (it’s one of the cheapest DAB radios in the UK). It lets you listen to both FM and DAB stations, and also features an alarm clock function.

Features

  • Alarm clock can be set to a radio station or alarm sound
  • 10 preset radio stations
  • Runs on 4 AAA batteries or mains power
  • 5 mm headphone socket

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life
  • Small and portable

Cons

  • Inconsistent
  • Many users found it stopped working after a few months

Verdict

This is a very cheap DAB radio, and it seems the adage “you get what you pay for” is true.

More options

If you’re willing to spend a bit more, check out our roundup of the best DAB radios under £50. If you’re on a really tight budget, see our list of the cheapest DAB radios in the UK.

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