Best DAB Radios Under £50 (UK 2017)

The cost of DAB radios has come down a lot in recent years. It used to be hard to find a DAB for less than £100, but in 2017 there are dozens of DAB radios on the market for less than £50. In fact, there’s almost too much choice, and it can be overwhelming.

We’ve researched the market and picked out the top DAB radios under £50 available in the UK. Read on for our reviews of each.

Please note, we cannot guarantee that all of these radios will be available for less than £50 when you read this article.

Roberts Radio Play10

The Roberts Radio Play10 is one of the most popular DAB radios in this price category in the UK. You can plug it into the mains or use it as a portable radio with 4 AA batteries.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Save 6 preset stations
  • Headphone jack
  • Battery or mains powered

Pros

  • Small and light
  • Good sound quality for both speech and music
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No alarm
  • Short battery life

Summary

The Play10 is a straightforward, no-nonsense DAB radio that will be fine for most people. It’s affordable and easy to use, and has decent sound quality. As will all the radios listed here, there are better-sounding radios available, though they will cost you more than £50.

Buy online:  £39.00 on Amazon.co.uk

Read our full review of the Roberts Play10 here.

 

Goodmans Canvas

The Goodmans Canvas is another popular portable FM/DAB radio. It’s very affordable and has a slim design that comes in a choice of four colours: Apple Green, Brown/Copper, Ruby and Steel.

Features

  • Portable with a choice of mains or battery power (4 x AA)
  • Stereo headphone jack

Pros

  • Good sound quality for speech; decent for music
  • Loud enough for the kitchen
  • Light (349 g) and easy to carry around

Cons

  • Slow to change the volume as you have to hold it down rather than turning a knob
  • Eats through batteries quickly

Summary

The Goodmans Canvas is a great choice if you want an inexpensive yet reliable portable DAB for listening to speech programmes, Radio 4 etc. It doesn’t sound so great for music, so you might want to invest more if you’re a real audiophile. Nevertheless, it offers a decent amount of volume—enough to be heard over a boiling kettle or sizzling frying pan.

Buy online: £28.88 on Amazon.co.uk

Read our full review of the Goodmans Canvas here.

 

Arbury DAB Digital FM Portable Radio

The Arbury DAB radio is made by Majority, a British brand who produce a large range of budget-priced DAB radios. The Arbury has a simple square design and can be bought in black or white.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Alarm clock
  • Rechargeable battery (recharge by micro-USB cable or mains adapter)
  • 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • Headphone jack
  • Sleep function

Pros

  • Good range of features for the price
  • Nice and small (14 x 13 x 4.5 cm)
  • Good sound quality for its size
  • Relatively strong DAB reception

Cons

  • Not very attractive
  • Presets can be fiddly to use

Summary

The Arbury DAB radio is an impressive radio for the price. The Majority brand might not be so well known as brands like Roberts, but this radio offers very good value for money in terms of the features and performance you get.

Buy online: £23.95 on Amazon.co.uk

Read our full review of the Arbury DAB radio here.

 

MoreAudio Desire DAB Radio

The MoreAudio Desire is a relatively new product, having been released in late 2016. It has a nice design that comes in a range of colours: Black, Green, Blue.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+
  • Headphone jack
  • Dimmable display
  • Built-in rechargeable battery

Pros

  • Picks up DAB+ (the newer form of digital radio) as well as regular DAB
  • Sold with an 18-month warranty
  • Good battery life compared to other portable DAB radios
  • Good DAB reception

Cons

  • Confusing instructions manual
  • Silicone coating gets dirty easily
  • Can be unreliable

Summary

The MoreAudio Desire is generally a good product, though there are better alternatives out there. While most people find the MoreAudio desire to be fine, some have had issues with certain features not working properly, though you can use the warranty if you are unlucky with the product you receive.

Buy online: £34.95 on Amazon.co.uk

Read our full review of the MoreAudio Desire here.

 

Sony XDRS40 Digital Radio

The Sony XDRS40 is a small and light FM/DAB/DAB+ radio from respected Japanese electronics brand Sony. It is available in a choice of three colours: black, red and white.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Headphone socket
  • LCD display
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA batteries)
  • 20 preset stations
  • Sleep timer

Pros

  • Small and easily portable (18 x 9.5 x 3.6 cm)
  • Crisp, clear sound
  • Good DAB signal
  • Good amount of volume for such a small radio

Cons

  • No alarm function
  • Lacks bass

Summary

As you’d expect from Sony, the XDRS40 offers great clarity of sound for the price. The radio also has better reception on DAB than average. The main drawback with this radio is that it doesn’t have an alarm function.

Buy online: £39.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Read our full review of the Sony XDRS40 here.

 

KitSound Jive 1950s Style Retro Portable DAB Radio

The KitSound Jive is an attractive retro DAB radio that can be used with mains or battery power. The radio has some useful alarm functions, and offers two separate alarms as well as a snooze feature. The Jive comes in a choice of colours: blue, beige, black, grey.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Dual alarm clock function with snooze
  • Sleep function
  • Carrying handle

Pros

  • Nice retro design
  • Good amount of volume for a small radio
  • 2 independent alarms
  • Convenient handle

Cons

  • Sound isn’t great for music

Summary

The KitSound Jive is one of the cheapest retro-style DAB radios you can buy. It offers good value for money for the sound alone, though the sound quality could be improved.

Buy online: £38.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Read our full review of the KitSound Jive here.

 

AZATOM Horizon DAB Radio

The AZATOM Horizon is an affordable bedside DAB radio designed to be used as an alarm clock radio. Unlike most of the radios reviewed here, the AZATOM Horizon has Bluetooth so you can use it to stream music, podcasts or online radio from your phone, tablet or laptop.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Sleep timer with several options
  • Headphone socket
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for wireless streaming
  • Mains or battery powered
  • Dual alarm

Pros

  • Has Bluetooth, unlike most DAB radios under £50
  • Generally easy to use
  • Good sound quality for a clock radio
  • Dimmable display

Cons

  • Display is quite bright even on the lowest setting
  • Some functions are complicated to use

Summary

The AZATOM Horizon is one of the best value DAB clock radios you can buy. It offers decent sound quality, some useful alarm functions and even Bluetooth.

Buy online: £38.95 on Amazon.co.uk

Read our full review of the AZATOM Horizon here.

 

Roberts Radio Play Digital Radio

The Play is one of Roberts’ most affordable DAB radios. It has a built-in battery charger that takes 4 AA batteries, and can also be mains powered.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Soft-touch buttons
  • Saves 10 preset stations
  • Internal battery charger

Pros

  • Very light (392 g) and easy to carry
  • Good reception
  • Simple and easy to use

Cons

  • Batteries aren’t included
  • Limited amount of volume, and sounds a bit tinny

Summary

The Roberts Play is a simple and straightforward portable DAB radio that is generally very easy to use. It doesn’t have a huge number of features and the sound quality could be improved. Nevertheless, it’s a solid and inexpensive product.

Buy online: £59.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Read our full review of the Roberts Play here.

 

John Lewis Spectrum Solo

John Lewis Spectrum Solo Radio

The Spectrum Solo is one of John Lewis’s most popular own-brand DAB radios at the time of writing. It’s a compact and affordable radio that compares well to radios from brands like Roberts. The radio comes in a choice of several different colours.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • 5 dedicated preset buttons

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Good sound quality for the size
  • Small footprint; fits easily in most places
  • Relatively good DAB signal

Cons

  • Gets through batteries quickly (though this is common with portable DAB radios)

Summary

Buy online: See on JohnLewis.com

Read our full review of the John Lewis Spectrum Solo here.

 

John Lewis Aston MK2 DAB/FM Radio

The Aston MK2 is a stylish FM/DAB radio made and sold by the department store John Lewis. It comes in a choice of three finishes: Coffee, Walnut and Duck Egg.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Saves 10 preset stations
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA batteries)
  • Aux out
  • Carrying handle

Pros

  • Nice retro design
  • Good value for money
  • Light and easy to carry around

Cons

  • No alarm function

Summary

The Aston MK2 has a very nice design for the price and offers great value for money. It only has the essential features, and doesn’t have an alarm, but is a good choice if you want something simple, portable and stylish.

Buy online: See on JohnLewis.com

 

LOGIK LHDR15 Portable DAB/FM Clock Radio

The LOGIK LHDR15 is one of the most affordable FM/DAB clock radios on the market in 2017. It has a nice wood-effect finish and offers a decent list of features.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Snooze function
  • Alarm function
  • 5mm headphone jack

Pros

  • Sounds good for the price
  • Small and compact
  • Generally good DAB reception

Cons

  • Saving presets can be fiddly
  • Display is a bit too bright for using it as a bedside clock radio

Summary

The LOGIK LHDR15 offers good value for money. It sounds decent and is nice and compact, though as with all radios in this price category, it does have a few drawbacks.

Buy online: See on Currys.co.uk

 

More options

If you’re looking for a personal radio you can keep in your pocket, check out our roundup of the best pocket DAB radios, many of which cost less than £50.

You can also consider one of these DAB radios under £30, or find out what the cheapest DAB radios in the UK are here.

One thought on “Best DAB Radios Under £50 (UK 2017)

  1. It would be good if a manufacturer could produce a dab unit which ran on rechargeable D cells for longer life while portable….with automatic built in charger when on mains. Also, a simple knob for tuning and volume! Maybe add Short wave with ssb for us older enthusiasts?

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