What’s the best site radio with DAB in 2017? We’ve researched the market and selected what we consider to be the top 3 jobsite DAB radios currently available in the UK. Skip down to read the reviews, or read on for some advice on choosing a DAB site radio.
What to look for in a DAB site radio
- Ruggedness: Choosing a radio to use on a building site, factory or other place of work is completely different to choosing one for your kitchen or lounge. A site radio needs to be ultra-tough and capable of withstanding shocks as well as light rain.
- Volume: A site radio needs to be very loud to be heard over the noise of drills and other machinery.
- Features: Some useful features to look for in a jobsite radio include Bluetooth (for streaming audio from a phone or other device) and a USB port for charging a phone.
Makita DMR104 Job Site Radio – Our #1 Pick
Price: £170.04 on Amazon.co.uk
Made by respected Japanese power tool brand Makita, the BMR102 is an FM/DAB radio specially designed for using on worksites. One great thing about this radio is that if you already have a Makita drill battery pack, you can use it to power this radio.
- FM/DAB radio
- Showerproof with a water resistance rating of IPX4
- Anti-shock speaker system
- Runs on mains power or Makita rechargeable batteries
- Carrying handle
- LCD display
Dimensions: 34 cm x 30 cm deep x 17.8 cm wide
Weight: 4 kg
- Very tough and robust
- Nice-looking design
- Good sound quality (though a bit heavy on the bass)
- Good DAB reception
- Battery pack isn’t included
- Bass level is quite high, and can’t be reduced
As you’d expect from Makita, the DMR104 is very sturdy and well made. It’s quite heavy, but can still be carried around with the comfortable handle. The radio is tough, has good sound quality and has an attractive masculine design. Overall, it’s probably the best DAB site radio for most people.
Read our full review of the Makita DMR104 here.
DeWalt DCR020-GB Compact Jobsite DAB Radio
Price: £85.00 on Amazon.co.uk
The DCR020-GB is a specially made jobsite DAB radio from US power tool manufacturer DeWalt. It’s quite a small radio that offers a more compact and easily portable alternative to the Makita DMR104 reviewed above. Despite being small, the DCR020-GB is strong, and has a roll cage to protect it from impacts.
- Can take 10.8V, 14.4V and 18V li-ion batteries, which aren’t included
- 5mm auxiliary port
- USB charging point for charging a phone
Dimensions: 25.8 cm wide x 25 cm high x 18.8 cm deep
- Easy to carry around
- Can be used to charge your phone
- Good amount of volume
- Feels strong and robust
- No battery included
- Doesn’t save preset stations
- Seems to be less reliable than the Makita DMR104
The DeWalt DCR020-GB is a great jobsite radio overall, especially if you want something small and light. It appears to be a bit less reliable than the Makita DMR104, which is why it’s the runner up in this list.
Hitachi UR18DSDL Cordless Site Radio
Price: £114.80 on Amazon.co.uk
The Hitachi UR18DSDL is a modern site radio with DAB/DAB+, Bluetooth and a USB port for charging a phone.
- FM/DAB/DAB+ Radio
- IPX4 water resistance level
- Shock-absorbing end caps
- Customisable EQ
- Saves 10 preset stations
- USB charging point
Dimensions: 46.8 x 36.8 x 30.8 cm
- Good range of useful features
- Can be used to charge a phone
- Tough and robust design
- No battery included
The Hitachi UR18DSDL has great features, especially for charging a smartphone and streaming music from it via Bluetooth. It also has a rugged design and should hold up well when used on work sites or in the garden.