Best Internet Radios (UK 2017)

Internet radios let you listen to the 20,000+ radio stations available online in addition to all the regular radio stations you can get on DAB and FM. This gives you the biggest possible choice of music and speech programmes. You can also listen to podcasts and other online audio.

An internet radio is perfect if you want to listen to stations from other countries or learn other languages. It’s also great if the FM and DAB reception in your area is poor but you have a good internet connection.

Read on for some advice on choosing the best internet radio, or use the table of contents below to skip down to our reviews of the best internet radios in 2017.

About Internet Radios

Internet radios are still relatively new products, and there’s a good chance you’re looking to buy your first internet radio. This means you’ll probably have a lot of questions about how internet radios work and how you can choose one that suits you.

Why get an internet radio

Internet radios offer some great advantages over regular FM and DAB radios. Here are just a few reasons to consider choosing an internet radio:

  • Choice: On an FM radio you might get around 10 stations. On DAB you might get 50 or so. With an internet radio, you will be able to receive around 20,000 stations from across the world, including all the popular local and national stations.
  • Reception: If you live in an area with poor DAB or FM reception, an internet radio is a good idea. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you won’t have any issues with reception.

How internet radios work

Most internet radios connect to the internet wirelessly. This means you will need a good amount of bandwidth and a decent wireless router to enjoy listening to the radio without it cutting out or it slowing down other things you use the internet for.

Internet radio usually broadcasts with a bitrate between 128 and 320 kilobytes per second, meaning it will use between 57.6 and 140.62 megabytes of data an hour. The average internet speed in the UK can cope with this easily, but it might be an issue if you have a busy network with lots of people using the internet at the same time.

You can also buy wired internet radios that connect to the internet via an Ethernet cable. One radio that offers this possibility is the Ocean Digital WR80, which can also be used wirelessly.

Instead of requiring you to enter a web address for each radio station, internet radios usually have a menu that you use to find stations. This means that it’s easy to discover new radio stations, but has the downside that some stations might not be accessible.

Most internet radios will also let you listen to podcasts and other on-demand audio, though not every podcast will be available. Many internet radios have a special feature for connecting to Spotify, though this usually requires you to sign up for a paid Spotify membership. Most internet radios also come with DAB and sometimes FM, though some are internet-only.

Alternatives to buying an internet radio

If you’re researching internet radios the following thought might have crossed your mind: “Why not just use my laptop or smartphone to listen to internet radio and connect it to some good speakers?” This can be a good alternative to buying a standalone internet radio. You could also get a wireless speaker like the SONOS Play, which can stream internet radio without needing to connect to a computer or phone.

Standalone internet radios and wireless speakers have several advantages over just listening to online radio on your computer or phone. Here are a few:

  • Convenience: You don’t need to start your laptop up to listen to the radio—you just turn the radio on.
  • Ease of use: Listening to the radio on an internet radio is easier than finding a stream online. It’s also easier to find new stations as you can usually browse by genre, country and region.
  • Battery: You won’t wear down your laptop or phone’s battery by using an internet radio instead.

Internet Radio Brands

Some of the leading brands of internet radios are Pure, Roberts, Ocean Digital and Revo. Pure and Roberts are both British brands that produce high-quality radios at mid-range prices. These radios will be good options for most households.

If you’re looking for something cheaper, you should consider getting an Ocean Digital radio. Ocean Digital are a Hong Kong brand that produce inexpensive internet and DAB radios. They generally offer great value for money, but as a brand they don’t have the prestige or reputation of Pure or Roberts.

If money is no option, one of the best brands is Revo. Revo produce some of the best-sounding (and most expensive) internet radios, with impressive features. They also produce a more affordable radio, the Revo PiXiS RX.

Top 5 Internet Radios

Below are what we consider to be the top 5 internet radios available in the UK in 2017.

NameRemote controlSpotify ConnectPresetsPrice
Hama IR110YesYes30 £109.99
Ocean Digital WR220YesNo99 £69.99
Revo SuperConnectYesYes24 £279.95
Roberts Stream93iYesYes120 £159.99
Roberts Stream104No (but you can use your phone as a remote)Yes120 £91.99

 

Best Internet Radios Under £100

These internet radios have recommended retail prices under £100, and offer the best value for money if you’re looking to get an inexpensive internet radio.

Ocean Digital Internet Radio WR220

Buy online: £69.99 on Amazon.co.uk

This is one of the cheapest internet radios available. It lets you listen to radio stations from all over the world as well as the UK.

Features

  • Save up to 99 preset stations
  • Alarm and sleep timer
  • Displays time and date
  • Display has adjustable brightness
  • Remote control
  • Supports 73 languages

Pros

  • Good sound quality, doesn’t sound tinny
  • Easy to use
  • Small and compact

Cons

  • Display is hard to read in some lights

Verdict

This is a reliable and affordable internet radio with good sound quality. It’s a bargain for the price. For an overview of Ocean Digital radios, see this article: Ocean Digital Radios Compared.

Roberts Radio Stream104

Buy online: £89.99 on Amazon.co.uk

The Stream104 is made by the highly respected brand Roberts. It gives you access to the whole world’s radio provided you have a WiFi internet connection.

Features

  • DAB, DAB+, FM and internet radio
  • You can use Spotify Connect
  • Saves up to 10 station presets per radio setting
  • Aux in
  • Adjustable EQ
  • Dual alarm function
  • Can be used with the UNDOK app to connect it with iOS and Android devices
  • MP3/WMA/AAC/FLAC/ALAC playback

Pros

  • Portable thanks to the carry strap
  • Easy to set up – only takes a couple of minutes
  • Access over 10,000 stations online

Cons

  • Audio is quite weak and tinny, which is disappointing given the price. However, the sound isn’t bad for a radio of this size.

Verdict

This radio has some good features but the sound quality is quite disappointing for listening to music. However, it should be fine for spoken word radio.

Ocean Digital Internet Radio WR233

Buy online: £72.99 on Amazon.co.uk

The WR233 is an affordable internet radio from Ocean Digital. You should be aware that it doesn’t have DAB or FM, so you will need to use your internet connection to listen to the radio.

Features

  • 4″ display
  • Shows the weather when in standby mode
  • Dual alarm
  • Save up to 250 preset stations
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Good size for bedside table
  • Generally easy to use
  • Great choice of stations
  • Decent sound quality

Cons

  • Batteries aren’t included for the remote control (it takes 2 AAA batteries)
  • No FM or DAB radio
  • Basic design
  • Manual is poorly written

Verdict

The Ocean Digital Internet Radio WR233 offers great value for money if you’re looking for a straightforward internet-only radio with an alarm clock. The design is quite uninspiring, and there’s no DAB radio, but otherwise it’s a solid product.

Ocean Digital Internet Radio WR-210CB


Buy online: £59.99 on Amazon.co.uk

The Ocean Digital WR-210CB is an internet radio with a colour screen and Bluetooth. Like the Ocean Digital WR233 reviewed above, it’s a WiFi-only radio with no FM or DAB tuner.

Features

  • Save up to 250 preset stations
  • 4-inch colour display
  • Bluetooth for wirelessly streaming from a phone, tablet or laptop
  • 5 mm aux in port
  • Dual alarm with a snooze timer
  • Sleep timer
  • Headphone jack
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Decent sound quality for the price
  • Good range of features
  • Easy to use
  • Small and light

Cons

  • Doesn’t offer much volume
  • Not especially stylish

Verdict

The WR-210CB offers an impressive list of features for the price. As well as internet radio, you also get Bluetooth, a dual alarm and a remote control. It’s a shame there’s no FM/DAB radio, but provided your internet connection is good you can get all the same stations online anyway.

Ocean Digital WiFi Internet Radio WR80


Buy online: £64.99 on Amazon.co.uk
The Ocean Digital WR80 is a cheap internet radio that has some great features. It can be used via WiFi or with an Ethernet connection, and also picks up FM radio.

Features

  • Choice of using wireless or wired internet
  • FM radio function
  • Saves 99 presets
  • 4 dedicated favourite station buttons
  • 5mm headphone/line-out jack
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze function
  • Option of entering a radio station using a URL

Pros

  • Dedicated favourite preset buttons are very convenient
  • Alarm is easy to use
  • Crisp, clear sound quality
  • Excellent value for money

Cons

  • Menu isn’t especially intuitive

Verdict

The Ocean Digital WR80 offers great value for money. It’s especially worth considering if you want an inexpensive internet radio that you can use with an Ethernet cable.

Best Internet Radios Under £150

If you’re willing to spend over £100 you can get a really high-quality internet radio with a great range of features. Here are some of the best you can get in the £100-£150 price range (at the time of writing).

Roberts Radio Stream93i

Buy online: £159.99 on Amazon.co.uk

The Roberts Radio Stream93i DAB WiFi radio is currently one of the UK’s most popular internet radios, and with good reason. It’s a great all-round internet radio with an excellent range of features.

Features

  • DAB/DAB+/FM/WiFi radio
  • Stores up to 120 stations
  • Connects to Spotify
  • Colour display
  • Six position equaliser
  • Can be controlled from your smartphone via the UNDOK app
  • Sleep timer
  • Wireless internet connection
  • Aux in and line out sockets

Pros

  • Lets you listen to thousands of radio stations and podcasts online
  • You can stream music via Spotify Connect (with a Spotify Premium account)
  • Attractive and clear colour display
  • Solid and quality build
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to set up

Cons

  • Mains only, so it’s not portable

Verdict

This excellent radio will give you a huge range of choice when it comes to radio stations and podcasts. You can listen to radio stations from anywhere in the world. It can’t play BBC podcasts, but despite that it is our top pick for an internet radio. You can read our full review of the Stream93i here.

Pure Evoke F4

The Pure Evoke F4 Bluetooth Portable Internet Radio is easy to use and is bundled with great features.

Features

  • FM, DAB and internet radio
  • Offers Bluetooth and WiFi streaming from your smartphone
  • Record internet and digital radio to a USB stick
  • Alarm clock function
  • Play music from a USB stick or MP3 player

Pros

  • Large OLED display
  • Can be used with other speakers if required
  • Pure offer good customer support should you need it
  • Stylish design
  • Very easy to set up and use

Cons

  • No aux out
  • Some buyers prefer the older version of this model (the Evoke F3)

Verdict

This is a good all-round internet radio with a very stylish design and lots of useful features. For an overview of the full Pure Evoke range, see this article.

Roberts Radio Stream217

Buy online:

The Roberts Radio Stream217 is an affordable and portable WiFi internet radio from the highly respected brand Roberts.

Features

  • FM, DAB, DAB+ and WiFi internet radio
  • Saves up to 30 stations
  • 2 alarms
  • Headphone socket
  • Aux in
  • Double alarm function
  • Carry handle
  • Can be controlled from your smartphone using the UNDOK app
  • Powered by mains or 6 D-sized batteries
  • Spotify Connect (requires a premium account)
  • Stream music via your PC

Pros

  • Sleek, modern appearance
  • Easy to use setup wizard
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Doesn’t play BBC podcasts or “Listen Again” programmes

Verdict

This WiFi radio has a huge range of features. It gives you access to tens of thousands of radio stations, and also lets you stream music from your smartphone or computer. It’s a great buy unless you want to listen to BBC “Listen Again” programmes which currently use an audio format that isn’t compatible with this model.

Revo PiXiS RX

Buy online: Out of stock on Amazon.co.uk

This radio was available for less than £100 when this article was last updated, but we’ve included it in this section since its R.R.P. is over £100.

The Revo PiXis RX is an affordable internet radio with an impressive list of features including FM/DAB/DAB+ radio and Spotify Connect.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Spotify Connect (paid feature)
  • DLNA for wirelessly streaming audio from a computer
  • Compatible with the UNDOK app

Pros

  • Good DAB reception
  • Easy to use
  • Good sound quality for the size and price

Cons

  • Not the most attractive design
  • Speaker is on the top, which is quite unusual

Verdict

The Revo PiXis RX offers a good combination of premium Revo quality with affordability.  It’s a good choice if you’re looking for a mid-range internet radio.

Hama IR110 Internet Radio


Buy online: £109.99 on Amazon.co.uk

The IR110 is an internet radio from German brand Hama. It has some distinctive features such as a USB port for charging a smartphone or playing MP3s from a USB stick or MP3 player.=

Features

  • Wireless and wired (Ethernet) connections available
  • Compatible with Spotify Connect
  • Saves 30 favourite stations
  • USB port for charging a device or playing MP3s
  • LCD display
  • 2 x 5W speakers
  • Remote control
  • Alarm with snooze function

Pros

  • Small and compact
  • Good sound quality for the size
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Useful USB connection
  • Can stream audio over a network connection

Cons

  • USB only charges when the radio is playing (not on standby)

Verdict

The Hama IR110 is a nice compact internet radio that would be great in the bedroom or the kitchen. The USB port is handy for charging your phone or playing music from an external device.

Best High-End Internet Radios

These internet radios have recommended retail prices over £150. They’re some of the best radios money can buy.

Revo SuperConnect

Buy online: £257.53 on Amazon.co.uk

The Revo SuperConnect is a serious internet radio. It’s a high-end model that comes in an attractive wood cabinet.

Features

  • DAB, DAB+, FM and internet radio
  • Offers Spotify Connect
  • Bluetooth wireless streaming
  • Adjustable equaliser
  • Remote control
  • Alarm clock

Pros

  • High build quality
  • Good speakers

Cons

  • Not portable – mains powered only

Verdict

This internet radio from Revo will appeal to serious audiophiles. The sound quality is excellent and this radio is built to last.

Roberts R-Line R100

Buy online: Check on Amazon on Amazon.co.uk

The Roberts R-Line R100 is designed to be part of a multi-room wireless audio system (see the Roberts website for an explanation of how this works). However, you can also use the R-Line R100 on its own as a standalone internet radio.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Stereo speaker
  • Bluetooth
  • Colour display
  • Can be used with the UNDOK smartphone app
  • USB port for playing MP3 files
  • Compatible with Spotify (paid feature)

Pros

  • Keeps a stable WiFi connection
  • You can use your phone as a remote control
  • Good sound quality for a small radio
  • Generally easy to use

Cons

  • Battery pack isn’t included

Verdict

The R100 is a ‘base station’ for a multi-room audio system, so you can buy it and use it on its own and optionally add extra speakers later. The R100 is a good radio, but you might find other radios offer better value for money if you’re not planning to create a multi-room system.

Revo Supersystem

Buy online: £549.95 on Amazon.co.uk

The Revo Supersystem is the most expensive internet radio in this roundup.  It’s a large radio with powerful 80W stereo speakers and a dedicated subwoofer. The radio also offers FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, Bluetooth, DLNA audio streaming and impressive sound quality.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth with aptX
  • DLNA audio streaming
  • Compatible with Spotify Connect (requires a premium account)
  • 80W speakers, 40W subwoofer
  • USB port for charging devices and playing MP3s
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality
  • Impressive range of features
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Remote control is very large
  • Sound arguably isn’t as some cheaper radios like the Ruark R4 Mk3

Verdict

The Revo Supersystem is probably the best-sounding internet radio on the market. It also offers pretty much all the features you could ask for, and has plenty of power. This radio obviously isn’t for everyone though—it’s very expensive and also pretty big and heavy (9.8 kg), so it’s only recommended if you want something substantial and are willing to pay a premium to get the best sound quality.

Wireless Speakers

There is a lot of overlap between internet radios and the wireless speakers reviewed below. They offer a good alternative to buying a regular internet radio.

SONOS Play

Buy online: £180.00 on Amazon.co.uk

The SONOS Play can play thousands of internet radio stations via TuneIn, and you can also add extra radio stations by adding URLs.

Features

  • Connects with TuneIn, Spotify, Soundcloud, Deezer, Amazon Prime and others
  • Can be controlled from your phone using the Sonos app
  • Can be linked with other SONOS speakers to create a multi-room system

Pros

  • Great sound quality
  • Sonos app is easy to use
  • Very versatile
  • Attractive design
  • Lots of volume

Cons

  • Seems expensive—try to get it when there’s a discount
  • Not for technophobes
  • Mono sound

Verdict

The SONOS Play is a very versatile and forward-thinking device. As well as listening to live radio, you can access a host of online streaming services and even create a home audio system by placing multiple speakers in different rooms. It’s recommended for tech-savvy people who want something more than just a radio.

Bose SoundTouch 10

Buy online: £159.95 on Amazon.co.uk

The Bose SoundTouch 10 is a rival to the SONOS Play. As well as listening to internet radio, you can also stream music from online services like Pandora, Deezer and Spotify. As with the SONOS Play, you can connect it to other wireless speakers to create a multi-room system.

Features

  • Bluetooth
  • Offers a range of streaming options: internet radio, Pandora, Spotify, Deezer and more
  • 6 presets that can save radio stations, playlists etc.
  • Aux input

Pros

  • Offers Bose’s famous sound quality
  • Quick to set up and easy to use
  • Nice design
  • Plenty of volume

Cons

  • Mono sound
  • Bluetooth can be unreliable

Verdict

The Bose SoundTouch 10 offers excellent sound quality and has a good choice of streaming options. It seems a bit less reliable than the SONOS Play, but is a bit cheaper (at the time of writing). Make sure you check it’s compatible with the streaming services you use before buying.

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