Best iPhone Clock Radio Docking Stations for Less Than £50

An iPhone docking station with a clock radio will not only de-clutter your bedside table, it will also make your life easier by providing useful several functions in one device. Docking station radios let you charge your iPhone, listen to the radio, and set alarms.

Apple-certified Lightning docks are compatible with any iPhone or other Apple product that uses a Lightning connector. Make sure you check that the docking station you choose is compatible with your iPhone before purchasing.

Here are reviews of the top 10 iPhone clock radio docking stations available in the UK for less than £50. We’ve ranked them based on their features, usability and sound quality. These Lightning docking stations all have a built-in FM radio and alarm clock.

 

1. AZATOM Home Hub Lightning Dock 30W Bluetooth

The AZATOM Home Hub lightning dock is compatible with all Apple products that use the Lightning Connector. It offers impressive sound quality as well Bluetooth, making it perfect for streaming music from your iPhone.

Features

  • Compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6S, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus
  • Bluetooth for streaming music from a smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Compatible with online streaming sites like Deezer, Spotify and Last.FM
  • 30 Watt stereo sound
  • Bass and treble levels can be adjusted using the EQ
  • FM radio with up to 20 saved preset station
  • Dual alarm clock so you can set different alarms for weekdays and weekends
  • Dimensions: 20 cm wide x 20 cm deep, x 9 cm high
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality with plenty of bass. The dock uses the same technology as more expensive AZATOM speakers
  • Works with all Apple products that use the Lightning Connector
  • Bluetooth is easy to set up and use

Cons

  • The buttons on the remote are a bit too small
  • Buttons aren’t very intuitive and it can be difficult to work out how to use more advanced functions

Verdict

This docking station radio is more expensive than most, but you get what you pay for. The AZATOM Home Hub’s sound quality is comparable to more expensive speaker systems, and the dock also looks great. It offers the best sound quality among the iPhone docking stations on this list, which is why it takes the number one spot.

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2. AZATOM iRISE 10W Lightning Dock

The AZATOM iRise is a stylish and compact Lightning dock with a built-in FM radio.

Features

  • Uses the latest Lightning connector, so it is compatible with current and future Apple products
  • Compatible with iPhone 5, 5C, 5S, 6, 6S
  • Compatible with iPod Touch 5G and iPod Nano 7G
  • FM radio with up to 20 preset stations
  • Comes with a line-in cable for streaming music from MP3 players and Android or other non-Apple devices
  • 10 Watts of power

Pros

  • Very compact – should fit easily on a bedside table
  • Crisp, clear sound is more than adequate for casual listening
  • Easy to set the alarm
  • Subtle white display which can be dimmed so it won’t disturb you at night
  • Display is a good size making it easy to read

Cons

  • Doesn’t have Bluetooth connectivity
  • EQ can’t be adjusted
  • You will probably need to remove your iPhone’s case to charge it. You can get around this by using a dockStubz case adapter
  • The speakers don’t have much bass

Verdict

If you’re looking for a small, affordable and reliable iPhone dock that doubles as an alarm clock, the AZATOM iRise is a great choice. It won’t fit a phone with a case on, which can be inconvenient unless you have a case adapter.

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3. Neptune Speaker Docking Station Bluetooth Alarm Clock FM Radio

This versatile docking station alarm clock radio is slightly more expensive than most products on his list, but it comes with some great features like HD sound and a USB port for charging non-Apple devices.

Features

  • Apple-certified made-for-iPhone (MFI) Lightning dock
  • Compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+
  • Compatible with iPad 4; iPad Air 1 and 2; iPad Mini 1, 2 and 3
  • Compatible with iPod Touch 5th and 6th generation, iPod Nano 7th generation
  • Should be compatible with future Apple products
  • USB charging for other devices
  • HD sound
  • 20-Watt speaker
  • Remote control
  • Compatible with Spotify, YouTube and other streaming devices
  • Can use Bluetooth for wireless streaming
  • Dual alarm with snooze function
  • Choice of alarm sounds: alarm buzzer, FM radio, music from your Apple device

Pros

  • Dimmable display with three levels of brightness, so it won’t disturb your sleep
  • Good range of features (Bluetooth, FM radio, USB, remote)
  • Attractive design
  • Small size, so it should fit easily on any bedside table
  • Clock is large and easy to read

Cons

  • Only compatible with the smaller kind of lightning connector, so you can’t use it with the iPhone 4
  • No headphone jack
  • Can’t adjust bass or treble, so it can sound tinny
  • There’s a limit to how low the radio volume can go, and since there’s no headphone jack it’s not ideal for listening at night
  • Buttons could be more intuitive

Verdict

This small docking station is ideal if you want a larger number of features and are willing to invest in a higher-quality item. The radio can go fairly loud, so you could also use it in the kitchen or elsewhere. The main drawback is that the buttons aren’t very intuitive so it might take a while to get used to it.

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Mercury Speaker Docking Station Alarm Clock FM Radio Lightning Dock

This affordable iPhone docking station is one of the most popular docking station alarm clocks currently available in the UK. It features an alarm clock radio with a snooze function, and is compatible with most iPhone models.

Features

  • Apple-certified made-for-iPhone (MFI) Lightning dock
  • Compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+
  • Compatible with iPod Touch 5th and 6th generation and iPod Nano 7th generation
  • 8 Watt speakers
  • Compatible with Spotify, YouTube and other streaming services
  • Dual alarm with snooze function
  • Choice of alarms: buzzer sound, FM radio or music from your iPhone

Pros

  • Comes in an attractive gift box
  • Charge and play music simultaneously
  • Dimmable LCD screen so it won’t disturb you at night
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • It takes a while to learn how to use all the alarm settings
  • You need to remove your phone’s bumper case before using it
  • Looks quite cheap
  • Some buyers have found that the docking station stopped working after 6 months or so

Verdict

This docking station lets you listen to music, charge your phone and use an alarm clock all at the same time. The speaker quality isn’t great, but it’s adequate for casual listening. The main drawback with this Mercury product is that the alarm clock isn’t very user friendly and can be quite difficult to program.

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5. Saturn Speaker Docking Station Alarm Clock FM Radio

The Saturn Speaker Docking Station, which is made by Majority, will let you charge an iPhone, iPad or iPod while listening to music or the radio at the same time. It comes with Bluetooth for wireless streaming through its 25-watt HD speakers.

Features

  • Apple-certified made-for-iPhone (MFI) Lightning dock
  • Compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+
  • Compatible with iPad 4; Air 1 and 2; Mini 1, 2 and 3
  • Compatible with iPod Touch 5th and 6th generation and iPod Nano 7th generation
  • 25-watt HD speakers
  • Remote control
  • Works will all online streaming services (Spotify, YouTube etc.)
  • Dimensions: 26.2 x 23 x 8.6 cm
  • Dual alarm clock with choice of buzzer, FM radio or MP3
  • Dimmable LCD screen
  • Comes with a 12-month warranty
  • 5 mm aux-in socket
  • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming

Pros

  • Comes in an attractive gift box, making it ideal as a present
  • Compatible with all iPhones that use the latest charger (Lightning cable)
  • Good quality sound for the price thanks to the HD speakers
  • Bluetooth lets you use the dock as a Bluetooth speaker and stream music from your laptop or tablet
  • Remote control has a good range
  • Stylish and compact design

Cons

  • Some buyers found that the clock jumped 30 minutes or an hour when they used the alarm, making it useless as an alarm clock

Verdict

If you really need a docking station with an alarm clock, you’re better off buying a different dock as the Saturn Docking Speaker’s clock is quite unreliable. This fault doesn’t affect everyone, but it appears to be a common problem with this Majority docking station. Apart from that, the Saturn Docking Speaker has an attractive design, decent sound quality and useful features like Bluetooth streaming and a remote control.

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6. MoreAudio Eclipse Lightning Dock Speaker

Available in white or black, the MoreAudio Eclipse is an Apple-certified Lightning Dock that works with the iPhone 6, iPhone 7, and all other Apple products that use a Lightning Connector. It offers Bluetooth streaming, allowing you to use it as a Bluetooth speaker.

Features

  • Stereo sound
  • Auto setup gets the current time and date from your iPhone or other Apple device, so you don’t need to set the clock or date manually
  • Dual alarm clock so you can use one alarm for weekdays and another for the weekend
  • Bluetooth for streaming music from your smartphone via Apple Music, Deezer and Spotify
  • 18-month warranty
  • Dimensions: 14 cm x 14 cm x 10.5 cm

Pros

  • NFC makes using Bluetooth quicker and easier
  • Good value for money considering the range of features
  • Clear, crisp sound with good volume

Cons

  • You will probably have to remove the iPhone’s case

Verdict

The MoreAudio Eclipse combines the features of a docking station, a Bluetooth speaker, an FM radio and an alarm clock. It’s a great all-in-one iPhone dock for the bedroom or for using in the kitchen.

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7.Titan Speaker Docking Station Bluetooth Alarm Clock FM Radio

The Titan Docking Station from Majority is compatible with all versions of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6, as well as several models of the iPad and iPod. This stylish apple-certified Lightning dock comes with an FM radio and features a 25-Watt speaker system with HD sound.

Features

  • Compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6+, 6S, 6S+
  • Compatible with iPad 4; Air 1 and 2; Mini 1, 2 and 3
  • Compatible with iPod Touch 5th and 6th generation, iPod Nano 7th generation
  • Compatible with future Apple models
  • 25-Watt, HD speakers
  • Remote control
  • Compatible with streaming services like Last.FM, Spotify and YouTube
  • Bluetooth functionality for streaming music wirelessly from a phone, laptop or other Blutooth-enabled device
  • Dual alarm with a snooze function
  • Choice of alarm sounds: FM radio, music from your smartphone, traditional alarm sound
  • Dimensions: 20 cm long x 20 cm wide x 8.7 cm high

Pros

  • Official made-for-iPhone (MFI) product
  • Charge your iPhone and listen to music at the same time
  • The red LED display dims well and won’t disturb you at night
  • Easy to set up, and has straightforward controls
  • Can mount your iPhone with the case on
  • Impressive sound quality and volume for its size

Cons

  • There isn’t a snooze button on the dock itself – only on the remote
  • Some people don’t like the red LED display and would prefer a green or white display
  • Some models appear to have a bug that causes the clock to lose 30 minutes of time each time the alarm is used

Verdict

This docking station is easy to use and has the added bonus of Bluetooth connectivity, making it a very versatile piece of kit. Furthermore, it has an attractive design, is very compact and comes with a handy remote control.

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8.AZATOM iWake Version 2

AZATOM produce a lot of great iPhone docking stations, and the iWake Version 2 is no exception. It’s compatible for iPhones 3-4S, so isn’t suitable for newer models.

Features

  • Compatible with iPhone 3, 3G, 3GS, 4, 4S. Comes with an adapter for the iPhone 5
  • Compatible with iPod Touch 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Generation
  • LED display has 3 brightness controls
  • 18 Watts power output with bass-enhanced audio
  • FM radio with 6 preset stations
  • Snooze control and sleep timer
  • Choice of radio, buzzer or music from phone for alarm sound
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Speakers can go quite loud, at least for using in the bedroom
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Instruction manual could be clearer
  • Some buyers found that the alarm was unreliable

Verdict

The AZATOM iWake Version 2 is a reasonably priced iPhone docking station radio with good sound quality. It doesn’t have a huge number of features, and the alarm can be unreliable, but in general it is a good all-round docking station radio.

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9.Pluto Speaker Docking Station Alarm Clock FM Radio

The Majority Pluto Speaker Docking Station is a small and compact iPhone docking station ideal for travelling or using on a bedside table. It’s one of the cheaper items on this list, so don’t expect too much in terms of durability.

Features

  • Apple-certified made-for-iPhone (MFI) Lightning dock. Compatible with all Apple products that use a Lightning Connector.
  • Can be used to stream music from YouTube, Spotify and other music sites
  • Lets you charge your iPhone while listening to music at the same time
  • Dual alarm that lets you choose from waking up to a buzzer, music from your smartphone or the built-in FM radio. The alarm also has a snooze function.
  • Dimmable LCD screen
  • Dimensions: 18 x 13.2 x 13 cm

Pros

  • Very small and compact – good for taking with you while travelling
  • Large and easy to read clock display
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • No headphone jack
  • Dimmest display setting is still fairly bright and might disturb you at night
  • Setting alarms is complicated
  • iPhone needs to be taken out of its case before you can dock it

Verdict

This dock is fairly cheap, so you can’t expect amazing sound quality or durability. If you’re looking for a small and compact alarm clock radio that will let you charge your iPhone, the Pluto Speaker Docking Station could be a good option provided you don’t mind the bright screen and fiddly alarm settings.

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10. KitSound X-Dock3 LCD Display Clock Radio Dock

The X-Dock3 from KitSound is an updated version of the earlier X-Dock2. Its updated features include adjustable LCD brightness and an auto-sync function that means the date and time adjust themselves automatically. It comes in an attractive matte finish and is designed to make good use of space.

Features

  • Compatible with all Apple products that use a Lightning connector, including the iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, and 6 Plus. It’s also compatible with the iPod Touch 5.
  • The display can be dimmed
  • Set two alarms
  • Snooze function
  • Auto-sync feature so you don’t need to change the clock during daylight saving hours etc.
  • Save up to 10 preset radio stations

Pros

  • Comes in an attractive box
  • Smart design
  • Dimmable light means it won’t disturb you at night
  • Good sound quality for the price

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • Feels quite cheap
  • Some buyers found that their docking station stopped working after a few months
  • Minimum volume isn’t very quiet

Verdict

The KitSound X-Dock3 has an attractive, space-saving design and the display can be easily dimmed. However, it seems to be less durable and reliable than other docking stations on this list. Instead, we’d recommend the AZATOM iRise, which is more reliable and has similar features and a similar price.

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Conclusion

There you have it: 10 of the best iPhone docking stations with built-in radio available in the UK for less than £50. Most of these radios should offer good performance and a decent range of features, but our top pick is the AZATOM Home Hub due to its superior sound quality and good number of features including Bluetooth streaming and a remote control.

For some more options, see this article: Best iPod Clock Radios.

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