Best Radio CD Players (UK 2017)

CDs may be on the way out, but many of us aren’t ready to replace our large CD collections with MP3 downloads and online streaming. The good news is that there are still lots of great CD player radio combos out there to choose from.

Radio CD players range in price from less than £50 to over £500, and there are similarly large differences in the number of features offered and the sound quality. This guide will help you find the best radio CD player combo for you by looking at some of the best options at different price points and with different features. We hope you find these reviews useful.

DAB CD Radios

Castle DAB CD Player

The Castle DAB CD player offers a great range of features at an affordable price. As well as an MP3 CD player and an FM/DAB radio, you can also charge your phone using the USB port while wirelessly streaming music from it via Bluetooth at the same time.

Features

  • CD player that can play MP3 CDs
  • Bluetooth
  • FM/DAB radio
  • 35 watt speakers
  • Two USB charging ports
  • Saves 20 preset radio stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • 5 mm headphone jack
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Good sound quality for the price
  • Useful features such as 2 USB ports for charging phones
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • USB ports are for charging only, not playback
  • Instructions aren’t very clear
  • You have to scroll through menus a lot as there aren’t many dedicated buttons

Verdict

The Castle DAB CD player offers excellent value for money. It’s hard to find an FM/DAB CD player with Bluetooth, a remote control and USB charging for this price. Read our full review of the Castle DAB CD player here.
Buy online:  £79.95 on Amazon.co.uk

Roberts Sound38 CD/DAB/FM Stereo Clock Radio

The Roberts Sound38 is an FM/DAB CD player with a handy ‘bookmark’ feature that remembers where you were on a CD and then resumes playing from that point.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • CD player that can play MP3 and WMA CDs
  • CD bookmark feature
  • Alarm clock with multiple alarms
  • Headphone jack
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Snooze and sleep timers
  • Aux-in socket

Pros

  • Simple and easy to use
  • Decent amount of volume
  • CD bookmark feature is very useful, especially for audiobooks
  • Good reception on DAB radio
  • Small and compact

Cons

  • Display is quite small
  • Setting alarms can be fiddly and unintuitive

Verdict

The Roberts Sound38 is a strong product with the quality you’d expect from Roberts. It’s especially recommended if you listen to a lot of audiobooks as the CD bookmark feature means you don’t need to spend ages finding the place you left off. Read our full review of the Roberts Sound38 here.
Buy online: £95.55 on Amazon.co.uk


High-End Radio CD Players

These high-end radio CD players will normally cost over £200, sometimes over £500.

Ruark R4 Mk3

The Ruark R4 Mk3 is an attractive, classy radio CD player that comes in either a high-gloss lacquered or walnut wood veneer cabinet.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth with aptX
  • Multi-format CD player
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Sturdy, high-quality construction
  • Excellent sound quality—one of the best-sounding radio CD players on the market
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Remote control has limited functions
  • Would be nice to have WiFi given the price
  • Design has a 1960s feel to it, which not everyone will like

Verdict

Ruark probably produce the best-sounding DAB radios currently on the market, and the Ruark R4 Mk3 matches the high standard of their other products. This radio is very expensive, but this level of sound quality comes at a price.
Buy online: £699.00 on Amazon.co.uk

Roberts Blutune100

The Roberts Blutune100 is one of the most affordable radio CD players that can still be considered ‘high-end’.

Features

  • CD player that can play MP3 and WMA CDs
  • USB socket for charging a phone
  • Bluetooth
  • Multi-function alarm clock
  • Headphone jack
  • Adjustable equaliser with separate treble and bass

Pros

  • Very good sound quality
  • Good equaliser settings to help you find the right sound
  • Bluetooth is easy to use
  • Convenient USB charging point
  • Good amount of volume

Cons

  • Remote control has a short range
  • Lowest screen brightness is still quite bright

Verdict

The Roberts Blutune100 is a good choice if you want something that offers real quality without breaking the bank. Read our full review of the Roberts Blutune100 here.
Buy online: £249.49 on Amazon.co.uk

Roberts Blutune200

The Roberts Blutune200 is the model up from the Blutune100. It has some extra features and comes with a higher price tag. Here’s an overview of the extra features offered by the Blutune200:

  • Recording feature: Record from the radio or a CD onto a USB drive or an SD card.
  • SD card playback: SD card reader for playing MP3s and WMAs from an SD card.
  • USB playback: In addition to USB charging, you can also play MP3s and WMAs from a USB stick or MP3 player.

Read our full review of the Roberts Blutune200 here.
Buy online: £337.91 on Amazon.co.uk


Portable CD Radio Boomboxes

Duronic RCD008 Portable Compact Boombox CD Player

The Duronic RCD008 is a cheap and cheerful radio CD player boombox. It’s a small and light portable radio that can be used with batteries or mains power.

Features

  • Top-loading CD player
  • FM radio
  • Telescopic aerial
  • Carrying handle
  • Aux and line-in jack

Pros

  • Easy to load CDs
  • Small and light, so it’s easily portable
  • Decent sound quality given the price

Cons

  • No remote control
  • CD player can become unreliable after a few months of use
  • No DAB radio

Verdict

The Duronic RCD008 is a good choice if you want an inexpensive FM radio/CD player combo, but if you can afford to spend a bit more, there are other models with better sound and build quality.
Buy online: £24.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Roberts CD9959 Swallow LW/MW/FM Radio CD Player

The Roberts CD9959 Swallow is an affordable portable radio CD player with the prestigious Roberts brand name. It lets you program up to 20 tracks on a CD so you can choose the order they’re played in.

Features

  • LW/MW/FM radio
  • CD player
  • Program up to 20 tracks on the CD player
  • CD repeat function
  • Bass boost function
  • Headphone socket

Pros

  • Light and easy to carry
  • Above average sound quality for this kind of radio
  • Can go quite loud
  • Speakers sound nice and warm when using the bass boost function

Cons

  • The slider for switching between Radio, CD and Off is quite fiddly
  • No DAB radio

Verdict

The Roberts Swallow is a dependable portable radio CD player with above average sound quality. It offers great value for money. Read our full review of the Roberts CD9959 Swallow here.
Buy online: £49.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Sony ZS-RS70BTB Wireless DAB Boombox

The Sony ZS-RS70BTB is a portable DAB radio CD player with a great range of functions including Bluetooth, NFC and USB playback.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • CD player that plays regular CD and CD-Rs/CD-RWs containing MP3s or WMA files
  • Bluetooth with NFC
  • 30 preset stations available: 20 on FM and 20 on DAB
  • USB port for recording or playing MP3s from a USB stick or MP3 player
  • RDS for displaying the song and station name and other information on the display
  • User manual (available online here)

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Doesn’t sound tinny
  • Has a USB drive for recording music/radio or playing MP3s
  • Decent sound quality for a radio of its size

Cons

  • Bluetooth is only one way so you can’t use it with Bluetooth headphones
  • Sound quality could be higher given the price

Verdict

The Sony ZS-RS70BTB has some great features such as the ability to record CDs or the radio onto a USB drive. It also offers both FM and DAB radio, giving you a great choice of radio stations to listen to. The main reason to buy this radio is for its versatility and the presence of a USB drive—if you don’t need so many features you can buy something simpler of a similar standard at a lower price.
Buy online: £119.00 on Amazon.co.uk


CD Radio Micro Hi-Fis

Duronic RCD144 Micro Hi-Fi Audio System

The Duronic RCD144 Micro Hi-Fi Audio System is an affordable radio CD player with a good range of features (though sadly no DAB radio).

Features

  • AM/FM radio
  • Top-loading CD player that plays regular CDs and well as MP3 CDs
  • USB port for playing MP3s from a USB device
  • 5 mm headphone jack
  • LCD display
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Nice-looking design
  • Feels well made given the low price
  • Good sound quality for a small, affordable Hi-Fi
  • USB port is a useful extra feature

Cons

  • No DAB radio
  • Remote control is small and fiddly
  • Volume is quite limited

Verdict

The Duronic RCD144 Micro Hi-Fi Audio System isn’t perfect, but it offers great value for money if you’re looking for a decent quality budget-priced CD player with AM/FM radio.
Buy online: £61.99 on Amazon.co.uk

Panasonic SC-HC297EB-K 20 W DAB+ CD Micro Hi-Fi

If you’re willing to invest a bit more money you can get the Panasonic SC-HC297EB-K, which has an impressive range of features and a convenient wall-mountable design.

Features

  • DAB/DAB+ radio
  • CD player
  • Bluetooth with NFC for wirelessly streaming audio from a smartphone or other device
  • USB connection for playing MP3s from a flash drive, iPod or MP3 player
  • Wall-mountable design
  • Re-Master function to improve the sound of MP3 files

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Good, rich sound quality
  • CD player is easy to use
  • Useful USB connection

Cons

  • No headphone jack
  • Preset radio stations are quite fiddly to use
  • Volume is limited

Verdict

The Panasonic SC-HC297EB-K looks great and has good sound quality for the price. It does have some drawbacks however like the lack of a headphone jack and the limited amount of volume.
Buy online: £114.99 on Amazon.co.uk


CD Radios with a Cassette Player

Cassettes are even closer to extinction than CDs are, but luckily a few manufactures still produce CD radios with cassette players.

Sony CFD-S70 Classic CD and Tape Boombox with Radio

The Sony CFD-S70 is a portable CD/tape boombox with an AM/FM radio. It has some good CD functions including the ability to program CDs and it also remembers your spot on the CD when you turn it off and on again.

Features

  • AM/FM radio
  • CD player that plays CD-R/RWs and MP3 CDs
  • Programmable CD player with shuffle and sleep timer functions
  • Cassette deck with a recording function
  • Mega Bass function
  • 2 x 1.7 watt stereo speakers
  • Line-in jack
  • Saves 30 preset stations

Pros

  • Can record from CD or the radio onto cassettes
  • Practical and easy to use
  • Decent sound quality
  • Remembers what you were listening to (and your position in a CD) when you switch it off and on again

Cons

  • No remote control
  • No bass or treble controls

Verdict

Like the Roberts Sound38, the Sony CFD-S70 is a good choice for people who listen to a lot of audiobooks as it remembers your location on a CD when you turn it off and on again. It’s a practical and straightforward cassette/CD radio that offers good value for money. Read our full review of the Sony CFD-S70 here.
Buy online: £53.99 on Amazon.co.uk


Personal CD Player Radios

It’s not easy to find personal CD players with a radio these days. The Groov-e GVPS210 is one of the few models still available new. It offers regular CD and MP3 CD playback as well as an FM radio. Unfortunately, the Groov-e GVPS210 is quite poorly constructed and offers disappointing sound quality when listening to CDs and quite poor reception when listening to the radio.

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