Best Radios with Bluetooth

With Bluetooth, you can use your radio as a wireless speaker to stream music from your smartphone, tablet or other Bluetooth device. This means you could use your radio to listen to MP3 files, songs on YouTube, podcasts, or online radio.

Here are some of the best radios with Bluetooth currently available in the UK. We’ve divided them into two groups: DAB radios with Bluetooth and FM radios with Bluetooth.

 

DAB radios with Bluetooth

Pure Pop Midi

The Pure Pop Midi is a portable FM/DAB radio with Bluetooth and several other useful features.

Features

  • DAB/FM radio
  • Kitchen and sleep timers
  • Set 2 alarms, with a choice of using either an alarm sound or the radio
  • Operated by mains power, 4 AA batteries, or a Pure ChargePAK D1
  • 3-year warranty card

Pros

  • Good sound quality for the price
  • You can set 2 alarms, so you could use one for weekdays and the other for weekends
  • Good size for a bedside table or the kitchen

Cons

  • Setting the alarm is complicated and requires you to push a long sequence of buttons
  • Rechargeable battery pack isn’t included
  • Speaker lacks bass

Price

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Ted Baker London Finisterre

The Ted Baker London Finisterre offers very impressive sound quality—not something you’d expect from a fashion brand. It also looks fantastic, making it one of the best DAB Bluetooth radios currently available.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Carrying handle
  • Bluetooth range of at least 10 metres
  • Alarm with snooze

Pros

  • Bluetooth is easy to use
  • Plenty of bass—doesn’t sound tinny
  • Very stylish design
  • Great value for money

Cons

  • Mains powered only
  • EQ requires a software update to work properly
  • Poorly written instructions manual

Price

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Read our full review of the Ted Baker London Finisterre here.

 

VQ Retro Mini

The VQ Retro Mini is a funky little DAB radio that would look great in the kitchen. It comes in a range of designs and colours.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Uses mains power or 4 AA batteries
  • Clock that lets you set 2 separate alarms
  • Several equaliser settings
  • USB charging port
  • Aux-in and headphone ports
  • Choice of 11 colours

Pros

  • Vertical design means it doesn’t take up much space
  • Looks great and comes in a choice of designs
  • Dual alarms are useful

Cons

  • Some buyers have complained of the sound occasionally cutting out or being distorted
  • Less reliable than other radios

Price

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AZATOM Multiplex D1

The AZATOM Multiplex D1 is a stereo DAB radio with some handy features including Bluetooth streaming and USB charging.

Features

  • Dual alarm
  • USB charging port
  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth 4.0 for HD streaming
  • 5 mm aux input
  • Built-in rechargeable battery that offers up to 10 hours of use
  • Dual speakers giving a stereo sound

Pros

  • Good amount of volume
  • Good sound quality
  • Durable and well built
  • Rechargeable battery that lasts 8-10 hours

Cons

  • Reception isn’t as good as on other radios
  • Loud bass which can’t be adjusted (there’s no EQ)
  • Screen can’t be dimmed

Price

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Roberts Radio Blutune 50

This attractive DAB Bluetooth radio is in the same range as the Blutune100 and Blutune200. It features a USB port for charging your smartphone or other device.

Features

  • DAB and FM radio
  • USB charging socket for a smartphone or other device
  • FM has RDS so it shows the name of the station you’re listening to
  • 2 alarms that star quietly and gradually get louder
  • Headphone socket

Pros

  • Remembers all your settings when you unplug it
  • USB charging port it very convenient
  • Very easy to set up
  • Rich sound with plenty of bass (possibly too much)
  • 2 speakers gives it stereo sound
  • 2 alarms so you can set one for weekends and another for weekdays

Cons

  • Display doesn’t use an auto-dimmer, so it remains bright at night
  • The sound might be too bassy for some people, and the bass level can’t be adjusted.

Price

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Castle DAB Radio

The Castle DAB Radio from Majority features a CD player, FM/DAB radio and Bluetooth. It’s a very versatile piece of kit that can do a lot of different things.

Features

  • 35 watt HD speaker
  • 2 USB charging ports
  • Adjustable bass and treble
  • Save up to 20 preset stations (10 for FM and 10 for DAB)
  • Alarm

Pros

  • Comes with a CD player—quite hard to find these days!
  • Great value for money
  • Powerful speaker that can easily fill the room with sound

Cons

  • Instructions aren’t very clear and don’t go into any detail

Price

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VQ Retro Mk II

The VQ Retro MK II is a funky and stylish DAB radio with Bluetooth and an Apple Lightning dock.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Apple Lightning dock
  • 5mm headphone jack and aux-in port
  • USB port for charging a smartphone or other device

Pros

  • Stylish design that looks great in the kitchen

Cons

  • Temperamental—many users have experienced problems with this radio after just a few days or weeks
  • Doesn’t include a rechargeable battery

Price

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FM radios with Bluetooth

Steepletone Bluetooth Brighton

The Steepletone Brighton is a retro 1950s-style FM/MW/LW portable radio.

Features

  • Three radio bands: MW, LW and FM
  • Old-fashioned rotary dial for volume and tone control
  • Carrying handle
  • Powered by either mains or 6 C-sized batteries (not included)
  • 50 cm aerial
  • 1-year warranty

Pros

  • Stylish 1950s design
  • Easy to pair via Bluetooth
  • Small and portable
  • Decent sound quality

Cons

  • No DAB digital radio (this could be a ‘pro’ if you prefer analogue radios)
  • Speaker doesn’t go very loud

Price

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Caseflex Multi-Input Wireless Bluetooth Speaker

The Caseflex Multi-Input Wireless Bluetooth Speaker is technically a Bluetooth speaker rather than a radio, but it comes with a built-in FM receiver so you can use it as an FM radio.

Features

  • FM radio
  • Stereo sound thanks to the 2 3W speakers
  • Compatible with Android, iOS and Windows phones
  • USB, Micro SD and aux inputs
  • Micro USB charger port
  • Built-in battery with up to 8 hours of playtime
  • Alarm clock
  • Hands-free calling function

Pros

  • Lots of different input modes: Bluetooth, USB, Micro SD and aux
  • Decent amount of volume
  • Easy to set up and pair with your phone

Cons

  • LCD display is small and hard to read
  • Speakers could be higher quality
  • Can’t see the clock when you’re playing music

Price

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August SE50 30W Bluetooth NFC Stereo Speaker System

Like the Caseflex model reviewed above, the August SE50 30W Bluetooth NFC Stereo Speaker System is primarily intended to be a speaker, but it comes with an FM radio built into it. It has an attractive oak panelling design with two 15-watt speakers.

Features

  • Bluetooth range of 10m
  • Save up to 10 preset FM radio stations
  • Aux-in

Pros

  • Solid construction
  • Attractive retro design
  • Bluetooth works well

Cons

  • Speaker sounds quite muddy and lacks treble
  • It feels like radio was added as an afterthought—this product is better as a Bluetooth speaker than a radio.

Price

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