Last updated: 17th September, 2017
These days you can buy a new DAB radio for £20 or less. We’ve gone out and found the cheapest DAB radios available in the UK so you don’t have to. All of these radios were available for under £25 when this article was last updated, though prices can fluctuate so we can’t guarantee they’ll still be so cheap when you read this. Enjoy your bargain-hunting!
Alba Mono DAB Radio
This was the cheapest DAB radio we could find when researching this article. The Alba Mono is a very cheap FM/DAB radio that’s sold exclusively at Argos. It has a minimalistic curved design and is available in a choice of colours: orange, grey, mint, blue, blush and pink.
As well as FM and DAB radio, the Alba Mono features an alarm clock, a sleep timer function and the ability to save 20 preset stations.
This radio is very compact (16.1 x 10.3 x 4.8 cm) and can be powered by the mains or used as a portable radio with 4 AA batteries.
The Alba Mono will automatically set the correct time using the DAB radio signal, and the LCD display shows scrolling text showing information about the radio station being played.
JVC RA-D11-P Portable DAB/FM Bathroom Clock Radio
The JVC RA-D11-P is a water-resistant digital radio designed for using in the bathroom. It features a hanging loop that you could attach to your shower.
While it’s ideal for the bathroom, the JVC RA-D11-P can also be used around the home. It has both FM and DAB radio, and lets you save your 10 favourite FM and DAB stations as presets.
This radio can be powered by the mains or by the built-in lithium-ion battery, which gives up to 17 hours of playback time. The radio charges while it’s plugged in, and can be fully charged overnight.
The JVC RA-D11-P also features an alarm with a snooze function, a headphone jack and an LCD screen.
Alba DAB/FM Radio
The Alba DAB/FM radio has straightforward, functional design. It lets you save 20 preset stations and also has a headphone jack for private listening. You can plug it into the mains or use it as a portable radio with 4 x AA batteries.
This radio is very light and compact at 17 x 10.1 x 5.3 cm, making it ideal for carrying around the house or garden. It offers great value for money if you’re looking for a straightforward DAB radio at a very low price. It has a similar list of features to the Alba Mono, but with a different design.
Bush Stereo DAB Radio
The Bush Stereo DAB Radio is attractive, inexpensive and compact. It offers both FM and DAB radio, saves 20 preset stations and has an alarm with a sleep timer. It also features a headphone jack so you can listen to the radio privately.
This radio can be plugged into the mains or used with 4 AA batteries, and as it’s small at 21 cm wide and 11.5 cm high, it’s easy to carry around the house.
The Bush Stereo DAB Radio is one of the best-looking radios in this price range, and with FM/DAB radio, an alarm and a headphone jack it offers most of the basic features people are looking for in a digital radio.
Majority Histon DAB/DAB+ Radio
The Majority Histon is a portable FM/DAB/DAB+ radio from budget radio brand Majority. It has a sleek and minimalistic black design, and is one of the cheapest radios to offer DAB+ in addition to regular DAB radio.
Some of the Histon’s features include a headphone jack, an alarm clock with a sleep function and an LCD display.
This radio can be powered in three ways: plugged into the mains, via a micro USB cable or used as a portable radio with 4 AA batteries.
The Majority Histon is one of the most popular digital radios in the UK right now, and it’s not hard to see why. Overall, it’s a very impressive radio for the price.
LOGIK L2DAB16 Portable DAB/FM Radio
LOGIK is Currys’ own brand of budget electrical equipment. The L2DAB16 is one of the most inexpensive digital radios in the UK, and performs well for such a cheap radio. It lets you save your 20 favourite stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB), and features a headphone jack so you can listen privately.
This radio can be powered by either the mains or 4 x AA batteries giving up to 8 hours of battery life. The battery life isn’t very impressive at a maximum of 8 hours, though this is fairly common with DAB radios.
The L2DAB16’s design isn’t very inspiring, but it is straightforward, neutral and serious-looking.
Tesco DR1403 DAB Radio
The Tesco DR1403 is a small and simple FM/DAB radio with an interesting, modern design. It can be plugged into the mains or powered by 4 AA batteries and weighs just 590 g, so it’s easy to carry around.
This radio RDS which means that the station name shows on the LCD display even when listening to FM stations. It also features an alarm clock so you can wake up to the radio.
The Tesco DR1403 lets you save 10 preset stations so you can easily access your favourite radio stations. There’s also a headphone jack so you can listen to the radio without disturbing anyone else.
Majority Arbury DAB/DAB+ Radio
The Arbury is another affordable radio from Majority. It has a modern-looking square design with a rubberised finish and comes in either black or white. Like the Majority Histon reviewed above, it features DAB+ in addition to regular FM and DAB, making it ‘futureproof’ and ready for any changes in digital radio broadcasting in the UK.
The radio has a built-in battery which charges when it’s plugged into the mains and offers up to 12 hours of playback time. You can charge the radio with a micro USB cable or by using the main power adapter included.
The Arbury lets you save 20 preset stations and also features an alarm clock with a sleep function, a headphone jack and an LCD display.
Majority Chesterton DAB/DAB+ Radio
Since they’re the most common brand in this article, it’s clear that Majority make some of the cheapest DAB radios available in the UK. The Chesterton is essentially an older version of the Majority Arbury. It has a similar square design and can also be bought in either black or white.
Like the Arbury, this radio has a built-in rechargeable battery, but it only lasts for up to 6 hours. In general we’d recommend buying the Arbury over this radio, but since it’s still one of the cheapest DAB radios in the UK, we thought it deserved to be in the list.
Lava DAB Radio
The Lava DAB Radio has a fun design and comes in blue, cream, purple or teal. It offers FM, DAB and DAB+ and lets you save your 10 favourite stations as presets.
This radio can be plugged into the mains or powered by 4 AA batteries, which give a playback time of up to 15 hours. It’s very compact at 18 cm wide x 9 cm high, and only weighs 310 g so you can easily carry it around the house.
While it may look nice, the reception is very disappointing on this radio, so we’d generally advise avoiding it.