Roberts Elise DAB FM Radio Review

Summary:
Ideal for older people, the visually impaired and those with Alzheimer’s.

Buy it online:
£69.50 on Amazon.co.uk

The Roberts Elise is a futuristic contoured DAB/FM RDS radio from respected brand Roberts. It can be used with batteries as a portable radio or plugged into the mains. This radio is available in either black or white and would look great in a modern kitchen. Find out what it can do and how it performs in this review…

Features

  • Saves 9 preset radio stations
  • Favourite station button for quickly accessing your favourite station
  • LCD display with a blue backlight
  • Rotary volume control
  • Portable using 6 LR14 (C size) batteries (can also be plugged into the mains)
  • FM RDS displays the station name on FM radio (DAB radio does this normally anyway)
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 23.7 cm wide x 14.1 cm high x 8.2 cm deep
Weight: 649 g

Performance and use

The Roberts Elise is very straightforward and easy to use, making it great for older people, technophobes and the visually impaired.

You can save a total of 9 preset stations, and there are 4 dedicated preset buttons so you can quickly access your favourites. There’s also a ‘favourite’ button for tuning into your favourite station.

The Roberts Elise is very straightforward and easy to use.

DAB reception on this radio is good, and it typically finds a large number of stations. The sound is mono but is crisp and clear, and the radio can be turned up quite loud given its size.

The Roberts Elise is small and light (649 g), so you can easily carry it around the house or into the garden. You can plug this radio into the mains or power it with 6 LR14 (C size) batteries.

Pros

  • ‘Favourite’ button is very useful if you have one station you listen to most of the time
  • Good sound quality for a mono radio
  • Generally simple and easy to use
  • Large, clear buttons—good for those with poor eyesight
  • Good reception compared to many other radios

Cons

  • Manual is poorly written and hard to understand
  • Several buyers have said that their radio stopped working after a few months, suggesting this radio isn’t very reliable
  • Eats through batteries quickly on DAB radio

Verdict

The Roberts Elise DAB FM Radio is quite basic, and has large buttons that are easy to see and feel. This makes it great for those with poor eyesight or other health problems that might make other radios too difficult to use. It has a nice design and would look great in the kitchen. However, there are concerns over its reliability, with several buyers saying that their radio stopped working after 6 months or a year.

#1 reason to buy: Easy to use. Perfect for older people, especially those who need a simple radio due to poor eyesight or Alzheimer’s.

#1 reason not to buy: Not always reliable.

Similar radios

If you’re interested in the Roberts Elise due to its reputation as a simple radio for older people and those with Alzheimer’s, you might want to consider this one-button radio from DF Sales Ltd. It’s an AM/FM radio with one button on the top so you can simply turn it on and off without getting confused by the controls.

Roberts manufacture several other similar portable radios, including the Play10 which is a bit cheaper than the Elise (at the time of writing), and the Unologic, which has a built-in battery charger. You can also consider one of these top portable DAB radios under £50, or one of our recommended radios for the kitchen.

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