Roberts Splash DAB/FM RDS Digital All Weather Radio Review

The Roberts Splash Digital Radio is a weatherproof portable radio, which could be a good choice for using in the garden, the bathroom or by the pool. It has a simple grey/white design, and can be attached to a wall. Let’s take a closer look

Features

  • Weatherproof (water-resistant, but not fully waterproof)
  • DAB and FM radio
  • FM RDS shows the name of the radio station you’re listening to
  • LED torch
  • 4 presets for DAB and 4 for FM
  • Timer alarm
  • Auto and manual tuning options
  • Emergency alarm

Dimensions: 23.5 cm wide x 13 cm high x 5.6 cm deep
Weight: 920g

What’s in the box?

In addition to the radio itself, you also get an instructions manual, a wall-mounting plate and adhesive pads.

Pros

  • Batteries last a long time (should last weeks or even months unless you listen to it all the time)
  • Clear and well written instructions manual
  • Quick and easy to set up

Cons

  • Batteries and mains adapter aren’t included
  • Uses a wire antenna rather than a telescopic one
  • Quite large for the shower – about a foot wide

Performance and use

The Splash DAB uses two D batteries, and which should power the radio for up to 60 hours when listening to FM radio. On DAB radio you’ll get through batteries quicker. Some people prefer radios that come with a built-in rechargeable battery, while others prefer radios such as this one that take replaceable batteries.

The design is simple and unassuming. The buttons are located on the front of the radio, which makes it easier to use in the shower as you can place it at eye level.

The radio is made from sturdy plastic, and has rubber feet to prevent it from slipping. You can fix it to a wall using the included wall bracket. It’s quite large for using in the shower at 23.5 cm wide.

The radio’s single mono speaker is decent, and easily loud enough for using in the shower.

DAB reception is impressive compared to other portable digital radios.

Verdict

The Roberts Splash Digital Radio is fairly expensive, and you’re mainly paying for its weatherproof qualities. This radio is easy to use and has good DAB reception. However, if you don’t need a water resistant radio, you can get something else with better sound quality for a similar price – see this list of the best DAB radios under £100.

Similar radios

If you’re not sure about the Roberts Splash radio, consider one of these shower radios or these radios for the garden. If you don’t want a DAB radio, you should consider Sony ICF-S80 Splash Proof Shower Radio, which is considerably cheaper than the Roberts Splash radio at the time of writing.

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