Best Bluetooth Clock Radios (UK 2018)

Bluetooth clock radios are very versatile and useful gadgets. They let you wirelessly stream music and audiobooks, listen to the radio and make sure you wake up in time.

The number of radios that have Bluetooth is growing all the time, so if you’re looking for a Bluetooth radio for your bedside table, you have a lot of choice. We’ve researched the market and picked out 5 of the best available in the UK in 2018.

Best Bluetooth Clock Radios (UK 2018)

1. Pure Elan BT3

The Pure Elan BT3 is a stylish and compact DAB radio with Bluetooth and a dual alarm clock. Its small size makes it a good choice for a bedside table.

The Elan BT3 is one of the newest and most affordable additions to Pure’s range of digital radios, which are generally regarded as some of the highest quality radios on the market.

One of the unique things about the Elan BT3 is that is has a colour screen which displays things like album artwork as the time and radio station you’re listening to.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Colour screen
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)
  • Sleep timer
  • Headphone jack
  • Saves 40 preset stations

Dimensions: 20 x 11.5 x 5.3 cm
Weight: 420 g

Pros

  • Compact size—ideal for a bedside table
  • Dedicated preset buttons for quickly accessing favourite stations
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to use with Bluetooth
  • Screen can be dimmed completely

Cons

  • Easy to knock over due to its lightness and the fact that the controls are on the front
  • Doesn’t go very loud

Summary

With a dual alarm clock, a sleep timer and a headphone jack, this radio has all the features most people want in a Bluetooth clock radio. You can also dim the screen completely, so the light won’t keep you awake at night. The biggest drawback to this radio is that the combination of being light and having the controls on the front mean it can be easy to knock over. Read our full review of the Pure Elan BT3 here.

2. John Lewis Aria

John Lewis Aria

The John Lewis Aria is an attractive clock radio that would fit easily on a bedside table. The Aria is heavier than the Pure Elan BT3 reviewed above and the controls are on the top, so unlike the Elan BT3 it’s unlikely to fall over when you press the buttons.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Sleep timer
  • Headphone jack
  • Saves 10 presets

Dimensions: 19 x 11.8 x 11.8 cm
Weight: 1.2 kg

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Compact vertical design
  • Large snooze button on the top of the radio
  • Good sound quality for its size
  • Shows an analogue clock display

Cons

  • Fiddly to set presets after the first 3

Summary

The John Lewis Aria has good sound quality for a small radio in this price range. It’s stylish and generally straightforward and easy to use. Read our full review of the John Lewis Aria here.

3. Majority Little Shelford

The Little Shelford from budget radio brand Majority, is a cute little radio that comes in a duck blue finish. It’s one of the cheapest Bluetooth clock radios on the market, and one of the most popular (at the time of writing).

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+
  • Bluetooth
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)
  • Headphone jack
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Sleep timer

Dimensions: 17 x 13 x 10 cm
Weight: 762 g

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Decent sound quality for the size and price
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Batteries don’t last very long
  • Setting presets can be fiddly

Summary

The Majority Little Shelford is an attractive and affordable radio with a nice retro design. It has better sound quality than you might expect from something in its price range. Since it’s a budget product though, you can’t expect it to last forever. Read our full review of the Majority Little Shelford here.

4. AZATOM Multiplex

The AZATOM Multiplex is a budget-priced DAB radio with Bluetooth and an alarm clock. Unlike the other radios reviewed here it has two speakers, offering stereo sound, though the speakers are very close together so you don’t get much sense of stereo separation.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Saves 60 preset stations
  • Dimmable display
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Adjustable bass and treble
  • USB port for charging a phone

Dimensions: 27 x 14 x 13 cm
Weight: 1.9 kg

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Useful built-in battery
  • Decent sound quality with a good amount of bass
  • Feels solidly made
  • Easy to create a Bluetooth connection

Cons

  • Battery life is quite poor

Summary

The Multiplex is a bit bigger and more substantial than some of the other clock radios reviewed here, but still small enough for most bedside tables. It’s made by budget British audio brand AZATOM, and offers good value for money. Read our full review of the AZATOM Multiplex here.

5. VQ Retro Mini

If you want a radio that makes a style statement, you might want to consider this radio from Hampshire-based brand VQ, which is available in a floral Emma Bridgewater design. The VQ Retro Mini is a stylish and eye-catching DAB radio with Bluetooth and a dual alarm clock.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Saves 60 preset stations
  • Aux-in
  • Sleep timer
  • 6 EQ presets
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)
  • USB port for charging a phone

Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.7 x 10.5 cm
Weight: 1.3 kg

Pros

  • Generally good DAB reception
  • Clear sound with choice of equaliser settings
  • Connects easily to Bluetooth
  • Nice design

Cons

  • Battery life is quite poor
  • Can’t choose which days alarms sound

Summary

The main reason to buy the VQ Retro Mini is for the choice of unique designs it is available in. It’s a good radio all round, though there are better value options available. It’s disappointing that you can’t set the alarm to sound on particular days, which means you can’t set one alarm for weekdays and one for weekends, for example. Read our full review of the VQ Retro Mini here.

What to Look for in a Bluetooth Clock Radio

Here are some useful features to look for when choosing a clock radio with Bluetooth:

  • Dual alarm clock – If the product description says that the radio has a “dual alarm clock” this means that you can set two separate alarms. This could be useful if you find that one alarm isn’t enough to wake you up—you could set two alarms 10 minutes apart to make sure you don’t go back to sleep. You could also set one early alarm for weekdays and one later alarm for weekends when you want to have more of a lie-in.
  • Sleep timer – A sleep timer lets you program the radio to switch itself off after a set period of time. Often you get to choose from between roughly 20 and 90 minutes. This is useful if you like to listen to the radio in bed while drifting off to sleep. A sleep timer will save energy and prevent the radio from waking you up during the night or disturbing other people in the house.
  • Headphone jack – Not all radios have a headphone jack, so if it’s important for you to be able to listen through headphones, make sure the radio you choose has one. Bluetooth radios can’t be used with Bluetooth headphones as they only have a Bluetooth receiver, not a transmitter. This means that if you want to listen through headphones you will need a headphone jack.
  • Dimmable display – If you’re choosing a radio for the bedroom, you will want one with a display that can be dimmed very low or turned off completely so it doesn’t keep you awake at night.
  • USB charging port Some radios now come with a USB port that you can use to charge a phone, Kindle or other device. This could be useful if you have the radio on your bedside table as it offers a convenient way to keep your devices charged up.

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one of these Bluetooth clock radios to recommend it would be the Pure Elan BT3. It’s made by a reliable brand, barely takes up any space on a bedside table and looks very stylish. You can also turn the screen off completely, so it won’t illuminate your room at night.

For some more options, see our roundup of the best DAB clock radios.

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