Best DAB Radio Alarm Clocks (UK 2018)

It’s much nicer to wake up to the radio than a high-pitched alarm, so it’s not surprising clock radios are so popular. If you’re buying a clock radio in 2018, it makes sense to get one with DAB/DAB+ radio, as it will give you a better choice of stations and will be ‘futureproof’ if the FM signal in the UK is ever switched off.

Choosing a DAB clock radio can be difficult, as there’s so much choice available. To help you out, we’ve researched the market and have picked out 7 of the best DAB radio alarm clocks available in the UK in 2018. We hope these reviews help you choose the right radio for you.

Best DAB Radio Alarm Clocks (UK 2018)

1. AZATOM Horizon

The AZATOM Horizon is one of the most popular clock radios on the market at the moment. It offers great value for money with FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, Bluetooth and a USB charging point.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth with a 66-foot range
  • Saves 60 preset stations
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze function
  • Sleep timer
  • 12 or 24 hour time format
  • 4 display brightness settings

Dimensions: 14.5 cm wide x 14.5 cm deep x 4.5 cm high
Weight: 360 g

Pros

  • Good sound quality for the price
  • Good value for money
  • USB port for charging a phone
  • Buttons are easy to find and use in the dark

Cons

  • Some people find it fiddly to use
  • Display can’t be turned off completely

Summary

The AZATOM Horizon is one of the best-sounding radios in its price range, and while some find it fiddly most users don’t have any problems using the alarm clock. USB charging and Bluetooth are nice additions that help set it apart from other radios at this price point. See our full review of the AZATOM Horizon here.

2. AZATOM Spitalfields

The AZATOM Spitalfields is an FM/DAB radio that lets you set 4 separate alarms, making it very flexible. It also has a built-in rechargeable battery so you can carry it around the house or into the garden and use it as a portable radio.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • 4 alarm clocks
  • Built-in subwoofer
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Remote control
  • Saves 40 preset stations
  • Sleep timer
  • Dimmable display
  • 6 EQ settings plus independent bass and treble controls
  • Aux input

Dimensions: 19 x 14 x 9 cm
Weight: 750 g

Pros

  • Very good sound quality given the size and price
  • Easy to use
  • Light and portable
  • Adjustable EQ
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • No headphone jack
  • Default alarm volume is quite loud

Summary

The AZATOM Spitalfields has lots of nice features such as 4 alarms, an adjustable EQ and a remote control, though sadly no headphone jack. It has great sound quality for something so small and cheap, and has the added bonus of being portable. Read our full review of the AZATOM Spitalfields here.

3. Majority Barton II

The Majority Barton II is a very affordable and popular digital radio with a dual alarm clock. It has a vertical design with a small footprint, so it would suit a bedside table well. It’s mains-only, so you need to keep it plugged in all the time.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Sleep timer
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 19 x 12 x 12 cm

Pros

  • Nice retro design
  • Good value for money
  • Good size for a bedside table
  • Generally easy to use
  • Decent sound for its size

Cons

  • Buttons can be somewhat unresponsive
  • Presets can be tricky to use
  • Not much bass
  • Distorts when you turn it up loud

Summary

The Barton II gets the job done if you’re looking for a compact and inexpensive DAB clock radio. It’s not perfect, but it offers good value for money and would work well on a bedside table.

4. Majority Madingley Hall

The Madingley Hall is one in a series of affordable DAB clock radios made by budget brand Majority. One of the best things about this clock radio is that it has two USB ports so you can charge two phones or other devices at the same time.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze
  • 2 USB charging ports
  • Dimmable LCD display
  • Saves 20 preset stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB)
  • Aux input

Dimensions: 13 cm wide x 13 cm deep x 7.5 cm high
Weight: 549 g

Pros

  • Good size for a bedside table
  • Can charge 2 phones at once
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • No headphone jack
  • Setting alarms can be fiddly

Summary

If you and your partner both want to charge your phones overnight, this clock radio is a great choice. Setting the alarms isn’t as intuitive as it could be, but overall this radio has some good features for the price. See our full review of the Madingley Hall here.

5. Pure Siesta S2

The Pure Siesta S2 is a smartly designed bedside clock radio from British digital radio brand Pure. It’s one of the cheapest radios in Pure’s lineup, but still more expensive than some of the alternatives by brands such as AZATOM and Majority. This product’s display dims automatically at night which could be good if other clock radios keep you awake at night, but can mean that it’s hard to read the time when you’re in bed.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze
  • Sleep timer
  • Saves 10 preset stations
  • Screen dims automatically at night
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions:  13.7 x 13 x 5.7 cm
Weight: 499 g

Pros

  • Large display Available with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Adjustable brightness
  • Alarm gets louder gradually

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • Mediocre sound quality
  • Clock display is hard to read when it’s dimmed

Summary

The Pure Siesta S2 has a large clock display with adjustable brightness. Lots of people dislike the way it automatically dims very low at night, but you can change the settings to prevent this. Read our full review of the Pure Siesta S2 here.

6. John Lewis Spectrum Clock Radio

John Lewis Spectrum Clock Radio

The Spectrum Clock Radio from John Lewis’s own-brand range of digital radios has a large clock display and offers good value for money. One of the nice things about this product is that you can activate the snooze function just by pressing down the top of the radio, so you don’t need to find a small button when you wake up.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm clock with easy-touch snooze function
  • Adjustable display brightness
  • Headphone jack
  • Saves 2 presets on FM and 2 on DAB/DAB+

Dimensions: 15.5 x 11.3 x 8.9 cm

Pros

  • Compact design, ideal for a bedside table
  • Clear sound quality
  • Good value for money
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Only saves 4 preset stations in total
  • Display brightness needs to be changed manually
  • Setting the alarm can be fiddly
  • Display is often either too dim or too bright

Summary

The Spectrum Clock Radio offers good value for money, and the easy-touch snooze function is very convenient. However, it can be a bit fiddly to use at first, and the display level can be too dim or too bright.

7. Pure Elan BT3

The Pure Elan BT3 is an attractive digital radio with a large colour display which can be dimmed at night. It offers a lot of features for the price, including Bluetooth.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Bluetooth
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)
  • Sleep timer
  • Colour display that shows album artwork
  • Headphone jack
  • Aux-in port
  • Saves 40 preset stations

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

Pros

  • Portable
  • 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Lots of features including Bluetooth
  • Good value for money
  • Convenient dedicated preset buttons
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Not designed specifically as a clock radio
  • You need to hold the radio while pressing the snooze button

Summary

Overall, the Elan BT3 is a great product for the price. One issue it that it’s very light and the controls are on the front, which isn’t ideal if you’re using it as a clock radio as it means you need to hold it while pressing the snooze button to avoid knocking it over.

How to Choose a DAB Radio Alarm Clock

Here are some things to consider when choosing a DAB radio alarm clock:

  • Price: The price of DAB radios with an alarm clock varies greatly, from about £20 to well over £200. You can get a good basic clock radio for £30-£50, but if you want something with lots of features or a really stunning design, you will need to pay more. A radio with a CD player and/or Bluetooth will be more expensive than one without, but will offer more versatility.
  • Features: All of the radios reviewed here have FM/DAB radio and an alarm clock. Here are some extra features you might find useful:
    • Multiple alarms – Many clock radios have a dual alarm clock which lets you set two separate alarms, for example one for weekdays and another for weekends. Some radios such as the AZATOM Spitalfields let you set as many as four separate alarms.
    • Bluetooth – Bluetooth will allow you to stream internet radio, podcasts and MP3s from your phone or tablet through the radio’s speaker.
    • USB charger – Some radios have a USB port that will allow you to charge a phone overnight.
    • CD player – Clock radios with a CD player will typically be bulkier and more expensive than those without, but this could be a useful feature if you have a large CD collection.
  • Size: If you’re looking for a radio for your bedside table, you will want it to be compact. Check the radio’s dimensions before you buy it to avoid accidentally buying something too large.
  • Design: A clock radio can be a fashion statement. You might like something modern, or you might prefer a retro design.
  • Brand: Established brands such as Pure and Roberts tend to be more reliable, but also more expensive. If you don’t mind trying a less well-known brand, there are some good radios from budget brands such as Majority and AZATOM that offer great value for money.

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one of these DAB radio alarm clocks to recommend, it would be the AZATOM Horizon. It’s not the flashiest or most feature-packed clock radio on the market, but it offers the functionality and performance most people are looking for at a very reasonable price.

 

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