Best DAB Radios Under £100 (UK 2019)

What’s the best DAB radio available for less than £100? This is a difficult question to answer, as there are lots of great digital radios on the market, and the one that suits you might not be ideal for everyone else.

We’ve researched the market and picked out 5 of the best digital radios available for under £100. They’re all unique and have different features, designs and prices, so there should be something here for everyone.

Please note, prices can fluctuate, so we can’t guarantee that all of these radios will still be available for less than £100 when you read this article.

Best DAB Radios Under £100 (UK 2019)

1. Pure Evoke H3

The Pure Evoke H3 is one of the most popular products in Pure’s Evoke range of stylish DAB radios. It’s a well-made radio that comes with a generous 3-year warranty.

The Evoke H3 offers lots of useful features including Bluetooth for streaming audio from your phone and an alarm clock that lets you set two independent alarms.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Can be made portable with the optional ChargePAK B1 battery (not included)
  • Kitchen timer
  • Colour screen
  • Headphone jack
  • Aux in

Dimensions: 18 cm high x 11.5 cm wide x 11 cm deep
Weight: 940 g

Pros

  • 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Easy to use
  • Good sound quality with enough bass
  • Attractive design

Cons

  • Battery pack isn’t included (it costs extra)
  • Screen is small
  • No remote control

Summary

The Pure Evoke H3 is relatively expensive for what it is, especially since the battery pack isn’t included.

However, it’s a quality product with lots of useful features, and it would look great on a bedside table or kitchen countertop.

Thanks to its design, features and 3-year warranty, we think the Evoke H3 is the best DAB radio under £100 for most people.

Read our full review of the Pure Evoke H3 here.

 

2. Majority Oakington

The Majority Oakington is one of the most popular digital radios in the UK at the moment, and it’s not hard to see why.

This radio offers a very impressive list of features and has a very reasonable price tag. It’s one of the best DAB radio CD players under £100.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ Radio
  • CD player
  • Bluetooth
  • 2 USB ports for charging devices and playing MP3s
  • Alarm clock
  • Remote control

Dimensions: 40 cm wide x 20 cm deep x 13 cm high
Weight: 1.2 kg

Pros

  • Lots of features (including a CD player and 2 USB ports)
  • Good value for money
  • Instructions manual is clearly written
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Buttons are quite small
  • Display can be dark & hard to read

Summary

As you can see, the Oakington is very versatile and offers a radio, CD player, alarm clock and Bluetooth speaker in one package. The build quality isn’t as high as it could be, but it performs well for the price.

Read our full review of the Majority Oakington here.

 

3. Roberts Play Digital Radio

 

The Roberts Play is one of our favourite portable DAB radios. It doesn’t offer the same range of features as the Majority Oakington reviewed above, but it’s a great compact radio for the kitchen or listening to around the house and in the garden.

One of the most impressive things about the Roberts Play is that it has a built-in battery charger that charges AA batteries. This is much more convenient than having to recharge batteries separately, and is cheaper than buying a bespoke battery pack.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • FM RDS (shows info station & programme etc.)
  • Built-in battery charger (can also be mains powered)
  • Headphone jack
  • 5 preset station buttons

Dimensions: 16 cm wide x 10.5 cm high x 3.5 cm deep
Weight: 387 g

Pros

  • Useful built-in battery charger
  • Easy to tune into favourite stations using preset buttons
  • Portable and easy to carry around
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • Not many features
  • Small, so the volume and sound quality are limited

Summary

This radio doesn’t have any advanced features, but it’s very easy to use and has good reception.

It’s a reliable radio from a reputable brand, so if you just need a straightforward portable DAB radio it’s a great choice.

You should be able to pick this radio up for closer to £70 than £100 (though prices can fluctuate).

Read our full review of the Roberts Play here.

 

4. Sony XDRS61DB.CEK

The Sony XDRS61DB.CEK is a functional and straightforward portable DAB radio. It has a classic Sony design and offers some useful features including an alarm clock and a sleep timer.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • 5 preset buttons
  • Alarm clock
  • Sleep timer
  • Headphone jack
  • Battery (4 x AA) or mains powered

Dimensions: 22.7 cm wide x 13.9 cm high x 9.5 cm deep
Weight: 1 kg

Pros

  • Easy to use with an intuitive button layout
  • Quick to tune into preset stations using dedicated buttons
  • Sturdy and well built
  • Good sound for the size and price

Cons

  • Volume is limited

Summary

The Sony XDRS61DB.CEK is a quality portable DAB radio that is easy to use. It doesn’t really have room-filling sound, but it’s a good choice for carrying around the house.

 

5. VQ Monty

The VQ Monty is a very aesthetically pleasing radio that comes in a range of finishes. It offers some useful features including Bluetooth and a USB port.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Aux in
  • USB port for charging a phone
  • Headphone jack
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Can be made portable with a battery pack (not included)

Dimensions: 18.6 cm high x 13 cm wide x 10 cm deep
Weight: 1.4 kg

Pros

  • 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Good sound quality
  • Stylish wood finish

Cons

  • Battery pack isn’t included
  • Display might be too bright if you’re using it as an alarm clock
  • Alarm is quite fiddly

Summary

This radio is quite versatile and has great sound quality given its small size. It’s also very stylish, and comes in some interesting finishes. However, the display is quite bright, so it’s not ideal as a bedside radio.

 

Choosing a DAB radio

As with any other product, there’s no single best DAB radio under £100—the best radio is the one that matches your taste and particular needs. Here are a few questions to ask to help you decide:

What kind of design do you like?

Most of the radios reviewed here have quite modern designs, but they vary greatly in style. The Pure Evoke H2 has a minimalistic Scandinavian-style design with a wood-effect finish, while the Majority Huntingdon is bold and black with sharper edges.

Do you want a portable radio?

Many of the radios reviewed here need to be plugged into the mains, while a few take batteries and can be carried around the house or into the garden. The Roberts Play is a small and compact portable radio that you can easily carry around, while the Majority Huntingdon is bigger and can’t be used with batteries, so it’s more suitable to keeping in the living room.

Do you want a radio with Bluetooth?

Bluetooth-enabled radios let you stream music or podcasts from your smartphone or laptop. This is great if you have music downloaded on your devices. It also means you can use the radio as a Bluetooth speaker while streaming music from Spotify, YouTube or anywhere else online.

Radios with Bluetooth usually cost a bit more, so if you won’t use this feature you can probably save a bit of money by opting for a radio without Bluetooth.

What’s your budget?

All the radios reviewed here should be available for between £50 and £100 (though prices change quite often). The Majority Huntingdon probably offers the best value for money in terms of the number of features, but if you don’t need so many features you can opt for something cheaper instead.

Do you want a DAB alarm clock radio?

Not all of these radios offer an alarm, and some aren’t the right size for keeping on your bedside table. If you’re looking to use your radio as an alarm, it’s best to get one that’s designed for this purpose, like the Pure Siesta Rise which has a large clock display.

Do you need a CD player?

If you still have a large CD collection, having a CD player built into your digital radio would be an obvious bonus. The Majority Huntingdon is the only radio on this list with a CD player. For other people, it would be better to get a Bluetooth radio to stream music from their smartphone.

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one of these radios to recommend it would be the Pure Evoke H3 as it’s well made, has a stylish design and offers lots of useful features.

For some more recommendations, check out this article: Best DAB Radio.

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