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 2018)
1. 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. We think it’s the best DAB radio under £100 for most people.
Here are a few of this radio’s features:
- FM/DAB/DAB+ Radio
- CD player
- 2 USB ports for charging devices and playing MP3s
- Alarm clock
- Remote control
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.
2. 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 Huntingdon, 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.
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. Read our full review of the Roberts Play here.
3. VQ Retro Mini – Emma Bridgewater Pattern
If you want something distinctive and eye-catching, this radio from British brand VQ could be a good choice. The VQ Retro Mini is a stylish FM/DAB/DAB+ radio with Bluetooth that can be powered by the mains or 4 AA batteries.
This particular version of the VQ Retro Mini comes in a choice of Emma Bridgewater floral designs: Polka Dot, Rose & Bee or Wallflower.
This radio’s features include an aux input, a headphone jack and a USB port for charging devices. There’s also a dual alarm clock and a countdown timer which could be useful in the kitchen.
You pay a bit of a premium for the Retro Mini’s design, but this radio still offers good value for money. Read our full review of the VQ Retro Mini here.
4. Pure Evoke H2 Portable Digital Radio
Pure was a pioneering brand in the early days of DAB radio, and their early Evoke radios set the standard in terms of both sound quality and design. The Evoke H2 is the cheapest radio in Pure’s latest line of Evoke radios released in November 2016.
The Evoke H2 is a dependable and great-looking radio that would be perfect for the kitchen. It has a nice wood-effect finish and has a vertical design so it won’t take up much space on a kitchen countertop.
This radio doesn’t have very advanced features, but it’s one of the best-sounding radios you can get for under £100. It features a clock, alarm and kitchen timer, which are useful if you use it in the kitchen or the bedroom. Read our full review of the Evoke H2 here.
5. AZATOM Multiplex
The AZATOM Multiplex is a great value portable FM/DAB/DAB+ radio with an impressive list of features for the price. Here are a few of those features:
- Stereo sound
- Built-in rechargeable battery
- USB charging port
- Dual alarm
Unlike most portable DAB radios, the AZATOM Multiplex has a good amount of bass, giving it a warm sound. Another nice thing about this radio is that you can adjust the bass and treble to get the sound you want.
This radio offers great value for money and could be a good alternative to the Majority Oakington if you want something more compact and portable and can live without a CD player. Read our full review of the AZATOM Multiplex here.
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.
If we had to pick just one of these radios to recommend it would be the Majority Oakington as it offers great value for money and offers a lot of features for the price.
For some more recommendations, check out this article: Best DAB Radio.