Best DAB Radios Under £50 (UK 2018)

The cost of DAB radios has come down a lot in recent years. It used to be hard to find a DAB for less than £50, but these days there are dozens available. In fact, there’s almost too much choice, and it can be overwhelming.

We’ve researched the market and picked out the top DAB radios under £50 available in the UK. Read on for our reviews of each.

Please note, we cannot guarantee that all of these radios will be available for less than £50 when you read this article.

Best DAB Radios Under £50 (UK 2018)

1. AZATOM Woodlands

The AZATOM Woodlands is an attractive portable DAB radio with a wood-effect finish. It’s one of the newest radios from British audio brand AZATOM, having been released in October 2018. It offers an impressive combination of features including MP3 playback via USB, Bluetooth streaming and a remote control.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Alarm clock
  • Rechargeable built-in battery
  • Remote control
  • Adjustable EQ
  • SD & USB playback

Dimensions: 17.5 x 12 x 9 cm
Weight: 721 g

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Convenient built-in rechargeable battery
  • Useful remote control
  • Versatile with lots of features

Cons

  • Buttons are relatively hard to press down

Summary

Few (if any) other DAB radios under £50 offer as many features as the AZATOM Woodlands. The combination of Bluetooth, MP3 playback, a remote control and an alarm clock make the Woodlands one of the most versatile radios in its price range. Read our full review of the AZATOM Woodlands here.

 

2. Roberts Radio Play 10

The Roberts Radio Play 10 is one of the most popular DAB radios in this price category in the UK. You can plug it into the mains or use it as a portable radio with 4 AA batteries.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Saves 6 preset stations
  • Headphone jack
  • Battery or mains powered

Dimensions: 18 x 10.5 x 5.5 cm
Weight: 350 g

Pros

  • Small and light
  • Good sound quality for both speech and music
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No alarm clock
  • Short battery life

Summary

The Play 10 is a straightforward, no-nonsense DAB radio that will be fine for most people. It’s affordable and easy to use, and has decent sound quality. As with all the radios listed here, there are better-sounding radios available, though they will cost you more than £50. Read our full review of the Roberts Play 10 here.

 

3. John Lewis Spectrum Solo

John Lewis Spectrum Solo Radio

The Spectrum Solo is one of John Lewis’s most popular own-brand DAB radios at the time of writing. It’s a compact and affordable radio that compares well to radios from brands like Roberts. The radio comes in a choice of several different colours.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • 5 dedicated preset buttons
  • Rotary tuning and volume controls

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Good sound quality for the size
  • Small footprint; fits easily in most places
  • Relatively good DAB signal

Cons

  • Gets through batteries quickly (though this is common with portable DAB radios)
  • No alarm clock

Summary

The Spectrum Solo is a straightforward and functional DAB radio that offers good value for money. It’s fairly limited in terms of features and doesn’t have an alarm clock. Read our full review of the Spectrum Solo here.

 

4. Majority Little Shelford

The Majority Little Shelford is a stylish and compact retro DAB radio that offers great value for money. It has lots of useful features including Bluetooth and a dual alarm clock, and can be powered by the mains or AA batteries.

Features

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

Dimensions: 17 x 13 x 10 cm
Weight: 760 g

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Easy to use
  • Features Bluetooth
  • Small and easy to carry around

Cons

  • Build quality could be higher

Summary

The Little Shelford is one of the most popular DAB radios on the market at the moment and it’s easy to see why—it’s cheap, has an attractive design and offers lots of features including Bluetooth. Read our full review of the Little Shelford here.

 

5. Goodmans Canvas

The Goodmans Canvas is another popular portable FM/DAB radio. It’s very affordable and has a slim design that comes in a choice of four colours: Apple Green, Brown/Copper, Ruby and Steel.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Portable with a choice of mains or battery power (4 x AA)
  • Stereo headphone jack

Dimensions: 18.5 x 11 x 5.7 cm
Weight: 349 g

Pros

  • Good sound quality for speech; decent for music
  • Loud enough for the kitchen
  • Light and easy to carry around

Cons

  • Slow to change the volume as you have to hold it down rather than turning a knob
  • Eats through batteries quickly

Summary

The Goodmans Canvas is a great choice if you want an inexpensive yet reliable portable DAB for listening to speech programmes, Radio 4 etc. It doesn’t sound so great for music, so you might want to invest more if you’re a real audiophile. Nevertheless, it offers a decent amount of volume—enough to be heard over a boiling kettle or sizzling frying pan. Read our full review of the Goodmans Canvas here.

 

6. John Lewis & Partners Aston MK2

The Aston MK2 is a stylish FM/DAB radio made and sold by the department store John Lewis. It comes in a choice of three finishes: Coffee, Walnut and Duck Egg.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Saves 10 preset stations
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA batteries)
  • Aux out
  • Carrying handle

Dimensions: 22 x 18.5 x 7 cm

Pros

  • Nice retro design
  • Good value for money
  • Light and easy to carry around

Cons

  • No alarm function

Summary

The Aston MK2 has a very nice design for the price and offers great value for money. It only has the essential features, and doesn’t have an alarm, but is a good choice if you want something simple, portable and stylish.

 

7. Sony XDR-S41D

This small DAB radio from Sony could be good for a bathroom windowsill or carrying around the house or the garden.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)
  • 5 dedicated preset buttons for quickly accessing favourite stations
  • Alarm clock
  • Sleep timer
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 18 x 9.5 x 3.6 cm
Weight: 431 g

Pros

  • Very easy to use
  • Crisp and clear sound
  • Easy to tune into presets

Cons

  • Sound doesn’t have much depth

Summary

The Sony XDR-S41D is a good choice if you want something small and easy to use. As you’d expect from Sony, it’s reliable and functional even if it isn’t the most stylish radio on this list.

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one of these radios to recommend, it would be the AZATOM Woodlands as it offers a lot of very useful including Bluetooth, a USB port for playing MP3s and a remote control.

If you want something even cheaper, you might want to consider one of these DAB radios under £30, or find out what the cheapest DAB radios in the UK are here.

To see more recommendations, see our page that summarises what we think are the best DAB radios in the UK in different categories.

2 thoughts on “Best DAB Radios Under £50 (UK 2018)

  1. It would be good if a manufacturer could produce a dab unit which ran on rechargeable D cells for longer life while portable….with automatic built in charger when on mains. Also, a simple knob for tuning and volume! Maybe add Short wave with ssb for us older enthusiasts?

    1. I agree with you Brian. I’m not an OAP being in my mid 50’s but I prefer a simple knob for tuning and colume. I don;t understand why we don’t have the choice, especially as that would be so much easier to control.

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