A remote control is a very useful feature for a digital radio to have, as it means you can control the radio from wherever you are in the room. If having a remote control is important to you, it can be difficult to sift through all the options and identify which have a remote and which don’t. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 5 of the best DAB radios with a remote control available in the UK in 2018.
In general, the bigger a DAB radio is, the more likely it is to have a remote control, though some large tabletop radios don’t have a remote control and some smaller portable radios do have one.
The list below should have something to suit everyone. It includes radio CD players, alarm clock radios and radios that can connect to the internet to stream online radio. We’ve listed these radios in rough price order, with the cheapest first. In general, radios don’t come with a battery for the remote control included.
Best DAB Radios with a Remote Control (UK 2018)
This affordable digital radio from budget audio brand AZATOM is one of the cheapest DAB radios with a remote control. It would make a good clock radio as it has a compact, space-saving design and offers the ability to set four separate alarm clocks. There’s also a sleep timer, and you can dim the display very low so it won’t keep you awake at night.
The AZATOM Blackfriars picks up FM, DAB and DAB+ stations, and offers 6 preset EQ settings to choose from as well as independent bass and treble controls. The sound quality isn’t amazing, but it’s good for the price.
The Blackfriars is one of the few portable DAB radios with a remote control on the market. The remote control is small but fully functional, so you can use it control all of the radio’s features. This radio has a rechargeable built-in battery that can last for up to 10 hours. You can plug it into the mains too, so it’s quite flexible.
This radio doesn’t offer any advanced features such as Bluetooth or internet streaming, and also doesn’t feature a headphone jack. However, it’s attractively designed and offers great value for money. Read our full review of the AZATOM Blackfriars here.
The Majority Oakington is another budget DAB radio, though it’s more expensive and offers a lot more features than the Blackfriars reviewed above. This product is more of a complete sound system than just a radio; it features FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, a CD player, Bluetooth and a USB port you can use to play MP3 files.
You can use this radio as an alarm clock, and it also has a sleep timer so you can fall asleep while listening to the radio. Other features include a headphone jack and adjustable bass and treble controls.
The remote control supplied with this radio feels quite cheap, and there’s a small delay between pressing a button and the radio responding. While it may not be perfect, it’s still a useful thing to have, and is something many radios in this price range lack.
This radio has decent sound quality for the price and looks very classy, with a nice wood-effect finish. Reception is generally good on DAB, but it can be poor on FM, so it’s not such a good choice if you prefer to listen on FM than DAB. Read our full review of the Majority Oakington here.
Roberts Stream 94i
The Roberts Stream 94i isn’t just a DAB radio—it also has an internet tuner so you can pick up thousands of radio stations from around the world that broadcast online. This includes all the major UK stations as well as foreign stations, so it could be a good choice if you’re learning a foreign language or live in an area with poor FM and DAB radio reception.
The Stream 94i is one of the most popular and highly rated internet radios on the market, and is made by a respected and reliable brand. As well as internet radio, it also picks up regular FM, DAB and DAB+ stations.
This radio comes with a small but very useful remote control which takes one CR2025 battery (not included). You can also use your phone as a remote control by downloading the UNDOK app, which is easier to use than the remote as you don’t need to point your phone directly at the radio.
Other features include a USB port, 5 dedicated preset buttons for accessing your favourite stations quickly, an alarm clock with snooze and a sleep timer. You can also buy and optional battery pack to make it portable.
This radio is easy to set up and has great sound quality, as you’d expect from Roberts. Read our full review of the Roberts Stream94i here.
John Lewis Cello
The John Lewis Cello is another internet radio, this time with a CD player. It has an elegant, minimalistic design with a wood-effect finish and also features Bluetooth and a dual alarm clock. The remote control is light and feels quite cheaply made, but it works well.
The Cello is one of the more high-end models in John Lewis’s line-up of own-brand digital radios, all of which offer good value for money and are backed by a 2-year warranty.
This radio could work well as a bedside radio since it has two alarms with a snooze function and a sleep timer. It has a decent amount of volume, so it would also be a good choice for the living room.
As well as listening to FM, DAB/DAB+ and internet radio, you can also listen to MP3s using the USB port or connect another audio source using the aux-in port. There’s also a headphone jack for private listening.
Pure Evoke C-D4
This radio CD player from Pure packs a lot of features into a compact unit that would fit easily on a bedside table or kitchen countertop. It offers FM, DAB and DAB+ radio, a CD player, Bluetooth and a dual alarm clock.
Like all the radios in Pure’s Evoke range, the Evoke C-D4 has a stylish design with a nice wood-effect finish. It’s also available with a generous 3-year manufacturer’s warranty. The remote control that comes with this radio is useful but not perfect as it only seems to work head-on.
If you have more money to spare, you might be interested in the Evoke C-D6 and C-F6, which have a similar design to the C-D4 but are larger and have stereo sound.
The radios reviewed here are all quite different, so it’s hard to pick just one to recommend. If you want something small and portable, the AZATOM Blackfriars is a good choice. If you want something more substantial, the John Lewis Cello is a great option as it offers plenty of features including internet radio.