Best Internet Radios (UK 2018)

Internet radios let you listen to the 20,000+ radio stations available online in addition to all the regular radio stations you can get on DAB and FM. This gives you the biggest possible choice of music and speech programmes. You can also listen to podcasts and other online audio.

An internet radio is perfect if you want to listen to stations from other countries or learn other languages. It’s also great if the FM and DAB reception in your area is poor but you have a good internet connection.

Read on for our reviews of the top 10 best internet radios in 2018, or scroll to the end for some advice on choosing an internet radio.

Best Internet Radios (UK 2018)

1. Roberts Radio Stream93i – the best internet radio for most people


The Roberts Radio Stream93i DAB WiFi radio is currently one of the UK’s most popular internet radios, and with good reason. It’s a great all-round internet radio with an excellent range of features.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
  • Stores up to 120 stations
  • Connects to Spotify
  • Colour display
  • Six position equaliser
  • Can be controlled from your smartphone via the UNDOK app
  • Sleep timer
  • Aux in and line out sockets

Dimensions: 24 x 20.5 x 13 cm
Weight: 1.9 kg

Pros

  • Lets you listen to thousands of radio stations and podcasts online
  • You can stream music via Spotify Connect (with a Spotify Premium account)
  • Attractive and clear colour display
  • Solid and quality build
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to set up

Cons

  • No Bluetooth (unless you buy an adapter)
  • Menu is complicated

Summary

This excellent radio will give you a huge range of choice when it comes to radio stations and podcasts. It’s well made, as you’d expect from Roberts, and has good sound quality for the price. The menu can be complicated, but this is common with internet radios. You can read our full review of the Stream93i here.

2. Revo SuperConnect – one of the best-sounding internet radios

No list of the top internet radios would be complete without this excellent radio from Revo. If sound quality is important to you, the SuperConnect is an excellent choice. This radio is pricey, but if you’re looking for something with premium sound and build quality, it’s worth considering.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
  • Compatible with Spotify Connect
  • Bluetooth
  • Remote control
  • Alarm clock
  • Sleep timer
  • Wooden cabinet

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Very good build quality
  • Exceptional sound quality
  • Plenty of features

Cons

  • Expensive
  • WiFi range is limited

Dimensions: 27 x 18 x 12 cm
Weight: 2.8 kg

Summary

If you have the budget, the Revo SuperConnect is one of the best internet radios you can buy. It comes in a beautiful wooden cabinet which helps give it a warm, rich tone. The radio also has some useful additional features such as Bluetooth, Spotify Connect and a remote control. You can read our full review of the Revo SuperConnect here.

3. Pure Evoke C-F6 – an internet CD player radio with stereo sound

Rather than just being a radio, the Pure Evoke C-F6 is an all-in-one music system. In addition to FM, DAB/DAB+ and internet radio, it also features a CD player and Bluetooth. With stereo sound and a remote control the Evoke C-F6 is a serious radio that would make a nice addition to any living room.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
  • CD/CD-R/CD-RW player
  • Bluetooth
  • Compatible with Spotify Connect
  • Alarm clock
  • Sleep timer
  • Colour screen

Dimensions: 14.5 x 22.3 x 38 cm
Weight: 4.2 kg

Pros

  • Solid build quality
  • 3-year manufacturer’s warranty available
  • Attractive design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Expensive

Summary

Like the Revo SuperConnect reviewed above, this radio from Pure is a high-end model that comes with a hefty price tag. However, it has superb sound quality and offers pretty much all the features you could want from an internet radio CD player. The C-F6 is easy to use, well made and available with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty. You can read our full review of the Evoke C-F6 here.

4. Sonos PLAY:1 – a wireless speaker you can use as a radio

The Sonos PLAY:1 is actually a wireless speaker rather than an internet radio. However, it can function as an internet radio. The Sonos PLAY:1 streams audio via WiFi and is controlled by an app which lets you choose from more than 30 streaming services. These include Spotify, Apple Music and TuneIn (a radio streaming service).

Features

  • Can be used as an internet radio using TuneIn
  • Adjustable base and treble
  • Compatible with Alexa
  • Works with lots of streaming services (Spotify, TuneIn, Apple Music, Deezer, Soundcloud etc.)

Dimensions: 16.1 x 12 x 12 cm
Weight: 1.85 kg

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality given its compact size
  • Easy to set up
  • Good mobile and desktop apps
  • Powerful speaker
  • Versatile, with lots of streaming services to choose from

Cons

  • No built-in battery
  • Pricey

Summary

If you frequently listen to streaming services like Spotify and would like something compact with great sound quality, the Sonos PLAY:1 could be a good choice. It’s not technically an internet radio, but it’s easy to stream the radio via TuneIn, so it can be used as one.

5. Roberts Radio Stream217 – an affordable portable internet radio

The Roberts Radio Stream217 is an affordable and portable WiFi internet radio from the highly respected brand Roberts. It’s a bit cheaper than the radios reviewed above, but still offers a good range of features.

Features

  • FM, DAB, DAB+ and WiFi internet radio
  • Saves up to 30 stations
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Headphone socket
  • Aux in
  • Double alarm function
  • Carry handle
  • Can be controlled from your smartphone using the UNDOK app
  • Powered by mains or 6 D-sized batteries
  • Compatible with Spotify Connect
  • Stream music via your PC
  • Adjustable EQ

Dimensions: 30 x 17.4 x 10.5 cm
Weight: 1.4 kg

Pros

  • Easy to use setup wizard
  • Good sound quality
  • Good build quality

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • Design is uninspiring
  • Short battery life

Summary

The Stream217 has good sound and build quality for the price, with the additional bonus of being portable. The design isn’t especially attractive or modern, and the radio doesn’t have Bluetooth. However, if you want an affordable portable internet radio from a respected brand,  the Stream217 is a good choice. Read our full review of the Roberts Radio Stream217 here.

6. Pure Evoke F3 – a compact radio with great sound quality

This small radio from Pure is simple to use and includes some handy features such as Bluetooth and an adjustable EQ.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Compatible with Spotify Connect
  • Saves 30 preset stations
  • Remote control
  • Colour display
  • Available with a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty
  • Alarm clock
  • Adjustable EQ

Dimensions: 11 x 11.8 x 19.5 cm
Weight: 1.54 kg

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Good sound quality
  • Compact design
  • Clear instructions
  • Nice modern design

Cons

  • Remote control is small
  • Alarm is fiddly to set

Summary

Like the Roberts Stream217, the Evoke F3 is a relatively inexpensive internet radio that offers good performance for the price. The sound quality is surprisingly good considering its small size, and it’s easy to set up thanks to the clear instructions manual. Read our full review of the Pure Evoke F3 here.

7. Roberts Radio Stream 107 – a portable internet radio with a built-in battery charger

This innovative internet radio from Roberts takes 6 AA batteries which it can charge using its built-in battery charger. This saves you having to waste time and money replacing batteries or recharging them in a separate battery charger. You can also use the radio with mains power.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
  • Mains or battery powered
  • Adjustable EQ
  • Dual alarm
  • Headphone jack
  • Colour display
  • Compatible with Spotify Connect

Dimensions: 21.3 x 11.6 x 4 cm
Weight: 504 g

Pros

  • Small, light and compact
  • Built-in battery charger
  • Easy to set up
  • Good DAB reception

Cons

  • No Bluetooth
  • Only saves 5 preset stations per radio mode

Summary

The Stream 107 is a solid radio, and is a good choice if you want something small and portable. It doesn’t have a tonne of features, and doesn’t have Bluetooth. However, it’s a good compact radio for the price. Read our full review of the Roberts Stream 107 here.

8. John Lewis Octave – a beautiful and reasonably priced radio

John Lewis Octave Radio

This handsome radio from John Lewis offers great sound and a premium-style design at a reasonable price. It has a great range of features including Bluetooth, two independent alarms and an intuitive remote control.

Features

  • FM/DAB/Internet radio
  • Bluetooth
  • USB port for playing music from an external device
  • Dual alarm with snooze
  • Sleep timer
  • Remote control
  • 20 watts of audio output
  • Saves 60 preset stations
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 27 x 18 x 11 cm
Weight: 2.6 kg

Pros

  • Very good sound for the price
  • Good amount of bass
  • Beautiful minimalistic design
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • No significant cons found

Summary

This radio from John Lewis can rival some of its more expensive competitors from premium radio brands. If you want something with a beautiful design, great sound and a reasonable price, the Octave is an excellent choice.

9. Philips AE800/10 Internet Clock Radio – a good bedside radio

This sleek and modern-looking radio from Philips is designed primarily as a clock radio, but could also work well in the kitchen.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
  • Headphone jack
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Remote control

Dimensions: 22 x 14.3 x 11.6 cm
Weight: 1.19 kg

Pros

  • Easy to set up and use
  • Good sound quality for the size
  • Strong WiFi connection

Cons

  • Display is very bright at night
  • Lacks bass
  • Feels cheaply made
  • No Bluetooth

Summary

The Philips AE800/10 isn’t perfect, but it’s a nicely designed internet clock radio with decent, if treble-heavy, sound quality. Setting the radio up is straightforward, and it’s easy to use. It would make a good bedside radio, though you might need to block the display, which can be too bright at night.

10. Como Audio Duetto – a versatile and unique music system

The Como Audio Duetto is designed to offer you access to as many audio sources as possible in one device. The Como Audio Duetto, along with the Como Audio Solo, started life as a Kickstarter project which raised $268,142, far surpassing the original $50,000 goal.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Wood veneer cabinet
  • Compatible with Spotify, Google Chromecast and Amazon Alexa
  • Remote control
  • Como Control app available
  • USB playback
  • Headphone jack

Pros

  • Beautiful retro design
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Easy to use
  • Very versatile

Cons

  • Expensive

Summary

If you want something a bit more unique to make your friends jealous, the Como Audio Duetto is a good alternative to more popular internet radios. It has a beautiful retro design and is one of the most versatile radios available, with a huge choice of things to listen to. The price tag is high, but this is a special radio that can’t really be compared with more run-of-the-mill budget offerings.

About Internet Radios

Internet radios are still relatively new products, and there’s a good chance you’re looking to buy your first internet radio. This means you’ll probably have a lot of questions about how internet radios work and how you can choose one that suits you.

Why get an internet radio

Internet radios offer some great advantages over regular FM and DAB radios. Here are just a few reasons to consider choosing an internet radio:

  • Choice: On an FM radio you might get around 10 stations. On DAB you might get 50 or so. With an internet radio, you will be able to receive around 20,000 stations from across the world, including all the popular local and national stations.
  • Reception: If you live in an area with poor DAB or FM reception, an internet radio is a good idea. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you won’t have any issues with reception.

How internet radios work

Most internet radios connect to the internet wirelessly. This means you will need a good amount of bandwidth and a decent wireless router to enjoy listening to the radio without it cutting out or it slowing down other things you use the internet for.

Internet radio usually broadcasts with a bitrate between 128 and 320 kilobytes per second, meaning it will use between 57.6 and 140.62 megabytes of data an hour. The average internet speed in the UK can cope with this easily, but it might be an issue if you have a busy network with lots of people using the internet at the same time.

You can also buy wired internet radios that connect to the internet via an Ethernet cable. One radio that offers this possibility is the Ocean Digital WR80, which can also be used wirelessly.

Instead of requiring you to enter a web address for each radio station, internet radios usually have a menu that you use to find stations. This means that it’s easy to discover new radio stations, but has the downside that some stations might not be accessible.

Most internet radios will also let you listen to podcasts and other on-demand audio, though not every podcast will be available. Many internet radios have a special feature for connecting to Spotify, though this usually requires you to sign up for a paid Spotify membership. Most internet radios also come with DAB and sometimes FM, though some are internet-only.

Alternatives to buying an internet radio

If you’re researching internet radios the following thought might have crossed your mind: “Why not just use my laptop or smartphone to listen to internet radio and connect it to some good speakers?” This can be a good alternative to buying a standalone internet radio. You could also get a wireless speaker like the SONOS Play, which can stream internet radio without needing to connect to a computer or phone.

Standalone internet radios and wireless speakers have several advantages over just listening to online radio on your computer or phone. Here are a few:

  • Convenience: You don’t need to start your laptop up to listen to the radio—you just turn the radio on.
  • Ease of use: Listening to the radio on an internet radio is easier than finding a stream online. It’s also easier to find new stations as you can usually browse by genre, country and region.
  • Battery: You won’t wear down your laptop or phone’s battery by using an internet radio instead.

Internet Radio Brands

Some of the leading brands of internet radios are Pure, Roberts, Ocean Digital and Revo. Pure and Roberts are both British brands that produce high-quality radios at mid-range prices. These radios will be good options for most households.

If you’re looking for something cheaper, you should consider getting an Ocean Digital radio. Ocean Digital are a Hong Kong brand that produce inexpensive internet and DAB radios. They generally offer great value for money, but as a brand they don’t have the prestige or reputation of Pure or Roberts.

If money is no option, one of the best brands is Revo. Revo produce some of the best-sounding (and most expensive) internet radios, with impressive features. They also produce a more affordable radio, the Revo PiXiS RX.

Internet Radio Glossary

Here are a few common terms used that you might not be familiar with:

Aux in – Aux in (short for auxiliary in) is a 3.5 mm socket that can be used to connect an audio cable with a 3.5 mm jack. If your radio has an aux in port you could use it to play music from an MP3 player or computer using the correct cable.

Bluetooth – Bluetooth is a technology used for transmitting data wirelessly. If your radio has Bluetooth this means you can wirelessly stream audio through the speakers from another Bluetooth-enabled device such as a smartphone or tablet, within a limited range. This essentially turns the radio into a Bluetooth speaker.

Dual alarm – This refers to the ability to set two independent alarms, for example one alarm for weekdays and one for weekends.

Ethernet port – If your radio has an Ethernet port this means you can connect it to the internet using a cable rather than having to rely on wireless. This could be a good option if you want to position the radio a long way from the wireless router, or if you want a more stable and fast internet connection.

EQ – EQ stands for equalisation and refers to the balance of bass, mid and treble frequencies. If your radio has an adjustable EQ this means you will be able to alter the tone, changing the bass and treble levels to get the sound you want.

Sleep timer – A sleep timer can be programmed to turn the radio off after a set amount of time. They often give you a choice of between 10 and 90 minutes or so. This is useful if you like to fall asleep with the radio on and don’t want to leave it turned on all night.

Spotify ConnectSpotify Connect is a method for streaming audio from Spotify through a speaker. It uses the internet rather than Bluetooth to stream audio directly from Spotify, and can be controlled from your phone using the Spotify app. Spotify Connect is not free, and is only available with the premium version of Spotify.

UNDOK appUNDOK is an app that functions like a remote control and also lets you find and play audio content from services such as Spotify Connect and Deezer.

5 thoughts on “Best Internet Radios (UK 2018)

  1. YOU HAVE WRITTEN THE MOST PROFESSIONAL RELIABLE AND CREDIBLE SOURCE ON INTERNET RADIO. I AM JUMPING FROM MY OLD SONY SHORT WAVE TO THE INTERNET RADIO I CAN ONLY LISTEN ON MY MOBIL AND COMPUTER. BUT USUALLY THEY ARE AT A POINT UNSTABLE SIGNALS. YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS I DO APPRECIATE IMMENSELY AND I AM GOING TO GIVE MYSELF MAYBE ONE REVO FOR MY COMING BIRTHDAY

  2. Your information is so helpful – thank you.
    It is a minefield out there with so much choice and for the digitally unaware challenging.
    Brilliant, it has helped me make an informed choice when I know very little!!

  3. The Roberts Radio Stream 107 listed in your review above looks almost identical to the Sangean WFR-28, which is very well regarded (and actually does sound great). I wonder if some of these Roberts label units are in fact manufactured by others under a distribution scheme of some sort.

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