Best Clock Radios with an iPhone Dock (UK 2019)

An iPhone docking station with a clock radio will not only de-clutter your bedside table, it will also make your life easier by providing several useful functions in one device. iPhone dock clock radios let you charge your iPhone, listen to the radio, and set alarms.

iPhone docks may not be as trendy as they once were, but they’re still useful and popular devices.

Apple-certified Lightning docks are compatible with any iPhone or other Apple product that uses a Lightning Connector. Make sure you check that the docking station you choose is compatible with your iPhone before purchasing it.

What Is an iPhone Docking Station?

An iPhone docking station, or dock, lets you charge your phone while connecting it to another device, such as a speaker. The docking stations reviewed here offer the following functionality:

  • Charges your iPhone
  • Connects your iPhone to a speaker so you can listen to music from your phone without using Bluetooth

When choosing an iPhone dock, you will need to make sure the product you’re buying is compatible with your device. Newer iPhones (from the iPhone 5 onwards), use an 8-pin Lightning Connector, whereas older iPhones used a 30-pin connector.

 

Best Clock Radios with an iPhone Dock (UK 2019)

Below we have reviewed what we consider to be the top 5 iPhone clock radio docking stations available in the UK. We’ve ranked them based on their features, usability and sound quality. These Lightning docking stations all have a built-in FM radio and alarm clock.

1. AZATOM Homehub

The AZATOM Home Hub lightning dock is compatible with all Apple products that use the Lightning Connector. It offers impressive sound quality as well Bluetooth, making it perfect for streaming music from your iPhone.

Features

  • Compatible with iPhone 5, 5S, 5C, 6, 6S, 6 Plus, 7, 7 Plus
  • Bluetooth for streaming music from a smartphone or other Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Compatible with online streaming sites like Deezer, Spotify and Last.FM
  • 30-Watt stereo sound
  • Bass and treble levels can be adjusted using the EQ
  • FM radio with up to 20 saved preset station
  • Dual alarm clock so you can set different alarms for weekdays and weekends
  • Remote control

Dimensions: 20 cm wide x 20 cm deep x 9 cm high

Pros

  • Excellent sound quality with plenty of bass
  • Dock uses the same technology as more expensive AZATOM speakers
  • Works with all Apple products that use the Lightning Connector
  • Bluetooth is easy to set up and use

Cons

  • The buttons on the remote are a bit too small
  • Buttons aren’t very intuitive
  • Can be difficult to work out how to use more advanced functions

Summary

This docking station radio is more expensive than most, but you get what you pay for. The AZATOM Home Hub’s sound quality is comparable to more expensive speaker systems, and the dock also looks great.

It offers better sound quality than most iPhone docking stations and has some great features, which is why it takes the number one spot in this list.

 

2. MoreAudio NOX

The MoreAudio NOX is one of the main rivals to the AZATOM Homehub. It has similar features and a similar price tag.

The NOX lets you dock Apple products that use a Lightning Connector and also features Bluetooth, a dual alarm clock and a remote control.

Features

  • Works with all Lightning Connector devices, including iPads
  • Bluetooth for streaming audio from devices that aren’t connected to the dock
  • FM radio
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Remote control
  • Sleep timer

Dimensions: 19.2 x 19.2 x 4.8 cm

Pros

  • Good sound quality for the price and size
  • Easy to use
  • Useful remote control
  • Connects to Apple products easily

Cons

  • Bluetooth range isn’t very long

Summary

The MoreAudio NOX has surprisingly good sound quality, and offers quite a lot of features for the price. It’s a good alternative to the AZATOM Homehub.

 

3. AZATOM Chronos 2

The Chronos 2 is another affordable iPhone docking station from AZATOM. It has a slim and stylish design with a large clock display.

Like most of the products reviewed here, the Chronos 2 is only compatible with newer iPhones that use the Lightning Connector (the iPhone 5 onwards).

Features

  • Compatible with iPhones and iPods that use the Lightning Connector
  • Clock display that gets the time from your phone, so it’s always accurate
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze
  • FM radio that saves 20 preset stations
  • Adjustable brightness. Display can be turned off completely
  • Sleep timer

Dimensions: 19.4 x 7.8 x 7.4 cm

Pros

  • Compact size – good for a bedside table
  • Good value for money
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • Sound is quite tinny
  • No Bluetooth

Summary

The AZATOM Chronos 2 doesn’t have as good sound quality as the Homehub, but it is cheaper and has a more compact design. It doesn’t have Bluetooth, but this shouldn’t be too much of a problem as you can play music from your phone while it’s docked.

 

4. Majority Neptune

This versatile docking station alarm clock radio is slightly more expensive than most products on his list, but it comes with some great features like HD sound and a USB port for charging non-Apple devices.

Features

  • Apple-certified made-for-iPhone (MFI) Lightning dock
  • Should be compatible with future Apple products
  • USB charging for other devices
  • HD sound
  • 20-Watt speaker
  • Remote control
  • Compatible with Spotify, YouTube and other streaming devices
  • Can use Bluetooth for wireless streaming
  • Dual alarm with snooze function
  • Choice of alarm sounds: alarm buzzer, FM radio, music from your Apple device

Pros

  • Dimmable display with three levels of brightness, so it won’t disturb your sleep
  • Good range of features (Bluetooth, FM radio, USB, remote)
  • Attractive design
  • Small size, so it should fit easily on any bedside table
  • Clock is large and easy to read

Cons

  • No headphone jack
  • Can’t adjust bass or treble, so it can sound tinny
  • Limit to how low the radio volume can go – could be too loud at night
  • No headphone jack
  • Buttons could be more intuitive

Summary

This small docking station is ideal if you want a larger number of features and are willing to invest in a higher-quality item.

The radio can go fairly loud, so you could also use it in the kitchen or elsewhere. The main drawback is that the buttons aren’t very intuitive so it might take a while to get used to it.

 

5. KitSound X Dock 4

The KitSound X Dock 4 is a compact docking station that won’t take up much space on a bedside table.

This docking station has a built-in alarm clock. You can choose to wake up to the radio, an alarm buzzer sound or music from your phone.

Features

  • Lightning Connector dock
  • FM radio
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Bluetooth
  • Aux-in port

Dimensions: 16.6 x 12.3 x 8.5 cm

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Compact and light

Cons

  • Clock display might be too bright at night
  • Can be unreliable – some users found it stopped working after a few months
  • Not compatible with all newer iPhones

Summary

The KitSound X Dock 4 is probably the least reliable product on this list, so we wouldn’t really recommend it. Several buyers have had issues with it stopping working properly after a few months.

However, it’s small and light, and is relatively cheap.

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one of these iPhone clock radios to recommend it would be the AZATOM Homehub. It’s one of the most popular and highly rated docking station radios, and offers a great range of features as well as reliable performance.

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