Best Kitchen Radios (UK 2019)

Lots of us enjoy listening to the radio while cooking or making breakfast, which explains why so many of us have a radio in the kitchen.

A radio can also be a fashion statement, especially if you have a retro kitchen.

In this article, we’ll look at some of the best kitchen radios on the market in the UK in different categories.

Retro Kitchen Radios

Here are some stylish retro radios for the kitchen.

Roberts Revival iStream 3

The Revival iStream 3 is a beautifully designed retro radio with FM, DAB/DAB+ and an internet tuner.

This radio also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, and you can connect it to an Alexa device to use it as a voice-controlled smart speaker.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+/Internet radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Can be controlled via Alexa (requires an Alexa device)
  • 6-position equaliser
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Built-in battery charger (for AA batteries)

Dimensions: 25 x 16 x 11 cm
Weight: 1.8 kg

Pros

  • Attractive retro design
  • Versatile, with smart features
  • Works as a Bluetooth speaker
  • Good sound quality for the size

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Getting it to work with Alexa is fiddly

Summary

Despite the stunning retro design, the Revival iStream 3 is a truly modern radio. It offers internet radio, Bluetooth and streaming via services such as Spotify, so there’s no shortage of things to listen to.

The compact design and option to use it as a portable radio are also useful if you’re using it as a kitchen radio.

 

Majority Little Shelford

The Little Shelford from budget radio brand Majority is one of the most affordable retro DAB radios with Bluetooth.

Its vintage design makes it a stylish choice for the kitchen.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Sleep timer
  • Powered by mains, USB or batteries (4 x AA)

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

Pros

  • Smart retro design
  • Very affordable
  • Compact size
  • Good sound for the size and price

Cons

  • Build quality could be higher

If you want something small, cheap and stylish, the Majority Little Shelford is a great choice.

It looks great in a kitchen, and has some useful features such as Bluetooth and an alarm clock.

 

John Lewis & Partners Aston MK2

John Lewis Aston Mk2

This simple yet stylish own-brand radio from John Lewis offers excellent value for money, and would look great in any kitchen.

You can get this radio in a choice of finishes: Coffee, Walnut or Duck Egg.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)
  • Saves 10 preset stations

Dimensions: 22 x 18.5 x 7cm

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Small, compact design
  • Nice retro-style finish
  • Portable

Cons

  • Short battery life (about 5 hours)
  • Feels quite plasticky

Summary

This stylish radio is a good choice if you want something straightforward, easy to use and inexpensive.


Wood-Effect Kitchen Radios

If you want something a bit more modern, here are some attractive wood-effect radios.

Pure Evoke H3

The Pure Evoke H3 is one of the most popular radios in Pure’s stylish Evoke range.

In addition to FM and DAB/DAB+ radio, the H3 also features Bluetooth and a colour display. The kitchen timer is a useful addition if you’re using his radio in the kitchen.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Portable if you buy the ChargePAK battery pack (not included)
  • Dual alarm with snooze
  • Kitchen and sleep timers
  • Colour display

Dimensions: 18 x 11.5 x 11 cm
Weight: 939 g

Pros

  • Good sound quality
  • 3-year warranty
  • Compact design with a small footprint
  • Good build quality
  • Easy to set up and use

Cons

  • Battery pack isn’t included and is expensive
  • Relatively pricey given its features

Summary

The Pure Evoke H3 is a very well-made product from British brand Pure.

It’s more expensive than some of the other radios reviewed here, but its stylish design, compact size and clear sound make it ideal for the kitchen. You can read our full review of the Evoke H3 here.

 

John Lewis Aria

John Lewis Aria Radio

The John Lewis Aria is a small digital radio with an aesthetically pleasing wood-effect design.

The Aria has a very small footprint, so it won’t take up much space on your kitchen work surface.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Alarm clock
  • Bluetooth
  • Saves 10 preset stations

Pros

  • Small and compact
  • Easy to use
  • Good sound quality

Cons

  • Saving and recalling presets 5-10 can be fiddly

Dimensions: 19 x 11.8 x 11.8 cm
Weight: 1.2 kg

Summary

This radio is quite a bit more expensive than the John Lewis Aston Mk2 reviewed above, but it still offers good value for money considering its attractive design and the fact that it has Bluetooth.

This radio would look good in most kitchens, and the dual alarm clock feature could be useful for timing recipes. For more info, read our full review of the John Lewis Aria here.


Kitchen Radios with a CD Player

Here are some kitchen radios with a CD player.

Pure Chronos CD Series II

This radio CD player from highly respected DAB radio brand Pure has some very useful features that could make it a good choice for the kitchen.

The triangular design makes it ideal for positioning in a corner of the kitchen without taking up too much space.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • CD player
  • Remote control
  • USB port for charging a device
  • Alarm clock
  • Adjustable bass and treble

Dimensions: 19.5 x 18.5 x 12.5 cm

Pros

  • Space-saving design
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Remote control is very small
  • CD player can be noisy

Summary

This product is easy to use and has a convenient design that lets it fit neatly into a corner. It’s a good choice for listening to CDs in the kitchen.

 

Majority Oakington

This affordable DAB radio CD player could be a good choice if you want to listen to CDs in the kitchen.

It has a nice wood-effect finish and comes with a handy remote control.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • CD player
  • Bluetooth
  • USB port for charging a device or playing MP3s
  • Remote control

Dimensions: 40 x 20 x 13 cm
Weight: 1.2 kg

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Stylish design
  • Plenty of volume

Cons

  • CD player can be noisy
  • Display is very dim
  • Might be too big for your kitchen countertop

Summary

This radio isn’t perfect—several buyers have said that the display is too dim and the CD player produces lots of noise.

However, it looks great and offers a lot of features for the price, and most people find it performs well.


Under-Cabinet Radios

Under-cabinet radios are designed to fit underneath a kitchen cabinet above the work surface.

This makes them easy to access while you’re cooking, and means they don’t take up space on the work surface where they could get in the way or get wet.

Soundmaster UR2170SI

This radio attaches to the bottom of your kitchen cabinet, allowing you to cook without a radio getting in the way.

It has a radio, a CD player and built-in speakers.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • CD player
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Cooking timer
  • Built-in speakers
  • Remote control

Pros

  • Easy to set up
  • Doesn’t take up any countertop space
  • Useful features (CD player, remote)

Cons

  • Aerial is separate and requires space
  • Sound quality is unimpressive

Summary

If you want something that will fit under your kitchen cabinet, the Soundmaster UR2170SI is a good choice. However, you still need space to attach the aerial, and the sound quality isn’t very impressive.


What to Look for in a Kitchen Radio

Buying a radio for the kitchen is a bit different to buying a radio for the living room or bedroom. There are several things to consider, including:

  • Size – The best radios for the kitchen are compact with a small footprint so they don’t take up a lot of space on your kitchen countertop.
  • Portability – A portable radio can be more convenient and safe for using in the kitchen than one with lots of wires. However, DAB radios typically have poor battery life, so you might want to keep your radio plugged in.
  • Volume – Cooking can be quite a noisy activity, so you want a radio with decent, powerful speakers.
  • Style – Some people just want a radio that sounds good, while for others want a stylish kitchen radio that goes with their decor.
  • Digital or analogue? – Do you want a radio that picks up DAB stations, or would you rather stick with FM?

Most radios these days have extra features besides the radio tuner itself. Here are some features you might appreciate in a kitchen radio:

  • Remote control – A remote control is a good feature to have in the kitchen, as you can change the station or volume without having to walk across the room.
  • Bluetooth – Choosing a radio with Bluetooth will allow you to stream audio wirelessly from your phone or tablet.
  • USB charging – Some radios have a USB port for charging a phone, which can be quite handy.
  • Alarm/Kitchen timer – This will help you time your dishes to perfection.

 

Conclusion

If we had to pick just one radio on this list to recommend, it would be the Pure Evoke H3. With FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, Bluetooth and a kitchen timer, it has all the features most people want in a kitchen radio.

It also looks great and while it’s not the cheapest radio on this list, it’s not particularly expensive either.

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