Best Shower Radios (UK 2018)

There are a lot of shower and bathroom radios available on the market, but most of them have quite a lot of negative reviews. This is often due to either poor build quality or poor reception, which is a common problem since the shower isn’t the ideal place to get good radio reception.

Fortunately, there are a few high-quality shower radios available in the UK. We’ve picked out some of the best models on the market in 2018. Skip down to read our reviews, or read on for some more information to help you choose the right shower radio.

About shower radios

A shower radio is a radio that has been specially designed to be water resistant so it can be used in the shower. Shower radios often have a hanging strap which you can use to hang them from the shower. Others have a suction cup which lets you attach them to the shower wall. For safety reasons, shower radios are battery powered and usually lack a headphone jack, since water and wires don’t mix well.

Are shower radios actually waterproof?

Shower radios are water resistant, but technically speaking, they aren’t waterproof. The definition of waterproof according to Merriam Webster is “impervious to water”, which would mean you could completely submerge the radio in water without it doing any damage. Shower radios aren’t quite that tough—they can withstand being splashed by water but you shouldn’t overdo it. Most shower radios have an IP code of IPX4, which means they are resistant to the “splashing of water”.

Are shower radios safe?

Yes, if the radio you’re buying is a genuine shower radio it should be perfectly safe. Only use a water-resistant radio in the shower, and never attach headphones or other wires.

Features to look for in a shower radio

Shower radios are often simple FM radios with a single speaker and limited features, though they can have more advanced features such as Bluetooth. Bluetooth is a good feature to have as it means you can listen to any kind of audio from your phone while you’re in the shower, so instead of being limited to the radio you can also listen to MP3s, podcasts and so on.

Here’s an overview of some of the features you might want to look for in a shower radio:

  • Bluetooth: This lets you stream audio from your phone through the radio’s speaker.
  • DAB: DAB gives you a greater choice of stations but will result in a shorter battery life.
  • IPX4 water resistance: This means the radio will withstand being splashed by water in any direction.
  • Clock/timer: This is useful if you’re on a tight schedule.

 

Best Shower Radios in the UK (2018)

Here are our 5 favourite shower radios on the market in 2018.

1. Sony ICF-S80 Splash Proof Shower Radio

The Sony ICF-S80 is a dependable AM/FM shower radio that you can also use around the house. It comes in an elegant white design. While it doesn’t offer DAB or Bluetooth, it boasts a long battery life of up to 100 hours.

Features

  • AM/FM Radio
  • IPX4 splash-proof rating
  • Battery life of up to 100 hours
  • Auto Power Off function
  • Saves 5 preset stations
  • Strap holes so you can easily hang it on your shower
  • 12-hour clock

Dimensions: 16 x 14 x 8 cm
Weight: 798 g

Pros

  • Can be hung on a shower or stood on its own
  • Stylish
  • Volume goes quite loud
  • Long battery life
  • Features a clock
  • Good reception

Cons

  • No DAB radio – just AM/FM
  • No Bluetooth

Summary

This radio is more expensive than some of the other FM shower radios on the market, but it’s a high-quality product with good reception. It’s a very reliable radio that will provide you with weeks of battery life and will look great in your bathroom. Take care not to place it directly under running water as it is only designed to be splash-proof.

2. John Lewis Spectrum Digital Shower Radio

The Spectrum Shower Radio from John Lewis is a stylish product with a useful strap for hanging it in the shower. The Spectrum Shower Radio offers FM as well as DAB, so it gives you more choice of stations than an FM-only radio. It uses a rechargeable built-in battery which lasts for up to 12 hours.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Rechargeable battery
  • IPX4 water resistance
  • Carrying/hanging handle
  • 3-watt speaker
  • Headphone jack

Pros

  • Good reception
  • Light and easy to carry
  • Decent sound quality

Cons

  • Difficult and fiddly to turn on and off
  • Shorter battery life on than an FM

Summary

If you’d like DAB radio in addition to FM, the Spectrum Shower Radio is a great alternative to the Sony ICF-S80 Splash Proof Shower Radio reviewed above. The battery life is shorter, but you’ll have more stations to listen to. This radio is a good choice for listening to around the house and in the garden, not just in the bathroom.

3. VicTsing Shower Speaker

This product is a Bluetooth shower speaker rather than a radio, but it does feature an FM radio. The VicTsing Shower Speaker is quite a versatile product that you can use to stream music, take hands-free calls and listen to FM stations.

Features

  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • FM radio
  • IPX4 water resistance
  • Clock
  • Suction cup for attaching to a shower wall
  • Microphone for hands-free calls
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life

Dimensions: 10.2 cm x 10.2 cm x 7.6 cm
Weight: 259 g

Pros

  • Connects to Bluetooth easily
  • Decent FM reception
  • Small and compact

Cons

  • Time isn’t displayed when listening to the radio
  • Doesn’t remember last radio station listened to
  • Default volume is very loud

Summary

This product is designed more as a Bluetooth speaker than a radio, and if you just want to listen to the radio it’s not ideal. It doesn’t remember the last station you listened to, so you need to save a preset or tune the radio in each time you turn it on. However, it offers good value for money and features Bluetooth, which is a big plus.

4. Roberts Radio Splash

The Roberts Splash offers DAB radio and Bluetooth, so it’s quite a versatile product. If you just look at pictures, you might expect the Roberts Splash to be a pocket radio, but it’s actually much bigger than you might expect at 20 cm tall. It also weighs 680 grams, so it’s fairly heavy.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Takes 2 x D batteries
  • Saves 8 preset stations
  • Splash-proof
  • Wire antenna

Dimensions: 20 x 11 x 7 cm
Weight: 680 g

Pros

  • Lots of features, including DAB and Bluetooth
  • Good sound quality
  • Good reception

Cons

  • Large and bulky
  • Takes D batteries, which aren’t very convenient

Summary

This is one of the few shower radios available with good sound quality, DAB and Bluetooth. However, it’s big and bulky, with a dated design. It would be nice if it was slimmer and more modern-looking.

5. Philips AE2330/00 Bathroom Splashproof Clock Radio

The Philips AE2330/00 is an AM/FM radio with a clock and a hanging strap. It takes AA batteries which will last a very long time.

Features

  • AM/FM radio
  • Clock
  • Detachable hanging strap
  • Timer that switches off radio after a certain amount of time
  • Anti-slip design
  • Takes 3 AA batteries

Dimensions: 15.3 x 8.8 x 6.1 cm
Weight: 530 g

Pros

  • Good sound quality
  • Easy to tune
  • Easy to use with wet fingers
  • Batteries last a long time

Cons

  • Doesn’t show clock when the radio is turned on
  • Sounds a bit tinny

Summary

If you want something straightforward and easy to use, the Philips AE2330/00 is a good choice. While it doesn’t have Bluetooth or DAB, this radio is straightforward and easy to use. The sound quality isn’t amazing, but it’s good for such an affordable radio.

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