Best Waterproof & Water-Resistant Radios

There are lots of reasons why you might want a water-resistant radio. Perhaps you want to listen in the garden, in the shower, in the shed, by the pool or while working outside. You might even want to listen to the radio underwater while swimming.

While there aren’t many fully waterproof radios on the market, there are lots of quality water-resistant products available. Here’s a roundup of some of the best options available in the UK.

Best Water-Resistant Radios

1. Sony ICFS80.CE7 – Best water-resistant radio overall

Radio bands: AM/FM
IP rating: IPX4 (splashproof)

The Sony ICFS80.CE7 is an AM/FM shower radio that can withstand being splashed by water from a distance of 30 cm or more. This radio has a compact and light design, measuring 16 x 14 x 8 cm and weighing 499 g, so it’s convenient for carrying around. There’s also a rubber hanging strap so you can hang it up in the shower.

This radio takes three C-size batteries which should last a long time (around 100 hours according to Sony). These aren’t included, so you need to buy them separately.

There are 5 dedicated preset buttons on the top of the radio, so accessing your favourite stations is quick and easy. There’s also a timer that you can set to switch the radio off after 10, 20, 30, 45 or 60 minutes, which is useful if you’re using it in the shower.

For a shower radio, the Sony ICFS80.CE7 has good sound quality and strong signal strength. Be aware that it’s only an AM/FM radio, and doesn’t have DAB.

 

2. John Lewis Spectrum Shower Radio – Best water-resistant DAB radio

John Lewis Spectrum Shower Radio

Radio bands: FM/DAB
IP rating: IPX4 (splashproof)

The John Lewis Spectrum Shower Radio is designed for use in the shower but could also be a good choice for listening to in the garden or humid workplaces. Unlike most water-resistant radios, it offers DAB radio in addition to FM.

One of the best things about the Spectrum Shower Radio is that it has a built-in rechargeable battery, which is more convenient than having to replace batteries or recharge them separately. However, the battery will only last 12 hours or so before needing to be recharged.

This radio is sleek and stylish and has a useful hanging strap that you can use to hang it up in the bathroom. It feels quite robust, and is backed by John Lewis’s 2-year warranty should anything happen.

 

3. Majority Eversden – Best water-resistant radio with Bluetooth

Radio bands: FM/DAB/DAB+
IP rating: IPX5 (water resistant)

The Majority Eversden has a slightly better water resistance rating than many shower radios (IPX5 rather than IPX4). This means that it can resist a sustained, low-pressure jet of water, though it isn’t fully waterproof so you can’t submerge it in water.

The Eversden has a very similar design to the John Lewis Spectrum Shower Radio, with a hanging strap and a built-in rechargeable battery.

One of the best things about this radio is that it has Bluetooth, so you can stream music, podcasts or online radio from your phone without worrying about getting it wet.

There’s even an alarm clock so you can use it as a bedside radio as well.

 

4. POPyourShower Shower Radio – Best value water-resistant radio

Radio bands: FM/DAB/DAB+
IP rating: IPX5 (water resistant)

The POPyourShower Shower Radio has an IPX4 water resistance rating, so it’s fine for using in the shower and shouldn’t get damaged by the odd rain shower if you’re listening outside.

This radio is very reasonably priced and is one of the cheapest water-resistant DAB radios on the market. It doesn’t have any advanced features like Bluetooth, but it gets the job done if you just want a straightforward radio.

 

5. Makita DMR108 Site Radio – Best water-resistant work radio

Radio bands: AM/FM
IP rating: IP64 (splashproof)

The Makita DMR108 is designed for use on building sites and other workplaces where something tough and weatherproof is needed. It has an IP rating of IP64 which means it’s both dust- and water-resistant, which is useful if you’re using on a construction site.

This radio is relatively pricey, but it’s very rugged. The Makita DMR108 is an AM/FM radio with no DAB receiver, but it does have Bluetooth so you can connect your smartphone and use it as a wireless speaker.

The Makita DMR108 can be powered by the mains or used with Makita batteries, which could be inconvenient unless you already have some Makita batteries.

Some extra features include the ability to save 10 preset stations (5 on AM and 5 on FM) and a USB port for charging a phone.

 

6. Roberts Splash Mini


Radio bands: FM/DAB/DAB+

The Roberts Splash Mini was one of the first water-resistant DAB radios to come on the market. It also has Bluetooth, making it one of the most modern water-resistant radios available.

The Bluetooth feature is useful for playing music from your phone without worrying about getting your phone wet. The Splash Mini only has a Bluetooth receiver, not a transmitter, so you can’t use it with Bluetooth headphones or speakers.

This radio can be powered by the mains or with 2 D-size batteries. It doesn’t recharge batteries, so you will need to replace them or recharge them separately.

The Splash Mini saves 8 preset stations (4 on FM and 4 on DAB/DAB+), which you can access quickly using the 4 preset buttons.

This radio is fairly compact and light, measuring 20 x 11.2 x 8 cm and weighing 680 g. However, it’s lighter than you might expect given the ‘Mini’ name. There’s a convenient strap for carrying it around or hanging it up.

This product is quite pricey for a shower radio, but with Bluetooth and DAB/DAB+ radio, it has more features than most similar products out there.

 

Waterproof Swimming Radios

Swimmer

Waterproof swimming radios for listening to underwater come in the form of a headband that contains a radio and MP3 player, with earphones attached. While the idea of listening to music while swimming sounds great, unfortunately these products usually aren’t particularly effective. Some common problems with waterproof swimming radios include the following:

  • Interference while listening to the radio
  • Earphones coming out of the ears while swimming
  • Water getting into the ears, affecting the sound

If you are interested in trying a swimming radio, one of the best options is probably the Evo 8GB Waterproof MP3 Player, which is available here on Ebay.

This MP3 player is inexpensive and has an IPX8 waterproof rating. It also has reasonably loud earphones, which is necessary if you’re swimming. However, the earphones can be quite uncomfortable.

Can you get a DAB swimming radio?

We couldn’t find any underwater DAB swimming radios available when researching this article in October 2019. Most swimming radios are designed primarily as MP3 players with FM radio added as an extra, so the radio feature isn’t prioritised.

 

IP Ratings – How Water Resistance Is Measured

When researching water-resistant radios one of the first things you will notice is that they have an IP rating (also known as an IP code or International Protection Marking).

IP codes are four characters long. They all start with the letters IP, which are followed by two digits. The first digit corresponds to solid particle protection (protection from dust etc.), while the second digit corresponds to liquid ingress protection (water resistance).

The higher the numbers, the more protection. If there isn’t enough data to assign a protection level, the digit is replaced by the letter X.

Water-resistant normally only have a water resistance rating, not a dust-proof rating, so they will have an X instead of a number for solid particle protection. Common IP ratings for radios include the following:

  • IPX4: Splashproof – the radio can withstand being sprayed/splashed for at least 5 minutes.
  • IPX5: Water-resistant – the radio can withstand being sprayed with a low-pressure water jet for a short period of time.
  • IPX7: Waterproof – the radio can be immersed in water up to a depth of 1 metre.
  • IPX8: Waterproof – the radio can be immersed in water deeper than 1 metre.

 

Conclusion

Which of these radios is best for you will depend on what you’re looking for in a water-resistant radio.

The Sony ICFS80.CE7 is a good choice if you want a straightforward and reliable shower radio, though bear in mind that it only has AM/FM radio, not DAB. The John Lewis Spectrum Shower Radio offers good value for money if you want something similar with DAB. While they are designed for the shower, both of these radios would also be good for listening to in the garden.

If you need something more rugged, the Makita DMR108 is a good option. It’s designed for worksites and is dust- as well as water-resistant.

It’s important to realise that very few radios are actually waterproof—most of the radios reviewed here are merely water resistant, and shouldn’t be submerged in water or exposed to excessive amounts of water.

The swimming radios mentioned above can be submerged in water, but they don’t function as well as the less waterproof options reviewed here.

For some more options, see these articles:

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