Cheapest DAB Radios in the UK (2018)

DAB radios used to be very expensive, with a basic digital radio costing over £100. Prices have fallen a lot in the past few years, and these days you can buy a new DAB radio for £20 or less.

Obviously, the cheapest radios typically have lower build and sound quality. Nevertheless, there are some decent radios out there for very low prices. You can’t expect these radios to last for ever, but they could be good options if price is your main priority.

We’ve gone out and found 10 of the cheapest DAB radios available in the UK so you don’t have to. All of these radios were available for under £25 when this article was last updated, though prices can fluctuate so we can’t guarantee they’ll still be so cheap when you read this. We’ve tried to list them in price order with the cheapest first, though we can’t guarantee this order will remain accurate.

Enjoy your bargain-hunting!

Cheapest DAB Radios in the UK (2018)

1. PICTEK DAB Digital FM Radio

This portable radio from budget brand PICTEK is the cheapest DAB radio we could find when researching this article in November 2018. It’s a simple product with a very unflashy design, but it offers good value for money.

Features

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

Dimensions: 22.5 x 11.5 x 5.5 cm

Pros

  • Very cheap
  • Easy to carry around
  • Clear sound

Cons

  • Short battery life
  • Clock display is small and can be hard to read
  • Not much volume

Summary

If you want a very cheap DAB radio, this product from PICTEK is a good choice. The sound quality isn’t great, but it’s adequate considering the radio’s small size and low price.

 

2. Goodmans Pebble Portable Radio

The Goodmans Portable Digital & FM Radio is a simple FM/DAB with a somewhat unusual design. It’s available in a choice of colours: Blue, pink, concrete, lime, purple and slate.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)
  • 3 dedicated preset buttons

Dimensions: 19.4 x 9.5 x 6 cm

Pros

  • Small and light
  • Generally decent DAB reception
  • Good battery life
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Feels plasticky
  • No headphone jack

Summary

For the price, the Goodmans Pebble performs very well. It feels quite plasticky and only has limited features (with no headphone socket), but it has decent battery life and is easy to use.

 

3. Logik LHDAB17 Portable DAB/FM Pocket Radio

Logik LHDAB17 Pocket Radio

Logik is a budget electronics brand owned by Currys who produce several very affordable digital radios, including the LHDAB17. The LHDAB17 is a pocket radio without a built-in speaker, so you can only listen to it through headphones. It could be a good choice for listening to while commuting, walking or exercising.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Built-in battery that lasts for up to 10 hours
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 7.5 x 6 x 1.8 cm
Weight: 31 g

Pros

  • Very small and light
  • Easy to save and access preset stations
  • Charges quickly
  • Probably the cheapest pocket DAB radio

Cons

  • Headphones only—no built-in speaker
  • Reception can be unreliable
  • Buttons can be fiddly as they are so small

Summary

The LHDAB17 is much cheaper than other pocket radios from premium brands such as Pure and Roberts, and is also cheaper than other budget pocket radios from brands such as Majority. The sound quality will depend on the headphones you use it with.

 

4. LOGIK L2DAB16 Portable Radio

LOGIK L2DAB16

LOGIK is Currys’ own brand of budget electrical equipment. The L2DAB16 is one of the most inexpensive digital radios in the UK and performs well for such a cheap radio. It lets you save your 20 favourite stations (10 on FM and 10 on DAB) and features a headphone jack so you can listen privately.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)
  • Headphone jack
  • Saves 20 preset stations

Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.6 x 5 cm
Weight: 290 g

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Generally good DAB reception
  • Small and light

Cons

  • Unimpressive battery life
  • Display is very bright
  • Sounds tinny

Summary

The L2DAB16’s design isn’t very inspiring, but it is straightforward, neutral and serious-looking. It’s not ideal as a bedside radio since the display is very bright. However, it has quite good reception on DAB and is easy to use.

 

5. Bush DAB/FM Radio

The Bush DAB/FM radio is a simple and straightforward product with a useful alarm clock function and a sleep timer so you can drift off to sleep with the radio on.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)
  • Alarm clock
  • Sleep timer
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 15 x 9.8 x 5 cm

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Decent sound quality
  • Compact design

Cons

  • Storing and accessing presets can be fiddly
  • Poor battery life
  • Buttons and display are small

Summary

This radio offers quite good value for money. While some people find the buttons and display to be too small and fiddly, the radio is generally easy to use and has quite good sound quality for the price.

 

6. Majority Bar Hill

The Majority Bar Hill is one of the cheapest DAB clock radios on the market. Despite being very affordable, it has some useful extra features such as a USB port for charging your phone.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • USB port for charging devices
  • Headphone jack
  • Dimmable display

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Decent DAB reception
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Sounds quite tinny

Summary

If you want a cheap DAB clock radio, the Majority Bar Hill is a good choice. You can dim the display so it won’t keep you awake at night, and it’s also nice to be able to use the USB port to charge your phone or Kindle.

 

7. Majority Histon II

The Majority Histon II is an updated version of the earlier Histon DAB radio. This product is a straightforward portable digital radio that would be good for listening to around the house or in the garden.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)

Pros

  • Good value for money
  • Light and easy to carry around
  • Good sound quality given its size

Cons

  • Buttons are all the same shape and size
  • Batteries drain very quickly

Summary

This is a good small radio for the kitchen or elsewhere in the home. It can be a bit fiddly to use, especially since the buttons are all on the top of the radio and are all the same size and shape.

 

8. Majority Chesterton Portable Radio

At the time of writing the Majority Chestertone is one of the cheapest radios in Majority’s large range of budget DAB radios. It has a square design and can be bought in either black or white. This radio has a built-in rechargeable battery, but it only lasts for about 6 hours.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB radio
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Alarm clock
  • Powered by mains or built-in rechargeable battery
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 13 x 13 x 4.5 cm

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Poor battery life (likely to be less than 3 hours)
  • Signal could be better

Summary

Most portable DAB radios have quite poor battery life, but the battery life on the Majority Chesterton is worse than average, making it quite frustrating to use. However, it is very cheap, so it could be worth buying if you intend to power it using the mains.

 

9. Groov-e Paris Portable DAB/FM Digital Radio

This cheap DAB radio from Groov-e is very straightforward and unpretentious. It offers the essential features people most people want in a digital radio at a very low price.

Features

  • FM/DAB radio
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Alarm clock
  • Headphone jack
  • Mains or battery powered (4 x AA)

Dimensions: 19 x 9 x 3.5 cm
Weight: 300 g

Pros

  • Light and easy to carry around
  • Good value for money

Cons

  • Not very attractive
  • Instructions manual isn’t very detailed
  • Alarm only works when plugged into the mains

Summary

The Groov-e Paris isn’t very exciting but it’s cheap and gets the job done. The design isn’t particularly appealing, but the Groov-e Paris is compact and works well for the price.

 

10. Majority Arbury

The Arbury is yet another ultra-low-priced digital radio from Majority. Unlike most of the other radios on this list, it has a built-in rechargeable battery, which can be more convenient and cheaper than using AA batteries.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze function
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Saves 20 preset stations

Dimensions: 14 x 13 x 4.5 cm
Weight: 250 g

Pros

  • Rechargeable
  • Compact and light
  • Easy to use

Cons

  • Can be unreliable
  • Charging port breaks easily

Summary

The best thing about the Arbury is that it’s rechargeable, so you don’t need to use separate batteries. However, it can be unreliable, and several buyers have had issues with it not working properly after a few weeks or months.

 

Which Are the Cheapest DAB Radio Brands?

Some of the best brands to look at if you want a cheap DAB radio are the following:

  • Bush – Bush is a British electronics brand that was founded in 1932 as Bush Radio. The brand is now owned by Home Retail Group, who own Argos. Bush products are now sold exclusively at Argos.
  • Logik – Logik is Currys’ own brand of budget electronics. Logik products are usually modern-looking and functional, but not very flashy.
  • Majority – Majority is a British DAB radio brand who have a large range of very affordable DAB radios. Some of their products have modern designs, while others have a more retro look. Majority products usually have a lot of features compared to other products in the same price range.
  • PICTEK – PICTEK is an electronics brand that manufacture a large range of products from FM transmitters to gaming mice to radios. There isn’t much information about the brand available online, but they seem to be based in the Far East.

 

Conclusion

Unsurprisingly given their low price, all of the radios reviewed here have several flaws. The absolute cheapest DAB radio we could find when researching this article in June 2018 was the LOGIK LRDABP17, which offers great value for money even if the sound is quite tinny.

If you’re willing to spend a bit more, check out our roundup of the best DAB radios under £50.

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