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. LOGIK LRDABP17 Portable Clock Radio

LOGIK LRDABP17

The LOGIK LRDABP17 is the cheapest DAB radio we could find while researching this article. It’s a small portable FM/DAB radio with an alarm clock function. The peach colour might not appeal to everyone, but it can’t be denied that this radio offers great value for money.

Features

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

Dimensions: 22 x 14.5 x 6.5 cm
Weight: 608 g

Pros

  • Very cheap
  • Easy to use
  • Compact design
  • Useful alarm function

Cons

  • Sound quality is mediocre
  • Saving and accessing presets can be fiddly
  • DAB reception can be poor

Summary

Unsurprisingly given its low price, the LOGIK LRDABP17 doesn’t have great sound quality and the DAB reception isn’t as good as it could be. However, this radio still offers very good value for money.

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. Alba DAB/FM Radio

This small and straightforward FM/DAB radio from budget electronics brand Alba can be powered with 4 AA batteries or the mains, and lets you save 20 preset stations.

Features

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

Dimensions: 17 x 10.1 x 5.3 cm

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Compact design
  • Decent sound quality for the size and price

Cons

  • Accessing presets is fiddly
  • Battery life is poor

Summary

The Alba DAB/FM Radio is a good cheap radio for listening to at work, in the kitchen or the shed/garage. The sound quality is quite good for something so small and inexpensive.

4. Alba Bluetooth DAB Radio

This is the cheapest Bluetooth DAB radio we could find while researching this article. In addition to Bluetooth, the Alba Bluetooth DAB Radio has surprising number of features for the price including an alarm clock and a sleep timer.

Features

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

Dimensions: 12 x 12 x 7 cm

Pros

  • Very good value for money
  • Decent amount of volume
  • Easy to use
  • Compact design

Cons

  • Accessing presets is fiddly

Summary

The Alba Bluetooth DAB Radio offers excellent value for money. It would be nice to have some dedicated buttons for quickly accessing preset stations rather than having to scroll through them. However, for the price this is a very good radio.

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. 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.

7. Majority Kite Pocket Radio

At the time of writing, this is one of the cheapest pocket DAB radios on the market. Unlike most pocket digital radios, the Kite takes 3 AAA batteries rather than using a rechargeable built-in battery.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Takes 3 x AAA batteries
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Headphone jack
  • Clock with automatic time set

Dimensions: 10 x 6 x 1.5 cm

Pros

Cons

  • Poor battery life
  • Can’t be charged via USB

Summary

While this radio is very cheap, buying it may be a false economy due to the poor battery life and the inconvenience of having to recharge or replace AAA batteries frequently. Cheap batteries can last less than an hour when using this radio, so you’d be better off buying something with a built-in rechargeable battery. See our roundup of the best pocket DAB radios for some good options.

8. Majority Chesterton Portable Radio

The Chesterton is essentially an older version of the Majority Arbury. At the time of writing it’s one of the cheapest radios in Majority’s 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. Majority Histon Portable Radio

The Majority Histon is a portable FM/DAB/DAB+ radio from budget radio brand Majority. It has a sleek and minimalistic black design. Some of the Histon’s features include a headphone jack, an alarm clock with a sleep function and an LCD display.

This radio can be powered in three ways: plugged into the mains, via a micro USB cable or used as a portable radio with 4 AA batteries.

Features

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

Dimensions: 18.5 x 11 x 6.5 cm
Weight: 249 g

Pros

  • 3 power options (mains, USB, batteries)
  • Decent amount of volume

Cons

  • Quality control issues – lots of radios are faulty
  • Unreliable
  • Sounds quite tinny

Summary

While this radio appears to offer good value for money, lots of buyers have had issues with the Majority Histon not working correctly, so it’s probably not worth risking buying it.

10. Lava Malie Portable DAB Radio

The Malie Portable DAB Radio from British audio-visual technology brand Lava is one of the newer products in this list, having been released in early 2018. This radio is available in a choice of colours: Black, cream, purple and teal.

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Built-in rechargeable battery
  • Saves 20 preset stations
  • Dual alarm clock
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 4 cm
Weight: 540 g

Pros

  • Attractive design
  • Useful dual alarm clock feature

Cons

  • Base isn’t stable, so radio can topple over easily

Summary

The Lava Malie looks nice, but the base is very narrow which means it’s easy to knock the radio over. This could be a real problem if you’re using at as an alarm clock. Hopefully Lava will release an updated version fixing this design flaw.

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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