Majority Little Shelford DAB Radio Review

Summary:
Unlikely to last forever, but offers great value for money.

Buy it online:
£31.95 on Amazon.co.uk

At the time of writing, the Majority Little Shelford is one of the most popular DAB radios in the UK. It has an impressive list of features for the price including FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, Bluetooth and a dual alarm clock. But how does it perform? Find out in this review…

Features

  • FM/DAB/DAB+ radio
  • Bluetooth
  • Mains or battery powered with 4 x AA batteries (not included)
  • Dual alarm clock with snooze function
  • Sleep timer
  • Headphone jack

Dimensions: 17 cm tall x 13 cm wide x 10 cm deep
Weight: 762 g

Performance and use

The Majority Little Shelford is quite straightforward and easy to use. It comes with some useful and concise instructions, so you should be up and running quickly.

The DAB reception is generally good, though this will depend a lot on where you use it. The mono speaker also sounds quite good for its size, with a decent level of bass.

This radio has a nice retro design and comes in an aesthetically pleasing duck egg blue finish. It’s very compact at just 13 cm wide by 10 cm deep, so it would be a good choice for a bedside table.

This radio was only released in February 2018, so we don’t know how long it will last. Often cheaper products such as this start to have issues after 6 months or so of use but given the Little Shelford’s low price this wouldn’t be the end of the world.

One potential downside to this radio is that lots of buyers have had issues saving and recalling preset stations. It also doesn’t have any dedicated preset buttons so you need to change between presets by going through a menu. If being able to quickly change between your favourite stations is important to you, this radio might not be the best choice.

Pros

  • One of the cheapest DAB radios with Bluetooth
  • Easy to use
  • Generally good DAB reception
  • Compact design
  • Decent sound quality given its size
  • Attractive retro design

Cons

  • Build quality could be higher
  • Some people have had issues saving and accessing presets

Verdict

The Little Shelford offers great value for money and is one of the most affordable DAB radios with Bluetooth on the market. The sound quality is fairly good and the retro design is easy on the eye.

Don’t expect this radio to last forever—the build quality isn’t particularly high and some of this manufacturer’s products have been unreliable in the past. Overall though, the Little Shelford is a good little DAB radio.

Similar radios

The Little Shelford has a nice retro design which is quite similar to the Roberts Revival Retro Mini. The Revival Retro Mini is considerably more expensive and it doesn’t have Bluetooth, but it does have a useful built-in battery charger.

One alternative to the Little Shelford in the same sort of price range is the AZATOM Spitalfields. The Spitalfields features an alarm clock, a remote control and a built-in rechargeable battery. However, unlike the Little Shelford it doesn’t have Bluetooth.

For some more options to consider, see our roundups of the best portable DAB radios, the best DAB radios with Bluetooth and the best DAB radios under £50.

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