These days, you can buy radios with all kinds of features like Bluetooth, WiFi, aux-in ports and SD card readers. There are also several radios that offer a USB port.
A USB port can be added for different reasons. Sometimes it allows you to play music from an MP3 player or USB drive, and even record the radio onto a USB device. At other times a USB port is added to allow you to charge a smartphone or other device.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best radios with a USB port available in the UK.
DAB radios with USB playback
The August MB400 is a budget-priced portable FM/DAB radio that lets you play MP3s from a USB drive or SD card. In addition to that, you can also stream music wirelessly via Bluetooth. The radio has an alarm clock function that lets you choose from waking up to an alarm buzzer sound, FM or DAB radio, or music stored on a USB stick or SD card. This makes it a very versatile radio. Read our full review here.
JVC RD-D70 All-In-One Hi-Fi
As the name suggests, the JVC RD-D70 All-In-One is intended to meet all your radio and music listening needs. It has lots of features, including an FM/DAB radio, Bluetooth for streaming music wirelessly and a CD player that can play MP3 discs.
The JVC RD-D70 offers excellent sound quality for the price, and would be ideal for a kitchen or bedroom.
FM radios with USB playback
UKayed Retro 1950s Vintage AM/FM Radio
The UKayed Retro AM/FM radio is an attractive vintage-style radio with both a USB and an SD port for playing MP3s. It’s a portable radio that takes 4 AA batteries, so you can take it with you while travelling or listen to it in the garden.
This radio is one of the most affordable radios you can get with USB playback. It comes in a choice of three colours: Black, Blue and Cream.
The August MB300 is a low-priced FM radio with an alarm clock and a USB connection for playing audio files. Other features include an SD card reader and a thermometer that displays the temperature on the LCD screen. The August MB300 is handy for playing MP3s from a USB drive, but the radio itself is disappointing as the aerial doesn’t have very good reception. Read our full review here.
DAB radios with a USB port for charging devices
This feature is especially common in bedside clock radios, as it’s useful for charging your smartphone overnight. Many radios offer two USB charging points, so you and your partner can both charge your phones at the same time.
Pure Siesta Rise
The Pure Siesta Rise is one of the most popular DAB alarm clock radios in the UK at the time of writing. Compared to products like the Majority Abbey, it’s fairly expensive, but it is well made, has a very elegant design and is backed by a generous 3-year warranty. It features a single USB socket for charging a phone, as opposed to the two sockets offered by the Abbey Bedside radio mentioned below. Read our full review of the Siesta Rise here.
Abbey DAB Bedside Digital FM Radio Alarm Clock
Budget DAB radio brand Majority produce several DAB alarm clock radios with USB charging points, including the Abbey Bedside Radio which has two USB ports so both you and your partner can charge your smartphones.
The Majority Abbey is attractively priced, but can be quite fiddly to use as an alarm clock. You can read our full review of the Abbey Bedside Radio here.
If you’re looking for something that is similar but smaller, you should consider the Majority Madingley Hall Radio.
AZATOM Multiplex D1
In addition to bedside clock radios, several larger DAB radios also offer one or two USB ports for charging devices. One of these radios is the AZATOM Multiplex D1, which is powerful enough to fill the average living room. This radio is well made and uses a wooden case to give it a solid feel and a warm sound.
If you’re looking for a good all-round FM/DAB radio that will let you charge a smartphone or MP3 player, the AZATOM Multiplex D1 is a good choice. Read our full review here. A similar radio that offers two USB charging points is the Castle DAB radio.
Roberts Blutune100 Sound System
If you’re willing to spend a bit more to invest in a top-quality DAB radio with a USB port, you should consider the Roberts Blutune100. It comes in an acoustically tuned wooden cabinet and has a long list of features including FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, a CD player, an alarm clock, aux and headphone sockets, a remote control and of course a USB port.
This radio has excellent sound quality, and is built to last. Read our full review here.
FM radios with a USB port for charging devices
While DAB radio is on the rise, FM radio still offers better reception for many people. If you’re looking for a good FM radio with a USB port for charging a phone, MP3 player or pocket radio, consider one of these.
Goodmans USB Clock Radio
The Goodmans USB Clock Radio is a small bedside radio with two very effective USB charging points. It’s cheap and will let you charge devices quickly and easily. However, it sounds quite tinny and is fiddly to use as an alarm clock. Read our full review here.
Duronic ACR02 Clock Radio
The Duronic ACR02 Clock Radio is a carefully designed FM clock radio with two USB charging points for charging smartphones. It also features a dimmable LED display and an aux-in port for playing music from a phone, MP3 player or other device through its speakers. It can be plugged into the mains or used with 2 AAA batteries.
In contrast to many budget clock radios, the Duronic ACR02 actually has decent FM reception, and feels like it’s built to last.
Radio CD players with a USB port
The Roberts Zoombox2 is a portable boombox with an FM/DAB radio, a CD player and USB and SD ports for playing music or audio in MP3 or WMA format. It’s relatively expensive for a CD player boombox, but it offers a unique combination of features and is built to the high standard of quality you’d expect from Roberts. Read our full review here.
Radios that let you record to a USB drive
Roberts Stream 65i
The Roberts Radio Stream65i is a versatile high-end DAB radio that comes with a great range of features. In addition to a USB port for playing and recording MP3 files, it also has an SD reader and a CD player. The built-in alarm will even let you wake up to music from a USB flash drive.
Recording onto a USB drive is very straightforward with this radio, and you can record from both the radio and the CD player.
Like the Roberts Stream 65i, the Blutune200 is a top-quality radio with a high price to match. It lets you not only record onto a USB drive, but also use the USB socket for charging a smartphone or other device. The USB drive can play audio files in MP3 or WMA format.
In addition to USB playback and recording, the Blutune200 Sound System is packed with features including an FM/DAB/DAB+ radio, Bluetooth, an SD card reader and an alarm clock that allows you to wake up to an audio file from a USB drive. Read our full review here.
The GPO Memphis is a vinyl record player with a CD player, an FM radio and a USB port for recording onto a USB drive. This makes it a very versatile device that would be ideal if you have a large record collection that you’d like to convert to MP3 format.
The turntable can be used to play 33, 45 and 78 RPM records, and in addition to recording onto USB you can also record onto an SD card. It has a stylish and fun 1950s design, and combines form and function very well.
If you’d like to see some other record player radios, check out this article.