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Best DAB Radios 2024: The best radios we’ve tested

Radios have adapted with the times, and DAB radios remain a popular means of receiving news and music into the home for many.

If you count yourself among the legion of radio heads tuning in every day, you’ll want to know what’s the best DAB radio available. This list will set you on the way to finding a new radio, with a range of choices that span affordable models, bedside efforts, outdoor speakers, and radios that can double up as hi-fi systems.

We test how they sound, but we also live with them and use them like any other person would, understanding how they work in a real world context. We’ll also test the range of features and see if they live up to the manufacturer’s claims.

If you’re still on the fence about whether to get a DAB radio or another device, you can always check out our round-ups for the best Bluetooth speakers, and the best smart speakers.

Best DAB radios at a glance

How we test

How we test radios

We play a lot of music, and we play it loud. But we don’t just listen to the speakers; if there are special features then we make sure we fiddle with them until we’re satisfied.

Of course, it always comes back to the music. Radios are tested by reviewers who have a knowledge of sound quality, as well as a context of the market. We’ll listen to radios alongside similarly priced rivals, so when we recommend a particular model, it’s among the best you can buy for the money.

Revo SuperConnect Stereo

Best premium radio
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  • Big, detailed, and spacious sound
  • Consistent performance across its sources
  • Plenty of connectivity options
  • Looks great


  • Expensive for a ‘radio’
  • Uneven bass output

It’s been a while since we last saw and heard a radio from Revo, but they’re back in some style with the SuperConnect Stereo.

A stereo upgrade over the original SuperConnect, the Stereo version incurs quite the high price for what is described as a radio at £489 / $599. We would consider the Revo to be both a radio and hi-fi system rolled into one, which makes considerably more sense once you look at the design…

…for the SuperConnect Stereo is a big unit at 370mm wide. It’s also a lovely looking system with its wood panel finish and the black anodised finish of the review sample we were sent. Plonked in the middle is a highly visible OLED screen that can be read from a distance, and there’s a volume dial on the side to casually up or lower the volume. The front side is littered with buttons that cover playback, menu, and alarm settings; but there’s another means of operation with the slim remote packaged with the system.

That’s not the only means of operating the SuperConnect Stereo as it supports Wi-Fi and compatibility with the Undok app. You can stream Spotify Connect, as well as Amazon Music and Deezer from the app itself. The app allows for customisation (which you can also do on through the onboard controls) of audio EQ and a bigger provision of presets, though this is one area we found confusing as the allocation of presets is different with six presets on the remote, seven on the radio and 10 in the app. Like the BoomBocs Studio we find it to be a confusing situation as when we used up the full allotment in the app, we weren’t able to access some of the stations on the remote or on the unit itself.

Less muddled in execution is the Revo’s sound. It delivers a big, spacious, and detailed sound from its BMR drivers. We found it outputted an energetic, if not necessarily dynamic sound, that had plenty of thrust and punch to it, especially with the low frequencies. How it handles bass, however, is not always the most consistent in our view. It tends to hog the limelight when listening to radio stations, but there’s a better balance to be found when streaming music, which offers more control over low frequencies.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Revo SuperConnect Stereo

Ruark R1S

Best stylish DAB radio
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  • Rich and confident sound
  • Fashionable design that’s tough to beat
  • Also doubles as a portable speaker


  • Questionable price against the competition
  • No voice assistant
  • The screen is a bit dim at certain angles

With competition from smart speakers from the likes of Apple and Amazon, modern DAB radios have diversified their feature set to compete and one of those radios is Ruark R1S, though at £299 it’s not exactly cheap.

Like Ruark’s previous radios and wireless speakers, the R1S is a fashionable looking speaker. It makes use of wooden panelling across its front to give it a natural look, with a 2.5-inch OLED screen above that’s large enough to comfortably display information.

Available in a mid-grey finish or midnight blue, we feel the R1S is easily one of the most stylish radios currently available on the market right now.

Despite its fairly compact form factor, our reviewer found the radio pumped out impressively loud and confident sound that highlights vocal channels well so that we always heard what was being said.

For those who prefer more bass in their tracks or more attention afforded to the treble, the R1S’ sound can be adjusted via equaliser settings. Plus, with a separate battery pack, the R1S with can be used as a portable speaker, although the battery incurs an extra cost as it is available separately.

The price does limit the Ruark in terms of appeal. For those used to or more inclined to purchase a smart speaker, the lack of voice control or the ability to use your streaming service of choice as an alarm may be a deciding factor. Nevertheless, the Ruark R1S is first and foremost a radio, and if you have the money to spend and are content with a DAB radio that looks and sounds great, we think you’ll enjoy what’s on offer here.

Reviewer: Thomas Deehan
Full Review: Ruark R1S

Pure Woodland

Best outdoor radio
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  • Rich but also crisp delivery
  • Rugged build quality
  • Radio tuner
  • Good Bluetooth performance


  • Slightly confusing preset options
  • A little too crisp at higher volumes
  • Tiny, not too well positioned screen

A radio that’s a wireless speaker or a wireless speaker that supports radio stations? Whatever the case maybe, the Pure Woodland is a good example of the type of audio device we don’t see too often at Trusted Reviews.

It’s built like an outdoor speaker with a water resistance rating of IP67, which makes the Woodland water- and dust-proof. The top and bottom are made from hard, rubberised plastic so this speaker should be able to survive some tumbles outdoors, and though aesthetically it’s not the most colourful speaker around, this isn’t intended to the type of party speaker you get from JBL or Ultimate Ears. The screen is not our favourite, though, small and not easily seen unless you’re hovering the speaker.

The radio can tune into FM and DAB+ stations, and with Bluetooth 5.1 support, you can stream music to this speaker whenever you like. There are six presets available to save your favourite stations, though the way they’re integrated can cause some confusion, but effectively there are three presets for DAB+ and three presets for FM, and one of each is assigned to a button.

The sound quality is a lot better than we expected from a radio/outdoor speaker. At lower volumes the Pure Woodland has a warm, rich tone that works for indoor listening, and when we raised the volume we found that it sounded crisper and more energetic, which suits outdoor listening more. The midrange is clear, the treble is sharp, and the bass is punchy. It can sound too crisp and energetic at times, but the Woodland is one of the better-sounding “radios” we’ve heard, and at its price, it’s also one of the better-sounding outdoor speakers too.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Pure Woodland

Roberts Zen Plus

Best compact radio
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  • Stylish, compact looks
  • USB charging
  • Crisp, clear audio
  • Sleep Sounds a useful feature


  • Expensive
  • Average Bluetooth performance
  • Interface can be unresponsive

The Roberts Zen Plus is a compact bedside radio that comes with “wellness” features to help send you off to sleep. For the performance and feature set it does feel expensive, but considering its size the audio performance is better than some bigger radios.

It’s a stylish effort with a neat textured fabric covering that wraps around the top half of its body, and its compact size ensures it takes up less space on a bedside table. Available in three colours we found the Zen Plus to be a simple, modern-looking radio.

The LCD clock screen takes up the front of the speaker and our reviewer found it easy to read even from a distance. After a few minutes the screen can auto dim, but if you prefer to change the brightness manually, that can be done through the menus.

The interface of Zen Plus works fine for the most part, but it can also be slightly unresponsive to touches, leaving us prodding at the screen on occasion. The screen can flash repeatedly as well for reasons we haven’t figured out. Presets number 20 in total with 10 for DAB and 10 for DAB, which is less than the Groov-e Zeus but to be honest, twenty seems enough for us to deal with.

Two alarms can be set and there’s a fair degree of customisation as to when they can go off, but the most interesting feature is the Sleep Sounds wellness feature. There are 13 sounds to choose from including Ocean Waves and Pink Noise which are designed to help get to sleep with minimum fuss, though we did find the Kitten Purring sound to be a little off-putting.

For a speaker of its size the Roberts Zen Plus sounds better than expected. It’s clearer and detailed than the bigger Groov-e Zeus, striking a more natural tone across DAB and FM stations we listen to. It’s clear and crisp with the spoken word, inviting no sibilance as far as we can hear, and it sounds balanced across the frequency range. There’s not much to speak of in terms of bass but what’s provided is enough to communicate a decent sense of punch to the low end. We are less impressed with its performance as a Bluetooth speaker, bass isn’t as good as a Bluetooth speaker such as the Ultimate Ears Wonderboom 3 and midrange clarity is something of a disappointment.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Roberts Zen Plus

Roberts Revival Petite

Best portable radio
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  • Colourful, retro design
  • Big sound for its size
  • Long battery life


  • Pouch sold separately
  • It isn’t waterproof
  • No fast/wireless charging

If you’re looking for a compact radio, we’d suggest having a look at the Roberts Revival Petite. It’s a smaller design than the Stream 94i, and is nearly half the size and weight of the similarly portable Revival Mini, small enough to carry in one hand. 

If you like your radios to make a visual statement then the Petite six vibrant colours with a faux leather finish and bronze details, the red finish of our review sample looked beautiful. We also liked the placement of the display and controls on the front of the radio, which allowed us to see what was playing at a quick glance.

Along with its DAB/FM support, there’s Bluetooth for streaming audio and an auxiliary port for wired playback. There isn’t the same level of features on bigger, more expensive radios with no Wi-Fi and therefore no streaming services such as Spotify Connect. To stream from services such as Spotify, it’d need to be done through the Bluetooth connection. The built-in battery offers up to 20 hours of playtime, though we were impressed to find it ran closer to 28 hours.

When it comes to the Petite’s audio performance, we found it packed a surprising amount of punch for its size and it comes equipped with a bass radiator to provide additional power. Music is crisp and dynamic, but the radio is limited in volume. Its compact size makes it perfect for listening around the house or taking on a day out to the park.

That said, it doesn’t feature an IP rating so we’d suggest steering clear of pools and beaches. If you’re in need of a more rugged wireless speaker for the outdoors, the the Wonderboom 2 would be a better choice.

Reviewer: Hannah Davies
Full Review: Roberts Revival Petite

Groov-e Boston

Best affordable stylish DAB radio
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  • Fun, engaging performance
  • Straightforward to use
  • Stylish looks
  • Affordable


  • Not the most detailed sound
  • Rubbish LCD screen

Like the Zeus, the Groov-e Boston is a radio pitched at the affordable end of the spectrum. It doesn’t boast as many convenient features as the Zeus, but the Boston is a more stylish and portable unit for moving around the house.

We very much liked its looks with its wood cabinet and silver fascia giving the radio both a slightly retro styled but also modern appearance. It has a handle for carrying it around, and although it weighs 871g, we didn’t find it to be particularly heavy to shuffle about. If you like your stylish radios and find the Ruark R1S is too expensive, the Boston is a much more affordable alternative.

It has a battery compartment that accepts four C-sized batteries (which are not included), a telescopic antenna to find a better radio signal, and a range of buttons and dials on its front that we found made using the Boston an extremely easy process. A downside is the LCD screen which we found to be a) too small, b) hard to read from across a room and c) the light spill from backlit screen becomes distracting at night even at its low setting.

There are 20 presets for FM stations and another 20 for DAB. Other features include Bluetooth connectivity and Dynamic Range Control that controls the loudness of the highs and lows. This is a feature we reckon you can live without enabling as it didn’t have much of a difference when we were using it.

The sound quality from the Boston is not the most detailed and the clearest, but we did enjoy its smoothness. There’s a fun sense of energy about the Boston’s delivery that gets our head bopping to songs like The Foo Fighters’ Walk. Vocals are always delivered in a clear manner wherever it’s a presenters’ voice or that of a singer. Bass is modestly described, and we do wish that the stereo effect of left and right channels was more pronounced, but on the whole, for casual radio listeners the Boston is a simple and effective unit at an affordable price.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Groov-e Boston

Groov-e Zeus

Best affordable bedside radio
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  • Affordable asking price
  • Wireless charging support
  • Good audio performance
  • Easy to use


  • Unfashionable looks
  • Wireless charging skills a little overstated
  • Quiet Bluetooth performance at default volume

In the market for an affordable bedside radio? Groov-e specialises in that market and the Zeus strikes a good balance of affordability and price, as well as boasting a wireless charging support that helps make it a convenient option for those glued to their mobile phones.

The design is not the most attractive, the hard black shell subscribes to function over aesthetics but we found its construction to be a step up from that of Groov-e’s cheaper Venice portable radio. On the front is a small LCD display that’s big and bright enough to read, and usefully the backlight can be adjusted if you don’t want it shining bright when sleeping, for example. Around the back Around the back is the telescopic aerial, 3.5mm input, USB port for charging a device and the power supply.

On top is where you’ll find the radio’s wireless charging panel and despite Groov-e’s claims, in our tests it didn’t reach the performance expected. The Zeus says it has 10W of power at its disposal but using the Amperes Lite Charging Battery app on an iPhone 13 mini that figure came out to be 5.41W and dropped even further with subsequent attempts to charge the phone. We’d suggest using the USB port unless you really want the convenience of the wireless charging (or don’t have a compatible cable at hand).

The audio quality is a step up from the Zeus, the tone is crisp but we found the radio adopted a smoother performance and added more oomph to the low frequencies. Its sense of clarity is good, though we did find the more expensive Roberts Zen Plus to be clearer. The mid-bass region of the frequency isn’t the clearest, the transition between midrange and bass isn’t always described with confidence but when it comes to the spoken word the Zeus treats them clearly and presents them foremost in the soundstage. We did note sibilant tones every now and then, but enough to cause any irritating issues.

Reviewer: Kob Monney
Full Review: Groov-e Zeus

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Do radios support voice assistants?

If you’re wondering whether radios support the likes Alexa and Google Assistant, then no, we’ve not reviewed a radio that can do that. Some do have ‘smarts’ in their Wi-Fi connectivity, such as Spotify Connect integration.

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