Why fiddle around with knobs and buttons when Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB) can offer crystal-clear listening?
Nowadays DAB radio has even more stations than FM and although they are certainly more expensive, they are showing no signs of being switched off in the future.
It makes sense to buy a good quality one now and reap the rewards for years to come.
Just remember to check your DAB coverage before you fork out.
Here’s our pick of the best:
This super-smart device has features galore, from DAB, DAB, DAB+, FM and Bluetooth. And if you have a premium Spotify account you’ll be pleased to know that it also has Spotify Connect. This means that you can play tracks on the radio direct from your account, controlled by your smartphone.
There’s a handy, big remote control and the sound is great. We also love the design, quite retro, yet still manages to look contemporary.
You can choose between walnut and silver, matte white and silver and piano black or matte black and silver.
BEST FOR OUTSIDE
This device is water-resistant and includes DAB/DAB+/FM. You can therefore take it outside and enjoy listening to it by the pool, while you are on holiday or even by the kitchen sink, without worrying about the occasional splashes.
It doesn’t compare in sound to other premium radios but it is convenient and handy to carry about. There’s even an LED torch which makes it super-practical.
It has a handle on the back which swivels back into the radio when not in use, and it only uses 2 D-size batteries which last for around 60 hours of playing time.
BEST FOR HIGH-QUALITY SOUND
This is sound manufactured at its best. UK audio-makers Ruark are pioneers in radios, and this is one of their best models. A gloriously rich and deep sound emanates from this device. It features DAB, DAB+ and FM model and internet radio connectivity, Bluetooth and Spotify Connect.
Finished beautifully and includes the company’s trademark trademark rotary dial for volume.
It also has multi-room functionality, which means you can stream music to other R2s anywhere in the house.
Comes in a choice of walnut, black or white finishes.
A great little portable from Sony here, one packed with features that include a rechargeable battery.
It has DAB and DAB+ radio as standard, as well as a Bluetooth connection so that you can stream your own music from any of your mobile devices.
Good quality sound which is loud enough and the battery should last you up to 25 hours.
There’s a choice between black, white or brown finishes.
BEST FOR POWERFUL SOUND
If banging out rocking sounds with a powerful bass is your thing, then this beauty is your man. The radio has a subwoofer on the back as well as your standard DAB, DAB+, FM, internet radio and Spotify Connect. It works well on the higher frequencies too.
No Bluetooth on this one yet, but word is an adaptor will be available to clip onto the side later this month.
Choose between black or white.
BEST FOR AN ALARM
Pure are the company that made DAB radio popular. This one has DAB, DAB+ and FM tuners. There’s a supersized clock screen that adjusts to the surrounding light and it features three alarms.
It also has a handy USB socket which can charge your mobile overnight.
John Lewis have been quietly pioneering their own brand of radios, and have garnered a loyal customer-base. This is a good example of a budget-buy done well.
The large LCD screen is dimmable over 9 brightness levels, which makes it great for the bedroom. There are two settable alarms, one which connects to the radio and one to a buzzer.
For the price the sound is not bad either.
If you are looking for a stylish radio to sit in your living space, this is the one for you. Crafted walnut and anodised aluminium, Scottish company Revo has included a control shaped like a joystick, which is a little different.
It has DAB, DAB+, FM and Bluetooth and feels very solid.
Choose from finishes in walnut, black or white.
BEST FOR TEENAGERS
Teenagers will love one of these Mini Moderns, with its nautical theme. And the sound isn’t bad either. Will look great in any teenage bedroom and as well as DAB, DAB+ and FM, there’s Bluetooth, which means you can play music from a mobile phone.
GREAT FOR A GIFT
If you are looking for a DAB radio for a present for someone then this Pure Evoke ticks all the boxes. It will sit nicely on any kitchen windowsill or in the living room, and the colour is neutral enough to blend in.
There are two finishes, walnut or oak finishes and the D4 has DAB, DAB+ and FM tuners, and includes an optional rechargeable battery pack so you take it anywhere.