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Last updated: 16 February 2024


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Digital radios can deliver extra channels and broadcasting flexibility that you just can't get with AM and FM radio, as well as better audio.

We lab test and review the latest portable and benchtop models to find out which radios:

  • have the best sound quality
  • are best at picking up and holding reception
  • have the longest battery life.

We've also partnered with Shop Ethical on this update to show the ratings the Ethical Consumer Group gives to each company.

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Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which radios come with features such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, support for streaming and internet radio, and an AM/FM receiver, while our Recommended list will show you at a glance which models come out on top.

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    This is the recommended retail price, but you can usually find a more competitive price by shopping around.

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    Radio type

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    Portable radios have a battery and can also be easily carried around. Benchtop radios often deliver the loudest sound and may also offer things like a CD player in the mix. A Bedside radio should offer an easy to read clock display and an alarm.

      Sound quality score

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      A panel listens to each radio at a comparable volume for distortion, rattles or other odd noises, stereo separation where appropriate and a natural sound across all frequencies.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 28 and 85

      Ease of use score

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      We look for ease of the initial set-up, clear labelling, placement and functionality of the buttons and knobs, size and clarity of the display and intuitive and logical menus.

      enter value/s in increments of i between 50 and 88

      Reception score

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      We check for reception quality in different locations ranging from an area with optimal reception through to an area with difficult reception due to its distance from the broadcast tower and no line of sight for the signal to reach the radio.

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      Bluetooth support allows you to play your own music from your smart device to the speaker.

        AM radio

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        Can the radio receive analogue AM broadcasts?

          Included in this review

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          • Recommended
          • Annual standby energy cost
          • CHOICE Expert Rating
          • Sound quality score
          • Reception score
          • Ease of use score
          • Standby energy score
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • Price
          • Bluetooth
          • Shop Ethical rating
          • AM radio
          • FM radio
          • Number of DAB presets
          • Streaming
          • Internet radio
          • Wireless network streaming
          • Stereo aux input (3.5mm)
          • CD player
          • USB input
          • Headphone jack (3.5mm)
          • Remote control supplied
          • Remote control app available
          • Clock in standby
          • Clock has alarms
          • Alarm snooze button
          • NFC
          • Play/pause controls
          • 3.5mm line out
          • Screen dimmer control
          • Batteries supplied
          • Rechargeable
          • Number of speakers
          • Claimed power output (W)
          • Info shows bitrate codec
          • Carry handle
          • Dimensions (H x W x D, cm)
          • Screen dimensions (W x H, mm)
          • Display lines x characters
          • Weight (kg)
          • Battery type
          • Warranty (years)
          • Country of origin

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