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Best DAB radio 2024: digital radio options rated

Here's our roundup of the best DAB radio options available today

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DAB radios can seem like legacy tech in a world of Bluetooth speakers and phones that can act as wake-up alarms. But the simplicity is why we use a DAB radio every single day, even now. Here’s our roundup of the best DAB radio options available today.

A DAB radio lets you steer clear of Alexa and Google Assistant (you’ll want one of the best wireless speakers for that), and can provide some entertainment even when you’re looking to get away from your phone. A DAB radio is one of the few forms of tech that feels compatible with a tech detox. 

Below you’ll find some of our most beloved DAB radios available today, from pocket picks to budget bedside units and ones with high-quality sound.

What’s the best DAB radio?

We think the Ruark R1 (buy now) is the best DAB radio you can buy. It’s stylish, sounds warm and inviting, and has Bluetooth for greater flexibility. It can fit in anywhere, from a kitchen or living room to a bedside table.

Other DAB radio recommendations

Best bedside DAB radio

The Pure Siesta Charge (buy now) is one of the very best bedside alarm clocks. The ClearVue LCD screen is great, and dims right down at night so you’re not kept awake by its glow. 

Best portable DAB radio

The Roberts Rambler Mini (buy now) is just 18cm long, under 6cm thick and packs a rechargable battery. This is the kind of radio you could take on holiday or shove in a bag for casual travel use.

Best large DAB radio

The Ruark R2 (buy now) features fantastic styling and excellent sound quality. As well as DAB radio, its also packing Bluetooth and multti-room audio.

Best personal DAB radio

The Roberts Sports DAB 5 (buy now) is perfect if you want to get away from your phone but you also want a bit of entertainment to keep your brain stimulated. It makes us nostalgic for the days of iPods and MP3 players.

The best DAB radio you can buy today:

Ruark R1 radio

1. Ruark R1

Stuff Verdict

We love this versatile DAB radio from Ruark. It’s stylish, sounds great, and has all the connectivity you could need


  • Warm, rich sound
  • OLED display with auto dimming


  • Mono audio
  • Remote costs extra
Ruark R1 specs
ConnectivityDAB +, FM, Bluetooth, USB, USB Type C, 3.5mm Audio
Battery lifeMains powered
Dimensions135 x 130 x 175mm, 1.5kg

Ruark radios have been a connoisseur’s choice ever since this series began, back when these boxes were called Vita Audio radios. And they have only become more charming and stylish each year. 

The Ruark Audio R1 might be the most stylish DAB radio of them all. There are hints of retro style without firmly planting a flag in the 1950s, and the latest generation has Bluetooth for greater flexibility. 

Ruark uses a single high-quality driver in these radios, so you don’t get stereo or the super-deep sound of a smaller multi-room speaker like the Sonos One SL. However, its warm and inviting sound hits the bullseye for the top use cases of a smaller radio like this. Our favourite is the bedside, where the Ruark R1’s auto-dimming OLED screen is also super-handy. 

Roberts Stream 94L

2. Roberts Stream 94L

Stuff Verdict

Looking for a DAB radio that can do a bit more? The Roberts Stream 94L has Internet Radio, Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer built in


  • Easy to use
  • So many sources


  • Marmite looks
  • Battery costs extra
Roberts Stream 94L specs
ConnectivityFM, DAB+, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Music Player, Spotify, Amazon Music and Deezer
Battery lifeOptional rechargeable battery pack
Dimensions130 x 250 x 166mm, 1kg

Like the sound of a Roberts but aren’t fussed about it looking like it has been ripped from 1956? Check out the Stream 94L. This radio offers a fantastic balance of retro-affected style, features and sound quality. 

Unlike some other Roberts models, it has a multi-speaker setup. Two on the front for the high stuff. A bigger one on the back for the bassy stuff. This trio makes the Stream 94L great for music, and for playing the radio super-loud. Sure, it can be polite too. 

This big-on-features DAB radio has a colour screen, Wi-Fi for streaming from Spotify, Amazon Music or Deezer, Bluetooth and Internet radio.

Pure Siesta Charge

3. Pure Siesta Charge

Stuff Verdict

Fed up of phone alarms? Wake up with on time with this DAB alarm clock


  • Charges phone as well
  • Dimming screen for night


  • Not the best sonically
  • Wireless charging is slow
Pure Siesta Charge specs
ConnectivityDAB+, FM, Bluetooth
Battery lifeMains powered
Dimensions145 x 80mm, 0.82kg

The Pure Siesta Charge is one of the very best bedside alarm clocks for a couple of important reasons. First, its ClearVue LCD screen is great, and dims right down at night so you’re not kept awake by its glow. 

The radio also has a Qi wireless charging spot on its top, so you don’t have to worry about plugging your phone in. No wireless charging? There’s a USB charging point on the back too. 

Sound quality is decent for its size. It’s no music monster like the discontinued Siesta Home or one to Pure’s biggies, but is still ideal for bedside use. 

Roberts Rambler Mini

4. Roberts Rambler Mini

Stuff Verdict

Groove on the go with the portable DAB radio from Roberts. It packs radio, Bluetooth, and USB-C charging


  • Very portable
  • Stunning retro looks
  • Built-in rechargeable battery


  • Won’t blow your socks off when it comes to audio
Roberts Rambler Mini specs
ConnectivityDAB+, FM, Bluetooth
Battery lifeUSB-C charging
Dimensions180 x 58 x 110mm, 460g

The Roberts Rambler series features radios with 70s-inspired designs, a couple of decades ahead of its best-known modes. There’s the standard Rambler and the Rambler Mini, and we tend to favour the Mini. While it isn’t quite as striking as the full-size version, it does have a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery. 

It’s called “rambler”, let’s go rambling with the thing, right? The Rambler Mini has DAB/FM radio channels plus Bluetooth, so can stream audio from your phone. 

Just 18cm long and under 6cm thick, this is the kind of radio you could take on holiday or shove in a bag for casual travel use. If you want a small radio for mostly at-home use, also consider the Revival Petite. It has a passive radiator for better bass. 

Roberts iStream 3

5. Roberts Revival iStream 3

Stuff Verdict

A retro-looking wonder packed full of modern tricks


  • Pleasing sound
  • So many sources
  • Glorious retro design


  • AA batteries required for cordless use
Roberts Revival iStream 3 specs
ConnectivityDAB+, FM, Internet Radio, Podcasts, Spotify, Deezer and Amazon Prime Music, Bluetooth, USB
BatteryMains or 6 AA batteries
Dimensions106 x 250 x 160mm, 1.71kg

The Roberts Revival has to be the longest-standing design in radios, and one of the longest in tech in general. Roberts has made these things since 1956, and the look is apparently inspired by a handbag of the wife of company founder Harry Roberts. 

While the appearance remains similar, the Roberts Revival iStream 3 adds stacks of modern tech including Internet Radio, Spotify support and, of course, DAB+. Roberts still uses real wood cabinets and a classic moderately large diameter speaker driver, for this size of box, anyway, leading to a warm and rich sound. 

Unlike the old Revivals, the back no longer swings open, likely because of one too many complaints about hinge failures. But you can still pop open the bottom to add 6 AA batteries for portable use. Yep, in some ways, the Roberts Revival tech is still quite old-school. 

Pure Evoke Play

6. Pure Evoke Play

Stuff Verdict

This techy wonder is an excellent DAB radio, with all the streaming options and a modern design


  • Great sound from triple speaker array
  • Attractive modern design


  • AA batteries required for cordless use
  • Not ideal as an alarm clock
Pure Evoke Play specs
ConnectivityDAB+, AM, FM, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Spotify Connect
BatteryOptional battery pack
Dimensions221 x 149 x 121mm, 2.1kg

Veteran Pure radio fans may not recognise the brand from this new design style. It’s a lot less retro-inspired than the Pure Evoke designs of old. While we think fewer are going to fall in love with this look, there are some real benefits to the new order of Evoke. 

Despite being a fairly chunky unit, the Pure Evoke Home supports a battery pack that lasts up to 12 hours. This isn’t included as standard, but bumps up versatility a lot. Once you’re setup with presets you can hide the screen if you like, as it is hinged, and folds back into the body. 

The Pure Evoke Play goes loud and sounds powerful, but we do find it too bassy a lot of the time compared to the best. Thankfully you can tame the bass to an extent with onboard EQ. 


7. Ruark R2 MK4

Stuff Verdict

Looking to impress your audiophile pals? You’ll want the Ruark R2 MK4


  • Excellent sound
  • Easy to use
  • Large number of source options


  • No Hi-res audio or AirPlay 2
Ruark R2 MK4 specs
ConnectivityDAB+, FM, 3.5mm, Bluetooth, Internet Radio, Spotify Connect, Amazon Music and Deezer, USB
BatteryMains powered
Dimensions135 x 340 x 175mm, 2kg

Ruark totally revamped the style of the R2 for this Mk4 version. Where it used to be a deep, low-rise block, looking like a stylish all-in-one Hi-Fi, the newer model sticks much closer to the style of larger DAB radios. It’s more upright and way more practical as it shaves 5cm off the depth — 15cm should fit on most shelves, right?

Fantastic styling and excellent sound quality come to define this speaker. Well, that and a rather high price, but Ruark radios aways feel like the kind of thing you could use for at least a decade. 

As well as DAB, the Ruark R2 offers Bluetooth and multi-room streaming via the Undok platform. 

Roberts Sports DAB 5

8. Roberts Sports DAB 5

Stuff Verdict

This personal, portable DAB radio is perfect if you’re nostalgic for the days of iPod and MP3 players


  • Incredibly lightweight and portable design
  • Distraction free


  • You’ll want to provide better earbuds
  • Requires AA batteries
Roberts Sports DAB 5 specs
ConnectivityDAB, FM
Battery2x AA batteries (10 hours)
Dimensions20 x 62 x 105mm, 0.07kg

There are portable DAB radios, and then there’s this: the pocket DAB radio. The Roberts Sports DAB 5 makes us nostalgic for the days of iPods and MP3 players. It’s a single-purpose pocket radio, just 10.5cm tall. 

Great for getting out and away from your phone, when you also want a bit of entertainment to keep your brain stimulated. It doesn’t have Bluetooth, and for best results you’re not going to want to use the bundled buds, so have a hunt for your cabled headphones if you’ve long since “gone wireless”. 

One stumbling point — the Sports DAB 5 takes AA batteries so we’d recommend buying some rechargeables and a charger if you don’t have a set already. 10 hours of use a pair, you’ll otherwise chew through a load of cells.


JBL Tuner 2 

9. JBL Tuner 2 

Stuff Verdict

With IPX7 water resistance, this DAB radio is ideal for playing tunes by the pool


  • IPX7 water resistant and durable
  • Easy to use
  • Modern design


  • We expect better audio from JBL
JBL Tuner 2 specs
ConnectivityDAB, FM
BatteryUSB-C rechargable (12 hours)
Dimensions180 x 70 x 70mm, 543 grams

This might be the perfect picnic DAB radio. It looks like a Bluetooth speaker and, well, it is a Bluetooth speaker — just one with an antenna and DAB radio receiver squeezed inside. 

The battery lasts up to 12 hours and it’s IPX7 water resistant, making it primed for poolside tunes. Unlike the average wireless speaker, there’s a display on the front that, just like other DAB radios, shows the tuned station. 

It could definitely do with a passive radiator, though. With just a single 1.75-inch driver to produce the sound, the JBL Tuner 2 is no bass monster. However, that’s not necessarily a deal-breaker, particularly if you mostly listen to speech-heavy stations. 

John Lewis Anyday Spectrum Solo

10. John Lewis Anyday Spectrum Solo

Stuff Verdict

An neat, modern DAB radio that’ll look right at home in any kitchen


  • Modern design and colours
  • Affordable price


  • Plastic build
Quick specs
ConnectivityDAB +, FM
Battery lifeMains powered
Dimensions96 x 167 x 96mm, 0.35kg

You might know John Lewis makes washing machines and other big appliances. But did you know it makes DAB radios too? Has done for years and years. Radios like the Anyway Spectrum Solo are here to save you from buying the random budget dreck you might stumble upon online. 

It’s an upright speaker like the Ruark R1, so only offers mono sound. But it’s just a fraction of the price and uses a fairly large driver to avoid the thin and tinny sound you want to avoid in a DAB radio. 

The Spectrum Solo is cute too, which is why we think it might appeal more than the larger, stereo Spectrum Duo II. It comes in a bunch of bold colours, and is a perfect no-nonsense design for the kitchen or bedside. 

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Andrew is a freelance journalist for Stuff and has been writing, reviewing and ranting about technology since 2007. 

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