Top 10 - Best DAB Radios of 2019

What's the best digital radio to buy? Discover our top ten best DAB radio recommendations of the year.

Last updated by Daniel Barnes 8 days ago

Best DAB Radios of 2018

We have tested every DAB radio in the UK to separate the best from the worst models.


DAB radio has now overtaken FM to become the UK's most popular format. To meet all that demand, there are countless models for consumers to choose from. But with all that choice comes one big problem: how do you know which model is right for you? Not to worry, though- liGo are here to make that choice a little easier. We’ve scoured the world of DAB radios and road-tested a huge range of products to come up with our Top 10 list. Read on, and discover which ones really made us sit up and listen.

Whenever a new DAB radio hits the market, our experts are quick to test out how it performs. We can then give you an honest opinion on whether these new DAB radios are worth your consideration, or if they aren’t quite up to our high standards. Our Best DAB radios list is updated several times throughout the year so that you can be sure all of the models on the list are the most current and up to date. So, read on to discover our best DAB radio picks!

What we look for to find the best DAB radios:


  • Sound Quality
    Every DAB radio on our Top 10 has undergone extensive checks for excellent audio quality.
  • Usability
    We have a panel of experts who test every DAB radio to find out how easy they are to use.
  • Build & Reliability
    We conduct an extensive survey throughout the year to find out which DAB radios are the most reliable.
  • 1. VQ Monty Portable DAB+/FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Walnut
    Our Verdict
    The Best DAB Radio of the Year - truly exceptional!
    Product Features
    • High sensitivity DAB/DAB+ & FM tuner
    • Untreated wood casing for a beautiful natural grain effect
    • A range of connectivity options including Bluetooth streaming
    • Built-in USB charging port
    • Optional battery pack for portable listening (not included)
    Average Customer Review 4.9/5
    Editors Rating 97/100
    What We Think
    Our Best Buy DAB Radio of 2019. The VQ Monty combines an eye-catching retro inspired design with powerful audio for a listening experience that rivals much pricier models. We were instantly impressed with the build quality of the VQ Monty, which features a real wooden case with an exposed wood grain. The 10W speaker driver may not compare to some higher-end models but at this price and with VQ’s pioneering Analogue Sound Processing technology, the audio quality is excellent whether you’re listening to spoken voice or music. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth connectivity so it will double up as a smart speaker allowing you to stream music from your Smartphone as well. Further benefits include a handy USB charging port, 3.5mm aux-in, FM reception, and an alarm function. The VQ Monty is also compatible with an optional battery pack for added portability, providing up to 25 hours of performance on the go. A Which? Best Buy to boot, the VQ Monty is our top choice if you’re looking for the best quality at a reasonable price!
    Product Features
    • High sensitivity DAB/DAB+ & FM tuner
    • Untreated wood casing for a beautiful natural grain effect
    • A range of connectivity options including Bluetooth streaming
    • Built-in USB charging port
    • Optional battery pack for portable listening (not included)
    RRP: £124.99
    £99.99
    20% Off - Save a total of £25.00
    Average Customer Review 4.9/5
    Editors Rating 97/100
  • 2. VQ Christie Retro DAB Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Red
    Our Verdict
    Award-winning retro style & sound - you simply won’t get a better radio for the price!
    Product Features
    • Exceptional Sound
    • Bluetooth Wireless Streaming
    • DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner
    • USB port to charge your phone or tablet
    • 3-year warranty
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
    What We Think
    The VQ Christie is a feature-packed radio that was a serious contender for our Best Buy. With its retro-inspired design and top-class sound it has impressed audio experts and customers alike. Boasting a unique rotating screen, the Christie can sit either horizontally or vertically so that you can make the best use of your space, and the vintage style is offset by a high-quality enamel front plate and leatherette casing, which is available in a wide range of colours to suit decors and tastes. We were blown away by the impressive sound quality and DAB reception provided by the Christie, which would comfortably fill medium-sized rooms, and handles both voice and music brilliantly. Unlike similarly priced models it even includes Bluetooth so that you can connect your smartphone or tablet and use it as a speaker for streaming. There is even an optional battery pack available for nominal price for added portability and value for money!
    Product Features
    • Exceptional Sound
    • Bluetooth Wireless Streaming
    • DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner
    • USB port to charge your phone or tablet
    • 3-year warranty
    RRP: £129.99
    £59.99
    54% Off - Save a total of £70.00
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
  • 3. Pure Move T4 Portable DAB Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Black
    Our Verdict
    With built-in battery and tough casing, this is a fantastic portable model
    Product Features
    • Portable with up to 22 hours listening
    • Compact, durable design
    • Powerful 4W speaker for crystal-clear sound
    • Includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    Average Customer Review 4.5/5
    Editors Rating 86/100
    What We Think
    Most personal DAB radios offer limited features and poor sound quality, so it’s refreshing to see Pure get things right with the Pure Move T4. Nice and compact, it comes with a toughened glass screen so that it doesn’t get damaged while you’re out and about. Its built-in rechargeable battery offers up to 22 hours’ of listening time through headphones, making it the perfect companion for any adventure. As well as being a great personal DAB radio, the Move T4 also has a speaker with an impressive 4W output- putting it on a par with some much larger models. Prop the radio up on its retractable stand, and you can listen to it anywhere- so it’s a great choice for the garden or kitchen, too! With Bluetooth and an aux-in connection as well, the Move T4 really does it all.
    Product Features
    • Portable with up to 22 hours listening
    • Compact, durable design
    • Powerful 4W speaker for crystal-clear sound
    • Includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    RRP: £99.99
    £89.99
    10% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Average Customer Review 4.5/5
    Editors Rating 86/100
  • 4. VQ Retro Mini Portable DAB Radio with Bluetooth in Teal
    Our Verdict
    The best small DAB radio - exceptional value for money!
    Product Features
    • Eye-catching retro design
    • Powerful sound from a compact body
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • 60 preset options
    • Fully portable- requires 4xAA batteries (not included)
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
    What We Think
    Similar in design to the No.1 on our list but more compact and without the real wood casing, the VQ Retro Mini offers excellent value for money and comes in a variety of colours to choose from. It’s impressive audio quality belies its small stature and we were blown away by the clarity even at the highest volumes. The 5W speaker driver coped surprisingly well with all types of music and spoken word so don’t worry about whether you’ll be able to hear over the noise of an extractor fan. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth so will stream Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube or your favourite Podcast from your smartphone. If you’re looking for a top quality portable DAB radio then the VQ Retro Mini is well made model and outperforms similarly priced models and even some pricier alternatives so is definitely worth consideration!
    Product Features
    • Eye-catching retro design
    • Powerful sound from a compact body
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • 60 preset options
    • Fully portable- requires 4xAA batteries (not included)
    RRP: £69.99
    £54.99
    21% Off - Save a total of £15.00
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
  • 5. Pure Elan BT3 Portable DAB Radio with Bluetooth in Slate Blue
    Our Verdict
    An excellent personal DAB radio that's the ideal travel companion
    Product Features
    • Fully portable with 4 x AA batteries (not included)
    • Includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • 2.8" full-colour TFT screen
    • Up to 40 station presets
    Average Customer Review 4.5/5
    Editors Rating 86/100
    What We Think
    If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to the Move T4, then the Pure Elan BT3 is a superb choice. Not only does this portable model function as a DAB and FM radio, but it also includes Bluetooth connectivity and an aux-in port. That means you can listen to music from your smartphone or MP3 player while on the go, as the BT3 doubles up as a portable speaker. With a full-colour screen, it’s easy to find your way around menus and stations, and there are even handy one-touch preset buttons to save all your favourites.
    Product Features
    • Fully portable with 4 x AA batteries (not included)
    • Includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • 2.8" full-colour TFT screen
    • Up to 40 station presets
    RRP: £69.99
    £64.99
    7% Off - Save a total of £5.00
    Average Customer Review 4.5/5
    Editors Rating 86/100
  • 6. Revo SuperSignal DAB Radio with Bluetooth in Walnut/Black
    Our Verdict
    Sophisticated design, impressive sound. Expensive but top-quality!
    Product Features
    • High sensitivity DAB/DAB+ tuner
    • Wireless streaming with Qualcomm® aptX™ technology
    • High quality 2.4 inch graphical OLED display
    • Intuitive joystick driven user interface
    • Dual alarm with Sleep and Snooze functions
    Average Customer Review 4.95/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
    What We Think
    The Revo SuperSignal is a top quality DAB Radio that will delight users with its impressive build quality and warm, rich audio. Despite its compact design, the SuperSignal packs a powerful punch, with exceptional clarity and adjustable EQ settings to suit your preferences. Even when we turned the volume right up the sound wasn’t compromised, and thanks to a wide range of connectivity options you can also use the SuperSignal to enjoy your own choice of tunes. With its eye-catching design blending a handcrafted wooden cabinet with a sleek aluminium grille, and user-friendly 2.4” display, it will work well in any room. At this price point nothing rivals the Revo SuperSignal for sound, build, and style. If money is no object then Revo are our top choice for DAB Radios!
    Product Features
    • High sensitivity DAB/DAB+ tuner
    • Wireless streaming with Qualcomm® aptX™ technology
    • High quality 2.4 inch graphical OLED display
    • Intuitive joystick driven user interface
    • Dual alarm with Sleep and Snooze functions
    RRP: £199.00
    £189.00
    5% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Average Customer Review 4.95/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
  • 7. VQ Hepburn Mk II Portable DAB+/FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Red
    Our Verdict
    Gorgeous design that lives up to its namesake
    Product Features
    • Stylish retro-inspired design with leatherette casing
    • Twin 10W speaker drivers for full stereo sound
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • DAB/DAB+/FM functionality
    • Fully portable with optional battery pack (sold separately)
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 88/100
    What We Think
    The VQ Hepburn is a super-stylish DAB radio that undoubtedly lives up to its name. With a plush leatherette casing and warm, elegant curves, this model is sure to impress. But the Hepburn is more than just window dressing. It also features two powerful 10W speakers for full stereo sound setting it apart from other models at this price. Further benefits include Bluetooth connectivity alongside the DAB and FM modes, Alarm with Snooze, and a USB charging port. Given its compact size and handle, this is an ideal model for moving about the home and is compatible with an optional battery pack (sold separately), allowing you to take your Hepburn with you for hours of listening on the go.
    Product Features
    • Stylish retro-inspired design with leatherette casing
    • Twin 10W speaker drivers for full stereo sound
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • DAB/DAB+/FM functionality
    • Fully portable with optional battery pack (sold separately)
    RRP: £109.99
    £89.95
    18% Off - Save a total of £20.04
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 88/100
  • 8. VQ Susie Q DAB/FM & Internet Radio with Bluetooth Connectivity in Walnut
    Our Verdict
    Packed with features, powerful audio & retro style
    Product Features
    • Eye-catching retro design with real wood casing
    • WiFi connectivity for internet radio
    • Multiroom compatible
    • Spotify Connect & Bluetooth for wireless streaming
    • Which? Best Buy Digital Radio
    Average Customer Review 5.0/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
    What We Think
    The VQ Susie Q is a Which? Best Buy DAB Radio that will instantly impress with its retro-inspired design and exceptional audio. Having scooped up an array of accolades for both design and sound it provides DAB, DAB+, FM, Wi-Fi for Internet Radio, and Spotify Connect through an incredibly powerful speaker system. It has Bluetooth with NFC to connect your smartphone and other devices to play music, podcasts and more. It is capable of filling even the largest of rooms with rich, detailed audio and boasts a beautifully large 2.4” full-colour OLED screen, technology more often seen on high-end televisions. It is available in real-wood finishes (Oak and Walnut) with an enamel and flared-chrome front. It is on the more expensive side but if you’re looking for the best digital radio for a larger room then at this price you won’t get better!
    Product Features
    • Eye-catching retro design with real wood casing
    • WiFi connectivity for internet radio
    • Multiroom compatible
    • Spotify Connect & Bluetooth for wireless streaming
    • Which? Best Buy Digital Radio
    RRP: £319.99
    £249.99
    22% Off - Save a total of £70.00
    Average Customer Review 5.0/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
  • 9. Revo SuperConnect DAB, FM & Internet Radio with Spotify and Bluetooth in Walnut/Silver
    Our Verdict
    Expensive but worth every penny.
    Product Features
    • DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner with RDS, Stereo RCA, optical out and AUX IN connectors
    • Spotify Connect Enabled
    • 15W Class-D amplifier with 8.89 cm flat diaphragm driver
    • Bluetooth Wireless Streaming with aptX Technology
    • Dual alarm with Sleep and Snooze functions
    Average Customer Review 4.94/5
    Editors Rating 89/100
    What We Think
    The Revo SuperConnect is an award-winning Digital Radio that will instantly impress with its retro chic design and exceptional audio. Having scooped up an array of accolades for both design and sound it provides DAB, DAB+, FM with RDS, Wi-Fi for internet radio, and Spotify Connect through an incredibly powerful speaker system. It is capable of filling even the largest of rooms with rich, detailed audio and boasts a beautifully large 2.7” monochrome OLED display, handcrafted wooden cabinet, and high quality aluminium speaker grille, making it an ideal statement radio. Further benefits include its hi-res audio streaming system (Qualcomm aptX HD), which allows music to be transferred from a compatible device at CD-like sound quality. It is on the more expensive side but if you’re looking for the best dab radio for a larger room then at this price you won’t get better!
    Product Features
    • DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner with RDS, Stereo RCA, optical out and AUX IN connectors
    • Spotify Connect Enabled
    • 15W Class-D amplifier with 8.89 cm flat diaphragm driver
    • Bluetooth Wireless Streaming with aptX Technology
    • Dual alarm with Sleep and Snooze functions
    £299.95
    Average Customer Review 4.94/5
    Editors Rating 89/100
  • 10. Como Audio Solo DAB+/FM Radio with Internet Radio & Multi-Room Functionality in Hickory
    Our Verdict
    Small in size, but jam-packed with advanced features
    Product Features
    • DAB+, FM & internet radio modes
    • Stylish Italian design with real hickory wood casing
    • Powerful 30W RMS digital amplifier for room-filling sound
    • Ideal for multi-room music streaming
    Average Customer Review 4.33/5
    Editors Rating 86/100
    What We Think
    Manufacturer Como Audio may be relatively new to the DAB radio market, but they bring years of experience to the table, having been launched by the original founder of Tivoli. The Como Audio Solo really shows that the company know their audio equipment, with a powerful 30W amplifier providing impressively dynamic sound that comfortably fills medium-sized rooms. What's more, all of Como's DAB radios are built for multiroom use, so you can easily add on more units as and when you need them. Finally, all those high-tech components come wrapped in a beautiful Italian-inspired casing, made from real wood for superior acoustics.
    Product Features
    • DAB+, FM & internet radio modes
    • Stylish Italian design with real hickory wood casing
    • Powerful 30W RMS digital amplifier for room-filling sound
    • Ideal for multi-room music streaming
    RRP: £474.99
    £399.00
    16% Off - Save a total of £75.99
    Average Customer Review 4.33/5
    Editors Rating 86/100