Top 10 - Best DAB Radios of 2021

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 2021

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. From portable DAB radios to fully-fledged home hi-fis, you'll find something for every budget here. 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 Black & Walnut
    Our Verdict
    Style, sound, build - 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 (sold separately)
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
    What We Think
    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 (sold separately)
    RRP: £124.99
    £99.99
    20% Off - Save a total of £25.00
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
  • 2. Pure Evoke H3 Digital DAB and FM Radio in Oak
    Product Features
    • Real wood casing
    • DAB+ compatibility
    • Powerful sound profile
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • 40 station preset options
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 89/100
    What We Think
    Pure were one of the first companies to start producing DAB radios, and bring with them over a decade of experience. The H3 is their flagship model, and it certainly lives up to Pure's reputation. With a real wood body and carefully sculpted interior, the Evoke H3 has surprisingly strong acoustics for a small speaker. The audio sounds a lot more natural as a result, and it’s also a pleasing aesthetic touch. The controls are nice and straightforward, as everything you need is right there on the top of the unit, leaving the front panel clear and uncluttered. Even better, the full-colour screen helps to make this digital radio even easier to use. Finally, the Evoke H3 even comes with a whopping 40 preset options. If you always find yourself flicking around the dial, this could be the option for you!
    Product Features
    • Real wood casing
    • DAB+ compatibility
    • Powerful sound profile
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • 40 station preset options
    RRP: £139.99
    £119.99
    14% Off - Save a total of £20.00
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 89/100

    Out of stock

  • 3. VQ Retro Mini Portable DAB & FM Radio with Bluetooth in Oak
    Our Verdict
    A premium Bluetooth speaker & radio that's great 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
    The VQ Retro Mini is a stylish, eye-catching DAB radio that's packed with vintage charm. Its 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. While the VQ Retro Mini is primarily a DAB radio, it also comes with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, making it ideal for use as a Bluetooth speaker, too. Unlike VQ's other portable DAB radios, the Retro Mini does not require a special battery pack, and instead takes 4 standard AA batteries. Best of all, it's beautifully designed, with a real wood casing for the perfect premium feel.
    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: £79.99
    £64.99
    19% Off - Save a total of £15.00
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
  • 4. Roberts Rambler BT Stereo Portable DAB Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Duck Egg Blue
    2 year guarantee included
    Product Features
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Twin alarms & sleep timer
    • Fully portable with battery power (not included)
    Editors Rating 92/100
    What We Think
    A true modern classic, the Roberts Rambler BT Stereo takes everything we loved about the original Rambler BT and adds an extra speaker for full stereo sound. With its vintage 1970's style, the BT Stereo is as much a statement piece as it is an excellent-sounding radio, with DAB and FM modes. It also includes Bluetooth connectivity, so you can use it to stream music and podcasts straight from your phone. There's a 3.5mm aux-in port for wired devices, too. Best of all, the Rambler BT Stereo is fully portable- just pop in some AA batteries, and you can enjoy listening wherever you like!
    Product Features
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Twin alarms & sleep timer
    • Fully portable with battery power (not included)
    RRP: £159.99
    £149.99
    6% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Editors Rating 92/100
  • 5. VQ Lark Bedside DAB Radio & Alarm Clock in Black & Walnut
    Product Features
    • 60 station presets
    • High-contrast LED screen with auto-dimmer
    • Dual USB charging ports to power up your smartphone overnight
    • Includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    Average Customer Review 4.4/5
    Editors Rating 92/100
    What We Think
    The VQ Lark is by far the best DAB radio alarm clock on the market. It comes with a beautiful wool casing and real-wood backplate, making it a stylish addition to any bedroom. It also boasts top sound quality, with a powerful stereo speaker driver that makes it a joy to listen to- and with Bluetooth connectivity, you're able to choose your own choice of soundtrack, too. The screen has been specially designed so that it's visible from any angle, and has an autodimming function so it won't keep you awake. On the back, there are two USB charging ports for powering up your mobile overnight.
    Product Features
    • 60 station presets
    • High-contrast LED screen with auto-dimmer
    • Dual USB charging ports to power up your smartphone overnight
    • Includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    RRP: £109.99
    £99.99
    9% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Average Customer Review 4.4/5
    Editors Rating 92/100

    Out of stock

  • 6. Roberts Revival Petite Portable DAB/FM Radio and Bluetooth Speaker in Duck Egg
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM radio with 20 station presets
    • Built-in battery with up to 20 hours' listening
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Rich sound from a compact body
    Editors Rating 89/100
    What We Think
    The latest in Roberts' iconic Revival range, the Petite distils everything we love about these premium-quality radios into a pocket-friendly size. Available in a colourful range of hues, its stunning design makes it one of the best-looking portable radios around. With built-in Bluetooth connectivity, you can also connect up your smartphone or tablet to stream music or listen to podcasts.
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM radio with 20 station presets
    • Built-in battery with up to 20 hours' listening
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Rich sound from a compact body
    RRP: £109.99
    £99.99
    9% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Editors Rating 89/100
  • 7. Roberts Revival iStream 3 DAB+/FM Internet Smart Radio with Bluetooth in Teal Blue
    2 year guarantee included
    Product Features
    • Iconic British design
    • Superb sound quality
    • Bluetooth, internet radio & music streaming
    • Portable with built-in battery charging
    Editors Rating 89/100
    What We Think
    Combining Roberts' flair for vintage design with the very latest in audio technology, the Revival iStream 3 is a feature-packed DAB and internet radio that does just about anything you could ask for. From FM and digital radio to internet stations and built-in Spotify Connect, it provides so many different ways to listen to your favourite music and speech content. It also includes Bluetooth connectivity, so you can link up your smartphone or laptop to enjoy podcasts or local files. Whatever you're listening to, it's sure to sound great coming out of the Revival iStream 3's hand-tuned speaker.
    Product Features
    • Iconic British design
    • Superb sound quality
    • Bluetooth, internet radio & music streaming
    • Portable with built-in battery charging
    RRP: £239.99
    £229.99
    4% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Editors Rating 89/100
  • 8. Pure Siesta Charge DAB/DAB+/FM Bluetooth Clock Radio with Wireless Charging Pad in Graphite
    Product Features
    • High-contrast screen with auto-dimming function
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Built-in wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones
    • Full stereo sound
    • Up to 40 station presets
    Editors Rating 81/100
    What We Think
    The Pure Siesta Charge is undoubtedly one of the most advanced bedside DAB radio alarm clocks on the market today. For one thing, it features full stereo sound that has been carefully tuned by Pure's audio experts to ensure the best performance. But it also comes loaded with a whole host of extra features, most notably a wireless charging pad on the top to power up compatible smartphones overnight. With a crystal clear display screen that's easily visible from any angle, and even Bluetooth connectivity to boot, the Siesta Charge is a fantastic bedside radio that's well worth considering.
    Product Features
    • High-contrast screen with auto-dimming function
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Built-in wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones
    • Full stereo sound
    • Up to 40 station presets
    RRP: £144.99
    £129.99
    10% Off - Save a total of £15.00
    Editors Rating 81/100
  • 9. Roberts Rambler BT Portable DAB/FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Green
    2 year guarantee included
    Product Features
    • Charming retro style
    • Real-wood casing for superior acoustics
    • DAB/FM/Bluetooth connectivity
    • Portable via battery power (not included)
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 84/100
    What We Think
    If you're looking for a portable DAB radio that's sure to turn heads wherever you go, then look no further than the Roberts Rambler BT. Taking its starting point from Roberts' classic 1970's original, the Rambler BT brings things right up to date with digital radio functionality and Bluetooth connectivity. And for wired devices, there's also a 3.5mm jack so you can plug in and play. Just pop in some batteries, and the Rambler BT will be all set for your next day out.
    Product Features
    • Charming retro style
    • Real-wood casing for superior acoustics
    • DAB/FM/Bluetooth connectivity
    • Portable via battery power (not included)
    RRP: £129.99
    £119.99
    8% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 84/100
  • 10. VQ Dexter Portable DAB/FM Radio in Walnut
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Hand-tuned speaker for acoustic perfection
    • Save up to 60 station presets
    • Portable with 4 x AA batteries (not included)
    Editors Rating 80/100
    What We Think
    Finally, we have the VQ Dexter, a stylish portable model that proves basic functionality doesn't have to mean basic design. While there's no built-in Bluetooth mode to the Dexter, it does offer both DAB+ and FM radio in a stylish portable package. Its real-wood casing is a welcome change from most plastic pocket-sized radios, and its clearly laid out controls make it incredibly easy to use.
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Hand-tuned speaker for acoustic perfection
    • Save up to 60 station presets
    • Portable with 4 x AA batteries (not included)
    RRP: £49.99
    £39.99
    20% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Editors Rating 80/100

    Out of stock

We regularly update our list of the Top 10 Best DAB Radios to ensure it's always up-to-date. We're constantly testing new models as soon as they hit the market, as well as revisiting older DAB radios to make sure they are still up to standard. If you have any questions about the models listed here, then please feel free to contact us.