Top 10 - Best Bedside DAB Radio Alarm Clocks of 2021

Wake up happy with the best DAB radio alarm clocks on the market, hand-picked by our experts.

Last updated by Daniel Barnes 11 days ago

We test every DAB radio in the UK to find the very best models.


There's never been a better time to invest in a new alarm clock radio. As DAB radio continues to become more and more popular, there are now a whole host of options available to those looking for a new bedside companion. Whether you simply want a basic model to wake you up in the morning, or are interested in more advanced features, there's so much on offer- and our experts have scoured the market to create the following list of ten of the best.

Our list of bedside DAB radios includes entries from big names like Pure and Roberts, as well as lesser known (but still great quality) brands like Revo. All of them come with both DAB and FM modes, and include Bluetooth connectivity so that you can also use them as a Bluetooth speaker. From mini marvels to compact soundsystems, there's something for everyone here- so read on to discover our top 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 (not included)
    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 (not included)
    RRP: £124.99
    £89.99
    28% Off - Save a total of £35.00
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
  • 2. 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
    £89.99
    18% Off - Save a total of £20.00
    Average Customer Review 4.4/5
    Editors Rating 92/100
  • 3. Roberts Ortus 2 DAB/DAB+/FM Alarm Clock Radio in White
    2 year guarantee included
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Adjustable alarms with any-button snooze mode
    • Auto-dimming display
    • USB charging socket
    Average Customer Review 4.15/5
    Editors Rating 82/100
    What We Think
    The Roberts Ortus 2 is a sleek, stylish alarm clock radio that comes with plenty of extra bells and whistles to boot. It includes a dual alarm mode, so you can set an earlier alarm for weekdays and have an extra lie-in on weekends. There's also an any-button snooze mode, so you don't have to sit up and look for the right button if you need some extra shut-eye. The Ortus 2 even includes a USB charging port- perfect for powering up your smartphone overnight! But as well as all those extras, the Ortus 2 is still a great-sounding speaker in its own right, with the kind of sound quality that users have come to expect from a prestigious brand like Roberts.
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Adjustable alarms with any-button snooze mode
    • Auto-dimming display
    • USB charging socket
    RRP: £89.99
    £79.99
    11% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Average Customer Review 4.15/5
    Editors Rating 82/100

    Out of stock

  • 4. Pure Siesta Charge DAB/DAB+/FM Bluetooth Clock Radio with Wireless Charging Pad in Polar
    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
    Average Customer Review 5/5
    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
    Average Customer Review 5/5
    Editors Rating 81/100

    Out of stock

  • 5. VQ Retro Mini Portable DAB & FM Radio with Bluetooth in Light Grey
    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 95/100
    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.
    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
    £69.99
    13% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
  • 6. Pure Evoke H4 Prestige Edition DAB Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in White
    Product Features
    • Powerful best-in-class sound quality
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Large 2.8-inch full colour TFT display
    • Easy snooze handle
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
    What We Think
    The flagship model of Pure’s Evoke range, the H4 is an excellent mid-sized DAB radio with a great range of features. First and foremost, the sound quality is some of the best we’ve heard from a model of this size, with a 3” driver that has been carefully tuned by the experts at Pure to ensure peak performance. An innovative snooze handle makes the Evoke H4 ideal as a bedside radio, but it is plenty powerful enough for most living rooms, too. And it’s not just a DAB radio either- the H4 also includes Bluetooth connectivity, so you can choose the soundtrack yourself, and an aux-in connection for devices without Bluetooth. It all comes encased in a gorgeous wooden body with seven-layered lacquered finish, which not only looks great but also helps to give the Evoke H4 a little extra acoustic sparkle.
    Product Features
    • Powerful best-in-class sound quality
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Large 2.8-inch full colour TFT display
    • Easy snooze handle
    RRP: £169.99
    £149.99
    12% Off - Save a total of £20.00
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 90/100

    Out of stock

  • 7. Roberts Stream 94i DAB/FM/Internet Smart Radio with Bluetooth
    2 year guarantee included
    Product Features
    • DAB, FM, internet radio, and podcasts- all at your fingertips
    • Traditional wood casing for superb acoustics
    • Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, and USB support to play your own music
    • Pair up with other mutliroom speakers using the UNDOK app
    • 120 presets to save all your favourite content
    Editors Rating 85/100
    What We Think
    Next up, we have the Roberts Stream 94i, an award-winning radio with an enormous array of features. Along with DAB and FM modes, the Stream 94i is also internet-compatible, allowing you to tune in to tens of thousands of online stations from across the globe. It also boasts on-board Spotify Connect to stream directly to the radio itself (hence the name), and Bluetooth connectivity to play music or podcasts from your phone. It can even be connected up with other compatible speaker systems via the UNDOK app for full multi-room listening.
    Product Features
    • DAB, FM, internet radio, and podcasts- all at your fingertips
    • Traditional wood casing for superb acoustics
    • Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, and USB support to play your own music
    • Pair up with other mutliroom speakers using the UNDOK app
    • 120 presets to save all your favourite content
    RRP: £209.99
    £199.99
    5% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Editors Rating 85/100
  • 8. Pure Move T4 Portable DAB Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in White
    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 4.3/5
    Editors Rating 81/100
    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 4.3/5
    Editors Rating 81/100

    Out of stock

  • 9. Pure Avalon N5 DAB Radio in Charcoal
    Product Features
    • Beautiful wool casing
    • Small body, powerful sound
    • Includes DAB, DAB+ and FM compatibility
    • Easy-to-use controls
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    Average Customer Review 4.2/5
    Editors Rating 86/100
    What We Think
    A wooden case is something of a trademark for Pure, but their Avalon range takes a very different approach to design. They’ve dropped the box-like look of the Evoke, and instead gone for something more akin to the Panasonic RF-D10EB-K. The slimline design is then wrapped in a gorgeous woven wool for a finish that’s subtle yet stylish. Even though it’s more compact than the Evoke range, it still provides a nice rich sound across both DAB radio and a Bluetooth connection. Making smart use of a small footprint, that design approach even extends to the unique pop button- both an on/off switch and volume control in one neat little package.
    Product Features
    • Beautiful wool casing
    • Small body, powerful sound
    • Includes DAB, DAB+ and FM compatibility
    • Easy-to-use controls
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    RRP: £199.99
    £179.99
    10% Off - Save a total of £20.00
    Average Customer Review 4.2/5
    Editors Rating 86/100

    Out of stock

  • 10. Pure Evoke H3 Digital DAB and FM Radio in Walnut
    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: £129.99
    £119.99
    8% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 89/100