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 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
  • 2. 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
  • 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 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
  • 5. 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
    £69.99
    13% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
  • 6. Roberts Revival Uno DAB/FM Radio in Duck Egg
    2 year guarantee included
    Product Features
    • Timeless design with real leather casing
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Aux-in port for smartphone connectivity
    • Battery-powered for portable listening (not included)
    Editors Rating 91/100
    What We Think
    The Roberts Revival Uno is a compact yet stylish DAB radio that's ideal for smaller spaces. It boasts Roberts' classic Fifties-inspired design, and offers superb sound quality whatever you're listening to. It also makes for the perfect bedside radio, with dual alarm modes and automatic screen dimming. And if you like to take your radio out and about with you, the Revival Uno can also run off batteries- so it's the ideal accessory for your next picnic!
    Product Features
    • Timeless design with real leather casing
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Aux-in port for smartphone connectivity
    • Battery-powered for portable listening (not included)
    RRP: £159.99
    £126.99
    21% Off - Save a total of £33.00
    Editors Rating 91/100
  • 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 80/100
    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 80/100

    Out of stock

  • 8. 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
  • 9. Roberts Blutune 5 Portable DAB/FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Black
    2 year guarantee included
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Bluetooth connectivity to link your smartphone or tablet
    • Dual alarm modes
    • Mains or battery powered
    Editors Rating 83/100
    What We Think
    If you want a radio that's equally suited to indoor and outdoor use, then look no further than the Roberts Blutune 5. It can be powered by both the mains and batteries, so if your back garden BBQ gets spoilt by the rain, you can still take the tunes indoors with you. It also comes with built-in Bluetooth connectivity, giving you full control over what you listen to. It even includes an alarm mode with snooze control, so you can use it as a bedside radio, too!
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Bluetooth connectivity to link your smartphone or tablet
    • Dual alarm modes
    • Mains or battery powered
    £119.99
    Editors Rating 83/100
  • 10. 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