Top 10 - Best Portable DAB Radios of 2021

Looking for a portable DAB radio? Our experts have hand-picked the very best models on the market.

Last updated by Daniel Barnes 12 days ago

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


Portable DAB radios now come in all shapes and sizes. From basic personal models that slip into your pocket, to radios that come packed with extra features, there are so many to choose from. To help you narrow down your options a little, our team of audio experts have handpicked the very best portable DAB radios on the market. We've tried to include something for every budget, as well as showcasing extra features like Bluetooth connectivity. There's even a model with internet connectivity, so you can use it a part of a multi-room setup. If you'd like to know more about any of the models listed here, then please don't hesitate to contact our support team who will be more than happy to help. 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 with Rechargeable Battery Pack in Black & Walnut
    Our Verdict
    Our Best Buy DAB Radio of 2021 - 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
    • Includes battery pack for portable listening
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 97/100
    What We Think
    Our Best Buy DAB Radio of 2021. 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
    • Includes battery pack for portable listening
    RRP: £149.99
    £114.99
    23% Off - Save a total of £35.00
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 97/100

    Out of stock

  • 2. 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
  • 3. Roberts Rambler BT Portable DAB/FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Blue
    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)
    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)
    £119.99
    Editors Rating 84/100
  • 4. Geneva Touring S+ Portable DAB Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Cognac
    2 year guarantee included
    Our Verdict
    The perfect blend of sound and style
    Product Features
    • Small size, big sound
    • Stylish modern design
    • DAB/FM/Bluetooth connectivity
    • Built-in rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours' listening
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 93/100
    What We Think
    The Geneva Touring S+ is a portable Bluetooth speaker and DAB radio that combines stunning design with superb sound quality. Crafted from aircraft-grade aluminium and topped off with an eco-leather casing available in a range of colours, the Touring S+ is one of the most stylish speakers on the market. And thanks to its built-in rechargeable battery with up to 20 hours' listening time, you can show it off wherever you go.
    Product Features
    • Small size, big sound
    • Stylish modern design
    • DAB/FM/Bluetooth connectivity
    • Built-in rechargeable battery for up to 20 hours' listening
    RRP: £229.99
    £199.99
    13% Off - Save a total of £30.00
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 93/100

    Out of stock

  • 5. VQ Hepburn Voice Portable Smart Speaker & Internet Radio in Black & Copper
    Product Features
    • Retro design meets modern functionality
    • Internet radio, Bluetooth, and aux-in connectivity
    • Smart speaker with Amazon Alexa built-in
    • Premium sound quality
    • Built-in rechargeable battery for portable listening
    Product Features
    • Retro design meets modern functionality
    • Internet radio, Bluetooth, and aux-in connectivity
    • Smart speaker with Amazon Alexa built-in
    • Premium sound quality
    • Built-in rechargeable battery for portable listening
    RRP: £189.99
    £149.99
    21% Off - Save a total of £40.00

    Out of stock

  • 6. Roberts Blutune T2 Portable DAB Radio & Bluetooth Speaker
    2 year guarantee included
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • USB playback & smartphone charging
    • Dual alarm modes with adjustable snooze timer
    • Portable with AA batteries (not included)
    Editors Rating 94/100
    What We Think
    The Roberts Blutue T2 is a superb portable DAB radio and Bluetooth speaker. Its ability to take AA batteries sets it apart from most other portable speakers at this price point, which typically require an additional battery pack. It even recharges compatible batteries while plugged in to the mains, to keep you from running out of juice in the middle of your favourite tracks. Despite its small size, the Blutune T2 does a great job of filling small-to-medium-sized rooms with sound from its speaker. It also has a full-colour screen, as well as a convenient carry handle for easy use.
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • USB playback & smartphone charging
    • Dual alarm modes with adjustable snooze timer
    • Portable with AA batteries (not included)
    £119.99
    Editors Rating 94/100
  • 7. Como Audio Amico Portable DAB+/FM Radio with Internet Radio & Multi-Room Functionality
    Our Verdict
    Making multiroom portable, the Amico combines timeless design with the latest tech.
    Product Features
    • Fully portable with up to 8 hours battery life
    • Multiroom functionality to pair your Amico up with any other Como devices
    • 6 station presets for both DAB and Internet radio
    • Real wood casing for superb acoustics
    Editors Rating 84/100
    What We Think
    Possibly the most feature-packed portable DAB radio on the market, the Como Audio Amico comes loaded with high-end features. Most significantly, it includes internet radio functionality, so you can tune in to your choice of over 30,000 stations wherever there's WiFi. With up to 8 hours of battery life, you'll get plenty of listening pleasure from the Amico before it's time to recharge. What's more, it also works as a multiroom speaker, pairing up with any other Como devices. That means the music never has to stop- you can easily take it with you around the house. It's even water-resistant, making it ideal for the bathroom.
    Product Features
    • Fully portable with up to 8 hours battery life
    • Multiroom functionality to pair your Amico up with any other Como devices
    • 6 station presets for both DAB and Internet radio
    • Real wood casing for superb acoustics
    RRP: £499.99
    £449.00
    10% Off - Save a total of £50.99
    Editors Rating 84/100
  • 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 Elan BT3 Portable DAB Radio with Bluetooth in Graphite
    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
    Editors Rating 81/100
    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
    Editors Rating 81/100

    Out of stock

  • 10. Pure One Maxi Series 3s in Jade White
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Superior stereo sound
    • Up to 13 hours' battery life from 6 x AA batteries (not included)
    • Aux-in lets you use the One Maxi Series 3s as a portable speaker
    Editors Rating 83/100
    What We Think
    Equally suited to home listening and portable use, the Pure One Maxi Series 3s is a full stereo DAB radio with plenty of charm. Boasting a modern design available in in either slate blue or jade white, it's small enough to fit comfortably in a rucksack but still provides Pure's trademark powerful sound. You can also make it fully portable with either the optional ChargePAK D1 or standard AA batteries, for up to 15 hours' listening time. Lastly, the Maxi Series 3s includes an aux-in port, so you can plug in your phone or tablet to listen to your own choice of content.
    Product Features
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Superior stereo sound
    • Up to 13 hours' battery life from 6 x AA batteries (not included)
    • Aux-in lets you use the One Maxi Series 3s as a portable speaker
    RRP: £99.99
    £79.99
    20% Off - Save a total of £20.00
    Editors Rating 83/100

    Out of stock