Top 10 - Best Portable DAB Radios of 2019

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

Best DAB Radios of 2018

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 Oak
    Our Verdict
    Our Best Buy DAB Radio of 2019 - 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 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
    • Includes battery pack for portable listening
    RRP: £149.99
    £99.99
    33% Off - Save a total of £50.00
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 97/100
  • 2. VQ Christie Retro DAB Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Red with Rechargeable Battery Pack
    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
    • USB port to charge your phone or tablet
    • Includes rechargeable battery pack for portable listening
    • 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
    • USB port to charge your phone or tablet
    • Includes rechargeable battery pack for portable listening
    • 3-year warranty
    RRP: £149.99
    £64.99
    57% Off - Save a total of £85.00
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
  • 3. Pure Evoke H4 DAB/DAB+/FM Bluetooth Radio in Walnut
    Our Verdict
    Great sound quality and a stylish wooden case make this model a winner
    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, 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
    £144.99
    15% Off - Save a total of £25.00
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
  • 4. VQ Retro Mini Portable DAB & FM Radio with Bluetooth in Mustard
    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
    £44.99
    36% Off - Save a total of £25.00
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
  • 5. 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
  • 6. Como Audio Amico Portable DAB+/FM Radio with Internet Radio & Multi-Room Functionality
    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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. VQ Hepburn Mk II Portable DAB+/FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker with Rechargeable Battery Pack in Red
    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
    • Includes rechargeable battery pack for portable listening
    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
    • Includes rechargeable battery pack for portable listening
    RRP: £149.99
    £104.99
    30% Off - Save a total of £45.00
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 88/100
  • 10. Panasonic RF-D10EB-K Portable DAB Radio
    Our Verdict
    A compact, portable DAB radio with plenty of presets
    Product Features
    • Small stature, powerful speaker
    • Sleek, compact design with a modern touch
    • 10 station presets for added ease of use
    • Fully portable with up to 30 hours battery life
    • Excellent value for money
    Average Customer Review 4.0/5
    Editors Rating 77/100
    What We Think
    The Panasonic RF-D10EB-K offers excellent value for money and is one of our top choices if you're looking for a decent Portable DAB Radio at a modest price. It’s extremely simple to use, and the speaker inside is surprisingly hefty. That gives it a nice solid sound across all volume settings. If you want to tweak the audio to your liking, then there are 5 EQ presets to choose from. One nice feature on the RF-D10EB-K is the set of preset buttons on the top of the unit. You can store up to 10 of your favourite DAB stations, and then tune in with just a single click. With a modern, understated design, it’s sure to look great in any home, too!
    Product Features
    • Small stature, powerful speaker
    • Sleek, compact design with a modern touch
    • 10 station presets for added ease of use
    • Fully portable with up to 30 hours battery life
    • Excellent value for money
    RRP: £99.99
    £74.99
    25% Off - Save a total of £25.00
    Average Customer Review 4.0/5
    Editors Rating 77/100