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. Roberts Rambler BT Stereo Portable DAB Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Navy 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
  • 3. 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
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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)
    RRP: £129.99
    £119.99
    8% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Editors Rating 84/100
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
    £99.99
    9% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Editors Rating 83/100
  • 8. Pure Elan Connect+ Stereo DAB/Internet Radio with Bluetooth in Charcoal
    Product Features
    • 2.4" full-colour screen
    • Full stereo sound
    • Internet radio for over 25,000 worldwide stations
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Portable with 4 x AA batteries (not included)
    Editors Rating 84/100
    What We Think
    Next up, we have the Pure Elan Connect+. Unusually for a portable DAB radio, this model offers full stereo sound, so it's a great choice for those who want to enjoy music on the go in the best possible sound quality. What's more, it includes both DAB and internet radio, as well as Bluetooth connectivity, making it a fully-fledged sound system that you can carry around in your pocket. Whether you're planning on using it on the go, or just want a radio you can take from room to room with you, the Elan Connect+ is certainly a solid pick.
    Product Features
    • 2.4" full-colour screen
    • Full stereo sound
    • Internet radio for over 25,000 worldwide stations
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Portable with 4 x AA batteries (not included)
    £89.99
    Editors Rating 84/100
  • 9. Pure Elan Connect DAB & Internet Radio with Bluetooth in Stone Grey
    Product Features
    • FM, digital & internet radio
    • 20 station presets per source
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Portable with 4 x AA batteries (not included)
    Editors Rating 81/100
    What We Think
    The Pure Elan Connect is a pocket-sized radio with DAB, FM, and internet modes, giving you access to an enormous range of different stations. What's more, it also includes Bluetooth connectivity, meaning you can use it as a portable speaker to stream content from your smartphone.
    Product Features
    • FM, digital & internet radio
    • 20 station presets per source
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Portable with 4 x AA batteries (not included)
    £69.99
    Editors Rating 81/100
  • 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

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