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Best DAB radio 2020: which digital radio should you buy?

Best DAB radio

The best DAB radios  are proof that the good old days of radio are still going strong – and the format is a staple for many of us, even as smart speakers take over our homes.

DAB radios can fill your home with great-sounding music, chat and lots of witty banter, keeping you company throughout the day (and all night long if you like). 

Because they work well in all kinds of environments, DAB radios make great gifts - especially for that person who's difficult to buy for, or for those that don't subscribe to the best music streaming services to get their music.

However, the sheer variety of DAB radios available on the market right now can make finding the one that's right for you a real challenge. To save you the trouble, we've taken the best DAB radios in the country that we've had the opportunity to test ourselves and rounded them up into a single, unified list.

So whether you're looking for a decent-sounding digital radio for the kitchen, an alarm radio for your bedside table, or a radio you can take on the go, we'll have the best option for you – whatever your budget. Here are the five best DAB radios available in the UK today.

  • Looking to add a bit of luxury to your bedside table? Ruark's Tempo DAB radio combines striking design with a very, very high price tag

Pure Evoke CF-6

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1. Pure Evoke CF-6

A faultless home stereo all-in-1 system

Radio: DAB, DAB+, FM | Display: 2.8" TFT color display | Charging method: AC adaptor | Dimensions: 380 x 145 x 223 mm (W x H x D) | Output: 20W stereo | Connectivity: Bluetooth, Spotify Connect, 3.5mm AUX IN | CD player: Yes

Incredible playback options
Spotify Connect support
No Google Cast support
App timeout sometimes annoys

The Pure Evoke C-F6 marries modern connectivity options with old-school CD playback, and is just about the best DAB radio and stereo system you can buy today. 

Easy to set up, a delight to listen to, and featuring just about every bell and whistle you could need from a single-room audio device, this is a fantastic choice for anyone looking for a one-stop audio box. With 3-inch stereo speakers and a 20W output, too, it can crank up to party levels while maintaining a rich, balanced sound.

Read more: Pure Evoke CF-6 review

Revo SuperSignal

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2. Revo SuperSignal

The DAB radio with perfect bedside manners

Radio: DAB, DAB+, FM | Display: 93 x 47mm OLED panel | Charging method: AC adaptor | Dimensions: 135 x 140 x 207mm (W x H x D) | Output: 10W mono | Connectivity: Bluetooth, 3.5mm AUX IN | Battery: 5 hours | Weight: 2.16kg

Excellent sound quality
Considerate OLED screen
Only a mono speaker
No USB slot

The build quality in the Revo DAB radio is truly excellent, and so is the sound – however, it's how Revo has addressed the needs of real people in real rooms that we like most. 

The touch-to-snooze feature, the tactile volume dial, and Bluetooth support are all brilliantly convenient features, though we reserve most praise for the use of an OLED screen that keeps the bedroom dark. It uses some great-looking typography, too. 

Sound is the most important feature and the quality here is precise, warm and powerful. That said, a mono stereo speaker will never live up to stereo sound quality, though it does make sense on a bedside table.

Read more: Revo SuperSignal review

tivoli dab radio

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3. Tivoli Audio PAL+ BT

A DAB+ radio you can take with you come rain or shine

Radio: DAB, DAB+, FM, AM | Display: 70 x 30mm LCD display | Charging method: AC adaptor | Dimensions: 157 x 92 x 93mm (W x H x D) | Connectivity: Bluetooth, 3.5mm AUX IN | Battery: 16 hours | Weight: 875g

Long battery life
Poor value for money
Difficult built in controls

Taking your music on the go? Few digital radios have built-in batteries and splash-proof, portable designs, so the PAL+ BT is a bit of a one-off. Its 16-hour battery is simply superb, and makes it a great – though expensive – alternative to a Bluetooth speaker that you might take out into the garden or on a longer jaunt to the beach.

Its headline slot and AUX-in are handy, while the sound quality is thoroughly decent. But Bluetooth isn't exactly an expensive technology and the sound quality isn't perfect enough for Tivoli to be charging the kind of money it's asking for the PAL+ BT. 

The design has, however, smartly improved over the past few years, shrinking the remote and ditching the oversized analogue knob for a more capable LCD screen. The Tivoli's PAL+ BT isn't the most cost-effective way of getting a DAB+ radio, but it is still one of the best out there.

In the end, this is a compact, versatile DAB radio that can be taken around the home (and anywhere else) quite easily thanks to a 16-hour battery – while the PAL+BT's inclusion of Bluetooth and a bass-heavy sound goes some way to justifying its high price. Perfect for occasional forays into the bathroom.

Read more: Tivoli Audio PAL+ BT review

Pure Siesta Charge

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4. Pure Siesta Charge

Wireless charging makes this a forward-looking DAB radio

Radio: DAB, DAB+, FM | Display: LED | Charging method: AC adaptor | Dimensions: 155 x 145 x 80mm (W x H x D) | Audio: 20W stereo | Connectivity: Bluetooth, Apple Lightning, 3.5mm AUX IN / AUX OUT, USB | CD player: No

Sleek, compact design
QI wireless charging
Light on bass
Do you need wireless charging?

What makes the Pure Siesta Charge stand out is – you guessed it – its charging capabilities. If your smartphone or phablet is compatible with QI wireless charging, you’ll be able to leave it on top of this DAB radio as it fills up your battery.

It has a lovely sound, with simple customization options and presets, while all the practical alarm, timer and radio functions of Pure's popular Siesta range position it as a hugely practical bedside gadget. Not to mention an auto-dimming LED display and dashing glass screen.

Not everyone will make use of the wireless charging feature: but either way you're getting a sleek, well-designed DAB radio and speaker that's well worth a look.

Read more: Pure Siesta Charge Review

Geneva Sound System Model XS

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5. Geneva Sound System Model XS

A perfect DAB for staying in or taking away with you

Radio: DAB, DAB+, FM | Display: LED | Charging method: AC adaptor | Dimensions: 1570 x 102 x 115mm (W x H x D) | Output: 12W stereo | Connectivity: Bluetooth, 3.5mm AUX IN | Battery: 5 hours

Perfect for travelling
Good range of features
Short battery life
Smartphone pairing difficult

With DAB, DAB+, Bluetooth, touch-sensitive buttons, line-in and a hard carry case that both protects and props-up the stereo 2.1 speaker, the Model XS is excessively impressive. 

Music sounds refined, well balanced, and it gets to high volumes without a hint of distortion; for DAB fans who like taking radio around the world, or want a cute desktop option, this is the best compact all-in-one radio in the business. 

The price might be a tad high for some, but there's no doubting the top tech going on inside this product which is absolutely one of the best DAB radios we've tested.

Read more: Geneva Sound System Model XS DAB+ review