Is now the perfect time to upgrade your bedside partner with something sleek, modern and packed with technology? If so, we’ve created this in-depth guide to help you find the best DAB alarm clock.
If your audio investments are starting to seem a little outdated, our selection of the top 10 lists will help you to find the perfect replacement for the year ahead.
Since we want to make sure that you get up on the right side of the bed, we thought one of our initial lists should focus on the best DAB radio alarm clocks to help you wake up with a smile on your face. After all, it’s usually a lot nicer to wake up to the sound of your favourite radio show or music each morning, than to be jolted awake by a shrill beeping or a high-pitched alarm.
As the world becomes increasingly digital, we thought it best to concentrate on radio alarm clocks for this list that already come with DAB functionality. A DAB alarm clock will ensure that you can tap into your favourite channels for years to come – even if the UK decides to leave FM stations behind.
We’ve thoroughly tested the following 10 DAB clock radios listed below to save you some all-important time and money on your next purchase.
Intrigued? Read on for our in-depth DAB radio alarm clock reviews.
Top 10 Best DAB Alarm Clock in UK 2021
1. AZATOM Horizon
Probably one of the most popular clock radio alarms that we’ve seen on the market today, the AZATOM Horizon has hundreds of positive reviews from customers across the UK. Offering a combination of FM, DAB, and DAB+ radio, the Horizon is a future-ready device designed to help you wake up happy each morning.
Though this clock radio doesn’t have a particularly beautiful design or even the best sound quality you’ll hear from a DAB clock radio, it’s a worthy consideration for your bedside table. This compact and highly capable radio is available in both black and white, with a high-quality XL display, and a rapid USB charging port for your phone.
The AZATOM Horizon stands out as one of the best DAB radio alarm clocks because it’s affordable, convenient, and brimming with features. While you might have to spend some extra time getting this system set up when you first buy it, once it’s up and running you should find it to be very easy and intuitive to use. What’s more, the Bluetooth streaming, and rapid USB charging features are fun little extras that you won’t typically get with most DAB alarm clocks available for this kind of price.
2. Pure Siesta Home DAB/FM Radio & CD Player with Bluetooth in Polar
At first glance, the Pure Siesta Home looks like a typical alarm clock radio. In fact, though, it is an all-in-one hi-fi system, offering a whole host of features in a compact package. Not only does it include DAB and FM modes, but it also has a built-in CD player to really let you take advantage of its powerful 10W stereo speaker. And for your digital music collection, Bluetooth streaming allows you to sync up your smartphone or tablet wirelessly, while an aux-in port takes care of devices without Bluetooth.
3. JOINT WINNER Pure Evoke H6
One of the most expensive in Pure’s DAB radio lineup, this model has a rich, warm sound and is incredibly easy to use. Alongside the usual lineup of controls, there’s an additional back button, which makes it easier to change stations and adjust settings.
We love the digital radio slideshow on its colour screen, so you can view album artwork and more. Our only issue is that the footprint is fairly large – it won’t suit a bedside table – and you’ll need to invest in an optional battery if you want to use it on the go.
4. JOINT WINNER Roberts Stream 94i
This top-of-the-line radio lets you listen to DAB as well as use the wifi to get internet radio and play music from other devices. The sound is clear and detailed, but we did find there was some distortion at full volume. It comes with a remote control too, making it easy to play, pause and skip tracks. Overall, we think it’s stylish and great value for money.
5. Roberts Ortus 2 DAB alarm clock
Last, but not least, we come to one of the most amazing radio alarm clocks offered by a leading brand, Roberts Radio. The Roberts Ortus 2 is a sophisticated and attractive DAB alarm clock, designed by the leading Roberts brand. While this bedside alarm clock might not be as attractive as some of the other products in the Roberts portfolio at first glance, it comes with plenty of features to entice its users, including an automatic time-set option, snooze, and a charging capability for your smartphone.
Capable of playing DAB, and FM radio, the Ortus is a little more advanced than the other alarm clock option from Roberts, the Chronologic VI. With a large display that’s easy to read at any time of the day and convenient functionalities like any-button snooze, the Roberts Ortus is a great choice for today’s consumers.
6. Majority Little Shelford – The best cheap compact radio
If you’re looking for a rival to Roberts’ retro radios at a third of the price, then you might want to adjust your expectations. The Majority Little Shelford does a decent job of capturing that fifties vintage look, but the gold plastic doesn’t look as good in the flesh and there are some minor issues with usability. Perhaps the biggest niggle is that the Mode button for switching between DAB, FM and Bluetooth modes also doubles as the on and standby, and holding it for long enough to go to standby rather than switching modes seems to be a touch-and-go affair. The menus aren’t clear or intuitive, and audio streamed over Bluetooth sounds horrifically weak and tinny.
However, the Little Shelford still wins a place on this list thanks to three advantages. It’s cheap as chips, reasonably stylish and it sounds half-decent when it’s playing DAB and DAB+. Sure, in terms of weight or presence it’s not going to trouble the Pure Evoke H3 or the Ruark R1 Mk. 4, but the output’s clear with a little more oomph than the budget competition. It’s fine for news and talk shows, while pop, rock, classical and country programmes are perfectly enjoyable as long as you don’t push the volume up too high. It’ll run from the bundled micro USB charger or from four AA batteries, so it’s portable as well.
7. Pure Evoke H3 – The best compact DAB radio
The Pure Evoke H3 is a lovely example of a mid-range DAB radio with a choice of oak and walnut cabinets in a compact bookshelf format that’ll fit as well in the kitchen or bedroom as the lounge. It’s easy to tune, switch sources and flick between stations, thanks to the clear 2.8in colour screen and a dual-mode dial that scrolls through menus and changes levels.
There are four buttons for up to 40 presets and the H3 has two alarms, plus a handy kitchen timer feature – ideal for those inclined to burn the dinner. Pure has done some clever audio tuning here to make the best of DAB and DAB+, and the Evoke H3 has a really crisp and lively presentation that’s superb on talk radio and great for rock, pop, classical and jazz. Switch to Bluetooth or an Amazon Echo connected by the 3.5in line-in, and the sound lacks a little warmth and weight, but this is arguably – pound for pound – the best-value DAB radio in town.
8. Sharp DR-450 – The best-sounding DAB radio under £100
Sharp might not be the first name you associate with DAB radio, but the DR-450 looks and sounds more expensive than it is. Not only does this solid-feeling mono number handle reception better than many of its cut-priced rivals, but the output is significantly weightier and more open, giving you great-sounding rock, jazz and classical music as well as energetic pop. And if you want to listen to the news or radio drama? The DR-450 will do them justice.
It’ll also double as a Bluetooth speaker. However, here it can sound a little boxy and constrained, although the six EQ settings help. The controls, set into a stainless steel front panel, could also be more intuitive, particularly when it comes to setting presets or alarms. There are no connections whatsoever, either – not even a headphone output. On the plus side, the display is clear and bright, packing in a lot of information, while the black, white, grey or brown finishes look great. If you want quality sound at a low-ish price point, the DR-450 is a cut above the rest.
9. Pure StreamR – The best Bluetooth Speaker that also does DAB+
If you can’t tell from the name, this isn’t your granddad’s kind of radio. In fact, it’s a modern, compact, high-end Bluetooth speaker that – true to Pure form – comes with a DAB+ radio built-in. The controls take a little getting used to – tapping one button to access the station or tracklist then the plus and minus buttons to switch station or skip tracks – but four corner buttons are allocated to presets and reception is strong, helped by an ingenious cable antenna that doubles as an auxiliary input, plugging straight into your laptop, tablet or phone.
We’ve got some concerns about its advanced features, not least because Pure’s app struggled to find the speaker on our first test smartphone then disconnected occasionally once it did, making the built-in Alexa functionality unreliable even though Bluetooth connectivity outside the app seems rock solid.
However, all is forgiven when you hear the sound, which is louder, more detailed and more authoritative than it has any right to be from such a small unit. Whether you’re listening to classical on Radio 3 or indie and EDM on Radio 6, the StreamR brings it to life, and it’s only when you have a lot going on at once that it sounds at all congested. With up to 12 hours of battery life from a single charge, this could be the modern, versatile DAB+ radio you’ve been waiting for.
10. AZATOM Spitalfields clock radio alarm
Another excellent product from AZATOM for our list of the best DAB radio alarm clocks, is the Spitalfields – a DAB/FM radio that lets you set a number of different alarms to guide you through your day. The AZATOM comes with a built-in rechargeable battery that allows you to carry it around the house and into the garden. What’s more, we were particularly impressed by the design of this AZATOM alarm clock radio, which features a retro appeal similar to that of the Roberts Revival.
The AZATOM Spitalfields might not be the most advanced DAB clock radio that you’ll see on the market – or even on this list, but it offers style and sophistication in a neat package. What’s more, the built-in subwoofer means that you get some really impressive sound for less than £40.
How to choose the best DAB Alarm Clock in UK 2021
Here are some things to consider when choosing a DAB radio alarm clock:
Price: The price of DAB radios with an alarm clock varies greatly, from about £20 to well over £200. You can get a good basic clock radio for £30-£50, but if you want something with lots of features or a really stunning design, you will need to pay more. A radio with a CD player and/or Bluetooth will be more expensive than one without but will offer more versatility.
Features: All of the radios reviewed here have FM/DAB radio and an alarm clock. Here are some extra features you might find useful:
- Multiple alarms – Many clock radios have a dual alarm clock which lets you set two separate alarms, for example, one for weekdays and another for weekends. Some radios such as the AZATOM Spitalfields let you set as many as four separate alarms.
- Bluetooth – Bluetooth will allow you to stream internet radio, podcasts and MP3s from your phone or tablet through the radio’s speaker.
- USB charger – Some radios have a USB port that will allow you to charge a phone overnight.
- CD player – Clock radios with a CD player will typically be bulkier and more expensive than those without, but this could be a useful feature if you have a large CD collection.
Size: If you’re looking for a radio for your bedside table, you will want it to be compact. Check the radio’s dimensions before you buy it to avoid accidentally buying something too large.
Design: A clock radio can be a fashion statement. You might like something modern, or you might prefer a retro design.
Brand: Established brands such as Pure and Roberts tend to be more reliable, but also more expensive. If you don’t mind trying a less well-known brand, there are some good radios from budget brands such as Majority and AZATOM that offer great value for money.
Choosing the ideal radio alarm clock for your bedside table is easier said than done. There’s so much more to it than finding a product produced by a reputable brand like Roberts or Pure. You might also want to consider a wide range of other features, like Bluetooth streaming, smartphone charging, and multiple alarms.
Hopefully, top 10 Best DAB Alarm Clock in UK 2021 will help you choose trust. Good luck finding the ideal alarm clock radio.