1. VQ Retro Mini
This stylish and brightly coloured radio boasts a range of features, packed into a compact casing which measures only 224mm x 147mm.
The Retro Mini allows audiophiles to access and enjoy up to 30 preset stations, a personal music library or music streamed from YouTube/Spotify via a smartphone, laptop or tablet at the touch of a button.
All stations and songs are clearly visible on the Retro Mini’s 2.4” LCD screen to ensure that listeners know exactly what they are listening to through the radio’s powerful 10 watt speaker.
Mains or battery powered, the radio also features a dual alarm clock, autoscan, a USB port for charging external devices (such as phones and tablets) and a 3.5mm AUX-in connection.
The VQ Retro Mini is available in 11 colours and seven iconic Emma Bridgewater patterns.
2. PureMove 2500
This portable radio is ideal for use on journeys or while out walking or running. It is small and slim enough to fit in your pocket – it measures 10.2cm by 5.6cm (about 4in by 2in), and weighs little over 100g (3.5oz).
Headphones are included in the purchase price, and the manufacturer says the rechargeable battery can provide as much as 15 hours’ running time.
As well as digital stations, the PureMove 2500 can also pick up FM broadcasts.
3. Roberts ChronoDAB
If you’re looking for something to help you get out of bed in the morning, this clock radio could be just what you need.
It has a large, clear LED display, and it’s possible to adjust the unit’s brightness levels to suit.
Helpfully, the ChronoDAB comes with a feature called “Instant Time Set” – this means the radio automatically displays the correct time following a power cut as well after the clocks have gone forward or back in spring and autumn.
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4. KitSound Jive 1950s Style Retro Portable DAB Radio
For radio aficionados who want something a bit more stylish, there are a number of KitSound 50s-themed models available – the link below is to the duck-egg blue version, but alternatives come in black, floral or cream.
The sound quality is good as well, and you can run the radio off the mains or batteries.
5. Pure One Mi Series 2
If you’re not keen on spending more than £50 on a radio, this discreet little model from Pure might suit your budget better.
It can run off the mains or through a rechargeable battery pack, which is available from Pure but costs an extra £18. This makes the radio fully portable and it also means you won’t have to keep paying for replacement batteries every few weeks.
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6. Revo SuperConnect
At the other end of the price scale, the Revo SuperConnect looks and sounds fantastic and is packed with features.
Available in black, silver and walnut finishes, the Revo offers unrivalled audio quality. And as well as digital stations, it can stream music both from online services such as Spotify as well as direct from your computer’s music library.
Certainly not cheap, but definitely good value.
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