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Where do you listen to the radio most? For a lot of people, the answer is the kitchen. While you've got your hands full when cooking, it's nice to have something on in the background to listen to. It certainly helps the time pass quicker when you're doing the washing up, too! With that in mind, our audio experts have put together the following list of their top picks for kitchen radios.

In creating this list, we've carefully considered the most important factors in a kitchen radio. For one thing, it needs to be loud enough to hear over the sound of pots and pans and extractor fans. After all, what good is a radio if you're always left straining to hear it? Ideally it should also be portable, so you can easily move it around if you need to use the space. It also means you can take the radio into another room when you're done, without interrupting your listening.

So, without further ado, let's take a look at our top picks for kitchen radios!

1. Roberts Revival Uno DAB Radio

Roberts Revival Uno DAB Radio

  • Timeless design with real leather casing
  • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
  • Aux-in port for smartphone connectivity
  • Battery-powered for portable listening (not included)

First up, we have the Roberts Revival Uno, a super-stylish DAB radio that oozes vintage class. Available in a wide range of different colours, there's sure to be an option that complements your kitchen décor beautifully. But the Revival Uno isn't just a pretty face; it also provides excellent sound quality, as you would expect from an audio brand with so much pedigree. While not quite as large as the other models in the Revival Range, the Uno still packs a powerful punch sound-wise.

The Revival Uno also allows you to listen to music from your smartphone or tablet via an aux-in port. What's more, there's the option of making this model portable with AA batteries.

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2. VQ Hepburn Voice Smart Radio

 

VQ Hepburn Voice Kitchen Radio

  • Retro design meets modern functionality
  • Internet radio, Bluetooth, and aux-in connectivity
  • Smart speaker with Amazon Alexa built-in
  • Premium sound quality
  • Built-in rechargeable battery for portable listening

The VQ Hepburn Voice is the perfect companion for when you've got your hands full cooking. That's because it is more than just a radio. It's also a fully-fledged smart speaker, built-in Alexa for voice control. If you need to adjust the volume, or feel like listening to something else, you can do so without getting the radio mucky! Alexa can also come in handy when you're cooking, since she can set timers for you.

Thanks to the WiFi connectivity that powers Alexa, the Hepburn Voice can also tune into internet radio stations as well as DAB and FM. This gives you access to tens of thousands of stations from across the globe- perfect when you're cooking up some international cuisine! It also includes a rechargeable battery, so you don't have to keep it tethered to the plug socket. This provides up to 8 hours of use before it's time to power up again.

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3. Roberts Rambler BT Bluetooth Radio

Roberts Rambler BT Bluetooth Radio

  • Charming retro style
  • Real-wood casing for superior acoustics
  • DAB/FM/Bluetooth connectivity
  • Portable via battery power (not included)

Finally, we have the Roberts Rambler BT portable DAB radio. Much like the Revival Uno, this model is based on a classic radio from Roberts' past- in this case, their portable line from the 1970s. Another thing it has in common with the Revival Uno is that you can add AA batteries to make it portable. This model is a little more compact which lends it more to portable use. So, while it makes for a great kitchen radio, you could also easily take it out and about too.

While its sound isn't quite as well-rounded as the other options on this list, it does have one feature which sets it apart from the Uno: Bluetooth connectivity. In fact, that's what the "BT" in the name stands for. Again, this may not make a huge difference if you're just using the radio in the kitchen,

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Best Kitchen Radio: The Verdict

If you're looking for a kitchen radio that's stylish, then the Roberts Revival Uno is a fantastic choice. For something that's a little more practical (without compromising on style), then the VQ Hepburn Voice is another great pick. Finally, for something that can be used in and out of the kitchen, there's the Roberts Rambler BT.

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