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Top 10 - Best Bedside DAB Radio Alarm Clocks of 2019

Wake up happy with the best DAB radio alarm clocks on the market, hand-picked by our experts.

Last updated by Daniel Barnes 11 days ago

Best DAB Radios of 2018

We test every DAB radio in the UK to find the very best models.


There's never been a better time to invest in a new alarm clock radio. As DAB radio continues to become more and more popular, there are now a whole host of options available to those looking for a new bedside companion. Whether you simply want a basic model to wake you up in the morning, or are interested in more advanced features, there's so much on offer- and our experts have scoured the market to create the following list of ten of the best.

Our list of bedside DAB radios includes entries from big names like Pure and VQ, as well as lesser known (but still great quality) brands like Revo. All of them come with both DAB and FM modes, and include Bluetooth connectivity so that you can also use them as a Bluetooth speaker. From mini marvels to compact soundsystems, there's something for everyone here- 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 Lark Bedside DAB Radio & Alarm Clock in Grey & Oak
    Product Features
    • 60 station presets
    • High-contrast LED screen with auto-dimmer
    • Dual USB charging ports to power up your smartphone overnight
    • Includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    Editors Rating 92/100
    What We Think
    The VQ Lark offers everything you could ask for in a DAB radio alarm clock. It comes with a beautiful wool casing and real-wood backplate, making it a stylish addition to any bedroom. The screen is easy to ready from any angle, and auto-dims so it won't keep you awake at night. The Lark also boasts top sound quality, with a powerful stereo speaker driver, so it makes for a great listen, too. If you'd rather listen to your own choice of music, then the VQ Lark includes Bluetooth connectivity to pair up your smartphone or tablet. There are even twin USB charging ports on the back, so you can easily charge your phone overnight.
    Product Features
    • 60 station presets
    • High-contrast LED screen with auto-dimmer
    • Dual USB charging ports to power up your smartphone overnight
    • Includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    RRP: £109.99
    £89.99
    18% Off - Save a total of £20.00
    Editors Rating 92/100
  • 2. Pure Siesta Charge DAB/DAB+/FM Bluetooth Clock Radio with Wireless Charging Pad in Polar
    Product Features
    • High-contrast screen with auto-dimming function
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Built-in wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones
    • Full stereo sound
    • Up to 40 station presets
    Editors Rating 86/100
    What We Think
    The Pure Siesta Charge is undoubtedly one of the most advanced bedside DAB radio alarm clocks on the market today. For one thing, it features full stereo sound that has been carefully tuned by Pure's audio experts to ensure the best performance. But it also comes loaded with a whole host of extra features, most notably a wireless charging pad on the top to power up compatible smartphones overnight. With a crystal clear display screen that's easily visible from any angle, and even Bluetooth connectivity to boot, the Siesta Charge is a fantastic bedside radio that's well worth considering.
    Product Features
    • High-contrast screen with auto-dimming function
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Built-in wireless charging pad for compatible smartphones
    • Full stereo sound
    • Up to 40 station presets
    RRP: £144.99
    £129.99
    10% Off - Save a total of £15.00
    Editors Rating 86/100
  • 3. VQ Monty Portable DAB+/FM Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Oak
    Our Verdict
    Our Best Buy DAB Radio of 2019 - 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
    • Optional battery pack for portable listening
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 97/100
    What We Think
    Our Best Buy DAB Radio of 2019. 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
    • Optional battery pack for portable listening
    RRP: £124.99
    £99.99
    20% Off - Save a total of £25.00
    Average Customer Review 4.7/5
    Editors Rating 97/100
  • 4. VQ Christie Retro DAB Radio & Bluetooth Speaker in Teal
    Our Verdict
    Award-winning retro style & sound - you simply won’t get a better radio for the price!
    Product Features
    • Exceptional Sound
    • Bluetooth Wireless Streaming
    • DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner
    • USB port to charge your phone or tablet
    • 3-year warranty
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
    What We Think
    The VQ Christie is a feature-packed radio that was a serious contender for our Best Buy. With its retro-inspired design and top-class sound it has impressed audio experts and customers alike. Boasting a unique rotating screen, the Christie can sit either horizontally or vertically so that you can make the best use of your space, and the vintage style is offset by a high-quality enamel front plate and leatherette casing, which is available in a wide range of colours to suit decors and tastes. We were blown away by the impressive sound quality and DAB reception provided by the Christie, which would comfortably fill medium-sized rooms, and handles both voice and music brilliantly. Unlike similarly priced models it even includes Bluetooth so that you can connect your smartphone or tablet and use it as a speaker for streaming. There is even an optional battery pack available for nominal price for added portability and value for money!
    Product Features
    • Exceptional Sound
    • Bluetooth Wireless Streaming
    • DAB, DAB+ and FM Tuner
    • USB port to charge your phone or tablet
    • 3-year warranty
    £59.99
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
  • 5. Pure Evoke H4 DAB/DAB+/FM Bluetooth Radio in Oak
    Our Verdict
    Great sound quality and a stylish wooden case make this model a winner
    Product Features
    • Powerful best-in-class sound quality
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Large 2.8-inch full colour TFT display
    • Easy snooze handle
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
    What We Think
    The flagship model of Pure’s Evoke range, the H4 is an excellent mid-sized DAB radio with a great range of features. First and foremost, the sound quality is some of the best we’ve heard from a model of this size, with a 3” driver that has been carefully tuned by the experts at Pure to ensure peak performance. An innovative snooze handle makes the Evoke H4 ideal as a bedside radio, but it is plenty powerful enough for most living rooms, too. And it’s not just a DAB radio either- the H4 also includes Bluetooth connectivity, so you can choose the soundtrack yourself, and an aux-in connection for devices without Bluetooth. It all comes encased in a gorgeous wooden body, which not only looks great but also helps to give the Evoke H4 a little extra acoustic sparkle.
    Product Features
    • Powerful best-in-class sound quality
    • DAB/DAB+/FM modes
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Large 2.8-inch full colour TFT display
    • Easy snooze handle
    £144.99
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
  • 6. VQ Rosie Lee DAB/DAB+ Digital Radio & Bluetooth Speaker - Real Wood - Black Leather & Walnut
    Product Features
    • 10W stereo sound
    • Real wood body with PU leather casing
    • 60 station presets
    • Includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    Editors Rating 89/100
    What We Think
    Handcrafted from a single piece of real wood, the VQ Rosie Lee is as much a bold design statement as it is a great bedside DAB radio. It also features a stylish premium leatherette casing for the perfect finishing touch. Inside, twin ultra-wide speakers offer an impressive 10W total output, for sound that really shines. Twin alarm settings, 60 station preset options, and Bluetooth connectivity make this a real feature-packed DAB radio that would be equally at home in your bedroom or living room.
    Product Features
    • 10W stereo sound
    • Real wood body with PU leather casing
    • 60 station presets
    • Includes Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    RRP: £149.99
    £99.99
    33% Off - Save a total of £50.00
    Editors Rating 89/100
  • 7. VQ Retro Mini Portable DAB & FM Radio with Bluetooth in Mustard
    Our Verdict
    The best small DAB radio - exceptional 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
    Similar in design to the No.1 on our list but more compact and without the real wood casing, the VQ Retro Mini offers excellent value for money and comes in a variety of colours to choose from. It’s 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. It also comes equipped with Bluetooth so will stream Apple Music, Spotify, YouTube or your favourite Podcast from your smartphone. If you’re looking for a top quality portable DAB radio then the VQ Retro Mini is well made model and outperforms similarly priced models and even some pricier alternatives so is definitely worth consideration!
    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: £69.99
    £46.99
    33% Off - Save a total of £23.00
    Average Customer Review 4.8/5
    Editors Rating 90/100
  • 8. Revo SuperSignal DAB Radio with Bluetooth in Walnut/Black
    Our Verdict
    Top-class build quality and premium audio
    Product Features
    • High sensitivity DAB/DAB+ tuner
    • Wireless streaming with Qualcomm® aptX™ technology
    • High quality 2.4 inch graphical OLED display
    • Intuitive joystick driven user interface
    • Dual alarm with Sleep and Snooze functions
    Average Customer Review 4.95/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
    What We Think
    The Revo SuperSignal is a top quality DAB Radio that will delight users with its impressive build quality and powerful audio. Despite its compact design the SuperSignal packs a formidable listening experience with exceptional clarity and adjustable EQ settings to suit your preferences. Even when we turned the volume right up the sound wasn’t compromised and because the SuperSignal is compatible with the UNDOK multi-room app (available for Android and iOS), it can be grouped together with other compatible models you may have to set up a multi room speaker system for whole home audio. And with its eye-catching design blending a handcrafted wooden cabinet with a sleek aluminium grille, and user-friendly 2.4” display, it will work well in any room. At this price point nothing rivals the Revo SuperSignal for sound, build, and style. If money is no object then Revo are our top choice for DAB Radios!
    Product Features
    • High sensitivity DAB/DAB+ tuner
    • Wireless streaming with Qualcomm® aptX™ technology
    • High quality 2.4 inch graphical OLED display
    • Intuitive joystick driven user interface
    • Dual alarm with Sleep and Snooze functions
    RRP: £199.00
    £189.00
    5% Off - Save a total of £10.00
    Average Customer Review 4.95/5
    Editors Rating 95/100
  • 9. Pure Evoke H3 Digital DAB and FM Radio in Walnut
    Product Features
    • Real wood casing
    • DAB+ compatibility
    • Powerful sound profile
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • 40 station preset options
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 89/100
    What We Think
    Pure were one of the first companies to start producing DAB radios, and bring with them over a decade of experience. The H3 is their flagship model, and it certainly lives up to Pure's reputation. With a real wood body and carefully sculpted interior, the Evoke H3 has surprisingly strong acoustics for a small speaker. The audio sounds a lot more natural as a result, and it’s also a pleasing aesthetic touch. The controls are nice and straightforward, as everything you need is right there on the top of the unit, leaving the front panel clear and uncluttered. Even better, the full-colour screen helps to make this digital radio even easier to use. Finally, the Evoke H3 even comes with a whopping 40 preset options. If you always find yourself flicking around the dial, this could be the option for you!
    Product Features
    • Real wood casing
    • DAB+ compatibility
    • Powerful sound profile
    • Bluetooth connectivity
    • 40 station preset options
    RRP: £199.99
    £139.99
    30% Off - Save a total of £60.00
    Average Customer Review 4.6/5
    Editors Rating 89/100
  • 10. Pure Siesta Home DAB/FM Radio & CD Player with Bluetooth in Polar
    Product Features
    • The ideal all-in-one music system
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Enjoy your CD collection in perfect clarity with the built-in CD player
    • Twin USB charging ports
    • Includes remote control
    Editors Rating 75/100
    What We Think
    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.
    Product Features
    • The ideal all-in-one music system
    • Bluetooth connectivity for wireless streaming
    • Enjoy your CD collection in perfect clarity with the built-in CD player
    • Twin USB charging ports
    • Includes remote control
    £199.99
    Editors Rating 75/100