In this article, we’re going to discuss why buying a Bluetooth speaker with a radio is a good idea, review several of our recommended products, and finally wrap it up with a buyer’s guide and some helpful suggestions.
If you’re looking for a Bluetooth speaker with a radio then you came to the right place.
Do You Need a Bluetooth Speaker with Radio?
The main reason for buying a Bluetooth speaker with radio is that you have the option to also listen to music straight from the radio, there’s no need to connect your phone via Bluetooth.
The radio will also provide you with music when your phone’s battery dies or your phone no longer has an internet connection for Spotify or YouTube. Or maybe you simply want to follow your favourite channels, such as Magic FM, Kiss FM, or BBC.
Either way, having a Bluetooth speaker with radio is worth it. You can always stream music to the speaker from your phone too, so there are no downsides.
Best Bluetooth Speakers with Radio:
Below are some of our recommended Bluetooth speakers with radio. Switching the radio on with these speakers is a matter of pressing a button or two, very easy for less tech-savvy individuals.
1 - Roberts Revival RD70DE FM/DAB/DAB+
To start off our list, we have the Roberts Revival RD70DE Bluetooth speaker with radio. What’s nice about this speaker is it resembles a small briefcase, with a convenient handle for easy transportation. And since the speaker only weighs 1.65 kgs, it’s very easy to carry. You can also choose between six colours!
As for features, to start, it has Bluetooth, so you can easily pair it to your phone to stream music. When you don’t have a phone available, you can use the built-in radio. The good thing about the radio system is you can access DAB+, DAB, and FM radio channels, and you can even save up to 10 of your favourite radio stations.
Besides Bluetooth and radio, the Roberts Revival RD70DE also has two alarms, and you can customize the alarm to either a buzzer or radio, complete with a snooze function. As for sound quality, the speakers are surprisingly powerful, with rich and deep bass. It’s definitely worth checking out.
2 - Majority Little Shelford DAB/DAB+
The Majority Little Shelford is a nice small and compact portable Bluetooth speaker with radio. At first glance, it looks like a stylish square bucket with a handle. It only weighs 0.76 kgs, so it’s extremely portable.
While the Majority Little Shelford portable speaker doesn’t look like much, it has some decent features, such as Bluetooth, radio (DAB+, DAB, and FM), and an alarm. The alarm can be set to either DAB or FM radio, no preset alarms included.
The sound quality is surprisingly good for such a small speaker. The sound quality over Bluetooth and radio are very clear and rich. Most customers agree the sound quality is comparable to expensive speakers.
The downsides? You need to use 4 x AA batteries. However, it comes with a Mini-USB port, so you can keep it charged via an outlet or a power bank.
3 - AZATOM Friarswood DAB+/DAB/Digital FM
The Azatom Friarswood Bluetooth speaker with radio is a little different than the previous speakers because it’s not designed to be portable. It doesn’t have a handle or batteries, the power comes directly from the outlet.
Having said that, it’s a really nice speaker for desks, shelves, or TV stands. The wood finish is aesthetically pleasing and the button layout doesn’t stand out too much. There’s also a nice digital colour-display on the front for easy navigation. It even shows the radio stations and tracks!
The Friarswood speaker has Bluetooth and can connect to all radio stations. It works best with DAB & DAB+ digital radio stations. Overall, a decent radio for homes, with plenty of connection options (Bluetooth, Radio, Audio-out, etc). The wood finish keeps the sound quality rich.
Downsides? Not very portable. No battery options (built-in or AA) or carry handle. It’s great for interiors though!
4 - Retro Radio Bluetooth Speaker
Retro enthusiasts will really enjoy this portable Bluetooth speaker with radio. It has an interesting 1950s build, like a mini-version of the clunky radios that were popular at that time. Great for old-timers!
The radio tuner in the centre makes it very easy to surf radio stations, and you can connect via Bluetooth too. One important point is the radio can only connect to FM stations, not DAB or DAB+. It has AUX and a Micro Card slot too.
Besides that, this speaker has a built-in rechargeable lithium battery, with an advertised 9-hours of battery life. It does not take AA batteries. I liked the small, compact, retro build, it’s about the same size as a Pepsi can. It only weighs 390 grams, so you can take it with you almost anywhere, and the battery lasts for a decent amount of time too.
Overall, a very cool, budget-friendly, retro-portable Bluetooth speaker with radio. Surprisingly powerful speakers too!
5 - Antimi Bluetooth Speaker
Here we have a modern, all-metal sleek and compact portable speaker. When it comes to aesthetics, the speaker doesn’t look that great, with a flat top and bottom, with rounded corners. But it does have some good features.
The most important features are the built-in lithium battery, Bluetooth, radio, and a USB port. The radio is decent, but it can only connect to FM stations. It also doesn’t have a knob for choosing a radio station.
What I liked most about this speaker is the wide range of connection options, you’re not limited to just Bluetooth and radio, you can use a flash drive (USB), AUX cable, or a Micro SD card.
Most customers have positive things to say about the speaker’s quality, saying it’s very loud and clear. Very impressive! The battery has an advertised play-time of 12 hours. Definitely worth checking out.
What To Look for Wehn Buying a Bluetooth Radio Speaker:
Before you buy a Bluetooth radio speaker, you’ll want to keep your eye out for a few important features, which we’ll cover in this section.
Looking for a Bluetooth speaker with a radio? You’ll want to make sure the radio can connect to your favourite stations. I suggest looking for a speaker that can connect to DAB, DAB+, and FM. Generally, DAB radio has better sound quality than FM.
Since most people own smartphones (and even some cars have Bluetooth) I would look for a speaker that has Bluetooth. It’s always handy, and some speakers can allow you to pair multiple devices at the same time.
If you’re looking for a portable speaker, it’s important to choose one that includes a built-in rechargeable battery. When you’re travelling or out of town, you don’t want to have to deal with AA batteries or power outlets. On that note, I would keep an eye out for portable speakers that can be charged via a power bank.
The more connection options, the better – you can’t rely on your phone all the time. I would look for a speaker with alternative connection options.
For example, an SD or USB slot, and even an aux port would be greatly appreciated. Pop some tracks from your computer to one of those devices and you’ll always have something to listen to when out in nature!
Can I stream Spotify?
Yes. If your phone is paired to the speaker via Bluetooth and it has an internet connection, then you can stream Spotify (and YouTube) to any Bluetooth speaker with no problem.
Can I Use it While Charging?
Most speakers will allow you to use them while they’re being charged, although that will increase the total amount of time needed for a full charge.
Can I Use It With Amazon Echo, Alexa, or Google Home?
Most Bluetooth speakers can connect to Amazon Echo, Alexa, and Google Home via either Bluetooth or an aux cable. You will have to pair the device with the speaker first.
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