Are you looking for the best portable radio? I have reviewed the best on the market today and in this article I will review my top picks.
Being able to take music with you ensures that you will always have something to listen to. I love my portable radio, as it ensures that I always have some great music with me, no matter if I am working in the yard or out camping. I rest easy being able to pick up local weather and emergency news even when on the go.
Check out the quick list below for price and customer reviews of each of our top picks, or read on for the full reviews:
With so many different portable radios on the market, it can be a little tricky to find the right one for your needs when you first start shopping.
I recommend thinking about the features and attributes that are going to be the most important to you.
Knowing what you want your radio to do will help you choose the right one. Here are a some questions to ask yourself.
- What size you want?
- Do you want CD/MP3/Aux Ports?
- Which bands you want to receive?
- Do you need a waterproof radio?
- What power source will you use?
One of the most important things that you need to consider is the size of your new radio. Some portable radios can slip into your pocket so that you can take it with you when you are on the road, while others weigh a few pounds and are best suited to use in your home.
If you want a truly portable radio, then look for one that weighs under a pound and has a handle or is easy to carry.
Do you still want to bust out your favorite CD’s?
Want to play MP3’s or plug in an aux cord?
Once you know what is most important to you, one of the picks below will be perfect for your needs.
What Features are Available
Some radios only allow you to tune into various FM and AM stations, while others allow you to easily connect your phone or MP3 player or even insert a CD to listen to your own music.
If you want to be able to control the music that you hear, then you will need a radio that offers this capability.
Of course, it’s important that you realize that this will increase the size and weight of your new portable radio.
Another feature that some small radios offer is presets so that you can easily find and listen to your favorite radio stations again.
This is great if you have a number of stations that you love to change between, as presets will make it easy to find your favorite station again without having to turn the dial and carefully hone in on it.
I find that it can be very frustrating to try to find a specific radio station using a dial or knob, which is why I love radios that have buttons to allow you to tune into your desired station.
This is a feature that both younger users as well as the elderly will love, as it removes a lot of the frustration of trying to find your desired station.
Another feature to consider is whether there is a headphone jack that will allow you to listen to music without bothering anyone else.
If you are going to take your radio with you on a camping trip, want to listen after the rest of your family is in bed, or even just want to enjoy listening during a quiet evening, then this is a feature that you’re sure to love.
Make sure that the jack size is universal so that you don’t have problems finding headphones that will work with your new radio.
Finally, if you want your radio to help you get up and moving in the morning, then look for one that has an alarm feature.
While not everyone will enjoy this optional feature, waking up to music is a great way to start your day and will prevent you from accidentally sleeping in. Also comes in handy if the power is out and you cannot charge your phone.
Getting the Most Out of Your New Portable Radio
The best way to use your new radio is to make sure that you have plenty of batteries on hand so that you can replace them as needed.
I find that there are few things more frustrating than my radio not working the way that I want it to because I need to replace my batteries and don’t have any on hand.
Once you buy your new radio you will want to spend some time learning how to scan for stations and how to tune into them.
Learning how your new radio operates when you aren’t stressed or in a hurry will ensure that when you really want to listen to the radio that you can tune into your desired stations. This is particularly important if your portable radio is a part of your emergency readiness kit.
Do You Need a Waterproof Portable Radio?
While part of the pleasure of having a portable radio is being able to take it with you wherever you go, including to the bath or pool, you do want to make sure that your radio doesn’t ever fall into the water.
Unless you have specifically chosen a radio that is waterproof or has a waterproof case, this can quickly ruin your radio and cause you to have to buy a new one.
Rather than dealing with this frustration, simply make sure that you don’t use your radio anywhere near a body of water or go with a waterproof portable radio.
Best Portable Radio
This is a great portable radio if you are looking for a no-frills option that is small, lightweight, and easy to take with you on the go. You can rely on the handle to help you lift and carry the radio, and easily plug in headphones if you want to listen to your music privately without bothering anyone else in the family. Great choice for a backup radio to use in emergencies.
The foldable handle on this CD player ensures that you can easily take it with you and that the handle won’t get in your way when you have the radio set up permanently in a location. Unlike some other portable radios, this one makes it easy to listen to not only radio stations, but also CDs and MP3s. Using the large knobs makes it easy to tune into your favorite station.
This is a great portable radio if you are looking for a no-frills option that you can easily take with you due to its smaller size. At just over two pounds, this radio is light enough for anyone to carry it and small enough to pack for leaving the home to camp or during an emergency. While it can take some time learning how to correctly tune into a specific station, it’s easy to search for stations by slowly turning the knob.
Trying to tune into a specific station using a dial or knob can be very frustrating, but with this portable radio you won’t have to struggle with that anymore. Thanks to the push button tuning and the ability to quickly find the station that you are looking for, you’ll spend more time listening and less time searching for stations. Additionally, other features, such as the alarm and the presets, mean that you will get a lot of use out of this portable radio in addition to catching your favorite songs.
If you are looking for a simple radio that will offer you the ability to listen to AM and FM stations without a lot of frills or difficulty, then this is a great option. It’s incredibly small and weighs less than half a pound, which means that you won’t ever struggle to take it with you when you are on the road. Additionally, due to its size, it’s easy to store when not using it.
All things considered, I think the Sangean PR-D18BK is the overall best portable radio for the money. Not only is it incredible easy to tune, I love the preset tuning option. With the LCD screen and alarm function it really is a great portable stereo. No matter your age, this radio is user friendly and will work for everyone.
Any of these portable radios will be a great choice, let me know in the comments which radio you went with.
Fred is the Ready Zeal owner and editor. He has been passionately pursuing all things emergency preparation since working alongside his grandfather as a boy growing up in the Midwest. When not working on the family homestead he can be found brewing coffee and reading a good book or backpacking in the wilderness. Contact Fred at [email protected]