Digital radio reviews: Reliability
Which digital radio brands are the most reliable, and will keep you tuned in when others have failed? We asked Which? members how reliable they found their own digital radio to be, and the results mean that we can tell you which brands you're less likely to have problems with.
Use our table below to find out how big name digital radio brands like Pure, Roberts, Bose and Philips compare, and which is the most reliable.
If you're only interested in the best rated digital radios, the check out our Best Buy radios page to pick the best radio for you.
Most reliable digital radio brands
A good digital radio should be reliable when it comes to delivering high quality sound and signal strength. This is why we survey thousands of members every year, to help us identify common problems owners have with digital radios, and which brands are the most reliable.
We survey owners of the big radio brands, such as Pure, Bose and Roberts, to the smaller store own-brands, such as Bush. Using this information, we are able to tell you which brands you can really trust.
Sample sizes: Bose (47), Roberts (647), Pure (891), Sony, (84), Panasonic (30), Philips (32), Bush (35)
Digital radio reviews
Our reliability surveys help give us a bigger picture of how reliable digital radios are once they've left our lab, and entered your home. Combined with our extensive lab tests, this means we can recommend the best digital radio for you to buy. We understand that issues picking up a signal is the most common radio complaint, which is exactly why we generate our own DAB signal in our lab, and gradually reduce its strength.
We can tell you which radio is more likely to pick up a signal, even if you live in an area with poor coverage. We also extensively test the sound quality of each radio - in fact it makes up 45% of the total test score, so we can tell you just how good a radio will sound.
Which? is independent - we work for you, the consumer, so you can be sure that our product recommendations are influenced only by our test results. We don't take advertising and we buy all the products that we test, so our advice helps you to make the right choice and avoid costly mistakes.