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Own brands disappoint in Which? radio test

None score more than 42% in lab tests

Onn Radio

This Don’t Buy Onn radio could have you seeing red

Own-brand digital radios from companies like ASDA, Comet/Dixons and Tesco, all rated poorly in the recent Which? radio test.

Three of the latest models tested were even rated as Don’t Buys, including the Onn DAB Radio (ASDA) and Logik L66DAB11 (Comet/Dixons). We also tested own brand radios from Tesco, Sainsbury’s and Argos – none scored higher than 42% in our tests, though they weren’t quite Don’t Buys.

But if you thought poor quality radios were just the preserve of own brands, think again. The Philips AJB1002 also earned our ire due its poor quality controls, joining the Onn and Logik models as a radio Which? recommends you Don’t Buy. To see our latest digital radio test results, including the models mentioned here, visit our Digital Radio reviews.

Digital Radio researcher, Jack Turner, advises ‘a cheap radio might seem appealing, but upping your budget by as little as £20 can be the difference between a Don’t Buy radio and one you’ll be happy to own for years.’

What’s the difference between a Don’t Buy a Best Buy radio?

One universal issue with these radios was their poor sound performance. All three of the Don’t Buys fell down when it came to sound quality, with the expert listening panel distinctly unimpressed. As an example, the sound for the Onn DAB radio was described as ‘odd and lumpy’. Sound quality accounts for 45% of the total test score, making this a key area of concern. Go to our how we test DAB digital radios page for more information on how we separate the best from the rest.

More on this…

  • Read our digital radio reviews to find the models we do recommend
  • See our guide to buying a digital radio for answers to your buying questions
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