My husband bought me this lovely radio after me moaning that I had no music to bop along to in the kithen whilst I was cooking. This radio in my opinion is the perfect kitchen radio. It looks undeniably gorgeous - either in the chrome as shown in the picture, or cream which is the colour of mine. Somehow the styling is both retro and modern at the same time. It has fab curvy lines and is so very smooth and lovely to touch. On the top are two shiny knobs (one for volume and one for tuning), which twist and click very satisfyingly around. You can tune this either to AM or FM and can have 5 presets for each mode, and they are so easy to tune (and this is from a complete technophobe). The sound quality is excellent - really clear and rich and boy when you turn it up it can certainly belt out the music. I really like the clear display panel at the top, which shows which channel is playing with a great blue light. Although this is a mains powered radio, it also has a rechargeable battery which lasts up to 4 hours, so can be moved about the house or used in the garden. Also very handy during power cuts which we seem to be getting all the time last winter. Added features include a kitchen egg time timer, alarm and snooze function. Currently this retails at £175, though when my husband bought it it was slightly less at £150. It is available from Dualit online or John Lewis. This is therefore an expensive but quality piece of kit, and one that I intend to love for many years. I love this radio - looks fab against my other kitchen gadgets and sounds amazing. Yes it is pricey, but in this case, you are paying for quality. PS - just noticed the Processing/Quality item below - although there is no processing on a radio, I am just going to rate on the "Quality" of the item.
This was my birthday present from the wife - ain't I a lucky chap! It will enhance any room not only with its high-quality digital sound, but with its chic, sexy looks. Everything about this radio screams "Quality!" As you can see from the picture, it has sleek, retro styling, meaning that it is not only a functional item, but a welcome visual addition to any room. What you can't tell from the picture is that it is also incredibly tactile: it's cast aluminium shell and fittings have a durable, sturdy feel and the black trim around the edge has a warm, rubbery texture. There is nothing plasticy about this radio, as with so many electrical appliances these days. All of that, and we haven't even got to the sound quality yet. Like most decent DAB radios, the sound quality is a great improvement on the traditional analogue wireless. It boasts a 4" full range mono speaker at 8 WRMS and a bass port. If that's not good enough, you can input an additional speaker via the 3.5 mm jack to achieve stereo sound. However, I have no complaints about the sound quality: it's smooth velvet compared with the scratchy nylon of my last radio. If you haven't had a DAB radio before, the display will come as a revelation. All available stations are listed alphabetically (you can change this later so that your favourite stations are listed first) and start playing as soon as you select them. There is no fuzz, no fuss and no need to remember any frequencies. There are also more channels than are available on analogue, such as BBC 6Music, which has received so much press attention recently. There are extra stations for people of all ages and tastes. It also has an FM setting in case you feel you need that safety blanket. If you're a DAB aficionado, the display is not the best. That is the price that is paid for retaining the sleek, retro look. It means that the display is quite small, making some of the functions hard to navigate. It also means that the display appears on top of the radio, so you have to stand above it to do anything. That awkwardness is added to by the fact that there is no remote contol, unlike most DAB radios, so there is no choice but to stand over it to tune it. There are some useful functions, such as a clock, alarm, snooze function and kitchen timer. My favourite is the sleep function, which is pefect for insomniacs like me. I can drift off to the radio and not worry about it playing all night long - unless Lionel Richie comes on, of course! The display is backlit as well, meaning that you can fiddle with it at night without putting the light on. You can preset 5 stations on DAB and 5 on the FM setting. The last thing to mention is the excellent battery. It comes with a built-in NiMH rechargeable battery which lasts for about 4 hours without being plugged in. That makes it truly portable, meaning that it can move round the house with you as you do the chores and can take it into the garden if you're pottering or entertaining outside. This is THE DAB RADIO for the style-conscious shopper.