Last updated: August 5, 2021

Welcome to our big kitchen radio test 2021. Here we present all the kitchen radios we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best kitchen radio for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy a kitchen radio.




Summary

  • Under-cabinet kitchen radios can easily be mounted under a wall cupboard and are space-saving. Floor-standing kitchen radios, on the other hand, can be used anywhere.
  • Kitchen radios with DAB/DAB+ reception also have access to stations outside your locality and if the kitchen radio also has WLAN, it can be connected to the Internet and function as a web radio.
  • When buying a radio, criteria such as connections, Bluetooth function, design and a built-in alarm clock are important.

The Best Kitchen Radio: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a kitchen radio

What is a kitchen radio?

Simply put, a kitchen radio is a radio that is used in the kitchen. Almost everyone spends time in the kitchen, whether it is for breakfast, cooking, dinner or even for receiving guests - the kitchen plays a major role in one's own four walls.

Retro Radio

A kitchen radio brings variety into the kitchen. Nowadays, kitchen radios are available in various designs from retro to ultra-modern. (Source: pixabay.com / fancycrave1)

To enjoy being in the kitchen even more than just eating, kitchen radios are used to provide entertainment. Kitchen radios are very popular as many also like to listen to music. Time flies while cooking and you can catch up on the latest world events.

Choosing a kitchen radio makes a lot of sense. Nowadays, kitchen radios are available in many different forms and, in addition to simple radio reception, have many practical kitchen gadgets integrated, such as an egg timer and an alarm clock or even a motion detector.

Who is a kitchen radio suitable for?

In principle, a kitchen radio is suitable for everyone. The many advantages make the kitchen radio one of the most popular radios that can be purchased at present. Anyone who often spends time in the kitchen or whose workplace is the kitchen is ideally equipped with a kitchen radio. It loosens up the atmosphere, can be individualised and has a news function.

This means that people who work from the kitchen can also get information quickly. For people who cook a lot, the best choice is a kitchen radio that is easy to clean if greasy deposits get on the appliance. The kitchen radio should then also have an anti-moisture surface and splash protection. A kitchen radio also offers many practical functions for people who do not cook or spend a lot of time in the kitchen. Even if many people have a small kitchen, it does not rule out buying the kitchen radio. For older people, a kitchen radio that comes with a larger stereo is suitable.

The system allows the radio to be a little louder and be heard all the way into the dining room. Those who love details can add the perfect touch to their kitchen with a kitchen radio. Retro models are very popular among kitchen radios, for example, and the wide range of colours allows kitchen appliances to blend in and look harmonious.

Depending on preferences, kitchen radios can be individualised both functionally and visually. Kitchen radios can also be used outside the kitchen if desired.

What does a kitchen radio cost?

Depending on the desired extra functions in addition to simple radio reception, the quality and the housing, the prices vary between €20 and €150.

Price Extras
to 30 € Mains-operated kitchen radio with FM reception
to 50 € Mains-operated kitchen radio with FM and DAB/ DAB+ reception, Bluetooth, LED lighting and timer
to 100 € Battery operation/mains operation, reception range DAB/DAB+/UKW, automatic station search/favourite lists, digital display, connections for AUX and USB
from 100 € Reception through DAB/DAB+/UKW/Web radio, WLAN function and thus controllable from smartphone, Bluetooth, USB/AUX/LAN connection, modern metal housing, colour display as information centre

High-end systems include kitchen radios with stereo loudspeaker system and integrated bass reflex box, DAB+ and FM reception and a media centre that plays music from a USB memory device.

Where can I buy a kitchen radio?

You can buy kitchen radios in department stores, supermarkets and specialist shops as well as in many online shops. You can also often find inexpensive kitchen radios at discount stores.

What alternatives are there to kitchen radios?

Radios can be used in different places and therefore have many different special features. Each model has its own advantages and disadvantages. In the following section, we will give you a brief overview of the alternatives to kitchen radios.

  • Radio alarm clock: A radio alarm clock is a device that is a combination of radio and alarm clock. There are simple travel radio alarm clocks to radio alarm clocks with integrated docking station that have DAB+ and WLAN reception. This device can be placed in the kitchen, as well as in any room of the house.
  • Internet radio: Internet radios or web radios play digital online radio programmes. To be able to do this, however, it needs a stable internet connection. This device can be placed in the kitchen as well as in every room of the house.
  • Shower radio: A shower radio could also be used in the kitchen, as it is resistant to moisture, easy to use and has a powerful antenna. A shower radio is mostly used in the bathroom, as the name suggests. The radio has no power connection, but is battery-operated. In addition to simple radio reception, there are also shower radios that receive DAB+.
  • Bluetoothspeakers: Bluetooth speakers transmit music wirelessly using radio technology. This makes it possible to take the speakers with you wherever you go. They are easy to handle and there are various models of different quality. The speakers can be controlled from a smartphone, tablet or laptop.

Decision: What types of kitchen radios are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we distinguish between these types of kitchen radios:

  • Under-cabinet kitchen radio
  • Floor-standing kitchen radio
  • Kitchen radio with DAB reception
  • Kitchen radio with WLAN

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the most suitable kitchen radio for you.

What are the features of an under-cabinet kitchen radio and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A classic among kitchen radios is the under-cabinet radio. This model is usually space-saving. It is mounted under the cabinets in the kitchen thanks to its narrow design. The space saved can be used for food preparation or to operate other kitchen appliances.

Advantages
  • space-saving
  • additional connections possible
  • integrated functions such as alarm clock or timer
  • protects against accidents as it does not stand freely
  • protected against damage
Disadvantages
  • not very flexible, as it has to be firmly attached
  • you still have to look at the space for the speakers to work well
  • no design freedom
  • assembly effort
  • leaves marks on the cabinet when removed

Especially for kitchens that are designed to be rather smaller, mounting the radio on a wall cabinet is a great asset. Many under-cabinet kitchen radios have the same functions as a floor-standing radio, but care should be taken to leave enough space between the worktop and the radio for the speakers to function fully.

What distinguishes a floor-standing kitchen radio and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

The stand radio is also a very popular kitchen radio. Compared to the under-cabinet kitchen radio, the floor-standing kitchen radio is available in different designs. In addition to the large visual selection, the floor-standing kitchen radio also has many practical functions.

Advantages
  • can be used in any room of the household
  • many different design variations (retro to modern)
  • huge selection of additional functions
  • is mobile
  • small floor-standing radios are also suitable for small kitchens
  • no installation effort
Disadvantages
  • needs its own space
  • take up a lot of space
  • quality of the transmitter depends on the antenna
  • are expensive to buy
  • because it is mobile, it can sometimes get lost
  • greater risk of accidents (cables)

A stand-alone kitchen radio can be purchased with a TV, USB , AUX , Bluetooth connection and can easily be taken into other rooms and even into the garden. Stand-alone kitchen radios can be wired or battery-powered. The antenna can be flexibly turned in the desired direction and an additional handle ensures easy transport.

What distinguishes a kitchen radio with DAB/ DAB+ reception and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

DAB stands for Digital Audio Broadcasting and means the digital transmission of audio signals via an antenna. With DAB, you have the possibility to receive stations that are located outside of the city. DAB+ offers the additional feature that information such as song titles, artists and short messages are also displayed on the kitchen radio.

Furthermore, DAB suppresses the analogue noise that is common for analogue radios. In principle, standard radios have FM (ultra-short wave) reception. For kitchen radios with FM reception, the reception range is 86 to 108 MHz. If the kitchen radio only operates via FM, it receives a smaller number of stations.

Advantages
  • higher range than FM
  • digital and automatic station search
  • sounds fuller
  • more information
Disadvantages
  • DAB reception not in every area
  • more individual information, thus risk of information overload

Most manufacturers now offer kitchen radios with FM as well as DAB and DAB+ reception options.

If you want to keep your kitchen radio for a longer period of time, you should make sure that it supports DAB+ reception. Currently, there are discussions about abolishing FM.

What distinguishes a kitchen radio with Wi-Fi and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A kitchen radio with a WLAN function means that the kitchen radio is connected to the Internet and can therefore be controlled by other devices and has access to the Internet. Online playlists can be played and the very latest models even have voice control like Siri and Alexa. Through access to the internet, stations from all over the world can also be received and the kitchen radio then also functions as an internet radio.

Advantages
  • Voice control
  • play your own playlists
  • controllable from smartphone/tablet/PC
  • information easily retrievable
  • variety of stations
  • wireless
Disadvantages
  • dependent on the internet
  • stable connection required
  • causes confusion because of large number of options
  • expensive to buy
  • complicated installation

Any kind of information from the internet such as weather, traffic or even cooking instructions can be brought into the kitchen while cooking. What is needed, however, is a router and a DSL connection, so the kitchen radio can also be used wirelessly. In old flats, kitchen radios with WLAN are extremely practical because they receive where a conventional radio with an antenna cannot. No satellite or radio waves are needed.

Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate kitchen radios

In the following, we show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate kitchen radios. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable and effective device. In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Connections
  • Bluetooth
  • CD drive
  • Storage space
  • Size
  • Mobility
  • Alarm clock
  • Extra functions
  • Design

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a device based on the criteria or not.

Connections

If you not only want to use the radio function, but also want to have extra connections, you should find out which connections you think are necessary. There are USB ports, slots for memory cards to play music and an AUX connection.

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With an AUX connection, an AUX cable allows a variety of devices to be connected to the radio. (Image source: pixabay.com / PDPics)

An AUX connection makes it possible to connect external devices such as loudspeakers, smartphones, tablets, etc. to the radio. For the AUX connection, however, a specific AUX cable is needed to establish the connection between the devices.

When buying a kitchen radio, it is also possible to choose one that has an additional antenna connection. This allows the conventional antenna signal to be amplified.

Bluetooth

A kitchen radio with Bluetooth function makes it possible to transmit data wirelessly over a short distance. This allows you to play music from your smartphone and use the kitchen radio as a hands-free system for your telephone. The device that is connected to the kitchen radio via Bluetooth should remain within range.

CD drive

A CD drive may seem old-fashioned, but it can create a nostalgic sound. The favourite CD can be played easily and the ease of use of the kitchen radio is not restricted by this. The kitchen radio models with CD player also come with a remote control for added convenience.

Storage space

Nowadays, most kitchen radios have an integrated memory. This makes it easy to recall favourite stations again and again. The memory capacity varies between models. Someone with a diverse love of music might go for a device with a higher storage capacity.

Size

Depending on whether you have chosen an under-cabinet kitchen radio or a floor-standing kitchen radio, you should also pay attention to the size when buying. If you have a smaller kitchen, you can go for a compact device. If there is enough space in the kitchen, there are also high-end models that are equipped with a display and large speakers.

Mobility

If you want to use the kitchen radio outside the kitchen, you should consider a mobile kitchen radio, usually a stand-alone kitchen radio. Stand-alone kitchen radios are free of any assembly and you can choose between battery-powered or power supply by a cable. People who move often or travel a lot should choose a model that they can easily assemble and disassemble.

Alarm clock/clock

To get an accurate time, the kitchen radio should have an RDS-CT function. This function also helps the clock radio to ring at the right time. The short-time alarm clock prevents the cake from burning in the oven.

Extra function

Kitchen radios are also available with voice control and a motion detector. The motion detector enables the appliance to be switched on and off via sensors that are activated when a person enters the room. The latest kitchen radios are digital and equipped with an LCD display.

Design

Design-wise, there are many aspects to consider before buying. In addition to the white plastic kitchen radios, which are rather inexpensive, there is also the luxury version with a noble aluminium housing. Kitchen radios with a retro look are currently very popular; they are in the mid-price category and are a real eye-catcher in every kitchen. The variety of colours for kitchen radios is impressive.

Before buying, consider which functions the kitchen radio must offer so that you can benefit the most from these features in the end.

Facts worth knowing about kitchen radios

How do I install an under-cabinet kitchen radio?

  1. Remove the kitchen radio and components from the packaging
  2. Find a suitable place for the radio in the kitchen. The underside of a wall cupboard is very suitable for this.
  3. Measure the holes with the mounting part and then drill the holes.
  4. The metal grid that will later hold the radio can now be mounted with screws and the radio can be placed in a safe position.

The position of the internal speakers is important because the volume is affected if there is something immediately under the undercounter kitchen radio. When installing the kitchen radio, it is advisable to choose a place where it will not get much fumes from cooking. Cooking fumes lead to premature wear.

How do I tune in a kitchen radio?

To find a radio station, it is a good idea to turn the rotary tuner until you get good reception of a station. The rotary tuner can be turned in both directions and receives different frequencies. Another option is to use a remote control to find the right radio station.

In the case of a kitchen radio with WLAN function, the kitchen radio can be set with the smartphone and Internet radio stations can be selected. With a conventional radio, the antenna should be directed so that it has good reception to several stations. If you don't always like to search for a station manually, you should switch on the automatic station search.

Why doesn't my kitchen radio work?

Kitchen radios can stop working for a variety of reasons.

Problem solution
Radio interference and noise switch the unit on and off again, search for better reception with the antenna, attach a new or external antenna
Battery is flat insert new batteries in the unit or check that everything is plugged in correctly

If the listed problems are still not solved, it is advisable to check the unit for external damage and, if there are major defects, to take it to a specialist or refer to the unit's warranty.

How do I care for my kitchen radio?

Cooking often produces vapours that leave greasy layers of dirt on the kitchen furniture, which in the long run damages the function of the kitchen radio. As mentioned above, it therefore makes sense to take this into account during installation.

The unit should be cleaned regularly. A kitchen radio is an electrical device, so you should not use too much water or aggressive cleaning agents. A sponge with warm water will do the job. If you want to be on the safe side, you can put a foil over the kitchen radio. It reduces the cleaning effort and at the same time increases the lifespan of the device. Make sure that you do not cover the speakers with the foil.

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