Best TableTop Radio in 2020 (April Reviews)

Radio isn’t what it used to be, especially now that you can get radio stations via the internet or through streaming services. As such, finding the best tabletop radios can be an exercise in knowing exactly what you want. As we researched the top tabletop radios, we looked for variety in audio sources, digital vs. analog, ease of use and overall design aesthetic and quality. And before you purchase a new radio, we recommend you decide whether you want only AM/FM stations, internet stations or a combination of both.

To help you find the best tabletop radio for your needs, we purchased a wide variety of options and tested them out to get a feel for what works and what doesn’t. We ranked radios that combined AM/FM functionality with streaming and Bluetooth functionality higher on the list, but also found some really great AM/FM only options for the purists out there. In the end, the Bose Wave SoundTouch IV was the best option by far. This tabletop radio combines the old and the new with both AM/FM stations and streaming services. You can even use it with Amazon Alexa or your smartphone. Plus, you just can’t beat that Bose audio quality. Keep reading below to learn more about this fantastic radio and the other models we picked.

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