I love music much like every other person on the planet. However, at least once a day I like to listen to music which hasn’t been exclusively downloaded by me.
I like to turn on the radio and switch between the channels. Research has shown that despite the internet and personalized music players, radio is still extremely popular. So, what better way to tune into the airways than with a somewhat old-fashioned radio.
Now, there are a lot of affordable options out there but I found that the best cheap radio was the Panasonic RF-2400 considering the price and quality. Check out the rest of the options here.
We’ve limited the products base on price. All the radios cost under $50.
10 Best Cheap Radios – 2017
Rolton W405 Portable Mini FM Radio Speaker Music Player TF Card USB For PC iPod Phone with LED Display (Red)
LEFON Mini Digital AM FM Radio Media Speaker MP3 Music Player Support TF Card / USB Disk with LED Screen Display and Emergency Flashlight Function (Blue-Upgraded)
Aocome Portable Mini AM FM Radio Clear Speaker Music Player, Micro SD/TF Card Slot, USB Charging Cord, Rechargeable Li-ion battery, Earphone Jack (BM8 Black)
Pocket Radio,Mifine Portable Speaker Am/fm Radio Music Player Micro Sd/tf Card for Pc Ipod Phone (Q32 Black)
Portable FM Radio Wireless Bluetooth 4.0 Speaker 10W Alarm Clock MP3 Player APE FLAC Lossless Music Support, Hands Free Calling Mic, Micro TF SD Card, USB AUX Input 8 Hour Play 2000mAh Battery -Black
Things to Look for When Buying a Cheap Radio
If you are going to be purchasing a good radio under $50, you need to know what to look for. Use this guide to help you while you are shopping:
As you may have noticed from the list above, there are a lot of different types of radios to choose from. These days, the most popular types of radios are either FM radios or DAB radios.
However, as DAB radios are more expensive and produce less quality, it is best to stick with the FM versions.
A good first step towards buying the right radio is to determine the purpose of the radio. For instance, are you purchasing one so that you have something to tide you over in emergency situations such as a storm? If so, think about getting a radio that can run – at least – partially off batteries.
This will help you out in case there is a power outage. This feature, as well as the size, will also help determine the portability of the radio as well. If only using for recreational purposes, then one that needs to be plugged in all the time is fine.
In terms of batteries, most radios will require the regular ones to power it through. There are some newer radios, however, that can use non-rechargeable batteries instead.
This will override the need for you to keep buying batteries but you will have to make sure that the one that you have is adequately charged.
The final thing that you will need to consider are the various added features on the radio. Most modern radios can be plugged into mp3 players, phones, tablets, and laptops. These are also compatible with SD cards so that they can play music independently.
Some of the other bonus features that may be available include alarm clocks and flashlights. Typically the radios that have Bluetooth features will cost you a little bit more.