Looking for the Best Bluetooth Speakers with Radio means we are going to be faced with different designs — the styling of cabinets that may influence our decision to buy.
Kierkegaard, the Danish Philosopher, wrote, “We live our lives moving forward and then understand them by looking back.” This, of course, is great wisdom that has never been appreciated by world leaders who consistently take us to war. But then you do need a modicum of intelligence to understand Philosophy so we shouldn’t expect too much of them.
The point being, in our modern lives, we find security, learning, and understanding by looking back as we move forward. Learning from previous mistakes might be an easier way to put it. This is the reason we like things from the past. This manifests itself in many ways, but sometimes in making things look ‘authentic.’
We love things to be the ’60s or 70s’ or other decades. Our music, our gadgets, even sometimes our furniture and devices all come under this umbrella.
Some of the products we are about to look at are doing exactly that, taking us back in time. Others don’t and remain true to the modern style. It gives us a choice and a certain nostalgia. Bluetooth is modern technology. It has become an essential part of our lives and especially a part of our listening experience. It is now embedded in our speaker systems and is significant in how we listen to our music.
With that in mind, let’s go through some high-quality Bluetooth speakers with radio and find the perfect one for you…
Top 12 Best Bluetooth Speakers With Radio To Buy 2021 Reviews
1 ION Audio Tailgater (iPA77) | Portable Bluetooth PA Speaker
Ion is a privately-owned audio design and manufacturing company based in Rhode Island. It was founded in 2002 and is part of InMusic Brands. They manufacture a range of electronic and audio systems but especially known for the speakers and Bluetooth linked products.
It is a tough, well-built unit made from MDF with some plastic fittings and has reinforced corners, so it will take a few bumps. And it is a compact size at 9.21 inches by 12.5 by 13 inches but is no lightweight weighing nearly seventeen pounds. It hasn’t got wheels to move it around. So if you are taking it out, it will have to be carried.
Built-in is a woofer and tweeter. They have a frequency range of 77 Hz-20 kHz. It is rated at 50 watts, but in RMS, that is probably around 25-30watts. It will best be used inside rather than outdoors, we think. And has a rechargeable battery giving up to 50 hours os fuse before a recharge is necessary.
Obviously comes with Bluetooth connectivity, and there is an app for IOS or Android users tom give you more control. There is a USB port, but that is only for charging any devices that may be connected to it.
It has AM and FM and has the capability to store six AM stations and six FM. There is a sturdy rubber aerial. There is a bright-colored display on the front of the Tailgater that gives basic connectivity information. It has a microphone, so it could be a great little basic karaoke machine for parties.
There are a master volume and a separate volume for the mic. It has a ⅛” inch input for connecting your CD player or other devices with the correct fittings.
Set at a reasonable price point, it is a good little machine for small gatherings.
- Well-made with sturdy construction.
- Some good connection options at a reasonable price.
- Some will want more power and features.
2 Sbode Bluetooth Speaker
This Bluetooth speaker from Sbode is certainly not much of a party animal. But as a personal speaker system, it has a lot going for it. It has certainly got a tough build. We often think this design tends to look like one of those heavyweight industrial torches you see. Of course, for this product, it is an ideal design.
The black rubber and fabric design give it a rugged feeling, and this is enforced by the metal radiators at each end. It is listed as being rainproof and splashproof, but it is not suitable to be submerged. Therefore it is great for the pool or the beach but don’t drop it in the water.
It has Bluetooth 4.2 connectivity with the usual distance of about 100 feet for use. And it has an FM radio with automatic and manual search facilities. Plus, it also lets you store your favorite stations.
It is a nice compact size at 7.4 inches by 2.7 by 2.7 inches and weighs just one pound. And it will deliver nine watts of output so enough for a few people around the pool or on the beach. It is not going to drive a party, though.
There is a built-in microphone, and it has a battery life of about eight hours. The sound is quite good, with two drivers producing a decent sound. But if we are honest, a little underpowered in the low-frequencies.
Controls are easily managed but are not labeled particularly well, which is a negative in our view. The micro-USB and microSD memory slots are placed under a flap below the control buttons. There is a 3.5mm Auxillary input.
This is a decent water-resistant speaker, but it has its limitations. The materials used for the actual water prevention are not helpful in producing a great sound. The sound, therefore, is not the best. We don’t think you can expect it to be. And it is lacking a little bit in volume, which is a shame because it is a good little system. But for the price and what it does, it is a good buy.
- Strong build with good materials and splashproof.
- Affordable price with some nice features.
- A little underpowered and lacking quality sound reproduction.
3 Pyle Wireless Active PA Speaker System
Pyle does like to make a lot of noise at times, and this active speaker is certainly designed to do that. It has two 10-inch woofers and two three-inch tweeters that drive a claimed 1000 watts, or 500 watts RMS with a prominent bottom end.
This is built for partying and even has its own array of flashing LED lights. That is going to add the ‘disco’ feel to your outdoor party.
It has Bluetooth connectivity for streaming music and will give you access to your iOS or Android phone or tablet to play music from your own libraries. It is fitted with an SD card reader and a USB flash drive, as well as the 3.5mm aux input. There are also inputs that will take a guitar or a microphone.
This speaker can now take on a different role. With its flashing lights and volume potential, it becomes a pretty powerful karaoke machine. It also has an FM radio.
The control panel on the top is nothing if not impressive. Jack sockets for two microphones and a guitar or keyboard with separate microphone and guitar level controls. There is an echo effect, an EQ switch, and separate bass and treble controls. There is also an Aux audio input and a master volume.
Pride of place, though, goes to a 7-channel EQ with sliders. There is also a digital LCD display. On the back are connections for extra passive speakers if required, an off and on switch for the lights, the antenna, and RCA connectors.
It is quite a size at 15.75 inches by 14 by 37.25 inches and weighing 43.44 lbs. And it does not operate from batteries just from AC power. Also, it has a remote control unit, which is always a useful addition to any sound system.
This is a big powerful speaker with Bluetooth capability that can also be used for karaoke. It lends itself to the party style. Probably not something you might use at home for just listening to music. It has an affordable price point
- Strong build with plenty of volume.
- Good for parties and even karaoke.
- Not for those who want to just have some music at home.
4 Libratone Zipp Wifi Bluetooth Smart Speaker
Libratone is a Danish company that excels as an audio equipment manufacturer. Couple that up with Danish design excellence, and we are in for a treat. If we are looking for the best quality Bluetooth speakers with radio, we might not have to look too much further.
This version of the Zipp resembles the original version that came out in 2012. It has been upgraded with a different control panel and the inclusion of Bluetooth 4.0 capability. But it has kept its practical, rugged design.
The design is similar to others, but just a little bigger. The Zipp is 4.8 inches by 4.8 by 10.3 inches and weighs three pounds. As the name indicates, you can remove the outer, zipper cover, which will reveal two one-inch tweeters and a four-inch woofer. There are also two four-inch low-frequency radiators.
A Class D amp delivers 100 watts of sound and features Digital Signal Processing. The bottom has a rubber coating to ensure stability when it is used in an upright position.
The speaker has an efficient design that projects the sound in almost 360 degrees. It has a backlit control panel on the top edge. They have been creative with the design of the controls.
The Libratone logo of a bird acts as the play and pause and also the Bluetooth pairing control. There is a heart button that helps you set up and store five of your favorite radio stations. A sound space button lets you link external speakers. To adjust the volume, you run your finger around the top of the unit. This reveals dots that indicate the volume level.
The only word you can use is impressive. It reminds us of the first time we saw a Bang and Olufsen stereo unit. They were Danish as well.
It offers various ways to listen to music and links perfectly with your devices. It will reconnect to the last used device and has a standard 30 feet range. There is a 3.5mm socket which expands the connectivity options. It is compatible for use with Alexa.
Although it carries so many features, some we haven’t even mentioned, It is easy to use and at a very affordable price — a great speaker with Bluetooth that can be used at home or for parties.
- Great Danish design with superb functions and build quality.
- Powerful, clear sound at an affordable cost.
- The price might put some people off.
5 Anker Soundcore Flare Mini Bluetooth Speaker
Anker has given us a compact little speaker with a variety of uses. At 3.4 inches by 2.8 by 5.6 inches, it certainly isn’t going to take up too much room. And at just over one pound in weight, it is easy to carry around. Its circular design delivers an all-round 360 degrees sound.
It isn’t particularly loud with just two drivers and dual radiators with a power output of 10 watts. It might only be a small unit, but it has a big light show. Eight separate LEDs with five different lighting settings allow you to add a bit of atmosphere to the party.
You can take it around the pool as it has an IPX7 rating, which means it is ok in the rain or just getting wet. It even allows for submersion for up to 30 minutes though we don’t recommend you try it.
It is powered by Li-ion battery that gives about 12 hours of use, which is better than some. The sound delivered is acceptable rather than great, with a frequency range of 73Hz~20kHz. Bluetooth pairing is easy, and it has the standard 30-meter range assuming there are no obstacles in the way. It operates with most smartphones, tablets, and laptops, but it doesn’t have an Aux-in.
It is a small little speaker that will serve a function; however, it might be a bit underpowered by it can be linked up. The price point makes it an attractive option.
- Compact little speaker with good Bluetooth connectivity.
- Easy to use with lights at an affordable price.
- It might be a bit under-powered for outdoor parties.
6 Rerii Handmade Walnut Wood Portable Bluetooth Speaker
So, going back to Kierkegaard and making modern things look old, how about this? What a great design this is. All the modern tech but in a nostalgic little box reminiscent of the 50s radios we used to have.
Hand-made out of Walnut wood, it offers a great change from the usual modern designs with its vintage look. It is a compact speaker measuring just 5.3 inches by 2.4 by 3.1 inches, and it isn’t going to take up too much room wherever you place it.
It is fitted with Bluetooth 4.0 and easily pairs up with any compatible devices, phones, tablets, or laptops. One of its big plus points is the battery life. It has a rechargeable Lithium battery that gives 15 hours on a single charge for playing music.
Featuring a standby time of one month, it charges through a micro-USB cable into the mains. Plus, it will operate while it’s being charged.
The radio has both AM and FM capability via Bluetooth, and the micro-USB cable acts as an aerial. It is not a loudspeaker system, that is not what it is for. It has a power rating 0f 8 watts, 4 watts RMS, so that is a comfortable use indoors.
The sound is quite good, clear, and quite bright but lacking a little in the low frequencies. We think this is a super little speaker with a great design and well worth its modest price point. It is very basic, but that is what it is supposed to be.
- Nice design, hand made from walnut.
- Decent sound with acceptable power rating for use at home at an affordable price point.
- Some will want more power.
7 Pyle Retro Wireless Bluetooth Radio Speaker
Another return to the mind of Kierkegaard with this retro speaker design from Pyle. That is an interesting idea in itself that Pyle has manufactured this speaker. They are better known for their modern-day blow your head off speaker systems.
They have produced a really nice, quaint, old-fashioned looking speaker your Granny would have appreciated. As we say, that is interesting in itself. Nevertheless, here it is a classic style from the days when our early radios were made from something called ‘bakelite.’ It has that vintage style, but it’s full of modern technology. Not a bad combination.
It is Bluetooth 2.1 compatible and will pair up with your devices -smartphones, tablets, and laptops. Without obstacles, it will operate at the usual 30-meter distance. There is an Aux input. That allows you to connect MP3 or CD players, and it also has a USB flash drive. The USB can also be used for charging external devices. There are twin speakers to give you a decent stereo effect.
The control layout has stayed almost true to its retro design. It has a large central display, albeit in color which we wouldn’t have had,-never mind, and other rotary controls. These are the off/on and volume, selector for AM/FM and USB, and a station tuner.
It is a decent size as well, so it is going to be prominent in a room. Measuring 14 inches by 8.8 by 10.2 inches, it weighs seven pounds. It is made from MDF fiberboard and has an attractive finish. The price point is set at an affordable level.
- Nice retro design with easy to use controls.
- Affordable price.
- Larger than most and quite heavy.
8 Tivoli Audio M1BTCLA Bluetooth AM/FM Radio
Another attempt at delving into the past for design, though this one is hard to give a timeframe too. It has the feeling that they wanted to do it but didn’t get the ‘vintage’ idea quite right. However, it isn’t a bad design; it just doesn’t have that feel of a time that some do.
It has a wood veneer finish in a Beige color, which is not particularly appealing and is a compact little speaker at 5.2 inches by 8.4 by 4.5 inches. It weighs just over four pounds, which is quite heavy for its size.
Featuring two operational modes, the first of which is a straightforward radio with AM and FM. And secondly, the Bluetooth connection allows you to listen to your music or stream from other sites. It pairs up quite simply with your smartphone, tablet, or your laptop. For sound, it relies upon a 3-inch long-throw driver covered with a metal grille. The faceplate is also metal, and it has a 3.5mm socket.
Controls are very easy to use and well-labeled. Besides the speaker covering, you have a volume control and a selector switch. This allows you to choose between AM, FM, and Bluetooth or Aux. We like the large dial for tuning the signal. Does it resemble something you might see on a boat? Or is it just us?
It should be noted that this does not use battery power. It is a mains unit supply only. Neither does it have a remote control.
It is a basic radio with not a great deal in the way of features. Having a separate built-in radio is a nice idea. The design is rather bland and uninspiring, which makes this quite an expensive speaker at its price point.
- Well-made with decent materials.
- Separate radio and Bluetooth functions.
- Quite expensive for what it is.
9 Bluetooth Speaker by Celtic Blu
These days we have speakers that are designed for many different situations. This is one of those products. What is it suitable for?
Some of the advertising material call this product waterproof. It has an IPX4 rating. That is water-resistant. Quite a different thing. It will be ok in the rain, but it cannot go in the pool. Waterproofed products can be submerged for up to 30 minutes or even longer.
This is a unit that can be used in a lot of situations, even on your bicycle, for which it has a mount. It will actually fit a variety of uses. It has 16 watts of power, which is adequate for it to be heard in exterior environments and has a 360-degree audio circle.
Featuring a built-in rechargeable Ion battery, the battery life is impressive at about 30 hours. It is Bluetooth compatible and given a clear line of sight, has a standard 100 feet range. There is a microphone that allows you to take calls hands-free.
A good feature is that it will interrupt the music when a call comes through, meaning you don’t need to. A useful addition is the power bank, which allows you to charge any other devices you may have.
The FM radio gets you a good service, and there is a built-in antenna. If you want to use other sources, there is a TF card facility with 32 GB of memory. It is well-built with a rugged design and includes a remote control, a USB cable, and 3.5mm Aux Cable. And it is a compact size measuring 7.1 inches by 2.7 by 2.7 inches and weighing just 1.3 pounds.
It is a good little speaker and will be able to cope with a variety of environments. It is though quite expensive.
- Quite a sturdy speaker that will cope in most outdoor environments.
- Some useful built-in features.
- It might be considered a little expensive.
10 Soundance FM Radio Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Soundance has come up with an interesting design for this speaker. Known as an oblique trapezoidal structure (sorry we just had to say it). It resembles a soundbar you might see in someone’s living room. Measuring just 9.5 inches by 2.2 by 2.5 inches, it is a compact speaker that is also lightweight at 14.4 ounces.
It is, of course, a speaker with Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and has a dedicated FM radio. They have also included an alarm clock, which we think is a great addition. It takes TF and Micro SD cards and has USB and 3.5mm connections for external music selection from MP3s, etc.
It has a built-in rechargeable battery that will give you up to eight hours of playtime. That might be its weak point as that is not a great deal of playback time. There is a built-in microphone for hands-free calling.
On the FM radio, there is an auto-search facility. Easy to use, it will locate and save stations of your choice. There is a manual adjustment to fine-tune the signal. If you are in an area where there is a bad reception by connecting the USB or Aux cable, you will strengthen the signal.
On the front is a nicely designed illuminated LED panel where brief information is displayed. It also displays the time in 24 hours status only. The sound can best be described as adequate.
It has two 40mm drivers that generate 6 watts each. As with all speakers with these facilities, it is the low frequencies that suffer a bit. Generally speaking, the sound is no better ot=r no worse than most other units of this size.
We think this is a decent little speaker and, at the price point, excellent value for money. Given its price and the extra little features built-in, it could be considered one of the best value Bluetooth speakers with radio available.
- Nice build and design, and easy to use.
- Built-in alarm clock and decent sounds at an affordable price.
- Battery life only eight hours.
11 Avantree Portable FM Radio With Bluetooth
Now, back to the future, we go again. This time to about 1965. Didn’t we all have something like this for our music?
This is reminiscent of those little portables we would keep and play all day. It is a similar size at 5.2 inches by 1.3 by 2.6 inches and weighs just 5.6 ounces. And has a modest output of 3 watts across a frequency range of 90Hz to 18kHz.
It has three operational modes. Firstly utilizing its Bluetooth 2.1 connections to stream music from your devices, and it has the standard range. Then it is an FM radio that has a search and save facility, or thirdly you can listen to your own music via the Micro SD card.
There is a rechargeable battery, but it only has about 6 hours of charge when used with Bluetooth. To get a full charge takes about two hours.
The controls are neatly positioned as buttons across the top of the speaker. The volume control dial, headphone socket, and 3.5mm Aux along with the SD card port on the side. All very easy to locate and adequately labeled. It as six basic EQ modes designed to enhance your listening depending on the genre of music.
The sound quality is adequate if a little quiet. Playing it too loud will cause distortion depending on what sort of music it is. It is a fun little radio and not designed to be carried around too much and certainly isn’t for anything more than maybe a few hours a day.
At the price point, it is a great little buy if you just need a few hours of music or to listen to the news.
- Nice nostalgic look about it.
- It has some nice features at an affordable price.
- Some will just want more volume and a better sound.
12 ZoeeTree S8 Bluetooth Speakers V5.0
Another Bluetooth speaker design that could have been lifted from a 70s museum in terms of its look. It isn’t the most powerful speaker giving out a modest 10 watts. But the sound is actually well-rounded and the bass not completely lost as is often the case.
It is a plastic build but quite sturdy and suitable for outside use at parties, though the power might be a little quiet. Also, it has built-in Bluetooth 5.0 capability with a stable connection. It is compatible with Echo Dot. It will also operate with iOS, Android, and Windows devices. For devices that may not have Bluetooth, there is a 3.5mm aux-in socket.
This is equipped with some flashing lights that pulse with the music. That gives it a more modern feel than the box they appear in suggests. It operates hands-free to let you take calls.
It is a compact speaker measuring 7.87 inches by 2.16 by 2.99 inches and weighs just over one pound. Easy to carry around. It has a Li-ion battery that will give you about 12 hours of playtime.
The controls are well located on the top and the rear and are well-labeled. It is a nice little unit, maybe a bit overdone with the flashing lights. Young people will, of course, enjoy that.
Definitely geared towards party style use, it might be a little under-powered – at its price point though it is a fun buy.
- An affordable fun speaker with flashing lights.
- Some good features included and good Bluetooth connections.
- Might be a little under-powered for outdoor use.
Best Bluetooth Speakers With Radio Buyer’s Guide
Looking at the variety of speakers available is great fun. There are some great designs, some retro and nostalgic, and some bang up to date. Some are built for the home, some for parties complete with flashing lights. A great mix of features, style, and of course, price. But they all, of course, carry Bluetooth and some a host of other features.
What Do You Want From Your Speaker?
Is it for indoor use, just getting the news in the morning? Playing a few stations or your favorite songs over breakfast. Maybe it is for parties at your home where you will need a bit more volume and possibly some extras like lights. Possibly a combination of both?
Perhaps you need it for activities. There are some we looked at that will climb mountains with you if you wish. There are plenty of options.
What About The Look?
There are some great designs and some even better nostalgic creations. Some real wood cabinets with high tech inside. It doesn’t feel like they should go together, but they do.
There are some good budget range models if you don’t want to spend too much with most set at a reasonable price point. As always, set yourself a budget.
Nothing caught your eye yet? No problem, there are numerous other choices available. So why not check out our reviews of the Best Bookshelf Speakers under 500 Dollars, the Best Powered Speakers, the Best Wireless TV Speakers, the Best Party Speakers, the Best In Ceiling Speakers, and the Best In Wall Speakers on the market.
So, What Are The Best Bluetooth Speakers With Radio?
Well, we have gone for one of the more nostalgic options. Not powerful, but good features and efficient and practical design. We are not party animals, so this is for inside use. Its real wood creation screaming 1960s at us. Kierkegaard will be impressed we looked back to understand what we needed for the future.
Our choice is, therefore, the…
It’s a very nice design that has been hand made from walnut, offers a decent sound at an affordable price. What more could you need from the Best Bluetooth Speaker with Radio? Not much, in our opinion.