We cannot do away with portable radios since they are a necessity to almost everyone. You can use them in the case of emergencies, picnics, camping and for other outdoor activities. Getting the right portable radio requires that you select on that is very portable, has alternative charging mods and one that will guarantee you quality sound. We have researched on the top ten best portable radios in 2019, and this is the list we have prepared for you.
Sangean PR-D7 Portable Radio
The Sangean PR-D7 portable radio is much like the Sangean PR-D5, but with one major distinction: the PR-D5 is a table top radio, and the PR-D7 is designed with travel in mind.
The Sangean PR-D7 weighs only 1.3 pounds, and with 8.5 x 1.5 x 4.5 inch dimensions, it is the perfect size to tote around in a backpack.
The digital display on the PR-D7 is clear and easy to read, and it’s nice that you can simultaneously view the frequency and time of day.
The antenna extends to 26 inches, making it easy to pick up even those hard to reach stations with ease. Once you’re locked into the frequency of your choosing, you’ll notice a quality of audio tone and solid speaker sound that is really best in class in this price range.
The controls on the Sangean PR-D7 feel sturdy and are very intuitive to use. You’re allowed ten presets — five on each band. Those of you who have read my other portable radio reviews know that this is a pet peeve of mine — I want ten presets to use however I like. But alas, this is a minor sticking point.
My other minor gripes are the lack of a handle (even a small one would make it that much easier to carry around the house), and the glaring loss of a weather band. While I almost never use the weather band personally, I know that many people do and so it’s worth mentioning. It would also be nice if there was a toggle to keep the backlight on, or if it remained on automatically when plugged in.
The Sangean PR-D7 comes with an AC adapter, but can also be operated with 6 AA batteries. The battery life is a little shorter than I hoped, but this radio makes up for it with the way it handles rechargeable batteries. Just pop in your 6 rechargeable batteries, plug the unit into the wall with the AC adapter, and it will charge them for you in about 90 minutes.
Overall, the Sangean PR-D7 is a fantastic portable radio, and among the very best in its class.
Sangean DT-200V Pocket Radio
The Sangean DT-200V is a nice little pocket radio.
The best thing about this portable radio is its size. It weighs only 6 ounces, and boasts 3×5×1 dimensions, which is impressive given the feature set.
The speaker sound on the DT-200V is a bit tinny, but hiss is kept to a minimum and the sound is overall very clear for a radio this size. The reception is about what you would expect from a pocket radio. Strong FM stations come in clearly through the built-in antenna, and AM stations are hit or miss depending on their proximity and signal strength.
Tuning is performed with a digital display, and it’s very intuitive to navigate through various frequencies. You also get 25 presets (16 FM and 9 AM), which is generous, especially for a pocket radio. Other features include clock, alarm clock, and backlight.
One of the best features of the Sangean DT-200V is that it has built in earbuds. The earbud wires wrap around a spool on the back of the radio, and you can retract them with a single push of a button. Very handy.
Sangean MMR-77 Emergency Portable Radio
The Sangean MMR-77 AM/FM portable radio is a fantastic portable radio that everyone should have in their home in case of emergency.
The MMR-77 has several different charging options. You can use AA batteries, the rechargeable battery pack, or hand crank. Turning the hand crank for one minute results in 30 minutes of playback, and it can easily be operated by both right and left handed people, as the crank turns in both directions.
The reception on the Sangean MMR-77 is better than I expected, given that it’s an emergency radio and not marketed for recreational/everyday use. I’ve owned a number of emergency radios, and the reception here is definitely best in class. In my experience, it easily picked up all local FM stations, as well as what I would consider the mid-strength AM frequencies with ease.
The first thing you’ll notice when you pick up the Sangean MM-77 is how sturdy it feels. You get the impression that you could drop it out a 2nd story window and it would survive the fall, though I wouldn’t recommend trying it — it’s just too nice of a radio to risk destroying.
It’s also worth mentioning that this radio stands up very nicely. It weighs about a pound, and features nice rubber feet that keep it upright and in locked position.
If you’re in the market for a good emergency radio, you really can’t go wrong with the Sangean MMR-77.
Panasonic RF-2400 AM / FM Radio
This radio comes with a big radio dial panel that makes turning very easy. You can easily shift from AM to FM. It has a 4-inch dynamic speaker that guarantees the user excellent sound from the radio. The radio has a handle that makes portability very easy and it is also light weight. The turning knob has a cylinder shape making it easy to tune the radio. It also comes with an 110V AC power cord.