FM + Bluetooth kitchen radio
September 11, 2019 3:39 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for a kitchen radio that has both FM radio and bluetooth functionality. Ideally I'd get one of those cool bluetooth speakers but they don't seem to come with radio. Any recommendations?
posted by no regrets, coyote to Shopping (11 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Our Bose can stream FM radio. It's most often on a FM station.
posted by Ftsqg at 3:43 PM on September 11, 2019

Tivoli has models of their am/fm radio with bluetooth functionality
posted by calgirl at 4:05 PM on September 11, 2019 [2 favorites]

Our kitchen radio/Bluetooth/CD player is this LG mini shelf system. Might be bigger than what you're looking for, but we like it.
posted by Redstart at 4:32 PM on September 11, 2019

It's expensive, but the Wirecutter recommends the Sangean WR-50P.
posted by mbrubeck at 5:28 PM on September 11, 2019

If you want to blow the bank on the cutest speaker/radio ever, check out the Muzen.
posted by Youremyworld at 6:58 PM on September 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

Seconding CalGirl. I have three of these little Tivoli PALs and I love them.
posted by minervous at 7:37 PM on September 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

If you get a normal radio that has an aux jack, you can get one of these and connect it with a 3.5 mm cord. Whenever you want to stream something via Bluetooth, just select "aux" and turn the gadget on.
posted by Leontine at 7:55 PM on September 11, 2019 [1 favorite]

<,The Soundrise radio [] is more a bedside radio/alarm clock but it has all the features you request.
posted by TDIpod at 9:53 PM on September 11, 2019

I can't recommend any particular model - my kitchen radio is a DAB/FM/Bluetooth radio but it came from Aldi and you probably can't get it there (not least because DAB isn't a thing in the US).

But be careful of any cheaper models where the FM radio is an afterthought, because while they might be able to receive FM radio stations on a basic level, you'll struggle to pick up anything but the very strongest signals. If your favourite station is more than a few miles away, you'll be straining to hear it through the hiss. That's my complaint about mine - the DAB and Bluetooth work fine, but FM is mediocre at best. You can't really go wrong with either Sangean or Tivoli.
posted by winterhill at 7:44 AM on September 12, 2019

I have a Hometime Bluetooth Radio Speaker. I haven't used the Bluetooth, but it's a good radio, has USB ports to charge my phone, audio port so I can easily use it as a speaker. The controls are non-standard, but it's really just what I wanted.
posted by theora55 at 7:52 AM on September 12, 2019

Ditto Leontine. Another approach is if you have wifi in your home or unlimited data, just get a Bluetooth speaker and stream your stations from your phone.

Otherwise, I went down this path trying to find a good bluetooth radio combo last year and gave up. At the low end, they tended to be noisy and have hard to use controls. The Tivoli or Bose may work for you. My Tivolis have always been difficult radios--they are very sensitive and in several places I've lived it's been hard to tune in any but the most powerful local stations.
posted by quarterframer at 9:17 AM on September 12, 2019

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