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Best internet radios 2021: modern radios with streaming smarts

Best internet radios Buying Guide: Welcome to What Hi-Fi?'s guide to the best internet radios you can buy in 2021.

Whether you want music in the kitchen, bedroom or even the garden, an internet radio is great choice. 

Unlike traditional FM radios, the best internet radios provide access to thousands of stations for you to choose from. Want troubadour jazz? Hungarian hip-hop? Or is pygmy skiffle more your cup of tea? Chances are there's a station for you.

And while the many internet stations might vary wildly in quality, these radios do not. Below we've selected our favourite internet radios from a wide range of brands, so you can pick the perfect model at a price that suits your pocket.

Before we get started, here's couple of tips. Firstly, look for wi-fi and wired ethernet capabilities (for the most stable performance), as well as Bluetooth and NFC to expand your range of listening options. Secondly while all the models featured below offer Spotify Connect built-in, some internet radios go further and include support for other streaming services like Tidal and Deezer too.

Ready to browse the best internet radios? Here's a look at the best around...  

Best internet radios 2021: modern radios with streaming smarts

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1. Roberts Stream 94i

Simply the best internet radio you can buy right now.

SPECIFICATIONS

Radio: FM, DAB, internet | Display: Yes | Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, wi-fi, ethernet | Spotify Connect: Yes | CD player: No | Dimensions (hwd): 17 x 26 x 13cm

Reasons to Buy

Brilliant audio
Looks modern
Simple remote

Reasons to Avoid

Nothing of note

Roberts has an enviable track record when it comes to radios, and this is another stellar entry (winner of 'Best radio over £100' at the 2020 What Hi-Fi? Awards). As well as internet radio (over wi-fi or ethernet), you get FM and DAB, Bluetooth, access to digital music files over LAN and built-in Spotify Connect. So you're not short of listening options.

It dishes up an extremely enjoyable listening experience, too, with a detailed midrange that's fizzing with warmth. The audio is balanced, and confidently handles the dynamics, so expect a mature performance whether you're blasting out hip-hop or tuning into talk radio. It's everything you could want from an internet radio and more. 

Provided you don't object to Roberts' retro styling, this model should go straight to the top of your list. Bravo, Roberts. 

Read the full review: Roberts Stream 94i

Best internet radios 2021: modern radios with streaming smarts

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2. Roberts Revival iStream 3

A modern twist on the traditional wireless.

SPECIFICATIONS

Radio: FM, DAB, internet | Display: Yes | Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB, wi-fi, ethernet | Spotify Connect: Yes | CD player: No | Dimensions (hwd): 16 x 26 x 11cm

Reasons to Buy

Sounds very musical
Lots of streaming services
Timeless design

Reasons to Avoid

At this price? Nada

The iStream 3 has been around since 2018 but remains one of the best internet radios we've tested. It's not short of listening options, either. In addition to the features of the Stream 94i, above, you get built-in access to Tidal, Amazon Prime Music and Deezer (providing you have subscriptions to them, of course). So while it might look retro, it's very much a modern-day wireless. 

Sonically, it's beautifully rich and warm, with a focus on the midrange  – essential when listening to the vocal-heavy medium of radio. There's also great rhythmic agility and a nice sense of sonic organisation that makes this radio stand out from the crowd.

The Stream 94i is arguably better value and sounds a touch fuller, but some may prefer the looks of the Revival iStream 3. It's a hugely enjoyable listen at this price.

Read the full review: Roberts Revival iStream 3

Best internet radios 2021: modern radios with streaming smarts

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3. Revo SuperConnect

Good looking and packed with features, this is a great radio to wake up to.

SPECIFICATIONS

Radio: FM, DAB, internet | Display: Yes | Connectivity: Bluetooth, wi-fi | Spotify Connect: Yes | CD player: No | Dimensions (hwd): 18 x 27 x 12cm

Reasons to Buy

Stylish
Loads of features
User-friendly

Reasons to Avoid

Overly enthusiastic bass

If you're going to put the word 'Super' in the name, your product better be something special. Thankfully the Revo SuperConnect is just that. You get the full suite of connectivity options, including wi-fi, Bluetooth aptX, and Spotify Connect, and it's easy to use, thanks to the clear OLED screen and large control dial. 

And the sound? Impressively weighty, with serious scale and authority and not a hint of harshness or brightness. At times it can be a little too weighty - that bass could do with being reined in a little. Nevertheless, it's a great option for anyone on the hunt for the best internet radios.

Read the full review: Revo SuperConnect

Best internet radios 2021: modern radios with streaming smarts

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4. Goodmans Heritage Portable

Another feature-packed, retro Internet radio that's well worth a look.

SPECIFICATIONS

Radio: FM, DAB, Internet | Display: Yes | Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC, wi-fi | Spotify Connect: Yes | CD player: No | Dimensions (hwd): 19 x 30 x 19cm

Reasons to Buy

Classy styling
Portability
Plenty features

Reasons to Avoid

Slightly hard treble

With a handy carry handle, this is the most portable of the bunch. And you needn't worry about it surviving the journey: it feels satisfying weighty and solid, like it could take a few knocks along the way. 

Sound-wise, the presentation is nice and clear, with good body and texture, even if the treble can sometimes sound a little harsh. It also has a good sense of rhythm for its size – whether listening from internet radio or Spotify Connect

It has nothing on a dedicated wireless speaker, of course, but for a radio it’s very listenable. There's a slight hardness to the sound, but that is the only blemish on an otherwise impeccable record. 

If you like the looks and the feature set, you’re unlikely to be disappointed by this retro-styled internet radio.

Read the full review: Goodmans Heritage Portable

Best internet radios 2021: modern radios with streaming smarts

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5. Pure Evoke F3

Traditional radio design meets a modern feature set.

SPECIFICATIONS

Radio: FM, DAB, Internet | Display: Yes | Connectivity: Bluetooth, wi-fi | Spotify Connect: Yes | CD player: No | Dimensions (hwd): 11 x 20 x 18cm

Reasons to Buy

Sound is full-bodied
Targeted midrange
Looks cool

Reasons to Avoid

Closed-in sound
Fiddly remote

The Evoke F3 feels confidently well-built, and looks the business. It sounds great too, with a warm, full-bodied midrange and plenty of detail. There's bags of expression at play, making for an engaging listen. The only niggles are the remote, which is a little fiddly and plasticky for our taste, and the slightly closed-in nature of the sound. It makes for a slightly claustrophobic listen. But this is a focussed performance that will please many listeners.

Read the full review: Pure Evoke F3

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