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The Best AM/FM Radios for Your Kitchen

Take a break from the digital world and turn the dial on one of these vintage-inspired, modernized radios

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Radio in a kitchen

Turn on the radio and get your morning started the old-fashioned way. Unsplash

In today’s world, touch screens and voice commands can connect you with just about any music you’re in the mood to hear. But there’s something special about turning a knob on a radio and the careful precision it takes to land exactly on the right station without hitting static. Maybe it’s the nostalgia for simpler times or maybe I just prefer the ever-so-slightly fuzzy sound of my local college radio station coming through FM rather than WiFi. Even if you’re a diehard Internet-only listener, we can all agree that radios are still cool and they’re perfect for keeping on your kitchen counter to get you through the morning rush or help you unwind as your prepare dinner. Use them to catch the news and traffic reports or simply let them soak your ears with beats to pump you up for the day. These AM/FM radios are the full package—attractive designs inspired by the past but built with contemporary features to suit the listening needs of present day.


Crosley CR3501A-WA Fleetwood Bluetooth FM Clock Radio and CD Player, Walnut

This vintage-inspired model offers a bunch of nice features. Crosley

You’ll not only have the ability to spin that “Siamese Dream” CD you still listen to but you’ll also be able to adjust the sound to perfection with the built-in equalizer. Best of all, you can do it from your couch using the convenient remote control it comes with. Use it as a clock, tune into AM/FM or connect to Bluetooth, this radio looks like a million bucks and plays like one too.


Studebaker SB2000TS Teal/Silver Retro Classic Portable AM/FM Radio with Aux Input

For a simpler and less expensive option, the retro classic radio is ideal. Studebaker

It could take up permanent residence on your counter but it’s also portable, so you can bring it along with you to the beach or on a picnic. Get all of your AM/FM radio needs or use the auxiliary input to connect to other devices. Available in six rad colors schemes.

Victrola Retro Wood Bluetooth FM/AM Radio with Rotary Dial, Walnut

The looks of this throwback model are enough to make you feel like the sounds of Frank Sinatra might be the only thing it actually plays. Victrola

We were all taught never to judge by looks, right? With this radio, you’ll get AM/FM, Bluetooth as well as treble and bass controls. A sharp design and quality sound at a good value.


Tivoli Audio M1BTCLA Bluetooth AM/FM Radio (Walnut/Beige)

With a classic, low-profile style, this is a fantastic radio. Tivoli Audio

It has a heavy, well-constructed feel, hence a bit pricier than the others but completely worth it. The sound is crisp through both AM/FM but you’ve also got the option to stream through Bluetooth if you’d rather listen to your latest Spotify playlist.


Sangean WR-15WL AM/FM Table Top Wooden Radio, Walnut

If you’re looking for solid construction in a compact appearance, this model is the right match for you. Sangean

Along with AM/FM, you can also connect via auxiliary to all of your favorite music sources. Lauded for its precise tuning, it features an LED indicator light that confirms when you’ve achieved the best possible reception. Need bigger audio? The line out jack in the back allows you to easily hook up to a second speaker.


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