Holiday Shopping Guide – Jay’s Personal Picks For Performance and Value
Although this website provides in-depth reports on portable radios past and present, to help your Holiday shopping here is a quick way to find that perfect radio gift. You can always find in-depth information about any of these radios by clicking on the links to their full reports. And if you access Amazon via any of the links provided, anything you purchase during that session will help to support this free website at no cost to you, and you’ll get Amazon’s best price and return privileges.
There are many other choices but these are all my personal recommendations and favorites – Happy Shopping!
Best AM/FM Portable Radios:
Compact/Inexpensive AM/FM Radios
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See It At Amazon: ICF-P36
Sony ICF-506 $46.10 – Excellent reception and built-in AC power for all-day use.
Sony ICF-19 $37.95 – Same radio as above with longer battery life using D cells, but no AC power.
These two radios look pretty much the same other than their handles and perform the same – the only differences are that the ICF-506 has a handle while the ICF-19 has a strap. I recommend the ‘506 for its built-in AC power for use all day long, and the 19 for battery use as it uses larger cells and thus has longer battery life.
Best AM/FM HD Radios:
Best Radios With Shortwave
Best Pocket Radios
Special Purpose Radios
See The WR-50P At Amazon (Stereo Version)
See The WR-50 At Amazon (Mono Version)
Sangean U4 Rugged Jobsite Radio $172.84 – Versatile power options include built-in AC, external 12 volts or D cells, either regular or rechargeable. A strong player which can fill large or noisy areas and very rugged construction.
Sangean MMR-88 Emergency Radio $46.78 – Better reception than most and this one has all the most wanted features including solar and crank power and the ability to charge your cell phone in a very cute brick-like shape.
Great Gift Ideas
Best Bang-For-The-Buck Antenna for AM Lovers – Tecsun/Grundig/Kaito AN-100/AN-200 Loop Antenna $29.98 – Several versions but all work identically. Can transform a mediocre radio into a sensitivity champ with no connecting wires. Just place it next to the radio and hear those weaker stations pop in! AM loops are staples of serious AM hobbyists and this one is a bargain.
Sangean ATN-60 Shortwave Antenna $9.99 SW – For SW listeners one of these 23 foot reel-up antennas can greatly improve reception over the built-in whip antenna. This one is very flexible as it can connect directly to the Aux Antenna input on radios that have one, or you can clip it right to the whip antenna for radios that don’t. See It On Amazon:
This ultra flexible low noise power supply will power most portable radios needing up to 500 ma (1/2 amp). It comes with six adaptor plugs to fit most radios and a 9 volt snap connector . Output voltage is adjustable and polarity is reversible. Input voltage is 120 VAC 60 Hz and it is UL Listed.