Best Internet Radios iMore 2020

Internet radios give you the ability to listen to content from all around the world with a signal as strong as your Wi-Fi. Whether you like to have soft jazz playing in the background while you do your household chores, the latest news highlights as you wake up in the morning, or even to tune into last week's podcast episode, internet radio can make this possible. You aren't limited to local broadcasts. Here are our top picks.

For the home: Ocean Digital Wi-Fi Internet Component Radio Tuner

Staff Pick

This sound station is a great addition to any home entertainment system as it packs an internet radio and an FM radio into one sleek unit. Conveniently connect this radio to your Bluetooth device to stream your favorite music, news, and podcasts. Tap into your Wi-Fi or connect via ethernet cable to gain access to thousands of radio stations from all around the world. You can even personalize and save up to 99 presets to make catching up on your favorite stations easy.

$120 from Amazon

Portable internet radio: Ocean Digital Portable Internet Radio

This portable internet radio measures in at 2.4-by-1.7-by-3.4 inches, making it excellent for bringing along with you to the beach, camping, or while you're hanging out in your backyard. This unit comes prepared with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can play over 20,000 internet radio stations uninterrupted for over 8 hours. This Ocean Digital portable radio also accommodates streaming via Bluetooth and is equipped with a headphone jack and sleep-timer settings.

$70 from Amazon

Smart internet radio: Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System

The Wave SoundTouch Music System is an incredibly smart internet radio that is compatible with voice control from Alexa. This unit also connects to Bluetooth enabled devices, allowing you to stream music from your mobile phone or laptop. Equipped with exclusive Bose waveguide speaker technology, this premium internet radio delivers impeccable sound quality in both small and large areas. Save up to six presets of your favorite stations, and enjoy crisp and clear audio all day long.

$600 from Amazon

For bedtime: Ocean Digital Wi-Fi Internet Radio WR828F

This Ocean Digital Wi-Fi radio features a 2.4-inch color display and can accommodate up to 17 different languages. This unit comes with 26,000 available internet stations and gives you the freedom to save up to 250 presets. When you're ready for bed, this internet radio gives you the option to transition to sounds such as white noise or spa music that will leave you feeling relaxed in no time. Use the sleep-timer to turn the unit off after you've fallen asleep.

$60 from Amazon

Subscription-free: C. Crane Wi-Fi Internet Radio

The C.Crane Wi-Fi Internet Radio gives you access to over 16,000 internet radio stations including Pandora, iHeartMedia, ESPN, and Radio.com subscription free. Stream via Wi-Fi and enjoy crystal clear sound anywhere in the world. The built-in Wi-Fi indicator lets you know how strong your signal is, so you can adjust your Wi-Fi accordingly. Find your favorite channels and save up to 99 presets. If you prefer to listen with headphones, simply plug them into the headphone jack and enjoy your favorite tunes solo.

$121 from Amazon

Subscription needed: Grace Digital SiriusXM Sound Station

This vintage-looking internet radio gives you access to all SiriusXM radio stations with an all-access subscription plan. Enjoy listening to live podcasts, sports, news, and music broadcasted via SiriusXM. Save up to 10 presets of your favorite channels for easy access to your daily listens. If you happen to tune in late for the show you've been waiting for, use the start now function to restart it. You can also pause, rewind, and replay live stations. SiriusXM subscription is not included.

$112 from Amazon

The bottom line

Internet radios are a great way to tune in to your favorite stations regardless of where they are locally broadcasted. With the use of Wi-Fi, you can access thousands of radio channels with crisp and clear sound. When it comes to finding a unit that features a modern and sleek design and is perfect for inside the home, the Ocean Digital Wi-Fi Internet Component Radio Tuner is a great choice.

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However, for use outside of the home, the Ocean Digital Portable Internet Radio may be a better option as it is compact and portable, allowing you to use it on-the-go. This particular internet radio also has battery life long enough to last your adventure.

If your household is smart home compatible, then you may be interested in the Bose Wave SoundTouch Music System. This radio can be connected to Alexa and then accessed through voice commands. This gives you the freedom to focus on other tasks while you flip through your favorite stations.

Camille Sanghera is a freelance writer who loves telling stories through writing. When she is not content writing, you can find her watching movies, playing sports, or writing books. Check out her blog at www.happycoconut.ca.

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