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We wanted to make our buying guide as useful as it is possible, so we compared hundreds of am fm shortwave radios from various brands. That is why the top list of am fm shortwave radios available below features the best models available on the market.

Making the list of the best am fm shortwave radios was a real challenge for us. Our team had to consider many factors such as price, user score, material and other specs. We are open to suggestions: if you think that we have to take more factors into account, contacts us and we will look into it.

Top 10 Best Am Fm Shortwave Radios of 2018

Rating Image Name and Features Details
Design 5/5
Versatility 5/5
Construction 4/5
Price 5/5
Tivdio V-111 Portable Shortwave Travel Radio 1. Tivdio V-111 Portable Shortwave Travel Radio
Automatic radio station search and store function.
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Design 5/5
Versatility 5/5
Construction 5/5
Price 3/5
Portable Shortwave Am Fm Stereo Radio 2. Portable Shortwave Am Fm Stereo Radio
Lighted lcd display, autoscan tuning, stereo headphone jack, sleep timer.
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Design 5/5
Versatility 5/5
Construction 4/5
Price 3/5
Tivdio V-116 Portable Shortwave Radio 3. Tivdio V-116 Portable Shortwave Radio (Best for the Price)
Built-in green lcd back light for easy operation in dark.
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Design 4/5
Versatility 5/5
Construction 5/5
Price 2/5
Tivdio V-115 Portable Shortwave Transistor Radio 4. Tivdio V-115 Portable Shortwave Transistor Radio
V-115 transistor radio bass sound with mic recording and line in recording radio recording etc 3 recording mode and simple 64kbps.
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Design 2/5
Versatility 4/5
Construction 5/5
Price 5/5
Tivdio L-258 Am Fm Shortwave Transistor Radio 5. Tivdio L-258 Am Fm Shortwave Transistor Radio (DIY Crafters’ Choice)
Internal magnetic speaker and a bass diaphragms to join 5w mp3 player speaker with bass diaphragm which support clear and loud sound.
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Design 5/5
Versatility 5/5
Construction 3/5
Price 2/5
Best NOAA Portable Solar  Hand Crank AM FM 6. Best NOAA Portable Solar Hand Crank AM FM
Comprehensive coverage of am, fm, shortwave and 7 noaa weather channels for entertainment, sports, talk-shows, breaking news around the world, and 24/7 real-time weather forecast (usa and canada only).
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Design 3/5
Versatility 4/5
Construction 5/5
Price 2/5
Tecsun Pl-380 Dsp Fm Stereo. Mw. Sw. Lw. World Band Pll Radio 7. Tecsun Pl-380 Dsp Fm Stereo. Mw. Sw. Lw. World Band Pll Radio (Best Transitional Design)
Seven tuning mode selectable, lcd display screen, 550 preset memories, digital clock function with 12/24 hour format, highly intelligent on / off switch.
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Design 3/5
Versatility 5/5
Construction 2/5
Price 3/5
Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital PLL Dual Conversion AM FM 8. Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital PLL Dual Conversion AM FM
Pll synthesized digital dual conversion receiver with unparallelled sensitivity & selectivity.
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Design 3/5
Versatility 2/5
Construction 2/5
Price 4/5
Global-store Solar Rechargable Emergency Hand Crank Powered Am Fm Radio 9. Global-store Solar Rechargable Emergency Hand Crank Powered Am Fm Radio
High sensitivity and selectivity with excellent reception, camping in the wilderness can also receive channels well.
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Design 4/5
Versatility 2/5
Construction 3/5
Price 2/5
Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 Digital Solar Dynamo 10. Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 Digital Solar Dynamo (Budget Pick)
4 tuning methods including manual, direct digit entry, ats & memory tuning with 335 memories for easy access to favorite stations.
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№ 1. Tivdio V-111 Portable Shortwave Travel Radio Am Fm Stereo with Clock and Alarm (black)
 

Design
5/5
 

Versatility
5/5
 

Construction
4/5
 

Price
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.8
TIVDIO V-111 5.9 x 3.5 x 1.6 inches 7 ounces
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Travel clock radio with 0.33lb weight, portable small and compact size as a gift easy to carry and travel; lock switch to prevent accidental operation during outdoor or your pocket. Digital back-light with sleep timer; sleep timer up to 90 minutes; you can listen your favorite station just press the favorite button. Automatic radio station search and store function; small radio has 60 presets.20 on each band; you not need to spend too long time to search radio station. Battery powered radio with am fm sw; am: 520-1710khz sw: 3.2-21.9mhz fm1: 50-88mhz fm2: 87-108mhz note: am and mw are equivalent, mw is commonly used in europe to refer to am.

Aa batteries used in the transistor radio allow you to operate it even when the power in the house is out; powered by aa battery and 3 band frequency support get timely news in the emergency situation such as power outage, hurricane season.

 

 
Pros
Aa batteries used in
Travel clock radio
Automatic radio station search
Battery powered radio
Digital back-light
Cons
It is absolutely flawless.
 

Are new am fm shortwave radiossupposed to be expensive?

Obviously, a good am fm shortwave radios cannot be very cheap. If you want to buy a decent product, you should not be trying to save money on it. We recommend you to order the best models from our list of the best am fm shortwave radiosif you can afford it.

 

 
№ 2. Portable Shortwave Am Fm Stereo Radio with Mp3 Player and Sleep Timer
 

Design
5/5
 

Versatility
5/5
 

Construction
5/5
 

Price
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.5
Baile 8.5 ounces
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Includes 1xworld band radio.1xusb charging cable.1 x hand strip with bracket and manual. Powered by 600mah removable rechargeable bl-5c lithium battery. 3.5mm aux input can be also used as a loudspeaker by usb cable. Small lightweight portable am/fm/shortwave/ travel clock radio mp3 player recorder support t-flash card and sleep timer. Lighted lcd display, autoscan tuning, stereo headphone jack, sleep timer.

 

 
Pros
Powered by 600mah removable rechargeable bl-5c lithium battery
Lighted lcd display
3.5mm aux input can be also used as a loudspeaker by usb cable
Includes 1xworld b
Cons
Does not offer enough features for such a high price.
 

 

 
№ 3. Tivdio V-116 Portable Shortwave Radio with Am Fm Transistor Support Micro-sd Card Aux Input Mp3 Player Speaker Alarm Clock Sleep Timer(black and Orange)
 

Design
5/5
 

Versatility
5/5
 

Construction
4/5
 

Price
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.3
TIVDIO 4331019216 7.1 x 4.7 x 2.8 inches 13.6 ounces
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Ideal for travel; 4.7 x 2.5 x 0.8 inches pocket small radios easily fits in a shirt pocket; the perfect combination of chips and lines design maximizes the reception ability; dsp radio chip is an outstanding idea. International 24-hour alarm clock; alarm will wake you with a radio station memory card music or a buzzer. Accepted max 32gb flash card; support all one folder random 4 repeat mode; the screen shows the song title and the album. Sleep timer; choice of 9k/10k tuning increment for am; built-in 5-mode eq; e-book; calendar of sorts support set the year month day day of the week & time it use in 24 hour format.

Built-in green lcd back light for easy operation in dark; the digital readout shows the frequency you are on; rechargeable 850ma lithium battery included.

 

 
Pros
Sleep timer
Built-in green lcd back light
Accepted max 32gb flash card
International 24-hour alarm clock
Cons
It is more expensive than the most of similar product on the market.
 

What did you do to create the TOP list of am fm shortwave radios?

We compared over a hundred of am fm shortwave radiosfrom various manufacturers. To make our buying guide as honest as it is possible, we took into consideration all the important characteristics, such as price, weight, material, assembly quality, and many more. If you want to find the best am fm shortwave radios for the least amount of money, our TOP list will be very useful for you.

 

 
№ 4. Tivdio V-115 Portable Shortwave Transistor Radio Am Fm Stereo with Mp3 Player Recorder Support T-flash Card and Sleep Timer (black)
 

Design
4/5
 

Versatility
5/5
 

Construction
5/5
 

Price
2/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.0
TIVDIO 4331019190 5.1 x 4.3 x 1.6 inches 7.2 ounces
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V-115 transistor radio bass sound with mic recording and line in recording radio recording etc 3 recording mode and simple 64kbps; quality 96kbps ; super 128kbps 3 recording quality. 1000mah rechargeable(cellphone) lithium battery, package just including usb cable, you can charge the radio from computer or connect phone adaptor. Am fm radio with mp3 player speaker by 3.5mm aux input and also can be used as a loudspeaker by usb cable. Portable short wave radio.4.7 x 3.1 x 0.9 in very small, compact. It is amazing to find this much functionality in such a small package. Will fit in a man’s shirt pocket; notice: no alarm, only sleep timer.

Built in three languages chinese english spanish; 9k/10k for am tuning increment; package not including adaptor.100 radio presets; adjustable lcd back light; 3.5mm headphone jack.

 

 
Pros
1000mah rechargeable
Portable short wave radio.4.7 x 3.1 x 0.9 in very small
Built in three languages chinese english spanish
V-115 transistor radio bass sound
Am fm radio
Cons
Does not offer enough features for such a high price.
 

 

 
№ 5. Tivdio L-258 Am Fm Shortwave Transistor Radio Support Micro Tf Card and Usb Driver Aux Input Mp3 Player Usb Charging Cable 1000mah Rechargeable Li-ion Battery(gold)
 

Design
2/5
 

Versatility
4/5
 

Construction
5/5
 

Price
5/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
4.0
TIVDIO 4331019265 5.9 x 4.3 x 1.6 inches 8 ounces
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Internal magnetic speaker and a bass diaphragms to join 5w mp3 player speaker with bass diaphragm which support clear and loud sound; can play music and use for language study. Rechargeable 1000ma lithium battery included ; easy to tune with the dial fits in your pocket to take anywhere. Shortwave transistor radio with 21 inch antenna which let you can hear fm am sw all over the world; delete the preset station; 3.5mm earpiece jack. Two independent knob for volume and tuning control; large and soft buttons for senior; very easy to operate buttons on the radio make it a good one for someone with poor eyesight.

3.5mm aux input; audio output function fit for ipod, mp3, mp4 player, iphone and other mobile phones; easy to plug in your ipod, smartphone, tablet, laptop and other mp3 player or any audio source.

 

 
Pros
Two independent knob
Shortwave transistor radio
Internal magnetic speaker
3.5mm aux input
Rechargeable 1000ma lithium battery included
Cons
Professionals will not find it useful.
 

 

 
№ 6. Best NOAA Portable Solar Hand Crank AM FM, Shortwave and Noaa Weather Emergency Radio with Usb Cell Phone Charger and LED Flashlight (green)
 

Design
5/5
 

Versatility
5/5
 

Construction
3/5
 

Price
2/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.8
Kaito 5.2 x 2.5 x 2 inches 11.2 ounces
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Works as an emergency mobile battery charger with built-in standard dc 5v usb output port for charging mobile phones, compatible with both ios and android devices. Other safety features include a siren, an led flashlight and a red led s. Comprehensive coverage of am, fm, shortwave and 7 noaa weather channels for entertainment, sports, talk-shows, breaking news around the world, and 24/7 real-time weather forecast (usa and canada only). Palm-size and lightweight design for easy storage and carriage; made of strong premium impact-resistant and water-resistant abs material, suitable for both indoors home/office use and outdoors recreational activities. Telescopic antenna extends up to 14″ for high sensitivity reception assisted by advanced semiconductor circuitry design; use built-in speaker for loud and crispy sound or earphone jack for private listening (earphones not included).

5-way powered portable emergency radio with hand crank generator, solar panel, compartment for 3 aaa batteries (not included).5v mini usb input (usb cable included), built-in nimh replaceable and rechargeable battery pack.

 

 
Pros
Works as an emergency mobile battery charger
Telescopic antenna extends up
Comprehensive coverage
5-way powered portable emergency radio
Cons
The number of features for the price is frustrating.
 

 

 
№ 7. Tecsun Pl-380 Dsp Fm Stereo. Mw. Sw. Lw. World Band Pll Radio Receiver, LCD Display, Etm Function Added
 

Design
3/5
 

Versatility
4/5
 

Construction
5/5
 

Price
2/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.5
Kaito PL380 5.3 x 1 x 3.4 inches 11.2 ounces
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Seven tuning mode selectable, lcd display screen.550 preset memories, digital clock function with 12/24 hour format, highly intelligent on / off switch. Using silicon labs si4734 dsp; to digitalize the analog mw / fm / sw broadcasting signal base on the modern software technology and radio principles. Powered by riorand advanced technology. Light & snooze function, key lock function, built-in charging system to charge the ni-mh rechargeable battery, built in dc 5v usb jack, earphone jack. Small and exquisite design, convenient to carry, excellent for walkers, hikers, campers, backpackers.

 

 
Pros
Using silicon labs si4734 dsp
Seven tuning mode selectable
Light & snooze function
Powered by rior
Cons
It is overpriced by many times.
Special equipment is required in order to use it.
 

 

 
№ 8. Tecsun PL880 Portable Digital PLL Dual Conversion AM FM, Longwave and Shortwave Radio with Ssb (single Side Band) Reception
 

Design
3/5
 

Versatility
5/5
 

Construction
2/5
 

Price
3/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
3.3
Tecsun PL880 7.6 x 1.3 x 4.5 inches 1.9 pounds
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Full range coverage including am/fm, longwave & shortwave with single side band. 4 & 5 selectable bandwidth filters on am and ssb respectively plus single side band receiver with 10 hz tuning step. Powered by one single 18650 li-ion rechargeable battery with built-in charger, battery included. 24 hour alarm clock plus sleep timer from 0-120 minutes. Pll synthesized digital dual conversion receiver with unparallelled sensitivity & selectivity.

 

 
Pros
Powered by one single 18650 li-ion rechargeable battery
24 hour alarm clock plus sleep timer from 0-120 minutes
Full range coverage including am/fm
Pll synthesized digital dual conversion receiver
4 & 5 selectable bandwidth filters on am
Cons
Not suitable for everyone due to the specific construction.
Lacks many useful features.
 

 

 
№ 9. Global-store Solar Rechargable Emergency Hand Crank Powered Am Fm Radio with LED Flashlight Alerter and Cell Phone Charger
 

Design
3/5
 

Versatility
2/5
 

Construction
2/5
 

Price
4/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
2.8
Global-store 369 5.5 x 1.5 x 3.1 inches 9.8 ounces
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High sensitivity and selectivity with excellent reception, camping in the wilderness can also receive channels well. Frequency: fm: 88-108 mhz, am: 520-1710 khz. Hand crank self powered cell phones charger, dc out 5v maximum output current 500mah emergency power bank, ideal mobile phone charger for every day carry. Please turn the button right to ”battery”, only in this way can charge your phones by dc out function. Multiple ways to charge.5v in dc (usb cable included); 3 ”aaa” batteries(not included); built-in 500mah rechargeable lithium battery; solar power; hand crank. Emergency and portable, multi-purpose am/fm emergency weather band radio and charger, perfect for household, camping, hiking, travel, night ride. New upgrade quality for longer time service, the best companion for a casual moment, the best tool for an emergency.

Led flashlight and alert system, lighting for you in the dark by turning on ”light”; ask for help in an emergency or warn somebody by turning on ”siren”.

 

 
Pros
Multiple ways
High sensitivity
Led flashlight
Cons
Starts to tear apart after a month of use.
The assembling quality is on top, but materials are not the best.
 

 

 
№ 10. Kaito Voyager Pro KA600 Digital Solar Dynamo, Wind Up, Dynamo Cranking Am Fm Lw Sw and Noaa Weather Emergency Radio with Flashlight, Reading Lamp Alert, Smart Phone Charger and Rds and Real-time Alert, with Ac Adapter, Black
 

Design
4/5
 

Versatility
2/5
 

Construction
3/5
 

Price
2/5
 
Overall Brand Model Dimensions Weight Details
2.8
Kaito KA600 9.5 x 2.2 x 5.5 inches 2.2 pounds
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4 tuning methods including manual, direct digit entry, ats & memory tuning with 335 memories for easy access to favorite stations. Calendar, alarm clock with dual settings, sleep timer, thermometer & humidity meter. 5 ways of charging the radio, auxiliary input jack available for external audio devices. Dynamo and solar powered am/fm/lw shortwave & noaa weather radio with back-lit digital display, noaa all hazards alert & rds. 180-degree adjustable solar panel with 5-led reading lamp, flashlight.

 

 
Pros
4 tuning methods including manual
180-degree adjustable solar panel
Cons
Smelled disgusting during the first days of use.
Similar products are much cheaper.
 

What is the average cost for a good am fm shortwave radios?

Price is a very important factor of any am fm shortwave radios. Usually, the higher it costs the better its quality. However, we recommend you to consider all characteristics of a am fm shortwave radios. There are many models with an average price tag that can compete with the most expensive options.

What exactly did you take into consideration while making the list of the best am fm shortwave radios?

We considered so many factors that it is nearly impossible to tell you about all of them. Believe us, we did not forget about anything. Price, material, user score, and other characteristics of am fm shortwave radioswere used to create this TOP list. We tried our best to help you choose the best am fm shortwave radios!

What warranty period is considered optimal for am fm shortwave radios?

We think that a two-year warranty is more than enough for a decent am fm shortwave radios. There are many premium options with a lifetime warranty, but we do not think that it is necessary. We recommend you to simply replace am fm shortwave radios with a new one after some time.

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