Top Five Jobsite Radios – Top Picks & Reviews

Jobsite radios are your primal deal to making the job more fun. If you wish to have a radio at your job site, it should be specifically built for that purpose though. With the normal radios being easy to break and under a constant threat at the Jobsite, it eventually falls upon the Jobsite radios to provide you with your entertainment while also not distracting you by being prone to breaking. For any radio that you choose to take with you, there are a number of factors that you must consider. Lucky for you, we already have considered them and listed the top picks for your ease!

Bosch PB360C

If you have the money in your pocket for it, you can generally turn a blind eye and buy this model. Although it is more expensive than the other models that we encounter, it does a great job of making you want to buy it. With the flawless features that it offers including high-quality audio and an impeccable design built for durability, this model will last you your job time and provide crisp entertainment like no other can!

Quality

If quality is what you seek and your work involves a lot of bumps, this radio is well worth any premium that you will pay for obtaining it. Featuring a protective aluminum and rubber-roll casing, this model is both weather and dust resistant, and can take a lot of abuse without a scratch. Nothing beats this model when it comes to quality!

Sound

The immersive sound system featured in this radio should be ideal for anyone that seeks to get a crystal clear volume. The four speakers are angled to allow for a 360 degree sound system and do not lose their quality even when they are turned up to full volume. A subwoofer helps maintain the quality, and the sound is high enough for you to be able to hear it above the work-noise.

Portability

At 24 pounds and 14.5 inches, this radio does little when it comes to portability. It is large and bulky and will hurt to carry around with you. Meant to sit in one place, this radio should not be your selection if you seek for one that you can carry around with you with ease.

Battery

Having an 18-volt lithium battery pack as well as a 120-volt outlet, this radio works both ways. You can plug it in while simultaneously charging other devices on it, and you can also plug it in to charge the lithium battery pack which will last you an astounding 5 hours. The battery life is great!

Versatility

If you want a variety of sources, you will get it with this model. Not only can it connect to the Bluetooth and the internet to allow for you to access the wide range of music libraries available, but it can also be connected to another device via an aux. AM and FM channels and presents are also available and the signal strengths are usually very admirable!

Warranty

A one year warranty is provided on this product, and while that is not generally the best that we get with most equipment, given that Jobsite radios often tend to offer nowhere near this much, we will take it as a positive without a sweat!

Price

Priced at 160 dollars, this model charges a high premium over a lot of the others that we reviewed. Nonetheless, given what we are being provided with, we believe that this is reasonable and do not put it against Bosch; they have truly delivered a model we can cherish!

Pros
  • High quality
  • Durable
  • Great sound system
  • High battery life
  • Good warranty
  • Very versatile
Cons
  • Large and bulky
  • Very pricey

Bosch PB180

It is rare for us to place two models of the same company at the top, but Bosch seems to be stealing the show with ease here, and we are not complaining. If you want a radio that is more portable and cheaper than the PB360C, the PB180 is your best pick. This radio will not only save you about half the money you would have otherwise had to spend but will also not tire you out with any excessive weight. Let’s see how it stands out.

Quality

It comes with shock-resistant padding which means that you generally do not have to worry about the quality. The handles or of high strength as well and the overall quality will not disappoint you. All in all, it’s a powerful, sturdy, albeit small built, that you should definitely go for.

Sound

Employing two Neodynamic speakers known for their sound quality, anything that you play on this radio will be crystal clear. You should have no trouble maximizing it and enjoying the range of sound that these speakers can provide you with, to work off the work noise. Bass and treble settings are also provided.

Portability

Measuring just 12 inches long and at only 4 lbs, this is a very compact built that you should have no trouble carrying around with you. The weight should not bother you at all, and you can ensure that you get the best of portability with this model.

Battery

Perhaps the one reason that this was not our top pick was the battery. While a battery is available, it is not included and sold separately. Without the additional buy, it will have to be plugged in to run, which we do not want at a job site!

Versatility

The product is very versatile and has some of the features that the higher-end version of Bosch does. It can allow you to connect to anything that takes an aux, and also has an advanced processing system to allow you to connect with any FM and AM channel, which can be stored in ten presets each. No Bluetooth and internet connections are supported though.

Warranty

Like the higher-end model, a one year warranty is offered, which we shall take without any complaints. It’s nice to see Bosch setting up an example by extending warranties.

Price

The price is at a very accessible 70 dollars, which means that you do not have to pay any high premiums for obtaining this model which can do almost all the things that most premium models boast. Unless you require a battery and Bluetooth connections, this is definitely the better choice!

Pros
  • Very portable
  • High quality
  • Decent sound
  • Warranty offered
  • Cheap
  • Versatile
Cons
  • No woofer
  • No Bluetooth connections
  • No battery or charger included

Milwaukee M12

We did not initially believe this radio would make it to our top picks, but given the hoard of features that it offers, it is indeed hard to ignore. It is the perfect choice for anyone that wishes to listen to songs from their mp3 or iPod and is a solid built for anyone else as well, although in that case you are better off with the Bosch model since that would save you some money. So what made us pick this brand? Let’s discover!

Quality

The highest quality has been opted for and maintained on this radio. The speakers of this radio are made from aluminum and are weatherproof, which should be ideal if you wish to do extensive work outside. Although it is made in China, it is very durable and should last longer. It is housed in a shock-absorbing polymer.

Sound

The sound is loud and clear, and should not be bad in any way. The speakers work well and are well protected, and will deliver you with a high-quality sound that others can envy.

Portability

Although a bit large in size, at just 5 pounds, it should not be heavy to carry at all. You do not need to worry about the weight of this thing since it is as light as they get. To top that, it is a bright red model that should be easily visible.

Battery

The batteries are included but are not rechargeable, which is a major letdown since it is not really the best to change batteries constantly.

Versatility

The signals for AM and FM run great on this radio, due to the premium receiving-strength that it boasts. An aux is also included which should help you run songs from your phone, iPod, and mp3. It even comes with a weatherproof casing to keep those devices in and to ensure that they are job-proof as well!

Warranty

Providing a 5-year warranty, we can not hope to find anything better than this. With most radios not offering a warranty at all, Milwaukee clearly outdoes themselves with this attractive offer!

Price

The price tag is a handsome 120, which we believe is a little expensive, although, given the warranty, durability, and versatility of this radio, it is a good value.

Pros
  • Best warranty we have seen so far
  • High quality
  • High-quality sound
  • Weatherproof
  • Casing to protect your phone and iPod
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No rechargeable battery or charger

Dewalt DC012

Not everyone can find a charging plug at their worksite. Indeed, many of us feel that we can not carry those radios around for that very reason. Welcome to the dawn of Dewalt, that understands your pain and offers you extensive timings and quick charging to get you raging on for hours without a pause. It does, however, come at a price that might make you reconsider buying this otherwise beautiful device. Still worth a review!

Quality

When it comes to quality, there are no flaws in this model. The company is actually so confident within their model that they offer a 90-day money-back guarantee is well, which is nice to see. Quality is easily a no-concern when you go for buying this radio.

Sound

The sound quality is great if you plan to listen to it at moderate volumes. If you push the volume to the maximum though, it starts to break and is no longer crystal clear, which is not really best suited for us since a job radio is technically supposed to provide the clear sound as high as possible.

Portability

At near 17 pounds, this radio is mildly portable, but for the most part, we assume that it is meant to be left on the desk. Portability is definitely not the forte of this model.

Battery

Offering an extended battery life of over 8 hours, that too after just an hour of charge, this radio outputs a surprising 8 times the time you charge it for, which is excellent! The model even allows you to charge other devices using the USB port.

Versatility

The model is pretty versatile and can catch signals from many AM and FM channels, as well as allow you to set 15 presets. It also has an aux for greater connectivity. On the Bluetooth road though, it fails, offering us nothing of that sort.

Warranty

The warranty policy is very neat. A rare three-year warranty is given, alongside with equally rare 90-day money-back guarantee and a year worth of free maintenance. The warranty could not have been much better than this offering!

Price

At near 200 dollars, this model clearly crosses all acceptable price benchmarks and despite the new features that it provides, it is priced at too much of a premium for us to like. The price is basically not the stronghold.

Pros
  • High quality
  • Durable
  • Long battery life
  • Good signal reception
  • Excellent warranty policies
Cons
  • Moderate sound quality
  • No Bluetooth
  • Very expensive

Sangean LB 100

If you want a radio that can withstand anything that you throw at it, and still manages to be within an acceptable price range, then you should go for the Sangean model. Built for places that are going to give the toughest time to a radio, this radio ensures that nothing can harm it and it will continue to run no matter what you throw at it. (of course, that is not to say that you should intentionally attempt to damage it).

Quality

Quality is where this radio goes flawless. It has a rugged design that is meant to endure. It can resist shock, weather, water, and dust! You can literally throw any job condition at it and see it survive to chant another merry tune for you. With quality, this radio has no compromises.

Sound

The sound quality is high and should suit your needs, going over the high levels of noise you would encounter at a job site.

Portability

At just about 7 pounds, this is one of the most portable models that we got to review. The portability will not be an issue, and a compact roll-cage is designed to assist with portability as well.

Battery

No battery is included in this radio. It does offer a 9-foot cord that you can use to plug and play though.

Versatility

The radio does not have much versatility. There is no aux, and no Bluetooth is offered. It is good at receiving signals though, and the antenna is flexible.

Warranty

The warranty is very small, and you get only three months of it. Pretty measly for a built that is meant to be strong!

Price

This model will set you back only 65 dollars and is one of the cheapest among the ones that we reviewed. The durability achieved at this price is astonishing. It does, however, cut back on a lot of features so the value for money isn’t necessarily great.

Pros
  • Super high quality
  • Dust, water, weather, shock resistant
  • Low priced
  • Good sound quality
  • Great antenna and signal reception
Cons
  • No battery
  • Not a great value for money
  • Not versatile, has no aux or Bluetooth

Buyer guide

So now that we have reviewed the many radios that are on the offer, you must be wondering what you should buy. We’re glad you asked, let’s see what considerations are important when buying a Jobsite radio!

Quality

If you are seeking a job site radio, you are most definitely require a high quality built that can survive in whatever heavy-duty worksite you intend to use it at. In that case, we would always put the maximum effort to maintain a great quality. If you work with water or machines, you might look out for water resistant and shock resistant models as well. If you plan to use it at a more professional job though, you can skip the quality check: most models are sturdy.

Sound

With the Jobsite fitted with machines that would make your ears ring, you will definitely seek a radio that can go above and beyond itself and provide you with perfect crystal clear quality at the highest volumes. What’s the point of listening to a song when you can not make out what half of it is, after all!

Portability

Unless your workspace is generous and trustworthy enough for you to just leave your radio there, you would have to carry this device with you daily. As such, portability is extremely important and you need to ensure that the radio is in a range that you can ideally lift without having to complain about all the cramps in your arms later.

Battery

At most workspaces, it is hard to find a power outlet. That makes the battery very important. Your radio’s battery life would indicate what portion of your work can be fun and what portion will be spent having your head rammed with machine-noise. Make sure to get one with a long battery time if you know you won’t find a plug!

Versatility

Unless your local jokey is good enough for your taste, we suggest that you get a versatile model that can at least let you use an aux. A Bluetooth is always a nice touch as well, since having your phone nice and safe in your pocket instead of hanging by that sturdy radio if quite reassuring.

Warranty

Warranties are definitely not great with the radios at the offer. We suggest that you ignore the criteria since, for the most part, you will have a hard time finding a warranty anyway. Of course, if you do manage to get a decent one, then that’s great!

Price

Ideally, you can get a great Jobsite radio for under a hundred dollars. Anything over 200 is plain ripping you for your money, and anything above a hundred that do not offer every feature that you can wish for should be avoided.

What single strengths are offered?
It varies but goes up to 100 feet in some models.
Can I put batteries in corded models?
Yes, you can buy them and put them in.
What size is the weather-protected casing of?
It’s usually around 7 inches.
What is the maximum sound offered?
The sound is usually loud enough for the room even when the machines are running
Where should I place my radio?
Ideally over a socket and near to yourself
Does the aux fit my phone?
Auxes are a standard size, and most phones should fit. Some phones take only exclusive or no aux though
What should I do if the aux won’t fit my phone?
Get an adapter for connecting, or get a Bluetooth radio
Can I save songs on the radio?
No, but you can save them in a USB and connect it in some models.

Conclusion

With that, we would conclude our review and let you pick the winner in consideration of your own needs. Never let your job be boring again and dance your way out of that work stress with these high-quality models that are sure to get you immersed within their power. We hope that you are able to find your perfect work companion that would feed you the best of entertainment and keep you engaged, and we hope that you no longer have to worry about uplifting your mood whilst doing jobs for others. Happy working, with these job site radios that should be ideal for your need and an essential in every working person’s toolset!

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