The 5 Best Garage Radios

Getting tired of being in the garage without any way to listen to your favorite tunes and radio shows?

With the best garage radio, you won’t ever have that problem again. We found the best garage radio to be the Ryobi P746 job site radio. It’s built tough, water-resistant, and has Bluetooth capabilities.

If you’re on a budget or want a simple radio, the Greadio Portable Shortwave Radio is a great choice as well.

If you want to read the reviews, you’ll find all of them below.

Let’s get into it!

Our Favorite Garage Radios

Best Garage Radio

Ryobi P746 One+ 18-Volt Lithium Ion

  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Power Type: Power or Batteries
  • Water-Resistant: Yes

This radio has Bluetooth, so if you want to stay wireless and listen to your favorite tunes, this is the one to do it with.

What I like

What this radio has over other models is the Bluetooth capability. When you’re on a job site, you may not want to have cables running around everywhere. That’s where this model comes in. With the Bluetooth capabilities, you can listen to tunes anywhere even when you don’t have radio signal.

You can plug your phone right into this radio. Nothing is worse than having a phone with a dying battery and no way to charge it. Now, you won’t have to ever worry about keeping your phone charged as long as this radio is within your reach.

This radio also offers a built-in audio equalizer so you can change the bass or treble to what you desire. Some people like their music super bassy (like me), or prefer to hear the treble over the bass. Now, you don’t need to decide!

On top of everything, you’ll be able to listen to your favorite AM/FM stations and you have tons of presets to choose from.

What I don’t like

As with the Milwaukee radio, this only takes Ryobi batteries. This can be a dealbreaker if you don’t already own Ryobi brand batteries. You can’t charge the batteries by plugging it in, unfortunately. You can however plug it into a 110v outlet with no problem.

Verdict

I think that this garage radio has everything, AUX, bluetooth, and USB. You won’t go wrong with this option.

Pros
  • Has bluetooth
  • Water resistant/tough
  • Customize your audio levels
Cons
  • Only takes Ryobi batteries (still takes power)

Also Great Garage Radio

Sangean LB-100 Ultra Rugged Compact

  • Bluetooth: No
  • Power Type: Power or Batteries
  • Water-Resistant: Yes

This radio is rugged, built to last, and is water-resistant. It’ll take batteries as well as power so you can take it with you anywhere.

What I like

If you’re after an FM/AM radio that will let you listen to your favorite channels without any fuss, this is the radio to do it with. You’ll have access to 12 station presets so you can easily swap between your preferred stations.

The speaker is 5 inches, so you’re going to be able to hear your favorite jams or sports broadcast without an issue.

This garage radio is PX4 waterproof rated which means that it can withstand splashes of water in any direction. When you’re in the garage, spills and condensation happen throughout the year. It’s best to get a radio that is protected from the elements for longevity.

If you want to take this radio with you outside of your garage, you can do just that. You can replace the power cable with 4 C batteries. It’ll allow you to bring the radio closer to you while you’re working in the garage as well if you’re hard on hearing.

The outside is also built to protect the radio, so you won’t need to worry about it getting knocked off a shelf. Even if it does fall off, it’ll likely be ok. I wouldn’t be surprised if this radio could withstand a beating!

To top it all off, this radio has that classic, retro look that’ll be sure to bring you back to old memories.

What I don’t like

If you plan on using this radio in a metal barn, you may have issues. Other purchasers mentioned that they weren’t all too impressed with the sound quality.

Verdict

I think if you just want a simple radio, this is the pick for you.

Pros
  • No fuss garage radio
  • Water-resistant
  • Barrier on the outside
Cons
  • Lacks features for the price

Best Worksite Radio

MILWAUKEE’S 2890-20 18V Dual Chemistry M18 Jobsite Radio

  • Bluetooth: No
  • Power Type: Power or Batteries
  • Water-Resistant: Yes

This is everything you want in a garage radio. Loud, aux cable capable, tough, and USB to charge your phone.

What I like

This radio has an auxiliary port so you can plug your phone into this radio and use it as a speaker. It gives you the option if you want to switch over from Top 100 stations and listen to tunes that you don’t hear every day on the radio. It has a placeholder for your phone on the back so it’ll be out of harm’s way.

The rubber on the side is shock-resistant to prevent damage from tumbles and keeps it watertight. This isn’t waterPROOF, but it is water-resistant and should holdup if water comes in contact with this radio.

It runs off power or if you already have Milwaukee power tools around, it takes an M18 battery. You can take this radio with you anywhere or keep it plugged in your garage.

It has 10 presets so you can enjoy all of your favorite AM/FM stations. It has big buttons on the front too and a big dial to help you get to your favorite stations with no problem. You’ll also have two large speakers so you can enjoy whatever you’re listening to at any volume.

What I don’t like

I don’t like that this radio only takes an M18 battery (Milwaukee brand). This can add cost to this radio and you may not want to add more to the price.

Verdict

This is a great garage radio that will allow you to play music from your phone or simply listen to your favorite radio stations. It’s portable as well if you have a battery.

Pros
  • Has aux port
  • Phone holder in the back
  • Water resistant
  • Tough
Cons
  • Only takes M18 batteries

Best Budget Garage Radio

Greadio Portable Shortwave Radio

  • Bluetooth: No
  • Power Type: Power or Batteries
  • Water-Resistant: No

For anyone on a budget or just wants a simple radio to listen to, you can’t go wrong with this option.

What I like

This no-frills garage radio is perfect if you don’t need Bluetooth or aux cable features. All you’ll be able to do is listen to your favorite radio stations, but that’s not a bad thing! The long antenna helps get radio reception even in hard-to-reach places.

You can plug this into an outlet or use 4 D cell batteries. That’s great if you want to take it with you outside of your garage and into your home. The handle makes it easy to carry.

You can also plug in headphones if you’d like to keep the noise down once you bring it inside. The 2W speaker should be big enough to hear across your garage no problem. Regardless, you can bring it close to your workstation.

What I don’t like

It’s not water-resistant so make sure to keep it out of harm’s way.

Verdict

If you don’t need fancy features, then this radio is a perfect fit for you.

Pros
  • Simple
  • Takes battery and power
  • Easy to carry
Cons
  • Not water-resistant

Best Garage Stereo

KEiiD CD Player for Home

  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Power Type: Power
  • Water-Resistant: No

If you want better sound quality out of your garage radio, you’re going to need better speakers like this radio provides.

What I like

This speaker system not only has a radio, AUX, USB, and SD capabilities, it has a CD player. If you have a bunch of CDs that you’d love to listen to in the garage but don’t have any way to listen to them, this will do just that.

You can hook up your phone to the radio and use it as an entertainment center. Siri also works with this radio. You’ll be able to use it as a hands-free phone as well which is a nifty feature if you’re in the garage all the time working on projects.

The Hi-Fi sound is sure to please you if you enjoy great sound quality. This garage radio comes with a remote so you can control your stereo system at any corner in your garage. Another great feature is that this can be used as a TV soundbar, it would go great with the best garage TV.

Utilize the 12 FM/AM presets to listen to your favorite stations. It has a great 5 inch HD display so you know exactly what mode you’re operating on or the channel you’re listening to.

What I don’t like

This garage radio isn’t portable and doesn’t take battery. If you’d like a portable option then choose from any other radio on this list. This garage radio is also susceptible to water damage since it isn’t waterproof.

Verdict

This is a great all-in-one system if you’re ok with it being stationary.

Pros
  • All in one system
  • 5 inch HD display
  • Great sound quality
Cons
  • Not waterproof

Final Thoughts

Being in the garage all day doesn’t need to be boring. The Ryobi P746 is a great way to finally get down to your favorite bands in the garage. I also like the KEiiD CD Player for Home as well as a good option.

If you truly want great sound, then it might be worth checking out the best garage speakers as well.

About Roy Cohen

I'm Roy, founder of Hack My Garage. I started out like most not knowing how to hammer a nail, but now I know more than most people about home improvement and DIY. I want to spread my wealth of knowledge with the world and hope to make it a better place.