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Having some decent music at the jobsite can make work much more tolerable. It just creates an awesome mood that makes time go by much faster. Despite how great it is to have some music running on the site, it’s not easy to find a radio that’s up to the task. Jobsites are not exactly the best place for delicate electronics. And that’s exactly what the jobsite radios are made for. You might also be interested in our articles about the best wifi radios and the best shortwave radios.
These jobsite radios are built with two things in mind: sound quality and durability. When we say durability, we mean industrial-grade toughness that is built to withstand the extremely harsh conditions of jobsites. With these devices, you can easily listen to your favorite radio station wherever you’re working on the site.
As most of these devices have docks and ports for iPods and similar devices, you can even listen to your own music collection without having to worry about damaging your gadgets. The ruggedness of these radios is just mind-blowing. Combine this ruggedness with a loud and clear sound and you’ve got the ultimate jobsite music gadget.
It’s true that all the jobsite radios on our list are of exceptional quality. However, there are a few things that you need to know before you choose your jobsite radio. By knowing these things, you can make a well-informed decision that’ll leave you with the jobsite radio that best suits your needs.
1. What sort of abuse is it expected to endure?
It goes without saying that all jobsite radios are durable. It’s kind of a job requirement for these things. However, being durable and rugged doesn’t mean it can take all kinds of punishment. Some jobsite radios are more shock resistant than others, others are more water resistant, etc.
Knowing what type of treatment is expected for the jobsite radio is essential for picking a right one, which is in this case, one that’ll last. Does the jobsite radio that you’re choosing have a proper level of dust and water resistance? Does it have a bumper or some sort of casing that make it extra rugged? In the case of jobsite radios, the site conditions are a part of the selection process.
2. Compatibility with other devices
Compatibility is a huge issue for jobsite radios. How good is a jobsite radio that doesn’t work with your iPod that has all of your music? Not so good. Before you buy a new jobsite radio, you have to be sure it’s compatible with the devices that you’re going to use it with.
Another thing to keep in mind is compatibility with USB memory sticks. A USB memory is a very convenient tool for carrying music files around. Being able to use that directly with your jobsite radio can be very convenient. Some jobsite radios can also play music directly from smartphones. Asides from being good for listening to music, it can also help you with charging your phone on the site.
3. What type of power source is needed?
When it comes to power sources, jobsite radios use either a battery or a direct power source. When you’re choosing your jobsite radio, there are two things that you have to keep in mind: they don’t all use direct power sources and not all batteries are compatible with all jobsite radio.
For that reason, it’s always a wise choice to buy products from the same manufacturer that you’re heavily invested in. By doing so, you won’t have to buy new batteries specifically for your jobsite radio, as not all models come with a battery.
Now that you’re familiar with what to look out for when you’re buying a new jobsite radio, it’s time to have a look at some of the best available models on the market.
This DeWalt jobsite radio is one of the best available options on the market. Among the many features that make this radio standout is its weight. At 14 pounds, this is a relatively-light jobsite radio.
Add to that a design that makes it easy to lift and you’ll have a jobsite radio that’s really easy to carry around. If you move frequently across the jobsite, this is a feature that you’ll definitely appreciate. Having to carry around a super-heavy jobsite radio is definitely not a pleasant experience.
In terms of ruggedness, this jobsite radio has what you’d typically expect from a similar item. The speakers of this jobsite radio are weather-resistant, so you can use it in hard weather conditions without having to worry about damaging it. This DeWalt jobsite radio also has an 11-inch antenna, which allows for better reception areas where reception is generally weak.
The fact that this jobsite radio has an auxiliary port makes it easy to connect it to all kinds of music devices. All you have to do is get an audio cable and you’re ready to listen to your digital music collection. This radio also has 15 radio preset channels, a timer, and an LCD display.
Another thing that makes this jobsite radio great is the innovate three-stage charging system it has, which allows for a maximum runtime and greatly saves battery life. This radio can also be used for charging other devices which makes it even more useful.
- Relatively lightweight
- Excellent runtime
- Auxiliary port
- Weather-proof speakers
Milwaukee is a company that known for its quality jobsite radios. This item is definitely no exception. The first thing that you’ll notice about this item is its great design with its signature Milwaukee colors. Despite having such a cool look, this jobsite radio is as durable as it gets.
Thanks to the shock-absorbing polymer material that is used in this jobsite radio, it’s capable of withstanding any reasonable shock. With such a level of shock resistance, this is a jobsite radio that you can carry around confidently.
As this device is weather-proof, you can use it in harsh weather conditions without fear. It’s true that durability is the norm for jobsite radios however, this one is really tough compared to the average.
In addition to playing both AM and FM bands, this jobsite radio can play music from a large variety of devices. Thanks to having an auxiliary port, this Milwaukee jobsite radio can connect to almost any music device. All you need is an audio cable and you’re good to go. Since this type of connection is available on almost all music gadgets, it was a logical choice to include.
If you want to play music from your phone you won’t have to worry about it getting accidental damage. All you have to do is place it inside the weather-proof protective compartment and you can enjoy your favorite music without having to worry about damaging your music player.
- AM and FM frequencies
- Auxiliary connection
- Weather-proof design
- Protective compartment for mobile phones
- Built-in bottle opener
If you’re looking for a highly-portable jobsite radio, the DeWalt DCR018 is definitely one of the best available options. Weighing only 6 pounds, this is one of the lightest models in this category.
Despite its lightweight and small size, this jobsite radio is feature-packed and really versatile. Since this radio can be powered by AC or DC, it can be powered by a tradition wall power outlet or with the compatible DeWalt batteries. This kind of flexibility makes using this jobsite radio very easy wherever you are.
Another great feature about this radio is the fact that it has an auxiliary and USB connection. Despite having a small size, this jobsite radio has two types of connection, which isn’t available on some of the much larger models. Having auxiliary and USB connection makes it easier to connect different types of devices whether to play music or to charge them on site.
In terms of radio capabilities, this device has an AM/FM radio tuner with 5 presets. The sound quality that this jobsite radio produces is also really impressive. For a device this size, the DeWalt DCR018 definitely punches above its weight.
The only thing we didn’t like about this device is that it’s not as water-resistant as some of the other models. It’s true that it has a protective compartment for a mobile device however, that’s intending for protection from site debris. Given the size factor and the fact that this jobsite radio is built for portability, we were definitely ok with that.
- Highly portable
- Weighs only 6 pounds
- Auxiliary and USB ports
- AM/FM bands
- Powered by AC or DC
Best Sounding Jobsite Radio
The Sangean FB-100 is one of the most popular jobsite radios, and for good reasons. With so many useful features and extreme toughness, this is a jobsite radio that won’t let you down.
The first note worth thing about this jobsite radio is its durability. Thanks to its tough roll cage design, this jobsite radio can withstand a 6-feet fall and withstand weight up to a whopping 240 pounds. Compared to this kind of punishment, daily wear and tear is kind of a joke. In addition to this high level of shock resistance, all the important parts of this jobsite radio are tightly sealed to prevent water and dust damage.
The FB-100 isn’t all about being tough though. This AM/FM radio has a PLL tuning, which is a feature that allows for exceptional FM sound quality. Combine that with six pre-set equalizer options and you’ll have an exceptional sound experience. The 6.5-inch speakers deliver a loud and clear sound that is clearly audible even in the noisiest jobsites. Thanks to having two auxiliary ports, this jobsite radio can be connected to plenty of music devices.
The only thing that we found kind of lacking about connections is the fact that it doesn’t have a USB connection. Some people might argue that it isn’t that necessary, however, a USB connection here would have been a nice addition.
- Excellent build quality
- Highly durable
- AM/FM bands
- AC/DC powered
Best Bluetooth Jobsite Radio
At the first glance, this might seem like just another jobsite radio. Asides from the great signature design of Milwaukee, this jobsite radio has a very important feature: Bluetooth. For some reason, Bluetooth jobsite radios aren’t that common. Finding a high-quality jobsite radio with this feature is something that’s worth celebrating.
With its Bluetooth connection, this radio is capable of receiving music from a distance that’s up to 100ft. All you have to do to wirelessly enjoy your music is to keep this jobsite radio within a 100ft from you and your Bluetooth device, which is really convenient.
For people who don’t want to connect via Bluetooth, this Milwaukee jobsite radio has a weather-proof compartment that provides protection for anything that you place inside. You can connect the phone or MP3 player via the auxiliary connection while keeping it protected.
The 40-watt speakers of this jobsite radio provide a clear and rich sound. Not only is the sound output of high quality, it’s also loud enough to be audible when playing music on the jobsite. With such sound quality, listening to your favorite music or the radio on the jobsite is a delightful experience.
As for the power source, this Milwaukee jobsite radio uses both AC and batteries. You can either use a direct power source or any of the Milwaukee M18 Lithium-Ion batteries, which is really convenient.
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Weather-proof compartment
- 40-watt speakers
- Excellent sound quality
- Great design
If you’re looking for a handheld jobsite radio, the Bosch PB120 is one of the best available options on the market. When it comes to jobsite equipment, Bosch is a name that needs no introduction. If you work on a jobsite, there is a good chance that you’re already highly invested in Bosch gear, which makes this jobsite radio an even more logical choice.
Weighing just 3 pound makes this a truly portable option that you can easily take with you wherever you go without being a burden. It is also worth mentioning that this jobsite radio is designed to fit the Bosch L-BOXX system. If you already own that storage system, it’s a huge incentive to get this radio.
The 5-watt neodymium speakers of this jobsite radio provide a great sound quality. It goes without saying that the 5-watt speaker power is less than that of many speakers on the list. However, given the fact that this is a handheld jobsite radio makes this point irrelevant. The sound that this Bosch jobsite radio produces is loud enough to be clearly heard even in a very noisy place.
As for durability and ruggedness, the Bosch PB120 is as durable as it gets. The Bosch-designed shock absorption system of this jobsite radio is really impressive. Despite its small size, this radio is rugged enough for the jobsite.
Another great thing about this jobsite radio is its long battery life. With a single charge of the compatible Bosch 12-volt lithium-ion batteries, this radio can last for more than 8 hours. With such a long battery life, you can easily get through the workday with just a single charge. If you want to use AC to power the radio you can also do so, which makes it a very flexible choice.
- Long battery life (8+ hours)
- Compatible with the L-BOXX system
- Rugged design
- Runs on AC or batteries
If you’re looking for a jobsite radio that is super-rugged and looks great, the Milwaukee 2890-20 is what you’re looking for. The shock absorbing end caps of this jobsite radio is designed to provide maximum durability. Add to that weatherproofing and you’ll have a jobsite radio that can take it all.
Thanks to having a tight-sealed compartment with a 2.1A USB charging port, this jobsite radio can be used for safely charging your phone or other gadgets. Once you place your phone in this special compartment, you won’t have to worry about it getting damaged while it’s charging.
Being able to run on AC or batteries is definitely a good feature that this jobsite radio has. However, what makes it really stand out is the fact that it’s compatible with so many types of Milwaukee batteries, which increases the chance that you’ll have a battery that’s already compatible with it.
As for playing music, you can either listen to your AM/FM radio bands or listen to your own music. By using the auxiliary port of this radio, you can play music from a wide array of devices that use this type of connection (which is pretty much everything).
The thing that makes this jobsite radio really stand out is its stackable design. With this rectangular shape, the radio can easily fit in many places or have other items stacked on top of it.
- AM/FM bands
- Shock resistant
- Stackable design
- Auxiliary port
- Weather-proof compartment
The Makita XRM02W is one of the best available portable jobsite radios on the market. With its rugged design and protective bumpers, this radio is capable of withstanding the harshest site conditions while being portable enough to carry around with ease.
Despite the fact that this is a portable device, it weighs 11 pounds. In comparison to most models out there, this is by no means a heavy jobsite radio. However, compared to some of the other ultra-portable radios on our list, it is heavy.
It’s worth mentioning that this model isn’t the lightest in this category. However, what this model lacks in terms of lightness is compensated by its durability. Whether there is the right choice for you depends mainly on your personal preferences. If your number one priority is lightness, you should check out some of the other models.
In terms of connectivity, this jobsite radio has the standard auxiliary connection. Using this connection, you can connect it to audio devices like iPods or even smartphones. This radio also works with AM/FM bands so you won’t have any problem in listening to your favorite radio channels.
What makes this jobsite radio really stand out is its impressivly-long battery life. With a single charge, this radio can run for a whopping 19 hours, which makes it by far the longest battery life of any model that we’ve tested. If you’re looking for a jobsite radio that you won’t have to charge daily, the Makita XRM02W is definitely up for it.
- 19-hour battery life
- AM/FM bands
- Rugged design