10 Best Vintage Shortwave Radios – Review And Buying Guide

Have you ever wondered what is the best vintage shortwave radios? Well, I did, so I went on a hunt to find out. It turns out that it was relatively hard to do because there are many aspects to consider. Besides, everyone has different needs and preferences. However, after careful research, I was able to create my personal list of the top vintage shortwave radios right now, which I’m going to share with you today.

Finding the best vintage shortwave radios for your budget if you’re looking for some help keeping yourself in shape or need guidance on where to start. This review gives you an overview of your options. There is a lot of vintage shortwave radios on the market; which one should you buy? I’ve reviewed and rated 10 of the most popular products in this article.

A selection process

We analyzed a wide range of vintage shortwave radios to provide a great overview of the current market. Each was objective across a few criteria to determine relative levels of performance. We compare each across the different factors to determine which products are best for specific applications. Based on our expert recommendations, we have selected our top picks:

  • Size
  • Brand value
  • Features
  • Specifications
  • Durability
  • Quality
  • materials
  • Style
  • Design
  • Longevity
  • Consumer ratings & reviews
  • Product price
  • Warranties
  • Types

10 vintage shortwave radios: Editor Recommended

10 vintage shortwave radios Review:

1. Retro Portable Radio AM FM Shortwave Radio Transistor Battery Operated Vintage Radio with Bluetooth Speaker, 3-Way Power Sources, Enhanced Bass, AUX TF Card USB Disk MP3 Player[2022 Upgraded Version]

Features :

  • 【Radio With Excellent Reception】 Equipped with powerful DSP chip and 50cm long retractable antenna, this analog tuning vintage radio has excellent signal quality to pick up enough stations. Comes with big old-school tuner dial with compact tuning knob. No needle drifts and the tuning is very spot on. Never miss a ball game and get the latest weather report (such as hurricanes, tornadoes, storms weather) wherever you are.
  • 【3 Options for Charging 】AC powered radio with three ways of charging, makes sure never worry about power. You’ll need AC power when in bedroom, kitchen or office. Built-in 1200mAH rechargeable battery is perfect choice when you have a backyard BBQ. D-cell battery operated radio (NOT INCLUDED) is an essential addition to an EMERGENCY USE or camping kit. Note:To avoid the radio or batteries to be burnt out, please take the D-cell batteries out while charging with the rechargeable battery.
  • 【5 in 1 Speaker Radio 】More than an portable shortwave radios, also is a portable vintage bluetooth radio that keeps up with today’s tech, too. Allows you to enjoy a rich and well-balanced sound of classic, country and rock music by Bluetooth, TF card, USB disk and AUX mode. And Bluetooth 4.0 can hook up to your device in an instant. Note: NO EARPHONE JACK
  • 【Straightforward to Use】Weighs only 2.7lb and measures 9.1*3.9*5.9 inch. A simple vintage portable radio with big analog dial with warm glow inside, is more intuitive and pleasing than push-button digital interfaces. No more confusing buttons, it’s easy to use, just like a radio from a generation ago. And the portable handle included makes it easy to carry, perfect for old folks.
  • 【A Nice Gift Choice】Have classic vintage look with today’s technology. J-110 is an accent to the furniture, which makes you feel the passions of good old days. The retro radio also makes great gift for recepient who enjoyed the original design of old transistor radio. It’s suitable for any occasions including father’s day, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, housewarming party and Christmas.

Additional Info :

Color gold
Item Dimensions
Height 2.3228346433
Width 1.5354330693
Length 3.5826771617
Weight 2.7

2. G Keni Retro Shortwave Radio Portable AM FM with Rechargeable Battery Operated, Bluetooth Vintage Radio Strong Reception, AUX/USB/TF Card Input, Solar Panel, Large Knob, Big Speaker, Emergency Light

Features :

  • ♫[Powerful Portable AM/FM/SW Radio] Strong reception with this AM/FM/SW radio (such as NPR, classical music, baseball game, news station…) The metal retractable antenna and powerful DSP chip ensures a better signal reception on this AM FM Shortwave radio transistor. 

  • ♫[Simple to Operate, Convenient to Use] The big tunning knob for simple operation to choose your favourite channel, Designed with lanyard to handle, easy to carry it anywhere. Friendly to elder and children, Accompanied by the vintage transistor radio, enjoy the happy days.

  • ♫[3 Types of Power Source] This portable raido included 1200mAh rechargeble battery, you can charge it with the USB cable indoor or with the solar panel outdoor, Also, it can be powered by 2x DC-1.5V batteries (not include), No more power outage, a TURE EMERGENCY radio, Never worry about the power issue.

  • ♫[Good Sounds & Multiple function] With a premium built in big speaker, this transistor radio offers a big great sound, it can easily fill a room with your favorite musics or baseball game. This radio support BT/Aux/USB/TF Card Input that you can choose different way to enjoy your music. and it’s equipped with a flashlight for the emergency light. no more worries about the power cut.

  • ♫[Ideal Christmas Gift & Best Service] Classic vintage look with modern feature make it a decent decor for room or outing. An ideal Christmas or birthday gift for your parents, your friends, your kids, Besides, we guarantee a 12-month warranty, 30-day money back and 24/7 customer service to make it no risk for you to purchase this fm radio.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 4.724409444
Width 2.362204722
Length 7.87401574
Weight 1.5

3. Videyas AM FM Retro Radio, Portable Vintage Shortwave Radio with Bluetooth Speaker, Flashlight, Rechargeable Battery, USB Disk Aux Input, TF Card for Gift Home Outdoor

Features :

  • [CLASSIC RETRO DESIGN] Videyas is a manufacturer and distributor of quality electronics and appliance products. Imagine a radio that could play your favorite radio station and also bring back memories. The Retro Radio by Videyas is a classic retro design. This radio not only plays music, but also brings back memories of a past time.
  • [AM/FM/SHORTWAVE CHANNNEL] This Radio is a functional device with a lot of features. It has a modern look and a high-quality sound output. It is an all-in-one device for those who need to keep up with the news, broadcast, and various other programs.
  • [BLUETOOTH FUNCTION] Plug in your favorite retro tunes with this Bluetooth radio. This retro radio has Bluetooth function, so you can stream your favorite music. It has a compact design with built-in speakers that allow you to take it just about anywhere.
  • [FLASHLIGHT] Radio never looked so good. It comes with a built-in LED flashlight, which you can use to light up the dark and find what you need in the dark. This retro-styled radio is not just a showpiece.
  • [EASY TO CARRY] The Retro Radio makes listening to your favorite music and radio stations a breeze. It is lightweight and easy to carry, so you can enjoy it anywhere. The Retro Radio is a portable, lightweight device that allows you to listen to your favorite music and radio stations without a cable.

Additional Info :

Color Videyas S301
Item Dimensions
Height 4.6
Width 3
Length 7.6
Weight 1.2

4. QFX J-114U Portable Radio Shortwave World Receiver (AM/FM/SW 1-9) World Receiver with Dual 2″ Speakers, Headphone Output, USB/SD Inputs

Features :

  • Explosive Sound: Don’t let the 2-inch speaker size fool you! The QFX J-114U is equipped with two 2-inch speakers that provide you with impeccable sound quality. You will also be able to customize and optimize the sound by utilizing the world receiver.
  • Great reception: Signal reception is the single most important feature for a portable radio. The QFX J-114U features a telescopic antenna for increased range and signal so you never have to worry about being without reception while listening to your favorite station. With many radio bands supported (AM, FM, SW1-9) you will have a plethora of listening options!
  • Portable: The QFX J-114U is a convenient gadget you can easily transport with you anywhere you go. Equipped with a swivel handle and weighing in at under 3lbs you can easily carry the QFX J-114U with you.
  • Bluetooth and Multiple Inputs Supported: The QFX J-114U is equipped with all of your input needs. You will have USB/SD Card Ports at your disposal as well as headphone output to maximize which tunes you listen to.
  • Recording Capabilities: The QFX J-114U is equipped with USB/SD recording capabilities. You can utilize this feature by inserting a USB or SD Card into the device, then press the “REC/DEL” button to start recording. The REC/MP3 PLAY light will turn ON. If you want to exit the recording, press the “REC/DEL” button again. The QFX J-220BT goes a step further and allows you to record a cassette tape or radio station which can be uploaded to the USB or SD Card.

Additional Info :

Color Black
Item Dimensions
Height 3.8
Width 5.2
Length 12
Weight 1.8
Release Date 2018-04-15T00:00:01Z

5. Videyas Portable Shortwave Retro Radio, AM FM Retro Radio, with Bluetooth Speaker, Best Reception, Rechargeable Battery, Torch, AUX TF USB Stick, Great for Outdoor Kitchen Gifts

Features :

  • [Radio with Best Reception] The portable radio has AM/FM/Shortwave multi-band radio channels, long telescopic antenna, stable channels, strong receiving signals, super stability, and will not easily disconnect channels.
  • [Portable Carry Radio] The size of the portable radio is 7 inches * 2.7 inches * 5.3 inches. The retro style is suitable for decoration in your home. It weighs 1.3 pounds. It is light and suitable for carrying around.
  • [Bluetooth Radio] The AM/FM/Shortwave retro radio supports Aux, USB Disk and TF card functions, can use Bluetooth connection, and can be played wirelessly, allowing you to enjoy the atmosphere of music.
  • [Multifunctional use] The portable radio also has LED Flashlight. When you are in the dark, you can use it as a flashlight and continue to enjoy your music life.
  • [Suitable for multiple occasions] The portable vintage bluetooth radio is very suitable for camping, kitchen, living room, outdoor,bad weather or power outage scenes, allowing you to enjoy music anytime, anywhere.

Additional Info :

Color Videyas S2
Item Dimensions
Height 5.3149606245
Width 2.6771653516
Length 7.0078740086
Weight 1.3

6. Gelielim Retro Portable Radio AM FM Shortwave Radios with Best Reception Vintage Radio Bluetooth Speaker, TF Card USB Disk Player, 3-Way Power Sources, Rechargeable, Large Knob for Gift Home Outdoor

Features :

  • 【Excellent Reception】Our portable am/fm radio equipped with powerful DSP chip and 50cm long retractable antenna, has excellent signal quality to pick up enough stations. Never miss a ball game and get the latest weather report wherever you are
  • 【Buletooth Speaker 】This is more than a retro radios, also is a vintage bluetooth speakes that keeps up with today’s tech. You can enjoy all kinds of music by Bluetooth or TF card. It even has a very strong flashlight on the side, this might be something that would be important for survival, not just for fun enjoyment
  • 【3 Types of Power Source】This radio with buletooth included 1200mAh rechargeble battery and design with solar panel, which can be charged via USB or solar panel. And is also can be powered by 2x DC-1.5V batteries (not include), no more worry about power outage. Mostly this is something that you would take to the beach or the park and you set up the solar panel, and have your excellent tunes right next to you all day
  • 【Easy to Use】 A simple vintage portable radio with big analog dial , is more intuitive and pleasing than push-button digital interfaces. Design with big tunning knob, no more confusing buttons, very easy to choose your favourite channel, and inclued lanyard to carry, perfect for old folks
  • 【Suitable for Multiple Occasions】 Weighs only 1.4lb,there is a sturdy wrist grip for easy carry. The portable vintage bluetooth radio is very suitable for camping, kitchen, living room, outdoor,bad weather or power outage scenes, allowing you to enjoy music anytime, anywhere. It’s a good gift for elders, famliy and friends

Additional Info :

Color Tan
Item Dimensions
Height 4.5
Width 2.5
Length 8.2
Weight 1.4

7. Vintage Ham Radio The Original Social Network Amateur Radio T-Shirt

Features :

  • Vintage Ham Radio The Original Social Network Amateur Radio Gift.Great clothing apparel gift for people who loves Ham Radio, Amateur Radio, Shortwave, Amateur Radio Operator.This is a great design for all Amateur Radio Operators.
  • Ham Radio Shortwave Amateur Radio Clothing Gift is great for men, women, kids, boys, girls, teens, youth, dad, father, mom. This Tee is also great idea for birthday gifts.
  • Lightweight, Classic fit, Double-needle sleeve and bottom hem

Additional Info :

Color Black

8. Videyas AM FM Radio Vintage Radio Retro Radio Portable Radio Shortwave Radio Vintage Radio with Bluetooth Speaker USB TF AUX MP3 Player, AC Powered Or Battery Operated Retractable Metal Antenna

Features :

  • [Five in one function] The portable AM FM Shortwave radio has the functions of USB disk, TF card, Bluetooth mode, auxiliary input mode, and modern smart radio with best reception.
  • [2 Power Supplies] The retro bluetooth radio vintage battery operated with 2 power sources. It bulit-in rechargeable battery powered by the AC adapter or 2 x D batteries. It can be used in camping, kitchen, party and so on. Don’t worry about power usage.
  • [2 Power Supplies] The retro bluetooth radio vintage battery operated with 2 power sources. It bulit-in rechargeable battery powered by the AC adapter or 2 x D batteries. It can be used in camping, kitchen, party and so on. Don’t worry about power usage.
  • [Easy to Carry] The portable retro bluetooth radio adopts a hand-held design, which is convenient for you to carry, suitable for outdoor, dinner party or bad weather environment.
  • [An Ideal Gift]It’s a unique classic retro design style. Take you to the good old days. You can give this portable vintage radio to music lover as a gift. You will always be remembered for this special and wonderful gift.

Additional Info :

Color Videyas S5
Item Dimensions
Height 5.5905511754
Width 3.7401574765
Length 7.086614166
Weight 1.87

9. Retro Radio Bluetooth Speaker Portable AM FM Shortwave Radio Transistor Battery Operated Vintage Radio with 3-Way Power Sources, Enhanced Bass, AUX TF Card USB Disk MP3 Player,J110 by PRUNUS

Features :

  • 【Radio With Excellent Reception】 Equipped with powerful DSP chip and 50cm long retractable antenna, this analog tuning vintage radio has excellent signal quality to pick up enough stations. Comes with big old-school tuner dial with compact tuning knob. No needle drifts and the tuning is very spot on. Never miss a ball game and get the latest weather report (such as hurricanes, tornadoes, storms weather) wherever you are.
  • 【3 Options for Charging 】AC powered radio with three ways of charging, makes sure never worry about power. You’ll need AC power when in bedroom, kitchen or office. Built-in 1200mAH rechargeable battery is perfect choice when you have a backyard BBQ. D-cell battery operated radio (NOT INCLUDED) is an essential addition to an EMERGENCY USE or camping kit. Note:To avoid the radio or batteries to be burnt out, please take the D-cell batteries out while charging with the rechargeable battery.
  • 【5 in 1 Speaker Radio 】More than an portable shortwave radios, also is a portable vintage bluetooth radio that keeps up with today’s tech, too. Allows you to enjoy a rich and well-balanced sound of classic, country and rock music by Bluetooth, TF card, USB disk and AUX mode. And Bluetooth 4.0 can hook up to your device in an instant. Note: NO EARPHONE JACK
  • 【Straightforward to Use】Weighs only 2.7lb and measures 9.1*3.9*5.9 inch. A simple vintage portable radio with big analog dial with warm glow inside, is more intuitive and pleasing than push-button digital interfaces. No more confusing buttons, it’s easy to use, just like a radio from a generation ago. And the portable handle included makes it easy to carry, perfect for old folks.
  • 【A Nice Fathers Day Gift Choice】Have classic vintage look with today’s technology. J-110 is an accent to the furniture, which makes you feel the passions of good old days. The retro radio also makes great gift for recepient who enjoyed the original design of old transistor radio. It’s suitable for any occasions including father’s day, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, housewarming party and Christmas.

Additional Info :

Color Silver
Item Dimensions
Height 2.3228346433
Width 1.5354330693
Length 3.5826771617

10. Gelielim Retro Radio Bluetooth Speaker with Crystal Clear Sound, Portable Radio AM FM Shortwave with Solar Panel and Flashlight, Vintage Radio with USB/TF Card Input

Features :

  • 【Great Quality Sound】 Timeless design, today’s technology. This portable radio comes with built-in stereo speakers for a full range crisp sound reproduction and a vintage tonal quality without any distortions, let you immersed in music or any program
  • 【Excellent Reception】This retro radio equipped with powerful DSP chip and long retractable antenna, has excellent signal quality to pick up enough stations. Never miss your favorite radio wherever you are
  • 【More Than A Radio 】More than a portable am/fm shortwave radios, also is a retro bluetooth speakes that keeps up with today’s tech. You can enjoy all kinds of music by Bluetooth or TF card. The portable radio also has LED Flashlight. When you are in the dark, you can use it as a flashlight and continue to enjoy your music life
  • 【Dual Power Supply】This am/fm portable radio built-in rechargeable lithium battery and design with solar panel, which can be charged via DC 5V port or solar panel. The flashlight function can be turned on manually or automatically. In auto mode, flashlight will automatically turn on or off as the light changes
  • 【Suitable for Multiple Occasions】 Weighs only 1.65lb and measures 8.8*4.3*5.7 inch, design with large handle and easy to carry. The portable vintage bluetooth radio is very suitable for camping, kitchen, living room, outdoor,bad weather or power outage scenes, allowing you to enjoy music anytime, anywhere. It’s a good gift for elders, famliy and friends

Additional Info :

Color Brown
Item Dimensions
Height 5.7
Width 4.3
Length 8.8
Weight 1.65

Buying Guide of  vintage shortwave radios:

The best way to make the most of your time is to list the things you want to buy, weighing all the factors before deciding. There are many ways this post can suggest that will help you do this and avoid purchasing the wrong product. If you’re in a hurry for some reason, take our word for it don’t buy anything until you’ve finished reading this post! These factors will help you make the right decision when buying a product. Here are some of the things that you should consider before buying a product:

  • Price: How much are you willing to spend on your new product? If money is not an issue, you can choose the most expensive option. However, if you have a tight budget, then it is important to choose one that fits your needs and budget.
  • Durability: You need to consider how long your vintage shortwave radios will last before you buy it. Investing in something that will last longer than buying something that will break down after just a few uses is always better.
  • Quality: The quality of vintage shortwave radios should be considered before buying it. A good product will have high-quality materials used during manufacturing and construction.
  • Brand: The brand reputation of a particular product is also important because it tells you how reliable they are and how they stand behind their products.

Here is a brief description of important factors for buying a product:

Check Reviews

This is a great way to know what other people have experienced with vintage shortwave radios. You can check out user reviews on Amazon or other websites where users can post their thoughts on a product. The best place to look for reviews is on Amazon, which has a star rating system that gives you an idea of how good or bad a product is. If there are enough reviews with bad ratings (less than 3 stars), it’s probably not worth buying that product.

Look at the price

This may seem obvious, but it’s important not to just look at how much something costs and decide that it’s too expensive. Instead, you should compare prices between different sellers and see which offers more value for money! For example, if you find a similar product for $10 cheaper elsewhere, it might be worth buying from that seller instead of the first one you came across!

Type of product

There are many types of vintage shortwave radios you can buy. Some are basic, while others are advanced. You need to determine what type of product you need and then buy one that fits your needs. For example, if you want a simple product, the best choice is a basic one. However, suppose you want something more advanced. In that case, it’s better to get an expensive one because it will have extra features.

Size

The product size also matters when choosing the right vintage shortwave radios for yourself or someone else, as different people have different requirements when using their products. For example, if there is someone who uses large sized products or devices, then he/she would need something bigger than others who use smaller devices or tools. Therefore, it is important that you look at the size of each product before purchasing them so that they can meet all your needs and requirements in terms of size.

Brand

You need to buy a branded product because it has been tested and proven effective by many people before you buy it. Brands also have guarantees on their vintage shortwave radios so that if anything happens to your new item within the warranty period, they will repair it or replace it without hassle.

Durability

You should consider how long the vintage shortwave radios will last. This is because it is important for you to buy something that will serve your needs for years. If many people have used a particular product without any problem, then it means that it is durable and can serve your purpose well.

Easy to Use

When buying a vintage shortwave radios, make sure that it is easy to use so that you do not experience any difficulties while using it after purchase. Some vintage shortwave radios may look great but are too complicated for your level of expertise or knowledge about them. Make sure that the product is user-friendly so that even someone who does not have much experience can use it comfortably without any problems or inconveniences whatsoever.

Leave a Comment