Best AM Radios

Why get an AM radio, when FM is better quality and has better music? AM stations (short for “amplitude modulation”) travel longer distances, making them a better bet for survival situations when you need weather information in the wilderness or are trying to pick up faraway stations in an emergency. A good AM radio will not only have a solid speaker and reliable reception, it will also have handy features like presets and the ability to pick up weather radio broadcasts. These four AM radios are great buys no matter what you’re planning on using them for.
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Best Overall

Midland - WR400, Deluxe NOAA Emergency Weather Alert Radio - S.A.M.E. Localized Programming, 80+ Emergency Alerts, & Alarm Clock w/ AM/FM Radio

Do-Anything Receiver.

Built-in emergency warnings and a rugged construction make this radio a reliable bet.

What we Liked: 

When weather stations are making an emergency announcement, you want to make absolutely sure you know. This AM radio from Midland includes a Weather Scan feature. In case of an alert, the radio offers the choice of a flashing LED, a siren, or a voice alert about conditions. The battery backup runs the radio off of four AA's, so it continues functioning in a power outage. Buy now.

Best Survival Radio

Kaito KA500 5-way Powered Solar Power,Dynamo Crank, Wind Up Emergency AM/FM/SW/NOAA Weather Alert Radio with Flashlight,Reading Lamp and Cellphone Charger, Yellow

Reliable for Emergencies.

Six power options ensure you’ll never be without this handy radio.

What We Liked:

No matter what situation you find yourself in, you’ll never need to worry about a dead battery with this dependable receiver. The radio can run off of a micro-USB connection, an AC/DC power adapter, a built-in battery pack, a solar panel, three AA batteries, or a hand crank. It also has a power-out option, so you can use it as a battery pack to recharge your cell phone. A built-in light source also lets it double as a flashlight in case of a power outage. Get now on Amazon.

Best Designed

Sangean WR-11SE AM/FM Table Top Radio 40th Anniversary Edition

Throwback Design

Add a splash of style to your house with this clean, simple radio.

What We Liked:

If you’re going to display a radio in your house or RV, you want it to work as a piece of furniture, not just an appliance. The clean lines and walnut veneer on this simple, three-dial model make it feel like a throwback to the golden age of radio. Still, there are a few hidden modern touches: An audio input jack on the back lets you use the WR-11SE as a speaker for your phone, while a headphone out jack is perfect for private listening. Buy on Amazon now.

Best Value

Panasonic RF-2400D AM / FM Radio, Silver

Simple and Affordable.

Dip your toe into radio with this light, inexpensive receiver.

What We Liked:

If all you want is a simple radio to keep in case of emergencies, this is it. This one-pound model from Panasonic runs on an AC connection or 3 AA batteries. A headphone-out jack lets you listen to the radio at night or any other time you might not want to disturb the people around you, and, as with all of the other models, it picks up FM as well. Buy now.

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