Best Jobsite Radios

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As a contractor, one of the most important parts of your jobsite is your radio. An often forgotten piece of equipment, a strong jobsite radio can both help move the day along with great distractions through music, and can act as a quick way of sending out messages to crews working across great distances.

While all jobsite radios are similar, there are countless models on the market that offer a variety of features and specs. Choosing a jobsite radio that is long-lasting with clear and strong performance and sound is vital for helping you run a professional jobsite. If you are looking to add a new jobsite radio to your equipment, we have put together a list of our top models, as well as a buyer’s guide to help you navigate the various types on the market. Take a look at our top list of jobsite radios below, where you should be able to find one or two perfect radios for your next job!

1. Dewalt 20-Volt MAX or FLEXVOLT 60-Volt MAX Lithium-Ion Bluetooth Radio with built-in Charger

Dewalt always seems to make it to the top of our list, and with good reason: their equipment is consistently strong across our various comparative criteria. The 20-Volt and 60-Volt jobsite radio is no different. This Dewalt model comes in two styles: a 20-volt and 60-volt version that features one of the best features in a jobsite radio: the ability to plug into an electrical outlet as well as run off rechargeable battery power. 

The Dewalt model also features a strong sound quality, and includes two additional AC adapters for plugging in other tools and products. With a remote-control feature run through bluetooth, this radio is the top of our list due to its flexibility with power sources and its ability to be used over Bluetooth technology. The only downside? You’ll be spending a pretty penny on this one at nearly $250.

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2. Milwaukee M18 Lithium-Ion Cordless PACKOUT Radio/Speaker with Built-In Charger

The Milwaukee M81 jobsite radio is our pick for strong sound at a strong price. With 360-degree audio built in, you can ensure that your entire jobsite will hear the sound packed into this smaller-sized unit. This radio features both a cord for plugging directly into an outlet as well as a M18 battery that is compatible with over 200 other Milwaukee products. With onboard storage and portability, this model is another great option for a well-built jobsite radio. The only con comes in the fact that this unit is built to work well with other Milwaukee products. If you are those, you are good to go – if not, you may not enjoy the benefits of this model at the price point.

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3. Bosch Bluetooth Power Box Jobsite AM/FM Radio/Charger/Digital Media Stereo PB360C

The Bosch Bluetooth Power box Jobsite Radio offers a lot of great features packed into a portable unit at nearly half the price of the radios in our first and second spot. The Bosch Bluetooth radio uses Bluetooth technology to offer a greater range of connectivity, as well as 360-degree sound capabilities. 

Most notable is this radio’s protective aluminum and rubber roll cage, which allows for this unit to sit on its own rather than needing to be set on top of other equipment. Similar to other jobsite radios by leading manufacturers, you will need to have a Bosch lithium battery to utilize the cordless features, which may cost you upwards of $100 if you don’t own other Bosch power tools.

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4. Makita XRM05 18V LXT JobSite Radio

At around $99, you can’t get much better than the Makita XRM05 jobsite radio. If you are a bit tighter on your budget but want to purchase a durable, brand-name jobsite radio, then you may want to check out the Makita option.

The Makita XRM05 offers a handle on a medium-sized radio unit, and has a battery-powered power source. However, the Makita does not offer a cord for plugging the unit into the wall, and this radio doesn’t come with a battery pack included, so you will want to ensure that you have a compatible battery on hand or you may end up paying a bit more for the necessary power source. Also, the side-mounted speakers shoot sound sideways, rather than in a 360-degree area around the radio.

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5. Ridgid R84087 18V Lithium Ion Cordless / Corded Jobsite Radio with Bluetooth, Aux, and AM/FM

Ridgid offers a sub-$150 jobsite radio that provides all the capabilities you may need in a jobsite radio with a price that won’t break your budget. With a corded and cordless, lithium-ion battery option, you will have the portability you need to take this model out on any jobsite with ease. Included and built-in Bluetooth and auxiliary cord capabilities add a bit of customization to this radio that will help you plug in and operate this worksite radio in any way you need.

You will need to supply the lithium-ion battery to enjoy the cordless mode, as it is not included with the model. Even with the battery power, some users report only a 6-7 hour battery life, which may not be enough for repeated use – causing you to recharge batteries each night prior to the next work day.

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6. RYOBI 18v Radio AM/FM Hybrid Stereo with Bluetooth Technology with 1.5 Ah Battery and Charger

This Ryobi model may provide exactly what you are looking for in the mid-range price and included battery and charging port. Ryobi is a trusted name in the construction equipment arena, so you know that you can trust this model to operate well and last for a long time. With an included Aux port and Bluetooth capability, you can enjoy using this radio with increased flexibility. With a corded and cordless option you can enjoy the ability to use this radio in nearly any environment. The price is a bit higher than the cheaper-end models, but the included battery and charger is a must-have when it comes to a cordless jobsite radio.

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7. PORTER-CABLE Bluetooth Speaker & Radio (PCC771B)

Our final, and truly budget-friendly model is the Porter-Cable Bluetooth Speaker & Radio. Now, this radio may not be a true jobsite radio as advertised, but the Porter-Cable brand is known for creating well-built, durable construction equipment – so you can trust that this tiny bluetooth speaker and radio can stand up to the competition at this nice price. 

No battery is included with this model, so you will need to make sure you pick one up if you do not already have a Porter-Cable battery. It is a tinier radio, so it may not pack quite the punch of other jobsite radios. However, if you are working on smaller job sites and are looking for a radio that can accomplish the basic features such as Bluetooth connectivity and AM/FM radio, then you can’t beat the Porter-Cable price.

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Jobsite Radios: A Buyer’s Guide

A radio is nothing without a strong source of power to ensure that the radio operates. Will need a jobsite radio that has a plug for easy and consistent power, or will your jobsite require a bit more flexibility? If you are going to be spending quite a bit of time operating on a jobsite that is far from a consistent source of electricity, then you will want to choose a model that features a strong, lasting battery system. Not worried about needing battery power? Then you may be better off with a radio model that has a cord, but has increased functionality in other areas. Many contractors face varied worksites, so make sure to choose a radio that will operate well in the most common job sites you visit.

Power Source: Battery Powered vs. Electrical

A radio is nothing without a strong source of power to ensure that the radio operates. Will need a jobsite radio that has a plug for easy and consistent power, or will your jobsite require a bit more flexibility? If you are going to be spending quite a bit of time operating on a jobsite that is far from a consistent source of electricity, then you will want to choose a model that features a strong, lasting battery system. Not worried about needing battery power? Then you may be better off with a radio model that has a cord, but has increased functionality in other areas. Many contractors face varied worksites, so make sure to choose a radio that will operate well in the most common job sites you visit.

Importance of Durability

Beyond power, you need to ensure that your radio is powerful enough to spread sound across your entire job site. Wondering how to truly judge the power of your potential jobsite radio? Look for one that has a strong, quality output of sound that can reach long distances while still being clearly heard and interpreted. 

You will want the radio to have the ability to push sound through a variety of jobsite noises. Your radio should also feature an equalizer and sound mixer that allows you to customize the strength of your sound and performance as necessary. Finally, ensure that the radio has enough auxiliary hooks and adapters to add any speaker or microphone equipment necessary. 

Strong Sound Quality

In the vein of performance, you will want to ensure that the jobsite radio you choose is strong enough to cut through the endless noise of a construction site. With long exposure to loud sounds, workers can quickly begin to tune out sound as they get used to the buzzing and droning of equipment. Make sure that announcements are clearly and quickly heard with a jobsite radio that cuts through the noise with strong sound quality.

Long-Lasting Durability

First and foremost, your jobsite radio is a jobsite radio. This means that your radio should be able to stand up to the wear and tear that comes with being used on a construction worksite! Examine the radio’s ability to stand up to travel, being moved and dropped accidentally, and producing clear, high-quality sound in a variety of environments. The last thing you need to worry about is whether or not your jobsite radio will handle the elements that it is up against. Make sure that the radio you select is rated for long-lasting durability.

Move-It-Anywhere Portability

Not only should your jobsite radio feature long-lasting durability, but it should also be rated for portability. It should have the ability to fit almost anywhere, as your jobsite will often change and there may not be a radio-specific spot for your radio to sit. With limited office space and few safe spots to rest, your radio should be lightweight enough to be carried and moved often.

With Jobsite Radios, You Want To Buy It Once

With many auxiliary jobsite equipment pieces, the last thing you want to deal with is a weak or glitchy item that is necessary for an efficient and effective workday. When it comes to buying a jobsite radio, taking the necessary time to shop smarter will ensure that you select a model that not only meets your needs physically but can also last for years across a variety of projects. 

A true jobsite radio will become a dear friend that travels with you across hundreds and thousands of jobs. With the right knowledge at hand, you can buy a jobsite radio once, and use it for years without replacement!

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