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Under Cabinet Radio

Updated on August 19, 2014

Find an Under Cabinet Radio

As you work in the kitchen or in a workshop, having a little entertainment on hand or having access to the information you want can be important. An under cabinet radio can be an excellent choice in either space. They won't hog counter space but they make your work area a much more pleasant place to be. You can keep up with severe weather, stay up to date on news, enjoy your favorite music, or in some cases, follow a favorite TV show.

These devices are simple to install and affordable. Learn a bit more about your options for an under cabinet radio on this page.

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Choosing Your Under Cabinet Radio

Choosing a radio for installation under the cabinet is a fairly easy process. You'll want to be sure it offers:

The audio source you'll want to haveRadio, TV, weather stations, hook up or dock for media players, a CD player, and so forth are available. Decide which ones are important to you. Some of these devices offer a line-in for media players, others may offer a dock which may protect and charge your media player.Good audio qualityYou can look for features such as Bass boost and higher powered speakers for a more powerful sound. Some devices will offer sound effects so that you can listen in the mode you prefer (for instance Jazz vs Classic Rock) Most should offer stereo sound. Read user reviews to see what current owners have to say about the listening experience.SizeYou'll need to be sure you have adequate space under your cabinets for the under cabinet radio you chooseStyle and finishSome people prefer white, others black, and so forth.Convenience featuresMost of these under cabinet radios will offer a remote control. The radio tuner should offer station presets for quickly finding the stations you want. Some may offer 5 presets, others 10 and some 20. You'll also want to know what kind of controls exist. Can you fast forward and rewind, can you skip tracks, shuffle, repeat, and so forth?Having a kitchen timer is convenient as well. Certainly a backlit display makes it easier to read the time even in the evenings and at night. Some displays show more information than others. If you have a media player dock, it's certainly handy to be able to view what's playing on the screen. Another important convenience in regards to the display and the clock, is a backup battery. This allows the device to show the correct time without having to be reset each time there is a brief power interruption.

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Installing Your Under Cabinet Radio

After purchasing an under cabinet radio, you'll need to decide where you want to locate it. Obviously, the most important consideration with this type of device is reception. You want to choose a location where you will get good reception. Therefore, it's a good idea to power it and test it in any location you choose before you begin the process of actually mounting it.

When considering reception, you'll also need to think about interference. Some kitchen devices can create interference with the radio. The refrigerator, a microwave oven, or fluorescent light for instance. Therefore, staying away from the immediate area of these devices can be important, and you'll want to use an outlet that isn't shared with them as well.

Generally, speaking you'll also want to avoid placing the radio right next to or above a heat source, such as an oven or stove top. Finally, you'll also need to be sure the space under the cabinet will accommodate the dimensions of your new radio.

Once the location is selected, it's merely a matter of drilling a few holes and installing the radio with the included screws. In some instances, you may have to add spacers (often included in your purchase) to be sure you can read the display and operate the controls without the bottom of the cabinet interfering. Finally, you connect the cables/power cord.

Buy an Under Cabinet Radio

Sony ICFCDK50 Under Cabinet Kitchen CD Clock Radio
Sony ICFCDK50 Under Cabinet Kitchen CD Clock Radio

This under cabinet radio is from Sony. It includes a CD player to allow users to enjoy commercial CDs and CD-R/CD-RW discs recorded at home. Discs can be played, stopped, paused, and searched. It also features a digital AM/FM tuner that provides 15 presets (10 FM and 5 AM). The built-in audio cable makes connecting your digital music player easy too. It has a green backlit LCD display, a Ferrite antenna, and a built-in Lithium battery that will maintain the current time even in the event of a power outage.

A one touch cooking timer is especially handy in the kitchen, and the included remote control provides the ability to change tracks/stations, adjust volume, and so forth from nearly anywhere in the room. It even has a magnetic backing allowing you to keep the remote on the refrigerator so that it can always be located. This radio offers deep bass for a powerful sound.

This clock radio measures 13.7" L x 3.4" H x 12.2" D

 
iHome IH36 Under-Counter FM Radio with TV, Weather Band Tuner, and Dock for iPod (White)
iHome IH36 Under-Counter FM Radio with TV, Weather Band Tuner, and Dock for iPod (White)

With the iHome IH36, you can listen to your iPod, FM1 or FM2 radio, TV, or weather channels. It's compatible with iPod Nano 1G, iPod Mini, 3G iPod, 4G iPod with click wheel, iPod color, iPod Video, and iPod Shuffle 1G. Your media play is protected in the tray while you listen to your favorite tunes.

This under cabinet radio offers 12 tuner presets, a pair of 3-Watt speakers for exceptional sound, a clock with calendar and 120 minute cooking timer, a remote control, and a 3 line display which also shows what's playing on your iPod. The battery back-up keeps time current even when the power is out. It measures 13.03" x 10.98" x 3.25".

 

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      I think they would make a great gift too!

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      irenemaria 6 years ago from Sweden

      A really smart idea! So much time we spend in the kitchen makes it worth using!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great work .. mulberry .. I really like your guide and information about a under cabinet radio. It's so useful. 5 stars for you :) Have a wonderful times ;)