Choose between digital and analog. Some table radios use old-school analog tuning. Reviewers say this type of tuning is more flexible, allowing you to dial in a hard-to-capture station that might elude a digital tuner. However, digital tuning, though less flexible, offers some perks in terms of convenience. You can scroll through stations with the click of a button, rather than having to precisely turn a knob until you pinpoint a specific frequency. Once you choose a station, a digital tuner will stay there (analog tuners sometimes suffer from "tuner drift"). With digital tuners, you can also store favorite channels in presets that can be instantly recalled. If that feature's important to you, make sure your radio has enough presets to hold all your AM and FM favorites.
Check for compatibility. If you're looking for a table radio that has a dock for your phone or music player, make sure it's compatible with the model you have. Many table radios have auxiliary audio inputs that can connect to your device via its headphone jack for music playback.
Keep an eye on the clock. If you're planning to use your table radio as an alarm clock, make sure to check out the clock features as well as the performance of the radio. Some otherwise great radios get poor overall ratings because the clock is so inconvenient to use. One important feature to check is the LCD display; on some clock radios, it's bright enough to be distracting in a bedroom. Most, but not all, table radios have displays that can be made dimmer or brighter as needed.
Check the warranty policy. Some table radio makers have restrictive policies regarding who can or can't sell their products. For example, if you purchase a Bose radio from an unauthorized dealer either online or in a store, the company says you won't be covered by the manufacturer's warranty.