Weather Radios: Ratings of Sources
Total of 18 Sources
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How to Select the Best Weather Radio for Your Needs
by Graham McClung
Our AssessmentGeologist and amateur weather enthusiast Graham McClung offers advice and purchase recommendations for weather radios. His review is well written, with helpful background information on features and radio signals. Links lead to relatively detailed single-radio write-ups, but his recommendations are based on features rather than testing and some suggestions are now a bit dated. Among portables, McClung likes the Sangean DT-400W and two handheld Midland units. Among desktop weather radios, he's most impressed with the Midland WR-300, Reecom R-1650 and Sangean CL-100.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAt Amazon.com, some weather radios get only a handful of comments from owners while others attract hundreds. The quality of the write-ups varies greatly, but in many cases there are enough reviews for a consensus to emerge. The Midland WR-300 is a favorite with nearly 800 reviews and a rating of 4 out of 5 stars. The Sangean CL-100, Sangean DT-400W and Midland WR-120 attract less feedback, but most users seem satisfied. The majority of owners are also happy with the mix of features in the tiny Eton MicrolinkFR160 portable crank radio.
by Contributors to RadioShack.com
Our AssessmentRadioShack.com, another top retailer of weather radios that posts user reviews, sells its own brand as well as those of several other manufacturers. This site is the best -- if not the only -- place to find feedback on RadioShack products. Navigation is straightforward, with both the rating and number of reviews posted on the main page. Unlike at some other sites, the Midland WR-300 doesn't wow owners here. The RadioShack 12-522 Handheld Weather Radio, RadioShack 12-500 Weather Cube and Sangean DT-400W draw the best ratings, but only the Weather Cube has more than a couple of dozen comments.
Receivers: Weather Alert
by Contributors to eHam.net
Our AssessmentThis site for ham radio enthusiasts includes user feedback on weather radios. Navigation is easy, with comments listed in a table format that includes an average rating, number of reviews and last review date. Contributors seem knowledgeable about radios, which increases review credibility. The Midland WR-300 is one of only a few current radios that receive enough feedback for their ratings to be meaningful.
Eton SolarLink FR360 Emergency Preparedness Digital Radio Review
by Janet Cloninger
Our AssessmentJanet Cloninger writes a thorough review of the Eton FR360, complete with photos and a full discussion of the radio's features. She likes that the unit has four charging methods, but is disappointed that her cell phone can't be charged using solar power.
Review: Eton FR360 Emergency Preparedness Digital Radio
by Joel McLaughlin
Our AssessmentThis review takes the reader through every aspect of the Eton FR360, using large photographs to clearly illustrate the journey. Joel McLaughlin is pleased with this unit's four power options and good reception, but says a power adapter should be included. Although he doesn't count the lack of SAME against this radio, he notes that the slightly pricier Eton FR600 supports that technology.
Oregon Scientific WR601 Emergency Weather Radio
by Larry Greenberg
Our AssessmentThis video review provides a thorough look at the Oregon Scientific WR601, which is one of only a few handheld weather radios with SAME technology. Reviewer Larry Greenberg, editor-in-chief at RunAroundTech.com, focuses on the features and usability of the WR601. He appears to have tested the radio himself, and has a favorable opinion overall.
Weather Radio Update 2006
by Richard Rhodes
Our AssessmentTexas-based ham radio operator Richard Rhodes offers advice about weather radios on his personal website. Although the information is now somewhat dated, there's a lot of discussion about the Midland WR-300, which meets with his general approval. Many of the other radios he addresses have since been discontinued.
Sangean CL-100 Table Top Public Alert Certified S.A.M.E. Weather Hazard Alert Radio Review
by Richard Kimber
Our AssessmentRichard Kimber's write-up of the Sangean CL-100 desktop weather radio isn't especially in-depth or comparative, but he does cover some performance and design aspects that aren't readily found in other reviews. He personally tests the CL-100 and says it's "a home run" thanks to a solid blend of build quality, functionality and aesthetic appeal.
Severe Weather/Storm Chasing
by Contributors to RadioReference.com
Our AssessmentThis radio communications website includes a forum on severe weather and storm chasing. While there's not a great deal of discussion about weather radios, the site does include some useful feedback. Users share their opinions, answer questions from others and post informal reviews. Most are short, but a few are lengthy and even include photographs.
Best Weather Radio
by Josh Tuliano
Our AssessmentThis overview of top weather radios showcases five picks, among them the Sangean DT-400W and Midland WR-300. While the choices seem solid and reviewer Josh Tuliano provides a nice summary of each, we can't tell if his evaluations include hands-on testing.
2012 Compare Best Solar Radio
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentThis landing page presents a comprehensive overview of 10 solar radios, rating them based on four criteria and assigning an overall rank. Individual reviews seem to be largely based on features, although some references imply that someone at least tried out the radio.
2012 Compare Best Hand Crank Radios
by Editors of TopTenReviews.com
Our AssessmentTwo portable crank weather radios, the Eton Scorpion and the Freeplay Energy EyeMax Weatherband 2009, tie for the top spot among radios profiled here. However, there's no way to tell if editors tested these units, and some reviews are clearly older despite this report's 2012 date.
Emergency Weather Radios
by Nicole Roberts
Our AssessmentThis article concentrates on the general function of weather radios, with a sidebar list of three editors' favorites. The attached reviews aren't particularly detailed, however, and are composed primarily of specifications and user feedback from other sites.
Best Emergency Portable Radios - The Best Solar and Hand Crank Wind Up Radios
by Editors at World Travel Guide
Our AssessmentThe Eton Scorpion solar-powered hand crank weather radio is a favorite of editors here, although the review focuses far more on features than on performance and durability. Still, hikers and backpackers may find this information valuable, since it emphasizes weather radio portability. Editors say one distinct advantage of the Scorpion is its built-in cell phone charger.
by Contributors to Walmart.com
Our AssessmentAlthough most weather radios don't attract enough reviews here to generate a consensus, owner comments are useful because they indicate how long they've owned a product and how often they use it. The Midland WR-300 receives more than two dozen reviews and gets 4.4 stars out of 5. The Midland WR-120 earns a 4.5-star rating from a similar number of users.
Personal Radios -- Weather
by Contributors to Epinions.com
Our AssessmentAlthough most user-review sites are hosted by retailers, Epinions.com provides an independent forum where contributors can express their likes and dislikes about products they own. Some reviews are brief, but others can be quite detailed. While few weather or emergency radios get more than a review or two, Midland and Sony brands attract more user feedback than most.
by Contributors to WXForum.net
Our AssessmentThis weather-enthusiast website includes a discussion forum on weather radios. Traffic is light, however, so there isn't much feedback. A thread entitled "Best Weather Radio" generates largely positive comments about the Midland WR-300 and the Reecom R-1630. "How to Choose?" recommends the Midland WR-300 and the now-discontinued Midland WR-100B. The "Radio Recommendation -- Again" thread contains more recent discussions on the aforementioned brands as well as Oregon Scientific.