John Lewis has made in-house designed radios, washing machines and other home appliances for years. They’re part of the Only Here range, which you can only buy at John Lewis. It doesn’t stop at tech either. There are exclusive homewares and fashion buys too.
A real pick of the moment is the new John Lewis Aria DAB radio, which will get you excited for several reasons. Firstly, John Lewis made some top DAB units over the last five years, and the Aria one has also already has a What Hi-Fi? award under its belt.
It combines John Lewis’s renowned quality, which made it the UK’s most trusted brand of 2017 according to a YouGov study, with a price that won’t leave you eating noodles until payday.
You can’t argue with its looks either. The John Lewis Aria comes in wood finishes of walnut, black ash and light oak, helping it fit the style of your living room.
It’s an upright design, and as such it can use a large driver for better sound quality without taking up too much space. The John Lewis Aria will be as at home on a bedside table as the kitchen counter or a bookshelf in your lounge.
And if you are looking for a bedside buddy, the Aria has dual alarms and a snooze button. We’d like to live without “snooze” but, well, we just can’t.
The key tech you need inside
There’s more tech inside than you might imagine too. The John Lewis Aria has Bluetooth, so you can stream any audio you like from your phone. A headphone jack is on hand too, for those evenings when you want to listen to BBC 6 Music, but no-one else in the house does.
Dedicated preset buttons and a clear front LCD that doubles as a clock finish off the list of elements we look for in a modern, easy-to-use DAB set. Now you just have to choose whether to go for moody black ash to match the TV, or light oak to match the table. It’s a tricky one.
If you’re new to John Lewis’s range of electrical exclusives, be sure to check out its new blender and hand mixer online or in store. Just like the Aria DAB radio, they look smart and their prices are dangerously tempting. All three come with free delivery and a generous two-year warranty.
The John Lewis Only Here range also features exclusives from some of the most popular brands. Favourites include the charming concrete finish UE Wonderboom and the stylish white version of the Nespresso Latsissima One coffee machine.