Saturday, 12 August 2017

Loss of a dear companion and a Emma Bridgewater Mini Retro Radio review.


My family spend a lot of time in our kitchen, it's like the central hub of our household. There is always someone in the kitchen either cooking or using the kitchen table for studying or catching with each other over a cup of tea. One thing that we all have in common is that we all love some sort of music in the background. Mr K loves the sports commentary, Miss K loves pop music blaring at the highest decibels, enough to deafen you for life. I myself love having classical music playing in the background whilst I am cooking or doing other chores. The radio is always on and you can easily tell who was in the kitchen last depending on what radio station is playing.


Recently my old faithful radio started to crackle and then would lose signal and finally the volume control totally malfunctioned. Sadly it died a slow steady death. I can't really fault it, I did have the same radio for almost 15 years!!! Replacing the love of my life was rather hard. It's strange how you get attached to certain material things in your life.The few days of silence in my kitchen was eerie and I hated it. I felt like I had lost a dear companion.

My search for a replacement needed to meet very specific criteria. I like my radio to sit on the window sill by my sink. It needed to be compact enough to fit on the sill but I did not want a radio that looked sleek and clinical. My preference was a retro style that is pleasing to the eye too, with a pretty design.


My search for the perfect radio landed me at the Emma Bridgewater range. There is a wonderful selection of retro design radios, all with their unique Emma Bridgewater floral designs. I particularly liked the Retro Mini Radio. It is just the right size and looks really pretty on my window sill. The VQ retro mini digital radio is wrapped in premium leatherette, it has a lovely carry handle and a cute little tag attached to it. There are 11 colours and 12 designs to choose from.

The radio I totally fell in love with was the Retro Mini DAB Emma Bridgewater Rose and Bee design. It matched my cream and duck blue kitchen perfectly and looked really pretty.

The radio has DAB/DAB+/FM radio tuner with 30 presets, bluetooth connectivity for smart devices, standard mains power, however it can be operated using 4AA batteries. The radio has a single ultra wide premium speaker and MyEQ Equaliser sound system. The radio is also perfect to be used anywhere else in the home and it's great as a bedside radio since it has VQ LifeStyle dual alarms and sleep timer. An additional feature is the 3.5mm Auz-in, .3.5mm headphone jack and USB charging.

For such a compact radio it has everything you require in a radio and more. It retails at £89.99, for all the designs and prices you can check the full range here.

The Retro Mini has settled in well and I am over the moon that my kitchen is full of sound again. In fact I love the design so much I am thinking to buy one for the bedroom.

Have you ever become sentimentally attached to a material object in your home? Do share your stories in the comments below.

** I was sent the radio for review purposes and all the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

53 comments:

  1. This is such an an adorable radio! xx So glad it matches your kitchen! It look really Cath kidston like - totally up my street! xx
    Marina x

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  2. My home is the same! We always gather in the kitchen. There's always something playing in the kitchen and it all depends on who is there doing her/his own things... Luckily my radio is still working and I hope it to work for a long, long time. haha

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  3. Such a pretty little radio... I should probably gift my parents something like this...my Dad loves listening to the radio especially all noon.

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  4. Your new radio is so pretty! I love listening to the radio when in the kitchen

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  5. I've never had a radio like this because I have things like my Amazon Dot in my kitchen for music but this looks awesome x

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  6. One of our radios is on its last legs, looks like a good option for a replacement

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  7. I totally get it. It might just seem like a material thing but there are some things we cherish no matter what. Glad you got to replace it still!

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  8. That radio looks so cool with the lovely vintage touch given to it. Pink always makes everything so cute!

    Fatima

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  9. That is the cutest, little radio I have ever seen and will go so well with my current kitchen interior - a must have!

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  10. Don't really use a radio in the house,I created playlists on Spotify for music. But I can see how this cute radio would come in handy.

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  11. I love my radio's. With Spotify and the rest growing in popularity, radio will still stay a classic! Love the designs on it!

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  12. This is so adorable! I used to always keep a radio on low in the kitchen before I moved into the small space I'm in now. It just brightens your day when you are running through or having coffee. As soon as I get into a new place I'm going to see about getting one as well.

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  13. Our kitchen is open to our living room so we definitely spend most of our time between the two spaces! This looks like a great little radio for gathering spaces :)

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  14. What a lovely radio - I only get chance to listen to the radio in my car! Kaz x

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  15. Ahh I saw this radio earlier this week and I LOVE it, infact I need it for our home! So pretty! Our radio died a couple of months ago and all of a sudden our kitchen feels very quiet!

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  16. I've seen these before and I fell in love with the design too, can't beat a Emma Bridgwater print

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  17. I refused to give up my old CD player with double tape decks for years even though it squeaked terribly. I was so sad when it finally died for good.

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  18. this is neat! love the design and yes, radio in the kitchen is a must! somehow it brings back childhood memories! www.crayonized.com

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  19. This radioe looks beautiful. We had something similar sometime ago and it reminds me of it.

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  20. Your new radio has such a cute design! I am very into floral prints and it has the right amount without being overpowering and you are right we end up becoming attached to material things, but is that such a bad thing? If it makes you happy, I say do it! But that is just my opinion!

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  21. Oh how lovely! That is one adorable radio, I'd love to have one for myself. :D

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  22. THat is so cute. I haven't seen one until now but I love it!

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  23. THis is an antiquish radio and might i say looks god damn cute !!!!

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  24. It's such a cute and vintageb looking radio. We normally listen to the radio in the car.

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  25. We used to have radio in the kitchen and my mom would always listen to music while cooking. I don't know where's that radio gone. So sad you had to get new, after 15 years. But I must admit flower pattern on a radio is damn cute.

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  26. I would love to have that radio. I also know the perfect place to use it in - in the laundry room. It will keep me company listening to music. If I had that, I won't risk dropping my phone in the wash anymore. Thanks for the review!

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  27. I really like the design! Pink roses are so cute. I also agree with you having radio/music in the kitchen. Most of the time I love listening to music when I cook!

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  28. I haven't had a regular radio in quite some time. It does look pretty and would go well with many rooms. And I love that it's portable as well.

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  29. The design on your radio is beautiful! When I was younger, we used to have a stereo/record player combo in our living room. My mom would always play songs while my brothers and I danced around the room. I've tried to find a replacement so I can surprise her but have never managed to find one close enough :/

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  30. This radio is so cute! I've never seen one like this before. I typically use my Bose speaker around the house. Like you, I also like listening to classical when I'm working on something.:)

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  31. This radio looks like such a cute radio. It looks like something I would love to have.

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  32. I totally agree, the design and feature of this radio is very impressive. Not a very typical style of radio that you can usually see. Nice review, I would love to have one of this.

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  33. Like the way you had your radio. I had transistor which was my favorite! I don;t know something had happened to it and I lost it somewhere. But now I just moved on!
    In the same way I'm glad you got to replace it!

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  34. What a cute vintage radio. It's definitely a conversation piece right?

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  35. Aw sorry to hear that the other radio went to radio heaven but it is great that you found this retro beauty ! It looks beautiful!

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  36. Music is one of the most important things to keep you healthy! Glad to see that you make it a part of your day regularly. If more people would just remember this, we'd have a happier society! :-) Nice Article.

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  37. I really love that style of radio. Kitchens are our go to gathering spot on out family too.

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  38. I love listening to Radio in the car and this one looks so cute. I never had a radio at home but ow planning to buy one

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  39. I love the look of your radio! And yes, it's great to have music in the kitchen.. So uplifting and productive!

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  40. Is this still exist !! i love the floral pattern ! a perfect for picnics

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  41. I love the vintage style radio. I love listening to music and it gets me through a really tough day. I think I would love to have one like that and put it on my office desk at home or maybe take it with me in the kitchen while I cook and in the laundry room while I wash the clothes.

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  42. I love your new radio. It's like a mix of classic and cool at the same time!

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  43. What a beautiful radio - I don't think I've seen anything like this, but it's the sort of radio that would look perfect in my new house x

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  44. not really into radios but i haven't seen this before...very vintage style looks like a bag from the side

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  45. Loving this fabulous radio. We too spend most of the time in the kitchen, it is he focal point room for the whole family and we have the radio on too.

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  46. A darling radio. We too spend a lot of time in our kitchen and we are always listening to music, but off the iPad, this darling radio would be better suited.

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  47. Your radio looks so compact and cute. This post reminds me of my Mother in Law who switch on the radio first before turning on the stove in kitchen. Nice article :)

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  48. Nice cute radio.. I remember we used to have tiny radios too when we were kids. I would carry it around too as I am very fond of music.

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  49. Your post reminds me of My mum, as soon as she wake up first thing first she would turn on the radio and listens til she goes to sleep radio. Vintage style radio looks so adorable.

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  50. I love your new retro radio and can relate to the loss of your old faithful. I love old radios too and I would have gone searching like you did.

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  51. That radio looks so cool with the lovely vintage touch given to it ! The flower pattern on a radio is damn cute ;-) Our kitchen is open to our living room and we spend most of our time between the two spaces ! I must admit I always listen to music while cooking !

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  52. I miss having music in my kitchen. The new kitchen is very small and I just didn't seem to have space but that beautiful little one will surely fit!

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  53. While this radio is cute, I feel like it's wayyy before my time. I can't see myself listening to a radio anymore.

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