One Button Retro AM/FM Analogue Radio

One Button Retro AM/FM Analogue Radio
Price:  £64.99(Inc. 20% VAT)(£54.16 Exc. VAT)
Item Code:  DF-OBR1

Shipping:  Free UK delivery



Stock incoming, for dispatch on 01/06/2017


VAT Relief Eligible

The Simple One-Button Retro Radio is an innovative AM/FM radio that's been designed for people with memory problems, poor coordination, dexterity issues, partial sight, or anyone who may find modern radios confusing.

  • Beautiful looking, and solidly built, wooden retro design
  • Auxiliary input allows music to be played through a phone, MP3, or other compatible device
  • Music can also be played from a USB device such as a memory stick (see below for more info)
  • Powered by mains adapter (included) or 6 x C batteries (not included)
  • 29.5 x 15 x 18cm (L x W x H)

The Simple One-Button Retro Radio has many great features, but more importantly, it remains extremely simple to operate for anyone with cognitive loss or memory impairment.

Set-Up Instructions

  1. Attach control dials (supplied) to the radio, and tune the required volume and radio station
  2. Remove control dials and store in rear compartment
  3. Magnetic cover slots neatly into the front of the radio and will hide the control panel
  4. The radio can then be turned on and off using the button on the top of the radio

Playing Music on other devices

USB Devices

The One Button Retro Radio can also be used to play music that's stored on a USB device, such as a memory stick:

  1. Plug the USB device into the front control panel
  2. Your USB device will automatically override the AM/FM radio, and your music will begin to play
  3. Use the pause, next, and previous controls to listen to your music
  4. Remove your USB stick to default back to using the AM/FM radio

Please note: when playing music through a USB device the front cover cannot be attached to the control panel.


Unfortunately this radio is not compatible with headphones. If you would like to buy a simple radio that allows headphone use then please see our One Button DAB Radio.

Who is this radio suitable for?

  • The simplicity makes it a superb choice as a radio for elderly individuals who find technology confusing
  • Also suitable as a radio for the blind
  • Anyone with dementia, Alzheimer's, or any form of cognitive loss


  • 1 x Simple One-Button Retro Radio
  • 1 x Mains Power Adapter
  • 1 x Instructions


Item Code:  DF-OBR1
Barcode:  5060327694837
Brand:  Designability

Why doesn't this product qualify for VAT Relief?

Unfortunately many of our products are not eligible for VAT Relief, this is due to strict regulations from HMRC.

A product is only eligible for VAT Relief if it was "designed & manufactured solely for use by the disabled". 

This means that products that fall into the following categories are not eligible for VAT Relief.

  • Products that were originally designed & manufactured for any other reason other than to help the disabled, even if they are now commonly used by people with disabilities
  • Any product that was designed for use by both disabled & non-disabled individuals

What is VAT Relief for the disabled?

VAT Relief for the disabled is a government scheme that allows the zero-rating of VAT on certain goods if conditions are met.

If you are chronically disabled (criteria below), you will be able to purchase any eligible products on our website VAT free.

How do I place an order & claim VAT Relief?

Via our website:

  • Add any products that you would like to buy to your basket
  • View your basket
  • Tick any boxes that say "I (or the person I'm buying for)  qualifies for VAT Relief for the disabled
  • VAT will be removed from any of the qualifying products

Finally, we will then ask you for the necessary information during the checkout procedure.

Via Telephone

Orders can be placed via telephone with VAT Relief, however it will be a longer process.

Unfortunately we cannot take verbal VAT declarations, this means you have two options:

  1. We charge the full amount (including VAT) but dispatch a VAT Relief Declaration with your order, once you complete & return the declaration we will then refund your VAT
  2. You call us & request for a VAT Relief Declaration to be sent to you (either via email, or postal mail), once this is returned & completed we can then call you to take your order with VAT Relief included

What information do I need to provide?

You will need the following information:

  • The name of the individual that qualifies for VAT Relief
  • The address of the individual that qualifies for VAT Relief

What conditions do I (the customer) have to meet?

You (or the individual you are purchasing the goods for) must meet the following criteria

  • You are chronically sick or disabled and
  • You are buying the products for your (or the person who's disabled) personal or domestic use

You can purchase goods & claim VAT relief on behalf of another person, but we will require some personal information (of the individual you are buying for) at checkout.

What qualifies as being "chronically sick or disabled"?

The following qualifies as being chronically sick or disabled:

  • You have a physical or mental impairment which has a long-term and substantial adverse effect upon your ability to carry out everyday activities
  • You have a condition that the medical profession treats as a chronic sickness, such as diabetes or Alzheimer's disease 
  • You have a terminal illness

Common examples of chronic disabilities include (but are not limited to); Alzheimer's, any form of dementia, Parkinson's, arthritis, blindness, deafness, physical disability.

Temporary disabilities such as broken bones, or even postoperative confusion, are not classed as chronic disabilities or impairments.

If you are in any doubt regarding your (or the person you're purchasing for) condition, please ask your GP whether it is a chronic or acute impairment.

Delivery to UK

Shipping Method
Delivery Time*
Royal Mail 2-4 Days Free
Express Royal Mail 1-2 Days £1.99
Next Working Day (before 1pm) Royal Mail 1 Day £9.95
Next Working Day (before 9am) Royal Mail 1 Day £19.99
Nominated Day (before 1pm) Royal Mail 1 Day £9.95

*Delivery times quoted are for products marked as "In stock for immediate dispatch"

  • Cut-off time - Orders must be placed before 4pm Mon-Fri for same day dispatch
  • Orders placed after 4pm on Friday will be dispatched on Monday (excluding bank holidays)

Returns - 30 Day Hassle-Free

  • Products can be returned within 30 days for a full refund (excluding delivery charge)
  • We can even provide a prepaid Royal Mail returns label (for unsuitable returns we'll need to deduct £3.95 from your refund)

International Customers

Please see our International Deliveries page for further information.


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