Makita BMR100 Radio
Weighing in only at 10.6 lbs., Makita's BMR100 radio offers both portability and decent sound quality
The BMR100 was the lightest and most compact model in our review, which we appreciated right off the bat. The radio was designed to be compatible with a surprising number of battery styles and voltages, which will be a huge selling point for some Makita fans. Its simple shape was easy to keep clean and did a great job keeping out dust and water, though the rubber gasket on the battery-compartment door came loose while we were cleaning the compartment.
Sound quality on this model is adequate, though the maximum volume is much quieter than on other radios. After surviving the other torture tests admirably, this radio’s performance in the drop tests was disappointing. The AA batteries used to retain the radio presets fell out after every drop. We also lost the radio signal after the first drop from 3 ft., and all audio function after the first drop from 6 ft. The latch on the compartment door broke soon afterward.
We like the compact size and shape of this radio, and its simple controls. It functioned perfectly after the temperature, dust, and water tests, although it was the worst performer in the drop test. Portability and decent sound quality make this radio adequate for anybody who jumps from job to job or doesn’t have to contend with loud power tools.