The JBL TUNE 220 are disappointing truly wireless earbuds. While their earbud design may please people who find in-ears uncomfortable, they're made of hard plastic which may cause some people to experience pain and fatigue on the ears during extended listening periods. Their sound profile is almost completely lacking in bass, and unfortunately, they don't have a dedicated companion app for EQ settings. Their battery life is very disappointing at 2.3 hours, and they take over 1.5 hours to charge in their charging case.
The JBL TUNE 220 are mediocre truly wireless headphones for neutral sound listening. Their sound profile is very bright and they don't have a dedicated companion app to access any EQ settings. On the upside, both their mid and treble ranges are quite accurate and neutral, but unfortunately, their bass is almost non-existent.
The JBL TUNE 220 are sub-par headphones for commuting and travel. Their 2.3-hour battery life is very short, and they take over 1.5 hours to recharge. They also block almost no background noise, so they won't help cut out the rumble of bus or plane engines or block out the chatty person in the seat next to you.
The JBL TUNE 220 are very good sports headphones. Despite not having stability fins, they feel quite stable in the ear and shouldn't fall out during most light workouts or runs. They also block out almost no background noise, which could be good if you like to stay aware of your surroundings while working out. Unfortunately, their sound profile is completely lacking in bass so it won't do much to help keep you pumped up at the gym.
The JBL TUNE 220 are poor headphones for office use. They won't block out chatty coworkers, and they can leak a fair bit of audio if you play music at higher volumes. Their battery life also only lasts 2.3 hours, and they take over 1.5 hours to fully charge, so you'll need to take long breaks without music during your day.
The JBL TUNE 220 aren't recommended for wireless gaming. They aren't compatible with PS4 or Xbox One, and while you can connect them to a Bluetooth-enabled PC, their latency is likely too high for gaming.
The JBL TUNE 220 are Bluetooth-only headphones that can't be used wired.
The JBL TUNE 220 are sub-par headphones for phone calls. They have an integrated microphone, which means you can easily take calls while on the go, but like most Bluetooth headphones, their microphone's quality is only alright overall. It will also be difficult for the person on the other end of the line to hear you if you're in moderately noisy environment.
Unlike most truly wireless in-ears, the JBL TUNE 220TWS have an earbud design similar to the Apple AirPods but feel quite a bit more stable in the ear as they don't slide around as much. Overall, however, there isn't much to make them stand out much over other truly wireless offerings. Check out our recommendations for the best true wireless earbuds and the best Bluetooth earbuds.
The Apple AirPods Pro Truly Wireless are much better truly wireless headphones than the JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless. The Apple are much more comfortable, have better controls, look and feel much more premium, have a much more accurate and balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, isolate way better thanks to their ANC, have a better battery life, and have some customization options available on Apple devices. On the other hand, the JBL are available in a wide range of colors and have a better microphone.
The Apple AirPods (2nd generation) Truly Wireless are better headphones than the JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless. The Apple are much more comfortable, look and feel much more premium, have a more accurate sound profile with a bit more bass, a much better battery life, and some customization options on iOS. On the other hand, the JBL's controls are easier to use and provide better feedback, and they feel much more stable in the ear.
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless 2019 are better wireless earbuds than the JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless. The Razer have a much more bass-heavy sound profile, though some people may find this overwhelming. They also have a better battery life, a dedicated app with EQ presets, and lower latency. On the other hand, the JBL come in a wider range of colors and have a much better microphone.
The JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless are somewhat better headphones for sports and fitness than the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Truly Wireless. Both earbuds have a similar, all-plastic design that isn't comfortable for everyone, but the JBL have a more stable fit. The JBL's bright sound profile is lacking a lot of bass, even compared to the TaoTronics. However, they have a more accurate treble range than the TaoTronics, so overall, they have a bit more neutral sound. They also have a more consistent performance than the TaoTronics. That being said, the TaoTronics feel better-built, and they have longer continuous battery life.
The Skullcandy Indy Truly Wireless are better truly wireless headphones than the JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless. The Skullcandy are a bit more comfortable, have a better case, a more balanced and accurate sound profile, much better noise isolation, and better battery life. On the other hand, some people may prefer the earbud design of the JBL as they don't enter the ear canal as deeply.
The JBL Tune 225TWS True Wireless are the next-generation version of the JBL TUNE 220TWS Truly Wireless and perform very similar overall, though the 225TWS have a longer continuous battery life. Both offer terrible noise isolation capability, though the 220TWS struggle much less to deliver audio consistently.
The JBL TUNE 220 have a similar style to the Apple AirPods, but with a cheaper-looking matte finish. While the model we bought are gray, they also come in a wide range of other colors. They're fairly non-descript looking and have a JBL logo on the right earbud. They also have a blue dot on the left earbud and a red dot on the right earbud, which correspond to dots on the case, making it easier to place them properly.
The comfort is okay. They're similar to the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless, with an earbud design that doesn't enter the ear canal deeply but have slightly smaller earbuds that may fit better for some people. Unfortunately, these headphones are made entirely out of hard plastic, which may cause some people to experience pain and fatigue on the ears after wearing them for extended periods.
The controls of the JBL TUNE 220TWS are sub-par. Their physical buttons give good feedback including a beep for almost every command, and their control scheme is easy to use. Unfortunately, they don't have volume control, so you'll have to take out your phone to change the volume, which can be bothersome.
The case of the JBL TUNE 220 is alright. It feels quite cheap overall and is made out of cheap-feeling plastic. There are red and blue dots on the inside that correspond to dots on the earbuds, so you know which way to put them into the case, which is nice.
The JBL TUNE 220TWS' build quality is decent. The case and the earbuds themselves are made entirely out of plastic that feels decently solid and dense. Unfortunately, the interior of the case is a glossy plastic that makes it look and feel quite cheap, though this may vary between the different color options. They also don't have any IP rating for dust or water resistance, so you'll want to avoid getting them wet.
The JBL TUNE 220TWS' sound profile is very bright and lacking in bass, likely due in part to their earbud design. Overall, they aren't the best choice for genres like hip-hop, EDM, or pop, and will likely be better suited to more vocal-centric content or genres.
The bass accuracy of these headphones is terrible. Likely due to their earbud design having a difficult time creating a proper seal, bass is lacking and nearly non-existent. It's worth noting that due to their one-size-fits-all design, different users may experience the bass differently depending on the size and shape of their ear canal. Let us know in the discussions if your experience differs from our test results.
The mid accuracy of these headphones is great. Almost the entire range is well-balanced and accurate, making vocals and instruments present and clear. However, the peak in high-mids may make some vocals and instruments sound a bit honky and harsh.
The peaks and dips performance of the JBL TUNE 220TWS is decent. The peak in high-mids makes vocals and instruments sound rather intense, especially compared to the rest of the range. There's also a peak in mid-treble that may make some higher-pitched frequencies a bit harsh, though overall it may not be too noticeable.
The stereo imaging of these headphones is excellent. The group delay is below the audibility threshold for the entire range, ensuring a tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers of our unit were also very well-matched, though these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.
Like most in-ears, the soundstage of these headphones is poor. This is mainly due to their lack of interaction with the pinna, which is a key factor in giving the sense of a large and in-front soundstage. However, thanks to their earbud design that doesn't go deep into the ear canal, they tend to have a more open soundstage than closed-back in-ears.
These headphones don't have a virtual soundstage feature.
These are the settings used to test the TUNE 220. Our results are only valid when using the headphones at these settings.
The isolation performance of these headphones is terrible and they block almost no background noise. While this can be good if you want to stay aware of your surroundings, these won't help block out chatty coworkers or the low rumble of bus engines.
The JBL TUNE 220 have an integrated microphone in the earbuds.
The noise handling of this microphone is mediocre. Even in moderately loud environments, it'll be difficult for the person on the other end of the line to hear you.
The overall battery performance of the JBL TUNE 220TWS is disappointing. Their 2.3-hour battery life off a single charge is among the shortest we've ever tested, and they take over 1.5 hours to charge. Luckily their case should give you up to five additional charges, though their long charging time means that you can't quickly power them up during a lunch break. If you want a pair of earbud-style truly wireless headphones that last longer off a single charge, check out the Microsoft Surface Earbuds Truly Wireless or the TaoTronics SoundLiberty 92 Truly Wireless.
The JBL TUNE 220TWS don't have a dedicated companion app. If you're looking for earbuds with app support, try the Wyze Buds Truly Wireless.
Update 11/03/2021: These headphones were updated to Test Bench 1.5 and their latency values have changed. Our previous Test Bench 1.4 measurements reported 'PC Latency' at 313 ms, 'iOS Latency' at 310 ms, and 'Android Latency' at 153 ms. However, our new test bench uses an average of three measurements instead of one, resulting in 148 ms of latency on PC, 129 ms on iOS, and 153 ms on Android. As a result, we have updated our text to better reflect test bench 1.5 measurements.
The JBL TUNE 220 have fair Bluetooth connectivity. Unfortunately, unlike many JBL headphones, they don't support multi-device pairing. They have somewhat low latency on iOS devices, which is nice if you like to stream video. Their latency on PC and Android devices is a bit higher, though, and there may be very slight syncing issues between your audio and visuals. It's worth noting that some apps seem to compensate for this, so your mileage may vary in real-life usage.
These headphones are Bluetooth-only.
These Bluetooth-only headphones aren't compatible with the Xbox One.