The 3 Best JBL Speakers of 2021 Reviews

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Best JBL Speakers

We've currently tested 10 JBL speakers. JBL is a well-known brand that offers portable Bluetooth speakers that are well-suited for listening to lots of different types of audio content.

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Best JBL Speakers


  1. Best Bluetooth JBL Speaker

    7.4
    Music
    6.6
    Videos/Movies
    7.9
    Podcasts
    3.1
    Voice Assistant
    7.3
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best JBL speaker with a Bluetooth connection that we've tested is the JBL PartyBox 100. This large model comes with eye-catching RGB lights that you can customize, and there are even Mic-in and Guitar-in ports for musicians. It has an exceptional Bluetooth range, so it can play audio from a paired device even if your device isn't very close. It has a decently neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different genres, and it gets really loud. If you're a fan of bass-heavy music like EDM, you can even use its Bass Boost feature to add a little extra warmth to its sound. Thanks to its ten-hour battery life, you can enjoy long listening sessions without needing a recharge.

    Unfortunately, like the JBL PartyBox 300, this large and heavy speaker isn't very portable, and it's more suited for use at parties. It also doesn't support voice assistants, even from your paired smartphone. However, it's still smaller and better-built than the 300, and it has a more balanced sound profile and a better soundstage performance out-of-the-box.

    See our review

  2. Best Portable JBL Speaker

    7.0
    Music
    6.3
    Videos/Movies
    7.6
    Podcasts
    2.8
    Voice Assistant
    7.4
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The best portable JBL speaker that we've tested is the JBL Boombox 2. Thanks to its built-in carrying handle, you can carry it with one hand, and its battery-powered design means you don't have to plug it into an outlet to listen to your music. It's even rated IPX7 for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. Out-of-the-box, it has a decently neutral sound profile suitable for listening to lots of different audio content, and there's even a little extra warmth in the bass range that can please fans of bass-heavy music like hip-hop. It's also compatible with the JBL Portable app, and you can pair it with another JBL Boombox speaker to create a stereo pair or amplify your music across a large, crowded party. With a battery life of over 23 hours, you can enjoy multiple long listening sessions without a recharge, which is nice.

    Unfortunately, while it can get loud, there's some compression when you play it at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound very clear or pure at loud volumes. Also, it doesn't support voice assistants, even from your paired smartphone. That said, it's still a pretty versatile Bluetooth speaker that makes it easy to listen to audio outdoors.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget JBL Speaker

    6.0
    Music
    5.6
    Videos/Movies
    7.5
    Podcasts
    2.9
    Voice Assistant
    6.8
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The JBL FLIP 5 is the best budget JBL speaker that we've tested. This portable Bluetooth model is well-built, and it even has an IPX7 rating for water resistance, though we don't currently test for this. It comes with a removable carrying strap to make it easier to bring with you on-the-go. It has a balanced, neutral mid-range, so it can reproduce vocals and lead instruments clearly, though the higher frequencies of these same instruments may be a bit dull and dark. It's also compatible with the JBL Portable app, and you can pair it with other FLIP speakers to create a stereo pair or amplify your music across a large, crowded party. Its eight-hour battery life should be enough for long days outside, though it isn't as impressive as some of the other speakers we've tested like the JBL Boombox 2.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't get very loud, and there's some compression present when you play it at max volume. It also struggles to reproduce a thumpy low-bass, which can be disappointing for fans of bass-heavy music like EDM. That said, it still offers a pretty versatile performance at a more affordable price.

    See our review

Compared to other brands


  • Bluetooth-compatible. The JBL speakers we've tested support Bluetooth connectivity, so you can pair other Bluetooth-compatible devices like your smartphone or laptop to the speaker wirelessly to play audio.
  • Well-balanced sound profile. The JBL speakers we've tested tend to have a pretty neutral, balanced sound profile that can reproduce vocals and lead instruments clearly.
  • Well-built, portable design. Most of the speakers we've tested offer a solid, durable build quality, and some even have an IP rating for water resistance. They're also battery-powered, so you can bring them outdoors without having to worry about finding an outlet to plug them into.
  • No built-in voice assistant support. Most JBL speakers don't support any voice assistant connectivity, so you can't control them using your voice. Some models let you use the voice assistant from your paired smartphone, but there aren't any built-in capabilities.
  • No graphic EQs. Some of the company's speakers are compatible with the JBL Connect app, but there isn't a full graphic EQ to help you adjust their sound profile based on your preferences.
  • Some models lack low-bass. If you love listening to bass-heavy music like EDM and hip-hop, you'll want a speaker with a thumpy low-bass. However, some of JBL's models, especially those on the smaller side, struggle to reproduce deep rumbles.

Overall, JBL makes portable Bluetooth speakers with a solid, sturdy build and a pretty neutral sound profile. However, you won't be able to really customize their sound or use them as voice assistant speakers.

Conclusion

JBL offers lots of speakers for a variety of uses. Generally, they have a pretty neutral sound profile, but they don't have graphic EQs to customize their sound based on your preferences. These well-built, portable Bluetooth speakers are ideal to bring with you on-the-go, but you probably won't be able to use them with voice assistants, even through your paired smartphone.

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