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The 3 Best JBL Speakers of 2022 Reviews

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Best JBL Speakers

We've currently tested 16 JBL speakers. JBL is a well-known brand that offers portable Bluetooth speakers well-suited for listening to lots of different types of audio content.

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Best JBL Speakers


  1. Best Bluetooth JBL Speaker

    7.5
    Music
    6.7
    Videos/Movies
    7.2
    Podcasts
    2.9
    Voice Assistant
    7.4
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    No
    Voice Assistant
    No
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    The JBL PartyBox 310 is the best JBL Bluetooth speaker we've tested. This large party speaker comes with customizable RGB lights. With its Bass Boost feature set to '1', it has a boomy sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. You can use the Bass Boost feature to add extra thump and rumble to your audio, which may please fans of bass-heavy music genres. This speaker can get incredibly loud, meaning it can easily fill large and crowded spaces. It's rated IPX4 for water resistance, meaning this decently built speaker is certified to be protected from small splashes of water. It also comes with 'Mic' and 'Mic or Guitar' inputs and other karaoke-related settings that may please musicians.

    Unfortunately, there's some compression present at max volume, so your audio may not sound as clean at louder volumes. It's also heavier and bulkier than the JBL PartyBox 110 and JBL PartyBox On-The-Go. Fortunately, it comes with built-in wheels and a telescopic handle to help with transporting it. It's a solid choice if you're looking for a good Bluetooth JBL speaker for music and is even one of the best speakers for parties that we've tested.

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  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 JBL portable speaker we've tested is the JBL Boombox 2. Although it's much larger than the JBL Clip 4 that comes with a built-in carabiner hook, this speaker has a built-in carrying handle to help with transporting, and you can easily carry it with one hand. It's also well-built, with an IPX7 rating for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be immersed in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you can easily take it outdoors with you. It has a neutral sound profile, making it suitable for listening to a variety of audio content, and it can get pretty loud. It comes with a PartyBoost feature, so you can connect it with other PartyBoost-compatible speakers when you want your audio to fill a large room without increasing the speaker's volume. Also, it has an incredible battery life that can last almost 24 hours from a single charge, though this can depend on your usage.

    Unfortunately, there's some compression present at max volume, so your audio doesn't sound as clean at louder volume settings. It also doesn't support voice assistants, which may disappoint those who rely on them. That said, it's still a great choice if you're looking for a portable JBL speaker.

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  3. Best Budget JBL Speaker

    6.3
    Music
    6.0
    Videos/Movies
    7.2
    Podcasts
    5.2
    Voice Assistant
    7.0
    Outdoors
    Bluetooth
    Yes
    Wi-Fi
    No
    Speakerphone
    Yes
    Voice Assistant
    Yes
    Battery Powered
    Yes

    If you're looking for a good JBL speaker on a budget, the JBL Flip 4 is the best JBL speaker we've tested in this category. This small stereo Bluetooth speaker comes in many different colors you can choose from, and its small size and carrying strap make it easy to take with you when you're out and about. Its fairly well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box is suitable for listening to lots of different audio content. You can connect it to other JBL speakers that support the JBL Connect+ feature when you want to create a stereo pair or amplify your audio without increasing its volume. You can also connect Google Assistant or Siri from your smartphone to the speaker, and it even comes with an AUX port you can use to wire older devices to it.

    Unfortunately, like many small speakers, it doesn't get very loud and lacks low-bass, so you can't feel the thump and rumble in bass-heavy music like EDM. You also can't connect it to PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers. Consider the next-generation JBL Flip 5 if you prefer a PartyBoost-compatible speaker that can produce a more extended low-bass, though it's a mono speaker that currently retails for a bit more than our $100 price point for budget speakers. That said, if you're looking for a versatile JBL speaker at a more affordable price, the Flip 4 is still a solid choice.

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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. It 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. 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 neutral sound profile. However, you can't customize their sound or use them as voice assistant speakers.

Recent Updates

  1. Dec 10, 2021: Replaced the JBL Flip 5 with the JBL Flip 4 since it's more versatile, and since the Flip 5 currently retails for more than our $100 price point for budget speakers.

  2. Oct 12, 2021: Minor updates to the text for accuracy; no changes in product picks.

  3. Aug 13, 2021: Verified picks for accuracy and updated text for clarity.

  4. Jun 15, 2021: Confirmed the picks are still the best recommendations for our users. Minor changes were made to the text for consistency and accuracy.

  5. Apr 16, 2021: Replaced the JBL PartyBox 100 with the JBL PartyBox 310. Text was updated for consistency and accuracy.

Conclusion

JBL offers lots of speakers for many 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 for bringing 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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