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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.