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The 4 Best JBL Speakers of 2022 Reviews

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Best JBL Speakers

We've currently tested 18 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 JBL Bluetooth Speaker

    The best JBL Bluetooth speaker that we've tested is the JBL Boombox 2. This mid-sized Bluetooth speaker comes with a built-in carrying handle to help you easily transport it to your next gathering. It's also rated IPX7 for water resistance, meaning it's certified to be immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you can take it outdoors without worrying about it getting wet. This speaker packs a punch with a bit of extra boom in the high-bass range. It has a fairly neutral default sound profile suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. However, it's still difficult to feel the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music genres like EDM or hip-hop.

    There's a PartyBoost feature to 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, making it great for long listening sessions, though this varies depending on your usage.

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  2. Best JBL Speaker Under $200

    The JBL Charge 5 is the best JBL portable speaker we've tested under $200. This portable speaker is small enough that you can carry it in one hand and comes in many different colors. It comes with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance that certifies it to be fully dust-tight and immersible in up to a meter of water for 30 minutes, so you can take it outdoors without needing to worry about it getting wet. It has a neutral sound profile out of the box, suitable for listing to lots of different music genres, and you can customize its sound to your liking thanks to the graphic EQ in its companion app. Like most speakers its size, you can't feel the deep thump and rumble typically present in bass-heavy music genres.

    Its long-lasting battery life of over 14 hours makes it great for long listening sessions. It also comes with a PartyBoost button, so you can connect it to other PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers like the JBL Xtreme 3 and the JBL Pulse 4 when you want to amplify your audio across a larger space. If you're looking for a speaker for under $200 that can produce a deeper bass and offers a more immersive-sounding soundstage, consider the JBL Xtreme 2. However, it isn't as small and portable as the Charge 5. It also isn't as customizable since it doesn't come with a graphic EQ to adjust its sound to your liking.

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  3. Best JBL Speaker Under $100

    The JBL Flip 4 is the best speaker by JBL that we've tested for under $100. You can find this small and versatile speaker in many different colors and styles. It comes with a carrying strap to help you transport it with you on the go, and there's an AUX input you can use to wire older devices to the speaker. Its sound profile out-of-the-box is well-balanced, making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. It comes with the JBL Connect+ feature, which you can use to connect it to other JBL Connect+ speakers when you want to create a stereo pair or amplify its sound across larger areas. It even supports Siri and Google Assistant through your smartphone. Also, unlike the JBL Flip 5 and the JBL Flip 6, it can play stereo content without downmixing it to mono, which is more immersive.

    Unfortunately, you can't connect it to PartyBoost-compatible JBL speakers. Like most speakers its size, it lacks a thumpy low-bass. You can also sometimes find the Flip 5 for under our budget price point of $100. Also, if you're willing to stretch your budget, the JBL Flip 6 comes with graphic EQ to tweak its sound to your liking, which is handy if you like having more control over your speaker's sound. However, 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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  4. Best JBL Speaker Party Speaker

    If you're looking for the best JBL party speaker, the JBL PartyBox 310 is among the best speakers for parties we've tested. While it doesn't produce as deep a bass as the JBL PartyBox 710, the 310 is smaller, battery-powered, and has a built-in telescopic handle and wheels, making it much more portable. It even comes with a 12V DC port to charge it from your car's lighter port. It's rated IPX4 for water resistance, so you don't have to worry about it getting a bit wet from some light rain while outdoors.

    It has a boomy sound profile that can produce quite an extended low-bass with Bass Boost set to '1' and can get incredibly loud, making it great for parties. You can customize its sound to your liking, thanks to the graphic EQ featured in its companion app. Its RGB lights are also customizable, and there are 'Mic' and 'Mic or Guitar' inputs with karaoke-related settings that'll please musicians and karaoke-lovers.

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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 Portable app, though only the newer models tend to have access to the app's 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 don't have much control over the sound profiles of their older models. Most of them also can't be used as voice assistant speakers.

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 07, 2022: Restructured article to better reflect user needs. Made the JBL Boombox 2 the 'Best JBL Speaker'. Added the JBL Charge 5 as the 'Best JBL Speaker under $200'. Made the JBL Flip 4 the 'Best JBL Speaker Under $100' and the JBL PartyBox 310 the 'Best JBL Speaker For Parties'.

  2. Apr 08, 2022: Updated text for clarity; no changes to product picks.

  3. Feb 08, 2022: Verified picks for availability. Minor changes were made to the text for accuracy; no changes to picks.

  4. 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.

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

Conclusion

JBL offers lots of speakers for many uses. Generally, they have a pretty neutral sound profile, but most of them 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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