Best JBL Bluetooth Speakers

Review & Comparison, Last Update October 18, 2018
JBL is a company best known for their portable speakers that offer excellent quality at a reasonable price. If you are looking for a good combination of those parameters, they've got you covered. Check the list below, we did our best to select models for just about any user. ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS

The JBL Connect+ technology allows you to connect multiple speakers wirelessly to allow for the maximum possible range. The light sequencing feature gives you the ability to put on a spectacular light show along with the music.

CONS

Lightshow feature requires high volume of music.

OUR VERDICT

Few other Bluetooth speakers can match the overall entertainment value of this device. The excellent audio quality coupled with the spectacular light show will enliven any party or get-together, providing hours of entertainment for everyone.

detailed parameters
Sound

360 degrees

Power Output

20W

Power Type

Li-ion battery

Frequency Range

65 - 20000 Hz

Signal/Noise

80 dB

Battery Life

up to 12 hours

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.2

Features

Call answer, Waterproof housing, Built-in light show, JBL Connect+, JBL Connect app for smartphones

Warranty

1 year

PROS

Used in conjunction with the JBL Connect app on your smartphone or tablet, you can connect up to two mobile devices to play music through this speaker, with up to 12 hours of playing time thanks to the built-in rechargeable battery.

CONS

Long charge time.

OUR VERDICT

The simple design of this speaker hides many of the special features that it offers. The excellent sound quality with deep bass sounds and a high treble provide an unmatched clarity to your music, and the waterproof design lets you use it in any wet conditions.

detailed parameters
Sound

Wide range

Power Output

16W

Power Type

Li-ion battery

Frequency Range

70 - 20000 Hz

Signal/Noise

80 dB

Battery Life

up to 12 hours

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.2

Features

Waterproof housing, JBL Connect+, JBL Connect through smartphone, Speakerphone, Voice assistant integreation (Google Now/Siri)

Warranty

1 year

PROS

This ultra-portable speaker includes a clip that allows you to attach it to anything, even to your clothes. You can bring your music with you anywhere and entertain a crowd. Connects with multiple JBL speakers through JBL Connect+.

CONS

Can be difficult to pair via Bluetooth.

OUR VERDICT

This super small portable speaker has surprisingly good sound quality, and the connectivity features allow it to pair up with multiple other JBL speakers to provide a truly immersive audio experience, no matter your location or the weather conditions.

detailed parameters
Sound

Frontal

Power Output

3W

Power Type

Li-ion battery

Frequency Range

120 - 20000 Hz

Signal/Noise

80 dB

Battery Life

up to 8 hours

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.2, 3.5mm audio cable

Features

Integrated audio cable, Waterproof housing, USB charging, Speakerphone, Clip, JBL Connect+

Warranty

1 year

PROS

A powerful portable speaker that includes a high capacity 6000mAH battery, giving you up to 20 hours of play time. You can also charge your phone by connecting it to the phone through the built-in USB port.

CONS

Best sound quality may require use of an equalizer.

OUR VERDICT

The exterior design of the JBL Charge 3 is fantastic, with its sleek black enclosure. The superb sound quality will amaze even the biggest audiophile. Anyone looking for a super long lasting portable speaker with tons of options will be sure to fall in love with this model.

detailed parameters
Sound

Stereo

Power Output

2 x 10W

Power Type

Lithium polymer

Frequency Range

65 - 20000 Hz

Signal/Noise

80 dB

Battery Life

up to 20 hours

Connectivity

Bluetooth 4.1, 3.5mm audio cable

Features

USB port, DC power input, Waterproof housing, Speakerphone, JBL Connect+, USB charging output

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The speakerphone function has echo and noise reduction technologies for clear conference calls, and the JBL Connect+ function allows you to combine several speakers into a single output source, giving you a powerful audio system.

CONS

The included lanyard gets tangled up easily.

OUR VERDICT

The JBL Flip 3 is a stylish portable speaker, which you can take with you wherever you go. Two built-in speakers with a total power of 16 watts provide a loud and clear sound, and the splashproof design lets it withstand even heavy rain.

detailed parameters
Sound

Stereo

Power Output

2 x 8W

Power Type

Li-ion battery

Frequency Range

85 - 20000 Hz

Signal/Noise

Less than 80 dB

Battery Life

up to 10 hours

Connectivity

Bluetooth, mini Jack 3,5 mm, microUSB (for charging)

Features

Splashproof case, Microphone, 2 passive radiators, JBL Connect+

Warranty

1 year

JBL Pulse 3

Audio and Visual Treat

One of the most popular uses for Bluetooth speakers is in using them to entertain a large group of people with music. Their high portability makes them easy to take with you almost anywhere, and being able to seamlessly connect it with a smartphone or another mobile device gives you instant access to hours of music. This gives anyone the ability to set up an instant party almost anywhere, with the only thing missing being something visual to go along with the music.

The JBL Pulse 3 gives you visual entertainment along with the music, providing a simple way to set up an instant dance party. This Bluetooth speaker isn't just an ordinary device that looks similar to others of its kind. It includes lights built in to the speaker that pulsate and flash along with the music, providing a truly entertaining atmosphere. The LED lights are quite colorful and flash, pulsate, and swirl in a seamless fashion, and are very brightly lit. The speaker comes with 8 different light modes, including a mode that allows you to fully customize the light sequences via the JBL Connect mobile app. This portable Bluetooth speaker truly provides a unique experience that is virtually unmatched by almost any other model.

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Life of the Party

The LED light sequences are quite entertaining, but are far from the only thing this JBL Bluetooth speaker has to offer. After all, it wouldn't be very entertaining if the sound quality couldn't match the spectacle of the lights, but thankfully this speaker has great sound quality, with a deep bass and crystal clear audio. The speaker can easily pair with your mobile device, giving you instant access to any of your own music, and what's more, it can even be paired with multiple speakers via the JBL Connect+ technology. This allows for over 100 speakers to be connected together, so there shouldn't ever be a problem with having too many speakers.

This device also includes many other features, including a speakerphone that allows for one touch answering of calls as well as a noise and echo cancelling microphone. The built-in 6000mAH lithium-ion battery gives you plenty of power, allowing for up to 12 hours of play time, depending on the volume. The waterproof enclosure ensures that exposure to wet weather or poolside parties does not damage the device, with users reporting that it can even float in a pool while playing music. With all of these features bundled together, this speaker can help make you the life of the party.

JBL Pulse 3 in the use

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JBL Flip 4

High Quality Performance

A problem that has plagued many portable Bluetooth speakers is one of audio quality. The small, portable nature of these devices often doesn't lend itself to giving great audio quality, with cheap internal speakers built inside of a small enclosure. Although the portable nature of these devices provide a measure of convenience, many users are still missing out on getting a high-quality audio experience. This often begs the question of why having great audio quality along and high convenience has to be mutually exclusive.

The JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker is JBL's answer to that question. Featuring a waterproof enclosure, this speaker has been designed to provide both high audio quality and convenience in one simple device. The audio played by this device is clear and loud, with the speaker being surprisingly powerful for one of its size. The waterproof enclosure ensures that this speaker can be used in almost any weather conditions, and even makes the perfect poolside companion. No longer do you need to worry about having your speaker too close to the water. In fact, you can even put it in the water if you so desire, as it will remain buoyant while still delivering great audio.

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JBL HOME SPEAKERS YOU CAN USE WHEREVER YOU ARE

Many other great features are included in this Bluetooth speaker. As with many other JBL wireless Bluetooth speakers, it includes the JBL Connect+ technology, which allows for the connection of multiple speakers in order to provide true immersion in the audio for a large group of people. The ability to sync with two different mobile devices simultaneously also allows for more than one person to control which music or audio is being played at any given moment. This means that you can have a friend take control of the playlist while you are busy doing something else, which greatly adds to the convenience provided by this speaker.

This model includes a built-in 3000mAH lithium-ion battery, providing up to 12 hours of playtime, and can quickly be recharged, even while in use. Also included is speakerphone functionality, which automatically pauses music while on a call, with easy one-touch answering and great call quality provided by both the speaker and the built-in noise cancelling microphone. This helps make this speaker perfect not just for parties and get-togethers, but also for conference calls. With such flexibility in its use, this JBL speaker with mic makes the perfect companion for wherever you are.

JBL Flip 4 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker in the use

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JBL Clip 2

JBL Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

When most people think of portable music, they think of listening to tunes on their smartphone or MP3 player while using headphones. This is great for when you are by yourself, just wanting to hear your own favorite songs, but it is less than helpful when there is a group of people with you who want to be entertained. The loudspeaker on most portable devices is severely lacking in loudness and sound quality, so the perfect solution is a good portable Bluetooth speaker. However, many of them don't allow you to easily carry them with you.

The JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker is the perfect remedy for such situations, Featuring a clip that allows for attaching it to virtually anything, even your clothes, this ultra-portable speaker can go with you almost anywhere, without the need for taking any special precautions. Just clip it on to your shirt or belt, pair it with your phone, and you can turn yourself into the ultimate walking DJ. The waterproof enclosure ensures that it can safely play music in most weather conditions, even while raining, and you can even take it into the pool with you. This adds a level of flexibility to this speaker that just can't be matched by most other models.

Review of JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Classic Design

The portable nature of this JBL small Bluetooth speaker coupled with the waterproof enclosure is enough to catch the attention of most people, but the extra features it includes will definitely make this an attractive option. Featuring the JBL Connect+ technology, this speaker can be paired into a network with other JBL Bluetooth speakers to help give a surround sound experience. Even so, just by itself, this speaker provides surprisingly loud and clear audio, without distortion even at the highest volume setting. For those who don't have a Bluetooth-enabled device, this speaker also includes a 3.5 mm audio cable to allow it to play audio from almost any device.

The features don't stop here, of course. This model also includes speakerphone capability, allowing the user to answer a call with the touch of a button, and the built-in microphone provides crystal clear voice quality. The lithium-ion battery provides up to 8 hours of continuous audio playback, which is perfect for long outings away from an electrical outlet. Even when it needs to be charged, it charges quickly and can still play audio simultaneously. For anyone who wants an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker, this model will be a great fit.

JBL Clip 2 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker in the use

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JBL Charge 3

Take Charge of Your Audio

Anyone who is looking for a great portable Bluetooth speaker would like one that has a great mix of features, form, and functionality. Finding the perfect balance in these three categories, however, can prove to be difficult, even with a large number of Bluetooth speakers on the market. While one model may excel in one or two areas, it most often falls short in another. This sadly remains true for even many of the most highly rated Bluetooth speakers available, but surely, there has to be one that excels in all areas without falling short.

Indeed, this is definitely the case with the JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker. Featuring a waterproof design that is so airtight that you can take it into the pool or shower with you, this Bluetooth speaker provides a set of features and functionality that is unrivaled by most other models. The watertight build of this model doesn't sacrifice any other features, offering excellent sound quality, high portability, and even extra long battery life. The Lithium-ion Polymer battery provides up to 20 hours of play time, and can also even charge your smartphone or tablet thanks to the built-in USB charging port. This lets the speaker double as a portable charger.

Review of JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

Crystal Clear Sound

The audio capabilities of this model are certainly not lacking. The speaker has a very high range of audio, including very deep bass and high trebles, and is louder than most other comparable Bluetooth speakers. The speaker also can be adjusted with an equalizer included with the smartphone app, allowing unprecedented control over the audio quality, as well as other functions. Just like with most other JBL speakers, it includes the JBL Connect+ functionality, allowing for it to join a network of other speakers, Furthermore, you can even connect up to 3 mobile devices to it, allowing for more than one person to control the playlist.

Also included with this JBL home speaker are many of the other great features that are standard with many JBL speakers, including speakerphone capability with a noise cancelling microphone, full control through the JBL mobile app, as well as an overall superb design aesthetic. The engineers at JBL really hit one out of the park with this model, with the excellent feature set along with the outstanding audio quality making it one of the most highly rated Bluetooth speakers on the market. Anyone looking for the best balance of features and sound quality can stop their search right here.

JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker in the use

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JBL Flip3

Splashproof and Durable

Many people who are looking for a good portable Bluetooth speaker don't really need anything fancy, or a device that is loaded with bells and whistles. Just having an inexpensive device with good sound quality is what many people prefer. Just as long as the audio is clear, and the speaker is durable enough to handle most adventures, it will be good enough for their needs. Of course, finding a speaker that matches these criteria is great, but what about a speaker that matches these criteria while still having plenty of features?

The JBL Flip3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker is a great option for those whose needs in a Bluetooth speaker match the above. Featuring a durable splashproof design, this speaker is able to withstand most conditions with ease, without need of worrying about how wet and rainy the weather is. Although the speaker enclosure is not waterproof enough to withstand submersion in water, this speaker will still hold up well to most other wet conditions, even in the shower or near the pool. Along with the durability comes crystal clear audio, providing a great listening experience, especially when compared to most other Bluetooth speakers in the same price range.

Review of JBL Flip3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker

A Great All-Around Package

The above mentioned features of this speaker are great, but it also does not skimp out on the included features. The well-renown JBL Connect+ functionality is included, allowing for the speaker to pair up in a network with other JBL speakers, enabling the network to provide great sound quality over a large area. The wireless Bluetooth streaming also allows for the speaker to pair up with up to 3 mobile devices, allowing you and two of your friends to control the output. This is great for something like a pool party, where multiple speakers are networked together and you and your friends take turns playing your favorite tunes to the delight of all.

Many of the other great features that JBL speakers are known for are included here. The speakerphone capability allows for easily answering calls, being perfect for a conference call or even in a meeting room. The built-in battery provides up to 10 hours of playtime, providing enough power for even the longest parties. The controls on the speaker are also quite intuitive, allowing easy access to Bluetooth pairing, volume control, and call answering. For its price range, this quite durable and high-quality JBL Bluetooth speaker provides a great experience for anyone.

JBL Flip3 Splashproof Portable Bluetooth Speaker in the use

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What is a JBL Bluetooth Speaker?

Portable speakers have been a common accessory for mobile devices, allowing for any smartphone, tablet, or even a laptop to output high-quality sound in almost any location. The JBL brand has proven to be one of the best on the market for portable speakers, providing a wide range of models, all of which are highly rated in comparison to the competition.

The JBL Bluetooth speakers can connect to mobile devices through the included Bluetooth functionality, which is featured in most smartphones, tablets, and even in many laptops and other computing devices, including mobile devices from Apple, Samsung, and many others. Bluetooth allows for a high bandwidth wireless connection that provides connectivity over a wide area, which is perfect for portable speakers. Having such devices allows you to bring your music wherever you go and play it for an audience, thus turning your mobile device into a portable DJ station.

Most of the JBL Bluetooth speakers include a waterproof or slapshproof design, making these ideal for pool parties, or in wet and rainy weather. If you are looking for a great smartphone to use in conjunction with JBL portable speakers, take a look at our reviews for the best Android or Apple smartphones.

What Features to Compare

When most people think of speakers, they think of relatively simple devices, consisting of a round speaker inside a wooden or plastic enclosure. For many years, speakers really were just simple devices, but the advancement of technology has enabled them to become far more complex. Even so, at their very nature the purpose of a speaker is to provide audio output in the best possible quality.

With portable Bluetooth speakers, however, many of them incorporate a lot of features that many people may not be familiar with. It is best to be aware of these features and to know what qualities your portable Bluetooth speakers will have before settling on a model. Here are a few things to pay attention to when you are choosing which JBL Bluetooth speakers to buy.

Audio quality

Regardless of the size or type of speakers that anyone wants to buy, they always want the best audio quality possible. With the JBL brand of Bluetooth speakers, you can be assured of having crystal clear audio. However, a person's ears may decide that one set sounds better than another, so choose whichever model provides the most ear-pleasing sounds.

Battery life

With portable Bluetooth speakers, the total battery life is a very important characteristic to pay attention to. The longer the battery life, the longer you can play music without needing to look for the nearest power outlet.

Connectivity

Bluetooth provides a great way to wirelessly connect speakers or other audio devices to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. However, not all mobile devices include Bluetooth, and what's more, certain situations may demand a physical connection. If you need to connect a device to your speakers in a manner that does not include Bluetooth, make sure that the speakers you buy include other methods of input.

Extra features

Many of the JBL Bluetooth speakers are loaded with extra features, so it is best to pay attention to which features are included in your preferred model. Almost all JBL Bluetooth speakers include the JBL Connect+ feature, which allows you to pair multiple speakers together to provide audio to a wide-ranging area. Some other features that are included in various models include speakerphone and call answering capabilities, USB charging for mobile devices, and the ability to control the speakers by using the JBL Connect app on your smartphone or tablet. Many other extra features may also be included in various models, so make sure you choose the model that includes the features that you want. In this article, we compare JBL Bluetooth speakers that are the most popular with modern users. 

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The Best Uses for a JBL Bluetooth Speaker

Having a great portable Bluetooth speaker from JBL is always nice, but many people can only think of one or two uses for one. Sure, they are great for a get-together or party, but there are numerous other ways to use your new JBL Bluetooth speaker. See some of the possible uses for one below, and help open up a new world of great music and fun times wherever you go.

Parties - This probably goes without saying. When most people are looking for a great Bluetooth speaker, having one for use during a party is what is very often on their minds. However, what they don't often think of is where exactly you can have the party. Anyone who had a circle of friends in high school probably remembers how impromptu parties could happen almost anywhere. Whether at the park, the neighborhood pool, or even out in the woods, putting together a party on short notice is quite common amongst teens. Having a JBL Bluetooth speaker gives you the ability to do this in virtually any location, with instant access to music to be enjoyed by all.

In the Shower - Quite a few people enjoy listening to music while in the shower. After all, it's a great time to help relax while getting clean, and being able to listen to your music helps make it that much more enjoyable. Of course, most mobile devices are not waterproof, and there's always the risk of getting it or any electronics equipment wet. Even leaving a mobile device in the bathroom while taking a shower can leave it vulnerable to water damage. The solution to this, of course, is to have a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. You can stream your favorite tunes to it while your mobile device is far away from water. The waterproof design of most JBL Bluetooth speakers makes them quite usable during a shower, even having it in the shower with you.

Conferences - Most people who are thinking of getting a Bluetooth speaker are probably looking for one to add fun and excitement to events, but there are plenty of serious uses for them as well. One such would be as a PA system in a conference. With the JBL Connect+ technology, you can use a group of speakers all paired together to help provide an instant PA system for your large conference. Pairing a Bluetooth microphone is just as easy as pairing any other device to it.

Group Calls - Anyone with a family is probably quite familiar with sharing a phone while calling your family or friends in other location. Back before mobile phones were common, this often involved needing to pass the phone receiver from one person to another. Even with most mobile phones providing a loudspeaker, the audio and call quality with them often leaves much to be desired. WIth a JBL Bluetooth speaker, however, you can now have access to crystal clear calls with a great noise cancelling microphone, allowing you and a group of family or friends to speak to someone else over the phone without worries of poor call quality.

Hiking/Camping - Plenty of people enjoy spending time in nature, going on a long hike, or camping out with friends. Why not add some music to these activities? With a JBL Bluetooth speaker, you can bring your music with you anywhere you go, allowing both you and your friends to enjoy your favorite music together.

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Publish Date: 2018-06-21 13:51:52