Best JBL Bluetooth speaker 2022: stylish wireless speakers in all shapes and sizes

These are the best JBL Bluetooth speakers for all budgets

Best JBL Bluetooth speaker
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Picking the best JBL Bluetooth speaker is quite a mission because they’ve got so many to choose from. 

The best JBL portable speakers will let you play your music wirelessly from your phone, tablet or computer - they come in all shapes and sizes, and can be good to buy for yourself or for someone else as a gift. 

Some are more suited to listening alone while others will be able to soundtrack a huge party, but all of the best Bluetooth speakers give you a quick and easy way to listen to your favourite songs out loud.

JBL is an audio brand that doesn’t really need an introduction, it’s so popular that you would have had to have been living under a rock to not have heard the name before. 

With options ranging from a tiny pocket-friendly portable speaker or a huge wall-shaking boombox, JBL is sure to have something to suit you and your budget.

Known for impressive sound quality paired with cool designs, you don’t need to choose between form and function when you buy a JBL Bluetooth speaker. A lot of them come in a range of fun colours and they are pretty rugged too, which is why they make up some of the best waterproof speakers you can buy.

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Best JBL Bluetooth speaker: JBL Flip 6T3 Approved badge


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Best JBL Bluetooth speaker for most people

Specifications

Weight: 550g
Battery life: 12 hours
Waterproof: Yes
Aux-in: No
PartyBoost: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Waterproof and dustproof 
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Manual EQ settings in the app
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Comes in loads of colours

Reasons to avoid

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Average battery life
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Lacks speakerphone function

Packing great sound into a relatively small and inexpensive device, the JBL Flip 6 is the best JBL Bluetooth speaker for most people. You can buy it in loads of different colours including red, green, pink, blue and grey. 

Because it's so compact, you'll easily be able to slip this into your bag and you'll still have room for your other bits and pieces. It's waterproof and dustproof as well so you won't need to worry about damaging it, wherever you plan to use it. 

Despite its size, the sound is actually quite impressive. It's powerful enough to fill up the room and you can even use it in a busy outside space. For those who like lots of control over the music, there are manual equaliser settings in the app that let you adjust the bass, mids and treble. 

There's just one downside. In comparison to some of the other speakers on this list, the battery life is just average, giving you about 12 hours of music before it runs out. What that means is that it won't survive a whole weekend away, but it should get you through an evening in with friends or a day trip to the beach.

Take a look at the JBL Flip 6 review to find out more. 

JBL Charge 5 in turquoise on white backgroundT3 Approved badge

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Best JBL Bluetooth speaker for parties

Specifications

Weight: 960g
Battery life: 20 hours
Waterproof : Yes
Aux-in: No
PartyBoost: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Powerful sound
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20-hour battery life
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Can be used to charge your phone

Reasons to avoid

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No EQ settings in the app 
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You can’t use PartyBoost with Connect+ speakers

Perfect for parties, the JBL Charge 5 is one of the best JBL Bluetooth speakers you can buy if you love to host. Not only does it sound great but it looks cool too, especially if you buy it in one of the more funky colourways. 

Granted it is bigger than what most people would want from a portable speaker but it's also a lot more powerful than the smaller devices on this list, and it offers a lot more in the way of battery life. 

You probably won't need to but if you did want to make the audio even louder then it has the JBL PartyBoost function which lets you pair two or more compatible speakers together to double up on sound. 

That's not all though, the JBL Charge 5 can charge your smartphone so you can keep the music playing if you run low on juice when you're using it out and about. Has it sparked your interest? Read the full JBL Charge 5 review

JBL Go 3 in redT3 Approved badge

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Best cheap and tiny JBL speaker

Specifications

Weight: 209g
Battery life: 5 hours
Waterproof: Yes
Aux-in: No
PartyBoost: No

Reasons to buy

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Compact and portable 
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Decent sound quality
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Waterproof design

Reasons to avoid

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Takes a while to charge 
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No microphone or manual EQ

Speakers don't always have to be big, expensive and powerful - the JBL Go 3 is a pocket-friendly speaker that you can keep in your bag just in case you need it.

Unlike a lot of the others on this list, you won't get a whole array of extra features like a speakerphone or smartphone charging, nor will you be able to use it for hours and hours on end. But the JBL Go 3 is very easy to use, hassle-free to carry around and it's waterproof so will survive getting caught in the rain. 

While this reliable little musical companion will be best used to listen by yourself or in a small group, considering how small it is, you will be surprised by how loud and clear the sound is. Want to know more? Check out the JBL Go 3 review

JBL Xtreme 3 in blueT3 Approved badge

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Best JBL Bluetooth speaker to use outside

Specifications

Weight: 2kg
Battery life: 15 hours
Waterproof : Yes
Aux-in: No

Reasons to buy

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15 hours of battery life
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Very loud, punchy sound
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Waterproof and dustproof

Reasons to avoid

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Awkward to carry around
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No speakerphone like in the JBL Xtreme 2

Anyone who spends a lot of time out in the elements will know that it's not easy to find a portable speaker that is durable enough to cope with knocks, bumps, dirt, sand and unexpected rain. If you can relate to this then the JBL Xtreme 3 was made for you. 

Designed for the outdoors, this speaker has a rugged design that is fully waterproof and dustproof. It's far from being a small portable speaker though, you definitely won't be able to fit it in your backpack but it does come with a strap to carry it with. 

The JBL Xtreme 3 is a speaker for those who want to play their music loudly, or at least who want the option to. It's a party speaker perfect for camping trips or beach days. It even has a handy bottle opener on the strap! 

When we tested it out, we absolutely loved it. It has seriously big sound and it's packed full of features - find out more in the JBL Xtreme 3 review

JBL Partybox 710 speaker with RGB lights on a white backgroundT3 Approved badge

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Most powerful JBL Bluetooth speaker

Specifications

Weight: 27.8kg
Battery life: N/A
Waterproof : IPX4
Aux-in: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Seriously powerful sound
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Cool RGB light show
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Loads of ways to connect

Reasons to avoid

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It's huge 
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Very expensive 

The JBL Partybox 710 is undoubtedly the most powerful JBL speaker on this list. And no wonder, it's about the size of a mini-fridge. Not many people will have the space or need for it, but if you do then this is a seriously cool piece of kit. 

Wall-shaking sound is an understatement, with 800W of power it's sure to get the party started. Behind the speaker grille is a set of RGB lights that pulse and strobe along with the beat, you'll be able to turn your living room into a nightclub with this. 

There are loads of ways to connect to it as well, including Bluetooth, USB, a 3.5mm audio input, a guitar-in and even a mic-in. It really is a party in a box! Read more in the JBL Partybox 710 review

How to choose the best JBL speaker for you 

You’ll have to decide on a few things before you splash out on a new JBL Bluetooth speaker. Firstly, think about what you need the speaker for, do you plan to use it by yourself or in a group? If you plan to use it with other people, are you thinking of a few friends or a big party? At home or outside? Do you want something you can slip in your bag or are you happy to carry it? 

Then you’ll need to consider your budget - JBL speakers range from less than $40 / £35 / AU$60 up to nearly $800 / £700 / AU$1,000 with lots of options in between. Obviously, the more you spend the more feature-heavy and the more powerful the speaker will be. 

When it comes to features, there are a few you could look out for. You might not need anything more than a basic speaker but it could be that you need a built-in mic so you can use it as a speakerphone, or long battery life might be a must-have if you want to go on trips with it, or you might desperately need it to be waterproof if you plan to use it outside a lot. 

One other thing to consider is whether you want to have JBL PartyBoost or not. This feature allows you to pair two or more of the speakers together to make the sound even bigger. It's great to get the party started if you and a friend both have compatible devices. 

Is JBL or Bose better?

When it comes to the question 'is JBL or Bose better?' it'll really depend on what you're looking for. 

JBL Bluetooth speakers are more fun, they come in loads of colours with quirky design features and they'll be fine to use outdoors, whereas the best Bose Bluetooth speakers are more sophisticated in their features and tend to look a little bit more grown-up. 

When it comes to the sound, JBL portable speakers tend to have more volume and a thumping bass but the precision and clarity doesn't quite match up to Bose devices which are more audiophile-friendly. 

If you're someone who hosts a lot of people, a JBL speaker might have a better sound for you but if you're more likely to listen by yourself or in small groups, Bose could be the more suitable option. So to sum things up, JBL speakers are for party people whereas Bose speakers are better suited to dinner-party-people. 

Yasmine Crossland
Yasmine Crossland

Reviews Writer for T3, Yasmine, started writing reviews in 2019 and is always knee-deep in the latest tech products. She keeps a finger on the pulse when it comes to the most exciting and innovative tech and is happy to tell you exactly what she thinks about it too. In her free time, you'll catch her tending to her plants and planning her next big trip.