If you are a music lover, then JBL Bluetooth speakers are one of the best investments you can make. Sure, you probably have a laptop, cellphone or tablet that has been working just fine for playing your music. However, if you have never used a set of high quality Bluetooth speakers, then you don't know what you're missing. JBL Bluetooth speakers can take your music listening experience to the next level. If you're wondering why we feel that way, we are going to answer that for you in the following by breaking down their features, how they work, and some of the Bluetooth speakers JBL offers so that you know how to choose the best JBL Bluetooth speakers for you.

What Are the Different JBL Bluetooth Speakers?

JBL carries several different models of Bluetooth speakers. We have compiled a list of some of them for you below. Although JBL still offers some of the older versions of the following models, we are going to focus only on their latest and greatest versions, as they have been upgraded in design, features and sound quality.

  • Cruise
  • Boombox
  • Trip
  • Go 2
  • Flip 4
  • Xtreme 2
  • Pulse 3 
  • Charge 4
  • Link 20

What Are the Features of JBL Bluetooth Speakers?

The features of the JBL Bluetooth speakers vary by model and price. We will go over each of their features and highlights below.

JBL Cruise

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The JBL Cruise is an audio system that was built specifically for motorcyclists and riders of all kinds. It consists of two small, waterproof, handlebar-mounted speakers that are also glove-friendly. The system is charged with a USB port. Sound quality in the JBL Cruise audio system is excellent due to a built-in digital amplifier and two 65 mm transducers. The Cruise can also be painted to match your bike. Users rave that the sound quality is superb, even at highway speeds. The Cruise can be purchased for around $$.

JBL Boombox

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The Boombox is the brand's most powerful portable Bluetooth speaker. Boombox's features include a 24-hour charge, 20,000mAh battery and dual charge out for your devices. It can switch between indoor and outdoor modes for the best sound in both environments. The Boombox is IPX7 waterproof, which means it can be completely submerged in three feet of water for up to 30 minutes, making it safe for the pool, beach or bath. You can also connect over 100 other JBL Connect+ enabled speakers easily via Bluetooth if you so choose. People love its crisp and clear bass, reporting that the Boombox has enough power to shake the pictures on their walls. You can purchase the JBL Boombox for around $$.

JBL Trip

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The Trip is a visor-mounted portable speaker that makes taking calls in your vehicle much safer. Simply connect it to your cellphone, and you can take your calls via the Trip. There is no need to worry about road noise as the Trip is built with HARMAN's voice cancellation technology. You can also use navigation apps such as iONRaod, listen to factory radio, or music from your devices. It has an eight-hour charge life. The JBL Trip runs for around $$.

JBL Go 2

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The Go 2 is an IPX7 waterproof, portable Bluetooth speaker. It has up to five hours of play time and a built-in noise canceling speakerphone function. The Go 2 is rectangular and compact in design. There are 12 colors to choose from. This speaker is one of JBL's less expensive portable Bluetooth speakers at around $. Customers praise the Go 2's super sound and design quality.

JBL Flip 4

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The JBL Flip 4 is a portable, IPX7 waterproof, cylindrical shaped speaker that allows you to connect up to two smartphones or tablets at a time. Its upgrades from previous versions include a slightly taller and slimmer design, Connect+, improved run time, and better sound quality. It has 16w output power with a built-in 3000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery, and it has up to 12 hours of play time. You can link up to 100 additional JBL Connect+ enabled speakers for even more sound. The Flip has voice assistant integration, as well. It is made of durable rubber and fabric materials to prevent damage when you're out adventuring and is available in six colors. The JBL Flip 4 is praised for its crisp sound, although some feel that the bass could be better. You can purchase the Flip 4 for around $$.

JBL Extreme 2

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The Xtreme 2 is larger than the Flip 4 and is also portable, durable, and waterproof. Its durability is increased due to its metal base, and its design includes hooks to connect a carrying strap and a bottle opener. The Xtreme 2 has four drivers, two bass radiators and can link wirelessly to more than 100 Connect+ enabled JBL speakers. It supports up to 15 hours of playtime and comes in five colors. Users were impressed by the Extreme 2's clarity and power. You can purchase the Xtreme 2 for around $$.

JBL Pulse 3

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The Pulse 3 is an IPX7 waterproof, portable speaker that features 360 degrees of sound and a 360 degree lightshow. You can connect other Pulse 3 devices and shake the Pulse 3 to activate a synchronized lightshow. The JBL connect app allows you to customize the lightshow. The Pulse 3 has 20w power and 12 hours of playtime on a single charge. It comes in both black and white. You can purchase Pulse 3 for around $$.

JBL Charge 4 

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The JBL Charge 4 features a proprietary developed driver and two JBL bass radiators to provide powerful full-range sounds and strong bass. It has 30w output power and up to 20 hours of play time. The Charge 4 also has a built-in power back so that you can charge your other devices on-the-go. Like the other portable speakers on the list, the Charge 4 is IPX7 waterproof and built to last. It also connects with other Connect+ speakers for even more sound. Users love the speaker's superior sound and strong bass. The Charge 4 is available in 10 colors, and you can purchase it for around $$.

JBL Link 20 

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The Link 20 is portable, waterproof, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth-enabled. It is voice activated with Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in. The Link is compatible with Google Play Music, Spotify and Pandora, and it offers 10 hours of play time. Output power is 2 x 10w. The Link 20 is powered by a 6000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery, which allows for 10 hours of playtime. It also features multi-room playback with other speakers that have Chromecast built in. You can choose a black or white model. Users praised the Google Assistant function, stating that it works amazingly well, and also Link's design function, as it is inconspicuous and blends in with your home decor. Some people had issues with random popping noises, and most feel that the sound is adequate to good. The Link 20 can be purchased for around $$.

How to Choose the Best JBL Bluetooth Speaker

Choosing the best JBL Bluetooth Speaker all boils down to a matter of personal preference and what features you are looking for. The great thing about JBL Bluetooth Speakers is that they are all designed to be highly portable, as well as withstand bumps and bangs. They all have IPX7 waterproof technology, as well, making them perfect for any outdoor adventure you choose to embark on. The only factors left to narrow things down are sound quality, portability, extra features and price.

Sound Quality

Without a doubt, all the JBL Bluetooth Speakers pack quite a punch in terms of sound quality, but the Xtreme 2 and Boombox are probably the most powerful of the lineup. With 2x20w output power and 2x30w output power, respectively, the Boombox does come out ahead, and that's evidenced by its powerful sound and thunderous bass. Really, though, you can't go wrong with any of them.

Portability

if portability is what you're looking for, then you're in luck with the JBL Bluetooth speakers. All of them are designed to be used both inside and outside of the home, and they are suitable for every outing. They are built to last with waterproof technology. The Xtreme 2 even comes with an attachable carrying strap, while the Boombox has a handle for easy carrying. The Go 2 is the smallest of the lineup and is easy to throw into your purse, while the Flip 4 and Charge 4 could also fit into a slightly larger bag. Bike enthusiasts will enjoy the Cruise handlebar mounted speakers for music on the road.

Features

Each of the JBL Bluetooth speakers has different features, depending on your needs and what is important to you. The Charge 4 is handy with its built-in power bank, and the Pulse is perfect for any party with its beautiful LED lightshow. The Extreme 2 features a handy built-in bottle opener for popping open a cold one around a campfire or at a concert. If you're looking for something that will assist you with safer phone usage in your vehicle, the Trip is the way to go. JBL's Link offers voice-activated technology and additional Wi-Fi capabilities making it a stand out on this list.

Price

The price range of the JBL Bluetooth speakers on our list starts at around $ and goes as high as approximately $$. The Go 2 is the least expensive on this list. While it is a quality product, there will be a trade-off in terms of play time, power and lack of features as compared to some of the other models. The Boombox is the most expensive, topping out at around $$, but you'll be getting some serious bass to go with the price tag and its larger size. The Charge 4 and Flip 4 are priced more in the middle, at around $$ and $$, respectively. They both have impressive sound, with the Charge 4 having slightly more powerful sound quality due to its larger size.

Conclusion

After reviewing all the JBL Bluetooth Speakers on this list, we are thoroughly impressed with their lineup. They truly seem to have something for everyone and the only factor that seems to vary due to pricing is the power of the sound and some of the available features, which aren't necessarily necessities but are fun to have, like a bottle opener or lightshow. JBL makes sure that all users have access to the same durable design and waterproof technology, ensuring that no matter what your budget, your product is going to last. All of the speakers have crisp, clear sound, regardless of price point, to make your music listening experience enjoyable.

We have to admit, we were most in favor of the Charge 4. It is the perfect size for travel while also being large enough to be more powerful than the Flip 4, which we also love. The built-in power bank is a practical and useful added feature that we can get behind, although we wouldn't turn up our noses at the Extreme 2's bottle opener! Being that the Charge 4 is also priced at just around $50 more than the Flip 4, you're really getting a lot of quality for a reasonable price.

We hope you enjoyed reading about some of the Bluetooth speakers that JBL has to offer. If you've never tried Bluetooth speakers before, then this list is a great one to choose your first purchase from, as you will definitely receive a quality product, no matter which model you decide on.

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