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JBL Bluetooth speakers in the test: An overview

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Robert Lute

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For our list of the best Bluetooth speakers, we regularly test devices from JBL. Read here how the Bluetooth boxes from the popular manufacturer differ from one another and how they performed in the test. In this post, we'll also give you some general tips on buying speakers.

JBL: The agony of choice

If you are interested in a Bluetooth speaker from JBL, the choice is not easy. Even older models can often keep up with the devices of the newer generation without any problems and with only a few compromises - and at significantly better prices. It is therefore worthwhile to compare in advance. We have done that for you in our large Bluetooth speaker test, and so that you can compare the results of the JBL devices more easily, we have summarized them again in this article. It is always worth taking a look at our list of the best. We'll then give you a few general tips for buying speakers.

The best JBL bluetooth speakers

Test winnerPrice tipWith LED lightingCompact companionBottom up with WiFi

JBL Xtreme 3

JBL Charge Essential

JBL Pulse 4

JBL Flip 5

JBL Link 10

Overall grade

Overall grade

1.2 (very good)

1.7 (good)

2.3 (good)

2.4 (good)

2.6 (satisfactory)

Sound quality

Sound quality

1.0 (very good)

1.8 (good)

2.0 (good)

2.5 (good)

2.8 (satisfactory)

Furnishing

Furnishing

1.2 (very good)

1.4 (very good)

2.2 (good)

2.2 (good)

2.1 (good)

mobility

mobility

1.6 (good)

2.0 (good)

3.3 (satisfactory)

2.3 (good)

2.6 (satisfactory)

Weight

Weight

1,940 g

782 g

1,270 g

540 g

670 g

Splash protection

Splash protection

IP67

IPX7

IPX7

IPX7

IPX7

Bluetooth / AUX / WLAN

Bluetooth / AUX / WLAN

⬤ / ⬤ / ◯

⬤ / ⬤ / ◯

⬤ / ◯ / ◯

⬤ / ◯ / ◯

⬤ / ◯ / ⬤

Battery life

Battery life

13:54 hours

18:33 hours

7:03 hours

9:31 hours

6:37 hours

Power bank function

Power bank function

Yes

Yes

No

No

No

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from € 241

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from 99 €

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from € 179

TO THE SHOP (Cyberport)

from 80 €

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Most affordable shop

Most affordable shop

from 232 €

TO THE SHOP (Check24)

from 99 €

TO THE SHOP (Media Markt)

from € 179

TO THE SHOP (Proshop)

from 80 €

TO THE SHOP (Amazon)

from 115 €

TO THE SHOP (Euronics)

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JBL Xtreme 3: The new front runner

Top recommendation: JBL Xtreme 3

  • JBL Xtreme 3

    Overall grade: very good (1.2) The JBL Xtreme 3 is one of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market, the waterproof box convinces with rich sound and long battery life.

advantages
Great sound
Long-lasting battery
Splash protection
Multiroom function
disadvantage
quite expensive
Heavy

The JBL Xtreme 3 is the best JBL loudspeaker we tested and also one of the best loudspeakers on our Bluetooth speaker list. In the test, he owed this in particular to his powerful and fully party-friendly sound, which even earned him a perfect score of 1.0 in this sub-category. Due to its size, the JBL Xtreme 3 offers a very full sound with a present bass and a balanced, warm sound.

The strong sound quality also has its price: with a weight of 1,940 grams, the box is a real heavyweight among mobile speakers - a practical shoulder strap can help. But the equipment is correspondingly extensive: Bluetooth 5.1, IP67 protection against dust and water, streaming from two devices at the same time, PartyBoost for connecting several compatible JBL speakers and the power bank function of the battery make the Xtreme 3 a very competent one Companion. The internal 10,000 mAh battery delivers a top runtime of almost 14 hours and is charged using the modern USB-C standard. Those who expect the best overall package from their JBL box have come to the right place with the Xtreme 3 - the high weight and the rather steep price could, however, justify a look at the other models from the manufacturer.

JBL Charge Essential: The affordable alternative

Price tip: JBL Charge Essential

  • JBL Charge Essential

    Overall grade: good (1.7) The "essential" Bluetooth speaker offers good sound quality and well-rounded features at a fair price.

advantages
Good sound for less than 100 euros
Surprisingly extensive equipment
Strong Bluetooth range
Good battery life
disadvantage
Bass not suitable for parties
Long battery charging time

With the JBL Charge Essential, the audio manufacturer has also been offering a more compact model since 2020 that focuses on the essential aspects of a Bluetooth speaker, but is by no means limited. With a significantly more mobile design and a weight of 782 grams, the Essential is clearly more transportable than the Xtreme heavyweight. On the other hand, the sound is not quite as powerful, but it still impresses in the test with its pleasant height presentation and clear voices - the bass is okay in the medium volume range.

The battery is particularly impressive with a runtime of 18:33 hours at normal volume. JBL did not spoil the rest of the equipment and provides the Charge Essential with splash protection, the simultaneous coupling of several players and a power bank function. With a price of around 90 euros, the compact speaker is also a real bargain.