In this updated review, we take a look at the best JBL speakers in 2021 that are bigger, louder and more powerful than ever before.
JBL is known for producing some of the best outdoor Bluetooth speakers that are loud and deliver deep bass with full waterproof design. Since 2021, JBL has released several new versions of their highly popular JBL Xtreme, Flip and Boombox models.
We take a look at these new JBL speakers that you should definitely consider if you want high quality sound with much more powerful bass.
The Best JBL Speakers for 2021
An absolute beast…the most powerful JBL speaker available
The JBL PartyBox 1000 is an absolute beast. It is still the most powerful and loudest JBL speaker available (more powerful than the JBL Partybox 100 and 310), with enough power to rival that of 10X JBL Boomboxes put together. It is loud enough to power an entire loud event with deep powerful bass.
The PartyBox 1000 is incredibly powerful. The sound gets very loud and the bass goings deep and punchy – it’s great for EDM, rock and hip-hop songs where you can enjoy every single beat in the music. It’s almost overkill considering the size of this speaker – you are guaranteed to disturb your neighbors if you live in an apartment.
In addition to its monstrous volume, the speaker features full panel lighting effect which creates a captivating light show for a visual experience. Their DJ Launchpad allows you to play drums, keyboard and piano and loop on the fly.
Because this speaker is so large, it also doubles as a portable PA system with guitar and mic inputs.
If you are looking for something overkill with extreme volume, the PartyBox 1000 is the speaker you have been waiting for.
out of 10
The loudest JBL speaker currently available, the JBL PartyBox 1000 delivers seriously loud and powerful bass unparalleled with any other speaker
Still the most powerful Boombox JBL has to offer…
Still the classic favorite for bass heads, the JBL Boombox 2 is JBL’s most powerful portable Bluetooth speaker with extreme bass output.
The first thing you’d notice about the Boombox 2 is its dual subwoofer radiators on both sides of the speaker. The bass radiators deliver stunningly deep and low bass, and you can actually see the vibration from the bass radiators when playing music through the speakers.
These speakers are so loud that at 50% volume, the speakers can literally make your windows start to rattle with the sound. The bass is deep and not muddy – it feels like having a quality subwoofer built-in with the speaker.
The Boombox 2 speaker features a portable design with an iconic grip handle which makes it easy to carry around. It also comes with a built-in battery life which delivers 24 hours of playtime on a single charge.
Like the original JBL Boombox, the JBL Boombox 2 is IP7 waterproof rated and fully waterproof – it can be taken outdoors rain or shine and won’t have a problem playing music.
If you are looking for a portable, powerful Bluetooth speaker from JBL, the Boombox 2 is your best bet.
out of 10
The JBL Boombox 2 is a vast improvement over its predecessor, with louder volume and deeper bass
A value for money alternative to the JBL PartyBox 1000 at a fraction of the cost…
The JBL PartyBox 310 is the much more affordable alternative to the JBL PartyBox 1000, but costs around the same price as the JBL Boombox 2.
It’s the speaker to go for if you are looking for a portable PA sound system with 240 watts of power with extremely deep bass. While the PartyBox 310 isn’t as loud as the PartyBox 1000, it provides crystal clear vocals and midrange performance with really nice bass performance.
Compared with the two, the 300 sounds like a real sound reinforcement speaker. It has clear midranges that forward JBL sound with the same level of clarity as the 1000. It also has an enhanced bass feature for those who prefer more bass to go with the speaker.
Furthermore, the PartyBox 310 comes with a built-in battery that delivers 18 hours of playtime on a single charge. It also has a light show with karaoke control features in the PartyBox app.
For a fraction of the price of the JBL PartyBox 1000, the PartyBox 300 delivers some of the loudest and deepest bass we’ve heard from a PA-style speaker.
out of 10
At the fraction of the price of the ParyBox 1000, the JBL 310 is an affordable alternative for those looking for a JBL PA system
4. JBL Xtreme 3
The loudest portable JBL speaker next to the JBL Boombox 2, the Xtreme 3 delivers more volume than expected…
Although smaller than the JBL Boombox 2 but still powerful nonetheless, the JBL Xtreme 3 is a highly portable speaker that delivers extremely loud volume.
The Xtreme 3 is a significant upgrade from its predecessors, the JBL Xtreme 2 and original Xtreme, with 20% more volume and deeper bass. It comes equipped with four drivers and two JBL bass radiators which delivery dynamic, immersive sound performance with plenty of detail.
Compared to something smaller like the JBL Flip 5, the highs are more detailed and vocal performances sound more natural. The Xtreme 3 has very loud volume and sounds almost like a Sonos Play:1 speaker with equally good bass.
The Xtreme 3 also has the JBL Partyboost feature which allows you to connect multiple Xtreme 3 speakers together for louder stereo sound. You don’t need to pair additional speakers to the same Bluetooth source to use the Partyboost feature.
In addition to its louder sound, the Xtreme 3 is also IP67 waterproof so you can practically bring this speaker anywhere without having to worry about it getting wet. It’s also equipped with a 15 hour battery life which is pretty decent.
Overall, the JBL Xtreme 3 is a pretty good upgrade from the Xtreme 2 and the original Xtreme with louder detailed sound and much fuller bass.
out of 10
The loudest portable JBL speaker, the Xtreme 3 comes with several key improvements that make it an attractive buy
5. JBL Charge 5
With extended battery life, louder sound and deeper bass, the Charge 5 is a great improvement over the previous generations of Charge speakers…
The JBL Charge 5 is the latest version of the Charge speaker with improved sound performance and battery life. Although it is much more expensive than its predecessors the Charge 4 and 3, this speaker delivers quality sound performance and it looks and feels high quality.
The Charge 5 is optimized with JBL Pro Sound for crystal clear highs, detailed mids and very deep low-end bass. The speaker itself has dual JBL bass radiators which deliver punchy sound performance and great beats.
In terms of sound performance, the Charge 5 is a completely different beast from the previous generations. It is 20-30% louder with more bass, and delivers up to 20 hours of playtime on a single charge. The sound performance is crisper with fuller sound, and you can hear details in the entire frequency range clearly.
It also comes with the PartyBoost feature which allows you to pair two JBL PartyBoost speakers together for a much louder stereo sound output.
As the name implies, the Charge 5 also doubles as a powerbank to charge your smartphone and Bluetooth devices on the go.
out of 10
Compared to its predecessors, the Charge 5 comes with many driver updates and improved features with over 20 hours of battery life
6. JBL Flip 5
The latest generation of Flip speakers, the Flip 5 is much louder and more powerful…
The JBL Flip 5 is the latest generation in the JBL Flip speaker series, and is a really powerful speaker built for portability.
Compared with previous generations, the Flip 5 has louder sound and much deeper bass. We compared the bass of the Flip 5 with the Flip 4 and 3 and found that the bass response is indeed superior with much deeper beats and a thumping low-end.
The Flip 5 also delivers more volume. It gets extremely loud and you can push the volume to maximum without hearing any distortion. The sound quality is great with crystal clear highs and detailed vocals, and is great for blasting EDM and rock music.
Apart from its portability, the Flip 5 is also IPX7 waterproof and delivers 12 hours of playtime on a single charge. It also supports the party boost feature which allows you to pair multiple JBL speakers together for louder sound performance.
Overall, the Flip 5 is waterproof, portable, durable and extremely well-made.
out of 10
The Flip 5 is the latest speaker in the JBL Flip series, and is a powerful portable speaker with very good bass
7. JBL Pulse 4
With dazzling pulsating lights and incredible sound, the Pulse 4 is perfect to get the party going…
If you like your JBL speaker to have pulsating LED lights, the JBL Pulse 4 is the one to get.
It’s the latest edition in the JBL Pulse line of speakers, and is louder, more powerful ad well-designed.
The speaker delivers 360 degree sound performance and sounds way better than the previous generations of Pulse speakers. The bass sounds more much fuller and well-developed, while vocals and midranges sound pronounced and detailed. The highs are roughly the same as the JBL Pulse 3.
In terms of volume, the Pulse 4 is around 15% louder than the Pulse 3, with no distortion at max volume levels.
Of course, the main selling point of the Pulse 4 is its super cool light-up effect which creates a nice listening ambience. You can also adjust the lighting brightness via the app. The battery life is also quite long – you can use it for 7-8 hours on the fly without any issues.
This speaker is ideal for creating ambient lighting sound effects and for adding party vibes if you need to. The lighting effect is visually stunning and the bass on the Pulse 4 is strong and powerful.
out of 10
With dazzling pulsating beats, full waterproof body and loud bass, the Pulse 4 is definitely a speaker to wow your party audience
8. JBL Xtreme
A few years on, the original JBL Xtreme still picks a serious punch…
You might be wondering why we included the JBL Xtreme on this list, when the Xtreme 3 has already been released.
Well, this is because the JBL Xtreme is available at a fraction of the cost of the Xtreme 3, but delivers really good volume output and some serious bass performance. It’s a good value for money option if you want a loud portable Bluetooth speaker without seriously hurting your wallet.
While it is true that the JBL Xtreme is not as loud or bassy as the Xtreme 3, it has really rich and full sound and still gets plenty loud. The highs and midranges are crisp and crystal clear, and vocal performances sound clean and well-defined. It’s a great speaker for rock, pop and EDM music genres and gets the beats right every time.
The JBL Xtreme comes with a built-in 10,000 mAh battery that provides up to 15 hours of playtime or 6 hours at full volume. It also has a speakerphone function which allows you to take crystal clear calls on the go, and also doubles as a powerbank for your smartphone devices via dual USB ports.
You can also connect up to 3 smartphone devices to this speaker and play from multiple audio sources – which is sweet.
out of 10
A few years on, the original JBL Xtreme speaker still delivers very loud volume and great bass at just a fraction of the price of the Xtreme 3
9. JBL Clip 4
Designed as a “clip-on” speaker, the Clip 4 is a rugged outdoor Bluetooth speaker…
The most portable and cost-effective JBL speaker, the Clip 4 is designed for outdoor enthusiasts who want a “clip-on” speaker to their backpack for outdoor listening.
Compared with the previous generation Clip 3, the Clip 4 speaker comes with a redesigned carabiner hook which looks and feels more usuable. The carabiner is now integrated into the speaker itself for added protection and looks more “sleek” compared to the previous version.
The Clip 4 is also much louder (5Ws) than the Clip 3 (3Ws), and delivers more volume and slightly more bass with its larger passive bass radiator the back of the speaker. It also uses the latest Bluetooth 5.1 for quality, faster wireless streaming.
The JBL Clip 4 is IP67 waterproof and dustproof, so you can bring the speaker virtually anywhere. It has a 10 hour battery life. The bass on the Clip 4 is slightly more pronounced and deeper than the Clip 3, although there still some buzzing noise at over 80% volume.
Overall, the JBL Clip 4 is a significant improvement over the Clip 3 with new features and a welcomed improved design.
out of 10
A mini portable speaker with a carabiner clip, the JBL Clip 4 is the perfect rugged speaker to take on outdoor adventures
10. JBL GO 3
The smallest JBL speaker, the GO 3 has much to offer with its mini design…
The smallest speaker in the JBL arsenal, the JBL GO 3 is designed as a super portable speaker with nice built-in features.
This speaker is light and ultra-portable. It comes with a loop at the back which you can use to attach it to anything (backpacks, etc.) It’s a great little speaker with good volume output and some decent bass, and is a mini Bluetooth speaker with JBL’s signature sound performance.
Furthermore, the GO 3 is IP67 waterproof and designed to be brought outdoors or anywhere. It’s equipped with a battery that delivers up to 5 hours of playtime on a single charge, and has an output wattage of 4.2 watts.
Compared with the JBL Clip 4, the JBL GO 3 is slightly smaller and doesn’t come with a carabiner clip. It uses a USB Type-C cable for charging.
While this is the smallest speaker in JBL’s line of speakers, it still does pack a good punch considering its tinny, miniature size.
out of 10
The smallest JBL speaker, the JBL GO 3 delivers clean sound with its rugged mini Bluetooth speaker design