RANK #4

JBL Charge 4

"The JBL Charge 4 is an excellent option for those who want a waterproof, powerful-sounding portable Bluetooth speaker in a moderately sized frame."
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Pros
  • Long battery life
  • Can charge your portable devices
  • USB-C charging
  • Waterproof
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Great sound quality
Cons
  • No microphone for phone calls
  • Mono audio output.
  • Struggles to produce low-bass
  • Doesn't have an EQ.

Overall Rating

90.4%
The overall rating was calculated based on 105743 customer and expert reviews from 12 review sites and 46 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Bluetooth Speakers:
  • 95.1%
    Sound Quality
  • 97.4%
    Durability / Build Quality
  • 95.2%
    Design
  • 98.6%
    Portability
  • 92.9%
    Battery Life
  • 91.7%
    Features
  • 92.9%
    Outdoor use
  • 94.2%
    Connectivity
  • 90.4%
    Controls

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What experts are saying

If you want to futureproof yourself and get the new JBL Connect+, then this is the way to go for sure. Otherwise, there isn't much difference between this and the Charge 3 before it (though USB-C charging is definitely nice).

Pros
  • Good build
  • Gets loud
  • Long battery life
  • Can charge your portable devices
  • USB-C charging
  • Plenty of color options
Cons
  • Basically the same sound as the Charge 3
  • Slightly bigger and heavier than previous model
  • The buttons that aren't lit up are hard to see in the dark
  • Vocals in the mids can get masked by bass
  • No microphone for phone calls

The JBL Charge 4 is an excellent option for those who want a waterproof, powerful-sounding portable Bluetooth speaker in a moderately sized frame.

Pros
  • Powerful audio performance with rich bass and crisp, clear highs.
  • Gets quite loud for its size.
  • Waterproof.
Cons
  • No speakerphone function.
  • Mono audio output.

The JBL Charge 4 may only feature minor updates but it’s still an excellent value.

The JBL Charge 4 is sub-par for music. It struggles to produce low-bass, and its treble range is underemphasized, so higher frequencies can sound dull and veiled. Fortunately, its mid-range is well-balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are reproduced accurately. This speaker doesn't have an EQ, so you can't adjust the sound to your liking.

Pros
  • Lightweight and portable.
  • Great battery performance.
  • Well-balanced mid-range.
Cons
  • Struggles to produce low-bass.
  • Doesn't have an EQ.
  • Downmixes stereo content to mono.
  • Underemphasized treble range.
  • Disappointing soundstage.

Great sound plus rugged design and handy features equals a top Bluetooth speaker

Pros
  • Rugged and water resistant
  • USB port for charging
  • Great sound quality
Cons
  • Perhaps too subtle for some

: Despite cutting a couple of handy features, the Charge 4 is an impressive fourth entry into JBL’s mid-range Bluetooth speaker series

Pros
  • Rugged and waterproof
  • Impressive audio
  • Doubles up as a power bank
Cons
  • No speakerphone or voice assistant
  • Generation-specific multi-speaker pairing

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