RANK #7

JBL Flip 5

"If all you want is a portable Bluetooth speaker that sounds as good as £100 can currently buy, you’ll be hard-pressed to better the JBL Flip 5"
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Pros
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Decent sound
  • Battery life
  • USB-C charging
Cons
  • No Bluetooth 5 or high quality codecs
  • Lacks low-bass
  • No aux-in or microphone

Overall Rating

88.2%
The overall rating was calculated based on 192672 customer and expert reviews from 14 review sites and 49 stores.
We analyzed the sentiments related to these top topics for Bluetooth Speakers:
  • 94.7%
    Sound Quality
  • 88.8%
    Durability / Build Quality
  • 95.3%
    Design
  • 89.4%
    Portability
  • 91.1%
    Battery Life
  • 93.7%
    Features
  • 92.1%
    Outdoor use
  • 86.4%
    Connectivity
  • 88.2%
    Controls

Expert Reviews Rating

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What experts are saying

The Flip 5 is a worthy successor to the Flip 4 and if you're going to be heading out for a weekend trip or just going to the backyard, this is definitely worth the asking price.

Pros
  • IPX7 waterproof
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Decent sound
  • Battery life
  • USB-C charging
  • Price
Cons
  • No Bluetooth 5 or high quality codecs
  • Sound quality is good for hikes or the beach, but isn't great

A budget portable Bluetooth speaker that largely makes up for its no-frills features with superb sound quality.

The JBL Flip 5 speaker delivers a strong Bluetooth audio experience in an outdoor-friendly design you can customize to your liking.

Pros
  • Powerful audio for the size.
  • IPX7 waterproof rating.
  • Can be personalized on JBL's site.
Cons
  • Mono.
  • No speakerphone functionality or aux input.

Thanks to above-average sound in a small package, the JBL Flip 5 remains one of the best portable Bluetooth speakers.

Pros
  • Balances sound quality and size well
  • Rich bass
  • Rugged
Cons
  • Limited app
  • No auxiliary input
  • No integrated voice assistant

The JBL FLIP 5 is just mediocre for music. It has a boomy sound profile that struggles to reproduce low-bass, so genres like EDM lack thump and rumble. Its treble range is also a bit underemphasized, so sibilants like cymbals sound a little dull. This speaker doesn't have an EQ either, and it doesn't get very loud. That said, its mid-range is fairly balanced, resulting in clear and accurate vocals and lead instruments.

Pros
  • Well-built and portable design.
  • Wide soundstage.
Cons
  • Lacks low-bass.
  • Doesn't get very loud and compression artifacts at max volume.

If all you want is a portable Bluetooth speaker that sounds as good as £100 can currently buy, you’ll be hard-pressed to better the JBL Flip 5

Pros
  • Solid bass and timing
  • Great sense of acoustics
  • PartyBoost stereo pairing
Cons
  • No aux-in or microphone
  • Not Connect+ compatible
  • Basic app

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