JBL Flip 6 vs. JBL Flip 5: Which Portable Speaker is Right for You?

JBL Flip 6 vs. JBL Flip 5: Which Portable Speaker is Right for You?

A portable speaker is a must-have if you like to listen to music while moving outside or if you want to play your favorite songs in your home without having to spend a lot of money or set up a complicated system. 

The Bluetooth speaker brand JBL has been one of our top picks for a long time now. If you want some of the best Bluetooth speakers on the market, this company makes them. They're durable, easy to move around, and make a great sound, often without the high prices of some of its competitors. 

JBL's Flip 5 portable speaker was the brand's flagship model in 2020. Compared to many of its competitors, it has a simple soul as it lacks a microphone and voice assistant compatibility. However, it produces pleasant sound, is simple to use, has a minimal, rugged design, and has an IPX7 rating – all of which combine to make it one of our best waterproof speakers. 

The JBL Flip 6 was released in late 2021 as a newer version. With a sturdy, well-connected design and a simple setup, this speaker is similar to the Flip 5. Outdoor parties and poolside get-togethers can be a lot more fun with the help of this speaker. You'll find the most recent Bluetooth standard and better sound quality in the Flip 5's successor. Is the Flip 6 therefore superior to the Flip 5? 


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Price And Availability

At a retail price of $119.95/£19.99/AU$149.95, the JBL Flip 5 was released in August of this year. In 2022, it will be less expensive because it is an older model. For example, the JBL website is currently offering it for $109.95 / $109 in the United States and the United Kingdom.

With a retail price of $129.95 / £129.99 (roughly $175 in Australian currency, though pricing and availability, have not yet been confirmed), JBL released the Flip 6 in December 2021. Considering the Flip 5's upgrades, this is a reasonable price. 

Furthermore, it is less expensive than many of our other favorite Bluetooth speakers, such as the Sonos Roam, which costs $179 / £179 / AU$299 (as of this writing).

The Flip 6, on the other hand, isn't a direct competitor to the Roam because it lacks some of the same extra features, such as Wi-Fi connectivity, that the Roam does.

Rather than comparing the Flip 6 to the UE Boom 3, which is available for the same price at $129.99 / AU$199.95, it's probably more useful to compare it to the Anker Soundcore Flare 2, which is significantly less expensive at $80 / £64.99 / AU$140. 


With a weight of 540g and a size similar to a small thermal flask, the JBL Flip 5 is a small cylindrical speaker with a minimalist design. A strap allows you to easily hang it from a door handle or a tree in a park, and it is small enough to carry in your hand or slip into a purse.


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White, black, grey, green, and camouflage are just some of the colors available.

The JBL Flip 6 has a very similar design to the Flip 5. It has the same construction as the previous model, including a wraparound grille and bass radiators. The shirt's front logo is unique. Instead of the white on red used by JBL, this one matches the speaker's color and takes up more space on the side.

It weighs 550g, which makes it slightly heavier than the Flip 5, but this is to be expected given the improvements. Even though it's still small and portable, it comes with a strap that allows you to listen while on the go, hang it somewhere, or wear it around your wrist. 

The Flip 6 is available in fewer colors than the Flip 5, including red, black, blue, and grey. However, JBL may add more colors in the future. 


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There is a significant improvement in the Flip 6's IP67 rating due to the addition of dust and water resistance. In other words, the speaker has been put through its paces in a lab where dust has been sprayed.

Audio Performance

The JBL Flip 5 is a high-quality speaker with excellent sound quality. Our testing revealed that regardless of whether we were listening to the languid-yet-sharp rapping of Mac Miller, or the post-rock instrumentalism of Explosions in the Sky, it delivered audio playback with stark clarity, large amounts of detail, and more than a hint of dynamism. 

Anyone who isn't already familiar with JBL's high-quality audio will be pleasantly surprised by how clear and musical this speaker's sound is. Turning up the volume did not cause distortion, so you can crank it up and continue listening from a distance of several meters.

The JBL Flip 5 is an excellent speaker with a very pleasing sound, but the Flip 6 features a new audio configuration that makes it even more impressive. 

There were some harsh treble sounds when we turned up the volume on this track to its maximum setting, but on the whole, the JBL Flip 6 is capable of producing loud volumes without much distortion. Audio performance is warm and well-balanced throughout, with a strong sense of clarity throughout the entire tracklist.


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Both the JBL Flip 5 and the Flip 6 are equipped with a PartyBoost feature, significantly improving sound quality. It enables you to connect any two compatible JBL speakers in stereo or as many as 100 in mono to create a wall of sound with a single click. You can only connect the Flip 6 in stereo with another Flip 6, but that's a minor flaw in an otherwise excellent device.


Battery Life

The Flip 5 and Flip 6 have a battery life of 12 hours, which we found to be accurate during our tests. There's also USB-C fast charging available, which means they'll be fully charged in about two and a half hours.

The Bluetooth version of the JBL Flip 6 has been upgraded to 5.1 from the previous version in the Flip 5. Connecting the speaker to our iPhone 13 Mini was straightforward. There were no lags or drops in connectivity, and you can pair it with two devices simultaneously if you want to take turns DJing with your friends or family. 

The JBL Portable app supports both speakers. This app helps you update software, adjust equalizer settings, and turn on/off feedback. 

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