This post aims at comparing the JBL Flip 4 with the UE Wonderboom. Some people might me wondering as these wireless speakers has a significant margin, but those who googled the “JBL Flip 4 vs UE Wonderboom” knows the story already. If you are looking into buying affordable Bluetooth speakers around $100 (6k-8k INR), these two may be at top of your list. Let us have quick comparison between the both speakers and the price then we will move on to a slightly more detailed insight of both products.


JBL Flip 4

  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • JBL Connect+
  • Speakerphone and voice assistant
  • 12 hours of battery life (3000mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery)
  • Auxillary port for wired connection
  • Weight: 517 grams

UE Wonderboom

  • IPX7 Waterproof
  • 360 degree sound
  • 10 hour battery life
  • Weight: 594 g

Now let us bring in more clarity into both speakers abilities, pros and cons saw that we can be sure which one is suitable for you.

JBL Flip 4 vs UE Wonderboom comparison

Design and features

These are very different looking speakers, made with similar  materials.  Both are wrapped in a very durable fabric and rubber. Both speakers are available on a variety of colors. The JBL Flip 4 is almost twice taller compared to UE Wonderboom. On the other hand Flip 4 has a smaller circumference, so the flip 4 might fit in to your bag easier. Wonderboom weighs nearly 100 grams more than Flip 4.

Both gadgets have a strand to hang the speaker to something, only difference is it is removable in Flip 4. Both feel extremely well built and durable. Unlike JBL, the Wonderboom is shock proof tested from 5 feet.

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Both are fully waterproof and IPX7 rated. This means they can fully survive being submerged in water 1 meter deep up to 30 minutes. Now there’s a difference:

JBL Flip 4 wont float in water. If you drop it into a pool or lake it is going to go the bottom where the UE Wonderboom will float. So the Wonderboom gets the edge in durability since it is shock proof and can float.

Both products has all the buttons they need, JBL also has led indicators for the battery level whereas in UE, you need to press volume + and – together by which you will get a sound feedback.


JBL Flip 4 has a built in microphone so that you can take calls and attend conferences. The Wonderboom misses the mic altogether, so it would be a disappointment for those who look for integrated speakerphones, Siri or Google voice controls. Wonderboom is also missing the auxiliary port which is present in Flip 4.

Simultaneous playback

Wonderboom can connect to a single wonderboom for simultaneous playback. But there is no option to use them as separate left and right channels. The flip 4 will allow you to connect to another flip 4 for stereo playback, and also allows you too connect up to a 100 similar speakers using the JBL Connect +. So if connecting multiple speakers is your thing, JBL Flip 4 gives you more flexibility.

Bluetooth range

UE speakers has a great wireless range and same goes for the Wonderboom. It is rated up to 100 feet. In practical use you will get up  to 60 feet in a typical house environment.

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The Flip 4 is almost as good with just over 50 feet range, it will drop only when you walk outside of your house.

Battery life

When it comes to battery life, Wonderboom is rated at 10 hours and Flip 4 rated at 12. But in preactical use the diffrence is huge. With both playing music around 75 percent, JBL gives us 13 hours of playback versus just 7 hours from the UE.

Sound quality

The Wonderboom offers a solid performance, the main highlight is its 360 degree sound. Both speakers has two 40mm drivers along with dual passive radiators. With the Wonderboom, you will get a very uniform sound around the speaker, it provide a very solid base too. But it just cant cop up with the clarity that you’ll get on the Flip 4 on the low end. The flip 4 just sounds better overall with more open and brighter sound. Flip 4 also gets a little louder too.


The Ultimate Ears Wonderboom is definitely a solid speaker and it is great if you are looking for a super rugged product. But the few extra dollars  you spend on Flip 4 would be definitely worth it because of its battery life, sound quality and more features.

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  1. Best review I’ve read! I’ve bought both over boxing day to get the deal… Been listening to them on a variety of media and they each have their strengths.
    The UEWB is better close up and for lower sounds. Ie audiobook with lower voice.
    The JBL is the higher quality sound all around. Music from the other room is brighter, as they said in this article.
    The WB has the fuller sound, but it’s muted.

    I’m so torn I might keep both. One for everyday use and travel (UE WonderBoom). The other for daily use, and other Devices (aux input).
    It’s a shame you can’t pair different brands, it would make it a no brainer.

    I read somewhere else there is a large delay for the JBL with video media. I tried it with tennis/youtube and didn’t notice a significant delay… The UEWB was maybe more true to time. I just tested it with a movie trailer. UEWB is definitely more true to time.

    Guess I’m keeping both….

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