JBL Link 20 Vs Google Home: Will It Be “Hello Google” Or Something Else?

Google Home has become a leading device in the IoT space. There are various options in the market that you can consider as well. JBL Link 20 Vs Google Home is a good comparison. In this article, we will be looking to find out which is the heavier titan in this battle of home speakers that offer artificial intelligence features. These products have become very popular worldwide due to their convenience and intelligence. 

Finding out the weather, traffic, and latest global news with just a simple question has led many people to get their hands on one of these gadgets. If you are also intrigued by these home assistants, then you may be considering getting one yourself. 

We will be looking at what both products can offer you as well as any disadvantages and advantages they possess. We shall also look at what features they have in common versus what makes them different. In the end, I shall provide you with a conclusion on why you would buy one over the other. Let us begin.  


JBL Link 20 Voice Activated Speaker

This product has some of the latest wireless technology on the market. It comes with hands-free voice control that is powered by Far-field voice recognition. This is an excellent feature because it allows you to speak from over 15 meters away while having the device recognize your voice. 

It is useful because even in a room full of people, it can hear your voice calling it. This is useful for people who like to host events. It comes with Google home meaning that you can access anything on the Internet you wish to information-wise. 

Once the product has recognized your voice, you can ask it a question, and then it will answer you. It is a hands-free product and can connect with any device, whether iOS or Android. This product’s setup has been made relatively straightforward to allow even those consumers who are not very technologically inclined to enjoy it. 

You should be ready to go with just the click of a button. The sound of this product is quite powerful, allowing you 96 kHz quality. It is as powerful as you would expect from any Bluetooth speaker from this manufacturer. 


  • This product can last you up to one week in terms of battery capacity. 
  • Far-field technology allows you to be heard from up to 15 meters away. 
  • Relatively simple and easy installation/setup.


  • It takes five hours to charge. 


Google Home Speaker

This is a very light and compact product that can offer similar sound qualities to many flagship products in this market range. It comes with a noise-canceling microphone that allows you to be heard much clearer than in other products. 

This means that even if you speak in a noisy environment, such as a household with children, you can still communicate effectively with the device. The product can connect directly to the radio, meaning you have the option of listening to the radio in the morning.

 What is even better about the product is that you can request it to play the radio at a specific time, and it will remind you of a show you wanted to listen to. It can be detached from the charger, but you cannot move it around and use it without electricity. If you enjoy playing music continuously, you can only do so around a power socket.


  • Light and compact
  • Radio connection 
  • Noise-canceling microphone.


  • Not dustproof or waterproof

Features to compare.


In this category here the Google home device has the upper hand. It can recognize more commands and has been described as more attentive than the JBL option. It does not compete with the JBL in terms of its microphone, as the JBL option is powered by Farfield technology which allows it to communicate with the user from over 15 meters away.    

Battery Capacity

Battery wise the JBL option reigns supreme. It can offer the user up to 20 hours of nonstop battery life. The Google Home can only function while it is still on the charger. This means the JBL speaker can be used as a portable Bluetooth speaker in the absence of Wi-Fi. The Google Home option is specifically designed for the home. 


The JBL Option is both dustproof and waterproof, making it a much more durable option than the Google Home speaker. 

What could be better?


What the JBL option, the manufacturers could have improved the amount of time it requires to charge. If you wish to use the speaker as a portable Bluetooth alternative, then having to charge it for five hours only to receive 10 hours of music play is quite disappointing. 


The inclusion of a rechargeable battery would have made this product much more appealing to the consumer. It is understandably a home device, but versatility is also important. If one wanted to use the product without electricity, they should be able to. 

Similar Features

Both products use Google and can respond to any questions you have that the Internet has answers to. They both make use of innovative technology to provide the user with an artificial intelligence effect. 

Key Differences 

The main difference between these products is the durability of them and the inclusion of a rechargeable battery. The JBL is both waterproof and dustproof, making it more of a better home use choice if you have children. 

The Verdict

In conclusion, I would recommend that you purchase the JBL if you wish to have both a speaker and a home device in one option. It is a versatile and functional speaker that can be taken out of the home and still played music through Bluetooth. It has a fantastic battery life and can withstand rain or any dust it may encounter. This makes it also very useful for the home because your children cannot quickly destroy this. In the end, this is the better product. 

If you are looking for something cheaper and lighter for the household, you can choose the Google Home option. 

Rob is a musician and audiophile at heart. He plays 5 instruments. Besides music, Rob enjoys a good whiskey and the outdoors.
Robert S. Thompson

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