The 6 Best Soundbars With Subwoofer - Fall 2021 Reviews

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Whether you're a fan of watching action movies or listening to bass-heavy music genres, you may want a soundbar with a dedicated subwoofer. A subwoofer can generally deliver a deeper, more powerful bass than a standalone bar, which helps you feel the deep thump and rumble in bass-heavy content. Since subwoofers can be fairly large, you may want to confirm that you have enough space for the whole setup in your TV room. That said, if space isn't an issue and you want to feel a deep, extended bass in your audio content, consider a soundbar setup with a dedicated sub.

We've tested over 115 soundbars, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best soundbars with subwoofer. See our picks for the best soundbars, the best budget soundbars, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.


  1. Best Soundbar With Subwoofer: Samsung HW-Q950A

    8.3
    Mixed Usage
    8.6
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    8.3
    Music
    8.2
    Movies
    Channels
    11.1.4

    The best soundbar with subwoofer that we've tested is the Samsung HW-Q950A. This well-built 11.1.4 setup is the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q950T, and it comes with some new features like an Auto EQ room correction feature. Thanks to its dedicated sub, it can reproduce a thumpy, rumbling low-bass that's ideal for fans of bass-heavy music and action-packed movies.

    With its Auto EQ room correction feature enabled, it has a neutral and well-balanced sound profile making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Also, it comes with many sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It offers great surrounds performance thanks to its dedicated satellite speakers, which may please some movie fans.

    Unfortunately, this setup doesn't reproduce as extended of a low-bass as its predecessor, the Samsung HW-Q950T. Its stereo soundstage also isn't as impressive as some of the other bars we've tested. That said, if you're looking for a good soundbar with subwoofer, this versatile setup is still a solid choice.

    See our review

  2. Two-Subwoofer Alternative: Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch

    Channels
    9.2.4

    If you'd prefer a setup with a more immersive surround sound, check out the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch. This 9.2.4 setup doesn't have as balanced a sound profile as the Samsung HW-Q950A, but it offers a very immersive listening experience thanks to its two wireless subs and four satellites. Its two-subwoofer setup helps ensure that no matter where you're sitting in your room, you feel the same thump and rumble. There's also a subwoofer level adjustment feature so you can control the punch and boom in your audio. This well-built bar also supports Dolby Atmos content, and it has an impressive surrounds performance.

    If you want a setup with more sound enhancement features and built-in voice assistant support, check out the Samsung. However, if you prefer something with two subs, consider the Nakamichi instead.

    See our review

  3. Best 5.1 Soundbar With Subwoofer: Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers

    7.9
    Mixed Usage
    8.2
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    7.9
    Music
    7.7
    Movies
    Channels
    5.1.2

    The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is the best 5.1 soundbar with subwoofer that we've tested. This 5.1.2 setup has a premium feel and comes with a subwoofer and two Sonos One SL speakers as satellites. It supports Dolby Atmos content, where it uses up-firing speakers on the bar to create the feeling of height.

    Out-of-the-box, it has a well-balanced mid-range, so dialogue is reproduced clearly and accurately. It has a room correction feature and bass and treble adjustments, meaning you can tweak the sound profile to your liking. Thanks to the dedicated satellite speakers, it offers an immersive surround sound experience. Also, it gets loud, making it suitable for use in large, crowded rooms.

    However, while it's Wi-Fi compatible and supports Apple AirPlay, it doesn't support Bluetooth, which may disappoint some users. Also, it can be hard to purchase all its parts together, so you may need to buy the components individually. That said, it offers versatile performance and an immersive surround sound, making it one of the best 5.1 soundbars that we've tested.

    See our review

  4. More Affordable Alternative: Vizio M Series M512a-H6

    Channels
    5.1.2

    If you're looking for a more affordable 5.1 setup, consider the Vizio M Series M512a-H6 instead. While its Atmos and surround performances aren't as good as the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, it still offers a pretty versatile performance at a cheaper price. Out-of-the-box, it has a neutral sound profile suitable for listening to many different types of audio content, and its dedicated sub helps reproduce a thumpy low-bass. You can also use its EQ presets and its bass and treble adjustments to add more punch and rumble to your sound if you prefer. It even comes with two satellite speakers that offer a decent surround performance.

    If you want a 5.1 setup with better Atmos and surround performances and more sound enhancement features, check out the Sonos. However, if you're on a tighter budget, consider the Vizio instead.

    See our review

  5. Best Budget Soundbar With Subwoofer: Vizio V Series V51-H6

    7.6
    Mixed Usage
    8.3
    Dialogue/TV Shows
    7.8
    Music
    7.0
    Movies
    Channels
    5.1

    The Vizio V Series V51-H6 is the best soundbar with subwoofer in the budget category that we've tested. This soundbar comes with a dedicated subwoofer that helps reproduce an extended, thumpy low-bass, as well as two satellite speakers. It's also Bluetooth-compatible, so you can wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices to the bar.

    This soundbar offers a very neutral, balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, making it suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. It offers lots of sound customization features, including EQ presets as well as bass, treble, and subwoofer level adjustments to help you get the sound you prefer. It gets pretty loud, too, and there isn't a lot of compression at max volume.

    Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, which can be disappointing for movie fans. It also lacks more premium sound enhancement features like room correction or a full graphic EQ. That said, if you're on a budget, this versatile setup is still a solid choice.

    See our review

  6. More Customizable Alternative: Samsung HW-A550

    Channels
    2.1

    If you're looking for a soundbar with more sound customization features, consider the Samsung HW-A550 instead. While this soundbar doesn't come with satellite speakers like the Vizio V Series V51-H6, it offers a 7-band graphic EQ for sound customization and bass, treble, and subwoofer level adjustments. Out-of-the-box, this soundbar has a neutral sound profile, though it can struggle to reproduce some low-bass. It even comes with a Full HDMI In port, meaning you can use it as a hub between different devices.

    If you want a 5.1 setup with better center and surrounds performances, check out the Vizio. However, if you prefer a more customizable setup with a Full HDMI In port, consider the Samsung instead.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Vizio Elevate: The Vizio Elevate is a 5.1.4 setup that has a bar with unique, rotating sides that help create a wider soundstage. It has a well-balanced mid-range, but it lacks a room correction feature. See our review
  • Samsung HW-Q900A: The Samsung HW-Q900A is a 7.1.2 setup with lots of sound enhancement features. It has a thumpy, rumbling low-bass, but its surround performance isn't as impressive as some of the other bars we've tested. See our review
  • Samsung HW-Q800A: The Samsung HW-Q800A is a well-built 3.1.2 soundbar with a neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, but its Atmos and surround performances aren't very impressive. See our review
  • Vizio SB46514-F6: The Vizio SB46514-F6 is a well-built 5.1.4 setup with a very good overall performance but lacks more premium sound enhancement features like a graphic EQ or room correction. See our review
  • LG SN11RG: The LG SN11RG is a 7.1.4 setup whose subwoofer helps provide a boomy yet balanced sound profile. It doesn't have a lot of sound customization options, though. See our review
  • Samsung HW-Q70T: The Samsung HW-Q70T is a versatile 3.1.2 setup with a graphic EQ and presets to customize its sound. However, its surrounds and height channel performances are poor. See our review
  • Vizio V Series V21-H8: The Vizio V Series V21-H8 is a budget 2.1 soundbar with a dedicated sub. Unlike the Vizio V Series V51-H6, it doesn't have satellite speakers. However, its boomy sound profile is ideal for bass-heavy music genres if you're shopping on a budget. See our review
  • TCL Alto 6+: The TCL Alto 6+ is a cheap soundbar with a 2.1 setup. Its dedicated sub struggles to reproduce low bass, but it's still a great choice for watching TV if you're on a tight budget. See our review
  • JBL Bar 9.1: The JBL Bar 9.1 is a 5.1 setup with a sub and dedicated satellite speakers. It has a variety of wireless playback options and an immersive surround sound, but it lacks a dialogue enhancement feature and graphic EQ. See our review
  • Vizio SB36512-F6: The Vizio SB36512-F6 is a 5.1.2 setup with a neutral sound profile that can produce a thumpy and rumbling bass, thanks to its subwoofer. However, it doesn't get as loud as the Vizio M Series M51a-H6, and it doesn't have as many sound enhancement features. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 14, 2021: Replaced the Vizio M Series M51a-H6 with the next-generation Vizio M Series M512a-H6 as 'More Affordable Alternative'. In Notable Mentions, replaced the Samsung HW-Q900T with the next-generation Samsung HW-Q900A.

  2. Aug 17, 2021: Replaced the Samsung HW-Q950T with the Samsung HW-Q950A, since the newer generation Q950A model offers better performance overall. Replaced the Vizio SB36512-F6 with the better-performing Vizio M Series M51a-H6, and added the SB36512-F6 to the Notable Mentions.

  3. Jun 18, 2021: Replaced the Samsung HW-T550 with the Samsung HW-A550 and the Samsung HW-Q800T with the Samsung HW-Q800A as these next-generation models have a better overall performance. Minor updates to the text for accuracy.

  4. Apr 20, 2021: Replaced the JBL Bar 9.1 with the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers as the pick for 'Best 5.1'. Moved the JBL to Notable Mentions and added the Vizio Elevate to Notable Mentions. Confirmed the rest of the picks are in stock and still the best recommendations for our users.

  5. Feb 19, 2021: Removed the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers as it isn't currently available from most retailers. Also verified the text for accuracy and product availability.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best soundbars with a subwoofer for most people to buy. We factor in the price (a cheaper soundbar wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no soundbars that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to choose for yourself, here's the list of all our reviews for soundbars with a subwoofer. Be careful not to get caught up in the details. No soundbar is perfect. Personal taste, preference, and listening habits will matter more in your selection.

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