Whether you're a fan of watching action movies or listening to dubstep, if your favorite media has lots of bass, you'll need a soundbar with a subwoofer. A soundbar setup that includes a wireless subwoofer can generally deliver deeper, more powerful bass than a standalone bar, even one with an integrated sub. You'll need to make sure you have enough space to set up your subwoofer in your TV room, but if space isn't an issue and you enjoy lots of bass-heavy content, then a soundbar setup with a subwoofer is a must.
We've tested over 30 soundbars so far, and below you'll find the best soundbars with a subwoofer to buy in 2020. See our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best budget soundbars, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.
The Samsung HW-Q90R is the best soundbar with a subwoofer that we've tested so far. This soundbar setup not only includes a subwoofer, but it also comes with rear satellite speakers for a full surround sound experience. You'll have to make some room, though, as the soundbar itself is quite wide and likely won't fit between the legs of any 55 inch TVs or below. Thankfully, the satellite speakers are connected to the soundbar wirelessly for a cleaner setup and Samsung even provides wall-mounting brackets in the box.
When watching Dolby Atmos content, the soundbar makes use of up-firing speakers to create a sense of height. While it does a decent job at simulating sounds coming from above, it does tend to sound diffused and not as real as dedicated down-firing speakers. That's not to say that it sounds bad, though; on the contrary, it's one of the best-sounding setups we've reviewed. The overall sound profile is neutral, with great bass extension for that deep rumble. If you watch different types of content or just want to stream music through Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, there are tons of sound enhancement features to choose from that'll suit your taste, including a graphic EQ.
If you need a soundbar setup that sounds great and has enough power to make your room shake, the Samsung is our top recommendation.
If you're on a tighter budget but want a similar setup to the Samsung HW-Q90R, check out the Vizio SB36512-F6. This soundbar also comes with rear satellite speakers; however, they need to be hard-wired to the subwoofer, so you may have to plan the positioning accordingly. Unfortunately, the lower price tag also means that there are a few compromises, both in terms of sound and features. The Vizio doesn't have up-firing or side-firing speakers, so the soundstage feels much smaller and doesn't have a sense of verticality. The neutral sound profile should satisfy most people, and like the Samsung, there are sound enhancement features to tune it to your liking, although it's limited to presets only. If you want to use the soundbar just for music or podcasts, Vizio has included a 3.5mm analog input as well as Chromecast built-in to make casting easier.
If cost isn't a concern, the Samsung is a better soundbar setup, but if you're shopping on a budget, the Vizio is a great choice. If you watch a lot of Atmos content, you can also check out the Vizio SB46514-F6, which is very similar but has two additional up-firing speakers.
If you have the room for two subwoofers and would prefer to have a symmetrical layout to even out your bass reproduction in the room, check out the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch. It might not reproduce the same deep rumble as the Samsung HW-Q90R, but this high-end setup features two subwoofers and a total of four satellite speakers. It's one of the most complete setups with a 9.2.4 channel configuration, which provides an impressive listening experience. It's one of the best soundbars we've tested when it comes to surround content and it also gets very loud. However, it might not be the best option if you're looking to buy your first soundbar, as it's quite difficult to set up and there are a lot of possible configurations and settings.
If you want a more straightforward bar that's easier to use and offers a great overall performance, go for the Samsung, but if you're looking for an upgrade over your existing system and want something that'll allow you to tweak your experience, grab the immersive and unique Nakamichi.
If you don't have the room for rear speaker, the best 5.1 soundbar with subwoofer than we've tested so far is the Samsung HW-Q80R. It's quite similar to the Samsung HW-Q90R. It doesn't have satellite speakers, but still has up-firing speakers on the bar, which means it also supports Atmos content. It's very well-built and its subwoofer performs just as well as the one found on the other Samsung.
This soundbar is very well-balanced, which is suitable for a wide variety of different content, whether you listen to music, movies, or the news. It has plenty of connection options, both wired and wirelessly. You can use it as a hub for your multiple devices, and you can connect to it via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Unfortunately, it does feature the same very small interface screen found on the other Samsung, which is a bit frustrating to use at times as you need to wait for the message to scroll to be able to read it. Nevertheless, if your budget isn't as limited but you don't have the room for rear speakers and are looking for the best 5.1 soundbar with a sub, this soundbar is a good option for you.
The best budget soundbar with subwoofer we've tested so far is the Yamaha YAS-207. This 2.1 setup performs remarkably well for its price point. The build quality is decent and the subwoofer connects to the soundbar wirelessly, making its positioning much easier. There are a good amount of ports, including two HDMI ports to connect other devices such as a Blu-ray player or a gaming console. You can also stream wirelessly from a mobile device via Bluetooth, but unfortunately, it doesn't support Chromecast or AirPlay.
This soundbar setup has a decent overall sound profile that's suitable for most content, but it lacks a bit of sub-bass. However, you can adjust the level of the subwoofer and there's also a dialogue enhancement feature to improve clarity when watching dialogue-heavy content. Although it supports a few virtual surround sound formats, surround content gets downmixed to a stereo configuration.
Overall, this is a basic soundbar with decent performance and a good choice for those shopping on a budget. You can also check out the more recent Yamaha YAS-209, which is very similar, with a better low-frequency extension for deep bass rumble though it's a bit more expensive.
If you're looking for something similar to the Yamaha YAS-207 but with options to customize the sound, take a look at the Samsung HW-R550. It's also a 2.1 setup with decent stereo performance; however, it has a graphic EQ to let you tune it exactly the way you want, and there are also other sound enhancement features such as subwoofer level adjustment and dialogue enhancement to improve speech clarity. It has a better build quality that feels robust and has a good selection of ports to connect various devices; sadly, it doesn't support 4k passthrough at 60Hz.
If you want a soundbar that sounds well-balanced out of the box, go with the Yamaha, but if you want more customization options, consider the Samsung.
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.
02/28/2020: Added the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch. Minor text and structure changes.
01/07/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
11/04/2019: Replaced the Yamaha YAS-408 for the Vizio SB36512-F6 for 'More Affordable Alternative' to the Samsung HW-Q90R.