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 80 soundbars, and below you'll find the best soundbars with a subwoofer to buy. See our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best budget soundbars, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.
The Samsung HW-Q950T is the best soundbar with a subwoofer that we've tested. Its wireless subwoofer produces a deep and powerful bass well-suited for bringing out the intensity of sound effects in movies or the thump in EDM and hip-hop tracks. It also comes with two satellite speakers that help make surround sound content more immersive.
It has a very neutral sound profile and can be customized using its graphic EQ or presets to your liking. It can also get pretty loud without too many compression artifacts, so it can fill a large or crowded room without too much of a problem. It also supports Dolby Atmos, although your audio won't sound as immersive in comparison to a home theatre setup. Although we don't currently test for it, this bar comes with Q-Symphony, which allows you to connect the soundbar to compatible 2020 Samsung QLED TVs to use its speakers alongside the bar's speakers for an even more immersive sound. You also can wirelessly stream your favorite audio content via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, it's quite large and won't fit between the legs of a 55" TV. Additionally, the screen is located on the top of the soundbar, so to see it, you have to be standing directly over the bar, which can be a bit of a pain if you just want to know what input it's on. That said, these are minor inconveniences, and this bar's impressive overall performance can be a welcome addition to any home.
If you have a very large room and want a more uniform bass reproduction, check out the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch. The dual-sub setup might not create as deep bass as the Samsung HW-Q950T, but this high-end setup can offer a very immersive listening experience thanks to its 9.2.4 speaker setup. This soundbar system is great for movies and offers a lot of customization, whether it comes to speaker positioning or the integrated presets. However, if you're looking around for your first soundbar, it might be a bit complicated for a new buyer.
If you want a more straightforward bar that's easier to use and offers 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 want to use your soundbar to watch surrounds content, consider the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers instead. While this 5.1.2 setup's bass doesn't extend quite as low as the Samsung HW-Q950T, overall, this premium-looking soundbar delivers a very neutral and well-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box. You can even use the room correction feature and the bass, treble, and subwoofer adjustments to help customize its sound. Thanks to its discrete surrounds channel, it provides a much more immersive listening experience with surrounds content. Its wireless sub and two rear speakers help make it sound like the action is happening all around you. While this soundbar can get loud, unfortunately, there's a lot of compression at max volume. It also lacks a full graphic EQ, which is disappointing.
If you want a soundbar with deeper bass and more customization features, go with the Samsung, but if you like to watch surround content and want a more immersive experience, go with the Sonos instead.
The best 5.1 soundbar with a subwoofer that we've tested is the JBL Bar 9.1. This 5.1.4 setup comes with a dedicated subwoofer that reproduces a present and thumpy bass, as well as two satellite speakers for an immersive listening experience. It supports Atmos and DTS content, and it has lots of connectivity options, too.
Overall, it has a neutral sound profile that's well-suited to a wide variety of audio content, and the extra punch in the bass range helps bring action-packed scenes in your favorite TV shows and movies to life. There are a few EQ presets to help you customize the sound, as well as a room correction feature that analyzes the acoustic characteristics of your room to improve audio reproduction. The bar can also get loud, so it's also a solid choice for parties.
Unfortunately, this soundbar lacks some sound enhancement features, which is a bit disappointing for such a premium bar. There's no graphic EQ, and there isn't a dialogue enhancement feature, either. That said, this soundbar has an impressive overall performance that can please many different listeners.
If you're looking for a 5.1 soundbar with a subwoofer on a budget, consider the Vizio SB36512-F6 instead. While it isn't as well-built as the JBL Bar 9.1, this soundbar still offers a versatile performance at a lower price point. Its dedicated subwoofer adds an extra punch in the bass range, and the rest of its sound profile is very neutral and well-balanced. It gets pretty loud, and it even comes with a few EQ presets to help you customize its sound. It comes with satellite speakers, but unfortunately, its surround performance isn't as good as the JBL.
If you want a premium setup with an immersive sound, check out the JBL, but if you're on a budget, check out the Vizio instead.
The Vizio V Series V51-H6 is the best soundbar with subwoofer in the budget category that we've tested. This verstile 5.1 setup comes with a subwoofer and two satellite speakers to help immerse you in your audio. It gets loud enough to use at parties, and there isn't a lot of compression at max volume, which is nice.
Its balanced, neutral sound profile is suitable for lots of different audio genres, and the sub adds a little extra boom in the bass range that can please fans of action-packed movies and bass-heavy music. There are some EQ presets and bass and treble adjustments to help you customize its sound. There's also a dialogue enhancement feature and an auto volume mode to enhance your TV-watching experience.
Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, and its surrounds channels have a sub-par performance, so it may not be ideal for watching movies. It also lacks a full HDMI In port, so you can't use the bar as a hub between your devices or for 4k passthrough. However, if you're on a budget, this soundbar is a good choice for mixed usage.
If you're looking for a budget soundbar with a subwoofer with lots of sound customization options, consider the Samsung HW-T550 instead. While this 2.1 setup doesn't come with any satellite speakers like the Vizio V Series V51-H6, it has a graphic EQ and presets as well as bass and treble adjustments available to help you adjust its sound to your liking. Out-of-the-box, this well-built soundbar has a balanced sound profile, and the extra kick in the bass range is suitable for listening to bass-heavy music like EDM. It gets pretty loud, and you can easily stream music from your phone or tablet to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth. It has a Full HDMI In port, but it doesn't allow for 4k passthrough.
If you want a more versatile budget soundbar with a subwoofer, consider the Vizio. However, if you want to customize the sound of your bar, consider the Samsung instead.
12/22/2020: Replaced the Yamaha YAS-207 with the Vizio V Series V51-H6 as 'Best Budget' and the Samsung HW-R550 with the Samsung HW-T550 as 'More Customizable Alt'. Updated Notable Mentions.
11/03/2020: Replaced the Samsung HW-Q90R with the Samsung HW-Q950T for 'Best Soundbar With Subwoofer'. Removed the Samsung HW-Q80R.
10/27/2020: Added the Samsung HW-Q900T and the Samsung HW-Q950T as Notable Mentions.
08/28/2020: Added the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers as 'More Immersive' alternative. Replaced the Samsung HW-Q80R with the JBL Bar 9.1 and added the HW-Q80R as 'More Customizable' alternative. Added the Samsung HW-Q800T as a Notable Mention.
02/28/2020: Added the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch.
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.