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 25 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're a bit tight on space and would rather have a 5.1 setup instead, then get the Samsung HW-Q80R. It doesn't deliver the same surround experience as the Samsung HW-Q90R since it doesn't come with rear satellite speakers, but this makes it easier to set up in a smaller room and it sounds nearly as good. Its shortcomings are similar to those of the Q90R — no audio jack for compatibility with older TVs and music players and less sound enhancement features than other soundbars we've tested — but it's still a very versatile soundbar overall.
Get the Q90R if you have enough room for a full 7.1.4 setup, but if you're tight on space or simply want to spend a bit less, go for the Q80R.
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's 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.
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.
01/07/2020: Minor text and structure changes, no change in recommendations.
12/03/2019: 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.