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 70 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-Q90R is the best soundbar with a subwoofer that we've tested. The sub performs very well and creates powerful and deep bass. This setup also comes with two satellite speakers that help with surround sound content like movies. The full system feels and looks very high-end thanks to the nice materials used.
Sound-wise, this soundbar sounds neutral and well-balanced, on top of being EQ'able within its app, which adds to its versatility. You should easily be able to find a sound signature that suits your needs. Also, the bar and wireless satellites have up-firing speakers that help create the illusion of height with Atmos content. It also allows for content to be played wirelessly via both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, the bar is extensive and might not fit between the legs of most 55 inch TVs. Also, the screen interface on the bar is rather small, and you often need to wait for the full message to scroll sideways to be able to read it fully. However, this is a fairly minor inconvenience, and it doesn't outweigh the great performance of this whole setup.
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-Q90R, but this very 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 and can be expensive for some.
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-Q90R, 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 that's more customizable, consider the Samsung HW-Q80R instead. While this 5.1.2 setup doesn't come with dedicated satellite speakers or a room correction feature like the JBL Bar 9.1, its graphic EQ lets you customize its sound profile to your liking. Overall, this bar is well-built, and it has a neutral sound profile that's suitable for lots of different music genres. It has lots of physical inputs and wireless connectivity options, and it can also get loud without a lot of distortion.
If you want a more immersive 5.1 setup, check out the JBL, but if you prefer a soundbar that's customizable, consider the Samsung instead.
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 best soundbar with a subwoofer in the budget category that we've tested is the Yamaha YAS-207. This straightforward 2.1 soundbar system offers a pretty good overall performance, especially for its price point. It includes a few inputs and can act as a hub for your different devices thanks to the two HDMI ports. You can also cast content easily to the bar via Bluetooth, which is great for playing music or even podcasts off your phone.
Sound-wise, it has a fairly well-balanced sound signature. It's suitable for most content, although some might be disappointed by the lack of very deep thump and rumble from the sub. On the upside, you can still adjust the level of the subwoofer to make the bass a bit more present and loud. Unfortunately, it might not be the most immersive listening experience due to the 2.1 speaker configuration, but it can be a great budget-friendly upgrade from your TV speakers.
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 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.
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.
11/04/2019: Replaced the Yamaha YAS-408 for the Vizio SB36512-F6 for 'More Affordable Alternative' to the Samsung HW-Q90R.
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.