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 135 soundbars, and below you'll find our recommendations for soundbars with a subwoofer. See our picks for the best soundbars, the best budget soundbars, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.
The best soundbar with a subwoofer we've tested is the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module. It's a premium 5.1.2 setup with a dedicated subwoofer that can reproduce a very deep low-bass, so you feel the rumble in action-packed movies and bass-heavy music genres. There's a bass adjustment feature to add more punch to the bar, the sub, and the satellites, and if you only want to adjust the subwoofer's bass reproduction, there's a subwoofer level adjustment feature.
This soundbar stands out thanks to its versatile overall performance, making it a suitable choice for listening to everything from music to movies to TV shows. You get an immersive sound with surround sound and Dolby Atmos movies, and its thumpy low-bass brings those scenes to life. Unfortunately, it doesn't offer as many sound enhancement features as the Samsung HW-Q950A, which offers a very versatile performance as well as a 7-band graphic EQ to give you more control of its sound, though its soundstage isn't as impressive as the Bose's.
The Bose offers a really impressive performance with lots of different audio formats, from surround sound content like Dolby Digital to object-based formats like Dolby Atmos. You're likely to come across both these formats on most streaming platforms and Blu-rays. However, it can't playback DTS content. While this format isn't very common on its own, it's the fallback for higher-quality DTS-HD MA formatted content that you find on lots of Blu-rays. If you want a similar bar with an immersive sound that does support DTS and you're already a fan of the Sonos ecosystem, check out the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers—but, like the Samsung, its soundstage performance still isn't as good as the Bose's.
If you're looking for a more affordable option, check out the Vizio Elevate. Naturally, it doesn't come with as many features, and it doesn't offer the same immersive sound quality as our top picks, but it's still a very good choice overall. Like most Vizio soundbars, its dedicated subwoofer can reproduce a deep and thumpy low-bass, ensuring that you feel all the rumble in action-heavy movies or bass-heavy music genres. There's already some extra emphasis in the bass right out of the box, and you can use its bass and treble adjustments to get a different sound if you like.
The bar's unique design means that its sides automatically rotate upwards when you watch Dolby Atmos or DTS:X height content, resulting in a more immersive sound. You can turn this feature on when you watch other kinds of content, like surround sound. Its balanced mids ensure that voices are clear and present in the mix, though its recessed treble makes higher-pitched sounds more veiled in the mix, especially compared to our top picks.
The best soundbar with subwoofer for under $500 we've tested is the Vizio M Series M512a-H6. It has two satellite speakers and a dedicated subwoofer that reproduces a deep, thumpy low-bass suitable for action movies and bass-heavy music. Like the more premium models on our list, it has bass and subwoofer level adjustment features, letting you control how much rumble you feel from the bar. That said, you won't find as many features as with more premium models, as you won't find rotating sides like the Vizio Elevate, and its satellites don't have up-firing drivers for Atmos content, either.
Still, this 5.1.2 setup offers pretty versatile performance for those on a tighter budget. Its default sound profile is pretty neutral, so the bass is present and punchy, and dialogue is clear and detailed in the mix. Its surround sound performance is decent, and there's Dolby Atmos support, too, which is great if you watch a lot of movies on streaming platforms. The experience isn't as immersive-sounding as our top picks, but it still does a really good job for the price.
The Vizio V Series V51-H6 is the best soundbar with a subwoofer in the budget category we've tested. Compared to other bars in its price range, it has a very versatile overall performance, with a dedicated subwoofer that allows you to feel the rumble in the bass with bass-heavy music and movies. You'll find bass and subwoofer level adjustments but no graphic EQ to adjust its sound across the range like some pricier models on our list.
Out-of-the-box, this soundbar has a neutral sound profile that ensures voices and lead instruments are clear and detailed in the mix, with a present punch in the bass range. Like most bars in its price range, there's no Dolby Atmos support—but it can playback surround sound formats like Dolby Digital and DTS, which are found on a lot of streaming platforms. Its two discrete satellites offer a decent surrounds performance, so sound objects seem clear and real in the soundstage around you.
If you don't have a lot of space in your setup, there are some soundbars on the market with smaller, more compact footprints. For example, the TCL Alto 6+ is less than 32 inches in width, so it can easily fit beneath your TV or your computer monitor. It has a subwoofer to add more thump and rumble in the bass range, but it doesn't have satellites, so you won't have to worry about fitting them into your living room. It's also advertised to be Roku TV Ready, so you can easily pair it with your Roku TV.
This soundbar's default sound profile is pretty neutral overall, especially in the mids, where more vocals and lead instruments are reproduced. They're clear and present in the mix, although higher-pitched sounds are a bit dull due to its recessed treble. Sound enhancement features are limited, which is typical of budget-friendly setups, but there are a couple of EQ presets on hand, including a 'TV' mode that doubles as a dialogue enhancement feature. You won't find Dolby Atmos support, so you don't get the full immersive experience with certain titles on streaming platforms.
The best soundbar with two subwoofers we've tested is the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch. This soundbar has a unique design, with four satellite speakers and two subwoofers to enhance its audio performance. Acoustically, two subwoofers help ensure a smooth and even bass reproduction across bigger listening spaces, so it's a solid setup if you have a really large and open living room—though it can't reproduce as extended of a low-bass as the more premium models on this list.
This soundbar is ideal for listening to movies, especially Dolby Atmos and surround sound content. It offers an immersive listening experience, and its Spatial Surround Elevation tool gives you a lot of control over its soundstage. You can adjust the subwoofer levels, but unfortunately, there's no bass adjustment feature to control the bass response on the bar and the satellites. Still, it's a solid choice if you have a larger living room that you want to fill with sound.
Jun 13, 2022: Added the Vizio Elevate as the 'Best Under $1,000' and the TCL Alto 6+ as the 'Best Small'. Minor updates to the text for accuracy.
Apr 12, 2022: Replaced the Samsung HW-Q950A with the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module as 'Best Soundbar'. The Bose reproduces more low-bass compared to the Samsung, which is especially noticeable with real-life content.
Feb 11, 2022: Added the Klipsch Cinema 1200 as 'Best For Bass'. Minor updates to the text.
Dec 13, 2021: Replaced the Sonos Arc with the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 as 'Best 5.1' since it has a better soundstage performance and more wireless playback options. Added the Sony HT-A7000 with Speakers + Bass Module to Notable Mentions.
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.
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 that come 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.