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 2019. 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, then go for the Q80R.
The best budget soundbar with subwoofer we've tested so far is the Yamaha YAS-207. This soundbar setup performs surprisingly well for the price and delivers a solid listening experience overall. It sounds well-balanced, delivering decent bass for a budget option, and supports most modern audio format options.
This soundbar system might not be able to perform as deep bass as other higher-end options on this list, but it's quite surprising for its price point. The bass is still thumpy and punchy, and you can even manually adjust its level if you want a bit more extra bass, or even reduce it if its default setting is too much for you. You'll be able to enjoy most movies or shows thanks to its Dolby Digital and DTS support, but won't be able to play lossless or object-based content.
On the downside, this soundbar tends to compress a fair bit when pushed to max volume. Most people won't notice this at all, but if you throw a lot of parties and like to crank the volume up, you may find it doesn't sound quite as good as it does at normal listening volumes. That said, it's still a very good option for more casual use around the home, especially if you're mostly just watching TV.
If you prefer being able to adjust the way your soundbar setup sounds, then get the Samsung HW-R550. It doesn't sound as accurate out-of-the-box as the Yamaha YAS-207, but it provides more sound customization options for you to tweak to better match your tastes. Fans of bass are also more likely to prefer its punchier default sound profile too. The TCL Alto 7+ comes with more accessories, so it's a better option if you're not sure what you might need to set up properly, but if you already have most of what you need, the Samsung provides a more feature-packed experience.
Get the Yamaha if you want something that sounds balanced without having to adjust much, but if you like having more options to tweak the way your soundbar sounds, you'll want 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.
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.