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 125 soundbars, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best 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 that we've tested is the Samsung HW-Q950A. This well-built 11.1.4 setup is the next generation of the Samsung HW-Q950T, and it comes with some new features like an Auto EQ room correction feature. Thanks to its dedicated sub, it can reproduce a thumpy, rumbling low-bass that's ideal for fans of bass-heavy music and action-packed movies.
With its Auto EQ room correction feature enabled, it has a neutral and well-balanced sound profile making it suitable for listening to a wide variety of audio content. Also, it comes with many sound enhancement features, including a graphic EQ and presets you can use to tweak its sound to your liking. It offers great surrounds performance thanks to its dedicated satellite speakers, which may please some movie fans.
Unfortunately, this setup doesn't reproduce as extended of a low-bass as its predecessor, the Samsung HW-Q950T. Its stereo soundstage also isn't as impressive as some of the other bars we've tested. That said, if you're looking for a good soundbar with a subwoofer, this versatile setup is still a solid choice.
The best soundbar with two subwoofers that we've tested is the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch. This unique 9.2.4 setup comes with two subwoofers to help get a smoother, more even bass across a larger listening space. There are also four satellite speakers for an immersive listening experience, especially with Atmos content.
This soundbar has a somewhat warm sound profile, but the overemphasis in the bass range makes it ideal for listening to bass-heavy music like EDM. You can even adjust the subwoofer volume using the 'Bass' button on the remote. There's also a dialogue enhancement feature to make voices more clear and crisp in your audio.
Unfortunately, its dark sound profile may not be ideal for some music genres or dialogue-centric content. There aren't a lot of sound enhancement features to help you adjust its frequency response, either. However, if you want a more even bass, a setup with two subs can be a solid choice.
If you want a 5.1 setup, the best soundbar with a subwoofer that we've tested is the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module. This premium setup uses Bose's PhaseGuide technology to beam sound throughout your room. As a result, it has a wide, immersive-sounding soundstage that's ideal for Atmos content.
Thanks to its ADAPTiQ room correction feature, this soundbar automatically optimizes audio reproduction based on your room's unique acoustics. With this feature on, it has a very neutral, balanced sound profile suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. Its dedicated subwoofer can reproduce the deep thump in the low-bass accurately, so you really feel the rumble in bass-heavy music and action-packed movies.
Unfortunately, this soundbar lacks a Full HDMI In port, so you can't use it for high-quality passthrough. It also lacks some more premium sound customization features. That said, its bass and treble adjustments may be sufficient for some users, especially since it has such a balanced sound out-of-the-box.
If you love listening to surround content, consider the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers instead. While its soundstage performance isn't as impressive as the better-built Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module, it offers a better surrounds performance overall. This well-built setup also has a room correction feature called TruePlay, though it's only available with compatible iOS devices. Its default sound profile is slightly bright and lacks a touch of low bass, but you can easily use its bass and treble adjustments to create a more neutral sound if that's what you prefer.
If you want a better-built 5.1 soundbar with a subwoofer with a better soundstage, check out the Bose. However, if you want a setup with a better surrounds performance, consider the Sonos instead.
The best soundbar with subwoofer for under $500 that we've tested is the Vizio M Series M512a-H6. This 5.1.2 setup isn't quite as impressive as more premium 5.1 models like the Bose Smart Soundbar 900 with Speakers + Bass Module, but it still offers pretty versatile performance for those on a tighter budget. Thanks to its dedicated subwoofer, it can accurately reproduce the low thump and rumble in the bass range.
Its default sound profile is pretty neutral, making it suitable for listening to lots of different types of audio content. There are a few sound enhancement features to help you customize its sound, including bass and treble adjustments. It has two dedicated satellites, and it offers a decent surrounds performance.
Unfortunately, this setup doesn't have a room correction feature, so it may sound different depending on the room you're listening in. There's no built-in voice assistant support, either. That said, if you already own a third-party voice assistant device like an Amazon Echo, the manufacturer says that you can plug it into the bar to control it with your voice.
The Vizio V Series V51-H6 is the best soundbar with a subwoofer in the budget category that we've tested. This soundbar comes with a dedicated subwoofer that helps reproduce an extended, thumpy low-bass, as well as two satellite speakers. It's also Bluetooth-compatible, so you can wirelessly stream audio from your mobile devices to the bar.
This soundbar offers a very neutral, balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, making it suitable for listening to many different types of audio content. It offers many sound customization features, including EQ presets as well as bass, treble, and subwoofer level adjustments to help you get the sound you prefer. It gets pretty loud, too, and there isn't a lot of compression at max volume.
Unfortunately, this soundbar doesn't support Dolby Atmos content, which can be disappointing for movie fans. It also lacks premium sound enhancement features like room correction or a full graphic EQ. That said, if you're on a budget, this versatile setup is still a solid choice.
If you're looking for a soundbar with more sound customization features, consider the Samsung HW-A550 instead. While this soundbar doesn't come with satellite speakers like the Vizio V Series V51-H6, it offers a 7-band graphic EQ for sound customization and bass, treble, and subwoofer level adjustments. Out-of-the-box, this soundbar has a neutral sound profile, though it can struggle to reproduce some low-bass. It even comes with a Full HDMI In port, meaning you can use it as a hub between different devices.
If you want a 5.1 setup with better center and surrounds performances, check out the Vizio. However, if you prefer a more customizable setup with a Full HDMI In port, consider the Samsung instead.
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.
Aug 17, 2021: Replaced the Samsung HW-Q950T with the Samsung HW-Q950A, since the newer generation Q950A model offers better performance overall. Replaced the Vizio SB36512-F6 with the better-performing Vizio M Series M51a-H6, and added the SB36512-F6 to the Notable Mentions.
Jun 18, 2021: Replaced the Samsung HW-T550 with the Samsung HW-A550 and the Samsung HW-Q800T with the Samsung HW-Q800A as these next-generation models have a better overall performance. Minor updates to the text for accuracy.
Apr 20, 2021: Replaced the JBL Bar 9.1 with the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers as the pick for 'Best 5.1'. Moved the JBL to Notable Mentions and added the Vizio Elevate to Notable Mentions. Confirmed the rest of the picks are in stock and still the best recommendations for our users.
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.