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 90 soundbars, and below you'll find our recommendations for the best soundbars with a subwoofer. See also our recommendations for the best soundbars, the best budget soundbars, and the best Dolby Atmos soundbars.
The Samsung HW-Q950T is the best soundbar with a subwoofer that we've tested. This 9.1.4 setup has a wireless subwoofer that helps produce a deep and powerful bass. It also comes with two satellite speakers that help make surround sound content more immersive.
Out-of-the-box, it has a very neutral sound profile, and you can use its graphic EQ to customize its sound to your liking. It can also get quite loud without too many compression artifacts present at max volume, making it suitable for use in large, crowded rooms. It also supports Dolby Atmos content, although it may not feel as immersive as a home theatre setup. Although we don't currently test for it, this bar comes with Q-Symphony technology, which allows you to connect the soundbar to compatible 2020 Samsung QLED TVs to sync the speakers together. This bar also has a few wireless connectivity options, so you can wirelessly stream audio content via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, it's quite large and won't fit between the legs of a 55" inch TV. Also, it lacks a room correction feature, so its sound profile may very depending on the room it's in. That said, this bar has a versatile performance, making it one of the best soundbars that we've tested.
If you'd prefer a setup with a more immersive surround sound, check out the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch. This 9.2.4 setup doesn't have as balanced a sound profile as the Samsung HW-Q950T, but it offers a very immersive listening experience thanks to its two wireless subs and four satellites. It reproduces dialogue clearly and accurately, thanks to its dedicated center channel and dialogue enhancement feature. Also, it gets very loud, making it suitable for use in crowded rooms, though there's some compression present at max volume. While it supports a variety of audio formats and lets you stream audio wirelessly over Bluetooth, it's not Wi-Fi compatible like the Samsung.
If you want a bar that's Wi-Fi compatible and has a more neutral sound profile, go for the Samsung. If you prefer a bar that offers a more immersive surround sound experience, consider the Nakamichi instead.
The Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers is the best 5.1 soundbar with subwoofer that we've tested. This 5.1.2 setup has a premium feel and comes with a subwoofer and two Sonos One SL speakers as satellites. It supports Dolby Atmos content, where it uses up-firing speakers on the bar to create the feeling of height.
Out-of-the-box, it has a well-balanced mid-range, so dialogue is reproduced clearly and accurately. It has a room correction feature and bass and treble adjustments, so you can tweak the sound profile to your liking. Thanks to the dedicated satellite speakers, it offers an immersive surround sound experience. Also, it gets quite loud, making it suitable for use in large, crowded rooms.
However, while it's Wi-Fi compatible and supports Apple AirPlay, it doesn't support Bluetooth, which may disappoint some users. Also, it can be difficult to purchase all its parts together, so you may need to buy the components individually. That said, it offers versatile performance and an immersive surround sound, making it one of the best 5.1 soundbars that we've tested.
If you'd prefer a more budget-friendly 5.1 soundbar with a subwoofer, consider the Vizio SB36512-F6. Although it doesn't feel as well-built as the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers, the Vizio offers similar versatile performance at a more affordable price point. Unlike the Sonos, it has a bass-heavy sound profile, so you can feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed movie scenes. There are also EQ presets as well as bass and treble adjustments, so you can tweak its sound profile to your liking. It can get quite loud without much compression present at max volume, making it suitable for use in large, crowded rooms. Unfortunately, it doesn't have as wide a soundstage as the Sonos, and its surround sound doesn't feel as immersive.
If you prefer a more premium design and a wider soundstage, consider the Sonos. However, if you want a more affordable 5.1 setup that still offers versatile performance, check out the Vizio instead.
The Vizio V Series V51-H6 is the best soundbar with subwoofer in the budget category that we've tested. This affordable 5.1 setup comes with a subwoofer and two dedicated satellite speakers. It has a well-balanced sound profile with a bit of emphasis in the bass range, making it suitable for a variety of audio content.
It has an impressive center channel performance, helping it reproduce dialogue clearly and accurately. If you like tweaking its sound profile, there are four EQ presets available, as well as a dialogue enhancement and auto-volume feature. Also, it gets loud enough to fill a large, crowded room, without too much compression present at max volume. You can stream audio wirelessly over Bluetooth or using a wired connection via the AUX port, which is useful if you have an older smartphone.
Unfortunately, it doesn't support Dolby Atmos content and it lacks a Full HDMI port, so you can't use the bar as a hub between devices like a TV. It also isn't compatible with Wi-Fi, Apple AirPlay, or built-in Chromecast. That said, if you're looking for a more affordable soundbar that comes with a dedicated subwoofer, this is a solid choice.
If you're looking for a budget soundbar with a subwoofer that has a wider variety of sound customization options, consider the Samsung HW-T550 instead. While this 2.1 setup doesn't come with any satellite speakers like the Vizio V Series V51-H6, it has a graphic EQ, EQ presets, and bass and treble adjustments, letting you adjust its sound profile to your liking. Out-of-the-box, this well-built soundbar has a balanced sound profile, and the extra kick in the bass range makes it suitable for listening to bass-heavy music genres like EDM. It gets quite loud, and you can stream music from your smart device to the bar wirelessly via Bluetooth. Unfortunately, it doesn't reproduce dialogue as clearly as the Vizio, since it lacks a dedicated center channel.
If you want a more versatile soundbar that comes with dedicated satellite speakers, consider the Vizio. However, if you want to customize your bar's sound profile, go for the Samsung instead.
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.
Feb 19, 2021: Removed the Sonos Arc with Sub + One SL Speakers as it isn't currently available from most retailers. Also verified the text for accuracy and product availability.
Dec 22, 2020: Replaced the Yamaha YAS-207 with the Vizio V Series V51-H6 as 'Best Budget' and the Samsung HW-R550 with the Samsung HW-T550 as 'More Customizable Alt'. Updated Notable Mentions.
Oct 27, 2020: Added the Samsung HW-Q900T and the Samsung HW-Q950T as Notable Mentions.
Aug 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.
Feb 28, 2020: Added the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch.
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.