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 nearly 40 soundbars so far, 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 so far. 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 very wide and might not fit between the legs of most 55" TVs. Additionally, 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 surely doesn't outweigh the great performance of this whole setup.
If you have the room for two subwoofers and would prefer to have a symmetrical layout to even out your bass reproduction in the room, check out the Nakamichi Shockwafe Ultra 9.2Ch. It might not reproduce the same deep rumble as the Samsung HW-Q90R, but this high-end setup features two subwoofers and a total of four satellite speakers. It's one of the most complete setups with a 9.2.4 channel configuration, which provides an impressive listening experience. It's one of the best soundbars we've tested when it comes to surround content and it also gets very loud. However, it might not be the best option if you're looking to buy your first soundbar, as it's quite difficult to set up and there are a lot of possible configurations and settings.
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 don't have the room for rear speakers, the best 5.1 soundbar with a subwoofer that we've tested so far is the Samsung HW-Q80R. It's quite similar to the Samsung HW-Q90R. It doesn't have satellite speakers, but still has up-firing speakers on the bar, which means it also supports Atmos content. It's very well-built and its subwoofer performs just as well as the one found on the other Samsung.
This soundbar is very well-balanced, which is suitable for a wide variety of different content, whether you listen to music, movies, or the news. It has plenty of connection options, both wired and wireless. You can use it as a hub for your multiple devices, and you can connect to it via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Unfortunately, it does feature the same very small interface screen found on the other Samsung, which is a bit frustrating to use at times as you need to wait for the message to scroll to be able to read it. Nevertheless, if your budget isn't as limited but you don't have the room for rear speakers and are looking for the best 5.1 soundbar with a sub, this soundbar is a good option for you.
If you're on a tighter budget and think the Samsung HW-Q80R is a bit too expensive, then check out the Vizio SB36512-F6. It might not look or feel as premium as the Samsung and its bass delivery isn't as deep, but the Vizio has two rear satellites that help create a better surround sound experience. It sounds well-balanced and has a few EQ presets available depending on what type of content you're watching. Unfortunately, you need to wire the rear speakers directly to the subwoofer, which might be a bit tricky to do for some depending on your setup. On the upside, the Vizio has plenty of connection options, both wired and wireless, so you shouldn't have any trouble playing the content you want the way you want.
If you're looking for a more high-end product, the Samsung feels a lot more solid and its subwoofer provides a deeper bass, but if you watch a lot of movies and would like a better surround sound experience, get the Vizio. If you watch a lot of Atmos content, you could even check out the Vizio SB46514-F6, which has two additional up-firing speakers.
The best budget soundbar with subwoofer we've tested so far is the Yamaha YAS-207. This 2.1 setup performs remarkably well for its price point. The build quality is decent and the subwoofer connects to the soundbar wirelessly, making its positioning much easier. There are a good amount of ports, including two HDMI ports to connect other devices such as a Blu-ray player or a gaming console. You can also stream wirelessly from a mobile device via Bluetooth, but unfortunately, it doesn't support Chromecast or AirPlay.
This soundbar setup has a decent overall sound profile that's suitable for most content, but it lacks a bit of sub-bass. However, you can adjust the level of the subwoofer and there's also a dialogue enhancement feature to improve clarity when watching dialogue-heavy content. Although it supports a few virtual surround sound formats, surround content gets downmixed to a stereo configuration.
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.
04/28/2020: Minor structure changes. The text was also updated to accuracy. No change in recommendations.
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.