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 best soundbar with a subwoofer we've tested so far is the Samsung HW-Q90R. It comes with a wireless sub and dedicated satellite speakers and delivers the most well-rounded performance we've seen to date. It has lots of connectivity options and it can support lots of different audio formats, including Dolby Atmos.
This soundbar system is one of the best sounding ones we've reviewed. It performs very well regardless of the type of content you listen to and will provide accurate and pleasant bass. You can easily crank up the volume and the bar will sound as good as if it was at a normal listening volume, meaning it doesn't compress or distort at high volume. Additionally, you can play around with its settings to make it sound a bit more like what you prefer.
It's even well-suited for movies thanks to its four up-firing speakers, which give the impression of height. However, this won't be as immersive and accurate as a setup with down-firing speakers with a more traditional home theater setup. Also, you can get a wired connection to the soundbar with an AUX cable as it doesn't have an audio jack. Nevertheless, if you want to get a soundbar setup with a dedicated subwoofer that delivers great bass and performs well with any content, this is a pretty safe option.
If you are a tight budget but still want to experience good bass with a complete surround setup, take a look at the Vizio SB36512-F6 instead. It doesn't have side-firing speakers on the bar so its soundstage isn't as wide as the Samsung, and it's not as well-built and sleek-looking, but it still offers great performance at a great price. This soundbar has dedicated surrounds speakers, which create a more accurate surround experience, but these speakers don't have up-firing drivers, which will impact the impression of height with Atmos content. This setup also has a good subwoofer that performs well, but isn't able to reproduce an as deep bass as other high-end soundbars. It should still satisfy most users thanks to their powerful and thumpy bass. Additionally, it has built-in Chromecast, which is great for casting content wirelessly.
Go for the Samsung if you want a deeper bass and an overall better performance, but if your budget is lower than its price point and you're not that much of a bass-fan, check out the Vizio.
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.
11/04/2019 Replaced the Yamaha YAS-408 for the Vizio SB36512-F6 for 'More Affordable Alternative' to the Samsung HW-Q90R.