April 2024

Subwoofers: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of subwoofers rankings posted by key online experts, as of April 2024.

Summary

On 3 Apr 2024, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 86 subwoofer endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

63 subwoofers were endorsed in total, only 15 made it into this month's ranking. (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included)

As of 3 Apr 2024, SVS SB-1000 Pro takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed subwoofer with 4 expert endorsements. 2 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 subwoofer' this month.

Brand breakdown
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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking subwoofers start at $89.99 (Monoprice 8248) and go up to $2899 (Svs PB16-Ultra). Median subwoofer costs $419 (Bic Acoustech PL-200 II).
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At a glance - April Ranking

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Rank Change Price Subwoofer
Digital Trends
Woofer Guy
Wirecutter
The Sound Junky
BestCovery
Rolling Stone
Lifewire
What Hi-Fi
The Master Switch
Crutchfield
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- $599
SVS SB-1000 Pro
The SVS SB-1000 Pro is a highly praised subwoofer that offers exceptional sound quality, compact size, solid build quality, and versatile connectivity options, making it suitable for various use cases.
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- $219
Polk Audio PSW10
The Polk Audio PSW10 subwoofer is highly praised for its impressive bass reproduction, compact size, and versatile connectivity options, making it suitable for various audio setups.
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6
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- $299
Klipsch R120SW
The Klipsch R120SW subwoofer is highly praised for its impressive bass performance, compact size, excellent build quality, and versatile connectivity options, making it a great choice for enhancing the audio experience in various settings.
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4
- $750
Sonos Sub
The Sonos Sub is a highly praised and recommended product for its exceptional bass reproduction capabilities, compact size, excellent build quality, and wireless connectivity, making it a versatile option for enhancing your audio experience.
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5
- $180
Yamaha NS-SW050
The Yamaha NS-SW050 subwoofer receives positive reviews for its strong bass response, impressive sound quality, compact size, and sleek design, making it suitable for small to medium-sized rooms or setups with limited space.
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RSL Speedwoofer 10S
The RSL Speedwoofer 10S is a highly praised subwoofer that delivers impressive sound quality and bass performance, with a compact size and versatile connectivity options.
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- $999
Q Acoustics Q B12
The Q Acoustics Q B12 subwoofer has received positive reviews for its sound quality, compact size, build quality, and connectivity options, making it a versatile choice for enhancing bass performance in various audio systems.
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Bic America F12
The Bic America F12 Subwoofer is highly praised for its exceptional bass reproduction capabilities, powerful performance, solid build quality, and versatile connectivity options, making it an excellent choice for a home theater setup or for users who enjoy heavy bass elements in their audio.
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Bowers & Wilkins ASW610
The Bowers & Wilkins ASW610 subwoofer is praised for its exceptional sound quality, well-extended bass, compact size, and versatile connectivity options, making it a top choice for home theater systems and music enthusiasts.
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5
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10
- $428
Sonos Sub Mini
The Sonos Sub Mini is a highly praised compact subwoofer that delivers impressive bass performance and enhances the overall audio experience.
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11
- $200
Yamaha NS SW100
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- $90
Monoprice 8248
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- $540
Elac SUB3030
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Cambridge Audio Minx X201
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19
-1 $1500
KEF KC62
The KEF KC62 subwoofer is highly praised for its exceptional sound quality, powerful bass reproduction, compact size, solid build quality, and comprehensive connectivity options, making it ideal for various audio setups.
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#16 $89.99 Monoprice 8248
#5 $179.95 Yamaha NS-SW050
#11 $199.95 Yamaha NS SW100
#2 $218.99 Polk Audio PSW10
#3 $299 Klipsch R120SW
#8 $299 Bic America F12
#10 $428.50 Sonos Sub Mini
#18 $449 Cambridge Audio Minx X201
#17 $539.98 Elac SUB3030
#1 $599 SVS SB-1000 Pro
#4 $750.10 Sonos Sub
#7 $999 Q Acoustics Q B12
#19 $1499.99 KEF KC62

We ranked SVS SB-1000 Pro #1 in April 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 2 experts ranked SVS SB-1000 Pro as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Woofer Guy

Best High-End Subwoofer

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Wirecutter

For Small Spaces

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The Master Switch

Best Overall Subwoofer

gutsy
powerful
clean sound quality that happily beats other models.

Definitely not suitable for larger rooms.

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Crutchfield

Best value powered subwoofer

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We ranked Polk Audio PSW10 #2 in April 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Polk Audio PSW10 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Woofer Guy

Best Budget-Friendly Option

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The Sound Junky

Best Under $300

Powerful Bass
Clear and Balanced Sound
Easy Integration
Durable Construction
Versatile Connectivity

Limited Power
Limited Frequency Range
Basic Controls

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Rolling Stone

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Lifewire

Best Smaller Subwoofer

Minimal distortion
Appealing design
Smaller than many other subwoofers

Lacks the full spectrum of more expensive models

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend subwoofers.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of subwoofers, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for April 2024 ranking

We ranked Klipsch R120SW #3 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Klipsch R120SW as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Woofer Guy

Best Overall (My favorite)

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The Master Switch

Best of the Rest

Very low distortion—even on the toughest material.

Doesn’t do quite enough to rise above the competition.

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Crutchfield

Best budget subwoofer

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We ranked Sonos Sub #4 in April 2024 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Woofer Guy

Best Wireless Subwoofer

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The Sound Junky

Best Under $1000

Тhе Ѕоnоѕ Ѕub саn bе lіnkеd tо hоmе аutоmаtіоn dеvісеѕ lіkе thе Аmаzоn Аlеха аnd thеn bе соntrоllеd thrоugh vоісе соmmаndѕ.
Тhе арр іѕ іntuіtіvе аnd еаѕу tо uѕе.
Тhе ѕоund quаlіtу thаt thіѕ unіt оffеrѕ іѕ ѕіmрlу rеmаrkаblе.
Тhе ѕub іѕ еquірреd wіth twо fоrсе-саnсеlіng ѕреаkеr drіvеrѕ thаt аrе роѕіtіоnеd fасіng еасh оthеr.

Тhіѕ іѕ оnе оf thе mоrе ехреnѕіvе рrоduсtѕ аvаіlаblе іn thе mаrkеt whеn іt соmеѕ tо ѕubwооfеrѕ but ѕtіll dоеѕn’t соmе сlоѕе tо thе $1,000 mаrk.
Yоu саnnоt uѕе thіѕ wіth ѕреаkеrѕ frоm аnу оthеr mаnufасturеr, ѕо уоu wіll bе lосkеd іntо thе Ѕоnоѕ есоѕуѕtеm.

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BestCovery

Best Wireless Subwoofer

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What Hi-Fi

This slim, wireless subwoofer is a solid addition to a Sonos music or cinema system.

Versatile placement
Simple set-up
Integrates well

A little expensive
Not the punchiest

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We ranked Yamaha NS-SW050 #5 in April 2024 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Sound Junky

Best Small

Тhіѕ іѕ а wеll-dеѕіgnеd ѕubwооfеr thаt іѕ соmрасt аnd еаѕу tо рlасе whеrеvеr уоu mау nееd thаt ехtrа kісk.
Тhіѕ іѕ оnе оf thе mоѕt аffоrdаblе орtіоnѕ оn оur lіѕt.
Іt hаѕ а vеrу ѕtrоng bаѕѕ rеѕроnѕе bесаuѕе оf thе nеw ѕоund tесhnоlоgу аdорtеd bу thе соmраnу.

Іf уоu аrе рlаnnіng tо рlасе thе ѕubwооfеr іn а lаrgе rооm, іt mау nоt bе аѕ еffесtіvе аѕ уоu’d lіkе.
Тhе unіt dоеѕ nоt соmе wіth саblеѕ іnсludеd іn thе расkаgіng.

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Rolling Stone

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Lifewire

Best for Small Spaces

Ideal for small spaces
Very affordable
Simple design goes with most setups

Few configuration options

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We ranked RSL Speedwoofer 10S #6 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked RSL Speedwoofer 10S as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Wirecutter

Superb all-around performance

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The Master Switch

A Great Subwoofer for Music

Feels like it’s been specifically tuned for music.

Boring looks from the original version remain.

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We ranked Q Acoustics Q B12 #7 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Q Acoustics Q B12 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

Upgrade your 3000i or Concept 5.1 package.

Punchy and powerful
Doesn’t impose sonically
Well integrated

Not easily accommodated

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The Master Switch

Clean and powerful bass matched with clever controls.

Lacks the ability to deliver huge, gut-punching bass.

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We ranked Bic America F12 #8 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
BestCovery

Honorable Mention

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Rolling Stone

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We ranked Bowers & Wilkins ASW610 #9 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
BestCovery

Best Mid Range Subwoofer

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What Hi-Fi

The B&W ASW610 sounds bigger than it looks and more expensive than its price-tag.

Well-extended bass for its size
Good finish
Small and well-equipped

Nothing of note

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We ranked Sonos Sub Mini #10 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
What Hi-Fi

The Sonos Sub gets a mini-me, but is it a biter?

Snappy delivery
No distracting vibrations
Discreet build

Narrow frequency response
Pricey
Lumpy integration

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The Master Switch

Best Wireless Subwoofer

Small form
weighty sound

Issues with build quality, not good for those who don’t already use Sonos.

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We ranked Yamaha NS SW100 #11 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Woofer Guy

Best for Balanced Audio

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BestCovery

Runner Up

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We ranked Monoprice 8248 #12 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Sound Junky

Best Under $100

The price is unmatched. This is one of the most affordable subwoofers available in the market right now.
While the unit is very simple, it does accept both line and speaker-level inputs, which increases its functionality.
The bass provided by this device is good enough for rooms in your house or enclosed spaces.

You cannot expect the same quality as some of the more advanced subwoofers mentioned on this list.
The frequency response range is relatively lower than the other subwoofers, between 50Hz and 150Hz.

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Rolling Stone

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We ranked Elac SUB3030 #13 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Sound Junky

Best Powered Subwoofer

Тhе аdvаnсеd Вluеtооth соntrоl іѕ vеrу hеlрful, аѕ іt аllоwѕ уоu tо соntrоl уоur ѕubwооfеr еvеn frоm а dіѕtаnсе.
Тhе dеvісе hаѕ а hіgh rаngе оf frеquеnсу rеѕроnѕе — bеtwееn 25Нz аnd 150Нz.
Whіlе thіѕ mау ѕееm rеlаtіvеlу ехреnѕіvе whеn соmраrеd tо а lоt оf thе оthеr орtіоnѕ, іt оffеrѕ truе vаluе fоr mоnеу, аѕ уоu gеt unbеlіеvаblе роwеr wіth thіѕ dеvісе.
Тhіѕ рrоduсt іѕ grеаt fоr реорlе whо wаnt аn аbѕоlutеlу hаndѕ-оff ехреrіеnсе.

Тhе ѕubwооfеr іѕ ѕlіghtlу lаrgеr thаn а lоt оf оthеrѕ оn thіѕ lіѕt, whісh mеаnѕ іt wоn’t bе еаѕу tо mоvе іt аrоund tоо muсh.
Тhеrе hаvе bееn ѕоmе rероrtѕ оf соnnесtіvіtу іѕѕuеѕ аrіѕіng whіlе uѕіng thіѕ рrоduсt.

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The Master Switch

Value and sound quality are second to none.

Won't satisfy those who like huge volume.

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We ranked Cambridge Audio Minx X201 #14 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

Great for smaller spaces

Rich and punchy sound
Takes up very little space
Built-in DSP for fine-tuned performance

Somewhat pricey
Not the best option for larger spaces and speakers

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Crutchfield

Best small home theater subwoofer

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We ranked KEF KC62 #15 in April 2024 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best subwoofers” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Digital Trends

The best small subwoofer

Can deliver up to 1,000 watts
Incredibly small footprint
Excellent sound quality
Plenty of EQ options

Very expensive

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The Master Switch

Subwoofer with the Deepest Bass

Tiny frame matched with earth-shaking sound quality.

Clunky controls, and the sub needs careful placement.

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