The Best Budget Subwoofer

Getting great bass in your home theater setup or listening room can be pricey, though it doesn’t have to be. Our picks from companies such as Polk, Monoprice, and SVS will get you all the low-end thump you might need for movies and music without wrecking your budget for things to watch or listen to.


1. Polk HTS 10

Polk HTS 10

The Polk HTS 10 subwoofer features a front-firing long-throw 10” driver accompanied by Polk’s patented Power Port Technology for deeper bass response and reduced port noise. The Polk HTS 10 features built-in controls for volume, a low-pass filter, and phase (0/180°) for optimum bass levels. The subwoofer employs a 200-watt Class D amplifier, and can be connected to LFE (unfiltered / low pass disabled) or stereo line level RCA inputs. The Polk HTS 10 subwoofer comes with a removable speaker grille.

Key Features

  • 10″ Driver
  • 100 Watt RMS Amp
  • Variable Low-Pass Filter
  • 4.5 Star Avg. Review Avg. on Amazon
  • 30 Hz to 120 Hz (+/-3 dB) Frequency Response


2. Polk HTS 12

Polk HTS 12

The Polk HTS 12 subwoofer features a front-firing long-throw 12” driver and, much like the Polk HTS 10, is accompanied by Polk’s patented Power Port Technology for deeper bass response and reduced port noise. The Polk HTS 12 features built-in controls for volume, a low-pass filter, and phase (0/180°) for optimum bass levels. The subwoofer employs a 400-watt Class D amplifier, and can be connected to LFE (unfiltered / low pass disabled) or stereo line level RCA inputs. The Polk HTS 12 subwoofer comes with a removable speaker grille.

Key Features

  • 12″ Driver
  • 200 Watt RMS Amp
  • Variable Low-Pass Filter
  • 4.5 Star Avg. Review Avg. on Amazon
  • 28 Hz to 120 Hz (+/-3 dB) Frequency Response


3. Bic Acoustech PL-200 II

Bic Acoustech PL-200 II

The Bic Acoustech PL-200 II features a front-firing 12” long-throw driver with dual flared front ports for smoother and deeper bass, and is powered by a 1000-watt dynamic peak power BASH amplifier. The Bic Acoustech PL-200 II features an adjustable crossover, volume control, auto on/off with LED indicator and automatic signal sensing, gold-plated high level inputs, both Dolby Pro Logic and Dolby Digital inputs.

Key Features

  • 12″ Driver
  • 250 Watt RMS Amp
  • Variable Low-Pass Filter
  • 4.5 Star Avg. Review Avg. & Amazon’s Choice
  • 22 Hz to 200 Hz Frequency Response
  • 110 dB at 30 Hz


4. Klipsch R-10SW

Klipsch R-10SW

The Klipsch R-10SW features a 10″ copper-spun front-firing woofer powered by a 300-watt all-digital amplifier. The subwoofer gives you control over its low-pass crossover and phase control, which allows you to blend the subwoofer’s low-frequencies with other speakers, and offers both line and LFE inputs. The Klipsch R-10SW is compatible with the Klipsch Wireless Subwoofer Kit, though that is sold separately.

Key Features

  • 10″ Driver
  • 150 Watt RMS Amp
  • Variable Low-Pass Filter
  • 4.5 Star Avg. Review Avg. & Amazon’s Choice
  • 32 Hz to 120 Hz Frequency Response


5. Klipsch R-12SW

Klipsch R-12SW

Closely resembling the Klipsch R-10SW, the Klipsch R-12SW features a 13″ copper-spun front-firing woofer powered by a 400-watt all-digital amplifier. The subwoofer gives you control over its low-pass crossover and phase control, which allows you to blend the subwoofer’s low-frequencies with other speakers, and offers both line and LFE inputs. The Klipsch R-12SW is also compatible with the Klipsch Wireless Subwoofer Kit, though that is sold separately.

Key Features

  • 12″ Driver
  • 200 Watt RMS Amp
  • Variable Low-Pass Filter
  • 4.5 Star Avg. Review Avg. & Amazon’s Choice
  • 29 Hz to 120 Hz Frequency Response


6. Monoprice 12″ 150 Watt Subwoofer

Monoprice 12" 150 Watt Subwoofer

As you might’ve guessed from its name, the Monoprice 12in features a 12” front-firing driver and is capable of producing 150 watts RMS. The Monoprice 12in allows you to adjust gain, frequency, crossover filter, and power output, while allowing you to connect to it via high-level inputs or right/left line level inputs. As most of the subwoofers on this list, the Monoprice 12in features an auto on/off capability.

Key Features

  • 12″ Driver
  • 150 Watt RMS Amp
  • Variable Low-Pass Filter
  • 4 Star Avg. Review on Amazon
  • Hi-Level Input and Output
  • Extremely Low Price


7. Pioneer Elite SW-E10

Pioneer Elite SW-E10

The Pioneer Elite SW-E10 features a 10” long-throw driver with a 2” voice coil for better handling, which allows one inch of peak-to-peak linear movement of the cone for maximum output capability. The subwoofer is designed by Andrew Jones and powered by a 600-watt (peak) BASH amplifier. The Pioneer Elite SW-E10 features controls for phase and crossovers, and also employs a Digital Signal Processor that ensures maximum linearity and output capability without distortion.

Key Features

  • 1o” Driver
  • 1″ “Peak-to-Peak” Excursion
  • 300 Watt RMS Amp
  • Variable Low-Pass Filter
  • 2″ Voice Coil
  • 30 Hz to 150 Hz Frequency Response
  • 4.5 Star Avg. Reviews & Amazon’s Choice


8. SVS SB-1000

SVS SB-1000

The SVS SB-1000 features a 12” front-firing driving with dual high-grade ferrite magnets and FEA-optimized internal motor technology for high output with extremely low distortion.The SVS SB-1000 is powered by an SVS Sledge STA-300D with matched DSP and can output up to 720-watts of power (300 W RMS). Internally, the SB-1000 uses a unique vented pole piece and efficient high-power voice coil to keep it cool without impacting performance or adding noise.

Key Features

  • 12″ Driver
  • 300 Watt RMS Amp
  • Variable Low-Pass Filter
  • 24 Hz to 260 Hz Frequency Response
  • 4.5 Star Avg. Reviews & Amazon’s Choice
  • Compact


9. Dayton Audio SUB-1500

Dayton Audio SUB-1500

The Dayton Audio SUB-1500 features a 15” driver and downward-firing flared port design. The 1500 employs a 150 watt amplifier, unlike the 1000’s 100-watt amplifier, and features low and high level inputs, high-level passthrough outputs, a phase reversal switch, separately adjustable subwoofer level control, an auto on-off switch (activated by an input signal), and a variable 12dB electronic low-pass filter.

Key Features

  • 15″ Driver
  • 150 Watt Amp
  • Variable Low-Pass Filter
  • 23 Hz to 140 Hz Frequency Response
  • 4.5 Star Avg. Reviews & Amazon’s Choice


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