A subwoofer is a speaker that's designed to reproduce bass. They cover the lower end range of frequencies that smaller speakers struggle to reproduce (6.5", 6" x 9", and etc). A component sub can add a level of power and sound to your music that can't be reproduced by other speakers. It's one of the necessities to a well-rounded car stereo. Add one of the best car subwoofers to your stereo and you'll wonder how you listened to music without one. Here's a list of 2016's best rated and reviewed 8, 10, 12 and 15 inch subwoofers to help you choose the best equipment for your car's stereo.
Here's a list of the top rated car subwoofers of 2016. Click a subwoofer to go to the full review, or just scroll down to view all of the reviews:
Best Car Subwoofers 2016 | Top 7
|Car Subwoofer||Sizes Offered||Impedance (ohms)||Power Handling||Price|
|1. JL Audio W7AE-3||8" | 10" | 12" | 13"||Single 4 Ohm||RMS: 500 - 1500 Watts||$$$$|
|2. Hertz Hi Energy HX||10" | 12" | 15"||Dual 4 Ohm||RMS: 450 - 700 Watts||$$$|
|3. JL Audio W6V3||10" | 12"||Single 4 Ohm||RMS: 600 Watts||$$$|
|4. Alpine Type R||8" | 10" | 12" | 15"||Dual 2 Ohm||RMS: 350 - 1000 Watts||$|
|5. Polk Audio MM||8" | 10" | 12" | 15"||Dual 4 Ohm||RMS: 250 - 425 Watts||$$|
|6. Rockford Fosgate Power T0||10" | 12" | 15"||Dual 4 Ohm||RMS: 550 - 800 Watts||$$$|
|7. MTX 55||10" | 12" | 15"||Dual 2 Ohm||400 Watts||$$|
When choosing the best subwoofer that will fit your needs, you have to ask yourself, “What kind of bass am I looking for?” Sometimes the best subwoofer isn’t the biggest. Different sizes of subwoofers respond and produce different sound to different music and finding the right match for your music preferences is key. Let’s talk about the different sizes of subwoofers and what kind of sound they emit.
8″ Subwoofers – The smaller the woofer the faster, more responsive and punchier it is. An 8″ woofer can keep up with faster paced music like heavy rock, double bass and fast paced electronic. It’s a great choice for those who enjoy soft and light bass. An 8″ subwoofer is one that compliments a system rather than overwhelms.
10″ Subwoofers – 10’s are very common. They are the most well-rounded and safest choice for a subwoofer on the market. The 10″ can keep up with fast paced music while creating a respectable amount of bass. They are good for fast paced music, and also good with heavier bass music such as rap and club music. But if you’re looking for big bass, you may have to double up with the 10″ to ac
12″ Subwoofers – If you listen to a wide variety of music but enjoy heavy bass then a 12″ subwoofer is for you. The 12″ sub is the most common in the marketplace today. This is mainly because they are so universal. They're great for any music that is listened to, produce a heavy bass and cover a deeper range of frequencies. It won’t keep up with fast paced music such as heavy rock or metal as well as the 10″. But, it will sound great for all varieties of music, especially rap, electronic, club and pop.
15″ Subwoofers – 15" subwoofers aren't a very common size and aren't a great solution to the everyday music listener. But, if you are looking for ear bleeding bass then you are in the right category.
To sum up, when choosing the best subwoofer to fit your application, you need consider a number of things. To start, the level of music you want to listen to, the type of music, and the confinements of the location. 8″ subwoofers are great for leveling out a sound system while a 15″ will wake the neighbors. Your safest bet is the 10″ or 12″ subwoofer.
All of the top-rated subwoofers require an awesome amplifier. Check out all of the Best Reviewed Amplifiers, and the Best Subwoofer Amplifiers for more information on how to choose an amplifier to meet the specs of your Best Subwoofer.
How We Tested
In order to find the best component car subwoofer, CarAudioNow considered a number of factors. We've researched and combined several reviews across the industry with first-hand tests, as well as personally tested subwoofers in the field. There are many criteria that we consider when rating and reviewing each car sub, including:
- Style (Looks, Design)
- Features (Cooling, Cone Design, Basket, Proprietary Technology, etc)
- Power Ratings (Peak, RMS)
- Quality (Materials used, manufacturer, etc)
- Online Reviews (From multiple vendors such as Crutchfield, Amazon, Top 10 Reviews and more)
The result from our in-depth research and internal testing is a list of the top rated and reviewed car subwoofers. And in addition to our compilation of best rated products, we also provide price comparisons from vendors to try to get you the best price for all of your products. But in the end, the best car subwoofer is one that meets your specific needs and is compatible with your car.
Or if you'd rather buy an all-in-one powered subwoofer, consider taking a look at all of CarAudioNow's Best Powered Subwoofers for a list of subwoofers that have an amplifier already built in!