Best Shallow Mount Subwoofers – Our Top 7 Picks for 2019


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The Best Shallow Mount Subwoofers are designed to reproduce bass, while remaining compact. They cover the lower end range of frequencies that smaller speakers struggle to reproduce (6.5″, 6″ x 9″, and etc). Sometimes, however, your subwoofer selection may be limited by the amount of space you have, which is why slim series subwoofers with a shallow depth were designed. If you have a truck, sports car, or just a car with little room; you can add level of power and sound to your music that can't be reproduced by your door speakers, while fitting it in an area that normal component subwoofers won't fit in. Add a well-tuned, best shallow mount shallow subwoofer to your stereo and you'll find yourself wondering why you didn't add one to your stereo earlier.

Here's a list of the top rated shallow mount car subwoofers of 2019. Click a subwoofer to go to the full review, or just scroll down to view all of the reviews:

Our RankShallow Mount SubwooferSizes OfferedImpedance (ohms)Power HandlingPrice
1Rockford Fosgate Power T1S210" | 12"Single 2 OhmRMS: 500 - 600 Watts$$$$
2JL Audio TW310" | 12"Dual 4 OhmRMS: 400 - 600 Watts$$$
3Pioneer TS-SW8" | 10" | 12"Single 4 OhmRMS: 150 - 400 Watts$
4MTX FPR10" | 12"Single 4 OhmRMS: 300 - 400 Watts$$
5Alpine Type-R10" | 12"Single 4 OhmRMS: 600 Watts$$$
6Kicker CompRT8" | 10" | 12"Dual 2 OhmRMS: 300 - 500 Watts$$
7Rockford Fosgate Punch P38" | 10" | 12"Dual 4 OhmRMS: 150 - 400 Watts$$

Best Slim Car Subwoofers List

1. Best Overall: Rockford Fosgate Power T1S2

Rockford Fosgate T1S2 Slim Subwoofers

Rockford Fosgate Power T1S2 Series Subwoofer Review

These shallow subs are far from cheap, but they are beautifully engineered. If you want to get high quality bass from a shallow enclosure you'll be hard-pressed to find any better speakers than these. The 10″ model needs a mounting depth of only 3″ yet handles 500 watts RMS.

Heat can be an issue with subs, especially those mounted in a sealed enclosure. Rockford have addressed this by using an aluminum diecast frame incorporating integrated heat sink fins. This sub is built around a single 2-ohm voice coil and dual Nomex progressive spiders. It is optimized for sealed enclosures and comes with a removable die cast aluminum trim ring.

  • Superior build quality for enhanced durability
  • Fantastic sound delivery
  • Powerful sound output
  • Eye-catching design
  • Price is on the high end

2. Best for Trucks: JL Audio TW3 Shallow Series Subwoofers

JL Audio TW3 Shallow Series Subwoofers

JL Audio TW3 Shallow Series Subwoofer Review

You no longer have to sacrifice performance for a shallow sub with the JL Audio TW3 Shallow Series Subwoofers. This super-thin subwoofer is packed with innovative engineering and technology to give consumers the ultimate sound with minimal space. The TW3 Series Subwoofers use a combination of rugged polypropylene cones for flex-less movement, a rubber surrounding that provides long-lasting efficient movement, concentric tube technology and a cast aluminum basket that sits only 3 1/4″ tall to give give stereo listeners the best performing shallow subwoofer on the market.

  • High-quality performance technology
  • Stylish and durable construction
  • Space saver with deep sound
  • Substantial power handling
  • Available in 2 different size options
  • Price isn't too friendly on this one either

3. Best Budget: Pioneer TS-SW Shallow Series Subwoofers

Pioneer TS-SW Shallow Series Subwoofers

Pioneer TS-SW Shallow Series Subwoofer Review

Out with the old and in with the new; Pioneer's recently released TS-SW Shallow Series Subwoofers are packed with innovative, patent-pending features that help this woofer deliver powerful bass while maintaining a slim enough profile to fit into a broad range of vehicles. An oversized cone surface to increase the surface area of the woofer without increasing the overall size, giving the subwoofer a deeper and louder sound while a reinforced cone structure prevents any sort of failure under heavy load and gives the sub a stiff and responsive reproduction of your music. All stuffed nicely into a compact frame that sits at 3 3/8″ tall.

  • Three different size options to choose from
  • Quite affordable
  • Deep bass and great sound delivery for the price
  • Low power handling compared to other subwoofers on the list

4. Best Design: MTX FPR Shallow Series Subwoofers

MTX FPR Shallow Series Subwoofers

MTX FPR Shallow Series Subwoofer Review

Designed to be pushed to the limit with your heaviest, bassy-est songs, the MTX FPR Shallow Series Subwoofers were designed to perform well in the toughest, smallest of environments. The FPR Subwoofers feature an aluminum dust-cap that protects it’s rigid polypropylene cone, while the rugged rubber surround offers long-lasting durability and efficient movement. Combined with MTX’s unique Spider Plateau Venting for keeping your subwoofer cool while pumping intense jam sessions, you have a high quality, high performing shallow subwoofer that lasts. Note that this subwoofer does require a sealed enclosure.

  • Two different options to choose from
  • Great audio quality
  • Really shallow mounting depth
  • Well-rounded bass without distortions
  • Comes with a 5 year warranty (the industry average is only one year)
  • Lower sensitivity than other subwoofers
  • The subwoofer is designed for sealed enclosures only and therefore may fail to deliver great sound quality when the enclosure is not closed properly

5. Best Volume: Alpine Type-R Shallow Series Subwoofers

Alpine Type-R Shallow Series Subwoofers

Alpine Type-R Shallow Series Subwoofer Review

Whether you’re looking for a subwoofer for recreational purposes, or a competitive level sub that will dominate, the Alpine Type-R Series Subwoofers were designed for high power and high volume bass while keeping a low profile. They're another great alternative to a traditional component subwoofer, yet fit in all of the un traditional, tight areas. Featuring an aluminum cone with Santoprene rubber surround, a cast aluminum frame with radial finned heat sink, and a patent pending ‘Pass-Through Gap Geometry', the SWR Thin Series Subwoofers produce massive output while maintaining a ultra thin and efficient frame.

  • Good, consistent bass delivery regardless of how hard and long you're pushing it
  • Two size options to choose from
  • Great subwoofer technology with modern features
  • Quality construction and high-level performance output
  • Price is high

6. Best All-Weather: Kicker CompRT Series Shallow Subwoofers

Kicker CompRT Best Slim Subwoofers

Kicker CompRT Shallow Series Subwoofer Review

Kicker is a well-known brand in car audio. Their shallow mount subwoofers let you get quality bass sound from a small space. (The RT designation signifies shallow mount design.) Just how shallow are they? Well these are available in sizes ranging from 6.75 up to 12″. The 10″ CompRT, (a popular size,) has a mounting depth of 3.4375″ (3 7/16″). They are sold as “all-weather” so could conceivably use this on a bike or ATV.
Subwoofers do draw a lot of power, so the RT's incorporate terminals that will accept heavy gauge speaker wire. (These are passive speakers.) Check the spec for powered outputs of the size you're interested in, but for reference the 10″ RT's are rated at 400 W RMS. Also note that they are available in both 1 and 2 ohm impedances.

This sub features dual voice coils, a progressive-roll spider and Kicker's proprietary heat management system. You'll also notice their signature red cone stitching on the outside. It doesn't come with any enclosure so you'll need to provide one. Kicker provide plenty of detail on minimum sizes for both vented and non-vented enclosures.

  • Good, consistent bass delivery
  • Two size options to choose from
  • Great subwoofer technology with modern features
  • Quality construction and high-level performance output
  • Less punchier bass than others on our list

7. Best Value: Rockford Fosgate Punch P3 Shallow Series Subwoofers

<Rockford Fosgate Punch P3 Shallow Series Subwoofers

Rockford Fosgate Punch P3 Shallow Series Subwoofer Review

Rockford Fosgate’s P3S Shallow Series Subwoofers were designed to match the performance of their component P3 woofers, a large undertaking considering a depth of only 3 9/16″. Rockford uses a thin anodized aluminum cone and dust cap that is light enough give the woofer an efficient response, yet rigid enough to maintain its shape during high powered, heavy bass. Combined these features with their M-Roll Santoprene™ surround, and you get a long lasting, high output subwoofer that sounds and feels like a standard component subwoofer.

  • 3 different size options available
  • Stylish design and compact construction
  • Price is on the lower end
  • Relatively low power handling
  • Certain components are not as durable as others and can break down earlier

Choosing the Right Subwoofer

When choosing the best shallow subwoofer that will fit your needs, you have to ask yourself, “What kind of bass am I looking for?” Sometimes the best shallow subwoofer isn’t the biggest. Different sizes of shallow 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 achieve what you are looking for. Click Here To View Our 10″ Subwoofers.

12″ Subwoofers – If you listen to a big 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, mainly because they are so universal to 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″, it will sound great for all varieties of music, especially rap, electronic, club and pop.

15″ Subwoofers – If you are looking for ear bleeding bass then you are in the right category.

So to sum up, when choosing the best shallow subwoofer to fit your application you need to take into consideration the level of music you want to listen to, the type of music, as well as 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 shallow subwoofers require an amplifier. Check out all of the Best Reviewed Amplifiers, and more information on how to choose an amplifier to meet the specs of your Best Thin Subwoofer.


  1. The JL shallow subwoofer is a pile of trash. Did JL pay for that review and number 1 spot?!

    I went through 3 box designs before I got decent sounding bass. But ended up with such a deep box it was pointless having shallow subs. Eventually they blew like crazy and after 5 pairs I traded them for the pipneer shallow mounts. Let me tell you, I wish I bought them to begin the with!
    They use a comically minuscule box, .65cu vented!
    And the first box I made sounded amazing.

    AVOID the JL!

  2. I have the Pioneer 12″ Shallow Subwoofer (TS-SW300) in my 4 door Dodge Dakota. Bought a Boss Armor amp (I know its cheap) and a cheap box but tuned it right and it hits pretty hard for a shallow sub. Definitely would not trade it for the JL. Alpine Type R is always good but the Pioneer is a trooper, its tough and in my opinion is the best overall out of this group.

  3. I am looking to beef up my 2002 mercury mountaineer factory sub to the best available shallow mount low impedence sub out there. I have bought the pioneer 600w but am sceptical, I am unsure if it is the best I can buy for my situation. Also, have factory 6×8 holes in all 4 doors. I am questioning the quality of the Pioneer 6×8’s bc I am not sure I want 4 ways. I would like to individually handle all the sounds, the highs and mids and lows. Any good ideas? Thanks in advance….Ted,

    • I used the Kicker CS series in my F150 and have no complaints. However, if you aren’t looking to amplify your surround, you may want to consider the Alpine E series. The Alpine and Kickers are more expensive than the Pioneers but I found after buying the Pioneer and returning them, the cost was worth it. I was totally disappointed in the Pioneer 6×8.

  4. And Massive, REaudio, sundown subwoofers why do not appear in this list above us. They are not so commercial or why.

  5. What about the Kicker comp RT? At 800 watts RMS, yes, 800 RMS each they blow all these out of the water. JL’s are overrated AND overpriced. My Kicker cvx’ for the price compared to a similarly priced JL, well, lets say there is no comparison. I’d take Alpine type s’s over a lot of JL’s too. I agree 100% with “choke master” on this!

    • 800 watts yes, but 400 watts rms. I’m also not a fan of over priced JL Audio subs and more than like throwing a pair of the Kickers in 1 of my trucks but alpine type R’s in my other truck. If I like how the kickers sound in the work truck, they may be going in both. I just got an Audiopipe 1800 1D amp and the older version of the 10″ Alpine type R’s rated at 500rms were smoking after about a minute. I definitely need a good 10″ shallow mount subwoofer to handle the amp and Alpine has the highest rated RMS in the shallow mount class. So, in the next few weeks I’m going to get a pair and put them to the test to see if they can handle running what they claim they do, the other ones threw some bass out and I listen to all kinds of music, rock, metal, pop, old school house music, old rap, classic rock, country, todays music and they pounded with an old Rockford 800 All amp from best buy 20 years ago. If anybody else has recommendations leave a reply.

      • Tuning the amplifier to your subwoofer (or speaker) is critical. The Audiopipe has a significant amount of power, did you only have 1 type R or were you powering two? Setting your gains, bass boost and frequency ranges incorrectly on the amplifier could lead to issues like you saw with your type R. If the amp is not tuned properly, you may experience this with any of the shallow subwoofers on the list unfortunately. I recommend you take a quick look at our Tuning an Amplifier article here.

    • The Alpine type S has nothing on the origial SWR1043D…..IMO o of it not the best all around sub ever made

  6. A few JL haters on this page, huh? The TW3 is a great sounding sub, not sure what you guys are talking about. JL W3’s and up are fantastic, W1’s and below are decent, but not great. Kicker is nowhere near the sound quality of JL’s W3. Yes, they are loud, and they sound OK, but they leave much to be desired in the SQ department.

    However, as far as slim subs go, Rockford’s T1 slim is king. They hit hard, sound great, and they are extremely shallow. It is definitely my favorite shallow sub.

    And btw, to the guy who said Kicker blows everyone else out of the water because they are 800 watts: High power handling doesn’t automatically equal quality, plus some subs are more efficient than others. Also, that is their max power rating, not RMS. Max power ratings are useless and purely for marketing purposes.

  7. I have 2012 single cab tacoma wanting to go with 2 10’s behind the seat.i know seat has to scoot up and gonna lose around 9 inches or better at bottom.looking for recommendations on shallow subs and amp. Thanx for help

  8. I have an 06 MC SS. Running Skar Skv2 1500.1D to a Phoenix Gold Ti12d.. pushing atm 137db. Will be at some point building a box and putting in a 2nd.
    DD JVC din 4v preout, Skar, 2- 6 1/2 3-way in front, 2- 5 1/4 2-way mid rear, 2- 6×9 2-way in rear deck.

  9. Your article is very good for me. Such articles will help the car owners who are looking for a good quality subwoofer. A good quality subwoofer give good quality music for car owner who looking for a good subwoofer for her car.

  10. What about kenwood excelon KFC-XW1200F 12″ sub…is it any good and compared those listed?


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