The Best Budget Subwoofer

The Best Budget Subwoofer

Our pick

Dayton Audio SUB-1200

Dayton Audio SUB-1200

Deep bass for a low price

The SUB-1200 delivers more deep bass power than other budget models of the same approximate size, and it has all the connections you need.

Buying Options

$150 from Parts Express

May be out of stock

The Dayton Audio SUB-1200 12-inch subwoofer is a step up from the other budget subs we tested in a few ways. It has a more powerful bass than similarly sized models we tried, which means it can deliver a little more of that satisfying couch-shaking that makes action movies more realistic. Its rounded corners and flush-fit round grille make it more attractive than most budget subs, and its large rear panel and multiple connection options make it easy to connect to any system.

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Dayton Audio SUB-1000L

Dayton Audio SUB-1000L

Solid bass in a slim design

This small but powerful subwoofer slips behind or under couches, or you can mount it on a wall.

Buying Options

$160* from Parts Express

May be out of stock

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $150.

The Dayton Audio SUB-1000L 10-inch subwoofer is built for people who want more bass in their audio system but don’t have space for a conventional subwoofer. At only 6 inches thick, it’s slim enough to slip behind many couches and chairs and even under some couches. You can also attach it to a wall using the included mounting system. Its output doesn’t match that of the Dayton SUB-1200, but it has enough power to work well in a modest home-theater system or in a stereo system with bookshelf speakers.

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Our pick

Dayton Audio SUB-1200

Dayton Audio SUB-1200

Deep bass for a low price

The SUB-1200 delivers more deep bass power than other budget models of the same approximate size, and it has all the connections you need.

Buying Options

$150 from Parts Express

May be out of stock

Also great

Dayton Audio SUB-1000L

Dayton Audio SUB-1000L

Solid bass in a slim design

This small but powerful subwoofer slips behind or under couches, or you can mount it on a wall.

Buying Options

$160* from Parts Express

May be out of stock

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $150.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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