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Best powered subwoofers for 2022

Our top picks for great bass with music and movie soundtracks

In this article: Our top subwoofer picks for 2022, along with a few shopping and setup tips.

  1. Best bang for the buck — SVS SB-1000 Pro
  2. Best budget sub — Polk Audio PSW10
  3. Best high-end sub — Bowers & Wilkins DB4S
  4. Best sub for small rooms — Cambridge Audio Minx X201
  5. Best sub for medium-sized rooms — Klipsch SPL-120
  6. Best sub for large rooms — SVS PB-2000 Pro
  7. Biggest and baddest powered sub — SVS PB16-Ultra

Iabsolutely love the sound and feel of great bass. Movies, video games, and music are all enhanced by a powered subwoofer. And in my experience, the right sub can make an astonishing difference in how much you enjoy what you hear.

Narrowing the field

We carry a ton of different powered subwoofers, so I've put together this list of my favorites to help you get the most out of your budget and space. I've also included a few tips for getting the best bass out of your stereo or home theater system.

What makes these subwoofers my favorites?

My selections are based off of my listening experiences, customer feedback, ratings, and reviews. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it highlights some of the best options available in 2022.

SVS SB-1000 Pro 12" powered subwoofer

Best overall value — SVS SB-1000 Pro

Say a friend called me up and asked, "Hey Kramer, which sub offers the best bang for the buck?" My reply would be the SVS SB-1000 Pro.

This 12" sealed sub can hit like a sledgehammer. But it also produces clean, musical bass that helps make kick drums, cellos, and bass guitars sound like actual instruments.

I especially like the SB-1000 Pro for systems that pull double-duty for music and home theater. It has the heft and punch I look for with movie soundtracks, along with the clarity and control I want when I relax to music in the evening.

Control the SB-1000 Pro from your phone

Most subwoofers offer level control, frequency adjustment, and other settings changes through rear-panel knobs and switches. It's my experience that these can be tricky to adjust, especially when the back of your sub is up against a wall.

Controlling the SB-1000 Pro is a breeze, thanks to SVS's free app. All of the sub's settings are easily changed from your phone or tablet, which means you can make sound adjustments from your seat and hear them immediately.

an ipad and an iphone with the SVS app to file tune the sub

Wireless app control is part of what makes the SVS SB-1000 Pro my pick for best overall value.


  • 12" front-firing woofer
  • 325-watt RMS amplifier (820 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 20-270 Hz (±3 dB)
  • advanced DSP processing for refined, low-distortion sound
  • 13"W x 13-7/16"H x 15-13/16"D
  • weight: 26.1 lbs.
PolkAudio subwoofer

Best budget subwoofer — Polk Audio PSW10

You don't have to spend a ton of money to get quality bass, and the Polk Audio PSW10 is a perfect example of this.

The PSW10 may well be one of our least expensive subs. But we've carried this value-packed model since 2004, making it one of our longest-tenured home speakers. It's an oldie, but a goodie.

Great for small spaces

The PSW10 is a solid choice if you have a small room, or are on a tight budget. Use it with confidence while streaming music, watching a movie, or playing your favorite video games.

The Polk Audio PSW10 has been a customer favorite for over 15 years. It's one of the best home speaker values we offer.


  • 10" front-firing woofer
  • 50-watt RMS amplifier (100 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 40-160 Hz
  • 14"W x 14-3/8"H x 16-3/16"D
  • weight: 26 lbs.
Bowers and Wilkins subwoofer

Best high-end sub — Bowers & Wilkins DB4S

The Bowers & Wilkins DB4S is my pick for the best high-end sub for 2022.

It carries the pedigree of Bowers & Wilkins' five decades of superb audio engineering. But beyond that, the DB4S packs a ridiculous amount of punch into a modestly sized enclosure. It's the kind of sub I would look forward to listening to every day.

A look at what's inside (hint: it's really nice)

The DB4S' 10" woofer uses the same highly acclaimed Aerofoil™ driver material found in Bowers & Wilkins' 800 Series Diamond speakers (world-class floor-standing speakers that sell for $30,000 a pair).

This light, ultra-stiff driver resists bending and flexing far more than conventional cones for incredibly deep and accurate bass with music and movie soundtracks. A 1,000-watt RMS amp provides plenty of power for even the most demanding passages.

This sub is an excellent complement to Bowers & Wilkins 700 Series models, including the 702 S2.

The DB4S pairs a 10" woofer with a 1,000 watt amp to fill your room with exceptionally deep and accurate bass.


  • 10" front-firing Aerofoil woofer
  • 1,000 watt Class D Hypex amplifier
  • frequency response: 10-350 Hz (-3dB)
  • app control for room equalization, EQ, volume, and more
  • 14-1/4"W x 14-3/4"H x 17-1/16"D
  • weight: 57.3 lbs.
Cambridge Audio Minx X201

Best sub for small rooms — Cambridge Audio Minx X201

When I needed a tiny sub to go under the desk of my home office, I bought the Cambridge Audio Minx X201. I wanted excellent sound, but was limited on real estate — the X201 delivered.

I've been positively delighted by the quality and quantity of bass that this small sub produces. Sure, it's not as powerful as some of the larger options out there. But for its size, the X201 is an absolute rockstar, and gets stellar reviews from our customers.

The Minx X201 may be small in size, but a pair of side-firing passive radiators helps it pack some serious punch.


  • 6-1/2" front-firing woofer
  • dual side-firing 6-1/2" passive radiators
  • 200-watt RMS amplifier (400 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 36-200 Hz
  • 8-1/4"W x 8-5/8"H x 10-1/16"D
  • weight: 11 lbs.
Klipsch SPL-120 Powered subwoofer

Best sub for medium-sized rooms — Klipsch SPL-120

If you want fantastic bass in your medium-sized home theater check out the Klipsch SPL-120.

The beefy SPL-120 is the kind of sub that makes dinosaur and spaceship movies take on a whole new level of realism in your room. Its mightly 12" woofer can shake the walls when you want it to. But it also delivers controlled, accurate bass at lower listening levels as well.

This sub's attractive copper cone adds visual pop to your room if you rock it with the grille off.

The Klipsch SPL-120 is an ideal choice for getting deep, well-controlled bass in medium-sized rooms.


  • 12" front-firing Cerametallic™ cone woofer
  • 300-watt RMS amplifier (600 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 24-125 Hz
  • compatible with the Klipsch WA-2 wireless audio adapter kit
  • 14-3/4"W x 17-11/16"H x 21-1/4"D
  • weight: 45 lbs.
SVS PB-2000 Pro Powered subwoofer

Best subwoofer for large rooms — SVS PB-2000 Pro

SVS has become one of the industry's top subwoofer companies, and the PB-2000 Pro is a perfect example of why. This app-controlled sub can fill even large rooms with high-quality bass, and is an excellent choice for feeling the visceral slam of action scenes in your chest.

Can't run a subwoofer cable? Go wireless instead

Not every room supports running a subwoofer cable across the floor. Thankfully there's a high-quality solution from SVS that can make virtually any subwoofer wireless.

The SVS SoundPath wireless adapter lets you place your sub anywhere in the room you have an AC outlet. I use the Tri-Band version in my home theater and love the deep, distortion-free wireless bass it provides.

Want your sub to knock your socks off? The mighty SVS PB-2000 Pro can do that and then some.


  • 12" front-firing aluminum woofer
  • 550-watt RMS amplifier (1,500 watts peak)
  • frequency response: 16-290 Hz
  • 17-3/8"W x 21"H x 23-15/16"D
  • weight: 64.8 lbs.
SVS subwoofer

Biggest and baddest powered sub — SVS PB16-Ultra

No list of best subwoofers would be complete without the SVS PB16-Ultra. This gargantuan sub epitomizes SVS's track record of high-end performance with impeccable build quality and expert-level sound-tweaking options.

This 175-pound subwoofer masterpiece can fill even the largest rooms with titanic bass.

This sub can produce crazy levels of bass, for sure. But it also offers impressive control for such a large, ported enclosure. The PB16-Ultra is a terrific choice for an elite stereo or home theater system in a very large room.

Friendly heads-up: this massive subwoofer weighs 174 pounds. I highly encourage you to have a friend help you move it and set it up.


  • 16" fiberglass resin composite cone with cast aluminum basket
  • 1,500-watt RMS amplifier (5,000 watts peak)
  • bass-reflex (ported) cabinet with three 3-1/2" high-flow flared ports
  • 21-3/4"W x 25"H x 31"D
  • weight: 174.5 lbs.

Hear more about SVS

Listen as our Sales training manager JR talks with SVS CEO Gary Yacoubian about the company's approach to home audio on the Crutchfield podcast.

Tips on choosing the right subwoofer

There are a few key factors to keep in mind when shopping for a new sub. You'll want to consider your room size, where the sub will go, and the size and quality of your other speakers.

Read my subwoofer buying guide for detailed tips on how to choose the right sub for your system.

Put a stop to shaking, rattling, and rolling

Quick story: my living room has glass bookshelf and fireplace doors, along with tall windows that line three of its walls. All of these used to rattle like crazy when bass hit during movies. It drove me nuts!

One day I decided that I'd had enough. I bought an isolation platform to decouple my sub from the hardwood floor.

Voila! The rattling and vibrations instantly disappeared, and the bass I heard was tighter and cleaner than before.

Foam SubDude

A subwoofer isolation platform, like the Auralex SubDude-II™, can make a huge difference in how your sub sounds.

Connect with us for a personalized recommendation

Have questions about choosing your next sub? One of the great benefits of shopping with Crutchfield is working with an expert Advisor. For one-on-one shopping advice, contact us today.

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Our advisors can send specific Crutchfield pages to your screen, saving you a lot of browsing time. Best of all, they know the gear inside and out, so they can help you make the right choice.

Get the most out of your new subwoofer

Once you've gotten your new sub home, check out our subwoofer setup guide to get the best sound possible from your system.

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Jump into the conversation

If you have a question about a sub you're considering — or want to pick my brain about anything in the article — leave a comment below. I respond quickly, and if I don't know the answer I'll find someone here that does. Thanks for reading!

Last updated 11/24/2021
  • Mark from Tiller

    Posted on 12/9/2021

    How would you compare this to a Goldenear SuperSub XL?

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    Kramer Crane from Crutchfield

    on 12/10/2021

    Thanks for your question, Mark. I haven't auditioned the SuperSub XL yet, but look forward to testing it out.
  • Joel Kuhl from Salem

    Posted on 11/28/2021

    I have had a Paradigm PW-2100 v.2 for about 18 years now. This thing was solid, great sounding for music and video and I absolutely loved it. Problem is - it just gave up the ghost. Can you by chance tell me what is the most comparable powered subwoofer out there right now (the paradigm was perfect for my current system)? Thanks in advance. Joel K

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    Kramer Crane from Crutchfield

    on 11/29/2021

    Thanks for reaching out, Joel. It sounds like you got your money's worth out of the PW-2100. I'm sorry to hear it's no longer in action!

    As for a new sub I'd look at the Paradigm Defiance X12. It's powerful, accurate, and includes Anthem Room Correction software to dial-in the sound to your room. I think it would be an excellent replacement for your ailing PW-2100!
  • Gina from Malden

    Posted on 9/18/2021

    Hi! I need to replace a 15 yo Cambridge Soundworks (RIP) 10S Bass Cube. The rest of my setup Is: CSW M60 bookshelf speakers and a Cambridge Audio AXR85 recently purchased from you guys (replaced a Harman Kardon, again RIP). This is for a medium sized living room, music only, but we listen throughout the first floor, about 700 sq ft, and supplement with a pair of polk audio Atrium 4 in the kitchen, which is part of this area. Was looking at Jamo or Klipsch 10" subs but open to your suggestions! Would like to keep it under 400 and have something that makes sense with the other components quality wise.

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    Kramer Crane from Crutchfield

    on 9/20/2021

    Thanks for reaching out, Gina. The Klipsch Reference R-10SWi is an ideal match for your room, and for the rest of your gear. I expect it will sound lovely as part of your first-floor music system!
  • Paul from Idaho Falls

    Posted on 8/31/2021

    I really enjoyed reading your article on subs. I am renovating my house and want to put in in-wall speakers (Polk RC85i for L/R and surrounds and Polk in-wall center) and I am planning on a Denon receiver (1600 to 3700). The size of the room is about 15 feet wide by about 18 to 25 feet in length (depending on where I put the back wall). What would be 2 good powered subs to go with that system, which wouldn't be overpowering, but would add consistent bass without the speaker cracking or waffling? Also, is there a sub that fits this bill under $300? Thank you in advance.

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    Kramer Crane from Crutchfield

    on 9/1/2021

    Thanks for reaching out, Paul. That's a fantastic system you have in the works. My recommendation for your room and budget is to go with two of the JBL Stage A120P powered subs, which are currently on sale. I believe this 12" sub to be the best-performing option under $300 at this time, and a pair should give you tight, accurate, and enjoyable bass throughout your entire listening space.
  • unixrab from KC

    Posted on 5/25/2021

    I want a subwoofer capable of LFE <11Hz. Which Subwoofer am I looking for?

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    Kramer Crane from Crutchfield

    on 5/28/2021

    Thanks for reaching out. You've got some terrific options for getting titanic bass. The GoldenEar SuperSub™ XXL, Bowers & Wilkins DB3D, SVS PB16-Ultra, and KEF KF92 are a few of my favorites.
  • Greg Ward from Milton, WV

    Posted on 5/17/2021

    Enjoyed your article, but I am left wondering what constitutes a small, medium, or large room? Thanks!

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    Kramer Crane from Crutchfield

    on 5/18/2021

    Hi Greg, thanks for reaching out. Most rooms fall into the "medium" category in my mind unless they're unusually cozy or particularly spacious (vaulted ceiling, open floor plan, etc.). I'd largely let your taste in bass and available floor space determine the size of the sub you choose.
  • Michael Hawley from Hyde Park

    Posted on 4/24/2021

    I have Definitive Technology D11s running with a Yamaha RX V375 receiver. I use the system only for audio in a 10 x 10 room. I would like to add a subwoofer. I am interested in getting clear tight musical bass and not so interested in room shaking power. Also, the room is somewhat crowded and there are only limited spots where I could place a sub. Budget is a consideration. Any recommendations or advice in making a choice?

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    Kramer Crane from Crutchfield

    on 4/29/2021

    Hi Michael, thanks for reaching out. One of Cambridge Audio's Minx Series subwoofers is ideal for your room and setup. Their subs are tiny, yet crank out remarkably impressive bass. The Minx X201 in particular is an excellent match with your D11s, and will give you the kind of tight, musical bass you're looking for.
  • Jay Morgan from Mcdonough

    Posted on 4/6/2021

    You should list them as the 10 best that we carry because it's not accurate at all. Leaving out the RSL Speedwoofer as the best bang for the buck is crazy, even worse, it's not even on the list.

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    Kramer Crane from Crutchfield

    on 4/7/2021

    Hi Jay, thanks for reaching out. I've not heard the RSL Speedwoofer before (it's not a brand we carry), but I look forward to checking it out sometime — it looks like it gets excellent reviews.
  • Phil Deschamps from Newtown PA

    Posted on 2/1/2021

    I have a full Meridian set up in my theater $100k. The room is 16x20 feet. I was considering adding another sub to the room. Is my room too small for the VBV 16 Ultra. My other sub is the meridian SW5500.

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    Kramer Crane from Crutchfield

    on 2/3/2021

    Hi Phil, thanks for reaching out. If you mean the SVS PB16-Ultra, it would be a fine addition to your system. It's enormous, but worth the real estate in my opinion. I have the SVS PB13-Ultra in a smaller room than yours, and would absolutely go larger if I had the space — the level of bass that the Ultra Series subs produce is staggering.
  • Andrew from Twin Cities

    Posted on 1/26/2021

    What is your take on Velodyne subwoofers? I was surprised to see they are not listed.

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    Kramer Crane from Crutchfield

    on 1/27/2021

    Hi Andrew, thanks for your question. At this time we do not carry any Velodyne products. But their subs have been well-regarded in the audio industry for years, and are a fine option for a stereo or home theater system.