The 6 Best Subwoofers Under $300 (Reviewed 2024)

There’s a certain thrill in finding a piece of gear that performs beyond its price point, something that embodies the essence of ‘value for money’. That’s exactly the case with subwoofers under $300. These budget-friendly beasts have the power to bring your music and movies to life, filling the room with the kind of rich, resonant bass often heard from higher priced subs. While they might not hit the lowest lows of a high-end subwoofer, they bring a sound quality that’s certainly above and beyond what most expect.

In a moment, we’ll take you through a list of the cream of the crop. We’re talking the kind of subwoofers that totally outdo themselves, proving that adjustable crossover frequencies, automatic power-saving modes, and phase switches are now no longer luxuries, but the new standard. Each has been hand-picked for a specific category, from the best for compact spaces to the best for cinema-like experience, to help you make the perfect choice for your needs. Ready for the tour? Let’s jump in.

The Best Subwoofers Under $300 :: Full Reviews



When it comes to affordable subwoofers that don’t skimp on performance, the Klipsch R-120SW sets a new standard. With a 12″ front-firing IMG spun-copper woofer and a 200-watt RMS amplifier, you’ll get a wide range of low frequencies from 29-120 Hz. The exposed fasteners, low profile magnetic grills, and scratch-resistant, textured wood grain vinyl finish give it qualities suitable for a range of environments.

The way folks speak about R-120SW is overwhelmingly positive making it without a doubt one of the highest-rated subwoofers in this price range (even better than the Black Label further on the list). Its performance is on par with many Polk models, but the extra 2″ of woofer helps set it apart. Users rave about the deep, rich, and defined low end that’s both responsive and transparent, resulting in a memorable listening experience. When it comes to getting the most out of your home audio system at an affordable price point, the Klipsch R-120SW can be your quick and easy choice.



The Klipsch R-12SWi wireless subwoofer boasts contemporary aesthetics with its MDF cabinet and brushed polymer veneer finish. Featuring a 12″ front-firing, spun copper IMG woofer, this subwoofer is not only stylish but also delivers powerful and transparent bass. The wireless function is a standout feature making it perfect for those who prioritize convenience and flexibility in their setup.

This subwoofer is an absolute monster in large spaces, and we’ve found there’s likely no need to have the gain set past 30%. It’s often praised for its rich and responsive bass response, as well as its seamless integration with other Klipsch speakers. While it may not be considered full audiophile quality, but the R-12SWi offers excellent performance for casual TV/movie viewing and music listening.



The Polk Audio PSW111 has been a go-to choice for home theater installers over the years, and it’s easy to see why. This subwoofer features an 8″ Dynamic Balance composite cone driver and a high-current 150-watt RMS amplifier, ensuring deep and accurate bass response with minimal distortion. Its smaller 8″ woofer packs a serious punch in small rooms, while having two of them in a medium to large room creates an epic sound stage.

Out of the box and hooked up in minutes, the PSW111 is perfect for those seeking a powerful, easy-to-install subwoofer that is still within sight of our original budget. Its compact design and remarkable performance make it a top choice for anyone looking to prioritize music, or simply to enjoy their entertainment system.



With its innovative design, the Earthquake Sound CP8 delivers massive and fast bass to your sitting position. The 300-watt max amplifier, 8-inch long-throw woofer, and large bass port ensure powerful performance while maintaining a slim profile.

The CP8’s flexible placement options make it a standout among other home theater subs on this list. It easily fits under couches, beds, or between the couch and wall. Despite its size, the subwoofer produces picture-shaking bass that fills the room with exceptional tonality. Users looking for an upgrade to their theater setup should consider adding one or even two of these Couch Potato subs to enhance the overall experience.



The BIC America F12 is a classic subwoofer that has consistently topped lists for over a decade. Its black vinyl front and wood grain finish make it aesthetically pleasing, while the brushed-finished woofer adds a touch of elegance. Once unboxed, you can immediately feel the high-quality materials used in its construction.

The 12″ front-firing design is powered by an outstanding 475-watt peak BASH amp paired with the patented BIC “Venturi” vent to ensure a responsive and transparent listening experience. This subwoofer shines in small-medium sized rooms, providing a clean, deep bass without any distortion. It is particularly suited for movies and gaming, but music lovers won’t be disappointed either. When it comes to value, this subwoofer is simply too good to ignore at this price point.



With the Klipsch Synergy Black Label Sub-120, you’ll find a sleek black ash vinyl finish that complements any home decor. This sub offers powerful, clean, and responsive bass with zero distortion, ensuring an immersive experience that has credentials to regularly shake houses. Despite its slightly lower-quality cabinet build compared to the R-120SW, the Sub-120 remains a very good looking, affordable choice for producers and home theater enthusiasts alike.

Placement is crucial for optimal performance with this subwoofer, so it’s recommended to position it in a corner. With numerous connection options, this subwoofer can connect to your receiver via line level or LFE and complement most speaker setups. In terms of user experience, the Sub-120 remains cool even after hours of use, lending long-term satisfaction for any owner.

2024 Buyers Guide for $300 Subwoofers


$300 is the price point where a lot more can, and should be expected out of a subwoofer. As opposed to options under $100 and under $200, these are not just about value, they are about performance.

For the money, these models add a lot in terms of build quality and design, while not necessarily beefing up the feature set of more inexpensive options. Still, the premium in cost is well justified, leading to a product that is far better constructed, far better designed, and will sound better for longer overall.


Features are not always skin deep, and while these subwoofers don’t hold much more externally to more inexpensive options, they do a lot to beef up the features internally. The best subwoofers hold a lot of features both in the design of the cabinet internally and in the design of the speaker. At this price point, you really start to see this come to fruition.

The interior of the cabinets and the design of the woofers here are the focal point, taking their “feature set” internal. External features are still lacking, but it is easily forgiven when the internal design is taken into context.

Of course, phase reversal, auto signal sensing, and tunable crossover are still present on all listed picks. So, while not ‘feature-rich’, they certainly aren’t barren in terms of external features, either.


Again, $300 marks a shift from inexpensive options in terms of design. These subs branch out in their aesthetic, branding the company’s the produce the product more, and giving a more unique appearance. Since looks are so important when choosing a subwoofer, a lot of choice will come down to your personal tastes at this price bracket.

However, some trends still do occur. All of the models are constructed of medium to high density MDF with either a black or faux wood finish. Real wood and more exotic finishes are reserved for more expensive options.

Final Thoughts

This price bracket is really a turning point. Sub-$300 options are the first that truly give a premium experience without being too crazy expensive. The high quality build, attention to detail in design, and excellent sound quality combine together to make them feel like more than a toy.

Of course, there are issues like lack of real wood and missing features, but that really is too be expected considering how well these subwoofers perform otherwise.

If you want to see what spending a bit more offers, check out our picks for best subwoofers under $500 and best subwoofers under $1000.