Best 12 Inch Shallow Mount Subwoofers Reviews

Few things in life are as important as good music especially when you’re driving. The main benefit of listening to music while you drive is pretty obvious to everyone: it’s more fun and it can improve your mood. But as you’ve probably noticed, that music only sounds as good as the system it’s playing through.

Sure, You can survive with just a regular set of speakers. You don’t, strictly speaking, need a hard-hitting sub. But you cannot believe the difference having one will make.

To get bass that shakes your car’s mirrors and license plates (or maybe only your trunk lid), you need big subwoofers and enough space for the subwoofer box that contains them. But in smaller vehicles space for bass is at a premium.

When you have a smaller car with limited cargo space, your two best options are either to purchase a powered car subwoofer that can fit in tight locations such as behind or under seats, or to buy a shallow mount subwoofer and have it mounted in a thin subwoofer box.

Despite their low mount profile, shallow mount subwoofers can fill out the sound and add a solid deep bass foundation to your music. However, you shouldn’t expect these subs to turn your ride into a rolling thunderstorm of bass.

Want a peek at some of the best 10 inch shallow mount subwoofer options out there today? Check out our roundup of Killer shallow mount subs.

Top 5 Best Shallow Mount 12″ Subwoofer Reviews

#1- Pioneer TS-SW3002S4 Subwoofer Review

  • Mica-injected resin cone
  • Elastic polymer surround
  • Double spiders
  • Copper voice coils

Size 12"
Frequency range 20 - 125 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS :    300-600 watts
  • Peak :    1,200 Watts
Sensitivity 93 dB
Top-mounting Depth 3-3/8"
Impedance Single 4 Ohms


Pioneer TS-SW3002S4 12" Shallow-Mount Subwoofer ReviewPioneer TS-SW3002S4 is one of the best selling 12 inch shallow mount subwoofer in the market. It’s designed to bring great bass to vehicles where conventional subs won’t fit. At only 3-3/8″ mounting depth — which is less than half a typical subwoofer in this class — this sub can be mounted in a slender enclosure that’ll easily fit behind a truck seat or in any tight space while delivering the bass performance you need.

Pioneer TS-SW3002S4 is featured with an oversized cone made of mica-injected molded resin which makes it rigid, yet responsive. This cone surface allows the subwoofer to move more air and thereby produce louder and deeper bass.

You’ll definitely be surprised at how well this subwoofer sounds, and being optimized for sealed enclosures, makes the bass clean and crisp. No, you won’t rattle the windows out a mile away, but inside your car you’ll have plenty of clean sounding bass and if that’s not satisfying, I don’t know what it is.

This 12″ slim subwoofer can hit as low as a claimed 20Hz and as far up as 125Hz. It’s rated for 93dB sensitivity rating and can handle up to 400 watts of power RMS. To drive this single subwoofer, we recommend a mono amplifier rated between 300 and 600 watts RMS at 4 ohms.

Pioneer TS-SW3002S4 is one of the best 12 inch shallow mount subwoofers that you can buy, all things considered. This hard hitting shallow sub can produce a lot of bass without having to sacrifice space in a trunk or truck cab.

#2- Pioneer TS-SWX3002 Pre-Loaded Enclosure Review

  • 5/8" medium density fiberboard construction covered with black carpet
  • Sealed enclosure with one 12" TS-SW3002S4 subwoofer
  • Mica-injected resin cone
  • Elastic polymer surround
  • Double spiders
  • Copper voice coils

Size 12"
Frequency range 20 - 125 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS :    300-600 watts
  • Peak :    1,200 Watts
Sensitivity 93 dB
Top-mounting Depth 3-3/8"
Impedance Single 4 Ohms


Pioneer TS-SWX3002 12" Shallow-Mount Pre-Loaded Enclosure reviewIf you’re looking for a shallow mount pre-loaded enclosure, Pioneer TS-SWX3002 is a great option to consider. It’ll save you from the hassle of looking for low-profile mount sub and building an enclosure for it.

This enclosure is made of 5/8″ medium density fiberboard construction covered with black carpet that is resilient to tearing and wearing and blends perfectly with any car interior design.

This sealed pre-loaded enclosure is fitted with Pioneer SW3002S4 12″ shallow mount subwoofer we linked to above. It’s featured with angled push terminals which allow the connection wires to remain straight rather than being bent to fit horizontal or vertical terminals. The straighter connection saves space and makes installation easier. It also reduces stress on the wires.

#3- Kicker CVT124 Subwoofer Review

  • Stiff ribbed cone with wide Santoprene surround
  • Perimeter venting to keep the motor cool
  • Stamped steel basket
  • Spring-Loaded Terminals
  • Single Voice Coil

Size 12"
Frequency range 25 - 350 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS :    400 watts
  • Peak :     800 Watts
Sensitivity 87 dB
Top-mounting Depth 4-3/8"
Impedance Single 4 Ohms

Kicker CVT124 12 inch Shallow Mount mount subwoofer reviewKicker CVT124 is another great-sounding 12 inch shallow mount subwoofer to consider. It was designed with compact cars and pickup trucks in mind.

This low mount profile 12″ subwoofer performs just like a full-size conventional sub, but without killing all your cargo space. It features a stiff ribbed cone bonded to Santoprene surround for consistent and reliable performance.

Despite its low mount profile, this sub can hit surprisingly hard, but not as hard as higher value, conventional subs. Its stamped steel basket, plus its perimeter venting which dissipate heat away from the internal motor structure allow the subwoofer to consistently handle a great amount of power and thereby produce plenty of bass, without needing plenty of depth.

Speaking of mounting depth, and at around 4 inches tall, this sub can easily fit in tight spaces, including right under the seat in many vehicles.

Kicker CVT124 is rated for 87dB sensitivity rating and can handle up to 400 watts of power on continuous basis. It can hit as low as a claimed 25Hz and as far up as 350Hz. It’s designed to work equally well in a sealed or a ported enclosure.

#4- JL Audio 12TW1-2 Subwoofer Review

  • Injection molded, mica-filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround
  • Cast alloy frame with flat edges for tight driver grouping
  • No pole vent: permits mounting close to rear wall of enclosure.
  • Ultra-compact sealed enclosure volume requirements
  • Long linear excursion capability
  • DMA-optimized motor designs
  • Engineered Lead-Wire System
  • Patented concentric tube architecture
  • Patented floating cone attach method technology

Size 12"
Frequency range 24 - 200 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS :     300 watts
  • Peak :     600 Watts
Sensitivity 87 dB
Top-mounting Depth 4-5/8"
Impedance 2 Ohms


JL Audio 12TW1-2 - best 12 inch shallow mount subwoofer This is what you can get if you’re willing to shell out some serious dough. This is one of the best 12 inch shallow subwoofer that JL Audio has to offer.

The JL Audio 12TW1-2 is a very well-engineered low profile sub featuring JL Audio’s patented “concentric tube” design which compresses the sub’s motor structure for a smaller profile without sacrificing performance.

Thanks to a combination of a mounting depth of only 4-3/8 inches, a minimal frontal clearance and extremely small enclosure requirements, this sub will fit in all kinds of tight places you don’t expect a conventional subwoofer to go.

This 12 inch shallow sub from JL Audio is featured with injection-molded mica-filled polypropylene cone bonded to durable rubber surround and housed in a cast-alloy frame that minimizes resonances and vibrations.

The JL Audio 12TW1-2 subwoofer can work equally well in a sealed or ported enclosure, depending on your musical preferences. It’s rated for 85dB sensitivity rating and can handle up to 300 watts of power RMS.

#5- Skar Audio EV-12 D4 Subwoofer Review

  • Pressed Paper Cone
  • Premium Rubber Surround
  • 2" Copper Voice Coil
  • Premium, 50 Oz single stack ferrite magnet

Size 12"
Frequency range 20 - 500 Hz
Power Handling 
  • RMS :    200 watts
  • Peak :     500 Watts
Sensitivity 87.3dB
Top-mounting Depth
Impedance Single 2-4 Ohms & Dual 2-4 ohms


Skar Audio EV-12 D4 12 inch shallow mount subwoofer Skar Audio is a brand we haven’t come across much on our site. However, that’s not to say that it’s a notorious car audio brand. Quite honestly, they offer some great sounding car subwoofers at budget-friendly prices, and the EV-12 D4 12 inch shallow sub is no exception.

This shallow mount 12″ subwoofer comes in four configuration including single 2 ohm and 4 ohm as well as dual 2ohm and 4 ohm. It’s featured with pressed paper cones supported with premium rubber surround. Combine that with its premium, 50 Oz single stack ferrite magnet and high temperature 2-inch voice coil, and you get a subwoofer that can operate efficiently and get loud in even the tightest applications.

This subwoofer sports a sensitivity rating of 87.6 dB. It can hit as low as a claimed 20Hz and as far up as 500Hz. And it’s conservatively rated at 200 watts nominal (RMS Power), and features a peak power rating of 500 Watts (Max Power).

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