Most of us want pounding bass in our vehicles, but with myriad subwoofers out there — and even more specs and sizes — what’s the best choice? What’s the right size? Though the simple “the biggest, most powerful subwoofer you can afford” is easy to say, the correct answer is little more complex.
There are a number of factors you need to take into account when buying a new car subwoofer before you hand over your hard-earned money. In some ways, many of the different factors are linked together (To make the right call, read our unrivalled car subwoofer buying guide).
When it comes down to car subwoofers, size really does matter, and it should be at the centre of your decision making process. We’ve reviewed a ton of car subwoofers on this site before including 15 inch subwoofers, 12 inch subwoofers as well as 8 inch subwoofers.
For the purpose of today’s post, we’ll be looking at some of the best 10 inch subwoofers that you can buy.
10 inch subwoofers are quite popular on the market. Most vehicles which come with a bass system are fitted with either 8 inch or 10 inch subs.
These subwoofers are usually fairly easy to install because they can be placed in the factory location with minor modifications or in a location that does not impact cargo or passenger space too greatly. If you opt for a shallow mount 10 inch subwoofer, you can even install it underneath a seat.
So, without further any ado, onto the reviews…
Best 10 Inch Subwoofer Reviews
- Anodized aluminum cone with Santoprene surround
- High modulus Kevlar re-inforced paper-pulp cone
- Hybrid StampCast basket provides strength while minimizing weight and resonance
- Vertical Attach Surround Technique (VAST™) increases cone area
- Proprietary spider venting/cooling technique
- Flex-fit Mounting pattern
- Semi-flexible, PVC removable protective motor cover
- Optimized motor magnetics with extended pole and bumped vented backplate
- High temp 2.5" voice coil w/ spun-laced Nomex insulating re-inforcement collar
- Die-Cast aluminum soft-touch painted trim ring allows for optional integrated grill
|Frequency range||28 - 250 Hz|
Rockford Fosgate is one of the top-rated car subwoofer brands out there. They offer some of the best-sounding, yet reasonably priced car subwoofers. Their subs come in three general categories labeled Prime, Punch, and Power. Subs in the Prime category are considered to be Rockford Fosgate’s entry level models while Punch is a middle of the road line of products. Power subs are considered the company’s high-end line.
Rockford Fosgate Punch subwoofers are among the best selling car subs on the market. They seem to be well-liked, and that’s no coincidence. These subs are very well-engineered.
The sub at hand is one of the best hardest hitting 10 inch subwoofer in the Punch series. It’s featured with a rigid anodized aluminum cone designed to hold its shape through heavy play, while staying light and responsive.
This cone uses Vertical Attach Surround Technique (VAST™) to attach the oversized rubber surround to the cone, increasing cone area by up to 25%, so that the subwoofer can push more air for even bigger bass.
Its special venting, plus its aluminum cone which acts as a giant heat sink, dissipating heat away from the copper-clad aluminum voice coils allow the subwoofer to deliver incredibly consistent bass performance over time.
Additionally, and thanks to its extended pole piece and bumped backplate that leaves more room for heavy excursion, the sub can hit deeper lows without bottoming out.
Speaking of lows, the Rockford Fosgate P3D4-10 can hit as low as a claimed 28Hz and as far up as 250Hz. It’s rated for 82 dB and can handle between 250 and 500 watts RMS.
- 10" subwoofer with dual 4-ohm voice coils
- Mineral-filled polypropylene cone with rubber surround
- Satin black cast-alloy basket
- Silver accent ring around cone
- Large-diameter, progressive roll spider
- Highly linear, DMA-Optimized motor system
- Elevated frame cooling design
- Massive forced-air-cooled aluminum alloy frame
|Frequency range||22-200 Hz|
The 10W6v3-D4 is one of the best JL Audio 10 inch subwoofer. This beast costs an arm and a leg, however, it can make a night and day difference in terms of bass. So, if you don’t mind shelling out a few hundred dollars for a good 10″ subwoofer, JL Audio 10W6v3-D4 could be a great match.
This sub sports a mineral-filled polypropylene cone that offers incredible bass performance. Its sophisticated suspension system on the other hand allows for linear cone movement which means you’ll hear exceptionally accurate, refined bass. Combine that with its solid cast-alloy basket which allow the subwoofer to handle an outrageous amount of power without any distortion-causing flexing, and you get a subwoofer that will shake doors and rattle mirrors.
JL Audio 10W6v3-D4 sub boast a sensitivity rating of 82.7 dB and can handle up to 600 watts of power on continuous basis. It’s optimized to operate in either a sealed or ported enclosure.
This subwoofer is designed to deliver impressive sound quality and great pounding bass.
As for cons, it’s really difficult to think of any. If anything, I’d say that this subwoofer is quite expensive.
- Dual 4 Ohm Voice Coil Configuration
- Competition Grade Pressed Paper Cone
- Stitched High Roll Foam Surround
- Advanced Air Flow Cooling System
- 2.5" High Temperature Copper Voice Coil
- Single 3-layer conex spider
|Frequency range||40-500 Hz|
Despite being new to the industry, Skar Audio has managed to build a solid reputation as one of the top-rated car audio brands. It’s amazing how a relatively new company can compete with top-of-the-line subwoofers.
Skar Audio offers a wide range of car subwoofers of different types and sizes so you can choose the right subwoofer for your needs.
The DDX-10 D4 is one of the top rated 10 inch subwoofers that Skar Audio has to offer. It’s designed to be a competition grade subwoofer that could also be utilized in daily system applications allowing non-bassheads to enjoy chest pounding bass in their vehicles.
Skar Audio DDX-10 D4 features high quality competition grade paper cone stitched to the high roll foam surround, 2.5 inch pure copper high temperature voice coil, and a massive double stack motor, allowing the subwoofer to be ready to handle serious amounts power.
Speaking of power, this sub can handle up to 1,000 watts of power on continuous basis. It can hit as low as a claimed 40Hz and as far up as 500Hz.
That said, if you’re on a tight-budget and looking for a powerful, hardest hitting 10 inch subwoofer that can handle a ton of power, we can’t think of a better option than Skar Audio DDX-10.
- Class D amplifier (300 watts RMS)
- Remote bass-level control included
- Variable low-pass crossover (50-200 Hz, 12 dB/octave)
- Built-in 0°/180° phase switch
- Built-in variable bass boost EQ
- Separate low level and speaker level inputs
- Intelligent auto turn on/off function
- Remote bass level control included
- Constructed with 5/8" MDF
- Large AWG input terminals
- Covered with industrial heat activated vinyl
|Frequency range||35 - 200 Hz|
If you’re looking for an easy way to add bass to your ride without all the hassle of matching up a sub with a compatible amp and enclosure, we can’t think of a better option than the Rockford Fosgate Punch P300-10.
Rockford Fosgate Punch P300-10 is a powered bass system fitted with 10 inch subwoofer paired up to a built-in 300 watts amplifier. It’s featured with various controls including low-pass crossover, phase switch, and bass boost that you can use to tweak the sound to your liking. It also comes with High- and low-level inputs to allow you to connect it to any system. Additionally, the included remote knob lets you adjust bass intensity from the driver’s seat.
Rockford Fosgate Punch P300-10 is a very well-built powered subwoofer. You’ll love the powerful impact this sealed enclosure adds to your favorite tracks. This sealed enclosure is built from medium-density fiberboard (MDF) and it’s covered with rugged industrial vinyl that is resilient to tearing and wearing.
If you are a serious basshead and you like to shake people’s walls as you drive by in a neighborhood, I’m afraid, Rockford Fosgate Punch P300-10 isn’t for you. But if you want to a add some bass to your car stereo system, no muss, no fuss, this powered subwoofer is could be a great match.
- Oversized Mica injected molded polypropylene cone
- Elastic polymer surround
- Shallow Compact Design
|Frequency range||20-125 Hz|
The TS-SW2502S4 is one of the best 10 shallow mount subwoofers in the market. At around 3-1/8″ in mounting depth, this sub can fit in the tightest location. So, if you have no room in your vehicle to accommodate a conventional subwoofer, and you’re more interested in sound quality rather than straight SPL, Pioneer TS-SW2502S4 is a great 10″ shallow mount subwoofer to consider.
Obviously, to have the bass you can hear and feel, your subwoofer must be big enough to move more air. That said, and because low profile subs have little excursion, they can’t thump quite as loud as a full size, conventional subs.
Despite being budget-friendly, this low profile mount subwoofer will do wonders if properly mounted and well-powered. It’s featured with an oversized cone made of mica-injected molded resin that moves more air and delivers accurate bass. It’s optimized to work well in a small sealed enclosure, making it an ideal bass solution for fitting those tight spaces in today’s compact vehicles.
Pioneer TS-SW2502S4 boast a sensitivity rating of 91 dB and can handle up to 300 watts of power on continuous basis. It can hit as low as a claimed 20Hz and as far up as 125Hz.