Considering practicality, not everyone is in a position to install box type subwoofers in their cars since they take up humongous amounts of space and more often than not, require body mods. Under seat subwoofers quickly come into the picture as the best option for you to enjoy some thick, punchy low end, without breaking the bank or your car for that matter.

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Today we are going to start with our pick of the best under seat subwoofers. We will also take a look at some other good ones as we move along. Let us dig in!

Kicker Hideaway

150 Watts RMS

Woofer Size: 8"

Response: 25-120 Hz

Width: 14-1/4"

Height: 3-1/4"

Depth: 9-3/8"


Alpine PWE-S8

240 Watt MAX

120 Watts RMS

Woofer Size: 8"

Response: 32-150 Hz

Size: 13.5” L x 9” W x 3”


Pioneer TS-WH500A

Size: 8-¼"

Max. Music Power (Nominal): 150 W (50W)

Cone Composition: Polypropylene

Surround Composition: Rubber

Impedance: 4 Ohms

Frequency Response: 20 Hz to 200 Hz

Sensitivity (IN CAR, INPUT: 1W): 98 dB



800 Watt MAX

400 Watts RMS

Woofer Size: 8"

Response: 25-150 Hz

High and Low Level Inputs

Variable Low Pass Filter

Bass Boost, Subsonic Filter

Phase Control


Our Pick: Kicker Hideaway Compact Powered Sub

Kicker was not just trying hard to sell their product when they named this the Compact Powered Sub. The Hideaway is indeed a demon of a device for the amount of impact it carries in its low-end punch. Built with the sole intention of making an effective under seat subwoofer that can fit anywhere, Kicker has managed to build an absolute blockbuster of a subwoofer that is compact and ultra portable. If you are strapped for space in your car, for cash or both, then Kicker certainly have managed to salvage your situation with 150 watts of pure, thick and crisp bass. If you are into EDM and Hip Hop, you are going to be ecstatic about this one.

Not lacking at all whatsoever in producing sound clarity over multiple ranges, it does its job of enriching your music with some bone shattering lows while keeping the clarity of sound consistent throughout the spectrum. If you are someone who likes to escape from the humdrum of life on a road trip while listening to some music, the Kicker is your best friend. All though the Kicker may not be powerful enough to trigger off some car alarms and rattle your car up, it is more than capable of letting you enjoy your music quite loud. We loved the Kicker for the phenomenal price to performance ratio in comes in at with the added convenience of ultra compactness.

After trying really hard to find some cons in a package as near perfect as this, we found that the switches for the gain controls and bass levels and others, a little ‘soft’ the slightest touch may flip them.

Runner Up: Kenwood KSC-SW11 Compact Powered Enclosed Subwoofer

Coming in at a not so distant second is the Kenwood KSC-SW11. Another brilliant package that is compact and powerful at the same time. The aluminum encasing of the KSC-SW11 houses a built-in amplifier with 75 watts of output, enough to make your heart beat faster. The rock-solid construction and the powerful circuitry under the hood are complimented with a wired remote control for convenient operation.

A brilliant undersea powered subwoofer that will fill your car with some heavy doses of bass frequencies. Not low on tonal quality, the replication of sound across the spectrum is an absolute bliss. Just put this under the seat and get ready for a musical concert. Gotta love this one!

Wireless remote control would have made things easier in the car. Known crackling and rattling issues when the bass levels are above 50%.

On the Budget: BOSS AUDIO BASS800 8 inch 800-watt Amplified Subwoofer System

A good looking unit from Boss indeed, the Boss Audio Bass800 boasts multiple options for input. This provision allows for better consideration of connection to get the best possible quality of sound according to user preference.The BOSS AUDIO BASS800 is loaded with features like, variable bass boost, adjustable input sensitivity, high-level and low-level RCA inputs that offer the ultimate in customization. Rated at a maximum power of 800 Watts, the BASS800 is capable of packing an ample amount of punch. Not for you if you are into the loud bass. There are known heating issues.

Top Of The Line: Alpine PWE-V80 Car 8″ Powered Enclosed Subwoofer UNDERSEAT SUBWOOFER PWEV80

This is a great effort of making a fully loaded, under seat powered subwoofer system by Alpine. The subwoofer is equipped with an 8-inch speaker and is rated at 160 watts. The built-in amplifier is the best part of this Alpine. The preamp circuit in the amplifier has been designed to bring out some rich tones when you play your music. You will never feel like the subwoofer is ‘choking’ or requires some amplification. The Alpine PWE-V80 is a great overall package. It also allows for a stealthy installation given the design of its body. The controller that comes supplied with the subwoofer, makes operation convenient. For quite an expensive package a bigger speaker would have felt like it is better value for money.

Also Great: JBL BassPro SL – 8″ 125W RMS Powered Under-Seat Compact Subwoofer Enclosure System

Powerful, good looking and full of tonal quality, the JBL BassPro SL has some serious firepower under the hood. Driven by the JBL 8 inch speakers, the BassPro, has a peak rating of 250 watts RMS. The setup has been equipped with a wired remote for convenient operation. To bring about some awesome tonal quality in the music, the subwoofer is equipped with an onboard amplifier and a shallow profile woofer, to pick up the low frequencies really well. The Bass Pro JBL looks good and sounds even better! This 8 Inch Jbl speakers are great car speaker from a very well known name. The only downside is the price which is on the higher side.

Also Great: Pioneer TS-WH500A Hvt Sealed 8.25″ 150W Active Subwoofer

Powered by their proprietary speaker technology, Pioneer, a name associated with equipment that produces phenomenal sound quality, have a brilliant product in the TS-WH500A. Technology like the HVT dedicated at creating true and powerful bass frequencies, make the Pioneer a great option as an under seat subwoofer. Rated at 150 watts the Pioneer is built for some excellent sound quality and that is exactly what you are going to get with the Pioneer TS-WH500A.

Also Great: Alpine Electronics PWE-S8 Restyle Compact Powered 8-Inch Subwoofer

Rated at 120 Watts RMS, the Alpine PWE under seat subwoofer has a frequency response of 32-Hz to 150Hz, a brilliant versatile range which makes for a very enjoyable experience when listening to music.The Alpine has an aluminum enclosure and has a very sturdy construction. The onboard electronics include Auto Sensing speaker level inputs and RCA. The PWE-S8 gives ample scope for customizing inputs. Individual gain, phase, crossover and remote sub levels make dialing in the perfect tone easy and fun. Prepare for some serious power with the brilliance of great tones with the Alpine PWE-S. There are cheaper alternatives.

Important aspects for picking under seat subwoofers

Under seat subwoofers are an extremely innovative way of scaling down the classic, beloved, box-type subwoofer and the low-end frequency it produces. A cost effective and a convenient way of being able to enjoy previously unexplored depths to your music. One of the most important considerations to bear in mind before buying a subwoofer is the total power output of the device, in watts. The diameter of the speaker housed inside the woofer is another basic consideration that defines the character of the product you select. The resolution of the frequencies of the sound in your music is better when the diameter of the speaker is large. Couple this with a powerful amplifier and you can brace yourself for some high-quality music.

Almost all of under seat woofer systems come with a remote or a wired control for convenient operation so that aspect is fairly covered irrespective of the model you choose. Even though they cost more, under seat subwoofers that have a built in amplifier, are about as comprehensive of a package as you can buy, so having ample power onboard is an important consideration. Finding the right balance between onboard features, power and ensuring that the speakers are as big as possible for a great price should ideally be your quest when you are out shopping for the best under seat subwoofer.

Vincent T
*Any prices mentioned in the article were at the time of publishing and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on or at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.