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.
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!
Our Pick: Cerwin Vega VPAS10
With a low pass filter of 180 degrees and an output of 450W, the Cerwin Vega sub is built to change the way you listen to your music forever.
It has one of the highest ratings in the market and comes with a one year warranty and features a Slim 2 ohm subwoofer that can fit comfortably under your car seat, including the passenger seat.
It has an RMS of 200W and comes with its own remote control. The bass boost is impressive and ranges between 0-12db and has adjustable input sensitivity.
To prevent overheating with continued use, it comes with a thermal protection unit which keeps it cool even after playing music for hours. It measures 13.6×9.7×2.6 inches making it compact and sturdy.
RCA plugins are also included in its design and it also has a unique feature found on the remote which makes it easy to power on, requiring just a soft touch. The protective grill that covers the sub is spaced to allow breathability while keeping dust out.
The Cerwin-Vega subwoofer is a great choice with a slim and attractive design to conveniently fit under car seats. When it comes to performance, it is quite reliable and versatile and has a great sound output.
Runner-Up: Kicker Hideaway Compact Powered Sub
The 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 through 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.
Also Great: Pioneer TS-WX120A 150 W Powerful Amplified Subwoofer System
Weighing 815 pounds and with an enclosure size of 11x7x4 inches, the Pioneer TS is an under seat subwoofer that is packed with 150W maximum output and will add that much-needed punch to your music.
Designed to fit under most car seats, this sub is very compact and fits well even under the most limited space conditions. Its flat design ensures that it can slip well under chairs and still have space for great music output.
To be able to produce a deep, quality and solid bass, this subwoofer comes with an inbuilt Mosfet amplifier and the power produced is able to drown the sound of the even noisiest engine.
The Pioneer TS cone is made from aluminum which gives its bass consistency and makes it sound deep. It is also scratch resistant mainly due to the use of polyurethane in its finish.
The frequency response of this Pioneer sub is quite impressive and ranges between 30-160Hz, and has a sensitivity of 98dB. Frequency response, phase or gain control is at your fingertips, thanks to the remote wire control that the Pioneer TS-WX120A comes with.
If you are planning to upgrade and looking for a subwoofer that is small and fits almost anywhere, yet powerful, the Pioneer TS-WX120A is the ideal pick.
Also Great: Rockford Fosgate PS-8
If you require an under seat sub that is custom made to squeeze into the smallest of spaces, then the PS-8 is your ideal choice. It’s flat slim design enables it to do just that despite the lack of enough space and height.
This 8″ sub has an RMS power of 150W and is powered by a 150W D class amplifier, which comes in a custom sealed enclosure. Its inbuilt crossover is adjustable and can do an octave low pass of 12db.
The PS-8 come in an all-inclusive convenient system which allows you to power it, ground and get a signal from the source without much hassle.
The exterior used to build this sub is durable and scratch resistant and can even survive if mounted in the cargo area of your car. When purchased, the package comes with all the mounting hardware you need, a wired remote control for easier operation as well as turn on wires. It measures 12.8×8.5×6 inches and only weighs 14.3 pounds.
This Rockford sub has awesome features that will change the way you listen to music, is simple to use and set up and made from durable materials. It is a great buy that you will not regret having.
Also Great: Pyle PLBASS8
Despite coming in an ultra-slim design, the Pyle subwoofer is packed with 650W raw bass power that will impress most music lovers.
Only 8 inches in diameter, this Pyle sub is also packed with great features and equally amazing specs.
The design ensures that space will never be a problem and even in the tightest of spaces, it will fit like a glove. This particular model can support low-level RCA’s as well as high-level speaker line inputs adding to its versatility.
The Pyle sub also comes with a remote to boost and reduce bass levels conveniently with just a touch of a button and is equipped with a low-pass filter of 50-150Hz, which prevents subsonic from distorting your music.
It also has overload protection circuits coupled with their thermal counterparts to prevent temperatures from getting out of control. This sub measures 14.5×9.5×3 inches, subwoofer weighs a paltry 10.5 pounds.
With superior sound quality and performance, budget Pyle under seat sub would be a great pick as it was built to inject a deep bass into your music. Everything about it just oozes quality from the heavy-duty magnet to its rubber suspension.
Also Great: Kenwood KSC-SW11 Compact Powered Enclosed Subwoofer
Coming in at a not so distant place 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: SOUND STORM LOPRO8
Built with a switchable phase control, the Sound Storm sub is a great choice if you are bent on an upgrade. It is an 8″ and has a maximum output of 650W thanks mainly to its inbuilt Mosfet power supply.
It comes with high and low-level inputs which support almost all of the car stereos currently available on the market. A big advantage of the Sound Storm is its height which is only 3 inches, making it ideal to fit under any car seat.
Some of its features include a variable low pass filter for added music clarity, short circuit and thermal overload protection circuits, a remote control to boost your bass to desired levels and a subsonic filter to prevent your music from distorting. It measures 13.5×9.7×3 inches, weighing only 12.3 pounds.
Due to the features that come with the Sound Storm sub, especially its inbuilt amplifier which has an output capacity of 1200W, this sub is for the music listener who craves for a powerful sound coupled with quality.
This sub is fairly priced and will not stretch your budget.
On the Budget: Rockville RW8CA
Weighing in at only 5.6 pounds makes the Rockville subwoofer the lightest in the market. Underestimate it at your own peril though, as it comes with a peak power of 600W and RMS of 150W.
It also comes with auto-turn on technology which is not commonly found in other subs in the 8″ class and comes in a compact enclosure which is quite hardy. To maintain its punch, it has an inbuilt MOSFET power amplifier which comes with a remote for easier control.
High and low-level RCA inputs are compatible with this Rockville sub, and it is fairly priced compared to other 8″ subs, while its slim design makes it convenient to fit under any car seat as it measures 15.5x13x5 inches.
This is a great sub that is budget friendly and will not put a hole in your pocket but instead gives you great value for your money. When it comes to performance, it is powerful and improves the quality of your music tremendously.
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 to 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 of picking under seat subwoofers
The 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 controller 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.