The Kicker Hideaway HS10 is an upgraded version of the original Hideaway HS8 which is to date one of the best selling underset subs. The HS10 brings an extra punch with 10″ woofer and amp with 180W of RMS.
With a low pass filter of 180 degrees and a max output of 450W, the Cerwin Vega VPAS10 sub is built to change the way you listen to your music forever – see the Cerwin Vega VPAS10 full review.
It has one of the highest ratings in the market and comes with a one-year warranty and features a slim (2.6 inches) 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 that keeps it cool even after playing music for hours. It measures 13.6 x 9.7 x 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 great sound output.
Size: W: 11-1/8″ H: 2-13/16″ D: 8″ Power: RMS: 50 W, MAX: 150 W Woofer Size: 8″ x 5-1/4″ Cone Frequency Response: 20-200 Hz
A Pioneer product will always be as you expect to be; decently adequate and one hell of a performer. The Pioneer TS-WX130DA is exactly that and a lot more. It is not only economical, but it also delivers clean, deep, and seamless sound.
If your audio needs are pretty average, this sub will blow your boots off. It produces mountains of bass; however, don’t expect this little fella to shake the ground.
What it offers is just enough to keep a majority of people going and it does so at a decent price. Its aluminum cone comes fitted right in the middle of a urethane surround. This filters out the sound to give smooth yet surprisingly deep results. To keep things even more interesting, it features a 150 Watt amplifier which pushes this bad boy’s limits even further.
This package is not only easy to install, but its compact body also offers you an array of options on where you could fix it up. Sound manipulation with the Pioneer TS-WX130DA is exciting thanks to the Bass mode settings.
Its wired remote control enables phase settings and filter adjustments without much hassle. Needless to say, there’s not a better performer within this price range.
Size: 13.5” x 3” x 9” Power: Peak: 240 watts RMS: 120 watts Woofer Size: 8” Frequency Response: 32-150 Hz
Alpine is a reliable name among audio equipment manufacturers. Its PWE-S8 is among some of the best under-seat subwoofers available right now. For starters, this sub is of the size of a legal pad, making its installation under or behind seats possible.
Moreover, its 8” woofer cone and D-class 120W amp are enclosed in a rugged die-cast aluminum casing. This durable and heat-dissipating construction makes it a suitable option for under-seat installation.
PWE-S8 works perfectly fine with both factory-fitted and aftermarket stereos. Moreover, you can use it with both RCA and speaker-level inputs. The sub also comes with a 15’ wired remote knob. You can easily install it on the dash to adjust the bass level of the sub right from the driver’s seat.
Individual gain, phase, crossover, and remote sub levels make dialing in the perfect tone easy and fun. On the cons side, there are cheaper alternatives.
Size: 9-7/8″W x 3-1/8″H x 12-3/8″D Power: RMS: 180 W Woofer Size: 10″ Frequency Response: 25-120 Hz
There is a new under-seat sub in the market and it’s bringing to the table some serious specs. The Kicker Hideaway HS10 is a powered 10-inch subwoofer that can deliver 180 watts RMS and can fit almost anywhere.
The Hideaway HS10 is an upgraded version of the original Hideaway HS8 which is to date one of the best selling subs. The HS10 brings an extra punch with a 10″ woofer and can hit some serious low-end frequencies.
with high and low-level inputs there are plenty of options for installing, also HS10 accept input signals ranging from 0.25 volt to as high as 40 volts (400 watts at 4Ω) – so no worry for there cos’ it will work with almost any vehicle without adding a line output converter.
Other specs include adjustable low-pass crossover, subsonic filter, phase switch, and a variable bass boost with an included remote bass knob. Ther is also innovation from Kicker with FIT+™ (Fail-safe Integration Technology PLUS).
Size: 13.5” x 2.8” x 9.8” Power: Peak: 200 watts RMS: 100 watts Woofer Size: 8” Frequency Response: 20-150 Hz
This NVX QBUS8 V2 powered subwoofer has a compact footprint, making it suitable to slide under the seat of any sedan or SUV. Besides its space-efficient design, its rugged aluminum casing is also worth mentioning. It gives the sub durability and enables efficient heat dissipation.
The 8” woofer cone doesn’t just deliver clean and crisp bass. Its woven fiberglass construction also makes it ultra-durable. We also like the speaker-level inputs of the sub that let you use them directly with your speakers without running RCA cables.
This NVX sub comes with silver-plated RCA connections and wire terminals that establish a tight connection and ensures maximum conductivity. This good connection and conductivity guarantees sound production without any distortions.
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 800W and RMS of 200W.
It also comes with auto-turn on technology which is not commonly found in other subs in the class and comes in a compact enclosure which is quite hardy. To maintain its punch, it has an inbuilt MOSFET power amplifier that 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 under-seat subs, while its slim design makes it convenient to fit under any car seat as it measures 12.4 x 13.4 x 2.7 (L x W X H) 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.
Size: 10” x 3” x 8” Power: Peak: 200 watts RMS: 100 watts Woofer Size: 6×8” Frequency Response: 30-150 Hz
Not all compact subs are made equal and therefore not all of them are suitable for every type of under-seat installation. If you think that a typical compact sub won’t fit under your car seat, consider this Nano subwoofer by JBL. This sub is just 10” long and 8” wide and can fit under the seats of any car model.
Despite having a “Nano” footprint, this JBL subwoofer doesn’t compromise on the quality. Its 100W RMS amp with a 6” woofer produces the thumping sound as good as any large-sized subwoofer and speaker system.
Moreover, you get all the features in this Nano sub that are part of a full-size subwoofer. It works with both speaker and RCA inputs. Then, a wired remote control knob also comes with the sub that ensures hassle-free base control. The JBL Nano sub also features a built-in wire harness for simplified installation.
Kenwood is well known as one of the masters of the industry; the Kenwood KSC-PSW8 is proof enough why. Designed to drop rich sonorous sound waves, this sub will undoubtedly be a canny addition to any car.
Its 8″ chassis may feel incredibly small but this little fellow houses enough power to blow your windshield off. The best part is that its compact build makes it easy to install in those very nooks and crannies you thought useless in your vehicle.
Before all else, I must admit that I love how compact this bad boy is. What I love even more is that that does nothing to discredit its smooth but solid bass production capabilities. Its aluminum die-cast body assures you a long long time of uninterrupted service. Also, the same body creates a rigid enclosure that only bolsters the sub’s output.
The KSC-PSW8 comes with one main advantage; it can take the beating that comes with working in a small space. From excessive heat emission to unforeseen sound occlusion, this baby has you covered.
How you may ask? For one, its voice coil is extra thick to avoid burnouts even when pushed to its very limit. Secondly, most of the Kenwood KSC-PSW8 parts are thermal resistant; this makes them extremely resilient. Finally, its Phase Control feature lets you balance out the sound bursting through your cabin.
Looking at its 250 Watts power output, you can already tell that this sub is quite the ground shaker. That combined with its built-in amplifier makes it one of the best subs of its kind, especially in regard to punching powers. In addition to that, it comes with a wired remote control for simplified operation, optimized magnetic circuitry, and auto-signal sensing power control.
When it comes to installation, you can have the Kenwood KSC-PSW8 up and running in just a few minutes. Considering it comes with all necessary wiring components, all you need is just a few minutes off your busy routine, and wallah, you have yourself a thundering sound system.
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 has 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 it comes 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.
Size: 11.43″ x 3″ x 8.31″ Power: Peak: 200 watts RMS: 100 watts Woofer Size: 6×8” Frequency Response: 50-150 Hz
This Infinity subwoofer is another great option for cars where there isn’t enough trunk space. The compact profile of Infinity Basslink can be fit under most car seats. Its all-die-cast aluminum enclosure design is worth mentioning for two reasons.
Firstly, it helps minimize the overall footprint of the sub. Secondly, it also cancels out the rattling regular under-seat subs can experience in a moving car. Its amp with 100W RMS power produces a good punch of high and mid-bass through its 6×8” woofer.
The high-pass filters and limiters also enhance the performance of this compact Infinity sub. The subwoofer also comes with a bass volume remote control to provide easy bass regulation from the driver’s seat.
If you need decent bass in your car with a sleek subwoofer that can easily tuck under seats, consider Sony XS-AW8. It is an ultra-sleek and shallow subwoofer that can easily fit in available spaces in the car.
Sony has used sturdy components in the making of this under-seat subwoofer to ensure it can withstand heat, vibrations, and distortions. XS-AW8 features a rigid subwoofer diaphragm along with a robust heat sink.
The sub comes with both RCA and high-level power inputs to offer you installation flexibility with different types of stereo systems. Moreover, single-sided controls and terminals make the installation easy.
This JVC 8” subwoofer produces powerful low-frequency sound (bass) without occupying the entire trunk space. The 150W RMS Class-D amp with the 8” woofer cone of this shallow-profile under-seat sub is enough to fulfill your bass requirements in any sedan.
The sub has a rugged design with heat-resistant parts. Moreover, its graduated pleat damper is constructed in a way that it remains stress-proof. All these features make it a reliable bass producer for the long run.
JVC also provides a wired remote control for volume, phase control, and frequency with the Drvn A Series sub to let you fully customize your bass experience.
Size: 13.56″ x 2.81″ x 9.87″ Power: Peak: 200 watts RMS: 125 watts Woofer Size: 8” Frequency Response: 35-120 Hz
This JBL subwoofer doesn’t have a Nano footprint. However, it still has a hideaway body with a shallow-profile design. Its ABS enclosure doesn’t just add durability to the sub. It also sports a stunning design, allowing you to install it in open spaces as well.
The class-D amp of the subwoofer is efficient that produces powerful sound without experiencing overheating. Moreover, the manual crossover control of the subwoofer lets you fine-tine the upper and mid-bass sound production.
This compact subwoofer also comes with flexible EQ adjustments (better volume/base control) and line and high-level inputs (more installation options).
Size: 13” x 2.5” x 11” Power: Peak: 200 watts RMS: 120 watts Woofer Size: 10” Frequency Response: 50-150 Hz
If you need a powerful sub on a budget that is also space-efficient, consider this Blaupunkt subwoofer. The sub boasts the 120W RMS output with its 10” cone. Despite these heavy specs, this sub is just 2.5” tall, allowing you to easily tuck it under the driver, passenger, or backseat.
Like NVX sub, this one also features an aluminum die-cast heat sink so that it can continue to blast reverberating boost from the congested under-seat space without getting overheated.
Blaupunkt compact hideaway sub’s frequency response is perfect for producing the upper and mid-bass. This super slim subwoofer also works with both speaker and RCA-level inputs.
Small as it is, the Infinity BassLink SM is one of the market’s top performers. It is mighty flexible and can fit effortlessly into just about any vehicle.
The offer of euphonic throbs through your cabin comes at a cheap price with this sub, and you need not sacrifice much of your car space to acquire it too.
With a maximum power output 125Watts, the Infinity BassLink SM is undeniably very competent. Its already superb production is further enhanced by its built-in class D amplifier.
This slim-profile encloser sub-woofer is engineered for minimal distortion and glitches when in play. Its silver body is incredibly outstanding; its sleek appearance definitely matches its performance. As I had mentioned, it is as impressive as it is flexible. Its adjustable EQ feature lets you customize the sound to your liking. You can alter the dips and highs to create a perfect musical environment for both you and your passengers.
If you love to mess around with your sound, you’ll be glad to know this sub features manual crossover controls. This lets you tune the upper and midbass provisions. Its high and line-level input not only makes installation a cinch but also magnifies its setup options by a long shot. Did I mention it comes with a gold-coated RCA? With that, you can rest easy knowing this baby will get you through the years just fine.
Besides all that, it also includes an optional Bluetooth base control, an audio sense auto-turn, and high pass filters. All these features work hand in hand to produce one hell of a sound. You will not be disappointed.
Even on a budget, we still want quality sound in our cabins. For the case of under-seat sub-woofers, you cannot go wrong with the B-8PTD.
The B-8PTD’s most decorative feature is its ABS enclosure; a rock-solid body that can take a tremendous amount of bashing over the years. The enclosure houses its aluminum cone which comes with quite the reputation.
Thanks to its cone, this sub is easily able to produce tight clean bass, a quality that most audiophiles search relentlessly for. On top of that, it also comes furnished with a class D amplifier that revs up the bass out-turn even further.
The B-8PTD has both preamp and speaker level inputs. Its bass boost control lets its user tune the sound to suit the environment. Its auto turn-on switch and easy-to-understand controls make its navigation a piece of cake even for amateurs.
Last but not least, it includes a wired remote control; you can alter its settings without moving an inch.
One thing is for sure, the Rockville SS8P will rock your world – on the budget! From the look of things, its manufacturer thought through its every aspect intensively. This sub drops quite a thump but requires very little from you. From its installation right down to its performance, this baby is uncomplicated. However, it carries within its built incredible power.
Onsight, you will notice its body is aluminum cast; its enclosure is designed for optimal sonic production. Its body is only 2.8″ inches thick; it could basically fit into pretty much any corner of your car.
Running on a MOSFET power supply, this sub comes well prepared for most untimely malfunctions. Its circuit is well covered from any thermal and short damages. In short, this little fella might be around for quite a while.
Some of its best features include phase control, bass boast, low pass crossover filters and its smart turn-on circuit. The Rockville SS8P is very capable and would be a great addition to any existing sound system. It’s not only fitted with its only amplifier, but it also features adjustable input sensitivity. Besides being surprisingly loud, it is also very flexible.
The absolutely best part about this device is that it comes with its own mounting hardware. Its installation is fast and clean; no hassle involved at all. Ultimately, Rockville did a good job with the SS8P; trust me when I say you’ll love this bad boy.
If you require an under seat sub that is custom-made to squeeze into the smallest of spaces, then the Rockford Fosgate PS-8 is your ideal choice. Its 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 comes in an all-inclusive convenient system that 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.
Built with switchable phase control, the Sound Storm LOPRO10 is a great choice if you are bent on an upgrade. It is a 10″ and has a maximum output of 1200 Watts Max Power thanks mainly to its inbuilt Mosfet power supply.
It comes with high and low-level inputs that 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, remote control to boost your bass to desired levels and a subsonic filter to prevent your music from distorting. It measures 15.2 x 11.2 x 2.8 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 a powerful sound coupled with quality.
Also, it’s fairly priced and will not stretch your budget.
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 – Alpine PWE-V80 review.
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 a better value for money.
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 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, underseat 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.
Do these units actually fit under your car seat?
In most cases they do – these are some of the slimiest powered subs you can get. But, be sure to check actual dimensions before purchase.
Do I need an additional amp?
Underseat subwoofers are actually powered subwoofers which means they come with a built-in amplifier.
How do I install this kind of subwoofer?
It is actually one of the easiest ways to add some bass to your car audio system, but it does include some wiring. So if you are not familiar with this kind of task, better leave it to the professionals.