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Welcome to the best 10 inch subwoofer awards!

After spending the last 12 days unboxing, mounting, running wires, soldering and having a serious discussion with my wife telling me that sooner or later the kids will walk up to perfect strangers asking if they are their father, I’m ready to reveal which are the very best 10 inch subs on the market today.

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Finding the perfect 10 inch woofer comes down to three things the size of your vehicle, your bass needs and your budget. As soon as you know these, it will become easy to find that perfect sub to make your commute enjoyable.

Warning! A few subs on my list have side effects that may include lingering in the car for longer periods and driving around more to enjoy the great-sounding music.

I’m ranking these five 10 inch subs by bass power, ease of install, space requirements and, of course, price.

I’ve thought it would be a great idea to share with you my vast experience of stereos. For more than 20 years, I’ve been upgrading and tweaking car stereos. It’s not a job for me because it’s a passion. So I’ve done the heavy lifting for you, and picking any of these subs from the list will mean you’re going with a winner.

Let’s feel some thump, thump already!

 

#1 Rockford Fosgate P300-10 – Best Overall 10 inch Sub

And we have a Winner!

This sub has way more bass than you will ever need. If you don’t want to disturb the peace too much, you have to keep the gain low. I love this 10 inch sub because everything is included in the box. The amp is rated at 300 Watts RMS.

Everything is assembled. All you have to do is plug it in and enjoy your new and amazing sounding system.

Let me share with you the punch. It will blow you away. I wasn’t kidding that you have to keep the gain low. What you’re getting is a clean and accurate punch. There are no distortions with this sub. Best of all, it’s easy on the budget.

This is why it’s top of my list:

Punch Series is not hype: Even though it’s a 10-inch sub, it hits hard. Best of all, it’s not ghetto nose-tingling bass.

The Full Package: You name it, this sub has everything you need from the subwoofer enclosure, amp and grille.

Plug and Play Install: there’s no guesswork, no guessing, no frying anything. Just plug in a few cables, and you’re set.

A few drawbacks that I’ve encountered

The Velcro mounting isn’t that secure. After a while, it wasn’t even holding it down, so every time I’ve accelerated or braked, it was falling over. It’s pretty tricky to get it right.

Come on, Rockford, you can do better than that. The remote is very, very cheesy. Plus, it’s on the cheap side.

This subwoofer is part of the punch series, and boy, it delivers. No wonder I had quite a few installs like: Tundra, Ford Ranger, Silverado, Mazda 3, Ford F-150 and a Jeep Wrangler.

Since it’s so popular and everybody is buying it, don’t be surprised that it’s out of stock most days of the week. If you’re lucky and see one grab it or you risk waiting for a long time. There’s no time to waste jump on it.

If you want something a bit cheaper, then check out #2 on my list below.

Pros:

Way more bass than you will ever need without being a nose tingling ghetto subwoofer

It’s easy on the budget while delivering a clean and accurate punch

This sub comes with everything you will ever need: box, sub, amp and grille

Cons:

The Velcro doesn’t do justice for this subwoofer. You will need something serious to fix it down.

The included remote is way too cheesy for my taste.

 

#2 Kicker 44DCWC102 – Best Dual 10 Inch Sub

If you’re looking for a subwoofer that has great power and doesn’t want to spend a fortune on competition-level subs, then you just found the thing you were looking for. This Kicker sub has two 10” subwoofers, and it’s rated at 300 Watts RMS.

It’s above the entry-level, so you’re getting rich and powerful bass without the need to overpay for competition-grade woofers.

Warning! You will be able to rattle the neighbor’s windows with this. It’s the perfect tool to disturb the peace. Since it’s an enclosed sub, it’s super easy to install. It’s pretty much plug-and-play.

Here’s why it’s a must-buy:

If you plan to disturb the peace… this is a good and affordable sub to get you started.

Perfect mid and lows: the bass sounds rich and great; I couldn’t ask for more.

Bang for your buck: for this price, it’s a steal. You’re getting two subs fully enclosed. It’s budget-friendly.

 

A few drawbacks that you have to know about:

There are no grilles included with the package, and the options are limited. This means you have to be extra careful how you put things in the trunk.

Since it’s a double subwoofer, it will take up a lot of space, and it’s heavy. Well, sacrifices have to be made for some good bass.

I had a few takers for this sub, and they were all grinning ear to ear when they drove off. The vehicles on what I’ve worked on: Cadillac, Honda Civic and Jeep Liberty, to name a few.

The last time I’ve checked, the stocks were low for this Kicker woofer. So if you don’t like to wait weeks on end for the new shipment to come in, grab it while they are still available.

Pros:

If you want a nice strong bass and occasionally disturb the neighbors, this is it.

This sub is perfect if you want to hit the mids and lows accurately

It’s easy to install. There’s no guesswork needed

Cons:

In my opinion, it’s a bit muddy at high volume, and it doesn’t have that punch.

There are not enough grill options for this sub.

 

#3 Rockville RWS10CA – Best Under-Seat 10” Sub

This shallow mount sub is a real keeper. People love it so much that they can’t stop talking about it and many of my friends choose this one because everybody has it.

This Rockville sub has a slim fit design of 10” and is rated at 300 Watts RMS. I love the bass because it’s high quality, and it hits hard. Best of all, you won’t get fined because people won’t hear you coming from a few blocks away.

It fills out the lows perfectly, and it thumps the seats as it should. Best of all, you’re getting this great bass for not a lot of money. This is ideal for those who have no space in their car or are on a budget.

Here’s why it’s a must-buy:

Hard-hitting bass: you will love the sound without sharing it with the world so that you won’t be heard from 2 blocks away.

Super easy install: you’re getting the full package, so there’s no guesswork, just running a few wires here and there.

Great Value for the money: you’re getting the whole package for such a low price it’s a real steal.

A few drawbacks that you have to know about:

There’s an initial smell that is worth waiting out. It will be gone by the time it’s broken in.

A few people reported that the sub is cutting out. This happens when the amp overheats, so make sure you have a cooling fan installed.

This slim sub is hot, and people are buying like crazy. I’ve installed it in so many vehicles that I’ve lost track of it. Here’s a list of those that I remember: GMC Sierra, 911 Porsche, Silverado, Sprinter Van, Wrangler JL, Lightning, Fusion, Sentra, and Nissan Versa Note.

Since they are so popular because of their size, there’s a shortage going on, so if you happen to be lucky and find one in stock, grab it while it’s there or you risk waiting for many weeks.

Pros

Thumps the seats like a real sub should

A lot of bass for not a lot of money

If you’re missing the lows, this is the best sub to fix it

Cons

There’s a burn off smell initially, which will fade over time

The subtends to cut out when the amp overheats. Use a cooling fan.

Take a look at the best under the seat subwoofer post for other top rated under seat subs.

 

#4 Skar Audio Sdr-1X10D2 – Best 10 Inch Bundle Sub

Warning! We have a sleeper over here. I can’t believe that it’s just a 10” sub. I mean, it hits so hard and beautiful that you will wonder how you could live without it for so long.

This bundle is rated at 600 Watts RMS. That’s a lot of power. You need to be ready to handle it. If you don’t have a 320A alternator, you will have to upgrade, plus getting a capacitor is a good idea, so the battery isn’t taxed too heavily.

I was curious how good is this sub and pitted against two 12 inch Kickers to make it fair. Skar won by a landslide.

It’s a perfect sub bundle. It has everything you will need, plus the killer looks and hard-hitting bass. Can you ask for more?

Here’s why it’s a must-buy:

Punches hard and deep: The bass is super strong, exactly what the doctor ordered.

Bass on a budget: This bundle is a great money saver. You get the full package without any guesswork.

Kicker killer: I’ve put this subhead to head with two 12” Kickers. Skar was a winner by a landslide.

 

A few drawbacks that you have to know about:

This is for the big boys, no questions about that. Make sure you have a 320A alternator, or it won’t work.

Also, many people have complained about flickering headlights to lighten the load on the battery you will have to put a capacitor in.

It seems that many people have found out about this sleeper sub. I have a long list of happy customers bumping to it. I’ve installed it in: 325 BMW, Honda Accord, Mini Countryman, Jeep Wrangler, Mustand and S10 pickup, to name a few.

The last time I’ve checked, there were hardly any left in stock. So you need to take action now or risk waiting for weeks on end for the new shipment to arrive. Don’t let anyone beat you to it.

Pros

The bass is so good that it can compete with the other two 12” subs

The insane price you can’t get better quality than this one

It’s ideal for small cars because of the short profile and minimum space requirements

Cons

You might need to invest in a 320A alternator to fuel the greed

If you have dimming lights, you will need a capacitor

Related: Best car subwoofer in the world

 

#5 Alpine SWT-S10 – Best 10” Tube Sub

That’s one hell of a looker. There’s a lot more going on than the looks. It’s a 10 inch sub that is rated at 250 Watts RMS.

It was designed for trucks, and it will work with smaller cars as well. The installation is a breeze because all you have to do is plug it in and play your music. Best of all, it’s easy to remove if you need the space.

Compared to shallow mount subs, these outperform them big time. The bass you get is plenty without being overpowering. The sound quality is top-notch, so you will enjoy your new sounding system.

Here’s why it’s a must-buy:

Plug and Play: It’s so easy to install that it only takes a few minutes of your time. You don’t need to be an expert to get it right.

Cheap way to sneak in some bass: These subs are super affordable, and you can enjoy some good bass without breaking the bank.

Beats shallow mount subs: It has been tested repeatedly that these tube-shaped subs outperform standard shallow mounts. They sound a lot better.

A few drawbacks that you have to know about:

I miss the grille protection on this sub. It comes in handy because accidents happen. Either way, you can pick on up for $20 or so.

The straps are cheap and won’t hold it down properly. The bazooka tube design isn’t helping either. You need to be creative to fix it in place.

It’s a good sub, and I’ve installed it in a few vehicles such as Dodge Challenger, Toyota Matrix, Silverado, and a Ford F-150, and the owners were all too happy with their new system.

Subwoofer season is in full swing, so don’t be surprised if it will be out of stock. These tube-shaped subs are selling like hotcakes. If you’re lucky, you will be able to get one, and you have to move fast. Get it before the stocks run out.

 

Pros:

If you have a truck, you just found the perfect sub

The bass is plenty without being overpowering

It’s so easy to install that you can do it within 2 minutes now. That’s why I call plug and play.

Cons:

I miss the grill protection

The straps feel cheap, and they don’t hold it down properly.

 

Conclusions for the best 10 inch subwoofer

We have reached the end of this award ceremony. I had so much fun testing and tuning these subs, and I have heartlessly removed those that were not up to my standards.

10 inch subs are a good choice because they provide more than enough bass while not taking up too much space.

By now, you should know which sub fits your vehicle and which one you like the best. Now it’s your turn to take action. These units are flying off the shelves, so you have to be quick about it. Grab one before someone else does.

If you have questions or tips, you know where the contact button is.

Roger and out!

 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What are the best 10 inch subs on the market?

If you’re looking for a 10 inch subwoofer then here’s the shortlist:

  1. Rockford Fosgate P300-10 Punch Single 10″ 300 Watt Powered Subwoofer
  2. Kicker 44DCWC102 CompC Dual 10 Inch 1200 Watts peak power handling Single 2 Ohm Terminal Compact Vented Loaded Subwoofer Enclosure
  3. Rockville RWS10CA Slim 1000 Watts of peak power handling

What’s the hardest hitting 10 inch subwoofer?

The hardest hitting 10 inch sub would be Rockford Fosgate P300-10 Punch Single 10″ 300 Watt Powered Subwoofer.

What are the top 10 subwoofers?

If you want to find out which are the best subwoofers on the market then check out my detailed post right here.

What is the highest quality subwoofer?

The highest quality subwoofer can be found in the competition category which demand a higher price range for the car stereo.

What is the frequency response for these 10 inch subwoofers?

For these 10 inch subwoofers the frequency range is as follows:

  1. Rockford Fosgate P300-10 Punch Single 10 inch subwoofer 300 Watt (300w RMS power) Amplified Subwoofer; frequenct response: 35-200 Hz
  2. Kicker 44DCWC102 CompC Dual 10 Inch subwoofer 1200 Watt peak power handling Single 2 Ohm Terminal Compact Vented Loaded Subwoofer Enclosure; frequency range: 30-500 Hz
  3. Rockville RWS10CA Slim 1000 Watt peak power handling, 350 watt rms rating; frequency response: 30 – 500 Hz
  4. Skar Audio Single 10″ 1200 Watt peak power handling Loaded SDR Series Vented Subwoofer Enclosure; 600 watt RMS rating | SDR-1X10D2; frequency range: 28 – 300 Hz
  5. Alpine SWT-S10 1200W Max (250W RMS power) Single 10″ Sealed Subwoofer; frequency response: 35 – 200 Hz

What kind of features should I check out when I’m shopping for the best 10 inch subwoofers?

If you’re shopping for the best 10 inch subwoofers these features are absolutely a must to have: for the best sound quality you will need 4 ohm voice coils (dual voice coils, dual voice coil), both sealed enclosures (sealed enclosure) and ported enclosures (ported enclosure) will work, continuous power handling and wide power range, for optimum performance the unique spider venting works best, dual voice coil design, mica injected filled polypropylene cone, small mounting depth, also make sure the sub can handle high power output, foam surround or rubber surround works great car audio stereo system, built in amplifier for ample amount of power, low pass filter, elevated frame cooling, dynamic motor analysis, heat dissipation, single voice coil, anodized aluminum cast basket, injection molded resin cone. Make sure that the subwoofer can handle low frequency (low frequencies) overall sound quality. Now if you have a smaller car then opt for the treated paper cone instead of aluminum cone and compact size (compact design) then the bass response and the sound quality will be good. For excellent sound level inputs adjust the bass frequencies of your coil dvc audio equipment.

How affordable are 10 inch subwoofers?

Finding a 10 inch subwoofer at an affordable price is not that hard. Depending on your needs jl audio can be a good brand to try for a car subwoofers (car subwoofer). They have a high power rating like 1000 watts it is also a good idea to get a decent watt amplifier for excellent sound quality.

Which subs didn’t make it on the best 10 inch subwoofer list?

These subs didn’t make the cut so they were excluded from the best 10 inch subwoofer list: JL Audio 10W3v3-4 10″ subwoofer Single 4 ohm W3v3 Series Subwoofer 10W3v3 audio system, JL Audio 10TW3-D4 10″ subwoofer 400W power handling Dual 4 Ohm voice coil (4 ohms, ohm dual voice, ohm impedance) Thin-Line Component Car Subwoofer, Rockford Fosgate R1-2X10 10 inch 800 Watt power handling Loaded Enclosure with Dual Subwoofers and Boss AR1500M Mono Amplifier with 8 Gauge Wiring Installation Kit, rockford fosgate shallow mount subwoofer audio system at 250 hz, 500w rms, anodized aluminum cones and aluminum voice coil for deep bass (accurate bass).

How to configure my 10 inch subwoofers for for the best overall sound?

To get the most out of your 10 inch subwoofer you will need a decent amp at least 1000 watts. You can go with a sealed enclosure for your car audio system however check the mounting depth so it fits. You need to provide continuous power for accurate bass and adjust the sensitivity rating accordingly. The polypropylene cone with a dual voice coil works like gang busters.

Last Updated on September 3, 2021

About Danny Reid
About Danny Reid

Danny here, no matter in which market you’re in it’s flooded with products. Maybe you want a new stereo, amps, speakers or subs? This is why the blog exists to cut through the clutter.
My goal with the reviews is to inform you of the best possible to make the right decision.
Plus if you’re stuck with “the blue wire is connected to???” I have many hot tips to get you out of a jam.