Are You a Fan of JL Audio? Then Check Out the Best JL Audio Subwoofer for the Ultimate Sweet Sounding Ride


Welcome to the Best JL Audio Subwoofer Awards

After spending the last 12 days drilling, mounting, calibrating and sweet-talking myself out of a fine because of some nosy neighbors, I’m ready to show off the best JL Audio woofers for your ride.

I’m ranking the very best 3 JL Audio subs by bass strength, power, weight, looks, price and ease of install.


Finding the best JL Audio woofer comes down to two things your ride and your budget. As soon as you’re clear about these, it will be easy to find the perfect sub for your needs.

It’s been more than 20 years since I first started tinkering with car audio systems. I’ve seen many brands disappear and some good ones going rotten, so this is why I’ve decided to create this sub-list to make things easy for you. By picking any of the 3 you will know that you get what you want, and the bass will be specific to your taste.

The way I’ve picked the top 3 ways that I’ve only included the most popular sizes 8”-12” and I’ve added both normal and enclosed subs.


Let’s enjoy some bass already!


#1 JL Audio 10W3v3-4 – Best Overall Subwoofer

And we have a WINNER!

You need to strap your seatbelt for this one. It’s a monster of a sub. The looks are all too deceiving. It’s just a 10” subwoofer; however, it’s rated at 500 Watts RMS.

This monster has a mean punch. From my experience, it can hit as hard as any 12” woofer. Best of all, it’s perfect for any music.

I installed this sub in a truck 5 years ago, and it’s still pounding strong. No wonder since it’s built with quality materials. I was brave (or daredevil) and put three of these in my truck, I know it’s shameful, but I had to surrender; I couldn’t take it. They were too strong.

Ladies, if you happen to be reading this review, here’s a pro tip gets this sub for your hubby, and he’ll be a happy camper every time he turns the car on.

Here is the reason why it’s the top pick on my list:

Eargasmic Experience: You can’t go wrong with JL, clean, crisp sound with 0 distortions

Monster Bass: people won’t believe that it’s a just 10” and it can pound as hard as a 12” sub, and you can feel it

Audiophile Approved: there are no distortions whatsoever. This is a top-of-the-line woofer, and no expense was spared. It’s made out of high-quality materials

I have found a few drawbacks you have to see:

There’s no beating around the bush. This sub is a serious commitment, and it’s worth every penny.

Another biggie is that the installation isn’t that straightforward with certain car models; a harness can speed the work up greatly.

This 10-inch subwoofer is quite popular amongst my clients I’ve installed it in: Saab, Tacoma, Chevy Crew Cab, Mustang GT, GMC Jimmy, Jeep Wrangler and ’86 300 ZX. They were more than happy with their new sound system.

If you want a smaller and cheaper sub, then check out #2 on my list.

Since these are so popular subs you can hardly get them. The last time I’ve checked, there were still a few in stock. Don’t let someone else beat you. Get it while it’s available.


This little monster is impressive. When the thump comes, you can feel it

It hits just as hard as if it would be a 12”

Perfect for audiophiles who value 0 distortions on any sound level


It’s a pricey one

It might not fit into certain cars straight off the bat



#2 JL Audio 8W1v3-4 – Best 8 Inch Sub

This is not a tiny 8” Chihuahua of a sub (btw, it’s rated at 150 Watts RMS). I’ve picked it as one of the best because that’s what JL is making.

If you want a well-rounded sound system, this is the best one for you. The bass is clean without distortions, and it’s not boomy, or it doesn’t pound.

Some friends of mine installed it in their home theater system, and wow, movies with action-packed events like gunshots and explosions sound so real.

After you’re done with the break-in period, you will enjoy some amazing lows. You can’t go wrong with this sub.

There’s one major drawback with this sub, and this is for those in their 20’s or 30’s. It won’t fill your ego for the rest. It’s the perfect sub with amazing sound quality.

Here are the top reasons why it’s a must-buy:

Quality Bass: This sub pumps out some hard-hitting and accurate bass

Perfect Lows: It’s known that typically 8” subs can’t handle the lows this JL is the exception from the rule

For a Home System: This little sub is excellent for movies since the gunshots and explosions sound all too real

There are a few drawbacks that I would like to mention:

For “just” and 8” sub, this is a pricey one, and it’s all worth it in my book because you can use it in your home theater system as well

For the price, they could’ve kicked in some kind of grille for protection.

This sub is not just a looker because people have requested me to install it in all sorts of vehicles: Corvette, 4Runner, Kia Sportage, Explorer, F150, Expedition, Tacoma, Silverado and Tundra.

You need to hurry; the last time I’ve checked, there was a single one in stock. So grab it before someone else does.


If you want beautiful bass that you can feel, this is for you

The lows are hit perfectly

This little one pump out quality bass that hits hard and accurately


It’s a pricey sub

Grille protection would’ve been nice


#3 JL Audio 12W0V2-4 – Best 12 Inch Sub

Don’t test it in your lady’s car! A friend of mine learned this the hard way. Before he installed it in his car, he gave it a shot in her wife. That was a bad call because she loved it so much that she didn’t let him remove it. Faced with no other option, he ordered a new one for himself.

This 12” sub is rated at 300 Watts RMS; this means that you’re getting some great bass.

Have you ever felt how the hair stands up on the back of your neck? Then this woofer can do that intentionally. It’s a great feeling.

The bass is hard and clear, exactly what the doctor ordered.

Here are the top reasons why it’s a must-buy:

It’s powerful: for those who don’t know, they believe you have two 12” in the back

WOW Factor: you can feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up

Looks hot: this subwoofer looks so sexy you will get compliments wherever you go

There are a few drawbacks that I would like to mention:

To get the best what this sub can offer, you need a very long break-in period, so be patient because it’s worth it.

This sub is great, don’t get me wrong, yet I would’ve loved to get an enclosure for it.

For some reason, I have only had a few installs for this sub Scion XB, Jeep Grand Cherokee and a Ford Ranger. They were all happy clients when they drove off with their new system.

No way to say it then JL Audio is a hot product on the market and, in most cases, is out of stock. If you happen to be lucky, then grab it and buy it, or you have to wait weeks on end.


Clear bass, and it likes having two 12” in the back

When the perfect song comes, your hair on your neck will stand up

This one is a looker, not just a hard hitter


It takes a while to break this one in

There’s no readymade enclosure



We have reached the end of the JL subwoofer awards. It’s that part of the article again when I say fair well. Before that, however, here are a few things to keep in mind.

As you have seen, you have seen JL is a well-known and well-liked brand. I was picking any subs from above means that you are in great hands, and you will enjoy some awesome bass with your well-rounded sound system.

I don’t know what’s going on, but there were very few units on stock, so grab it while they are there or risk waiting for weeks, if not months.

If you have questions or tips, feel free to contact me.

Roger and Out.


Last Updated on July 5, 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.