What Will I Learn?
- You Will Feel the Ultimate Kick by Choosing the Best Kicker Subwoofer for Your Ride
- #1 Kicker Dual 43DCWR122 12” – Best Kicker Sub Overall
- #2 Kicker 44CWCS124 CompC 12” – Best Kicker 12 Inch Subwoofer
- #3 Kicker 11HS8 8”- Best Kicker 8 Inch Enclosed Sub
- #4 Kicker 43CWR84 CompR 8” – Best Kicker 8 Inch Subwoofer
- #5 Kicker 44DCWC102 CompC Dual 10” – Best Kicker 10 Inch Enclosed Sub
- #6 Kicker 43CVR102 CompVR 10” – Best Kicker 10 Inch Subwoofer
You Will Feel the Ultimate Kick by Choosing the Best Kicker Subwoofer for Your Ride
Welcome to the best Kicker Subwoofer Awards
After spending the last 15 days installing and testing Kicker subs and sacrificing my favorite TV show, which was ruthlessly spoiled by my wife (I will get even don’t you worry about that), I’m ready to reveal which are the very best kicker subs on the market.
In the past 20 years, I’ve been upgrading and installing all types of audio equipment, and I love when a client drives away smiling with their new sounding ride. I’ve dug into my expertise and created this best article for you.
Finding the perfect kicker sub for your car or truck comes down to your available space and your budget. Once that’s clear, everything becomes easy.
I’ve organized these subs into two main categories. There enclosed subs and standard subs. There are the three most popular sized subwoofers starting with 8”, 10” and 12” ones.
No matter what kind of bass you’re looking for, you will find it here. Frankly, pick any of these, and you will have a winner on your hand. Maybe you’re looking for showing off at the red light or just enjoy some emotional connection to your music; I have something for you. All you have to do is pick the right size.
Let’s enjoy some Kicker bass, shall we?
#1 Kicker Dual 43DCWR122 12” – Best Kicker Sub Overall
And we have a WINNER!
This Kicker sub is the real deal. It’s scary how powerful this beast is. Get ready to flex your windows and roof when this sub goes off.
If you want a loud and powerful bass, look no further. As a veteran in the audio world, even I was shocked when I felt the bass in my chest. I had to check if all my organs are in the right place after the first session.
Best of all, this Kicker subwoofer works flawlessly with any music. It doesn’t matter what type is your favorite; this baby will deliver.
The first time I’ve powered up this sub, it was like two silverback gorillas going at each other in the back. This is not a joke. It’s this powerful. The beast, as I like to call it, has a 1000 watt RMS rating which means each of these 12-inch subs is rated at 500 watts RMS.
Now besides delivering perfect music quality without any distortions, it is also easy to install. There’s no guesswork involved since everything is plug and play. The box is done for you, and it’s easy to configure.
Here are the reasons why this Kicker sub got the top spot:
Hard Hitting: This Kicker sub will give you a bass experience that you will never forget. You will feel it in your chest
Perfect for any music: I’ve gone through my list of songs, and this sub performed heavenly, so you will enjoy it as well
True Bass: It felt like the bass drum was in the back when I let it loose
Easy to install: even though this sub is big and heavy, it’s easy to get it going, and it’s easy to configure. Anybody can do it if they can plug in a few cables
This wouldn’t be a real review if I wouldn’t mention a few drawbacks that I’ve found:
My biggest surprise with this sub was that it’s not refundable even if I’m a prime member. Maybe this will change in the future.
It’s a monster of a sub, so you will need plenty of space, and it’s a heavy beast clocking in at 80 pounds.
Get ready to fix the box with extra screws because it will be pushed apart it’s that powerful.
So far, I’ve tested this sub with the following vehicles: Jeep Patriot, Jeep JKU, Infinity i35, Mustang and Toyota Corolla.
Maybe enclosed subs are not you’re thing; that’s perfectly fine, then check out #2 on the list.
This sub is a monster. When it’s turned on, it’s like two silverback gorillas going at each other in the back.
It’s perfect for any type of music, and it’s heavenly loud without any distortions what so ever.
It’s the hardest-hitting responsive subwoofer you can get. It will flex your windows and the roof.
It’s so powerful that you have to regularly add screws, or the box will fall apart.
It’s huge, you will need a lot of space, and it’s heavy 80 pounds.
#2 Kicker 44CWCS124 CompC 12” – Best Kicker 12 Inch Subwoofer
By getting this Kicker sub, it will be game over.
You will experience solid deep bass wherever you’re driving. Even though it’s a 12-inch subwoofer, it’s compact, so it will fit in smaller cars.
The sound is top-notch forget about being quiet as a mouse. You can easily pull up at a red light and let the random person next to you know what kind of sound system you have. It’s childish but not for me.
The sound is top-notch after the 4-5 hour break-in period. These subs are rated at 300 watts RMS each, so you can enjoy every subsonic sound.
I don’t know what Kicker did with these subs because Boss has lost a lot of ground compared to them.
Here’s why I have fallen in love with this subwoofer:
Any music goes: This is the perfect sub to play all sorts of music, and it hits the lows perfectly
It shakes the entire cars: get ready for some punchy bass that shakes the mirrors, trunk and even your heart
It won’t break your budget: Since you’re getting two of these, it’s a real steal
Here are the drawbacks that you have to know before buying:
One of my biggest issues with this Kicker sub that there’s no grill to protect it. It has happened to a friend of mine who has carelessly tossed a bag on top of this sub, and it was totalled
Kicker delivers a nice sticker to put on your windows now, do this at your own risk because you will be advertising your system to a potential thief.
I’ve tested this sub in PT Cruiser, Mustang, Cadillac DTS, 4Runner, Silverado and got excellent results out of it.
The last time I’ve checked, the stocks were low, so buy it instantly, or you will have to wait weeks for the resupply.
If you want to feel every subsonic sound and vibration, this is the right choice
You can easily let the random guy at the stoplight know and feel the thump thump
This sub is hard-hitting, very clean and clear while being sufficiently loud, AKA perfection
It’s a thief magnet if you put the sticker on your windows
There’s no protection grill, and so it’s quite fragile
#3 Kicker 11HS8 8”- Best Kicker 8 Inch Enclosed Sub
If you don’t have any space to spare and you still want to enjoy a rich audio experience, this sub will be the perfect fit for your vehicle.
It’s an 8” subwoofer that delivers more than enough bass for your needs. Why I love this sub is quite simple it has a decent punch without making your ears bleed. Best of all, you won’t be the sophisticated audiophile (aka dick) at the stoplight rattling other cars.
The lows are perfect so if you’re into rock and hip hop, look no further. You have found the perfect match. Also, if you want to keep the factory look, this sub is the perfect under-seat boom box.
This 8 inch Kicker sub is not a power hungry one because it runs on 150 watts RMS.
These are the reason why it’s one of my favorites
Serious noise without getting fined: This little thing delivers more than enough bass, and when the windows are pulled up people can’t hear anything
Rich audio experience and no space requirements: if you have a small car or no space in your truck, this compact sub is for you. You will get a decent punch while you’re keeping the stock look
Crisp and Clean: there are no distortions with this Kicker subwoofer and deliver the perfect lows for rock and hip hop
Of course, there are a few drawbacks, just like with any other subwoofer
There’s no sugar coating it the dialling takes the majority of your time, so it’s a good idea to turn to a professional with this
Why on earth are they making such a short remote wire? I had to tinker with it for better access.
By far, I’ve tested this sub in the most vehicles the list is long: Jeep Wrangler, Hyundai Tucson, Ford f150, Tacoma, Honda Accord, Dodge Falcon (yes, this was made in 1964), Lexus, Toyota Hilux and Suzuki X90. This Kicker sub did a great job even in some old cars without distortions.
You need to hurry if you’re in the market for this sub because only a few are left in stock. It’s flying off the shelves, and you don’t want to wait weeks until they get it in stock again.
This is a small footprint compact sub that has the bump that you’re looking for
If you want to enjoy a rich audio experience, then you have found the perfect sub it plays anything from rock to hip-hop
It’s the perfect sub. It can’t be heard when the windows are up, and it’s punchy inside.
This sub comes with a very short remote wire, so you will have to upgrade
Dialling takes some time to eliminate distortions
#4 Kicker 43CWR84 CompR 8” – Best Kicker 8 Inch Subwoofer
This small 8” Kicker sub will fool even the most enthusiastic car fans. They will think that you’re packing a 10 inch or 12 inches in the back. Don’t let the trick you passing it over because this sub has some serious power requirements. It’s rated at 300 Watts RMS, so you will need a decent amp to get the most out of it.
Who’s this sub not for? It’s for anybody who’s mature and above 30 years. This 8 inch Kicker is the perfect budget sub while being a high output sub.
With this Kicker subwoofer, you will hit all the lows perfectly. I had no issues what so ever and best of all, you’re getting the Kicker reliability.
Here’s why it’s a must buy in my book:
Amaze friends and family: this sub is a trickster because it will fool anybody by sounding like a 10” or 12” without you needing extra space or spending a ton of money
Tight Bass with Control: the 300 watts RMS delivers a perfect sound, and you will be able to feel the deepness of this subwoofer
Perfect lows: if you prefer music with a lot of lows, then this Kicker sub will over-deliver.
Here are the main drawbacks for this sub:
This is not Kickers fault; people don’t usually buy 8” subs because it bruises their ego that they got such a small thing. You will be very happy with this and the 10” or 12” is overkill
This was the first Kicker that smelled when I did a fresh install. After a few hours, the smell went away probably happens in the breaking in period
I’ve tested this sub with these cars and trucks: Lexus, Subaru Forester, Jeep, Crown Victoria, Tundra and F150, and it delivered in all of them
If you have hang-ups about just being an 8”, remember that most people will think it’s a 10” or bigger. Also, make sure you get it as soon as possible because they are almost sold out, and the next shipment is a few weeks from now.
These are such good subs that people think that you have 10” or 12” ones in the back
This sub is high output and excellent quality matched with a great price
Once you install this baby, the difference will be night and day
This little thing is power-hungry
For me, it had a burn off smell. It went away after a few hours
#5 Kicker 44DCWC102 CompC Dual 10” – Best Kicker 10 Inch Enclosed Sub
Watch out. We’re getting into beast territory again. For being a 10 inch Kicker sub, this baby is packing a big punch.
The bass is amazing, and it hits hard just as l like it if you want to enjoy the perfect sound at a reasonable price you have found your winner.
With this enclosed system, you’re getting two subs which are rated at 600 watts RMS. This means each of these woofers works at 300 watts RMS the best.
Here’s why it’s a best seller in my book:
Clean and loud: the bass is great, everything that you will ever need from a good sub, you will wake the neighbours with this thing.
Easy to install: there’s no guesswork and trying to figure out which wire goes where
Mids and lows are your things? You have found your perfect sub you will be able to enjoy perfect sound while getting a bang for your buck
Here are the drawbacks of having this sub:
Let’s face it with great sound comes great space requirement, and the box is on the very heavy side. It’s all good because you know that you’re getting quality.
My biggest gripe with this sub was that there are only a handful of grill options. I learned it the hard way that protecting the subs with a grill is an absolute must
I’ve tested this sub with the following vehicles: Jeep Liberty, Honda Civic and Cadillac and clients, were all too happy with their newfound bass.
I don’t know what’s going on with the Kicker brand than others because they are almost always sold out. If you find it in stock, jump on them instantly or risk waiting for a long time.
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
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
#6 Kicker 43CVR102 CompVR 10” – Best Kicker 10 Inch Subwoofer
There are only a few ways I can describe this Kicker sub. Besides being a 10 inch one, this baby looks aggressive and delivers an intoxicating sound.
If you enjoy music that is mostly on the mid and low end, then this sub will deliver for you. It can easily handle the 20-30hz range, and it really shines above 30hz.
To run this bad boy, you will need 350 Watts RMS. This Kicker sub delivers unmatched range, so any music will sound amazing. You won’t have to worry about performance. It’s solid, and there’s enough boom to enjoy.
These are the reason why I would go with this sub:
Killer look: now this sub looks like means as hell, and it still delivers great bass
Budget-friendly: without any compromise, you will get plenty of booms and clean bass
Best range ever: no matter what music you’re listening too it will handle it, and you will have an intoxicating experience
Here are the drawbacks for this Kicker Subwoofer:
This is not a drill; this Kicker woofer is flying off the shelves. I hope you get lucky and get it before they run out.
It’s not the lightest sub to work with, and when you consider getting two of them…
I’ve tested this sub with these vehicles 2015 Crystler, Silverado, GMC Sierra, ’65 GTO and Tahoe. All the clients were happy campers after the install.
I wasn’t kidding when I mentioned that they are frequently out of stock. People go crazy for this subwoofer, so get it instantly if you see them in stock.
This sub has an intoxicating sound while looking like an aggressive badass
It can handle 20hz well and truly shines above 30hz
It’s a budget-friendly sub that is not power-hungry
It’s a big and heavy sub
Many people want two of these, so there are supply issues
We have reached the end of our journey. This is the end of my best kicker subwoofer article. On the other hand, your journey is just about to start.
By now, you should know exactly which subwoofer is the right fit for your needs and if it fits in your car or truck. I’ve selected the very best that Kicker has to offer. Since everybody is different, I’ve made two categories there’s one for simple subs and one for enclosed ones.
They both have some positives and drawbacks. Besides this main category, the subs are categorized by size. I’ve picked the most popular ones like 8”, 10” and 12” ones.
Kicker makes some of the best subs out there, and these babies are reliable. So go ahead and buy the one that fits your needs best. Also, make sure that you buy them instantly because there are known stock issues, and you might have to wait a few weeks until they resupply.
If you have any question or tips, get in touch.
Roger and Out.
Last Updated on April 30, 2021