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When You Have Limited Space, You Have to Go With the Best Shallow Mount Subwoofer and Here Are the Winners

Welcome to the Best Shallow Mount Subwoofer Awards

So I’ve spent the last two weeks testing out more than two dozens of subs and shocking myself more times than I care to admit (note to self always wear gloves) to bring you the best subs for your car.


I’m ranking the 8 best shallow mount subs on the market based on power, punchiness, size, and ease of install.

Buying a great sub comes down to your car, the space available, and your budget. As soon as you know those, it will be easy to find the best shallow sub, which gives you that emotional connection to your favorite music.

For more than 20 years, I’ve been installing car audio on all types of cars from Jeep Wranglers, Toyota 4Runner, Tacoma, Tundra, Ford F150, Dodge Ram, to name a few. This is why I’ve decided to sort through the market and eliminate the junk to bring you the very best.

Warning! When you install the perfect sub, you might be coming up with all sorts of excuses just to drive your car.

Let’s enjoy some bass already!

#1 Rockford Fosgate P3SD2-8 – Best 8 inch Shallow Mount Subwoofer

And we have a Winner!

From all the subs I’ve installed and tested. The Rockford Fosgate was the most balanced one out there. It’s sufficiently loud to enjoy your favorite music without going deaf or setting off car alarms.

Ladies, if you are reading this review, you have just found the perfect present for your hubby. He will love you for this gift. On a side note, he might spend more time driving around. It’s a perfect way to get him to do some chores without feeling it to be a chore.

Also, my kids loved this sub simply because it makes their seats bounce.

Now on a serious note, it comes with 150 watts RMS which are perfect if you have a small space and you still want to shake your mirrors a bit. The sound is tight, and the bass is deep that you can feel it. It’s almost like an emotional experience when my favorite song comes on.

This Rockford Fosgate, 8 inch sub, is packing a punch. It’s perfect for Tahoe, 4Runner, Yukon, Suburban, and other cars and trucks. It takes up minimal space while delivering amazing sound and bass.

Here’s why it got the top spot:

For all types of music fans: No matter what kind of music you’re in to let it be rock, pop, country, or hip hop, this sub delivers deep bass. You can feel it in your bones and enjoy your trip, wondering how the time went by so fast.

Built to last: The build quality is top-notch. It not only has a high-end build quality, but it’s like a brick house that you know it will last and handle the bumps on the road with ease.

Small space? No problem. This shallow sub will do the job without stuffing the groceries or travel bags below the kid’s feet.

Chores become joy time. It’s the perfect gift for the man of the house, and he will love driving around in his great-sounding car, not even noticing he’s doing chores.

Of course, there’s no such thing as the perfect sub, so here are a few things that weren’t to my liking:

If you’re installing it yourself, you need to have a drill at hand because some holes are missing.

It takes some time to install this baby anywhere from 30 minutes up to two hours.

This Rockford Fostgate is the best 8 inch shallow mount subwoofer you can get, which will last for many miles and without breaking the bank.

Just in case you don’t want to mess with wires and whatnots, check out #2, which’s an enclosed plug-and-play sub.

This is one of the best Rockford Fosgate subwoofers on the market.


This sub delivers deep bass that you can feel in your bones

Excellent build quality it’s constructed as a brick house which will last for ages

It’s the perfect replacement for a blown-out sub at a great price


Holes are missing, so you will need a drill to compensate

The installation will take some time arm yourself with patients

#2 Rockford Fosgate R2S-1X12 R2 – Best 12 inch Enclosed Shallow Subwoofer

In the enclosed category, this sub is the Winner!

If you don’t like to mess around with stripping wires and what not then this Rockford Fosgate is the perfect plug-and-play device for you.

It’s slim enough to comfortably have it behind the seat. This means you don’t have to think about sacrificing the sub for luggage or the other way around.

Rockford stands for quality and durability; this enclosed sub will deliver the punch and superb sound quality for many miles ahead. This sub is rated at 250 watts RMS, so to get the best bass, you will have to get a decent amp.

The bass is simply perfect. Safety note: if you’re listening too hard, there will be a price to pay with a severe headache.

It’s worth every penny. So far, I’ve tested in Toyota Tundra, Chevy Silverado, Jeep Wrangler, Land Cruiser, and Dodge Ram. It will work perfectly with other trucks and cars as well.

Here’s a ton of great features why it’s a great fit for you:

It fits everywhere: Even though it has a slim design, it packs a punch. You will enjoy amazing sound quality for the years to come.

Like at a live concert: This sub delivers such a great sound that you will think you’re at a live rock or country concert.

High-quality bass: You can feel it with the right amp powering, and it’s built to last. There are no distortions whatsoever.

And of course, there are a few drawbacks as well. Here they are:

If you’re a hip-hop, rap fan, you will miss out on the low frequencies because this is its weakness

Since it’s not overly loud and obnoxious, it’s meant for 25 years and above

This Rockford Fosgate is the perfect sub for anyone who wants to plug and plays at a great price. Hurry, there was only a handful in stock.


It’s an inexpensive sub that fits perfectly behind the seat

It’s an affordable price without sacrificing quality, and it’s a durable one

It’s going to rock your car without distortions


It’s meant for drivers above age 25

It’s not that powerful, and your head won’t explore, or your windshield won’t crack.

Take a look at the best subwoofers for cars page for other top rated subs.

#3 Alphasonik Dynamis DCP8 – Best 8 inch Enclosed Shallow Mount Subwoofer

Returning to the 8 inch enclosed subs, this is a keeper. It was the first sub that I felt enveloping me and digging into my bones; I’ve noticed that it will work perfectly with any type of music.

My friends call this the bass monster. It has 600 watts RMS and delivers excellent music quality is great build quality. If you want to flex the windshield, you will be able to do it easily.

The work is clean, and it’s easy to mount. A friend of mine has this enclosed sub for more than 2 years, and he loves every minute in his car.

I’ve chosen this sub as a gift for my wife. Pop music never sounded so alive, and she just enjoys her trips.

Here are the top choices why you should buy this one:

Get more than you paid for: The music quality is top-notch, and it has been proven to be long-lasting. As an enclosed sub, you’re getting a great deal with this one. The bass is high quality and crisp.

Bass Monster: If you want to know how it feels when the bass digs into your bones, this is the right choice.

Tight space? No problem, this will be the perfect fit for any truck or car, where’s not much room for regular subs. It’s probably the best shallow subwoofer for a truck.

Also, here are a few drawbacks as well:

The SQ was a bit weaker than I expected

There were some weird frequency humps during my testing phase.

As you have seen, you’re getting a great deal with this enclosed sub. Get it soon because the stocks are running low.


This sub delivers the type of bass that envelopes and digs into you

You can easily flex the windshield with this baby

This sub is ideal for all sorts of music since it delivers more than you paid for


SQ is weaker than expected

I’ve experienced a weird frequency hump

#4 PIONEER 10″ TS-A2500LB – Best 10 inch Enclosed Shallow Mount Subwoofer

In the 10 inch subwoofer category, we have this Pioneer enclosed shallow sub. It’s one of the best choices if you’re looking for a 10” one.

It’s a reasonably priced plug-and-play sub. It has plenty of thump with the 300 watts RMS. The build quality is excellent, and we shouldn’t expect anything less from Pioneer.

The sound quality is excellent, and the bass hits tight at all the right places.

What I loved about this enclosed sub was that it fits in the smallest spaces without sacrificing any quality. Pioneer did an amazing job with this baby.

This Pioneer sub will free up your speakers so they can do what they do best and let this sub deliver the bass. It’s worth the price.

So far, I’ve tested it in an F150 Extended cab and Tacoma, and the sound was pitch-perfect.

Top reasons why it’s a must-buy:

Plenty of room: you will not have to sacrifice this sub whenever you’re going grocery shopping or traveling.

Tight bass: This bass hits everything, and it makes you appreciate music even more.

Pioneer quality: No worries what so ever it’s built like a rock, and it won’t rattle while delivering great performance.

Here are a few drawbacks of the Pioneer 10 inch enclosed sub:

The low power handling might be a problem for some

Being an enclosed sub, it might lose some punchiness.

This is an inexpensive high quality 10 inch enclosed sub. It delivers amazing quality at a great price. Get it now since they might be out of stock Tomorrow.


It’s so small that it leaves plenty of room for groceries or travel bags.

It comes with the Pioneer quality, which means well built at a great price.

The best sub to free up speakers


It has a low power handling

It’s not hitting that hard as traditional subs

#5 Infinity REF1000S – Best 10 inch Shallow Mount Subwoofer

For a low-profile sub, this is a must-buy. There’s limited space in cars and trucks, and this little thing solves this problem with ease.

You will be able to enjoy amazing sound quality without modifying the interior or lose precious cargo space. What I’ve noticed with this sub is that it’s underrated at 200 watts RMS. If you like to enjoy a punchier bass, you can safely turn it up.

If you don’t use compressed music, the audio reproduction is clean. A friend of mine installed it in his truck now he keeps finding different excuses to drive.

I’ve tested this Infinity sub in the following cars: Jeep Wrangler, Dodge Ram, Toyota Tundra, and Ford F-150, and it delivered as expected.

Here are the reasons why it’s a good idea to buy it:

Good price: This sub is affordable, and it does what it is supposed to. It won’t break your wallet like other expensive brands that don’t deliver.

Tight and clean sound: With this install, you will be able to feel the punch since it puts in the work.

Slim: It’s perfect for tight spaces in trucks and cars

Also, there are a few drawbacks with this sub:

Since it’s a shallow mount, you won’t be bothering the neighbors that much.

The younger crowd tends to choose a different one because it’s not that powerful.

All in all, for a 10” affordable slim sub, it’s a good purchase. Make sure to check back later if they are out of stock.


When you have limited space, this sub will give you a clean reproduction of music.

Installing this sub will make it your favorite ride

Also, you will be coming up with excuses why to drive around


It won’t blow out the neighbor’s windows

Since it doesn’t have that much power, it’s not suited for the younger crowd.

#6 Skar Audio VD-12 D4 – Best 12 inch Shallow Subwoofer

For a 12” sub, this is your best bet. It not only delivers amazing sound quality, but it’s extremely affordable as well.

I tested out this sub in a Chevy Silverado when the neighbor walked by asking if this is a 15” sub. This shallow subwoofer is so powerful that unseen people assume it’s a big 15” one.  If you want clean and great-sounding music, this sub delivers just that.

I typically stay away from cheaper stuff, and I took my chances with Skar, and I don’t regret it. Once this is installed correctly, it can take abuse like a champ.

This is why it’s a good idea to invest in this sub:

500 watts RMS: It’s not an itsy bitsy tiny squeaker. It delivers a big bang for your buck.

Approved by old-school basehead: The music is simply beautiful and natural. You can’t ask for more.

Skeptics turn to believers: The SQ is great, and all this comes at a great price.

Since there are no perfect subs, let me share with you a few drawbacks:

It’s advertised as a shallow mount sub, but it’s not that shallow, so it needs some room.

Simply this price is unbeatable. Not to mention that it’s a long-lasting sub, only a fool would pass on this offer. It’s the best 12 inch shallow mount subwoofer for the money. Order as soon as possible since the stocks are almost gone.


It provides natural music that is clean and smooth

If you have installed it correctly, it can handle abuse quite well

Even skeptics are converted by this sub


It’s not that shallow of an amount

If it could handle more power, it would be better

#7 Skar Audio SDR-15 D2 – Best 15 inch Shallow Mount Subwoofer

Finally, we have reached the best 15” sub. Here’s a heads up this is not a quiet as a mouse sub, and you will get that look from the neighbors. You know what I’m talking about “damn kids these days”. And I’m not a kid anymore.

Sometimes it’s good when I can rattle them up a bit. On another note, to get the most out of this sub, you will need a good amp. Don’t even think about getting it without one. This baby is rated at 600 watts RMS. You will be doing a disservice if you go with substandard gear.

I have tested this sub in Ford Focus and a Dodge Ram Crew Cab, and it delivered big time.

Here’s why you should get this 15 inch sub:

Great quality for the money: It’s not the cheapest; however, it outperforms in all categories.

Hits hard: if you enjoy music with a lot of low tones, then you have found the perfect sub for it. This baby delivers and punches hard on the low notes.

Perfect sound after professional tuning. You don’t want to live in the normal world after this sub is tuned to perfection.

Also, there are a few drawbacks with this sub:

Since it’s a 15 inch, you will be losing a bit of trunk space even if it has a shallow mount design.

A friend of mine got ticketed with this sub because, according to the police officer, it was too loud.

If you want a 15” sub that won’t bleed you dry and punch the low notes like a champ, you have found your winner. Get it now since it’s a best seller and stocks are dwindling.


It’s a budget-friendly sub that didn’t compromise on quality

It’s highly recommended by Dodge Ram and Ford Focus owners

When tuned properly, it can hit the lows like a champ


Less SQ than expected

The police may consider it too loud so that they will find you.

#8 Kicker 46L7T104 – Best Slim Subwoofer

Hands down, this is the slimmest, more powerful sub that you can go with if you have limited space. This Kicker sub is perfect for under-seat install or the corner of your trunk.

Do you need more bass? Then this baby delivers. Thanks to its design, it can move a lot of air so you can enjoy more bass. The secret relies on the square design. According to the company, the cone design would cost you 20% less space, so less power. Luckily they came up with this square design.

There’s nothing more to say about this sub, only that it hits hard, and the thing mounting depth is just perfect when you don’t have any space whatsoever.

Pairing with an amp is an absolute must, and since it’s a dual coil sub, the perfect amp will bring it alive.

It’s rated at 500 watts RMS, so you know you’re getting a kicker for your car or truck.

For a 10” sub, it only takes up minimal space, so get it. Now make sure you jump on this one because it has been flying off the shelves and people had to wait weeks to get it. If it’s in stock, get it.


It’s the perfect subwoofer for extremely small spaces

The bass is tight, crisp, and clean

Even though it’s small, the bass is more than enough


Since they are small, their bass isn’t that strong

Mounting screws were missing from my package

Check out the best under seat subs.


We have reached the end of this best article. I had a blast testing out all these subs, minus the shocks I got. By now, you should know exactly which the best shallow mounted sub is for your needs.

As you have seen, there are two categories in my post. Some are purists who take the components and create their systems from scratch. On the other hand, there are people who have less time or the inclination to do the thing, so they opt for the plug-and-play enclosed sub.

No matter what your needs, there’s the perfect one above.

Also, we all know that every car is different, so size matters a lot. This is why I’ve selected the very best that the industry has to offer, from 8 inches all the way up to 15 inches. Now, if you are extremely limited in space, I have you covered in that front as well.

There’s one last thing that you need to know. During this period, sales have spiked, and it’s not uncommon to see these subs out of stock for a week on end. So I highly recommend buying it if they are in or you risk driving without the perfect music experience.

If you have questions or tips, you can comment below, and I’ll do my best to cover everything.

Roger and out.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

What is the hardest hitting shallow Mount Subwoofer?

The hardest hitting shallow mount subwoofer is the Rockford Fosgate R2S-1X12 R2 Shallow Prime Single 12-Inch Subwoofer Enclosure.

Who makes the best shallow subwoofers?

The best shallow mount subwoofers are made by rockford fosgate.

Who makes the best 10 shallow Mount Subwoofer?

By far Apline makes the best 10″ shallow mount subwoofer case and point the PIONEER 10″ 1200W Shallow Box with WOOFER .

Are shallow mount Subs any good?

It’s true that shallow mount subs can’t measure up to their bigger counterparts. However thanks to the low mounting depth you will be able to enjoy some great sound even in a small or space restricted vehicle.

What is the frequency response for these best shallow mount subwoofers?

The frequency rate for these shallow mount subwoofers would be as follows:

  1. Rockford Fosgate P3SD2-8 8″ Dual 2-Ohm Punch Series Shallow Mount Car Subwoofer; frequency range: 38 – 250 Hz; 300 watts peak power handling; dual 2 ohm; shallow Mounting Depth: 2.66 in
  2. Rockford Fosgate R2 S-1X12 R2 12 inch Shallow mount Prime Single 12-Inch Subwoofer Enclosure punch series;  Frequency range: 29-250 Hz; 500 watts peak power handling (power rating)
  3. Alphasonik Dynamis DCP8 8 inch 1000 Watts peak power handling (power rating) 4-Ohm Shallow Mount Flat Enclosed Sub woofer in Ported Vented Box for Tight Spaces in Cars and Trucks, Slim Thin Loaded Subwoofer Custom Port Bass Enclosure; Frequency Response: 27Hz – 200Hz; 1000 watts rms power handling
  4. PIONEER TS-A2500LB 10″ shallow sub 1200 Watts peak power handling (power rating) Shallow Box with WOOFER; frequency response: 20-900 Hz; 300 watts rms power handling; dual 2 ohm
  5. Infinity REF1000S 10 Inch Shallow Subwoofer; Frequency response 35Hz – 175Hz; 800 watts peak power handling (power rating); 200 watts RMS power handling
  6. Skar Audio VD-12 D4 12″ 800 Watts max power handling (power rating, power ratings) Max Power Dual 4 Ohm Shallow Mount Car Subwoofer (4 ohm subwoofer); Frequency Response: 25 Hz – 300 Hz (frequency range); 500 watts rms power handling; shallow Mounting Depth: 4.92″
  7. Skar Audio SDR-15 D2 15″ 1200 Watts peak power handling capability (power rating, power ratings) Max Power Dual 2 Ohm Car Subwoofer; Frequency Response Range: 20 Hz – 250 Hz (frequency range); 600 watts RMS power handling; dual 4 ohm subwoofer (dual voice coil); mounting depth

Which shallow mount car subwoofer didn’t make it on my list?

There were a few shallow mount car subwoofers that didn’t make it on my list like: jl audio 10tw3 d4 10 inch shallow mount (10 inch subwoofer) Mounting Depth: 3.25, alpine swr t10 10″ shallow sub dual 2 ohm voice coil (dual voice coils) 5-1/16″ mounting depth , kenwood excelon kfc, pioneer ts sw2502s4 400 watts rms Mounting depth: 5-3/8″,  alpine Alpine Type R 12 Inch 2250 Watt Max 4 Ohm Round Car Audio Subwoofer 2DW12D4 mounting depth: 6-3/8″, Skar Audio VD-10 D4 Shallow (d4 10 inch) dual 4 ohm subwoofer (dual voice coil) Mounting Depth: 4.41″ , JL Audio 10tw3-d4 Shallow (d4 10 inch) 10 inch shallow mount (10 inch subwoofer) Mounting Depth: 3.25, Rockford Fosgate R2 Ultra Shallow 10 Inch subwoofer (10 inch shallow mount) 4 Ohm DVC Subwoofer 400 watts, Mounting Depth 3.4 Inches. These shallow mount subwoofers didn’t make the list because they had missing features: like good enough voice coil, santoprene rubber surround, butyl rubber surround, stamp cast basket, polypropylene cone, accurate bass, mica injected polypropylene cone, aluminum cone, anodized aluminum cone, cast alloy motor structure, big bass, high temperature resistance, tube suspension, quality materials, not good enough heat dissipation on high volumes and when the subwoofer power is pushed to the limit, cast aluminum basket, spider venting, sealed enclosures, oversized cone, low amount of power.

What kind of features should the perfect shallow mount subwoofers (shallow mount car subwoofer) have?

The perfect shallow mount subwoofers (shallow mount sub) should have these features: mica injected polypropylene cone, aluminum cone, anodized aluminum cone, carbon glass fiber cone (carbon glass fiber composite cone structure) cast aluminum basket, excellent airflow management system, cast alloy molded cone, easy to install (easy installation), accurate bass, sufficient subwoofer power, single voice coil or 2 ohm voice coils, santoprene rubber surround or butyl rubber surround, stamp cast basket, great heat dissipation, quality bass on high volumes and quality push terminals, spider venting, good fit for tight spaces, durable construction, 2 or 4 ohm impedance, injection molded concentric tube suspension, wide frequency range, great sound quality, almost competition grade quality, fast bass response, handles low frequency without compromising sensitivity rating with a lot of power, big bass in a small package, high temperature resistance, heat sink included in the sealed enclosure, high power rating for a powerful bass, tinsel leads for short circuit protection on continuous power, elevated motor structure, sealed enclosures. These subwoofer features would be nice to have from the best subwoofers on the market. It’s an absolute must to have a dust cap for your car stereo sound system (audio system).

What is the right subwoofer size for shallow mount subwoofers?

The right subwoofer size for shallow mount subwoofers depends on the vehicle you own. The car subwoofer rockford fosgate made is perfect for almost all car.

Can I trust shallow mount subwoofer reviews?

Shallow mount subwoofer reviews are written usually by people who own or have owned the products. The reviews are done with the consumer in mind, so they’re honest and reliable. I tested all the products before I wrote the shallow mount subwoofer reviews.

What is the best shallow mount subwoofer?

The best shallow mount subwoofer is the perfect combination of price, size and features. The best one is the Rockford Fosgate P3SD2-8 8-Inch Shallow Subwoofer (8 inch shallow mount subwoofer). Buyers love the small size and how this tiny sub performs like a bigger one. It packs enough power with a better sound quality. On the other hand, customers are very satisfied with how it sounds at low or high volumes and is easy to install. It has consistent bass delivery, punchy bass, nice low end, not much distortion at high volume levels. Also, it has excellent bass control considering its small size. With the best shallow mount subwoofers you will have no problem getting heavy bass.

Do shallow subs sound good?

Yes, they do! They sound just as good as regular subwoofers. The only difference is that you have to install them in the right place. They can sound even better than other regular sized subwoofer, because the fact that they are small doesn’t mean they aren’t powerful.

What is considered a shallow mount subwoofer?

A shallow mount subwoofer is a car audio speaker that can fit into small spaces such as under seats, under the trunk and inside the wall. They are simply less deep than standard speakers.

What is the hardest hitting shallow mount subwoofer?

The Skar Audio SDR-15 D2 shallow subwoofer is the hardest hitting shallow mount subwoofer at this time. It can give you the big bass your looking for with it’s 15″ diameter and 600 watts rms power handling. This subwoofer is a real woofer thumper. If you are want loud bass and not wanting to spend a lot this is the subwoofer for you. The extremely shallow mounting depth of the Skar Audio SDR-15 D2 is what makes it so unique. It can generate extreme bass with a big 15″ woofer and still have a shallow mount subwoofer. The all new Skar Audio SDR-15 D2 is one of the best choice for those looking for a shallow subwoofer that can “thump”.

Which are the most expensive shallow mount subwoofers?

The most expensive shallow mount subwoofers are the:

  • Kicker 46TL7T104
  • JL Audio 13TW5V2-4
  • Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-12

Is rapid heat dissipation important? Why?

In shallow subs the rapid heat dissipation is important when you buy a car subwoofer. You have to make sure that the materials of your shallow mount will help dissipate any heat quickly so it doesn’t overheat and ruin the sound system. The best shallow mount subwoofers have a rapid heat dissipation system because excess heat can damage a subwoofer. The best shallow mount subwoofers will give you the best bass and they are durable.

Where can I buy the best shallow mount subwoofer?

Amazon and Crutchfield are your best choice. Make sure you read some reviews before you go on a shopping spree.

What is a shallow mount sub?

A shallow mount sub is a specialized type of subwoofer that can fit in very small spaces. They are designed to have the smallest mounting depth possible while still offering top performance and sound quality. If you don’t own an SUV, then you most likely need a shallow mount subwoofer.

Who are shallow subwoofers good for?

Shallow subwoofers are great for vehicles where there is limited installation space, like in the trunk of a sedan, under the seat or inside the wall. They also work well when you need multiple woofers to fit into your car audio system.

Last Updated on October 16, 2021