We’ve had a ton of requests to start including 10 inch subwoofers in our reviews. We have done a few. We feel we have left out some of the best 10 inch subwoofers and brands, and well and we would like to redeem that.
10-inch woofers are another very common size especially in compact vehicles. They’re usually fairly easy to install given that they can be placed in an enclosure with minor modifications.
Or they can be placed in some other places (underneath a seat for example) without taking too much cargo or passenger space.
Thanks to their compact size and simple installation process, 10 inch subs can be used in a wide variety of applications and vehicles with a limited amount of space to work with.
These subwoofers offer a decent bass response and clarity. They also deliver a bit more extra bass when compared to 8-inch subwoofers. These subs are best suited to drivers who mostly listen to a lot of rock, country and non-heavy bass tunes.
The most important thing about the following car subwoofers that we are going to review is that you must power them with an amplifier in order to take full advantage of them.
The Best 10 Inch Suwoofer Reviews
Rockford Fosgate has been stepping up on their subwoofers the past few years. The quality of their subwoofers in particular are top notch.
It’s one of the main reason the R2D4-10 model is at the top of the list. Not only this but Amazon has designated as their top choice for 10 inch subwoofers.
The woofer is made up of a mica-injected polypropylene cone and surrounded with poly-foam. This is then stamped-cast with stainless steel utilizing their spider venting to keep this puppy cool.
(You don’t typically see this only lower priced models!)
Another nice feature about Rockford Fosgate subwoofers is that they use anodized aluminum voice coil formers to help dissipate heat more effectively.
- Features 2 Inch Copper Clad Aluminum Voice Coil
- Stamp Cast Frame Structure
- Integrated PVC Trim Ring
- Kevlar Fiber Reinforced Paper Cone
- 250 Watts RMS 500 Watts Peak Power Rating
Infinity makes a great, well-rounded collection of audio equipment, including subwoofers, speakers , and amplifiers. Infinity is an American company that has been specializing in all sorts of audio equipment since 1968.
They have mastered the art of providing high quality products that are built to last.
The Infinity Ref1000S is no exception. It is a solid sub for a great price.
It features a high-gloss polypropylene cone that’s accurate and hard-hitting. Infinity also used a large roll foam surround for precise linear movement of the cone and for optimum performance and durability.
Additionally, its dual 4-ohm voice coils give you a lot more flexibility in terms of wiring, and it will make your sound system easy to expand if you decide to go that way down the road.
- Peak: 800 watts | RMS: 200 watts
- Overall diameter: 10.55"
- Cutout diameter: 9.50" top-mount depth: 3.27"
The Alpine SWS-10D4 is one of the most expensive 10″ subwoofer out there, and the most expensive that we are going to review. However, when you pick one of these up, you’ll know where the extra money went.
With Alpine’s type-S subwoofers you’ll hear and feel satisfying bass.
The sub linked to above can handle an astounding 1000 watts of RMS power (500 watts per coil), which is actually enormous.
Furthermore, its dual oversized 4-ohm voice coils give you the wiring flexibility you’ll need to build a dynamic sound system that can be easily extended by additional components (subs, amps, headunits…).
This subwoofer works well in both sealed and ported enclosures, so you can choose whatever works best for your application.
(Make sure you choose a powerful amplifier as this big-bass monster requires lots of power.)
- Alpine Type-S SWS-10D4 10" Subwoofer. Peak Power Output: 1,500 watts. RMS Power Output: 500 Watts
- Dual 4-Ohm Voice Coils. Built Like Type-R. Massive Voice Coils. High Strength Steel Frame
- Concealed Mount Gasket System. High-Grade Strontium Ferrite Magnets. More Bass In Less Space
- Alpine's Patented Airflow Management System Keep it Cool. 8 AWG Push Terminals. Kevlar Reinforced Pulp Cone
- HAMRS Santoprene Rubber Surround. Frequency Response: 28-200 Hz. Sensitivity: 86.5 dB. Top-Mount Depth: 5-9/16"
They have high-quality products for more than a reasonable price, and this subwoofer is no exception. It’s a great sub for people on a tight budget.
Pioneer is one of the most well-recognized brands in this industry, given the fact that they provide high quality products that meet customer’s demand efficiently.
The most impressive part of this component subwoofer is its 1200-watt dynamic peak power rating.
While it’s not recommended to push it to this level, you’ll be impressed with the immense power it’s capable of handling.
It truly offers extremely low frequency reproduction, one of the lowest we’ve reviewed, in fact.
This is truly a subwoofer devoted to bass. It does effectively dip into the subsonic frequencies that some other car subwoofers can’t reach.
Although this sub’s power handling is above average, we found that it tends to distort relatively quickly as the power supplied to the sub increases, which is slightly disappointing.
- Max. Music Power (Nominal) 1,200W (350W)
- Cone Composition IMPP Composite Cone
- Surround Composition Dual Layer Fiber Reinforced Elastic Polymer Surround
This MTX enclosure machine is literally huge and robust, meaning many drivers and audio enthusiasts use this unit and swear by it!
After all, if you’re seeking big bass and you have enough space inside your vehicle to accommodate this enclosure, you can’t just simply skip on this.
The elephant in the room is obviously its massive size. However, they make up for it by making it more compact and fully self-contained package and a sleek black.
MTX Magnum MB210SP is a complete amplified bass package that bundles 2 x 10 subwoofers in an enclosure AND an 800 Watt mono block amplifier.
And that’s what we like most about this enclosure. It’s a simple and easy way to add bass to any vehicle system.
One major drawback of this model is it’s price. At the same time, the fact that you get two 10 inch woofers along with a built in amp, it’s completely worth it.
- Large roll surround
- Tuned for high output
- Durable 5/8" MDF construction
- Aviation grade carpet
- Heavy duty wiring terminals
With this woofer you’ll get JL’s patented cooling design with their Elevated Frame. With this design you’ll get better power handling and a much more reliable audio component.
As this is strictly the subwoofer, you’ll need to get an enclosure or box to hold the sub in place. Also, it goes without saying, but you need an amplifier to get the best sound quality out of this 10WOV3-4.
- Power Handling: Peak 600 Watts, RMS 300 Watts
- Impedance: 4 ohms
- Sensitivity: 84 dB
- 10W0V3-4 - JL Audio 10" Single 4-Ohm W0V3 Series Subwoofer
- Power Handling: Peak: 600 watts | RMS: 300 watts
- Mineral-filled, polypropylene cone woofer for excellent durability
- Large roll surround for generous amounts of excursion
- Elevated frame cooling brings air directly to the voice coil
Things to Look For with 10 Inch Subwoofers
There is a few things that you need to look for when comparing different models of subwoofers.
I’ve outlined the basic ones below to help you make a better purchasing decision.
1. Power Handling
With Power handling, you’ll be looking at two different numbers.
Peak Power and RMS Power. (These numbers are denoted in watts)
Please don’t rely on the peak power number as something to expect to get out of your subwoofer.
This is strictly the number given by manufacturers indicating the MAX amount of power the woofer can handle.
Generally speaking, you want your subwoofer to be able to handle more power.
The sensitivity of a subwoofer or speaker is shown in dB(decibels). This number indicates how effectively the subwoofer converts power (watts) into volume (decibels).
A woofer that has a higher sensitivity rating will require less power from an amplifier to produce sound than it would from a lesser sensitive sub.
3. Number of Voice Coils
A lot of subwoofers come with only a single voice coil. If you’re looking to get more flexibility in wiring your components then getting a
dual voice coil (DVC) would be a better route.
There’s nothing wrong with a single voice coil. It makes installation much easier but as I said you are limited to how you can wire up your system.
Disclaimer on Our Best 10 inch Subwoofers
This is not by any means a list of all the greatest 10 inch subwoofers available out there. There are hundreds of amazing, high quality 10″ subwoofers on the market. Simply too many to possibly cover in a fairly short article.
However, we did want to give you a few good options from well-known brands to start with.
These subs represent different price points, performance, and specifications. Our goal here is to find you something that meets your needs and works for your application. If you feel we missed a sub you love, feel free to let us know in the comments below.