The Best Shallow Mount Subwoofers are designed to reproduce bass, while remaining compact. They cover the lower end range of frequencies that smaller speakers struggle to reproduce (6.5", 6" x 9", and etc). Sometimes, however, your subwoofer selection may be limited by the amount of space you have, which is why slim series subwoofers with a shallow depth were designed. If you have a truck, sports car, or just a car with little room; you can add level of power and sound to your music that can't be reproduced by your door speakers, while fitting it in an area that normal component subwoofers won't fit in. Add a well-tuned, best shallow mount shallow subwoofer to your stereo and you'll find yourself wondering why you didn't add one to your stereo earlier.

Here's a list of the top rated shallow mount car subwoofers of 2017. Click a subwoofer to go to the full review, or just scroll down to view all of the reviews:

Best Slim & Shallow Subwoofers | Top 5

Our RankShallow Mount SubwooferSizes OfferedImpedance (ohms)Power HandlingPrice
1.JL Audio TW310" | 12"Dual 4 OhmRMS: 400 - 600 Watts$$$
2.Pioneer TS-SW8" | 10" | 12"Single 4 OhmRMS: 150 - 400 Watts$
3.MTX FPR10" | 12"Single 4 OhmRMS: 300 - 400 Watts$$
4.Alpine Type-R10" | 12"Single 4 OhmRMS: 600 Watts$$$
5.Rockford Fosgate Punch P38" | 10" | 12"Dual 4 OhmRMS: 150 - 400 Watts$$

Choosing the Right Subwoofer

When choosing the best shallow subwoofer that will fit your needs, you have to ask yourself, “What kind of bass am I looking for?” Sometimes the best shallow subwoofer isn’t the biggest. Different sizes of shallow subwoofers respond and produce different sound to different music and finding the right match for your music preferences is key. Let’s talk about the different sizes of subwoofers and what kind of sound they emit.

8″ Subwoofers – The smaller the woofer the faster, more responsive and punchier it is. An 8″ woofer can keep up with faster paced music like heavy rock, double bass and fast paced electronic. It’s a great choice for those who enjoy soft and light bass. An 8″ subwoofer is one that compliments a system rather than overwhelms.

10″ Subwoofers – 10’s are very common. They are the most well-rounded and safest choice for a subwoofer on the market. The 10″ can keep up with fast paced music while creating a respectable amount of bass. They are good for fast paced music, and also good with heavier bass music such as rap and club music. But if you’re looking for big bass, you may have to double up with the 10″ to achieve what you are looking for. Click Here To View Our 10″ Subwoofers.

12″ Subwoofers – If you listen to a big variety of music but enjoy heavy bass then a 12″ subwoofer is for you. The 12″ sub is the most common in the marketplace today, mainly because they are so universal to any music that is listened to, produce a heavy bass and cover a deeper range of frequencies. It won’t keep up with fast paced music such as heavy rock or metal as well as the 10″, it will sound great for all varieties of music, especially rap, electronic, club and pop.

15″ Subwoofers – If you are looking for ear bleeding bass then you are in the right category.

So to sum up, when choosing the best shallow subwoofer to fit your application you need to take into consideration the level of music you want to listen to, the type of music, as well as the confinements of the location. 8″ subwoofers are great for leveling out a sound system while a 15″ will wake the neighbors. Your safest bet is the 10″ or 12″ subwoofer.

All of the top rated shallow subwoofers require an amplifier. Check out all of the Best Reviewed Amplifiers, and more information on how to choose an amplifier to meet the specs of your Best Thin Subwoofer.

Best Shallow Car Subwoofer List

#1 JL Audio TW3 Shallow Series Subwoofers

JL Audio TW3 Series

JL Audio TW3 Shallow Subwoofer Review

Editor's Rating:

5 Stars

You no longer have to sacrifice performance for a shallow sub with the JL Audio TW3 Shallow Series Subwoofers. This super-thin subwoofer is packed with innovative engineering and technology to give consumers the ultimate sound with minimal space. The TW3 Series Subwoofers use a combination of rugged polypropylene cones for flex-less movement, a rubber surrounding that provides long-lasting efficient movement, concentric tube technology and a cast aluminum basket that sits only 3 1/4″ tall to give give stereo listeners the best performing shallow subwoofer on the market.


JL Audio 10TW3-D4 Best Shallow Car Subwoofer

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 10"
  • Power Handling: 400W RMS DVC 4Ω




JL Audio 12TW3-D4

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 12"
  • Power Handling: 600W RMS DVC 4Ω



#2 Pioneer TS-SW Shallow Series Subwoofers

Pioneer TS-SW Shallow Subwoofers

Pioneer TS-SW Shallow Subwoofer Review

Editor's Rating:

4.9 Stars

Out with the old and in with the new; Pioneer's recently released TS-SW Shallow Series Subwoofers are packed with innovative, patent-pending features that help this woofer deliver powerful bass while maintaining a slim enough profile to fit into a broad range of vehicles. An oversized cone surface to increase the surface area of the woofer without increasing the overall size, giving the subwoofer a deeper and louder sound while a reinforced cone structure prevents any sort of failure under heavy load and gives the sub a stiff and responsive reproduction of your music. All stuffed nicely into a compact frame that sits at 3 3/8" tall.


Pioneer TS-SW2002D2

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 8"
  • Power Handling: 150W RMS SVC 4Ω

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Pioneer TS-SW2502S4

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 10"
  • Power Handling: 300W RMS SVC 4Ω




Pioneer TS-SW3002S4

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 12"
  • Power Handling: 400W RMS SVC 4Ω



#3 MTX FPR Shallow Series Subwoofers

MTX FPR Slim Series

MTX FPR Shallow Subwoofer Review

Editor's Rating:

4.8 Stars

Designed to be pushed to the limit with your heaviest, bassy-est songs, the MTX FPR Shallow Series Subwoofers were designed to perform well in the toughest, smallest of environments. The FPR Subwoofers feature an aluminum dust-cap that protects it’s rigid polypropylene cone, while the rugged rubber surround offers long-lasting durability and efficient movement. Combined with MTX’s unique Spider Plateau Venting for keeping your subwoofer cool while pumping intense jam sessions, you have a high quality, high performing shallow subwoofer that lasts. Note that this subwoofer does require a sealed enclosure.


MTX FPR10-04 Best Shallow Car Subwoofer

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 10"
  • Power Handling: 300W RMS SVC 4Ω




MTX FPR12-04

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 12"
  • Power Handling: 400W RMS SVC 4Ω


#4 Alpine Type-R Shallow Series Subwoofers

Alpine Type-R

Alpine Type-R Shallow Subwoofers

Editor's Rating:

4.7 Stars

Whether you’re looking for a subwoofer for recreational purposes, or a competitive level sub that will dominate, the Alpine Type-R Series Subwoofers were designed for high power and high volume bass while keeping a low profile. They're another great alternative to a traditional component subwoofer, yet fit in all of the un traditional, tight areas. Featuring an aluminum cone with Santoprene rubber surround, a cast aluminum frame with radial finned heat sink, and a patent pending 'Pass-Through Gap Geometry', the SWR Thin Series Subwoofers produce massive output while maintaining a ultra thin and efficient frame.


Alpine SWR-T10

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 10"
  • Power Handling: 600W RMS SVC 4Ω




Alpine SWR-T12

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 12"
  • Power Handling: 600W RMS SVC 4Ω



#5 Rockford Fosgate Punch P3 Shallow Series Subwoofers

Rockford Fosgate Power T1

Rockford Fosgate Punch P3 Shallow Subwoofer Review

Editor's Rating:

4.7 Stars

Rockford Fosgate’s P3S Shallow Series Subwoofers were designed to match the performance of their component P3 woofers, a large undertaking considering a depth of only 3 9/16″. Rockford uses a thin anodized aluminum cone and dust cap that is light enough give the woofer an efficient response, yet rigid enough to maintain its shape during high powered, heavy bass. Combined these features with their M-Roll Santoprene™ surround, and you get a long lasting, high output subwoofer that sounds and feels like a standard component subwoofer.


Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-8

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 8"
  • Power Handling: 150W RMS DVC 4Ω




Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-10

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 10"
  • Power Handling: 300W RMS DVC 4Ω




Rockford Fosgate P3SD4-12

  • Slim Subwoofer Size: 12"
  • Power Handling: 400W RMS DVC 4Ω



7 Comments to “5 Best Shallow Mount Subwoofers 2017 | Top Slim Subwoofer Reviews”

  1. Bass man Dan says :Reply

    What about the Kicker comp RT? At 800 watts RMS, yes, 800 RMS each they blow all these out of the water. JL’s are overrated AND overpriced. My Kicker cvx’ for the price compared to a similarly priced JL, well, lets say there is no comparison. I’d take Alpine type s’s over a lot of JL’s too. I agree 100% with “choke master” on this!

  2. Arturo says :Reply

    And Massive, REaudio, sundown subwoofers why do not appear in this list above us. They are not so commercial or why.

  3. Ted says :Reply

    I am looking to beef up my 2002 mercury mountaineer factory sub to the best available shallow mount low impedence sub out there. I have bought the pioneer 600w but am sceptical, I am unsure if it is the best I can buy for my situation. Also, have factory 6×8 holes in all 4 doors. I am questioning the quality of the Pioneer 6×8’s bc I am not sure I want 4 ways. I would like to individually handle all the sounds, the highs and mids and lows. Any good ideas? Thanks in advance….Ted,

    1. Paul says :Reply

      I used the Kicker CS series in my F150 and have no complaints. However, if you aren’t looking to amplify your surround, you may want to consider the Alpine E series. The Alpine and Kickers are more expensive than the Pioneers but I found after buying the Pioneer and returning them, the cost was worth it. I was totally disappointed in the Pioneer 6×8.

  4. Grandthorns97 says :Reply

    I have the Pioneer 12″ Shallow Subwoofer (TS-SW300) in my 4 door Dodge Dakota. Bought a Boss Armor amp (I know its cheap) and a cheap box but tuned it right and it hits pretty hard for a shallow sub. Definitely would not trade it for the JL. Alpine Type R is always good but the Pioneer is a trooper, its tough and in my opinion is the best overall out of this group.

  5. Choke master says :Reply

    The JL shallow subwoofer is a pile of trash. Did JL pay for that review and number 1 spot?!

    I went through 3 box designs before I got decent sounding bass. But ended up with such a deep box it was pointless having shallow subs. Eventually they blew like crazy and after 5 pairs I traded them for the pipneer shallow mounts. Let me tell you, I wish I bought them to begin the with!
    They use a comically minuscule box, .65cu vented!
    And the first box I made sounded amazing.

    AVOID the JL!

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