For that bass.
When we were looking around for the best 12-inch subwoofer we found the Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12 P3 to the best pick for most people – it’s got a balance between size, bass output, and affordability. The P3D4-12 P3 is small enough that it should fit in your vehicle, but it’s large enough that it has a booming base plus the price-tag on it will not kill the bank. Furthermore, if you just need something cheap but one that still has quality, go with the Infinity Reference 1262w!
When it comes to subwoofers, finding the right size is important because if you are getting a smaller unit, then it means less bass output but finding something larger will either take up too much space, to compensate for the booming base. Finding the balance is the key.
What’s our advice on size? Just get something that can fit in your vehicle and your budget. It all depends on how many bases you want to be feeling while you are on the road. Most of the subwoofers that we have listed in this guide are at an affordable price so it shouldn’t be an issue if you are on a budget.
Before we get into the guide, we’ll just say that 12-inch woofers are by far the most popular and common woofers out there they have the right balance between size, power, and price. Without ado, let’s get into the guide!
#5 Infinity Reference 1262w
The Infinity Reference 1262w barely squeaked onto the list, but it’s here so let’s talk about it – this is our budget pick and has great value for the buck. When we compared the 1262w to some of the other models on this list, is not going to turn your vehicle into a rolling bass but it will make a considerable if you didn’t have one at all.
The thing that we loved most about 1262 is the fact that it has a sleek and classy look to it despite being on the lower end of the price spectrum. The polypropylene cone that is in the shell of the 1262w serves as a protective barrier in the case that you drop the woofer, but if you take one look at 1262, you’ll know instantly that its not just “another ugly black box.”
- Polypropylene cone
- Dual 4-ohm voice coil
- Vented pole piece
- Clean base
- Comes with a self- adhesive gasket
- No drive displacement value
- Fiber board on 1262 is a bit weak – might break
Overall if you are on a strict budget and need something that isn’t going to cost too much, you should go with 1262. It’s a cheap subwoofer but also a lot of features that include internal cooling to help the system perform at its peak.
#4 Alpine SWR-12D4
Coming in on top of Infinity Reference 1262w is the Alpine SWR-12D4– we found it to be the best out of all the picks that we research but because it has a steep price-tag we had to lower its rating. This is not to say that the quality on this thing is subpar because it’s not – if you are willing to shell out a little more then you’ll find the SWR-12D4 to be an absolute steal.
What we loved most about the SWR-12D4 is that it is engineered to maintain a lower level of distortion and it does this by utilizing the lowest level of base extension possible. The power on the SWR-12D4comes in at a whopping 1000 RMS, compared to the other models on this list, that number is very high. You’re getting a hearty beat with that but if you want to take it a notch higher, get a powerful amp!
One quick tip we have when you buy the SWR-12D4 is that you should let it sit for a few weeks before playing it loudly. By letting sit and having it properly broken in, it’ll increase it’s longevity.
- Low price
- Heavy magnet
- Excellent sound quality
- Pricer than some of the other models on this list
Overall we found the SWR-12D4 for those of you starting out or need a replacement woofer for the one you have currently. IF you are willing to spend a little more for something that will last you for the years to come, we think buying the SWR-12D4 will be an excellent investment.
#3 Pioneer TS-W311D4
In the middle of the pack is the Pioneer TS-W311D34 – we’ve reviewed a lot of products from Pioneer, and we’ll just say that the guys at Pioneer produce some of the best sounding subwoofers out there, all at a reasonable price as well. But enough talking about Pioneer lets get more into the TS-W311D4.
If you take one look at the TS-W311D4, you’ll know instantly that it is the darn good looking subwoofer. With its injection molded cone the TS-W311D4 will be a stylish addition to your vehicle. We loved that the TS-W311D4 utilizes a rigid and fully enclosed structure that minimizes the vibration that it may give off and turn that power into a louder base.
- Cheap subwoofer
- Might take a few hours of setup if you’ve never set one up before
- Wireless remote not provided
What can we say, although we placed the TS-W311D4 in the middle of our rating list, we still found it to be an excellent tool in your arsenal when you want the very best audio experience. If your car is lacking the base and something to play the low frequencies when the drop hits – the TS-W311D4 is your champion. It’ll provide the power and the punch for you to jam out!
#2 MTX Audio TNE212D
We had to give the runner-up award to MTX Audio TNE212D – without breaking the bank, the TNE212D gives your car audio a nice boost and is an ideal solution.
What we loved most about the TNE212D is the fact that it saves you the trouble of having to buy a woofer then have to get the right enclosure and properly mount it. With the TNE212D, it comes in a perfect enclosure design that saves you the trouble of having to do the extra steps.
The dual enclosure on this beast – in the situation that you happen to drop it, you’ll be glad to know that it’ll survive the fall. Overall the enclosure on the TNE212D gives it a sleek and modern look that will be an excellent addition to your vehicle.
- Amazing lows
- Will shake the car
- Overall good quality woofers
- Terrible amp
- Takes up a lot of space and is heavy
Here’s the bottom line – if you are looking for a beef and burly woofer system that will give you a heavy base, the TNE212D is the way to go. You don’t have to splurge on an expensive sound system when you can save a few bucks going with the TNE212D. Just read through the reviews and you’ll know that there are a ton of people and bass lovers that are satisfied with the TNE212D.
#1 Rockford Fosgate P3D4-12 P3
At the top of this list is Rockford Fosgate, if you read our guide on the top under seat subwoofers, you’ll know that we rated Rockford highly on there are well. When it comes to car audio Rockford Fosgate is one of the most recognized brands in the car sounds industry. They’ve been at it for more than 40 years and have built a reputation for quality products in the car audio niche and quite a large fanbase of loyal customers.
What we loved most about the P3D4-12 P3 is that fact that it cost less than a hundred dollars – we found it to be the best performing subwoofer in the Rockford’s extensive catalog.
- Solid build
- Takes a lot of power (600 watts)
- Cheap price
- Rubber surround has a nice feel
- Lightweight for a 12 inch
- Looking cool with its aluminum cone and trim ring
- Only rated for 600 watts
- Response cure isn’t the best
Overall, the P3D4-12 P3 is well-designed woofer that is engineered to give you fantastic audio experience while you are on the move. With its loud base and sleek look, it’ll be an excellent addition to your vehicle. At it’s price point and everything that it offers, who would pass up on this subwoofer deal?