Best cheap soundbar deals for May 2021

If you’ve got a shiny new TV, you might run into a common problem — your screen looks great, but your sound is underwhelming. That’s because the speakers built into most TVs just aren’t great. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to upgrade your sound by using a soundbar.

These slim, low-profile bars sit under your TV and can provide a real boost in sound to help dialogue sound more crisp, to make music sound richer, and to make movies more enjoyable thanks to extra bass and thrum.

When it comes to shopping for a soundbar you’ll find a big range of prices, from bargain to ultra-high-end, and to learn more you can check out our reviews of the best soundbars from top brands like Bose and Sonos. To save some money on your next soundbar purchase, we’ve rounded up some of the best cheap soundbar deals to be found on the internet.

Today’s best soundbar deals

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Polk Audio MagniFi Mini Soundbar with Wireless Subwoofer

$231 $280
Don't let its size fool you — the MagniFi Mini is on par with some of the best, full-sized soundbars on the market in the audio department, creating a soundstage that fills the entire room.
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TCL Alto 8+ 2.1 Channel Sound Bar with Built-In Subwoofer – Fire TV Edition

$140 $150
Realize cinematic audio from your TV with this TCL soundbar. It's integrated with a Fire TV 4K media player, offering a complete streaming experience.
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Bose TV Speaker Soundbar

$249
If you need a soundbar system to augment your movie nights on the TV, you can't go wrong with the Bose TV Speaker soundbar from one of the world's leading sound designers.
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Samsung 2.1 Ch Soundbar

$180 $200
A Bluetooth-compatible soundbar that allows you to hook up to your TV without ugly cables running down the back. It comes with a wireless subwoofer to offer a bass boost as well.
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VIZIO 5.1 Sound Bar with Slim Wireless Subwoofer

$250
Vizio is the king of soundbar value and this 5.1 system is a great deal. With a subwoofer so thin you can hide it under your couch and support for DTS Virtual:X, this is the upgrade your TV deserves.
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VIZIO 20" 2.0 Home Theater Sound Bar

$70
A simple soundbar with integrated bass and DTS Virtual:X, with support for Bluetooth. A quick and easy way to give your TV sound a boost.
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Samsung 2.0Ch Soundbar

$158
This all-in-one soundbar is a quick and easy way to upgrade your TV sound, and it comes with a music mode to adjust the settings to suit the genre you're playing.
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LG 2.1 Channel 160W Soundbar

$150 $177
Enjoy cinematic sound at an affordable price with this LG 2.1-channel soundbar, complete with wireless subwoofer, to give anything you watch the auditory boom it deserves.
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JBL Bar 2.0

$150 $200
This 80W soundbar offers wireless support with Bluetooth connectivity as well as HDMI and optical cable connections, making ideal to slip under your TV to give your sound a boost.
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LG 2.1 Ch High Res Audio Sound Bar

$150 $199
With Bluetooth compatibility for wireless operation, you can connect your phone or computer to this bar as well as your TV to listen to music or podcasts.
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Bestian 60W Soundbar

$58 $69
A simple soundbar that offers three different modes for dialogue, movies, or music, so you can tweak your sound profiles to fit the content that you're watching.
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VIZIO M-Series 2.1 Channel Soundbar

$150
A sleek, simple soundbar that has all the features you need, like support for DTS Virtual: X to fill the room with 3D sound, and a dialogue enhancement setting to make listening easier.
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TCL Alto 6+ 2.1 Channel Sound Bar

$100 $130
This bar is specially designed to be ready for integration with Roku TV hardware, like TCL's Roku TV remote. It support Dolby Digital and has a wireless subwoofer for an extra bass hit.
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Sony 2.0 Channel 120W Sound Bar

$100 $129
With support for both Bluetooth and wireless, plus a built-in tweeter, this compact bar fits easily into a slim space and is ideal for both TV and music playback.
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Sony HT-S350 2.1 Soundbar System

$198 $280
As one of the biggest names in the industry, Sony is a powerhouse that can't be beat. Among their numerous products is their Sony HT-S350 soundbar, accompanied by a subwoofer for mesmerizing sound.

How to choose a soundbar

There are a few main features you’re going to want to keep an eye out for when searching for the soundbar of your dreams — unless you’re perusing our lest of the best soundbar deals for December. This is because we’ve done all the hard work for you, making sure all of the bars we’ve selected have all the tools you need to create an immersive home viewing experience.

Having said that, there are some soundbars that bundle features that aren’t necessarily required, but could be a welcome addition to your entertainment setup. For example, Vizio’s SmartCast bars have Chromecast Audio built in, opening up the door to a Sonos-like multi-room music-streaming experience with support for both Google Play Music and Spotify right out of the box.

It’s also worth checking the soundbar you’re eyeing up has an HDMI slot on board (all of the ones we’ve featured do), since it supports far more audio formats than a standard optical cable, including Dolby Atmos, Dolby Digital Plus, and DTS:X. You’re going to want at least one of these if you’re hoping to create the home theater to rule all home theaters — or something close.

Optical

HDMI

Stereo Stereo
 Dolby Digital

Dolby Digital

DTS DTS
DTS:X
Dolby Digital Plus
Dolby Atmos
Dolby True HD

And if you’re only just starting to spruce up your home entertainment setup and haven’t invested in one already, you will probably benefit from a soundbar that comes with a subwoofer in the box. Fortunately, almost all bars on the market can be purchased as part of a bundle that includes a wireless subwoofer, so you shouldn’t have to search far and wide for this.

Whatever the case, for anyone looking for a soundbar the core features are: HDMI with support for either a Dolby or DTS format (or both), and a subwoofer if you want to add some floor-shaking kick to the experience.

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