If you’re looking for some great reverb pedal reviews then look no further.
On this website and on this page, I talk about the most popular ones, and combine years of personal experience, friend’s opinions, and other online reviews to create the most comprehensive guide available.
IN A RUSH? While I do go into more detail for each one, as well as what to look for in a reverb pedal toward the bottom of this post, I have summarized the price points and my own ratings in this table below:
Best Reverb Pedal Reviews In 2023
Below is a more detailed look at each of the reverb pedals we reviewed and what we liked…as well as what we didn’t like so you can make the best choice for you!
If you’re after a professional reverb pedal, the TC electronic Hall of Fame is definitely a viable option to consider. Built-in it has many different available options, giving the user much more control than other alternatives on the market.
One of its standout features is its TonePrint capabilities, allowing you to connect the pedal with your PC or laptop, in doing this you can download multiple different sounds and try to achieve a similar sound to well known artists.
TC Electronic is a highly-respected name in the audio industry world so it’s a safe bet when you are uncertain of which brand to buy. Their products are generally very reliable, I have had a TC Electronic chorus pedal that was given to me by a relative, and it has been working without fault for over 8 years now.
With 10 different reverb types and the aforementioned TonePrint, you will never be bored with the same sounds. There are the more common controls that you find on several other effects pedals such as decay, tone, FX level. The fourth knob control allows players to select the size and type of room they would like to emulate the sound of, from a large Echo magnet like a church, to a much smaller venue with a more subtle amount of reverb.
In our tests this TC pedal was incredibly stable and we found it hard to fault. Our setup was pretty standard on this one to try and emulate what the majority of customers might be playing it through, we decided to use a commonly available guitar – a mid-range Squier Stratocaster, along with a Marshall MG10, a casual setup for many budding guitarists.
It’s built to last with good quality electrical components and a hard casing to protect them, we’re sure it would survive the typical wear and tear that occurs when doing a lot of live performances, it’s not made out of cheap plastic so it can with stand the odd accidental knock about (we didn’t do a full durability test because that hasn’t gone so well for us before!)
The true bypass works perfectly fine, an important feature for people recording or out playing live. It’s a snug size so for those players with hundreds of contraptions stuck to your pedalboard, making room for this one shouldn’t be too hard.
The only setting we unanimously agreed on that we could not find a use for was lofi, it doesn’t measure up against the other 9 fantastic options and we tended to avoid it after initial tests were carried out. This is such a small detail though compared with the top quality of the rest of the pedal.
We have a feeling this pedal will sit in the featured area of the site for quite some time as we love it so much.
Things We Liked
Things We Disliked
Editor Rating 4.5/5:
2023 UPDATE: The BOSS RV5 which this review was originally based on has been upgraded by the RV-6. We had a few reservations about the RV5, but the RV6 is truly phenomenal and well worth the price tag!
For anyone looking to add reverb to their pedal board, the main things you want are efficiency and, of course, great sound. Fortunately for guitar effects enthusiasts, the Boss RV6 gives you both. This reverb pedal has fast been gaining in popularity and receiving excellent reviews, and after trying it out it will be easy to see why.
The small and effective rig makes for an easy addition to any pedal board and packs a superb sound. For anyone who has been unsure of which reverb option to choose from for their setup, the RV6 is definitely what you’ve been looking for.
When it comes to transition, putting the Boss RV6 into action is as easy as tweaking a couple of knobs. This device packs eight separate reverb effects, each one offering a unique algorithm. These effects range from old-school vintage to crisp modern textures, and from room and hall to plate algorithms.
Not only this, but the pedal also features a unique Dynamic Mode that automatically adjusts the ambience of your sound as you play. If you have ever suffered from the “mud effect” of having your sound weighed down by too much reverb, then you can escape this completely with the Boss RV6.
Integrating the Boss RV6 into any effects rig is incredibly easy. The device comes with auto switching that makes for seamless integration. You also have an expression pedal which makes for perfect input, and an analog signal path that always sounds great. This pedal truly gives you the widest range of reverb you can ask for.
Players can go for that reverb-drenched sound by cranking up the tone super high, or can simply accentuate their tone with a dash of reverb by going for a lower level. Unlike with other popular reverb pedals, the Boss RV6 keeps track of your tone and adjusts it into different settings, making sure that the sound stays even for as long as you play. The Boss RV6 just never lets you down.
Finding the perfect reverb sound does’t have to be a long, frustrating mission of trial and error. You don’t have to experiment with many different pedals in order to see which one works best for your rig.
For the most reverb settings, the highest quality of sound, easy integration into any effects rig, and dynamic control that will never let your sound falter, the Boss RV6 Reverb is the way to go.
Things We Liked
Things We Disliked
Editor Rating 4.5/5:
“Down from the heavens comes the Holy Grail, a compact digital reverb guitar pedal that is priced so low thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s reverb tank any longer.
The Holy Grail will make you a believer with its emulation of classic Spring reverb so faithful that even Dick Dale couldn’t tell the difference. Next, get lost in the lush spaciousness of the Hall reverb and ask yourself, “how did they fit Notre Dame into such a small package?” Finally, reach enlightenment with the haunting Flerb.”
We just had to include that rather outrageous summary from the manufacturer, be sure to read on to see why it has every reason to boast!
The Electro Harmonix Holy Grail reverb pedal is one of the finest and most popular choices for guitarists seeking a long lasting unit that performs far above the average product.
It’s quite an achievement that given its compact size (ideal for creating more space on your pedalboard or if you plan to carry around gear), it still produces some of the best reverb sounds we have ever heard, and even more so shocking, at a price that won’t leave you broke til next months paycheck!
The 3 way switch gives you the choice of spring, hall and, the pleasantly surprising ‘Flerb’.
This lastly mentioned setting which Electro-Harmonix appear to be very proud of, combines reverb with a slight amount of flanger, it can enable a unique and satisfying aural quality to your instrument, especially with the right pick of guitar (make take a little trial and error).
Finding an effective way to use flerb might take a little doing and it definitely will not be to everyone’s tastes (it split some opinions from us), but regardless it’s a nice bonus addition to the two other solid reverb effects already present on the unit.
Using the Holy Grail is very much fire and forget: plug in guitar – set effect – set amount of reverb – play away to your hearts content.
A simple and hassle free approach to get you playing as quickly as possible without wasting time fiddling with extra and somewhat unnecessary controls that claim to fine tune your sound further but really make little to no difference in most of our experiences.
Perhaps our only quibble with this fine piece of engineering is that you do not have the option to power it using a 9V battery, which is most likely a sacrifice made in order to keep it as small as it is. It’s not a huge deal to most people other than those prone to accidents who are constantly tripping over wires and cables (we all know one of those types!).
We advise using a mains connection for all effects units regardless of a battery option, as it provides a more stable output as batteries tend to have the habit of altering sounds as they lose their charge.
The Holy Grail Nano pedals saving grace is that it does come supplied with the power supply so you do not need to splash out extra cash before you can use it.
It sounded great with the 3 electric guitars we tested it on, a Squier ’51, a Les Paul Junior and a Hagstrom Super Swede. It also performed exceptionally well with an entry level electro-acoustic we hooked it up to.
Be sure to look at the videos at the end of this review to have an idea of what this little guy can do, baring in mind reverb usually sounds better in the flesh (recording equipment and video compression tends to lose some of that brightness, trust us on this one.)
Our last word are this…if the Electro Harmonix Holy Grail is good enough for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, it’s most certainly good enough for us!
If you are looking for a simple, low priced best reverb pedal that does exactly what it advertises, this is definitely one of the few we can whole heatedly recommend.
Things We Liked
- Compact size
- 3-way switch
- Used by Red Hot Chili Peppers
Things We Didn’t Like
- Spring reverb can sound artificial
Editor Rating 4.4/5:
2023 UPDATE:The Behringer Reverb RV600 has been discontinued and replaced by the upgraded Behringer Reverb DR600. This review still applies to the new version.
This pedal provides a pretty good bang for your buck. It’s no hall of famer, but for the price it’s a great choice to round out your board.
It has a ton of different of features to take advantage such as unique Spring, Plate, Room, Hall, Ducking, Echo and Space sounds.
With that variety it’s great for a lot of different styles. With its flexibility, low price point, and decent quality, it is a good option as a cheap reverb. Given that the quality is just okay, you’ll find that it’s not ideal for performances.
For example it is a little noisy (noisier than even Dyna Comp and OD pedals) and can sometimes cut out. When you put it on your effects board with other pedals it can introduce a little bit of noise no matter where in the loop it could is placed. It works fine alone, but how often do you really want to use just 1?
Like all reverb pedals it is great with some sounds, but poor in others. It has a lot of different ones so you can pick and choose which may be the best for your sound and style.
Unfortunately, it’s seriously a power HOG. I would recommend a dedicated power supply since it can suck out power within 15 minutes. It’s a little awkward to get the battery in and out – you’ll have to press in the lid hinges to get to the battery which is unlike any other pedal I’ve seen before.
Things We Liked
- Great first reverb
- Lots of reverb sounds
- Good durability
Things We Didn’t Like
- A little noisy
- Uses tons of power
Editor Rating 4.2/5:
The T-Rex Tonebug-Booster pedal is a solid choice. The design is very simple with only a few settings to play around with, which for most is ideal but for those obsessed with tweaking their sound this might not be the one for you. Aesthetically it looks great, a nice creamy finish that gives it a vintage and elegant vibe.
The build quality seems to a good standard, it’s quite heavy and for that reason it’s fair to assume it can take a bit of a battering. All the controls and the foot switch are sturdy and reliable so no complaints there either.
It features two modes – modern and the popular spring reverb. The former has a nice warm tone and adds the much needed dimension to your sound with no problems, cranking the knobs up high gives you the artificial echo sound if that is what you desire.
The spring reverb setting does a decent job at copying that unique sound a spring reverb amplifier would give, but if you have the money we would definitely recommend the Boss FRV-1 ’63 Fender for that purpose.
Overall we are impressed with the pedals sounds and design.
Powered by either 9V battery or mains, the T-Rex Tonebug reverb effects unit is one of the best options at this low price range and makes a wise first purchase for those wanting to just check out reverb and see if it’s something they like. If we make a budget top 5 list in future, be sure to see this at or near the top!