Since Ed Sheeran broke through that thick, pop-heavy mainstream barrier seven years ago, he has been gigging with only two pieces of equipment: His guitar, and his looping station. Sheeran still uses it to this day for percussive use amongst other looping uses. It was his heavy use of, and reliance of, this equipment that set a precedent for the next seven years of artistic performance, and inspired thousands of solo artists around the globe to create their own “one-man-band” sound using percussion and acoustic kick drum stomp boxes.


What exactly ​is ​a stompbox?

It’s a simple percussion instrument consisting of a small wooden box placed under the foot, which is tapped or stamped on rhythmically to produce a sound similar to that of a bass drum. If you’re wanting that classic bass drum sound without the addition of a full set or a drummer, a percussion stomp box is your simple solution.

Who uses stomp boxes?

Stomp boxes are perfect for artists who want to produce a fuller band sound on their own. It’s a brilliant addition to any solo artist, and so easy to use. They are usually used as a foot drum for guitar players. All that’s required is for you to stomp your foot to the rhythm of the song, and boom (pun intended), you have percussion in your set!

Are percussion stomp boxes expensive?

They range anywhere from $35 up to $200+. It all depends on how much you’re willing to spend. The higher the price, the better quality the stomp box. There are definitely some affordable stomp boxes out there which we’ll cover below!

What exactly are the best 5 stomp boxes on the market right now?

From the SX SBX II Stomp Box to Baby Grand Acoustic Stomp Box, we will cover a wide variety of stomp boxes to help you decide which one is right for you.

So, without further adieu…


1. The SX SBX II Stomp Box

SX SBX II Stomp Box
102 Reviews
SX SBX II Stomp Box
  • Produces a sound similar to that of a bass drum when plugged...
  • Uses standard guitar cord. Will work with most guitar amps.
  • Allows user to create a simple rhythmic self-accompaniment.
  • New Version - now with active circuit!
  • For the best possible sound. Use through a bass amp, or an...

Key Features:

  • Produces a sound similar to that of a bass drum when plugged into an amp
    and stepped on with foot.
  • Allows user to create a simple rhythmic self-accompaniment.
  • New version features an active circuit.
  • For the best possible sound, use through a bass amp, and add on EQ with the
    treble turned all the way down.

Our Verdict: If you’re looking for simplicity, which is hard to find in the world of music technology, then this is the one for you. The instructions are as simple as you can get: Plug your stomp box into an amp or PA system, and get playing. How about sound-wise? With this piece of equipment, SX have created a well designed, solid,
ergonomic, bass drum stomp box. It produces a strong signal, and a surprisingly nice low-end thump – even without any equalization. Perfect for simplicity!


2. Log Jam Logarhythm Stomp Box

Log Jam Logarhythm Stomp Box (Cherry Wood)
8 Reviews
Log Jam Logarhythm Stomp Box (Cherry Wood)
  • Hand made from suatainable high-quality tonewoods in the UK
  • Features a non-slip gauze base
  • NO BATTERIES NEEDED!
  • Cherry Wood

Key Features:

  • Produces a nice, round bass kick drum sound without the need for a drum machine
  • Hand made from sustainable high-quality tone woods in the UK
  • Features a non-slip gauze base
  • No batteries needed

Our Verdict: ​Like the the SX SBX II Stomp Box, the Log Jam Logarhythm Stompbox excels in the art of simplicity. The instructions are exactly the same: Plug your stomp box into an amp or PA system, and get playing. Is there anything different about this stomp box to warrant why higher in price? The jury is still out on this. Like the SX model, it generates a solid, well-rounded bass kick sound. If anything, the fact that it’s built from sapele, an African relative of mahogany, and finished with linseed oil, bumps this stomp box above the SX. But that much higher in price? We’re not so sure.

3. Meinl Percussion BASSBOX Stomp Box

Meinl Percussion BASSBOX Acoustic Cajon Stomp Box with L-Shaped Beater, Black (VIDEO)
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Meinl Percussion BASSBOX Acoustic Cajon Stomp Box with L-Shaped Beater, Black (VIDEO)
  • The Meinl Bassbox is a large acoustic stomp box that creates...
  • Includes a special L-shaped beater that hits the Bassbox...
  • Pedal is not included, but the Bassbox is equipped with a...
  • Playable from a standing or sitting position and may be used...
  • Rubber wood construction for a strong natural resonance

Key Features:

  • A large acoustic stomp box that creates a deep bass sound when played with the foot.
  • Includes a special L-shaped beater that hits the Bassbox flush on the top playing surface.
  • Pedal is not included, but the Bassbox is equipped with a secure attachment that allows players to easily mount any common bass drum pedal to the instrument.
  • Playable from a standing or sitting position and may be used by any musician or vocalist.

Our Verdict: ​This is a brilliant addition to a drum kit let alone a solo artist. What a fantastic piece of equipment! It’s the perfect percussion stomp box for ambient music, as well as hip-hop. It produces a warm, round sound which is exactly what you want from a bass kick in those types of genres. However, it’s worth adding a small amount of bass to your mixer just to bring the sound out that little bit more. The only downside to this product is that the pedal is in fact not included in the price and has to be ordered separately. If you can afford that, then we would highly recommend you make an investment into what is a brilliant percussion stomp box.

We’re 3 reviews down, and naturally you may be asking yourself this: Are
all stompboxes electric?

Luckily, no! There are plenty of acoustic stomp boxes available out there. Acoustic stomp boxes are perfect for small intimate gigs in small reverberated spaces. Check out these two acoustic products below.


4. Baby Grand Acoustic Stomp Box

Baby Grand Acoustic Stompbox
  • • Tiny Footprint - fits inside most acoustic guitar cases
  • • Massive Sound - DEEP thumping Bass without EQ
  • • powerful high gain stompbox - identical pickup system to...
  • • Solid Oak impact bar - translates timber tone to your...
  • • Size - 5.5 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches, 14 x 14 x 4 cm, Weight -...

Key Features:

  • Fits inside most acoustic guitar cases.
  • Massive sound – deep thumping bass without EQ.
  • Powerful high gain stomp box – identical pickup system to Dropkick.
  • Solid oak impact bar – translates timber tone to your speakers.

Our Verdict: ​Physically very pleasing on the eye! This piece of acoustic foot percussion has plenty of boom, gain and punch. The pick up system is designed to give a huge bottom end without EQ and without a preamp. Connect to a PA or bass amplifier via standard unbalanced guitar lead and you are sorted. There are no
batteries to worry about either, thank goodness. Definitely worth the money.

5.​ Wazinator Dropkick KSB883

Acoustic Stompbox - Foot Drum - Wazinator Dropkick KSB883. Fully Professional foot percussion that...
4 Reviews
Acoustic Stompbox - Foot Drum - Wazinator Dropkick KSB883. Fully Professional foot percussion that...
  • Supurb instrument to play. Punch, power and convenience.
  • Passive analog electronics - no need to worry about...
  • Extreme bass - no need to add EQ to get a great tone. BOOM.
  • Solid Tasmanian Oak impact bar - nothing beats timber tone
  • High gain output - easy playing with curved heal - unique...

Key Features:

  • Passive analog electronics – no need to worry about batteries.
  • Extreme bass – no need to add EQ to get a great tone. BOOM.
  • Solid Tasmanian oak impact bar – nothing beats timber tone.
  • High gain output – easy playing with curved heal – unique world first aluminum die cast design.

Our Verdict: A really superb instrument to play. It’s full of punch, power and convenience. This acoustic stomp pedal is pretty close to not needing any EQ adjustment at all. As an artist, you’ll save a bunch of time on EQing with this pedal! Just plug it into your amp or PA system and you are literally ready to go. This is one
of the best acoustic stomp boxes on the market.


Not within your budget? Here are two brilliant cheaper alternative foot percussion options…

1. The Foot Jingle Shaker

Meinl Percussion CFT5-BK Cajon Foot Tambourine with Steel Jingles, Black
139 Reviews
Meinl Percussion CFT5-BK Cajon Foot Tambourine with Steel Jingles, Black
  • Precise, light shimmering sound and design that is catered...
  • With the jingles mounted facing up, a tap of the foot...
  • Five pairs of stainless steel jingles are mounted on a...
  • Sturdy hook and loop fastener
  • Perfect for acoustic sets and jam sessions

This brilliant little instrument is easy-to-use, very affordable, and immensely effective. It’s essentially made up of a mini tambourine and a strap. How does it work? Simply slip the strap around the front of your foot, with the tambourine facing upwards, and tap away!

2. The Schlagwerk Krix Rhythm Step

Schlagwerk FPS10 Floor Percussion Set
1 Reviews
Schlagwerk FPS10 Floor Percussion Set
  • Includes Side Kick, Sizzle board and Kris
  • The diversity and flexibility of the Cajon can be expanded...
  • The aim is to achieve completely new sound possibilities and...

Yet another awesome alternative. This vinstrument is very similar to the jingle shaker above, but works in a different way. It’s made up of two miniature crash cymbals attached to a foot long plastic black plank. This plank fits perfectly up between your shoelaces, with the cymbals hanging out the front of your foot. All that’s required is for you to get a-tapping your foot.

Here’s a brief demonstration of how it works!


So there we have it: 5 percussion and acoustic stomp boxes to spice up your performance, + 2 additional foot percussion options for those with a smaller budget. We hope you can use this review to help you pick which stomp box is best for you! Have you bought one of these? Let us know about your experience in the comments below. Percussion stomp boxes and foot percussion go very nicely with cajons. Check out our buyer’s guide here!