Best Looper Pedals for 2017

Looking for the best looper pedal? We’ve already done the research so you don’t have to. The reviews on this site are written for musicians, by musicians. We’ve tested all of the top looper pedals, read all the relevant forums, blogs, and manuals, and put our findings in one convenient place. There is no perfect pedal for every musician, but here are some of our top picks for 2017:

Jamman Vocal XT Review3Peter2017-04-28 23:20:29The Digitech Vocal XT looper is so simple that the manual is a tiny 19 pages in length, with most of the stuff you’ll actually need fitting in less than 10. Experienced loopers won’t need the manual at all, and for any newcomers, the key points can fit into a short paragraph: you plug in, set your mic level, and then press the footswitch to record your first “phrase” (which repeats to form your loop). Check Amazon Price

Jamman Vocal XT Review

The Digitech Vocal XT looper is so simple that the manual is a tiny 19 pages in length, with most of the stuff you’ll actually need fitting in less than 10. Experienced loopers won’t need the manual at all, and for any newcomers, the key points can fit into a short paragraph: you plug in, set your mic level, and then press the footswitch to record your first “phrase” (which repeats to form your loop).
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Ditto Mic Looper Review

TC Electronic’s Ditto looper series is all about simplicity and pristine sound quality. Guitarists know them well thanks to the original Ditto, the X2, X4 and the Ditto Stereo. One thing all of these pedals were missing, however, was a mic jack. For vocalists, and anyone who plays an acoustic instrument, the Ditto series was off the cards. The Ditto Mic looper aims to change all that.
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Ditto Stereo Looper Review

The original Ditto is a legendary looper, casting aside complexity in favor of top-notch sound quality and ease-of-use. Since then, the X2 and X4 versions have taken the concept further, incorporating effects and more footswitches into the same core framework. But the follow-up pedals both lost some simplicity in the process, and if you’re a fan of the minimalism of the original Ditto, you might be looking for something that bridges the gap between the two.
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Boss RC-202 Loop Station

Boss’s RC-505 took looping in a new direction. When it was released, looping was really all about guitarists, and it still is today to some extent. But the behemoth of a looper was expressly designed with broader goals in mind. The “tabletop” looper was designed to be operated by hand, and vocalists and beatboxers (like DubFX) were the intended audience more than six-string wielding guitarists.
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Electro-Harmonix 720 Stereo Looper Review

The 720 Stereo Looper is basically Electro Harmonix’s version of the Ditto X2. There are benefits to both options, but it definitely gives TC Electronic’s pedal some serious competition – offering pretty similar features and more onboard memory – and it’s actually a little bit cheaper too. This ultimately means it offers a lot of the same core benefits, particularly its simplicity and great sound quality, and it’s another solid looper pedal, especially for casual players not bothered by the stuff it can’t do. If you pick it up instead of the Ditto X2 or other similar loopers on the market, you definitely won’t be disappointed, and you’ll save yourself a bit of money too.
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Electro-Harmonix 22500 Looper Review

The Electro-Harmonix 22500 dual stereo looper was announced at NAMM 2015 and seems to be the pedal many people have been requesting. For example, it has two stereo loops that can be played either in parallel or sequentially for verse/chorus switching. Plus it has a mic input with phantom power and built in drum patters. These features alone take it to the top of many guitarists wish lists. It has just enough features to do about everything you could want in a looper pedal, without becoming a monstrosity on your pedal board.
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Boss RC-1 Loop Station Review

For a while there, it seemed like Boss and Digitech were competing to make the most complicated looper on the planet. Stripped-down, simple-to-use looper pedals are becoming more common, however, with options like the Ditto, JamMan Express XT, Nano 360, and the Wally offering back-to-basics functionality. Boss isn’t a complete stranger to this game, having released the RC-2 and RC-3 – which were stompbox-sized, but still had plenty of features. With the RC-1, Boss has ventured further into minimalist territory.
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Electro-Harmonix Nano Looper 360 Review

Tiny loopers are all the rage these days, and after Electro-Harmonix’s multi-track 2880 and 45000 offerings, they’ve decided to get a piece of the action too. The Nano Looper 360 is a tiny unit, immediately opening up comparisons with pedals like the JamMan Express and the TC Electronic Ditto (and Ditto X2). These are primarily aimed at those new to looping, wanting something to improve their jam sessions or just have a bit of fun with without paying the big bucks to get their hands on a larger, more feature-laden unit. However, does the simplicity work in its favor, or will you just be left wanting more?
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Nu-X Loop Core Review

The Nu-X Loop Core is a clone of the Boss RC-3 Loop Station, and is basically just as good. The only reservation I might have is when it comes to quality control in manufacturing and customer support, but I’m just speculating. Honestly, the Loop Core is pretty great. You’ll notice the solid metal body construction, except for the battery compartment which is plastic. Like the Boss RC-3, it has all the essentials that I look for in a looper including a built-in selection of drum patterns, the ability to store multiple phrases, USB connectivity, stereo ins/outs, and the option to add external footswitches.
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