Finding the best reverb pedals under 100 dollars was a tough task. But, I managed to narrow down the list to down to 6 suspects which I will review below. For me, describing reverb as a sound and putting it into words is one of the hardest of all the guitar effects.
- 1) Joyo Atmosphere
- Background to Reverb
- What’s The Verdict?
However, I like to think of reverb as the sound that adds space to your guitar sound. Reverb prevents your guitar from sounding dry. There are quite a few different types of reverb sounds that you can get from pedals.
Some pedals have one reverb sound, others offer a couple of reverb sounds and others have many different reverb options. These variations include spring, plate, room, and hall reverb. Some pedals even have some more obscure sounds like reverse and shimmer versions of the effect.
Let’s take a look at some of the best and most affordable reverb pedals that I’ve come across and used in my time playing guitar.
|Joyo Atmosphere||Behringer DR600 Reverb||Biyang Baby Boom||Donner Verb Square||Flamma SF02|
|Top Choice||Best Value||Best Sound||Budget-Friendly||Best Newcomer|
1) Joyo Atmosphere
This is by far one of the most feature-packed pedals at this price point that I have ever come across. Once again, Joyo has totally knocked it out of the park with this one. The Joyo guitar pedal company has always been known for creating high-quality, yet affordable clones of more popular pedals.
For that reason, they have often been criticized. However, they have totally proven everyone wrong and come out with an incredible line of original pedals. Some of which, admittedly, is based on other pedals. But so are 99% of boutique pedals anyway. With that said, the Joyo Atmosphere reverb pedal is most definitely not a copy of anything. And is in fact, one of the best reverb pedals I have ever used.
Joyo’s Atmosphere R-14 is a digital reverb pedal that offers 9 different types to choose from, including Plate, Church, Spring, Eko-Verb, Shimmer, Comet, Rewind, Forest, and Pulse. The pedal also features a modulation depth control, which allows you to add time and modulation effects to your reverb.
The mix, decay, and tone controls are also included, giving you even more control over your reverb sound. Furthermore, it is also equipped with a trail function switch, which allows you to fade out the effect tone for a more natural sound. Lastly, the LED light control switch can be set to sync mode, always on, or off.
The pedal itself has of course been designed to be used with electric guitar, but it can also be used with other instruments, including acoustic, bass, vocals, drums, keyboards, and synths.
2) Behringer Reverb Pedal
This is my number 2 reverb unit however it could have very well been my number one choice. I highly regard this pedal so much that it is actually featured in my list of best guitar pedals under 50. What I like about the Behringer is the fact that it has so many different types of high-quality reverb sounds built in. This reverb pedal often gets bad reviews as it is made from plastic however I’ve yet to break mine and, I gig with it all the time.
The types of reverb built into the Behringer pedal are spring, plate, hall, room, modulation, and gate. The Behringer digital reverb pedal has three knobs (besides the reverb mode knob) that allow you to control the level of the reverb, the tone which is essentially the reverb’s brightness as well as the reverb time knob which lets you control how long the reverb lasts. I recently reviewed this pedal’s sister. It is called the Behringer Reverb Machine. It didn’t quite make this list. But, it is still an awesome pedal nonetheless.
Josh from JHS pedals released a video whereby he speaks about these cheap effects pedals made by Behringer. And he pointed out something that I’ve known for quite some time.
And that is that despite the plastic enclosure of these pedals, they’re actually some of the best sounding on the market. Especially when you consider just how affordable these really are.
Another aspect that Josh mentioned was that most pedal manufacturers source their components from Behringer themselves. So most pedals actually have roots tied to Behringer.
With that in mind, I’m sure they have the resources and capacity to make such great pedals at such a low cost. Don’t be fooled by what you hear on the internet and what people say or think about gear. These are insanely good pedals and you’ll be hellbent to find something similar.
3) Donner Digital Reverb Pedal
The Donner company has this very compact digital reverb pedal that offers the most amount of reverb sounds out of any other pedal on this list. It has 7 different verb sounds! These include spring, hall, plate, room, church, studio, and modulate. A further three knobs let you control the reverb level and tone as well as the decay time.
If you’re looking for a reverb pedal that has a lot of different built-in reverb sounds then for the price and the features it has, this is one of the best reverb pedals you can get under 100 dollars. It surely has to be one of the most versatile in its price range as well as its size.
Out of the 7 presets on this pedal, there are some sounds that are great and then there are some that are not so great. The spring setting is by far the best feature of this pedal. It has nice depth and in the subtle setting, sounds the most natural to me. The room mode lacks the clarity and realness I’d be looking for.
It also produces more of a slapback delay as opposed to reverb. The hall setting, on the other hand, is pretty good. Although it does tend to get quite bright, simply roll off the tone knob and you have a much nicer and darker hall sound.
The next setting is the church setting which is by far my favorite of them all. It just sounds so amazing and ethereal and is a setting not offered in many pedals these days. I’d opt to use this setting in the effects loop though. Especially because as soon as you add overdrive or distortion, the sounds can get quite muddy.
The second last setting is plate reverb which is actually very good. This was much to my surprise especially because pedal companies find it hard, in my opinion, to achieve a natural-sounding plate verb.
And lastly, the mod setting produces a very interesting chorus tone. Not something you’d expect from a reverb pedal but still something I welcome and like the sound of.
Shane from In The Blues demos this pedal in the video below. He does a great job at exploring the tonal possibilities of the pedals. Also, Donner is quickly making a name for itself (in a good way) among the budget pedal seekers of late. With tons of newer options available at lower prices for us consumers.
4) Biyang Rv-10 3-mode Stereo Pedal
When boutique pedals come to mind, this Biyang certainly looks like one. However, it is astonishingly much cheaper than a lot of reverb pedals on the market. Furthermore, it is one of the only pedals on this list that has stereo inputs and outputs. The pedal also has a toggle switch which you can choose between room, hall, and spring reverb.
Furthermore, two more knobs let you control the blend of reverb as well as the time of the reverb. It doesn’t end there, another A/B toggle switch lets you choose two different tones where the A-side is a grittier reverb side whilst the B side is a cleaner verb sound. In other words, the A-side tends to distort and break up the reverb. Whereas B is much smoother.
This is such a great-sounding pedal that lets you have a wide variety of reverb tone options. The hall setting is just absolutely gorgeous sounding. And, as you up to the “time knob” things start to sound ethereal and amazing.
The spring and room settings sound just as great and if you’re not convinced yet, the video below demonstrates all this pedal has to offer. It was actually this video below that convinced me to get the Biyang reverb.
5) Flamma FS02
The Flamme FS02 is an impressive pedal that packs 7 different types of reverb in a regular-sized stompbox. From the classic Room, Hall, and Church sounds to the more unique Cave, Plate, Spring, and Mod options, this pedal has a wide range of options making it super versatile.
One of the great things about the FS02 is that it’s really easy to use. The knobs and indicators make it simple to switch between the 7 different reverb effects and customize the sound to your liking. And, with the LED light indicating the currently selected reverb, it’s always clear which setting I’m using.
The FS02 also offers versatile routing options. Whether you want basic mono or true stereo, this pedal has you covered. And, the digital and true bypass circuit design minimizes signal loss, so it integrates seamlessly into any pedal chain.
Another standout feature of the FS02 is the Trail On function, which lets the reverb effects fade out naturally after you turn off the pedal. This is a really nice touch, and it makes the transition between songs smoother and more natural.
All in all, the FLAMMA FS02 Reverb Guitar Pedal is a great choice for guitar players looking for a compact, versatile, and easy-to-use reverb pedal. With 7 classic reverb effects, intuitive controls, and optional routing, it’s a great value for the price.
6) JHS 3SREVERB (3 Series Reverb)
I’ve already mentioned Josh from JHS pedals in this post already. And to be honest, I never expected to feature one of his pedals in a list of budget pedals. But, in the last couple of years, JHS has released a budget-friendly series of guitar pedals that spans the full spectrum of stompbox effects. This reverb pedal was included of course.
Now, this pedal is literally on the cusp of being under 100 dollars. But, it fully deserves to make this list. It is a really great pedal with a unique ‘pre-delay’ feature that is often not included in most of the ‘more popular’ reverb pedals featured on this list.
The 3SREVERB also features an EQ knob which lets you fine-tune the overall tone of the reverb, making it possible to achieve either bright or dark textures. The Pre-Delay knob, as I’ve mentioned already, is another handy feature that allows you to add a short delay before the reverb starts, which opens up a whole new range of creative possibilities. This lets you explore effects ranging from slap-like singing in the shower sounds to more spacious spring-like sounds.
7) Tone City Spring Reverb
The Tone City Tiny Spring Reverb is a great addition to any guitar player’s pedalboard. Especially if saving space is important for you. That is because this micro pedal is compact in size and delivers very good spring reverb tones in a tiny little box. The simple control layout keeps the feel of traditional spring reverb pedals while offering a versatile range of sounds.
The pedal’s single control acts as both a level and depth control, making it easy to dial in just the right amount of reverb. With low settings, you can achieve a subtle and classic ‘F’ style spring reverb. On the other hand, turning the control knob up brings you to a classic surf-like sound.
One of the unique features of spring reverb is its response when compared to room or hall reverb. The Tiny Spring does an excellent job of matching this response, creating early reflections and a bright tone that works wonders on clean and crunch tones. I use this pedal on my travel pedalboard because it is a no-fuss, simple, and good-sounding reverb.
The Tone City Tiny Spring Reverb is built really well. And, the control is made from high-quality components. Also, it features true bypass switching to ensure that your signal stays as clean as possible.
In conclusion, the Tone City Tiny Spring Reverb is a must-have for any guitarist looking to add a realistic spring reverb to their sound without taking up too much space on their pedalboard. Its simple control layout and authentic spring response make it a great value-for-money option that delivers top-grade tones.
8) Mooer Shimverb Digital Reverb
One of the first “micro” pedals I ever tried out was this particular Mooer Shimverb. Back when these came out, reverb pedals were pretty darn expensive as there were only options like Boss RV6, etc.
However, Mooer brought these smaller and more budget-friendly pedals out. I rushed to pick up this verb pedal and have not been disappointed. It has three reverb settings which include spring, room verb, and a special shimmer.
I find the spring reverb to lack a bit in terms of what I’m looking for. It doesn’t produce enough “wet” for me if that makes sense. The room sound is nice and the shimmer adds something extra that a lot of other pedals don’t come with. I wish it had a hall setting.
There is something unrealistic sounding about the spring reverb in my ear. It just doesn’t replicate any spring sound to my liking whatsoever.
Surprisingly, however, bass guitarists tend to enjoy using this pedal on the spring setting because it gives them the most subtle of reverb sounds. Which bass guitar is a lot more suitable. So for that purpose, I could definitely understand and even recommend using this reverb pedal for bass.
All in all, this is a good pedal however, I believe you can find pretty much exact replicas of these at much more affordable prices.
The shimmer setting surprised me quite a lot as the knobs become really responsive and you can produce some crazy, almost synth-like tones from this mode. Something like the more recent Mooer R7 reverb has extra functionality in the form of a pre-delay knob.
9) Caline “Old School” Reverb CP-512
The Caline CP-512 is a boutique pedal at a budget price. It offers three classic reverb sounds in one compact enclosure – Room, Hall, and Church.
With the decay Knob, you can control the overall time of the reverb, allowing you to create a short and snappy room sound, or a long and sprawling hall effect. The mix Knob lets you control the amount of reverb blended into your clean tone. This provides anything from subtle, natural reverbs to a full-on wash of reverb. Furthermore, the tone Knob lets you adjust the darkness or brightness of your reverb tone. What this does is that it allows you to ensure that your reverb sound matches the character of your guitar and amp.
Finally, the 3-way selector Knob lets you choose from Room, Hall, and Church reverb settings, each offering a unique character and sound. The Room setting is perfect for a tight and focused reverb, while the Hall setting offers a spacious and atmospheric sound. The Church setting is the largest of the three, delivering a rich and deeply resonant sound.
Perhaps not the most well-known of the pedals featured on this list. But despite that fact, I’d say it deserves a lot more attention. For an affordable price, you get a super versatile pedal that provides a wide spectrum of reverb sound possibilities.
10) TC Electronic Hall of Fame Mini 2
For me, the TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 Mini Reverb is a top-notch reverb pedal that packs a punch in a small package. With its innovative Mash footswitch and updated layout, it’s easier to use and provides even more creative expression than its predecessor which only had 1 knob. In the updated version, there are dedicated knobs for Decay, Tone, and Mix that let you fine-tune your reverb sound with ease. The HOF 2 mini contains TC Electronics’ next-generation reverb algorithms, including the new spine-tingling Shimmer reverb. Although my favorite sound is definitely the ambient reverb.
One of the standout features of the HOF 2 Mini is the MASH technology integrated into the footswitch. This allows you to control a wide range of parameters with just the pressure you apply to the footswitch. Mash technology lets you elevate your performance and creativity to the next level, giving you even more control over your sound. Basically, holding the switch down keeps the effect running essentially. This gives you the ability to create and control interesting sounds on the fly.
Furthermore, the TonePrint App also allows you to beam signature reverbs from some of the most revered icons of rock and roll directly to your pedal, or create your own custom reverbs.
With its compact size and unlimited tone possibilities, there’s always room on your pedalboard for the HOF 2 Mini. The choice of either a transparent buffered bypass or a squeaky clean true bypass means that you can place the pedal where you want it and use the TonePrint app to determine which bypass mode works best for your rig.
I can’t say enough about this pedal, it is just so good and such exceptionally great value for money. If you’re looking for a reverb unit under 100 dollars with more built-in options then perhaps consider some others below. I did a pedal shootout with this pedal’s bigger brother: Hall of Fame vs MXR Reverb.
The older brother of the HOF Mini is an incredible pedal. It takes the technology of the mini and adds a whole bunch more tonal control and options. Having said that, there is no sound that the big version has, that the mini version can’t get. That is thanks to the amazing tone print technology developed by this company.
In conclusion, the TC Electronic Hall of Fame 2 Mini Reverb is one of the best reverb pedals under $100 that provides authentic reverb sounds in a compact, easy-to-use package. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out, the HOF 2 Mini is a great choice for anyone looking to add high-quality reverb to their rig.
Background to Reverb
Reverb is a very popular effect for pretty much any instrument and it is no different when it comes to guitar. Before there were even guitar pedals around, guitar players were using massive reverb units and tanks to get the sound. Like amplifiers, these reverb units were powered by tubes.
These reverb tanks were later built into amplifiers and today some tube amps still come with reverb tanks. Since then the reverb effect has developed and we luckily have a great number of options to choose from when it comes to reverb pedals.
What Is Reverb?
Reverb stands for “reverberation”, which is a technical term for the reflection of sound off of various services before it reaches a person’s ear. In other words, reverb makes a sound appear fuller and thicker, much like it is coming from different sources at the same time.
With digital music, there is a serious lack of reverb, so it is often necessary to put that sound back into the music so that it sounds more natural. In the days of analog recording, reverb was created through amplification and the recording methods of the time. Guitar players used additional reverb to create a different type of sound that they could not get on their own.
What To Look For In Affordable Reverb Pedals
When you go shopping for reverb pedals, there are a few specifications to look out for. These include the size and shape of the pedal. As well as how durable it will be if you are taking it on the road.
But, there are other specifications that you may want to keep in mind such as the underlying circuitry, the variety of analog delay sounds, and whether or not there are additional types of reverb sounds on board. Below are some things to keep in mind when trying out a reverb pedal or effect:
- Ensure that you are completely satisfied with how dry or wet the reverb can make your sound.
- Identify whether the volume remains the same when the pedal is turned on and off.
- Check to find out if you like the sound getting reflected. Check whether the sound is mellow or harsh.
- You need to make sure that you are very comfortable with the change that has been brought about by the reverb to the quality of the guitar sound.
- You must also check the echo and the delay. It is also important for you to check the time that the echo and the delay take for you to hear them and their duration.
What’s The Verdict?
At the end of the day, there are a variety of reverb pedals available under $100 that can offer excellent sound quality, versatility, and value for money. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced player, there’s a reverb pedal to suit your needs and budget. The pedals mentioned in this article are a great place to start and have proven to be popular choices among guitarists. Ultimately, the best reverb pedal for you will depend on your personal preferences, playing style, and the type of music you play. However, by considering factors such as sound quality, features, and build quality, you can be confident in finding a reverb pedal that will elevate your playing to new heights.
Hey, fellow guitar mate! I’m Justin, I have been a professional guitarist since 2012. I have traveled the world playing on different stages alongside some of the best indie bands, at some of the biggest music festivals in the world. As a result, I’ve played lots of different guitar gear. Instead of keeping that knowledge to myself, I have set up this site to share my honest reviews of various guitar gear. But most notably, my love for guitar picks.