Best looper pedals 2023: 12 loopers to fatten up your live guitar performances

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Having one of the best loopers on your pedalboard is one of the most useful and underrated moves a guitarist can make. Put very plainly, a looper pedal allows you to record a guitar part and then play it back on a continuous loop - enabling you to jam over what you've just recorded, or overdub more guitar parts on top. In this guide, we will walk you through our top picks for the best looper pedals out there right now, and why they deserve a spot in your rig.

For solo musicians who want to add that little extra something to their performances, looper pedals are a perfect choice. A fine example is the acoustic guitar-wielding megastar, Ed Sheeran. Impressively, Sheeran managed to headline Glastonbury in 2017 with little more than a Little Martin and a loop station at his feet. 

Choosing the best looper pedal for you can be a daunting task, as there are many options out there. Some are better suited to acoustic and electric guitar players new to the world of looping, whereas others are designed more with the professional in mind. We've covered all the bases here - and thrown in a few curveballs too.

We've included some more in-depth buying advice at the bottom of this page, so head there if you'd like to read more about what to know when buying one of the best looper pedals. If you'd rather get straight to the products, keep scrolling.

Best looper pedals: Our top picks

For most people when they think looper, they think Boss. That's why the RC-1 (opens in new tab) is our top pick for the best looper pedal on the market, right now. Not only is the single footswitch design incredibly intuitive, but it’s also extremely affordable. The Boss RC-1 can also be expanded with external footswitches as your loops get more adventurous, making it perfect for beginners to intermediates. 

Now, if you find the single, double and triple-tapping of a footswitch too frustrating, then the TC Electronic Ditto X4 (opens in new tab) is our recommendation for you. Its four-footswitch setup with two separate loops makes things a little more straightforward that you may find with other loopers, and with MIDI sync functionality, there's something for the tech-heads too. 

For people looking for a little more out of their loop station, then look no further than the Boss RC-10R (opens in new tab). This band-in-a-box solution provides two tracks for switchable song parts, as well as plenty of real-time adjustable drum grooves. The RC10R also features the ability to store up to 99 loops, so there is plenty of space to get creative. 

Best looper pedals: Product guide

Best looper pedals: Boss RC-1 Loop Station

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The best looper pedal overall, and an industry standard

Specifications

Launch price: $99/£75/€109
Number of tracks: 1
Controls: Level
Sockets: 2x input, 2x output, stop/undo footswitch, power
Power requirements: 9V battery, 9V power supply

Reasons to buy

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User-friendly
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Expandable
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12-minutes recording time

Reasons to avoid

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Some players will need two footswitches 

Boss’s most user-friendly offering in its industry-standard Loop Station line boasts a big ol’ 'clock face' dial to help you keep track of how far along your current loop it is, with just a single level control to worry about.

A solitary footswitch handles your play/stop, undo/redo functions, but as you get more experienced, you can add external footswitches for additional functionality.

Stereo inputs and outputs and a whopping 12 minutes of recording time round out the feature set, while your last loop is stored in the pedal even after you turn it off.

Read our full Boss RC-1 Loop Station review 

Best looper pedals: TC Electronic Ditto X4 Looper

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The best looper pedal for simple usability

Specifications

Launch price: $299/£177/€198
Number of tracks: 2
Controls: 2x loop volume, decay, FX, 2x store/backing track level switch, serial/sync switch, 3x mode DIP switches
Sockets: 2x input, 2x output, MIDI in/out, USB, power
Power requirements: 9V power supply

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Cool loop control features
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Excellent sound quality

Reasons to avoid

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MIDI sync can be a little tricky

The no-nonsense X4 serves up two stereo loops, each with their own footswitch, as well as a dedicated ‘stop’ switch, and an FX switch.

You can use the latter to make a loop stop at the end of its cycle, stop immediately, or even via a fade or cool tape reel-esque slowdown, as well as reverse, or half-/double-speed a loop.

As you’d expect from TC Electronic, the sound quality is impossible to fault, while techier loopheads also get MIDI sync and loop transfer functionality, as well as the ability to configure how overdubs and serial loops record.

Read our TC Electronic Ditto X4 Looper review

Best looper pedals: Boss RC-10R

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The best looper pedal for solo performers

Specifications

Launch price: $299/£263/€298
Number of tracks: 2
Controls: Value, 2x loop level, menu/write/exit buttons
Sockets: 2x input, 2x output, ctrl 1,2/expression jack, MIDI in/out, USB, power
Power requirements: 9V power supply

Reasons to buy

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Hugely versatile
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Great for solo performers
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6 hours stereo recording time

Reasons to avoid

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Overkill for those looking for a basic looper

An update of sorts to Boss’s venerable RC-30, and a worthy contender to our top pick for the best looper pedals, the feature-packed Boss RC-10R offers the ability to loop and generate rhythms via a built-in drum machine.

Looper-wise, you get six hours of stereo recording time, plus two-track operation and storage for 99 loops, which can be exported to PC/Mac via USB.

280 styles make up the rhythm side of the pedal, with the ability to program two unique song sections, as well as intros/endings and rhythm fills. For solo performers, this could be the band-in-a-box you’ve been waiting for.

Read the full Boss RC-10R Rhythm Loopstation review

Best looper Pedals: TC Electronic Ditto+

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Tiny footprint, huge creative potential

Specifications

Launch price: $129/£109/€118
Number of tracks: 1
Controls: Level, left and right menu buttons
Sockets: Input, output, Mini USB, DC in
Power requirements: 9V DC 100mA

Reasons to buy

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Small footprint  
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Easy to use
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Extended loop mode is handy   

Reasons to avoid

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Not worth the upgrade if you already have a Ditto pedal

If you find yourself longing for a looper but don't want to give up valuable pedalboard real estate, then the TC Electronic Ditto+ may just be the looper for you. 

This super-compact mini pedal features a bright LED screen for real-time feedback, a whopping 60-minutes of loop time, and 24-bit audio quality. The Ditto+ also features the groundbreaking 'Extended Loop Mode', which allows the user to overdub longer phrases on top of shorter loops. Basically, you could overdub a 2-bar melody on top of your initial 1-bar loop, and the Ditto+ will cleverly extend the original loop, so it aligns with the new overdub. 

The Ditto+ expands on the original Ditto and catapults it into the modern age. With a small footprint, clever new features and a substantial amount of recording time, this pedal is definitely worth checking out. 

Read our full TC Electronic Ditto+ review  

Best looper pedals: Boss RC-500

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5. Boss RC-500

One of the most popular loopers ever gets a face-lift

Specifications

Launch price: $359/£245/€302
Number of tracks: 2
Controls: 2 x Track Level, Memory Select, Output Volume, Play/Rec, Stop, Track Select, Edit, Tempo, Rhythm On/Off, Memory, Menu, Exit, Enter, Input
Sockets: 2 x 1/4" (A/mono,B), 1 x XLR (mic), 2 x 1/4" (A/mono,B) output, 1 x Micro-B USB
Power requirements: 9V battery, 9V power supply

Reasons to buy

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Boss reliability
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Easy to use
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Modern new look   

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn’t come with a power supply 

2015 saw the successful introduction of the Boss flagship 500 series pedals. With this series being an almighty hit, it was only a matter of time until the iconic RC-30 got the 500 treatment, and thus the RC-500 was born. 

This newly designed looper takes everything you loved about the RC-30 and brings it into the modern day. Now sporting an extra footswitch for selecting a track, there is no need to learn how to tap-dance to operate this pedal. 

The Boss stereo looper engine boasts a whopping 13 hours of recording time with 32-bit audio quality. With both instrument and microphone inputs, stereo outputs and MIDI in/out, there's no shortage of connectivity on the RC-500. If that wasn't enough, it also features studio-quality effects and in-built rhythms, with 16 different drum kits and 57 preset rhythms. What more do you need? 

Best looper pedals: Electro-Harmonix 720 Stereo Looper

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6. Electro-Harmonix 720 Stereo Looper

Ideal if you want effects and fade-out functionality

Specifications

Launch price: $229/£130/€148
Number of tracks: 1
Controls: Level, loop, reverse button, 1/2 speed button
Sockets: 2x input, 2x output, foot controller, power
Power requirements: 9V power supply

Reasons to buy

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Silent footswitches
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12 minutes of looping
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Footswitches are expandable
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Cool effects

Reasons to avoid

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Only two footswitches is a pain for complex arrangements

The 720 delivers – you guessed it – 720 seconds (aka 12 minutes) of looping, via two footswitches: the left handles looping, overdubbing and undo/redo, while the right starts/stops loops, and deals out nifty reverse or half-speed effects.

You can record 10 independent loops, which can be switched between using an external three-button foot controller. It's the best looper pedal for you if you also want to use it as a standalone undo/redo function.

The ease of use makes this EHX effort a winner, as do its silent footswitches and loop fadeout (trails) mode.

Best looper pedals: Pigtronix Infinity 3

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7. Pigtronix Infinity Looper 3

The best looper pedals for expert loop merchants

Specifications

Launch price: $449/£349/€399
Number of tracks: 2
Controls: Sync/Multi, Parallel/Series, Stereo/Split, Arm/All, Cue/Fade, Sample Rate, 2x Loop Volume, Preset, Master Volume
Sockets: DC Power, In , In 2, Out 1, Out 2, Aux 1, Aux 2, Undo, Expression, Undo, MIDI, USB
Power requirements: 9V power supply

Reasons to buy

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Ace for complicated arrangements
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Store up to 9 loops
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Ideal for loop veterans

Reasons to avoid

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Not for beginners

The key USP of this triple-footswitched offering is Sync/Multi, which allows you to set the length of loop two to be one, two, three, four or six times the length of loop one - for keen loopmasters, this is an absolute boon for more complicated arrangements.

Loops can also be set to run in parallel or series, where one starts when the other stops, which is ideal for verse/chorus song structures.

You can store your loops in nine preset slots, while there are also USB connection and MIDI synchronisation options. This is a loop veteran’s stompbox, and all the better for it.

Best looper pedals: Hotone Wally Plus

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8. Hotone Wally Plus

The best looper pedal for experimental guitarists

Specifications

Launch price: $125/£69/€79
Number of tracks: 1
Controls: Tempo, volume, phrase, save button
Sockets: Input, output, power
Power requirements: 9V power supply

Reasons to buy

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Compact size saves space
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Feature-packed
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Cheap as chips

Reasons to avoid

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Too compact for some

Dismiss the ludicrously tiny Wally Plus at your peril: it may be less than half the size of some other compact loopers, but it is positively feature-rammed.

Besides its no-nonsense loop functionality, it can load and save sounds via USB, as well as dynamically change the speed of loops, slowing them down or speeding them up via the onboard tempo knob - music to the ears of more experimental players.

There’s also a loop volume control, while the big top knob switches between 11 different savage phrase banks. A must-have for crowded pedalboards.

Best looper pedals: Digitech Trio+ Band Creator

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9. Digitech Trio+ Band Creator

An impressive, left-field option for those who want more than just a looper

Specifications

Launch price: $399/£179/€199
Number of tracks: 1
Controls: Looper & Band footswitches, genre, style, bass, drums, loop and tempo dials
Sockets: 1/4" Mono jacks for instrument, FX return and stereo jack for footswitch, 1/4" Mono jack for amp, mixer and FX-send, plus 3.5 mm headphone output with volume control
Power requirements: 9V power supply

Reasons to buy

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It's unique
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SD card input is smart
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More features than you know what to do with

Reasons to avoid

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Can be very complex

If you're a bedroom guitarist working on some new material, the Trio+ could be the looper for you. Although the actual looper function is basic, the main selling point of the Trio+ is its super smart accompaniment features. If you're without a rhythm section - the Trio+ will generate one for you in a style, genre and tempo of your choosing.

The pedal also supports up to five passages that enable you to move through the component parts of a song, making the Trio+ a valuable songwriting asset for any guitarist.

The original Trio was strictly for non-live use, but, so long as your parts are simple enough and you've got access to a PA to run it into, the Trio+ might just keep up live. We'd probably avoid using it live however, down to its complexity. 

Best looper pedals: HeadRush Looperboard

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10. HeadRush Looperboard

A versatile ‘board loaded with looping feature and beyond

Specifications

Launch price: $899/£739/€1,079
Number of tracks: 4
Controls: Master, phones, aux, encoder, 4x input volumes
Sockets: 4x combi-jack input, phones, 2x XLR out, 2x jack out, expression, MIDI in/out, 3x USB, SD, power
Power requirements: 19V power supply

Reasons to buy

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Stylish 7-inch touchscreen
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Powerful processor
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8 hours internal recording

Reasons to avoid

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Eye-watering price

If you must have the most fully featured looper on the market, look no further than this behemoth from HeadRush.

The Looperboard boasts a 7” touch display and quad-core processor, which allows you to customise your looping workflow across the four stereo tracks in any of five track modes (Fixed, Serial, Sync, Serial/Sync and Free).

12 footswitches control the action, with options for time-stretching via tap tempo, reverse, fade, multiply, and the ability to divide length and speed for the whole loop.

There’s also eight hours of internal recording time, plus additional storage via SD and USB-A drive inputs, as well as 300 drum and percussion loops. Phewph.

Best looper pedals: TC Electronic Ditto Jam X2

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The best looping pedal for keeping loops in time with your band

Specifications

Launch price: $199/£175/€145
Number of tracks: 1
Controls: loop level, red/dub/play or rec/play/dub switch
Sockets: Input, output, external mic, USB, power
Power requirements: 9V power supply

Reasons to buy

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Keeps up with the band!
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Top sound quality
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Practice mode is useful

Reasons to avoid

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Not 100% reliable

Looping on your own is one thing, but keeping your loops in time with a band adds another level of difficulty, which is where TC Electronic steps in with the Ditto Jam X2, which cleverly keeps up with your rhythm section.

The Ditto Jam X2’s built-in or clip-on microphones ‘listen’ to the rhythmic elements of a band and adjust the loop accordingly, without compromising sound quality.

There’s also a practice mode, which allows you to record a loop slowly then speed it up, as well as individual loop and stop footswitches, and rec/dub/play and rec/play/dub functionality.

Read our TC Electronic Ditto Jam X2 review

Best looper pedals: Chase Bliss Audio Blooper Bottomless Looper

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12. Chase Bliss Audio Blooper

A looper with Bottomless possibilities

Specifications

Number of tracks: 2
Controls: Volume, Layers, Repeat, Mod A, Stability, Mod B, and more
Sockets: DC Power, In ,Out, Expression, MIDI, USB
Power requirements: 9V power supply

Reasons to buy

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Not just for guitarists 
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Endless possibilities

Reasons to avoid

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Not the easiest to use

Chase Bliss Audio is constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible with guitar pedals and the Blooper is no exception. This is a pedal for those that want more than a four-chord backing track to solo over. Instead, this is a looper for the truly creative, seeking to forge a new sonic path in the world of looping. 

The Blooper merges high-fidelity audio with innovative manipulation modes, as well as an abundance of effects, to create one of the most unique pedals on the market. 

If you are aware of Chase Bliss Audio, then you’ll be familiar with the dip switches on the side of their pedals, which allow even greater customisation, as well as advanced connectivity options. These include control over MIDI, expression, syncing, loop saving, and internal modulation of all of its dials.

Best looper pedals: Buying advice

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How to choose the best looper pedal for you

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All the loopers we've included in our round-up of the best looper pedals have several key features in common. Most importantly, each pedal on this list boats unlimited overdubs. This means that you can stack as many tracks as you wish on top of each other - the sky is the limit! 

Looping can be tricky to get used to at first, so you’ll be glad to hear that each pedal also features an undo/redo option, allowing you to cancel the most recent overdub or bring it back. Each looper also has a play/stop control, which does exactly what you'd expect.

How many tracks do you need?

One of the most important factors to think about when choosing the best looper pedal for you is how many tracks you need. A single-track looper is a perfect sketchpad for songwriters working out lead parts or even harmonies. They can also be used to excellent effect when you want to embellish the odd section or use it on a song or two in your live set.

If you see yourself as the next KT Tunstall or Ed Sheeran, then a multi-track looper is what you need. These loopers can come with two, three or even four tracks, allowing you to set up different song sections (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.) that can be easily switched between at the tap of a button.

How many footswitches do you need?

It’s also worth thinking about how many footswitches you have at your feet. The more designated switches, the easier the looper can be to use in a live situation. With that being said, many single or double-footswitch loopers can be expanded through external footswitches.

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Looper pedals and on-board storage

Next, you need to think about much onboard storage you require. If you’re planning to playback backing tracks you have assembled in your DAW, then you need to make sure the looper you choose has enough space to store them. Many of the best looper pedals offer USB connectivity and expandable storage (usually via SD card) to accommodate WAV files from other devices. These can also be synced up to MIDI devices to keep them in time with a click track.

Outputs

Lastly, you'll need to consider whether you want to run your looper straight into PA speakers, or into a guitar amp. If you opt for the former, you'll want a looper with dual outputs to provide a more expansive sound.

With all of this being said, the best piece of advice we could give would be to take it easy at first. Getting your timing right is harder than it sounds, and it's easy to get disheartened when you can't seem to nail the perfect loop. It's easier to start with a simple pedal and work your way up. You never know, after some practice you might find yourself headlining Glastonbury one day!

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Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com (opens in new tab), in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).

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