The Best Multi Effects Pedal Has It All-In-One! (2017)

What Is A Multi-Effects Pedal?

I tend to prefer using a number of different single effects pedals but that does not mean that the best multi-effects processors do not have their place. They certainly do and there are many different excellent models on the market to look into. I tried to include an Amazon link so you can look at the reviews of each pedal and also included Youtube videos showing demos to give you a good idea on what each sounded like.

Also, in the last few years, many companies have created multi-effects pedals that cover only a part of the normal effects array, but sound great.  You can then add your own overdrive pedal, etc to box that will have a variety of presets and provide quite a bit of versatility in one box.  Some good examples would be the Eventide H9 (sounds great – though not really a chained, multi-effects pedal) and the TC Electronic G-System.

Of course, I always recommend checking out the pedal before buying. Or, if you will be, in part, checking out the effects pedal by ordering it online, understand the return policy.

Best Guitar Multi Effects Pedal Recommendations

NameDescriptionCheck It Out
1. Boss ME-80Our favorite!Read Review
2. Behringer FX600Great for guitarists on a budget!Read Review
3. DigiTech Element XPLooking for a few more options? Look at this.Read Review
4. DigiTech RP360 Guitar Multi-Effect with USB StreamingNot super expensive but still has great versatility and tone!Read Review
5. Boss ME25Great multi effects for less than $200!Read Review
6. DigiTech RP500 Integrated-Effects Switching SystemTons of presets and built in looper!Read Review
7. DigiTech RP1000 Integrated-Effects Switching SystemAwesome amp modeling as well as stomp pedal options.Read Review
8. Line 6 POD HD500XHeavy duty amp and effects modeler.Read Review
9. Boss ME-70Tons of options and tones. You could probably play with this one for years and not get to everything!Read Review


What Features To Consider

Each brand and model has a number of different features that you may want to take into account when you are looking at buying one of these. Here are a few:

  • Analog or Digital
  • With or without a recording interface
  • with or without amp modeling
  • with or without a built in drum machine
  • Features like true bypass, an included case or power supply
  • Number of presets
  • Ability to store your own settings

My Recommendations

My Absolute All Time Favorite – Boss ME-80

For me, this is one of the ones that I really like. It’s got a ton of features, isn’t too expensive (when it comes to multi-effect – still costs a fair amount) and has excellent reviews as well:

Boss ME-80
    • Can run up to eight effects at the same time.
    • Has 9 different preamp models and 59 different guitar effects.
    • Works awesome for both live gigs as well as in the recording studio.
    • If you like the Boss single effect stomp boxes, this does an excellent job at emulating the best of these.
    • Uses COSM modeling that helps to simulate many different popular guitar amps.

Click here to check it out on Amazon! or click here to see a review.

My Picks For Top Multi-Effects Pedals By Price Range:

Cheap $ – Behringer FX600

Behringer FX600
  • Only takes up a regular single stomp box space in a pedalboard.
  • Cheap!
  • Six 24 bit stereo effects.
  • Excellent for people looking for something n a budget.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

$$ – DigiTech Element XP

DigiTech Element XP
  • Can store up to 200 differnt presets.
  • Features a ton of different effects – 58 in total.
  • Tuner and expression pedal is built in.
  • Comes with the much needed power supply.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

$$$ – DigiTech RP360 Guitar Multi-Effect with USB Streaming

DigiTech RP360
  • Has 198 presets and 126 different effect options.
  • Can be used as a loop pedal with 40 seconds of loop available.
  • The integrated LCD screen makes it super easy to work with the pedal.
  • 60 different built in drum tracks to jam with.
  • Built in tuner and headphone jack.
  • Excellent for live applications or in the studio.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

$$$$ – Boss ME25

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Boss ME25
  • New updated operating system that is easier to use.
  • Three footswitches plus an expression pedal allowing you to have plenty of options available at a time.
  • Compact design that does not take up a lot of space.
  • Plenty of awesome presets to choose from.
Click here to check it out on Amazon!

$$$$$ – DigiTech RP500 Integrated-Effects Switching System

DigiTech RP500
  • 200 presets and over 125 different effect options.
  • 20 second loop option.
  • Tons of different amp models of a lot of different popular amplifiers.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

$$$$$$ – DigiTech RP1000 Integrated-Effects Switching System

DigiTech RP1000
  • Over 160 different models of amp, effects, speaker cabinets and effects.
  • 10 stomp pedals giving a lot of different options for mixing and matching effects.
  • Big easy to read display.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

$$$$$$$ – Line 6 POD HD500X

Line 6 POD HD500X
  • 12 heavy duty foot switches.
  • Huge collection of amp and effect models.
  • 512 writable presets

Click here to check it out on Amazon!

$$$$$$$$ – Boss ME-70

Boss ME-70
  • Has a metric ton of options, amp and effect models and more.
  • Perfect for songwriting, live gigs, recording and any other application.
  • 4 stomp switches and an expression pedal.

Click here to check it out on Amazon!