Welcome to our guide to the best guitar pedals of 2022!
Each pedal in this article’s interactive galleries links to a video review, while descriptions are embedded in the images at mouseover or first tap.[For a blast into a not-so-distant past, check out also our Best Guitar Pedals of 2021 aggregate list].
We first started compiling the lists in this article at the end of November 2022 and we kept updating them with new noteworthy pedals released since.
As usual, rather than being overly picky and selective, we went for a bunch of super-inclusive categories, that way we can give exposure to some lesser-known devices while our readers can make sure they get just the right pedal for their current needs!
There’s SO MUCH GOOD STUFF out there, how can anybody stick with a simple top ten? Let’s say it, top ten pedal charts are too limited and subjective!
These lists are loosely organized in order of popularity, and we compiled them using the following “coordinates:”
- Reverb.com’s list of the best-selling pedals of 2022
- Top Google Searches recorded by Delicious Audio in 2022
- Average number of video views received by each pedal
- Sales we witnessed in person at our 2022 Stompbox Exhibits
Also, now that influencers and publications have started posting their year-end list, we are integrating that content within this article and adding their picks to our lists.
Aggregated Influencers Best of 2022 Lists So Far*:
- Demos in the Dark: Top Guitar Effects Pedals of 2022
- Denny Kayzer: 10 Best Guitar Effects Pedals Of 2022
- Dipswitch Demos: My Top 10 Pedals of 2022
- Megan L: My Favorite Pedals of 2022
- Pedal Zone: My 10 Favorite Effects Pedals of 2022
- Reverb.com: Andy’s Top 5 Pedals of 2022
- That Pedal Show: Our Favourite Things Of The Year
*Many of these charts include pedals that weren’t released in 2022. We didn’t include them in our aggregated lists.
We are sure there are other pedals that deserve to be on these lists, please feel free to highlight your favorite ones in this article’s comment section (as long as they are 2022 releases).
The Best Guitar Pedals of 2022,
The categories below are completely arbitrary, they just sprung out of our desire to include all the stompboxes we wanted to feature.
As usual, a click/second tap on the pedal’s thumbnails will open a video review.
• Best Creative Pedals of 2022
• Best Compact/Mini, Non-Gain Pedals of 2022
• Best Large Footprint, Non-Gain Pedals of 2022
• Best Multi-FX Pedals of 2022
• Best Pedals by Emerging Builders, in 2022
• Best Gain Pedals of 2022
• Best Fuzz Pedals of 2022
• Best EQ, Compression & Utility Pedals in 2022
• Best Pedals for Metal in 2022
• Best Pedal Updates of 2022
• Best Pedal Series of 2022