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Best Cajons

Updated December 2018
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  • 23 Models Considered
  • 7 Hours Researched
  • 1 Experts Interviewed
  • 153 Consumers Consulted
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    We purchase every product we review with our own funds — we never accept anything from product manufacturers.

    Why trust BestReviews?
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    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers.
    BestReviews spends thousands of hours researching, analyzing, and testing products to recommend the best picks for most consumers. We buy all products with our own funds, and we never accept free products from manufacturers.

    The cajon, Spanish for "box or crate," offers a lot of versatility for such a small percussive instrument. Players hit different areas of the tapa, the main front surface made of a thin piece of wood, to produce bass, slap, and touch tones. Most models come with a snare wire resting against the back of the tapa to offer a crisp tone that is similar to the snare drum on a drum kit. Coming in at different price points and sizes, finding the right cajon is a matter of personal taste and budget. You can find unique options like bongo cajons or models with an angled tapa for a deeper bass. Stick with a normal size if you want to play in Latin, pop, rock, or acoustic settings.

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      Web Producer
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      Melissa
      Senior Editor
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      Rich
      Writer

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