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5 Best Cajon Drums for 2022

5 Best Cajon Drums for 2022

Choosing the appropriate Cajon for you can be complex with the wide range of available options. Here at Drum Center of Portsmouth, we live, breathe, and love drums, and our staff have over 200 years of combined experience in the field. Our ultimate goal is to pair you with an instrument that plays well and that you can treasure forever. That's why the experts here have compiled a list of the five best Cajon drums of 2022 and a guide to help potential Cajon buyers learn what they should look out for when browsing. Read on to find out which ones we chose!  

Our top picks:

  1. Best overall: Pearl Sonic Boom
  2. Best priced: LP Aspire Accent Cajon Sunburst
  3. Best low-end response: Gon Bops Cajons: Tumbao Pro Cajon Walnut with Gig Bag
  4. Best for separation of playing zones: Keo Percussion Luxury Cajon
  5. Best for bass: Rhythm Tech Cajon - Enhanced Bass Port


1. Pearl Sonic Boom



  • The angled front plate for comfortable playing
  • Solid birch construction feels sturdy
  • Earthy tone due to lack of snares


  • Birch is heavy (but produces a good tone)
  • Expensive
The Pearl Sonic Boom features light-colored, responsive wood and simple but elegant construction to complement and enhance any environment or venue you play in.


  • Constructed with solid birch
  • Front-facing bass scoop
  • Angled faceplate
  • Subsonic bass tone
  • No internal snares

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Why We Love It: This drum is aesthetically beautiful with its solid birch construction and pleasing shape. Its front plate is angled upward so the drummer can play easily and comfortably. The drum features no internal snares, which gives it a clear, natural, and earthy tone. It's perfect for small acoustic settings or large venues where louder is better. It's a pricey drum, but that only speaks to its high quality and manufacturing. It's a beautiful drum, and it comes highly recommended. Call to inquire about getting yours today!

2. LP Aspire Accent Cajon Sunburst



  • Beautiful paint finish
  • Wide dynamic range
  • The convenient and comfortable seating surface
  • Rubber feet
  • Reasonable price


  • Poplar is a relatively cheap wood
  • Birch is heavy (but produces a good tone)
The LP Aspire Accent Sunburst has deep brown edges that gradually fade to a light wood-grain on each maple panel. With a wide dynamic range and rubber feet, this drum gets you some bang for your buck.


  • 3 sets of DW snare wires
  • Birch/Poplar body
  • Para wood soundboard
  • Textured seating surface
  • Rounded corners
  • 3-step streak finishing

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Why We Love It: The LP Aspire Accent Sunburst is a real beauty. From its edges that fade from a deep brown to a light wood-grain, its 3-step streak finish perfectly complements the name. The three sets of DW snare wires give you a vast dynamic range, and the body provides a deep bass tone. The feet are rubber, which allows the unit to be sturdy while insulating bass from disappearing into the floor. The comfortable textured seating allows the player to be comfortable with access to all necessary areas of the drum. This Cajon is beautifully made with a perfectly doable price. Call to inquire about getting yours today!

3. Gon Bops Cajons: Tumbao Pro Cajon Walnut with Gig Bag



  • Great sound, due to internal snare wire design
  • Beautiful and easy on the eyes
  • Comes with gig bag


  • No leg seat slots for comfort
The Tumbao Walnut Pro Cajon looks sleek and classy and provides high-end pop without compromising on low-end response. It's a great price for good quality and extra features!


  • Front Panel Material: Maple
  • Adjustable? Yes
  • Extras: Premium Gig Bag
  • Size: 12"(w) x 18"(h) x 12"
  • Weight: 10lbs (4.5kg)

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Why We Love It: This drum features a beautiful and lustrous adjustable maple front panel, which is both functional and easy on the eyes. It also features an internal snare wire design which contributes to its excellent high-end to low-end sound for versatility. The unit is held up by rubber feet, which provide a sturdy base for sitting. The rubber feet also provide insulation, preventing the bass from escaping through the bottom of the unit and getting lost in the floor. The price is an excellent middle ground for Cajon drums but comparatively low for drums of this caliber. Overall an excellent choice for those looking for a high-end drum at a middle-of-the-road price. Call to inquire about getting yours today!

4. Keo Percussion Luxury Cajon



  • Ball Bearing snare system allows for separation of playing zones
  • Sitting area is made of comfortable material and has notches for legs


  • Not many technical details (weight, materials, etc.) are available online
  • Looks slightly cheap
Constructed using select-tone woods and high sensitivity, the Keo Percussion Luxury Cajon is percussion perfection. Its comfortable seating and rich sound are bound to catch your eye (and ear).


  • Constructed using select tone woods
  • Ball Bearing snare system
  • Multiple types of wood paneling

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Why We Love It: This drum features panels made of select-tone woods that emphasize and amplify sound. It has a seat with convenient slots for legs so that the drummer can sit comfortably; Its unique ball-bearing snare system allows for great separation of playing zones and increased sensitivity. Unfortunately, it's slightly more expensive than other items on this list while not looking as sleek or lustrous, but it's still an excellent buy for the value. Call to inquire about getting yours today!

5. Rhythm Tech Cajon - Enhanced Bass Port



  • Nice color
  • Finely crafted edges
  • Bass port for thunderous bass
  • Rubber feet for strength and bass insulation
  • Good, budget-friendly price


  • Not much information on product specs online
  • Looks slightly cheap
The Rhythm Tech Cajon with enhanced bass port is a less expensive but beautiful Cajon drum. It has finely crafted edges for comfort and thunderous bass response, perfect for any venue.


  • Enhanced bass port
  • Big low end

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This Cajon by Rhythm Tech can fit in with any venue. Its got a new enhanced bass port for booming bass, and its deep brown wood provides a beautiful deep sound. The feet are insulated with rubber, so bass doesn't escape through the floor. Overall it's an excellent drum for those looking for a budget-friendly option. There aren't too many technical details (weight, materials, etc.) available online, so make sure to call with any questions! Call to inquire about getting yours today!

Buyers Guide - What to Consider When Buying a Cajon

The Cajon has quickly become one of the most popular hand drums out on the market. They're affordable, and they're easy and fun to play. Here are some things to look out for while browsing if you're in the market for a new (or used) Cajon.

Type of Cajon

There are several kinds of Cajon, so getting overwhelmed with the options is easy. It's worth it to learn a little about a few different types so you may make an informed decision when purchasing one:

  • Peruvian Cajon - The Peruvian Cajon is the oldest (and original) type of Cajon. It does not contain any snares or string effects and produces a very clean and woody tone.


  • Flamenco Cajon - This Cajon produces a very "buzzy" sound produced by a guitar string mounted against the tapa (front face), heard in the lower and upper parts of the tapa.


  • Snare Cajon - This type of Cajon is typically fitted with a snare mechanism that creates a snare effect in the upper portion of the tapa. These tend to be quite rattly and don't have as pure of a bass sound. There's a complete separation between snare and bass tone, and this Cajon tends to be quite loud.


  • Cuban Cajon - This Cajon was designed to be held by the player, not sat on. It traditionally has no snares. This Cajon produces a very woody sound.

It's up to you which sound you desire and which type of Cajon you'd like to play, but if you're a beginner, it's recommended to get a traditional Cajon that has no snares, wires, or strings.  


The Cajon may look like a hollow box, and that's essentially what they started as, but there's much to customize when it comes to it. Drum and wire attributes can be changed using levers on the outside of the box, and wires can even be disengaged if you'd like to use a pedal for a bass drum sound. You can often also adjust Allen screws at the bottom of the drum to adjust the pressure of the wires against the tapa, altering its sound. Models with this kind of adjustability will be pricier but more versatile. Cajons without drums and snares can even be adjusted to sound a particular way. The tapa (front panel) is either affixed to the frame with screws or glue; if it's attached with screws, the screws can be loosened to allow the tapa's "slap corners" more room to move when hit. This can cause a tapping sound when the tapa slaps the frame, but if the screws are tight, this cannot happen. Port placement also changes the sound of the drum, affecting volume and bass tone. Finally, some Cajons purposely have multiple playing surfaces, some with different wood types on each side. Finding a Cajon with high adjustability and customizability is something to look for.  


It's a given that the Cajon should be big enough for you to sit on. Playing the Cajon requires the player to sit on top and lean forward to strike it, so trying out a drum before buying is ideal. However, check the product specifications or call the shop to verify sizing if buying online. The size of the Cajon affects the sound. Smaller models will have a higher-pitched bass sound, while larger models are louder and have lower-pitched bass. Beginner models will be smaller, while more advanced and high-end models will be more expensive. Try to find a good middle ground between size and price.  


The kind of materials the Cajon is made of dramatically affects the sound. Higher-quality materials (hardwoods) will produce richer, fuller, higher-quality sounds. Lower-quality materials (softwoods) will often sound muted or low quality. Cajons should be made from hardwoods, such as birch or beech. Birch is high density, has a broad dynamic range, and relatively expensive. Beech produces a wide variety of tones and is similar to birch but is less expensive. The highest quality cajons will be made of mahogany or mahogany-type hardwoods, which are vital in bass and high tones. For a budget-friendly option, stick with beech or birch. For those looking to invest, high-quality hardwoods are your best option. (Plastics, fiberglass, and carbon fiber can also be used, as they are solid and durable, but the sound isn't quite the same as a classic wood Cajon.)  


The tapa (the face of the drum) gets the most attention from buyers than other parts. If a tapa looks cheap, it's unlikely that a prospective Cajon buyer will even give it a second look, even if it produces the most prosperous and beautiful sounds. However, the most important aspect of a tapa is how it's made and played. A dense material should be between 3-4mm of several thin layers. This type of tapa will produce crisp high tones.  


Got some questions about Cajons? Look through this section for an answer.

What exactly is a Cajon?

The word "Cajon" literally translates to "box" or "drawer" in Spanish. A Cajon is an originally Peruvian box-shaped percussion instrument. It's played by slapping the front or rear faces with fingers, hands, brushes, mallets, or sticks. It's been said that 18th Century enslaved Africans in Peru created the first Cajons using repurposed packing boxes.  

What does the Cajon sound like?

The Cajon has a loud and crisp sound. The two primary tones created by a Cajon are bass and high tones. The bass tones are created by slapping the tapa (face) of the Cajon near the middle/bottom. The high tones can be created by tapping the upper corners of the Cajon, producing less vibration and a higher pitch. This type of sound is much like a snare drum.  

Do looks matter when it comes to Cajons?

Looks can be deceiving. The most beautiful Cajons can produce the dampest, most muted sounds just as the most visually unpleasing cajon can produce rich, deep sounds. Further, the type of wood used can make two identical looking cajons sound different. Overall, looks don't matter as much as the functionality and specifications of the cajon. It's always important to test out a cajon before purchasing, or ask an expert before committing.  

Why is the cajon so popular?

The cajon is portable, practical, and easy to learn. There are multiple ways to play it (seated or standing), dozens of sounds you can make from it, and integration into a band or group is simple. The basic cajon is about as uncomplicated as an instrument can be, and it can be modified and upgraded to suit any player by implementing snares or strings. It's a beautifully simple concept but it produces rich sounds that fit in with any set.  

How much should I expect to spend?

The price depends on the quality of the cajon. Higher quality cajons will be pricier, as with almost any item on any market. Typically, low-end, beginner cajons can be as inexpensive as $50-100, and the highest-end cajons can be as expensive as $400 or more. If you're looking for a good quality entry-level cajon, look to be spending between $100-250.  

I've found a cajon I love. How do I know if it's right for me?

Cajon drums, just as any other instrument, are an investment, and you should only buy one when it feels completely right to. Using this guide, you'll be able to find the perfect cajon. If the cajon feels right, has a sound that you love, looks great, ticks all the right boxes for you, and is the right price for your budget, then by all means buy it!  


The cajon is one of the most simple, but also one of the most elegant and versatile instruments out there. It can produce a variety of sounds all from one simple looking unit, and different designs can complement every aesthetic. Finding a cajon drum that's perfect for you can be difficult, but we hope that our reviews, buyers guide, and FAQ have helped you learn what to look for in a cajon, and potentially find one that suits your budget and needs. Remember that any questions you may have can be answered by our experts here at Drum Center of Portsmouth. Contact us today to find out more about cajon drums, or any of the other products we can provide for you!

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