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The Best Boost Pedals for Distortion-Free, Clean Gain & Fatter Tone

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Best of the Best
Xotic
EP Booster
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Based on the preamp in the classic Echoplex, this discrete FET preamp gives you up to 20 dB of either clean gain or with a shimmering high-end.
Pros
Though it's a mini pedal, there are internal switches to go from a full-frequency transparent boost to a shiny, sparkling high-end on bass or guitar.
Cons
You have to unscrew the base to get to the switches on the inside. Not a big deal since most people set it and forget it or use it in the default configuration.
Best Bang for the Buck
MXR
M133 Micro Amp
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The universally loved transparent, clean boost with no tone loss or noise. It does what it does in such a way that you'd never know it was there.
Pros
Because this pedal is so transparent, the uses are nearly endless. You can make up for volume suck, amplify for distortion, balance volumes, and more.
Cons
There are boost pedals out there with EQ sections, pleasing coloration, and other features. This isn't that. This is pure clean volume.
Best Budget Pick
TC Electronic
Spark Mini
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The absolute best of the cheap with up to 20 dB of gain, it's a great 'always on' choice even though it features true bypass.
Pros
This nano sized pedal features PrimeTime where you can momentarily press and hold to turn it on temporarily as well as switch it on like normal.
Cons
It's noiseless, has minimal tone loss, is transparent, but lacks coloration options or any EQ settings that others sometimes have.

The best boost pedals do one thing but they do it perfectly, which is to provide your signal with clean, distortion free gain. People joke about turning the knob up to 11, and with the boost effect you can do just that in a linear, noiseless fashion. Whether you want more volume or to drive an amp harder, a solid boost pedal will get the job done...

TL;DR - Best Budget Pick: TC Electronic Spark Mini - Best Overall: Xotic EP Booster