Best Hand Percussion Shakers in 2020



LP Twist Shaker - Medium Review:


This shaker set is a very clever design. The way the two shaker cylinders lock together makes it easy to connect them for transport or when you need a really loud shaker. And, when connected together, they are loud! The only reason that I've not given them 5 stars is that I wish they had just a bit crisper sound.



Meinl, Luis Conte Signature-NOT MADE IN CHINA-Medium Volume For Recording Sessions and Live Acoustic Shows, 2-YEAR WARRANTY, Artist Series Shaker (Med) (SH4BK) Review:


One of my favorite places to play drums is on the dash of our car with the music blasting. I was a drummer in high school and have a decent drum kit at home, but I thought it would be good to get something more portable and easier to play. Something that would reproduce the pleasure of playing on the car dash.

A while back, I played a quality Cajon - not sure what brand or model - that was part of an interactive museum exhibit and thought, aha, this is what I want!

I finally got this Meinl JC50LBNT Cajon after doing a fair amount of research online, and a bit at our local drum shop.

Meinl is a German manufacturer, mentioned often (along with Schlagwerk) as a quality European Cajon manufacturer in the reviews I've seen. I tried a few American made Cajons and wasn't really overwhelmed with the sound or feel of the budget models I was looking at, so I took a risk and ordered this Meinl "Jam" Cajon.

The Meinl JC50LBNT is a bit smaller (10.25x10.25x15 inches) than the usual Cajons (for e.g. the BC1NTWR which is 15x15x23 inches), so it's more portable - though you are more hunched over while sitting on it to play. It is a non-adjustable "snare" type of Cajon (see photo of the inside) as opposed to "wire" models that use two coiled wires instead of snares to achieve the crisp snare sound. The snare separation between striking the top vs the center of the Cajon is decent, but not as good as some "wire" models I tried. It's decently loud, but not excessively so. Made in Europe with Baltic wood, it certainly feels like a nice, well-made instrument.

Generally, I'm quite pleased with how this Cajon sounds: it plays as well or better than the American Cajons I tried in the drum shop, and is cheaper, so it's definitely a recommended value option. I do have to underline, though, that this model, while good quality and value, is still one of Meinl's basic entry-level Cajons, and it doesn't quite reproduce the quality feel and crispness of the Cajon I played in the museum.



Meinl, Luis Conte Signature-NOT MADE IN CHINA-Extra Volume For Live Settings and Large Venues, 2-YEAR WARRANTY, Artist Series Shaker (Loud) (SH45GR) Review:


One of my favorite places to play drums is on the dash of our car with the music blasting. I was a drummer in high school and have a decent drum kit at home, but I thought it would be good to get something more portable and easier to play. Something that would reproduce the pleasure of playing on the car dash.

A while back, I played a quality Cajon - not sure what brand or model - that was part of an interactive museum exhibit and thought, aha, this is what I want!

I finally got this Meinl JC50LBNT Cajon after doing a fair amount of research online, and a bit at our local drum shop.

Meinl is a German manufacturer, mentioned often (along with Schlagwerk) as a quality European Cajon manufacturer in the reviews I've seen. I tried a few American made Cajons and wasn't really overwhelmed with the sound or feel of the budget models I was looking at, so I took a risk and ordered this Meinl "Jam" Cajon.

The Meinl JC50LBNT is a bit smaller (10.25x10.25x15 inches) than the usual Cajons (for e.g. the BC1NTWR which is 15x15x23 inches), so it's more portable - though you are more hunched over while sitting on it to play. It is a non-adjustable "snare" type of Cajon (see photo of the inside) as opposed to "wire" models that use two coiled wires instead of snares to achieve the crisp snare sound. The snare separation between striking the top vs the center of the Cajon is decent, but not as good as some "wire" models I tried. It's decently loud, but not excessively so. Made in Europe with Baltic wood, it certainly feels like a nice, well-made instrument.

Generally, I'm quite pleased with how this Cajon sounds: it plays as well or better than the American Cajons I tried in the drum shop, and is cheaper, so it's definitely a recommended value option. I do have to underline, though, that this model, while good quality and value, is still one of Meinl's basic entry-level Cajons, and it doesn't quite reproduce the quality feel and crispness of the Cajon I played in the museum.



Nino Percussion Plastic Egg Shaker Set, 4 Pieces - For Classroom Music or Playing at Home, 2-YEAR WARRANTY (NINOSET540) Review:


LOVE these! I use these in my music and movement class. Decent sound and the kiddos LOVE them! In reading other reviews, I was a bit leery buying these, but so glad I did! They've been played with, dropped on hard floors and wiped down for several months now, and I've not had a single issue with breaking or ink coming off. These eggs are a harder plastic and very sturdy. I've had other brands that have broken with a few plays, but the Nino's have held up really well, especially considering how often they are used. They're always are a HUGE hit when I pull them out in class. Terrific purchase!



Nino Percussion Plastic Egg Shaker Set, 4 Pieces - For Classroom Music or Playing at Home, 2-YEAR WARRANTY (NINOSET540-2) Review:


LOVE these! I use these in my music and movement class. Decent sound and the kiddos LOVE them! In reading other reviews, I was a bit leery buying these, but so glad I did! They've been played with, dropped on hard floors and wiped down for several months now, and I've not had a single issue with breaking or ink coming off. These eggs are a harder plastic and very sturdy. I've had other brands that have broken with a few plays, but the Nino's have held up really well, especially considering how often they are used. They're always are a HUGE hit when I pull them out in class. Terrific purchase!



Meinl StudioMix Shaker, Large Size with Textured Body - NOT MADE IN CHINA - Perfect for Studio and Live Settings, 2-YEAR WARRANTY (SH12-L-BK) Review:


I'm giving this Studiomix Shaker 5 Stars for the brand name, it says not made in China but the one I got states it's made in Thailand. It does appear to be good quality and it is 9 3/8" inch long X 2 1/2" inch in diameter and mini dent texture. Right now I'm just a novice learning to make percussion and special effects sounds so it will be interesting to see how many sounds I can get out of it other than a musical instrument.



Ehome Wooden Percussion Musical Egg Easter Maracas Egg Shakers Kids Toys with Assorted Colors. Review:


Purchased them prior to our first play date after seeing them in music class, and they were a hit! All of the babies wanted to play with them! They are beautifully decorated, fits easily in the baby’s hand, and makes a pleasant shaking sound. Since babies put items in their mouths, there was no bad smells, washes easily, and the paint doesn’t appear to be chipping/peeling away. We would highly recommend this item for your baby’s exposure to music, rhythm, etc. and as a distraction when restless.



Lovermusic Natural Finish Percussion Wooden Egg Shakers Musical Instrument Toy Pack of 2 Review:


I like these because I can put them in my bag and use them at work or sitting on a train. They work as mini rattles for cleansing and calming. The nice part is they work great for screaming kids on public transportation. I found you can juggle them. You can dance with them passing them to others by a toss make a little sound, but it’s still nice.



4 Pcs Natural Wood Egg Shaker Musical Percussion Instrument Review:


I saw a YouTube on polyrhythmic juggling and needed something to juggle. These little beauties are perfect. Their shape and feel are nice to hold, and the sound is perfect, not harsh or grating. If I drop them, er, when I drop them, they won't split apart for they are filled from the end and plugged. The wood has a nice grain to it. I'm not sure if they have a light finish on them or not - I plan to Tung oil them to keep them pristine. A very satisfactory product in all respects. A solid five stars!