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To determine the best cowbell we looked at the following features: purpose, size, style, handles, and materials. We know that the type of cowbell you pick is going to differ based on whether you’re using it for a musical performance or simply as a noisemaker. Cosmetic features like size and whether it comes with a handle will also determine comfort and the ways you can use it. The best music instruments are easy to use and very versatile.
After taking all of the above into consideration, we nominated the WMM 10 Inch Steel Cowbell as our Top Pick. This was the only option in our research that featured a comfort grip handle, making it perfect for use at sporting events as a noisemaker. And it also features a durable copper construction. Keep reading to learn more about the rest of our top picks.
Award: TOP PICK
WHY WE LIKE IT: A premium cowbell with a comfort grip handle that gives you that robust cowbell drum sound you need to cheer on your favorite team.
Serious sports fans know that when it’s game time, you need to show your team pride and make sure that they hear you. If you’re in the market for a serious noisemaker, the WMM 10-Inch Steel Cowbell is our Top Pick because it gives you a nice cowbell drum sound. If you prefer an actual drum, check out the best djembe.
We like that this is the largest option in our guide and it has one of the best handles as well. You’ll appreciate the large comfort grip that makes this nice to hold for long periods. Plus this cowbell includes a clapper so you won’t need to bring a drumstick. And we also like the sturdy copper construction that gives this cowbell a sleek finish. The best quintos will compliment it nicely
Award: HONORABLE MENTION
WHY WE LIKE IT: A nice antique style copper finish cowbell with a built-in clapper that produces a low tone.
If you prefer a cowbell with a classic look, this seven-inch option is a great choice — especially for musicians. This antique copper-style cowbell is a great cencerro-sized option that’s perfect for accompanying live performances. You’ll like the sturdy steel-welded construction and the fact that a built-in zinc clapper.
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You’ll also appreciate that this is one of the louder cowbells as well and that it’s designed with musicians in mind. Specifically, this is a cencerro (mid-range) size with a nice low tone that projects over long distances. The best wood blocks and the best chimes are also good instruments.
Award: BEST BUDGET
WHY WE LIKE IT: A kid-friendly cow print cowbell that’s the perfect size for little hands and ideal as a party favor or decoration.
Kids and cowbells are a great pair. But a traditional full-sized cowbell would be too heavy for most small children. This Beistle Cow Print Cowbell is a cute petite option that’s perfect for your next Western themed party.
This petite cowbell is only four inches wide, which means that it fits perfectly in a small child’s hands. Plus we like the colorful cow pattern. While this cowbell does have a clapper in it, because of its size and the fact that it’s meant more for decoration, this is the only option in our guide that’s not ideal for playing music. But we think your kids and party guests will like these cowbells regardless. You might also want to read about the best xylophone. And you can record music on the best wireless microphone.
Cowbells come in a variety of sizes for a range of purposes. To create our guide, we looked at the following core features — purpose, size, style, handles, and materials. All of the cowbells in our guide come with handles, which makes holding and striking or playing this instrument significantly easier. But our Top Pick is the only one with a comfort grip.
The next feature we considered was the purpose. For musicians, our Honorable Mention is the best option since it offers a lower tone. But if you’re buying a cowbell for a live event or to cheer on your favorite team, our Top Pick is the best choice. And for kids, our Best Budget pick is ideal.
Cowbells come in a range of sizes, and we highlighted a nice selection of them in our guide. For children, our Best Budget is perfect since it’s only four inches tall. Older people will appreciate our Top Pick and Honorable Mention choices as they are 10 and seven inches tall respectively. Likewise, all of our recommendations include the clapper so you won’t need to bring a drumstick.
And while all of our cowbell picks are made from metal, our Top Pick is the only one made from copper. In contrast the Honorable Mention is made from steel with a copper-like finish. And our Best Budget is designed with a playful cow print, which is why we nominated it as perfect for themed parties.