I do a lot of research and buy used basic pedals ( nothing particularly boutique-y or expensive). It’s a low risk way of trying stuff out.What are there options to trying out different guitar pedals?
Buy them online and return them?
Use Guitar Center return policy?
This. Sam Ash will do the same.Go to Guitar Center you can try out every pedal new or used!
Long & McQuade in Canada does this with a lot of music equipment.There are also places that actually rent pedals.