Collection of sediment cores in depths of 1-5 m is difficult with traditional sampling gear. Here we describe three suction coring devices constructed with readily available plumbing supplies and parts easily made from acrylic plastic and silicone sealant. The samplers have been used successfully in sediments ranging from coarse sands and shell hash to muds, highly organic deposits, and dense clays. Successful applications have ranged from contaminants analysis, toxicity testing, seagrass mapping, and assessment of sediment-microfloral interactions to sampling the infauna of surf-swept beaches.