Best Drum Set

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Best drum set- Top 10 reviews and buying guide in 2018

Whatever kind of beat you are into, whether R&B, country, blues, pop, jazz, reggae, heavy metal or rock, drums are always the designated keeper of the beat. Without this crucial music instrument, most music would lack that va-va-voom factor; the crucial element that packs the dance floor.

So if this instrument rocks your world or your child’s and you would love to purchase one, then we have scoured the net to bring some of the most durable, well priced and great sounding drum sets out there today.

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This three-piece Gammon Percussion drum set is the perfect beginner bargain drum set for your child. It is perfect for learning and fun, without the compromise of sound quality or durability. It is made of genuine wood drum shells and will encourage the young’un, to play on because though it is a junior set, its sound is genuine and enjoyable.


  • 16″ Bass Drum with 6 lugs
  • 10″ Cymbal
  • 2 Mounted toms
  • Drummer’s Throne (stool)
  • Bass Drum Pedal
  • Pair of Sticks & Drum Key
  • High Gloss Finish
  • Real Wood Shells

Your child will love the color choices this Gammon Percussion drum set has. They range from black, green, red, blue and pink with a high gloss finish. To bring out the cool in them, they are accentuated with chrome rims. Between the quality sound and great looks, we can promise you that this drum set will not grow moldy in some recess corner in your basement. Your kids and the neighbor’s kids will love them. One thing though we are not very particular about is the lack of high hat cymbals on this set. If you have a child interested in professionally playing percussion drums, then learning without the high hat may put him at a disadvantage as they would have to unlearn some motions later. Playing a drum set correctly involves having one stick on the high hat and the other on the snare. We love the price tag on this quality set though, and its sound, plus that it’s guaranteed to last your kids early drumming years.


  • Sturdy well made set
  • Has a choice of cool colors that appeal to kids
  • The sound is respectable
  • Replacements and add-ons are easy to purchase from the manufacturer
  • Made with real wood shells


  • Lacks high hat cymbals
  • This is a loud and heavy acoustic instrument
  • Best for kids below 5ft


This beginner Gammon Percussion drum is perfectly priced for such a durable and well-sounding instrument. We love that you can add other pieces as your child matures, instead of upgrading your whole set to a larger junior set.

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The GP percussion junior drum set has most pieces required in a percussion drum set, organized into a three-piece set, at a price that is just right. To quote a happy reviewer this junior set will take the licking and keep on ticking as it is very sturdy in construction. The sound too is great, it might draw the ire of your neighbors, but your child will love you for this set.


  • Drumsticks & drum key
  • Drummer’s Throne (stool)
  • 10″ cymbal & high hat
  • Bass drum pedal
  • bass drum
  • Floor tom
  • Rack mounted tom

The crash cymbal and one hang tom drum are connected and mounted atop the bass drum and this should work out well in jam-packed spaces. Percussion drums generally need a lot of floor space, much more than most other instruments, so in case you do not have too much of it, then you will love this junior set.


  • Great price
  • Quality craftsmanship
  • The color aesthetics are great
  • Good sound
  • Great for small spaces as it is compact


  • Lacks a floor tom drum
  • Not easy to assemble
  • Best for kids below 5ft


This set is bound whoa your kid’s inner Ringo Starr, and set them on the road to drumming stardom and will outlive the constant thwacking. Nevertheless, you will need to upgrade to a set with floor toms once the child is accomplished in the instrument.

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This Gammon 5-piece junior starter drum set kit is just like an adult drum set but clothed in a kid’s drum set size. We love that it is fully tunable, meaning that if your kid is knowledgeable on drums and sound, they can finely tune it, to their expectations. The sound quality is decent too, not as powerful as an adult drum set, but that is also a good thing; you do not want to drive your neighbors completely off the wall. This set is exciting too because it has everything your kid needs to get started.


  • 16” x 10” 12 Lug Bass Drum
  • Two Hang Toms
  • 2-8” Hi-Hay Cymbals
  • Snare Stand
  • Bass Drum Pedal
  • Drummers Key
  • Wood Snare Drum
  • Floor Tom
  • 1-10” Crash/Ride Cymbal
  • Hi-Hat Stand
  • Pair Drum Sticks

Apart from having all a kid needs to get into drumming groove, this set also has a high gloss finish, to complement its assortment colors in either blue, black, pink, green or red. It also has chrome trimmings to put this icing on the cake. You will love that though the set is affordable, the Gammon people have made no compromises on quality. It is as sturdy as they get, and made from genuine wood shells. Your kids will march through childhood to the beat of this drum.

Its design is also intuitive and the set up should take you less than 15 minutes of your time, with the help of its manual. We love that it has mounted cymbals, a hi-hat stand, and a floor tom. This will assist your child to play a wider repertoire of sounds. This is what you need to get the kids off the smartphones, onto something a bit more constructive and mathematical fun too!


  • A 5 piece drum set perfect for the road towards drumming professionalism
  • Real wooden drum shells high sound quality
  • The set has all needed for drumming
  • Fully tunable kit
  • Good price for great quality
  • Easy to get spare parts and support from manufacturer


  • Low-quality cymbals
  • Best for kids below 5ft


The Gammon 5-piece junior starter drum set kit, is as professional as kids set can get, and its price is not too steep. It is durable and gives great sound, which should encourage your kids to learn more and play better. The attractive color will keep your kids and the neighbor’s kids too interested in this set for a long time.

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Taking the crown for affordable and quality kids drum sets are the Mendini 16 inch 3 piece junior drum set. Most reviewers feel that it is the most affordable yet, but with quality sound and sturdy construction. We believe that this might actually be true. Its price tag will make you go gaga, and the sound and user experience will exceed the expectations of your own aspiring John Bonham. This all in one drumming solutions for kids comes in a variety of cool metallic colors including bright red, blue, black, silver, purple and green. Your kids will love playing it right out of the box!


  • 16″ x 11″ Bass Drum
  • 10″ x 5″ Snare and stand
  • 9.5″ Cymbal with bass mounted holder
  • 10″ x 6″ Hanging Tom
  • A pair of wooden drumsticks
  • Round padded height adjustable drum throne
  • Bass drum pedal.

This set is designed for kids who are 4-5ft tall, and its set up is almost like a regular adult set. We love its ease of use, making it easy for kids to learn the basics of drumming, through the correct positioning of their hands. By availing the three main percussion drum sets, kids are able to master the primary tones of the drums, then add the rest of the pieces as they grow in skill. Its crash cymbal though is mounted on top of the bass drum making it a compact set needing less space for setup. Another feature you will appreciate as a parent is the presence of rounded edges drumsticks that will not easily damage but will also not damage other household items that your kid’s musical hands decide to play on.


  • Made with real wood shells so durable
  • Great sound
  • Minimalistic and takes up less space than larger sets
  • Very affordable
  • Professional sound and layout
  • Manufactured by a leading brand
  • Great aesthetics
  • One year warranty on manufacturer’s defects


  • Only for children up to 5ft
  • Low-quality cymbals
  • Sometimes shipped with some missing parts or defects


Though a kid’s set, this the Mendini 16 inch 3 piece junior drum set is no toy. It is a great way to introduce kids to drumming, and will not hurt the parent’s pockets. It will outlast the percussive abuse and will live up to the expected experience for both parents and their kids.

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Well, this is where the babies go to sleep and the adults come out to play. There is only so much we can say about this magnificent piece of percussive magic because simply put it is a well made, great sounding instrument. The company that manufactures this baby, the Pearl Musical Instrument Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of drums and has been at it since the 40’s and that is no mean feat. This should go a long way to reassure you of the quality of what is in the box. The Pearl Roadshow’s shells are made under a patented process, known as the ‘superior shell technology’ which ensures that they can take whatever drumming abuse you throw at them. This process involves boiling each of the 9 ply poplar shells so that the glue boils through the wood forming a super tight seal, which gives these shells great tonal ability and durability.


  • 20 x 16 bass drum
  • matching snare drum
  • 10 x 7 tom, 12 x 8 tom, 14 x 14 floor tom
  • 2x Pearl cymbal stands
  • 1 Pearl snare drum stand
  • 1 Pearl hi-hat stand
  • 1x Pearl bass drum pedal
  • 1x 16’’ crash-ride
  • 14’’ hybrid hi-hat
  • 1x Pearl stick bag
  • 1x drum throne
  • 2x drumsticks

The Pearl Roadshow not only has shells that do not impede on its sound but shells bathed in layers of lacquer and in four colors that ooze of attack and power; wine red, charcoal, bronze metallic and jet black. This set comes already tuned to play but all adding your own final touch to the tension with the already supplied drum key cannot hurt. We love the kit’s dual reinforced, double braced legs and well-balanced tripod base, that serve to keep the instruments steady under pressure. You will love the slip-free spurs that ensure the accessories too are not slipping all over your stage, no matter what it is made of.


  • Quality drum set from the Pearl Musical Instrument Company
  • Package has all you need to get you on the road
  • Made with 9-inch poplar shells for great studio quality sound
  • Great professional look
  • Ready to play off the box
  • Limited 2 Year Warranty


  • High price range


The Pearl drums are well known and respected by amateurs and professionals alike and you really can’t wrong with the Pearl Roadshow.

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This Best Choice kids drum set is just like an adult drum set, only on a small scale. It has two tom drums, unlike many other kids drum sets that have only one. In its wine red color with chrome plated finishes, it will most definitely be a keeper with your kids, and greatly assist them to hone their skills.


  • Bass drum: 12.5″ x 11.75″
  • 2 Tom drums: 8.5″ x 6.75, 10.5″ x 5.5″
  • Cymbal: 8″
  • Drum sticks: 11”
  • a cushion stool
  • Weight: 22 lbs

We love that though this drum set is complete with all accessories it will not cost you the parent an arm and a leg. Its price also makes it a perfect gift set for doting grandparents, uncles and aunties. Its an all wood construction drum set though meaning that it is durable and can handle all the punishment the kids will give it as they practice and move around your basement. It is perfect for most kids above three years.


  • Very affordable
  • Great quality since made of wood
  • Right size for kids
  • Good sound quality
  • Made of wood
  • The chrome finishes and color look good


  • No setup manual for first-time buyers
  • A cheapie cymbal
  • Only suited for kids under 5ft


Due to its low price range, this Best Choice kids drum set is the perfect beginner drum set for your kids. Whats more? Its set up exactly like an adult drum set so the transition from a kiddie to set to adult should be easy for your kid when the time comes.

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Another big boy drum kit, the Gammon percussion full-size drum kit is perfect for all beginner drummers over 5ft tall who would like to start grooving with some bit of professionalism. This drum set is perfect for practice, and its sounds are decent, while at the same it is very sturdy. It is an entry level adult set with five pieces, a stool, and sticks.


  • 22″x14″ 16 Bass Drum
  • 5 1/2″ x 14 Snare drum
  • 12″x10″ and 13″x10 Mound Toms
  • 16″x16″ Floor tom
  • 2-12″ Hi-Hat Cymbals
  • 1-14″ Crash Cymbal
  • Double Braced Snare Stand
  • Cymbal Stand
  • Hi-Hat Stand
  • Bass drum pedal
  • Drummer’s Throne
  • Drum Sticks
  • Drummers Key
  • High gloss finish

We love that this drum kit is made of quality wood strengthened with metal stands to withstand rough play. To keep it younger for longer though, do not disassemble and reassemble constantly as its hardware may not hold. The drum set is purchased well tuned and all you need to once it arrives on your doorstep is unpackage it and start rocking. In the looks department, it doesn’t look bad either, what with its glossy black color with a high coat finish!


  • Great starter set for adults
  • Shells made of wood and sturdy
  • Great sound
  • Most affordable full-size drum set kit


  • The seat is small and uncomfortable
  • The cymbals are of poor quality
  • Not easy to put together


This Gammon percussion full-size drum performance is great for a starter set and once you’ve made the purchase you can rest assured that you’ll only spend more when upgrading or for maintenance. Gammon parts are also easy to purchase from the manufacturer.

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Another affordable yet quality percussion drum set for the younger drummer from Mendini. We love the size of this budget drum set. The makers had your kid and your small size apartment in mind when they designed this set. This set is meant for kids 3-8 years old but its so sturdily built adults have been reported to use it. Its made from smaller sized real hardwood shells and has a one year warranty against manufacturer defects.


  • 13″ x 8″ Bass Drum
  • 8″ x 6″ Mounted Tom
  • 10″ x 4″ Mounted snare drum
  • 8″ Cymbal
  • Round padded adjustable drum throne
  • Bass drum pedal
  • wooden drumsticks,
  • Easy to read set up instructions

This set has everything your kid needs to start out and is set in a way that whatever motions your child learns on it, they will utilize them when older. Its tom, snare drum and cymbal is mounted atop the bass drum to ensure that you have no headache when doing setups and that the set uses as little ground space as possible.

Its metallic colors comprising of black, blue, red, green, silver and purple are to die for and pairing your kid with her favorite color will keep her rocking out on the set rather than glued to her screen.


  • Genuine hardwood shell drums
  • Needs less space than other drum sets
  • Great quality sound
  • Great size for 3-8-year-olds
  • Sturdy in construction
  • Great price
  • Colours look awesome


  • Poor quality cymbal
  • Set ideal for kids only

This Mendini by Cecilio 13 Inch 3-Piece kids drum set is a best seller and for good reason. For one its size and price and optimum as an introductory drum set for young kids. It is sturdy enough to outlast childhood and the sound decent enough to foster creativity.

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We have been waiting to review the big boy of Mendini by Cecilio, which is the complete full size 5 piece adult or teen drum set. Drawing on Cecilio’s high-end musical instruments manufacturing legacy, this drum has unmatched quality at a very affordable price for a full-size adult kit. Made with real poplar shells laminated with durable PVC, the sound of this percussive beast is deep with resonance, warmth and is bound to captivate your audience at home or at the bar.


  • 22″ x 16″ bass drum
  • 12″ x 8″ and 13″ x 9″ tom toms
  • 14″ x 5.5″ matching snare drum
  • 16″ x 16″ floor tom
  • 5″ hi-hat
  • 16″ crash cymbals
  • Round padded height adjustable drum throne,
  • A pair of wooden drumsticks
  • Double braced snare
  • cymbal and hi-hat stands
  • Chain drive bass drum pedal
  • Easy to read set up instructions

We love that this kit alone is enough to set you on the road to building your musical legacy and that it is easy to learn and master. The set comes ready for you to jam off the box professionally or just mess around with your kids. The set has seven color choices, including black, blue, green, wine red, bright red, white and our favorite; silver. The high gloss finish is the cherry on the cake on this looker and gives it that professional look. The sound though is what makes this adult set so popular with users and we love it too. Once fine-tuned to satisfaction the poplar shells are capable of studio quality sound and at that low a price, it’s a no-brainer that this is one of the best adult beginner drum sets out there.


  • Quality and sturdy poplar shells construction
  • Great sound quality
  • Ready to play complete drum set
  • Great color choices
  • Great price


  • Poor cymbal quality
  • Not advisable for disassembling and reassembling often


This Mendini by Cecilio drum set is a perfect set for the adult or teen who would like to dip their toes in the drumming world to see if they like it. With a few upgrades, this set will last you many years as the drum shells are truly well done.

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Another affordable adult beginner set which we have to begin by mentioning that we love its classic style. One look at this set’s sleek, high gloss black or silver finish, will take you back to Neal Peart’s of Rush hard-hitting roaring 70s. This timeless look on this Best Choice drum kit does it justice.


  • Bass drum.
  • 2 Rack toms.
  • Floor tom.
  • High-hat cymbal.
  • Ride cymbal.
  • Drum stool/throne.
  • Drum sticks.
  • Bass drum pedal.

Users love that this set has all drum set items needed to get started. Some of the accessories and heads might not be great, but that can be swapped as you acquire more skills in playing. The drum shells are made of solid wood and reinforced with metal to ensure that this baby does not give way to drumming pressure too son.


  • Great price
  • Excellent tonal quality
  • Easy to upgrade
  • High-quality maple wood shells
  • Full-size adult kit
  • Affordable
  • Has a drum key for tuning the sound
  • Flexibility in set up


  • For optimum playing performance, accessories need upgrading
  • Need a lot of tuning for good sound


This set is the perfect beginner set, though may need a few upgrades as you dig your heels in in the drumming world. The price is great and the construction not too bad either.

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What to look when buying a percussion drum set


Acoustic space available

If you tend to travel or move your kit around a lot, then go for a kit that easier to transport, probably one with maple shells, which work hard and are more versatile. If you space is small, then pick a drum kit that will fit in it properly.


Age or skill level of drummer

A beginner drum set is an asset cost wise for every entry-level drummer. They allow you to test the waters before plunging in. For kids, there are also junior drum sets specifically sized for kids but giving the same oomph a larger adult sized drum kit would.

Number of drums

Kits with smaller and few drums are perfect for traditional blues, jazz or simple acoustic pieces. But if you want to rock hard, get sets with larger drums which also work well for metal.


Purchasing a drum kit is the first step towards musical mastery and the best drum kit should assist you in mastering the skill, by providing the right sound and set up. Durability is key and a well made set will outlive your hard practice use and shine on even when on stage.

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