We take a look at 5 of our favourite budget friendly drum sets that won’t break the bank. These are our top 5 best cheap drum sets that don’t suck
As part of our “instruments that don’t suck” blog series, we’re looking at budget friendly or “cheap” instruments that are still made to last, of high build quality and that sound great! Next up: cheap drum sets!
When choosing a budget friendly drum set, it’s hard to get a handle on the decent ones and the options that won’t break down on you the first time you hit the snare! Thankfully – we have a hug range of options to choose from.
Whether you’re just starting out in the world of drums, you need a good quality smaller kit for recording or you want something to take on the road with you, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a good quality kit. Thanks to improvements in manufacturing (and the fact we only stock drum sets we believe in) “cheap” doesn’t have to mean poor quality.
So today we’re going to look at our top 5 best cheap drum sets that don’t suck, as these are budget friendly options that are made to an extremely high quality and that sound amazing. Just remember, when you think “cheap” think “budget friendly” instead.
1. Stagg 3-Piece 16" Junior Drum Kit in Blue
The Stagg 3-Piece 16" Junior Drum Kit, seen here in blue, is a great option when you need a high-quality kids drum set, that will last them a while. Made to high standards, these kits are often used by adult musicians who need something to create percussion tracks too. You get a 16” bass drum, a snare and a tom as well as pedal, hardware, 10" crash cymbal, drum sticks and a drum stool – ideal as a Christmas gift for your budding drum superstar. The smaller size means you can pack it away easily and it won’t take up too much room when it’s set up.
At just over £100, this is a great option for those in need of a cheap drum set that doesn’t suck!
2. Alesis DM Lite Electronic Drum Kit
The Alesis DM Lite Electronic Drum Kit is one of our favourite cheap drum sets that continues to impress us here at PMT. For the budget friendly price tag, you get a huge number of features, able to provide beginner drummers with the tools to learn and practice as well as intermediate and pro players a great way to hone their skills, record and jam with other musicians.
In the box you get a complete drum kit with pre-assembled rack, drum sticks, all required cables, mounting hardware and power supply – so you’re good to go straight way, just add some headphones or an amplifier! For less than £250 you get a budget friendly drum set with a total of 200 sounds built into 10 kit presets as well as a purpose built drum coach with 30 backing tracks and tutorials that you can play along to and hone your skills. Highly sensitive, easy to set up and great sounding – the Alesis DM Lite Electronic Drum Kit is one of our favourite cheap drums sets that will last a lifetime.
3. Stagg 5-Piece Complete 22” Rock Drum Kit in Black
The Stagg 5-Piece Complete 22” Rock Drum Kit pictured above in Black, is a superbly designed cheap drum set that sounds amazing, provides you with everything you need to get started on your road to drum superstardom and best of all - won’t break the bank. You get 5 drum shells with skins, including bass drum, 2 rack toms, floor tom wooden snare, hi hat, crash cymbal and all the associated hardware and pedals with a drum throne and a pair of sticks. Each part of the kit has been designed to withstand the most ardent of players making it one of our favourite cheap drum sets – it’ll take whatever you throw at it!
An impressive and extremely budget friendly drum kit ideal for beginner players and intermediate drummers alike.
4. Mapex 2216 Fusion Tornado 22” Drum Kit with Hardware and Cymbals, Black
The Mapex 2216 Fusion Tornado 22” Drum Kit is one of our favourite cheap drum sets that certainly doesn’t suck. The Mapex fusion kits are widely regarded as some of the best budget friendly drum sets on the market today, fusing expert craftmanship with high quality materials whilst remaining firmly in an affordable price bracket.
This 5-piece drum kit features 3 x toms, bass drum and snare as well as cymbals, drum throne and full set of double braced hardware which will easily take on the hardest of drum hitters. Whether you’re a beginner drummer or you’re an old hand in need of a second kit for recording or around the house, this cheap drum set is both budget friendly and superb quality, offering a fantastic sound at all times.
5. Ludwig Questlove Pocket Kit, Wine Red Sparkle
Don’t be fooled by the smaller size of the Ludwig Questlove Pocket Kit, this is not a toy, but a powerful kit designed by drum and percussion legend Questlove, to provide younger drummers with a convenient kit for apartments and those with minimal space.
The Ludwig Questlove Pocket Kit has actually been designed for kids between the ages of 4-10, providing everything you need to get started in the box including all pedals, floor tom, rack tom, snare, kick drum, throne, crash cymbal, hi-hat and all the hardware and pedals as well. In addition, you also get access to free drum lessons and video tutorials that show you how to tune your drum kit, stick technique and so much more.
Although this cheap drum set is on the smaller size and aimed at the younger players out there, it’s actually a fantastic option for adults in need of a tight, conveniently sized set for recording or smaller live gigs. It also sounds amazing when mic’d up – just check out this video with Questlove himself:
View a full selection of cheap drum sets over at PMT online or call in to our dedicated House Of Drums department in your local PMT store. Our drum experts can help you find the right kit to suit your needs and create complete bespoke set ups depending on your sound and your style of playing.