5 Best Beginner Drum Sets


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A drum set is a wonderfully diverse and interesting instrument. No two kits seem to be exactly the same, and there is so much to learn from them.

However, it can be quite intimidating to think about investing in a drum kit. They are a big purchase and there are so many factors and components to consider.

Some of these factors include their size, the sound, and what the sets actually have in them.

To help you make your choice, we have narrowed down the best beginner drum sets currently on the market. So, have a scroll, then get ready to smash some hi-hats!

Ludwig Accent Drive 5-Pc Drum Set

Ludwig Accent Drive 5-Pc Drum Set, Red Sparkle - Includes: Hardware, Throne, Pedal, Cymbals, Sticks & Drumheads

This Ludwig drum set is a brilliant starter kit for a budding drummer. It comes in a five-piece set, which will give a beginner all of the tools to learn the basic elements of drumming!

The Ludwig brand creates great quality drums that have a solid construction and awesome resonance, which is what will build a beginner’s sound, as well as increase their confidence in their skills.

After all, if your playing sound’s amazing, you are going to carry on pursuing it!

This kit includes a bass drum, toms, floor toms, and a snare drum. It also has a hi-hat and a crash cymbal.

These have double-braced stands to ensure they will be strong enough for all types of drumming, and there is a chain-drive kick pedal and a wonderful drum throne to top off the whole set.

While it does come with a drum key to tune the clear, Ludwig drum heads, as a beginner you might want to try using a drum tuner first to get used to the tuning process.

Other than that, the kit is really everything a beginner will need to start learning the drums, and it is all of great quality.

Many users, who were beginners themselves, said that the assembly was very simple and that it didn’t take long at all.

The only issue with it was that the kit doesn’t come with instructions, which is a problem for people who don’t know what a drum kit should look like!

However, there are plenty of YouTube videos that explain in vivid detail how to set it up, and this makes the process much easier.

Another thing to bear in mind is that, as with a lot of beginner kits, the cymbals don’t produce the best sound.

It is very common to find weaker cymbals when you buy a whole drum set, and many users recommended switching them out with another brand after you’ve learned how to play them with this set!

However, the rest of the drums are resonant, strong, and sound amazing for a beginner’s kit.

Pros:

  • Comes with 5 pieces – This is a full starter kit, which is perfect for a beginner who is just learning how to play the drums.
  • Great accessories – This set comes with the stands for cymbals, hi-hat, and snare, which isn’t always offered in a kit. It also comes with the kick pedal.
  • Comes with clear Ludwig heads and a drum key – These will help you make sure your drum kit remains in tune (but as a beginner, you may want to try using a drum tuner first).

Cons:

  • Instructions – It doesn’t come with instructions for assembly, so you will need to use their YouTube videos.
Ludwig Accent Drive 5-Pc Drum Set, Red Sparkle - Includes: Hardware, Throne, Pedal, Cymbals, Sticks & Drumheads
  • 22"x16" Bass Drum, 10"x8" & 12"x9" Toms & 16"x16" Floor Toms and 6.5"x14" Snare Drum
  • Dourable, Wrapped Finish, Classic Micro-Lugs & Telescoping Bass Drum Spurs
  • Complete with cymbals: 13" Hi-Hats & 16" Crash and drum throne
  • Includes: 200 Series double-braced cymbal stand & hi-hat stand and 201 Series double-braced snare stand, plus Improved chain-drive kick pedal

Eastar 5 Piece Full-Size Drum Kit

Drum Set Eastar 22 inch for Adults, 5 Piece Full Size Drum Kit Junior Beginner with Pedal Cymbals Stands Stool and Sticks, Metallic Silver

The Eastar drum kit is fairly unknown in the music community, but don’t let this discourage you from trying out, what is considered, one of the best drum sets for beginners.

Many beginners will recommend starting on an Eastar set, partially because of its beautifully resonant sound, and the fact that it has a 12-month product warranty.

This means that if you are experiencing any issues with your first kit, you can contact them and they will provide you with a great amount of support!

The kit comes with everything you will need – cymbals, mounted toms, a bass drum, a snare drum, and a floor tom drum.

You will also receive stands, a drum throne, and drumsticks, which means that you’ll be able to get started straight away.

The drum bases have a double-plate structure, which means that they can withstand a large amount of pressure while you are drumming away – up to 330 pounds.

With their use of high-quality materials, particularly the choice of layered poplar wood for the drums, the sound from this set will be loud, strong, and clear, which is everything you could want from a drum kit.

The way this set is built also means that sound will spread evenly across the surfaces of the instruments because the shell is built to create an equal vibration, which will further the resonance of the instruments.

I should mention that, as with other drum kits, the cymbal included with this set isn’t the finest one you can get on the market.

However, since this kit is intended for beginners, the cymbal will definitely help you to gain confidence and skills in drumming.

Once you are at a good level and want to focus more on the types of sounds you can create, rather than just the skills, then I would recommend investing in a different cymbal.

Some users have also commented on the struggle they had assembling the kit. It does come with instructions, but none of the parts come labeled. For a beginner drummer, this certainly makes it complicated!

As with the Ludwig kit, however, there are plenty of YouTube videos that explain in clear detail how to set it up.

Aside from this, it is a great kit with all of the accessories needed to develop amazing drumming skills!

Pros:

  • Good selection of components – It comes with a drum body, stand, drum throne, cymbal, and drumsticks.
  • The drum base has a double-plate structure – Which means that you won’t have to worry about it breaking under a large amount of pressure, as it can hold up to 330 pounds. It also has a well-designed bass drum leg, so the feet don’t move the drum as you are playing it.
  • 12-Month Product Warranty – If you have any issues with your set, you can contact Eastar and they will help you immediately.
  • High-quality materials – The drum is made from 8 layers of poplar wood, which encourages uniform and equal vibration with its loud sound. It also ensures that there is a huge amount of resonance.

Cons:

  • Cymbal sound is lacking – The cymbals aren’t amazing, so you might want to replace these – but the rest of the kit is definitely worth checking out.
  • Assembly issues – You will have to go on YouTube to assemble it, even though it came with instructions. This is because the parts aren’t labeled, which will make it much more complicated.

Also available at Eastar Music

Drum Set Eastar 22 inch for Adults, 5 Piece Full Size Drum Kit Junior Beginner with Pedal Cymbals Stands Stool and Sticks, Metallic Silver
  • SUPER VALUE FULL-SIZE DRUM SET - Eastar EDS-485B 5 adult drum set involves drum body, stand, drum throne, cymbal, drumsticks, suitable for beginning and intermediate drum enthusiasts, drums with horizontal stripes of poplar, high strength, even vibration, sound Loud.
  • PREMIUM DRUM HEAD- Made from superior different thickness and resonance surface to shape excellent sound- Bass drum head tension is larger than similar products, and the drum skin vibration is better. The snare drum with a high-grade white matte head has a particularly good sound that comparable to the midrange snare drum since the drum section has a slope. Due to transportation reasons, wrinkles are normal when the drum skin is received, and the wrinkles disappear after installation.
  • STURDY COMPONENTS & BEARING CAPACITY - The bass drum of this adult drum kit adopts 8 drum lug structure, which ring is made of iron and the other parts are made of electroplated material. The hi-hat adopts a single-leg electroplated stand, which is durable and stylish. The drum base adopts a double-plate structure to provide excellent load-bearing capacity up to 330 lbs.
  • GET JUNIOR DRUM SETS BY EASY ASSEMBLE - Content 22 "x 16" Bass drum x 1, 12 "x 8" Mounted tom x 1, 10 "x 7" Mounted tom x 1, 14 "x 5.5" Mounted snare (With Stand) x 1, 16inch x 16inch floor drum x 1, 14inch Hi-Hat Cymbal (With Stand) x 1, 16inch Straight Cymbal (with stand) x 1,7A wooden drum sticks x 2. Bass Pedal x1,Round padded adjustable drum throne x 1,.Easy to read set up instructions x 1.
  • RELIABLE BRAND & CUSTOMER SERVICES - Being a professional musical instruments supplier for over 10 years, we offer a 12-Month Product Warranty for Eastar drum set. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us and we will be more than happy to help.

Ashthorpe 5-Piece Drum Set

Ashthorpe 5-Piece Full Size Adult Drum Set with Remo Heads & Premium Brass Cymbals - Complete Professional Percussion Kit with Chrome Hardware - Red

This full, 5-piece drum set from Ashthorpe is a wonderful way for a beginner to get themselves started on their drumming journey.

Advertised as being a wonderful kit for beginners, it comes with a huge range of accessories and elements that are all made from high-quality, durable materials.

It is an attractive drum kit that uses Remo heads for both sides of the drum skins. Remo is one of the biggest drumhead companies in the world, and it has an excellent reputation for its strong and resonant skins.

As well as this, the shells are made from poplar hardwood which is strong and vibrates well, which will, in turn, create a fantastic sound when played.

Finally, the flanged hoops are extremely heavy-duty and sturdy. All of the construction choices are designed with resonance in mind.

The kit comes with all of the standard toms and bass drums, as well as two cymbals, a snare, all of the stands necessary for these instruments, and the padded throne.

You will also get drumsticks, a chain-driven pedal, and a drum key for tuning. These elements come with helpful instructions to help a beginner set the parts up, and users have said that putting it together only took a couple of hours.

This set is a great investment. While it is perfect for beginners, it is also durable enough to withstand lots of practice time, and after I had a go on these drums, you can tell that they are fit to last.

You won’t even need to upgrade any of the elements as you become more advanced – the cymbals sound great!

One thing to mention is a couple of users found that a screw or two were missing from the box. However, this is a packing issue and not a problem with the actual drums.

I would say that these drums are truly amazing, and would definitely be worth buying for a beginner.

Pros:

  • Great combination of components – It comes with a ten-lug bass drum, floor tom, mounted toms, snare with wires, brass hi-hat cymbals, brass crash cymbal, all stands, padded throne, drumsticks, hardware, chain-driven pedals, and drum key.
  • High-quality materials – The drum shells are made with poplar hardwood, and it has heavy-duty flanged hoops which are designed with resonance in mind.
  • Comes with instructions to help set-up – This will reduce the amount of time you spend building the drum kit, and you won’t have to worry about searching on the internet for extra help.
  • Durable – Many users have said that they have used the set religiously for months and there haven’t been any breakages.

Cons:

  • Missing screws – Some users have found screws missing from the box, which is a packing issue rather than a problem with the actual drums.
Ashthorpe 5-Piece Full Size Adult Drum Set with Remo Heads & Premium Brass Cymbals - Complete Professional Percussion Kit with Chrome Hardware - Red
  • Genuine Remo heads: Each drum in this set features prestigious Remo brand UT-series heads for both the batter (top side) and resonant (bottom side) head. Remo is the world's largest drumhead company and their products combine industry excellence with classic sound qualities, perfect for any aspiring drummer.
  • Professional set: Ideal for all adult musicians, beginner to advanced, this full-size set provides everything needed for playing and perfecting practice, including a 22" x 16" ten-lug bass drum, 16" x 16" floor tom, 13" x 10" and 12" x 9" mounted toms, 14" x 6" snare with wires, 14" premium brass hi-hat cymbals, 16" premium brass crash/ride cymbal, all stands, padded throne (stool), drumsticks, hardware, chain-driven pedals, and drum adjustment key.
  • Top components for rich sound: This deluxe set is crafted utilizing the highest quality materials, such as genuine Poplar hardwood shells, upgraded heads, heavy-duty 2.3mm triple flanged hoops, and top-quality brass cymbals, all chosen for their ability to maximize frequency response and resonance for the ultimate acoustic experience.
  • Stage-worthy appearance: Available in several finishes to suit any preference, each set features top-quality, all-chrome hardware and accents.
  • Some assembly required: Detailed, easy-to-read instructions for frustration-free setup.

Pearl Roadshow Drum Set

Pearl Roadshow Drum Set 5-Piece Complete Kit with Cymbals and Stands, Charcoal Metallic (RS525SC/C706)

Pearl drum sets are highly regarded in the drumming community. They are reliable, durable, and they have an amazingly vibrant sound. The Roadshow Drum Set upholds this reputation, and it is a fantastic beginner drum kit.

This 5-piece set comes with all of the accessories a beginner will need. This includes drums, hardware, cymbals, and a drum throne. It also has maple drum sticks and a stick bag, which is a great addition.

The drum shells are made from hardwood to ensure that they are strong enough to withstand lots of practice, and the drums also have triple-flanged steel hoops for extra durability.

As well as this, the drums are double-braced to prevent them from wobbling about or collapsing, and they will lock in a variety of positions to be as comfortable as possible for beginners.

This kit is advertised as being the best for student and beginner players, which means that it is great for new drummers to learn and hone their skills.

It is built to cope with hours of practice, so don’t be afraid to fully go for it on these drumskins!

A handy bonus with this complete kit is that it tells you in a lot of detail how to set it up because Pearl knows that beginners are going to be investing in this.

They do actually recommend upgrading the cymbals after you’ve practiced enough with these ones and got the hang of how to play them. However, the cymbals in this kit do sound great for a beginner kit!

When I tried it out, I thought that the set was beautiful, professional, and I agree with all of the users that rave about how great the Pearl Roadshow is for a first kit.

Pros:

  • Extensive components included – It has all of the standard drums and hardware, as well as the cymbals and a drum throne. Interestingly, it also has maple drum sticks and a stick bag.
  • Strong quality – The kit contains hardwood drum shells and triple-flanged steel hoops. It also has double-braced stands, which will lock the drums in a variety of positions of your choice.
  • Meant for beginners – This drum set is advertised as being the best for student and beginner players, and every user says how wonderful it is for a first kit.
  • Useful set-up instructions – Pearl tells you clearly how to set the kit up, and they also recommend upgrading the cymbals after you’ve got the hang of them with practice.

Cons:

  • Shipping issue – Some users have said they didn’t ship the correct screws for assembly.
Pearl Roadshow Drum Set 5-Piece Complete Kit with Cymbals and Stands, Charcoal Metallic (RS525SC/C706)
  • Complete Drum Set -The Pearl Roadshow drum kit comes complete with everything you need to start drumming right out of the box. This set comes with drums, hardware, cymbals, and drum throne. We even throw in sticks and a stick bag to complete the set
  • Set Includes-22x16 bass drum, 14x5.5 snare, 10x8 & 12x9 rack toms, 16x16 floor tom, cymbal stand, Hi-hat stand, snare stand, Two rack tom holder, kick pedal, drum throne, 16" crash/ride cymbal, 14" Hi-hats, 2pair of maple drumsticks, and stick bag
  • Hardwood Drum Shells and Triple Flanged Steel Hoops-6-ply 7mm Poplar hardwood shell and a hand cut 45 degree bearing edge. This creates a single air resonance chamber to project a note when the drum head is struck, and makes the head eaiser to tune
  • Double Braced Stands- Each stand is height adjustable with die-cast tier joints, and all tilters lock to practically any position you adjust them to. Includes snare stand, cymbal stand, hi-hat stand, dual chain bass drum pedal, drum throne
  • Includes cymbals and sticks - Roadshow comes complete with a 16" Brass Crash/Ride Cymbal, and a set of 14" Hybrid Hi-Hats. 2 pair of maple drum sticks, stickbag and a Pearl Drum poster

Yamaha Stage Custom 5pc Drum Shell Pack

Yamaha Stage Custom Birch 5pc Drum Shell Pack - 22' Kick, Honey Amber

First of all, Yamaha is a great brand that has a huge collection of professional, wonderful-sounding instruments. This 5-piece drum shell pack lives up to the Yahama name!

However, I should state that, as the name suggests, this kit only contains drum shells and skins. It doesn’t contain any of the hardware or any other accessories.

There is an option to get these shells with the stands and cymbals etc., but it is currently unavailable on the market.

What I will say is that this set is still very much worth investing in for a beginner drummer.

Yamaha’s custom, 100% birch drum shells are incredibly strong and long-lasting, and they also actively encourage sound to resonate as clearly and cleanly as possible.

A beginner will sound like a professional drummer, no matter how they hit the drum!

Not only do the drums sound great, but they look amazing too. They are coated with a high-gloss lacquer finish that also adds to the durability of the shell and helps to prevent the drum from damage.

The die-cast claw hooks surrounding the drum shells give them a classic and polished look, so your kit will look as professional as possible.

They also have rubber plates hidden underneath these hooks to help reduce any excess noise, like buzzing or fuzz. Again, this just adds to the fantastic sound of the Yamaha drums.

So, while these drums don’t come with the stands or other accessories that a beginner would need to have the whole set-up, they are a worthwhile investment that will be strong enough to last many years of practice.

Pros:

  • Excellent brand – Yamaha is a well-known and great brand, with a huge professional collection.
  • Yamaha custom 100% birch – These drum shells help the sound to resonate clearly and cleanly, without any unwanted buzzing noises.
  • High-gloss lacquer finish – This not only looks amazing, but it makes the drums less likely to be damaged.
  • Die-cast claw hooks on drum shells – These hooks look wonderful and make the drums far more durable. They also have rubber plates to help reduce any excess noise.

Cons:

  • No hardware – This doesn’t include the hardware to assemble it apart from tom mounts and floor tom legs.
  • Lack of other components – It doesn’t come with cymbals, a kick pedal, or a drumming throne.
Yamaha Stage Custom Birch 5pc Drum Shell Pack - 22" Kick, Honey Amber
  • Included Drums: 22x17 kick, 10x7 rack tom, 12x8 rack tom, 16x15 floor tom, 14x5.5 snare
  • Included Hardware: TH-945B 3-hole receiver with (2) YESS tom mounts, (3) floor tom legs
  • 100% birch drum shells with air seal system
  • 45-Degree bearing edges and Absolute-style lugs
  • No cymbals, stands, or kick pedal, or throne included

If you are still wondering how to choose the perfect beginner drum set, have a browse through our buyer’s guide that outlines all of the main factors you should consider when investing in your kit!

Buyer’s Guide

Size

It can be easy to fall into the trap of accidentally buying a child/junior size drum set when you type ‘beginner drum sets’ into the internet.

When looking for beginner drum sets for adults, this essentially refers to anyone that is taller than 5 feet, and beyond that, the drum stands can be adjusted if they need to be made taller.

Drum sets are pretty much in two categories of Junior and Adult, and within these, it is one size fits everyone!

Sound And Purpose

If you are simply looking for a drum set to get some practice in, you will want to go for the practice kits rather than used kits.

Used kits will often have parts missing or be slightly broken, which will alter your playing style.

This means that when the time comes to invest in a fully professional kit, you will have learned some bad playing mannerisms that will affect the sound – and will be difficult to unlearn!

Practice kits are incredibly useful because they will still last for many years (definitely for as long as it takes for you to learn all of the skills) but they can also sound just as great as professional kits, just for half the price.

Setup/What Kit Comes With It?

While some kits will come with just the drum shells and skins, as the Yamaha Stage Custom set does, others will provide every component that you need to play the drums – sticks and all.

As a beginner, you will probably want to keep an eye out for the sets that have more components involved.

This will save you from scouring the internet for parts that you aren’t sure will work with the drum shells you’ve already bought, and it can also save money to buy the kit together rather than sourcing them separately.

Having said that, the drum shells are still a brilliant investment for a beginner to purchase!

Depending on the kit you buy, you can be offered a range of set-ups. The main set-up, however, is:

  • Two cymbals
  • One hi-hat
  • One bass drum
  • Three tom drums
  • One snare drum

This is the standard setup because it has all of the sounds you will need to create a full sound, especially if you are recording. This collection is used on most of the music you hear!

If you add any more to this collection, especially as a beginner, it can get very confusing and some of the drum components will be lost and unused.

There is also the issue that if you add more drums, then you will get less practice on the major components like the toms. This means that you won’t develop your drum skills as well as you could with a minimal setup.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is A 5 Piece Drum Set Good For Beginners?

Yes, a 5 piece drum set is good for a beginner! It contains all of the main drum elements, which will quickly introduce a beginner to what playing the drums actually entails, and it is big enough for a beginner to ‘grow into’.

5 piece kits are what advanced drummers use as well, so a 5 piece drum set will encourage progression – as well as provide enough of the instrument for a new drummer to learn the basics.

Are The Drums Easy To Learn?

The drums are easy to learn with lots of time and practice dedicated to them, but it will be difficult to be able to play songs immediately.

You will also need to practice your hand-eye coordination for the drums, probably more so than any other instrument.

This is because the drum kit essentially surrounds you when you are playing it, as opposed to one instrument sitting in front of you.

There are lots of elements involved! However, once you do master the basic skills and the feel for the drums, then it is incredibly easy to progress from there.