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Drums aren’t the most common first instrument a kid learns, but understanding the basics of rhythm is an excellent foundation for all music education. Sized-down drum sets for kids are perfect for little ones to learn on and luckily, you can find them in both acoustic and electronic versions.
What Are the Best Drum Kits for Kids?
The best drum sets for kits include at least three essential pieces: tom-tom drums, a bass drum, and cymbal, but others go further with additional toms and cymbals. And whether you choose a classic or an electronic drum set, you want to make sure it’s well-constructed and functional and produces a real drum sound (albeit in a pint-sized package).
What to Consider When Buying Drum Sets for Kids
The size, age, and skill-level of the child in question all factor into the right drum kit for you. But it’s also important to consider how much noise you (and your neighbors) are willing to tolerate as well as the size of available space. Here’s what we look for in both acoustic and electronic drum kits.
Acoustic Drums: When thinking about a standard drum kit, it’s important to look first at measurements, including the heights and ages of kids the set was designed for. When considering construction, we look for well-made kits with professional details and the ability to adjust and tune. Most of these also include an adjustable seat and drumsticks, but not always.
Electronic Drums: Just because it’s electric doesn’t mean it can’t sound just like a regular drum kit, and this is our number one factor to look for. We also take into consideration the number of drum pads and types of drum sounds they produce, as well as whether the set has built-in speakers as well as headphone and auxiliary jacks (because sometimes you want to plug in so that only your child can hear the drumming — and not your entire neighborhood).
1. Music Alley Three-Piece Kids Drum Set
This three-piece drum set for kids is both the coolest toy ever, and a legitimate drum kit for young ones learning the basics of drumming, down to the tunable skins and reinforced chrome fixtures. It is sized for kids aged 4 to 9, and includes a bass drum and pedal, snare, standard eight-inch tom drum, and a ten-inch cymbal. A padded, adjustable seat and sticks complete the kit.
We love the polished chrome look of the kit and the black colorway, which gives it an authentic rock and roll vibe just like the pros.
2. Mendini by Cecilio Five-Piece Junior Drum Set
Another fully-functional drum kit sized down for kiddos, this bright blue set includes a bass drum, ten and eight-inch tom drums, snare, floor tom, an eight-inch hi-hat with stand, as well as a ten-inch crash cymbal. In short, you have everything here to give your budding Phil Collins everything they need to learn the basics of rhythm. There is some assembly required with this kit, but most people found the instructions pretty easy to follow. We love the durability of these drums too.
3. QoQoba Electronic Drum Set for Kids
If your kid wants to learn drums but you’re a little iffy on the noise level of an acoustic set, might we suggest this electric drum kit? The set comes with seven (foldable) drum pads for one snare, three toms, one crash cymbal, one ride, and one hi-hat. The colored circles make it easy to quickly learn which drum makes what sound. This set also comes with eight demo preset songs, perfect for little drummers to play along with. And because the set also comes with adjustable headphones, you don’t have to hear the learning process yourself.
4. KONIX Bluetooth Electric Midi Drum Set Kit for Kids
Another foldable electric drum kit, this set has nine drum pads for tom-toms, hi-hat, snare, and crash and ride cymbals, as well as 12 demo songs, seven tones, and nine rhythms. We especially love that it can be connected via Bluetooth or cable to a computer or phone, and comes with built-in speakers (with adjustable volume) as well as a headphone jack.
This is a great practice pad, or an easy way for kids to learn the basics of drumming. The illustrated pads teach them about the different drum-types and sounds, while the Bluetooth connection lets them graduate to playing alongside a real track (say, when connected to a playlist on your phone).