Choosing the correct drum set for a child can be difficult if you’ve never been a drummer yourself. You can spend hours researching different products and be no closer to knowing what is what. It’s important to know what aspects should be focused on to help you choose what model is best for a kid.
I tried to create a drum set for beginners buyer’s guide that will help you figure out what you should be looking for in the musical instrument. I’ve included general information about drum sets, what features you should be aware of, and reviews to ten different products that might be the perfect choice for your aspiring musician. Feel free to check it out.
|Name||Recommended age||Item Weight||Product Dimensions|
|VTech KidiBeats Kids Drum Set||24 months - 5 years||1.5 pounds||3.9 x 12.1 x 11.5|
|Mendini by Cecilio 16 inch 5-Piece Complete Kids||6 year and up||42 pounds||19 x 24 x 20|
|RockJam Electronic Roll Up MIDI Drum Kit||6 year and up||1.5 pounds||16.6 x 12.8 x 2.4|
|Pyle PED021M - 9 Piece Electric Drum Set||6 year and up||28 pounds||32.5 x 16 x 8.8|
|WolVol Electric Big Toy Drum Set for Kids||3 years and up||2.4 pounds||21 x 17.5 x 5|
|Bright Starts Baby Light||9 months - 2 years||1.3 pounds||8.8 x 3.5 x 6.5|
|Remo Rhythm Club Floor Tom Drum||7 months - 12 years||1 pounds||11 x 7 x 11|
|Electronic Table Digital Drum Kit||3 years and up||12 pounds||23.5 x 6.8 x 16|
|Вdrum D2-MB-KIT-2 D2 5-Piece Drum Kit||1 year and up||53 pounds||24 x 20 x 24|
|Gammon 5-Piece Junior Starter Drum Kit||1 year and up||46.5 pounds||26.7 x 19.8 x 19.1|
1. VTech KidiBeats Drum Set – Kid’s Set Learning Toy
There are nine melodies that a toddler can play along with including pop, dance, and rock styles. This musical toy can also be used to help teach numbers, letters, and music.
This toddler’s toy includes a pair of plastic drumsticks and 3 AA batteries. You will need to purchase more as they use the drum regularly.
This is a good toy to get a very young child’s brain thinking in terms of a drummer. It isn’t extremely loud, and as long as they are in their room playing it, it shouldn’t bother others around the house. The educational tools included are a great way to get your child into learning.
2. Mendini by Cecilio 16” 5-Piece Complete Drum Set – Everything Included to Get Started
The Mendini by Cecilio 16” 5-Piece Complete Drum Set is an option for kids and junior learning to play. They come with everything to play including an adjustable throne, a cymbal, a bass and hi-hat pedal, and drumsticks.
This product is recommended for kids between 2.5′ tall and 5′ tall. This gives a lot of room for growth and could be a set that lasts a child a long time.
There is a bass drum, two tom-toms, a floor tom, and a snare drum. A hi-hat with a chain driven pedal and stand and a crash symbol that mounts on the bass drum are also included.
This is a great choice for a child learning to play drums. Everything is included, and your child can grow quite a bit without outgrowing the set. This is a great gift for a young drummer to experience what playing a real drum set is like.
3. RockJam Electronic Roll Up MIDI Drum Kit – Simple Electronic Drum Pad for Beginners
It includes nine different drum pads that offer many different kinds of sounds like a crash and ride cymbals, open hi-hat, closed hi-hat, high tom, low-mid tom, floor tom, and snare.
Included with the electronic drum set are a pedal for the bass drum, a pedal for the hi-hat, drumsticks, a power supply, and built-in speakers.
This can be a great option for someone who does not have much room to work with. It will also be much quieter. Headphones can be used to make the digital drum set almost silent. The ability to transfer beats to a computer could be a great benefit to a tech-savvy youngster.
4. Pyle PED021M 9-Piece Electric Drum Set – Feature Packed Digital
Included with this digital drum set are five drum pads, two cymbal pads, and two digital foot pedals for controlling the bass drum and the hi-hat. They attempt to produce a natural sound using pads with 128 levels of force velocity and pre-loaded drum sounds.
The drum pad is fully customizable for adding which sound you want to each pad. The height of the pads can also be adjusted for easier playing. It’s rugged and durable to hold up against the hardest playing styles.
This is an entry-level electronic drum set that has high quality and plenty of features to keep it entertaining. This is a great present for a kid who already has a drum set but may not be able to play much because of the loud sounds. They can plug headphones into this set and be much quieter.
5. WolVol Electric Big Toy Drum Set – Child’s First Drummer
These kid’s drums are made pretty sturdy and seem to be pretty durable to stand up to the beating they’re going to get.
There are two drum pads, a kick drum pad, a cymbal, a microphone, and a stool included in the deal.
It plays songs, melodies, drum beats, and dance music. Lights flash while the drums are being played. The height of the drum is 24″ and the stool stands 8” tall.
This is an option for a very young child to get a feel of what it would be like to play on a real set one day. It will not teach them much but will keep their attention for quite a while making all that noise.
6. Bright Starts Baby Light and Giggle Drum – Baby’s First Drum Toy
This product won’t do much in the way of teaching a kid anything about playing drums. It can also be used for educating.
There is a number mode that a baby can count the drum beats. There is a color learning mode that lights correspond to colors with every drum hit.
This product doesn’t really teach anything about playing drums. It is a toy for babies, and I can’t really recommend it to any child wanting to learn to play.
7. Remo Rhythm Club Floor Tom Drum – Single Floor Tom for Kids
This drum will not do much for helping a child learn to play on a drum set. There is not much you can do with it.
This single floor tom isn’t going to do much for a kid that wants a drum set. You will wind up severely disappointing them by purchasing this.
8. Pyle-Pro PTED01 Electronic Table Digital Drum Kit – Decent Table Top Digital Drum Pad
It is lightweight, customizable, and portable giving it an advantage on a real drum set. You can play along with prerecorded songs in the styles of soft rock, hard rock, pop, jazz, and electronic music. You even have the ability to record yourself playing.
Seven drum pads that include touch sensitivity include 215 different programmable drum voices. 25 preset drum kits can be used, or you can make five of your own. It is powered by a DC 12v adapter or a half dozen C size batteries.
This is a pretty high-quality product that is very durable. Having the ability to connect to a computer is a definite benefit. You can take them with you and play them anywhere.
9. Ddrum D2-MB-KIT-2 D2 5-Piece Drum Kit – Full-Size Drum Set for Beginners
The shells are made of basswood with 1.7mm hoops that are triple flanged. The bass drum is 8-ply, the snare drum is 8-ply, and the toms are 6-ply. The set uses D Series chrome lugs.
The drum set is made up of a bass drum, snare drum, two tom-toms, a floor tom, a crash ride cymbal, and a hi-hat. All the mounting hardware needed for setup is included as well.
This is a good choice for a young person who wants to learn to play drums. It is a real set and features the ability to expand by adding more drums. As your child progresses, the drum set can grow with them.
10. Gammon 5-Piece Junior Starter Drum Kit – Smaller Sized for Beginners
This is a more affordable drum set but is also a little smaller than the last one.
This 5-piece drum set includes all the stands for the cymbals and the drums, a pair of sticks, and a stool to sit on. The drums have a high gloss metallic blue color with chrome rims.
This is a perfect junior sized drum and a great way to get started at a young age. They have enough quality for the very low price and include everything you’ll need to begin.
Complete Drum Kit for Beginners Buyer’s Guide
Well, that’s it for the reviews. I hope that the buyer’s guide for a kid’s drum set was informative and gave you some ideas of what you child will want in their set. Maybe you saw a review of a product that will work well, and your shopping for a drum set can be done.
Drum Set Components
The first thing you should know are the components of a drum set. This will be a simpler overview giving you just a little bit of information important to purchasing a drum kit and tips for finding one that is better suited for a beginner.
Many drum sets can look alike, but there are significant differences regarding overall quality and number of drums available.
Bass Drum or Kick Drum
A bass drum, or kick drum, is the largest drum in a drum set. It stands on its side and is played by stepping down on a foot pedal. The pedal swings a beater that makes contact with the bass drum’s head and produces a deep sound usually used on the downbeats in music.
The snare drum is another main part of a drum set. It’s mounted between the drummer’s knees on a stand. When struck with a drumstick it produces a sharp, loud sound. The side of the stick can be used on the rim of the drum to produce another type of sound.
Toms, or tom toms, are the various sized drums that are added to a kit. They produce a sound at different pitches depending on how big the drum is. Drum sets can have a couple of toms that hang from the frame of the bass drum called hanging toms. These are usually smaller than tom toms that have their own stand on the floor.
For the youngest drummers, a single tom might be sufficient. An older drummer will probably want three toms to play around with.
A high hat is a set of two cymbals that crash together when the drummer presses a foot pedal. They can also be struck with a stick to produce other sounds. Striking the hi-hat will create different sounds whether the pedal is pressed down or not as well. This is placed next to the snare drum.
To add to the hi-hat, two common types of cymbals can be found on drum sets designed with the beginner in mind. A crash symbol is the loudest cymbal in the drum kit. They come in different sizes and are usually found mounted above the toms. A ride cymbal is larger than a crash or hi-hat. It can usually be found by the floor tom.
A drummer has to have somewhere to sit while they are playing. Usually, a drum set will have a throne included that is used. Regular chairs are too tall and don’t offer the freedom of movement needed. If the kit your looking at doesn’t have a throne, you will want to get one.
Electronic Drum Sets
While you’re shopping for a drum set, you may come across an electric drum kit. They are convenient for children to learn on because they can be played with headphones and not create nearly as much noise as a real drum set. They are often used in recording studios because of how easy it is to control the sound that is coming out and their versatility in producing different sounds.
More experienced drummers usually prefer playability and natural sound of a real set. For children, they offer a unique chance to learn while not bothering those around them as much. This is a blessing for those around an amateur drummer who is trying to learn what they are doing. They carry a higher price than what an acoustic drum set for beginners does.
Drum Kit Accessories
Some optional accessories are available that can add to a drummer’s experience. Some are required if you wish for your little drummer to have the ability to play on the set right away. Some kits do come with sticks, but you will likely have to purchase them separately. They have sizes denoted by a number and letter combination. A higher number is thinner so you should look for a smaller number that will be more durable and last longer.
Practice pads allow for an almost silent practice session and provide playing dynamics similar to real drums. Professional drummers will use these to practice at times playing isn’t possible.
Things Affecting the Type of Drum Needed
There is no best drum or brand for everyone, and the best choice for an individual is based on a few different things. Here are a couple of especially important factors.
The Drummer’s Age
The younger the child is, the less sophisticated and diverse the drum set should be. The youngest kids should start with a three piece drum set that includes a bass drum, snare, and hi-hat. This will give them a place to start without overwhelming them with options. A child that is a little older might be ready for a five piece that adds a tom tom and another cymbal to the available sound arsenal. A child in high school will be able to perform on a set that includes everything a real set would. Keep the child’s age in mind when searching for the right drum set.
With prices of drum sets going well into the thousands of dollars, your budget can be a deciding factor is how complex of a drum set can be purchased. Three piece drum sets might cost anywhere from $80 to $130.
Having tons of room will not affect the size of the set but if the area the drum will be played in is limited make sure to buy one that will fit comfortably. A three piece drum set will require less room than a five piece. Usually you can find measurements of a drum set before purchase and check to see if the designated area will support a set of that size.
Although buying a drum set that is appropriate for a child of a certain age has its benefits, they may grow out of them before long requiring you to purchase another set prematurely. If you think that the child will continue to play drums for a few years or has already shown an interest for a couple of years, purchase something a little bit bigger than what is recommended so they can grow into it. This will save you replacement costs in the future and challenge a young drummer.
I think that is a good basic overview of what you need to know when buying a drum set for a kid.