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Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters sits behind a drum kit (in silhouette). Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

The Best Drum Sets of 2022

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Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters sits behind a drum kit (in silhouette). Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images

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Pearl Roadshow 5-Piece Drum Set

Pearl is a trusted name in music, and reviewers are thrilled with the bang-for-buck proposition here. The Roadshow kit has everything you need. Read More

Pros

  • Comes in a gorgeous array of colors
  • Available in different configurations

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Kit

Tama’s Imperialstar kit delivers warm, studio-quality tones at a reasonable price. It’s a great mid-range set for a studio in need of some drums. Read More

Pros

  • Gorgeous, heavy-metal look
  • Sturdily made drums

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Ludwig Element Evolution 5-Piece Drum Set

This all-in-one set from Ludwig comes with everything you need to get rocking, including a throne and authentic Zildjian cymbals. Read More

Pros

  • Stageworthy “gold sparkle” look
  • Includes Zildjian cymbals

Cons

  • None that we could find
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Ludwig Accent Drive 6-Piece Drum Set

Ludwig’s Accent series delivers a complete drum kit for one budget-friendly price. But you’ll probably want to upgrade the cymbals eventually. Read More

Pros

  • Great quality for the price
  • Looks fantastic

Cons

  • May require tuning or upgrades
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Ashthorpe Adult 5-Piece Drum Set with Remo Heads & Brass Cymbals

This set from Ashthorpe looks great, comes with nice Remo drum heads, and you can find it in several different colors. A solid option for beginners. Read More

Pros

  • Includes Remo drum heads
  • Available in several colors

Cons

  • May require tuning or upgrades

Whether you’re looking to take up drumming as a hobbyist at home or in a garage band with your friends, Amazon carries a number of worthwhile options with everything you need. There are a couple main points to keep in mind when looking for your first drum set: The first is that “shell packs” don’t constitute a complete kit but are more of a starting point with a few core drums. Another thing to note is that a passionate musician can tune any drum to get the job done, so you don’t have to break the bank on your first set. A little duct tape and some cloth can make almost any drum kit produce studio-quality beats.

Finally, there are a number of established brands that have well-earned reputations for quality—Tama, Pearl, Yamaha, Ludwig, Gretch, Drum Workshop, and so on. A name isn’t everything, but these are all great starting points. We researched the best of what Amazon has to offer and assembled a list of complete, budget-friendly drum sets that’ll help you buy with confidence. You’re just a click away from starting your musical journey.

Editor's Note

The recommendations in this guide are based on thorough product and market research by our team of expert product reviewers. The picks are based on examining user reviews, product specifications, and, in some limited cases, our experience with the specific products named.

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Pearl Roadshow 5-Piece Drum Set

This beautiful Roadshow set from Pearl comes with everything you need to start jamming: drums, sticks, toms, cymbals, stands, a bass-drum pedal, and a “throne” to sit on. It’s available in several configurations—new fusion, rock, jazz—as well as colors like red wine, jet black, metallic charcoal, bronze, and aqua blue.

This is a popular set with loads of user reviews on Amazon, and it’s clear that folks of all ages and ability levels are thrilled with the value here. You may need to upgrade the cymbals and drum heads as you grow over time, but that’s likely true of any all-in-one drum kit.

Pros

  • Comes in a gorgeous array of colors

  • Available in different configurations

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Tama Imperialstar 5-Piece Drum Kit

This Tama drum set looks incredible, and reviews have praised it for both its sound quality and reliability. Whether you’re a seasoned musician looking for an extra kit for your studio or a total beginner eager to learn, Tama is a beloved music brand that’s sure to satisfy your needs.

This is a mid-range set in terms of quality, so it’s not exactly cheap. But Tama promises “a full, warm tone” from the drums in particular. Most user reviews have emphasized how pleased they were with the Imperialstar kit overall.

Pros

  • Gorgeous, heavy-metal look

  • Sturdily made drums

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Ludwig Element Evolution 5-Piece Drum Set

Here’s another beautiful mid-range set from one of the most trusted drum manufacturers. The all-in-one Element Evolution kit from Ludwig comes with all the drums, hardware, and cymbals you need to get rocking—though you’ll probably want to consider some good drumsticks just to be safe. Fortunately, it comes with a nice throne and Zildjian cymbals.

Pros

  • Stageworthy “gold sparkle” look

  • Includes Zildjian cymbals

Cons

  • None that we could find

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Ludwig Accent Drive 6-Piece Drum Set

The Ludwig Accent series delivers everything you need, all in one affordable package. You’ll probably want to invest in a drum tuner, and maybe even upgrade the cymbals at some point, but this kit will look fantastic at home or in a practice space. Reviewers call it “quality on a budget,” noting that it’s sturdily made despite the price point.

Pros

  • Great quality for the price

  • Looks fantastic

Cons

  • May require tuning or upgrades

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Ashthorpe Adult 5-Piece Drum Set with Remo Heads & Brass Cymbals

Ashthorpe isn’t as famous a brand as Pearl or Tama or Yamaha, but Amazon customers love this all-in-one, “stageworthy” set. It includes quality Remo heads, sticks, cymbals—and you can find it in black, blue, red, or silver. At this price, you’re mostly looking to learn, have fun, and enjoy the music. But reviewers have been thrilled with the value here.

Pros

  • Includes Remo drum heads

  • Available in several colors

Cons

  • May require tuning or upgrades

Meet the tester

Alex Kane

Alex Kane

Sr. Editor, Search & Updates

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Alex Kane is a senior editor at USA Today’s Reviewed and the author of the Boss Fight Books volume on Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic. He has written for Fangoria, PC Gamer, Polygon, Rolling Stone, StarWars.com, and Variety. He lives in west-central Illinois.

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