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An electronic drum set can help you practice drums quietly, or expand your tonal palette to include more interesting sounds. It’s generally a large expense—one you won’t want to regret later.

Whether you are an experienced drummer or a parent shopping for your child, you need to have all the best information before making a purchase. After spending countless hours researching ten different electronic kits, I’ve chosen one that stands out in design, feel, sound, cost, and practicality.

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1 Roland V-Drums TD-17KVX Electronic Drum Set
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Roland V-Drums TD-17KVX Electronic Drum Set

Another giant upgrade from its predecessor, the drum module also features Bluetooth connectivity for connecting your phone to play along to your favorite tunes.

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With Alesis out of the way (for now), let’s take a look at a Roland kit. The TD-17KVX is the first “expert” electronic drum set we have seen thus far.

This kit is intended for intermediate and advanced players, as it has many more features that lower end e drum kits do not have.

You’re going to notice a significant improvement in the sound overall.

With the Roland TD-17KVX, you get dual-zone mesh drum pads, V-cymbals, the TD-17 drum module, a kick pad, and a custom hardware stand explicitly made for compact V-drums.

Pros

  • Stream songs with Bluetooth
  • Sounds inherited from the TD-50 module
  • Roland name brand

Cons

  • Tom pads a little small for the price
2 Alesis DM10 MKII Pro Electronic Drum Set
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Alesis DM10 MKII Pro Electronic Drum Set

If that still isn’t working, you may have to come up with a DIY solution. Most companies who create products to fix this issue only make them for acoustic bass drums.
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Alesis sells a lot of electronic kits, don’t they? This one, in particular, has been around for quite some time.

There have been seven different versions of this kit produced. For the purposes here, we will only be discussing the most recent iteration, the studio kit.

With this kit, you’re getting a lot more options for drums.

If you decide to get the larger version of the DM10, expect a better drum module, an additional cymbal, and an additional floor tom.

Pros

  • Load custom drum sounds
  • Mesh heads
  • Great name brand

Cons

  • Same module as Command Mesh
  • Rack-mounted snare
3 Alesis Command Mesh Electronic Drum Set
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Alesis Command Mesh Electronic Drum Set

another great beginner electric kit! I don’t see much benefit in choosing this one over the Nitro as a beginner, however.
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Again, like the Alesis Nitro, the Alesis Command Mesh suffers from the same sonic issues that kit did. While this might not be an issue for beginners, it surely was for me.

Being a traditional player of acoustic drums, I’d like my e drums to sound as real as possible.

The Alesis Command Mesh module includes 600+ instruments including snares, world percussion, electronics, effects, and unlike the Alesis Nitro, you can import your own custom sounds to this drum module.

Pros

  • Load you own drum samples
  • 54 preset kits, 671 total sounds
  • Great name brand

Cons

  • Mounted hi-hat
4 Roland V-Drums TD-1K Electronic Drum Set
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Roland V-Drums TD-1K Electronic Drum Set

No matter which way you put it, Roland makes killer products, especially drums. The TD-1K makes a great entry-level kit for the beginning drummer.
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I’m happy that Roland does cater to newer drummers, but the TD-1K isn’t precisely anything unusual.

While it is a great introductory kit for beginners, it clearly lacks the features of the high-end drums from Roland (like a kick pad, for instance); albeit the samples do sound rather excellent.

Overview Of The TD-1K

If this is your barrier to entry, say, if your child is interested in playing the drums, this may be an acceptable option.

Pros

  • Roland name brand
  • Compact rack
  • Quiet kick pedal

Cons

  • Steep price for what you get
  • Rubber pads
  • No kick tower
5 Alesis Nitro Mesh Electronic Drum Set
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Alesis Nitro Mesh Electronic Drum Set

The Nitro is an excellent choice for beginners. If you’re buying this for your son or daughter, it will make a fantastic gift.
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For starters, this is an e-drum set under $500. A quick glance at the Alesis Nitro reveals some marvelous features and impressive specs.

It includes 385 sounds, 60 play-along songs, and a straightforward drum module. To me, this electronic drum set is much better than the Alesis DM6 for beginners.

The Alesis Nitro electric drum kit is one of the best selling kits online. It provides extraordinary value at such an affordable price.

The Nitro is an 8-piece e-drum kit featuring tom pads, a dual-zone snare pad, cymbals (both chokable and non-chokable), a mounting rack, and a powerful drum module.

Alesis has moved away from the regular Nitro kit (which featured rubber pads), and seems to be focusing on selling the mesh version of the kit.

Pros

  • Great price
  • Mesh heads
  • Great name brand

Cons

  • Mounted hi-hat
  • Not the greatest sounds
  • No custom samples
6 Alesis Turbo Mesh Electronic Drum Set
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Alesis Turbo Mesh Electronic Drum Set

The Turbo Mesh is by far the best electronic drum set for kids. If you’re a parent shopping for your young child and are worried they may not stick with drums, pick the Turbo Mesh. It’s not too terribly expensive either.
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New this year from Turbo Mesh — by far the most affordable kit with mesh headsThe Alesis Turbo Mesh is mainly an electronic drum set for kids.

The next-generation mesh heads are similar to that of other Alesis kits.

The Turbo Mesh includes four drum pads, three cymbal pads, the drum module, two pedals, and a solid aluminum rack.

The module includes 100+ sounds and 30 play-along songs.

I need to stress — this e kit is super basic but extremely affordable.

Included as well are 40 free drum lessons from Melodics for newer players.

I like that Alesis is making the push to have of their kits outfitted with mesh drum heads. It’s the new standard — rubber pads were so last century.

The pads themselves are even tunable, just like the higher-end models from Alesis.

The Turbo Mesh isn’t just for beginners only. Producers working in apartments can benefit if wanting to play drums instead of writing them in by hand.

The USB port on the module connects to either a Mac or PC for use with music software.

Pros

  • Very affordable kit
  • Mesh heads
  • Great name brand

Cons

  • No kick tower
  • Cheap sounds
  • No custom samples

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Buyer's Guide, Comparison and Advices

What Makes For The Best Electronic Drum Set?

An electronic drum kit should be compared to an acoustic kit like a grand piano is to a MIDI controller.

They have similar functions and use, but feel is completely different.

There are three primary reasons for buying an e drum kit: practicing, performing live, and recording.

Now we’ve covered a lot of ground talking about different kits offered. You may still be unsure as to which features you need and which you don’t.

We’re all in agreement that saving money is a good thing, right?

What Comes With Most E-Drum Kits?

It’s important to know exactly what you’re getting when you make your purchase, as I’m sure you’ll want to be setting this thing up and playing on day one, right?

I still have yet to see any e-drum kit that sells the mounting hardware, rack system, or the drum pads separately.

That being said, there are a couple of additional purchases you will likely have to make.

Determining Your E-Kit Needs

I would like to make it abundantly clear that I don’t believe you need the most expensive kit available.

In fact, you can purchase the cheapest option, the Alesis Nitro, and be just fine if your needs are practicing and recording.

If you plan to play performances out in public, this may not be the best option.

Practicing quietly is no problem and recording with MIDI is very easy now that we have USB connections.

For the vast majority of drummers just looking to practice, it is just fine.

I say this because in all my time touring and playing, I have yet to encounter a drummer who exclusively plays an electronic drum set on stage at a professional level.

Sorry if I just called you out!

Practicing Drums Quietly

Acoustic drums are very loud. If you rent an apartment or own a condo, there’s a good chance that having an acoustic drum set is almost impossible.

These types of drums drastically reduce the volume produced by practicing drums.

If practicing is your only concern, I again suggest a lower range budget electronic drum kit like the Alesis Forge.

The most obvious and practical reason for purchasing an electronic drum set is to lower the noise your drums make when practicing.

While the noise of the pads is still audible while playing, the sound will be dramatically lower in volume when compared to a real drum set.

This really isn’t an end all be all solution. In fact, when I lived in an apartment in college, I had a neighbor who could actually hear the sound of the pads being played on my electronic drum kit.

She came over and told me to knock it off and only practice at a certain time during the day. This is something you may have to deal with, as certain walls in buildings can be thin.

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