Are you looking to replace a drum set or buy your first-ever set? If so, you’ve probably noticed just how many options are available to you. This can make the shopping process quite stressful if you’re unsure of what you’re doing.

4 Things to Consider When Buying a Drum Set

Not sure what factors matter most when buying a drum set? Here are the top 4 things to consider when shopping for a drum set. So, you can rest easy knowing you’re buying the best drum set for your needs.

Age and Skill Level Matter

Do you want to buy a drum set for yourself or are you looking to purchase one for a pre-teen or young kid? The answer to these questions greatly impacts which drum set option you should buy.

If you’re shopping for a very young child, you should look at toy drum sets. These plastic and temporary drums are a great way to introduce drums to children at an affordable price. Toy drum sets are typically priced under $100, so they’re not too expensive—which is helpful given how often kids pick up and then drop specific musical activities.

If you’re buying for an older child, you can get them a junior-sized drum set. These are great for kids who have a serious interest in drum sets but aren’t big enough to properly play a full-sized drum set. These sets usually cost between $200 and $500.

For older beginners, we recommend you purchase a full-sized drum set, especially if they’ve shown dedicated interest in playing.  These can be easily adjusted to accommodate shorter people and provide a music experience that toy drum sets and junior-sized drum sets just cannot.

Acoustic vs Electronic

There are two major drum types to choose from: acoustic and electronic. They both have distinct features, and each one meets needs in a way the other cannot. Here’s everything you need to know about the two types:

Acoustic and electronic drums produce different sounds. That’s because electronic drums use mesh or rubber drums heads while traditional sets use wood. Electronic drums generally cost between $500 and $100, which is typically cheaper than an acoustic set.

Electronic drums also more portable than acoustic sets, so they’re great if you’re a musician on-the-go. It’s generally recommended that you start with an acoustic drum set as it requires more focus than an electronic drum set.

Number of Pieces

Did you know the type of music you play impacts the number of drum set pieces you should buy? That’s because some genres like jazz need only a simple 4-piece setup whereas rock music can often require many more.

If you’re just starting out, it may be best to buy a simple 4- or 5-piece kit. You won’t have much use for the other components if you’re lacking experience. And you can always buy more pieces in the future!


Not all drum sets are created equal. And with so many drum sets on the market, it can be hard to tell which ones are worth investing in.

When buying drums, aim to buy a high-quality brand. It can be tempting to go with the most affordable option, but chances are it’ll just break sooner, and you’ll be forced to spend even more on a replacement. Drums are an investment, so by choosing a quality option, you can enjoy it for years to come.

Ready to Play?

Buying a new drum set can seem stressful. But it doesn’t have to be! By keeping these factors in mind as you shop, you can find a drum set that will be perfect for you!

Are you looking for a new drum set? Interested in a custom printed drum head? Contact us and we’ll help you create an awesome option!