The Top 8 Electronic Drum Sets for Kids

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Electronic drum sets are perfect for kids — they quiet, provide a fun experience, and are even good for the brain. Whether they’re a toy in your child’s eyes or spark an aspiration for music performance, don’t be afraid of letting your child start playing the drums.

Today we’ll take a deep dive into the world of electric drum sets for kids—noting all the features and advantages of each.

Everything we recommend

Alesis Nitro MAX BEST OVERALL

Great for younger, beginning drummers
Has the best sounds on the list
90 days free to Drumeo Edge, the best online drum lesson resource

Alesis Surge Mesh SE Best for older kids 9+

Dual-zone snare drum and tom pads
Double-bass compatible
Larger kit in size, still easy to store away

Alesis Turbo Mesh BUDGET PICK

Most affordable e-kit for kids
Good for kids “trying” out drums
Very quiet, won’t disturb the house or neighbors
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Alesis Turbo Mesh

Best budget electronic kit for young kids
Whisper quiet
The Alesis Turbo Mesh Kit is perfect for young children learning to play drums. This complete electronic drum set features responsive 8″ mesh pads, 10″ cymbals, MIDI over USB, and integrated practice tools. Ideal for quiet practice and studio use.
What We Like
  • Mesh drum heads provide a quiet, yet realistic experience
  • USB connection makes it easy to use a laptop for better sounds
  • Affordable for parents
What We Don’t Like
  • Limited preset drum kits
  • Pedals tend to slide forward easy
  • Cymbals tend to sound quiet compared to the drums
The Turbo Mesh does not come with a drum throne (seat).
Tech Specs
Configuration8″ single-zone snare drum pad, 10″ tom pads (3), 10″ crash cymbal pad, 10″ ride cymbal pad, 10″ hi-hat pad, Turbo Mesh module
Sounds/Kits10 preset kits, 120 total sounds
Inputs & Outputs1 x DB-25, 1 x 1/8″ (aux in), 2 x 1/4″ TS (L/mono, R),1 x 1/8″ TRS (headphones), USB type B
Included HardwareRack stand, hi-hat foot controller, kick controller pedal, cable

At the most affordable end of the spectrum is the Turbo Mesh from Alesis. It’s a smaller electronic kit but has plenty of features a new child drummer desires. Aside from the apparent hitting areas, the kit features three cymbal pads, four drum pads, two pedals, and a drum module to change the sounds.

The steel stand is robust. While assembly is a little tricky, this is common among all electronic drum kits. The rack does fold up for secure storage in the closet. The Turbo Mesh has ten kits with 120 sounds, including drum sounds from genres like rock, metal, jazz, and hip-hop.

For young ones who want to play along to their favorite music, there is an auxiliary on the unit, allowing you to plug in an MP3 player, laptop, tablet, or phone.

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Alesis Nitro Max

Best electronic drum set for kids
BLUETOOTH ENABLED
The Alesis Nitro MAX is affordable, compact, and is perfect for learning with 90-days free to Drumeo, the best place to learn drums online. In my testing, I had fun playing the kit, it’s definitely suited to younger drummers.
What We Like
  • Mesh drum heads
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Improved drum sounds from BFD
What We Don’t Like
  • Tom pads are small and compact
  • Rack is a bit wobbly
The Nitro MAX does not come with a drum throne (seat).
Tech Specs
Configuration10″ dual-zone snare (1), 8″ single-zone toms (3), tower kick pad, 10″ hi-hat, 10″ crash, 10″ ride, Nitro MAX module
Sounds/Kits32 factory, 16 user, 441 sounds, 80 play-along songs
Inputs & Outputs25-pin snake connector (10-trigger), 1/4″ TRS (tom 4), 1/4″ TRS (crash 2), 1/8″ TRS (aux), 2 x 1/4″ TRS (L/mono, R), 1/8″ TRS (headphones), USB type B
Included Hardware4-post metal drum rack, hi-hat pedal

Who says drums have to be loud and obnoxious? The Alesis Nitro MAX is the perfect way to get started with playing the drums, without all the noise. This eight-piece electronic drum set has a premium feel and natural dynamics, making it perfect for beginners or young kids just starting out. Plus, the 10″ dual-zone mesh snare drum provides an ultra-quiet response, perfect for those late night practice sessions.

The Nitro MAX is perfect for young drummers on a budget. For the price, there’s no better mesh electronic drum kit available with as many features, and the included Drumeo lessons will get your child cookin’ on the kit in no time.

With 32 different preset kits and 80 play-along tracks, you’ll never get bored with this drum set. And the backlit LCD screen makes it easy to keep track of progress. Plus, the USB MIDI connection allows your child to use this drum set with a computer or mobile device for even more possibilities.

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Donner DED-80

Cheapest electronic drum set for kids
VERY AFFORDABLE
The Donner DED-80 drum set features double-layered mesh heads for a realistic experience, includes 6″ drum pads, 10″ cymbals, and offers 180 sounds and 30 demo songs. Perfect for young drummers and apartments.
What We Like
  • Affordable electronic drum kit
  • Perfect for a young drummer
  • Free lessons from Melodics
  • Quiet mesh drum heads
What We Don’t Like
  • Drum pads are very small
  • Sounds aren’t great
  • Drum throne is very poor-quality
Tech Specs
Configuration7″ single-zone snare drum pad, 7″ tom pads (3), 10″ crash cymbal pad, 10″ ride cymbal pad, 10″ hi-hat pad, DED-80 module
Sounds/Kits150 preset kits, 180 total sounds
Inputs & OutputsUSB, 3.5mm (headphones),
Included HardwareRack stand, hi-hat foot controller, kick controller pedal, cable, headphones, sticks, drum throne

Recently, Donner Music sent out a compact e-kit for me to test out. The DED-80 is perfect for young students aged 5-13 in my opinion. It features four drum pads, three cymbals, a compact hardware frame, mesh drum heads, 180 sounds, two foot pedals, a drum stool, headphones, and sticks. It’s got everything your child needs to get started on the drums.

There are built-in songs to play-along to, as well as an auxiliary input for using MP3 players or other devices with the unit.

If you’re worried about the setup process, this kit is by far the easiest electronic drum set I’ve ever put together. It’s super lightweight, as well, so you can fold it up quickly and put it away in the closet.

One of the biggest challenges of young drummers, is actually knowing if they will stick with the instrument. At a price point of under $300, it’s not as much of a risky gamble to buy your kid and e-kit without worrying if it will be a waste. Worst case scenario, they play it like a toy and grow out of it. But hopefully, they will stick with the drums and become the next John Bonham.

You can watch my video review of the DED-80 here.

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Pyle Pro Electronic Tabletop Drum Set

Cheapest tabletop drum kit for kids available
Good for young kids
The Pyle Pro Electronic Drum Kit features 7 drum pads, digital pedals, 55 preset kits, 300+ sounds, and a drum trainer mode. It connects to computers via USB and runs on AC or battery power.
What We Like
  • Affordable price for a tabletop drum kit
  • Fun and engaging for children
  • Headphone capability for quiet practice
  • Compact design
What We Don’t Like
  • Poor quality foot pedals
  • Inconsistent performance

The Pyle Pro Electronic Tabletop Drum Set is the perfect way for young kids to learn to hit things without fully committing to a real kit. This innovative and compact drum set features 10 pre-loaded drum kit presets, all of which can be played with the included sticks.

The set also includes a built-in metronome, so you can keep time while you play. Plus, there’s a Record/Playback function that lets you record your own drum tracks and play them back later.

I usually don’t recommend tabletop drum kits, but for this case, I think they’re appropriate. Tabletop drum sets give kids an introduction to the drums without spending a fortune. The Pyle Pro tabletop drum set has seven pads complete with 300+ drum/cymbal sounds. It’s portable, too.

While it includes an AC adapter, you can power the unit with six C batteries — your child will have fun all around the house.

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Yamaha DD-75 Tabletop Digital Drum Set

The best tabletop drum kit
VERY AFFORDABLE
The Yamaha DD-75 offers high-def sounds from the DTX-Multi12, eight touch-sensitive pads, two pedals, and Aux In for MP3 playback. It’s lightweight, has built-in speakers, a headphone jack, and a 4-track recorder.
What We Like
  • Large selection of kits and sounds
  • Compact and portable, runs on batteries
  • Fun for group settings
  • Includes good time-keeping exercises
What We Don’t Like
  • Pedals are cheaply made
  • Not ideal ergonomically compared to the layout of a traditional drum set
Tech Specs
Configuration8 drum pads
Sounds/Kits75 presets, 10 user kits, 570 voices
Inputs & Outputs1/8″ (AUX in), 1/8″ TRS, MIDI I/O
FeaturesFoot pedals (hi-hat, bass drum)

The Yamaha DD-75 is a portable digital drum set that is perfect for young and new drummers. It comes with eight pads, ported speakers, two foot pedals, and MIDI connectivity. Yahama’s instrument quality is far superior to the Pyle Pro, so keep that in mind. You’ll spend a bit more, but it may be worth it.

It has a wide range of sounds and functions that makes it perfect for practicing and performing. The eight pads are velocity-sensitive and have a great response. The ported speakers provide great sound quality. The two foot pedals give you the ability to practice like you’re playing a real drum set—tabletop kits are good for introducing drums to young children.

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Alesis Surge Mesh

Better for older kids 9+
NO BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY
The Alesis Surge Mesh Special Edition Kit offers customizable, tunable white mesh heads, 385 drum sounds, 24 kits, 60 practice tracks, and a USB-MIDI connection. Ideal for practice, performance, and song creation.
What We Like
  • Awesome-looking design
  • Larger mesh kick drum pad
  • Easy to store away
What We Don’t Like
  • No Bluetooth connectivity
  • Poor module drum sounds
Tech Specs
Configuration3 x 8″ Dual-zone Mesh Toms, 1 x 10″ Dual-zone Mesh Snare, 8″ Mesh Kick Pad Tower, 1 x 10″ Hi-hat, 1 x 10″ Crash with Choke, 1 x 10″ Ride with Choke, Surge Drum Module
Sounds/Kits24 presets, 16 user kits, 385 sounds, 60 play-along songs
Inputs & Outputs1/4″ TRS (tom 4), 1/4″ TRS (crash 2), DB-25 (cable snake), 1/8″ (aux in), 1/4″ TRS (2), 1 x 1/8″ (headphones)
Included HardwareKick pedal, 4-post chrome rack, hi-hat pedal, cable snake

One of my favorite mid-level electronic drum kits for kids is the Alesis Surge Mesh. I’ve written about it before, and you can read my full review here. All drum pads included are dual-zone, giving you two sounds per drum — a vital feature for a more realistic experience.

The Surge Mesh packs 385 unique drum sounds into the drum module along with 40 preset kids and 60 play-along songs. The Surge Mesh is the best of both worlds — it’s moderately affordable and has many features a more expensive electronic drum set would typically include.

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LyxJam 7-Piece Electronic Drum Set

NO BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY
The LyxJam 7-Piece Electronic Drum Set features all-mesh heads for a realistic drumming experience, 209 sounds, advanced rubber cymbals, and an easy setup, perfect for all skill levels.
What We Like
  • Affordable price
  • Easy assembly, takes around 30 minutes
  • Compact and easy to move
What We Don’t Like
  • Pedals are problematic, often missing hits
  • Cymbals sometimes unresponsive
  • Low quality materials

The LyxJam 7-piece electronic drum set features mesh drum heads for a realistic feel, 209 preloaded sounds, 50 play-along songs, and recording capability. The built-in metronome and LED display make it easy to keep track of your progress. The pedals aren’t the greatest, so I’d suggest this kit only if you want something a little better than the Turbo Mesh.

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HXW SD61-4

NO BLUETOOTH CONNECTIVITY
Perfect for beginners, the HXW SD61-4 is compact, portable, and ideal for rehearsal or apartment use. It features 251 sounds, realistic mesh heads, responsive cymbals, and low-noise pedals.
What We Like
  • Great value for the price
  • Compact and stable
  • Easy assembly
  • Suitable for young beginners for learning fundamentals
What We Don’t Like
  • Limited sound module
  • Poor sound quality

Avatar (also known as HXW) is a relatively new brand to the electronic drum kit market. While the cost of this kit is a little bit more, you get a few more features reserved for more expensive drums. The snare drum is dual-zone, giving you two different sounds on the pad zone and the rim.

Avatar’s e kit features a real kick tower, something we haven’t seen yet. This piece acts like a bass drum would, emulating the feel.

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