Best Budget Electronic Drum Kits: 5 GREAT Choices

Best Electronic Drum Kits for BeginnersElectronic drum kits are great for beginners as they don’t take up a lot of space and don’t make anywhere near as much noise as a full kit.

They’re usually a go-to choice for people learning as they are great to practise on, in between lessons where you play a full kit.

If you don’t have the luxury of having an acoustic kit, an electric kit is the next best option!

I’m going to run through the best electronic drum kits for beginners that you can pick-up for 500 bucks or less!

Electronic drum kits under £500/$500

Budget can often be a limiting factor when starting out, but you can still pick up a great sounding, budget electric kit.

ALESIS DM Lite Kit

This kit is great for beginners as it has LED lights that illuminate around the pads to help you know what you should be hitting and when. The built-in drum coach is the one that’s guiding you through patterns and pre-selected songs. As for drum sounds, it comes with 10 ready-to-play kits and over 200 cymbal and drum sounds.

Pros:

  • Light up pads to help beginners
  • USB connection to use as a VST
  • Pre-assembled rack for easy setup

Cons:

  • Might be a bit flimsy for hard hitters!
  • Volume can be a little low, even with headphones
  • Headphones not included
  • Unnatural drum layout for the snare
  • No kick pad

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ALESIS Nitro Kit

Another entry from Alesis here, with the spiritual successor of the very popular DM6, so what’s the difference?

ALESIS Nitro vs DM6:

FeatureNitroDM6
Pieces8 piece kit5 piece kit
Kick padPad with real kick pedalElectric pedal
No. of sounds385108
No. of custom kits4015
Training moduleYesNo
Expandable drums/cymbalsYes: +1 pad, +1 cymbalYes: +1 pad with cable snake
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Pros:

  • 40 programmable drum kits
  • 8-piece kit
  • 385 drum and cymbal sounds!
  • Good dynamic response (soft hits sound soft and loud hits sound loud!)
  • Dual zone pads

Cons:

  • Smaller pads than the DM6
  • Volume can be a little low, even with headphones
  • Headphones not included
  • No mesh pads

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ION Audio Redline Drums

The cheapest set in the list is the ION Redline electric kit. The interesting part of this one is that I’m sure the ALESIS actually provide the module/sounds for the kit so the main difference between this and the ALESIS DM Lite kit is the hardware.

Pros:

  • 200+ drum and cymbal sounds
  • Built-in drum coach
  • USB connectivity to record playback (MIDI to USB)
  • Headphones and drumsticks included

Cons:

  • No kick pad (uses a pedal instead)
  • Unnatural drum layout for the snare
  • Not many custom kit options (4 custom, 10 built-in)

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Roland TD-1K

The Roland TD-1K is widely considered to be the best electronic drum kit you can buy for less than £500.

Roland has a long history of creating world-class “v-drums” and the TD-1V is the culmination of years of design of high-end electronics into what many believe is the perfect electronic kit for beginners.

With Roland you have peace of mind when it comes to the basics like build quality, cables and durability in general.

Pros:

  • Dual-zone cymbals (and you can choke them!)
  • Adjustable hi-hat tension
  • Good dynamic range
  • USB connectivity to record playback (MIDI to USB)
  • Space-saving design
  • Customisable metronome (time signatures, sound and volume)
  • Completely height adjustable – perfect for kids!
  • Upgradable with other pads

Cons:

  • No kick pad (uses a pedal instead)
  • On the expensive end of entry-level electronic kits
  • Setup can be a bit fiddly

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Bonus: Roland TD-1KV

If you happen to have a little more than £500 to spend (only about £20-50 more) it’s worth getting the TD-1KV!

Here’s a quick rundown of the main differences between the TD-1K and TD-1KV!

Roland TD-1K vs. Roland TD-1KV

FeatureTD-1KTD-1KV
Pieces5 piece kit5 piece kit
Snare padRubberMesh head
Metronome controlsSound / Volume / RhythmSound / Volume / Rhythm / Tempo
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So there you have it, are there any kits you think are worthy of this list? Have I missed any killer features off? Let me know in the comments.

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