The best drum kits in the world today

Gretsch Renown Maple drum kit

 pound 1 179

£1,179

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Gretsch has come up with a kit that combines classic looks with the sort of sound quality and build standard that will both appeal to and cope with the energy levels of younger drummers. For the price-point it's well equipped and has the added lustre of the brand's heritage. An equivalent Gretsch USA Custom kit is four times as expensive and, while the Renown Maple is not going to match it for sheer finesse, it's nonetheless a pretty versatile set of drums.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch Renown Maple Drum Kit review

Drumcraft Series 8 Maple drum kit

 pound 1 199

£1,199

MusicRadar’s verdict:

GEWA clearly has serious aspirations for DrumCraft, as this kit demonstrates - it's definitely a brand to watch.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Drumcraft Series 8 Maple drum kit review

DW Mini Pro drum kit

 pound 1 269

£1,269

MusicRadar's Verdict

With excellent build quality and playability, the Mini Pro has everything that you might expect from a top-end DW kit, except of course the dimensions!

5 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: DW Mini Pro review

Natal Maple and Bubinga drum kits

 pound 1 388

£1,388

MusicRadar’s verdict:

An excellent, well-designed debut kit from Natal at good price.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Natal Maple and Bubinga drum kits review

Mapex Saturn V

 pound 1539

£1539

MusicRadar's Verdict

This is a fantastic all-rounder kit which is equally happy on stage or in the studio - on a jazz gig or playing rock.

5 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Mapex Saturn V drum kit review

Gretsch Renown '57

 pound 1 606

£1,606

MusicRadar’s verdict:

A tasetful and unique kit which lives up to the Gretsch name. It's good value for money at this level, too.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Gretsch Renown '57 review

Dixon Artisan Custom Traditional Maple Series kit

 pound 1 650

£1,650

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Gorgeous, and it's well designed and built. The drums look and sound fabulous.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Dixon Artisan Custom Traditional Maple Series kit review

Natal Walnut drum kit

 pound 1 746

£1,746

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Natal's already glowing reputation is guaranteed to be cemented with this well-appointed, excellent value kit. Expect more from this British brand!

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Natal Walnut drum kit review

Echo Custom Drums Apollo 2 drum kit

 pound 1 750

£1,750

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The partnership of the excellent Evans 360 heads and the aluminium shells seems inseparable - what a great-sounding, versatile kit, suitable for almost any genre.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Echo Custom Drums Apollo 2 drum kit review

C&C Drum Company Player Date drum kit

 pound 1 775

£1,775

MusicRadar’s verdict:

There is an unpretentious and honest feel to this kit that is appealing. The drums are based on uncomplicated designs, are well made from quality materials and sound utterly fantastic. The simplest of recipes can also be the tastiest.

5 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: C&C Drum Company Player Date drum kit review