The best drum kits in the world today

Sonor Prolite drum kit

 pound 4 060

£4,060

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The ProLite shell pack and the snare are undeniably expensive but if you can afford it then why not treat yourself? It's worth every last Pfennig!

5 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Sonor Prolite drum kit review

Pearl Reference Pure Series drum kit

 pound 5 321

£5,321

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Expressly tailored for the studio with its dark and focused sound, the Reference Pure is a top quality instrument.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Pearl Reference Pure Series drum kit review

Tama Star Maple drum kit

 pound 5 914

£5,914

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Drum kits just go on getting better and Tama's new Star series, substantially changed from the already excellent Starclassic, is another step towards Drum Heaven... at an eye-watering price.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Tama Star Maple drum kit review

Tama Star Bubinga drum kit

 pound 6 514

£6,514

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Two grand for a bass drum is scary. But Tama has gone to great lengths to achieve its goal of maximum shell resonance and woody tone via a series of ingenious solutions which call on the old and the new.

5 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Tama Star Bubinga drum kit review

DW SSC drum kit

 pound 8 564

£8,564

MusicRadar’s verdict:

In a marketplace which is populated by an ever-growing number of custom drum builders, DW drums still stand out. The company's reputation has been built on its quality of workmanship, level of innovation and willingness to react to drummers' needs. This kit scores full marks on all three of these criteria. A fourth - its sound - also bags maximum points.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: DW SSC drum kit review

Yamaha Recording Custom drum kit

 pound TBC

£TBC

MusicRadar's Verdict

A masterful return from one of the most famous kits ever made.

5 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Yamaha Recording Custom review

Pearl Decade Maple Series Drum Kit

MusicRadar's Verdict

Drummers looking to step up a gear will love the bright, lively sound of the Decade Maple with its thin, even-ply, all-maple shells and slick lacquer finishes, guaranteed for life.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Pearl Decade Maple Series Drum Kit review

Ludwig Club Date Vintage Series

MusicRadar's Verdict

Ludwig raids its rich history to revitalise a classic line, revamping it for today's busy drummer.

4 out of 5

FULL REVIEW: Ludwig Club Date Vintage Series review