The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
This is a regularly updated gallery of the best electronic drum kits and pads on the planet - sets for all budgets offering the very best in sounds, features, design and ergonomics in their price range.
All the sets here are hand-picked from the reviews pages of Rhythm magazine following a gruelling test process. So, have a browse and be sure to click through to read the full review for an in-depth look at each kit.
The TD-25 represents the highest quality, and quickest self-contained option in its class.
FULL REVIEW: Roland TD-25KV review
Alesis Samplepad Pro
The SamplePad Pro is well priced and it keeps your sampling and triggering options open.
FULL REVIEW: Alesis Samplepad Pro review
Aquarian InHEAD Kick And Snare Pack
Aquarian's ground breaking inHEAD blurs the line between acoustic and electronic drums. Like all heads, it will eventually wear out but individual inHEADS can be purchased separately in a variety of sizes.
FULL REVIEW: Aquarian InHEAD Kick And Snare Pack review
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Gear4Music WHD DD516-Pro
Overall this set-up represents terrific value that simply wills you to play and urges you to have fun.
FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music WHD DD516-Pro review
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Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad
This is a must-have product which could make me run out of adjectives describing it - suffice to say the SPD-SX is as stunning as it is formidable!
FULL REVIEW: Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad review
Alesis DM10 X
Overall the module and pads cope well with our manic and frenzied test performance, taking each strike in its stride without skipping a single beat. There is plenty that impresses with this electronic kit.
FULL REVIEW: Alesis DM10 X review
Yamaha DTX522 Kit
The DTX502 and its accompanying kit offers so much as a practice tool at home and maybe even for gigging too.
FULL REVIEW: Yamaha DTX522 Kit review
Yamaha DTX562 Kit
While the lower-end DTX kits offer a great deal for your wallet, it is worth shelling out the extra for the enhanced response and feel of these TCS pads.
FULL REVIEW: Yamaha DTX562 Kit review
Roland RT-30 Triggers
Reliably transforming an acoustic set into a fully fledged hybrid has now become a cost-effective reality - the best of both worlds just got better.
FULL REVIEW: Roland RT-30 Triggers review
2Box DrumIt Five
The DrumIt Five is really good, and a very interesting addition to the marketplace. Different in character to offerings from the big boys, it's rewarding from the box, and will allow creative players scope to design sounds that are unique to their kit. A few OS updates from now and 2Box will be a force to be reckoned with...
FULL REVIEW: 2Box DrumIt Five review
Drum-Tec Diabolo Rock Kit
The Diabolo is an excellent e-kit alternative which perfectly partners the TD-9 drum module.
FULL REVIEW: Drum-Tec Diabolo Rock Kit review
Pearl E-Pro Live drum kit
This is evolution, not revolution. By using an existing module, but offering the opportunity to add your choice of (excellent) sounds from other developers, and by coming up with a real-looking and nice-feeling kit, Pearl may not have provided us with a game-changer, but the e-Pro is a great addition to the market. Those who have baulked at space-age pads until now should take particular note…
FULL REVIEW: Pearl E-Pro Live drum kit review
It isn't all drums and roses but this kit will give any beginner a firm foothold into the world of drumming and it's great for practice too.
FULL REVIEW: Gear4Music DD400 review
The TD-1's flexible pedal positioning, upgradeability and solid construction mean that, unlike other budget set-ups, you're unlikely to damage or outgrow this kit in a hurry.
FULL REVIEW: Roland TD-1KV review
Percussion Plus PP600E
While there are some good features with the PP600E, there are other kits around which offer much more for your money.
FULL REVIEW: Percussion Plus PP600E review
Stagg Electronic Beat EB-10
The EBT-10 is good for a pre-gig warm up and comes with some useable practice routines. However, lacking dynamics and no sound from most stick strikes, the EBT-10 loses brownie points.
FULL REVIEW: Stagg Electronic Beat EB-10 review
Roland Handsonic HPD-20
The flexibility on offer in the HPD-20 means that no matter whether you're a DJ, percussionist or drummer, you can use it in a way that works for you.
FULL REVIEW:Roland Handsonic HPD-20