Electric drum kits are becoming the new sought after instrument in the percussion world. They take up less space, offer more drum sounds and also have the ability to play with headphones – perfect for the neighbors. I have made a list of my top 5 electric drum kits for beginners. I hope this gives you a guide and the information you need on the features of the best electric drum kit for you.

5. Alesis DM LITE KIT Electronic Drumset.

dm liteEven though the Alesis Lite is quite a basic kit in terms of components – it offers some really fun and convenient features. It has a unique “learning mode” where the cymbals light up and allow you to practice and develop drum patterns. This feature is great for beginners who want to learn the basic steps of drumming in their own home. It also has a fold up frame which is perfect if you do not have the space to accommodate a drum kit up all the time. It offers an impressive 10 per set kits, 200 drum sounds and USB ports for home recording which is impressive for a drum kit at an affordable price point!

My rating: 3/5

4. Axus AXK1 Digital Drum Kit

Although it is similar to the DM LITE, I have ranked this Axus kit at number 4 due its impressive sound bank. The kit is designed very much with young beginners in mind and offers everything you need to kick start your musical journey. If you are looking for something that is packed with different drum kits and a low price then this is definitely the one for you. The freestanding kick pedals also make the drum kit easy to pack away if you are not using it! A great introductory kit into the world of drumming.


My rating: 3/5

3. Yamaha DTX430K Electronic Drum Kit.

dtx430The Yamaha DTX430K pushes for a more modern drum experience. I have chosen the 430 out of the DTX400 range due to its upgraded 3 zone snare pad which has a more responsive playing experience. The thing that really brings this kit to life is its module. If you are into exploring new drum sounds and have the wipe option to download and create your own module then the DTX is a great option. It comes with 10 preset kits, 10 play along songs and 10 interactive training functions as well as a free Yamaha drum app for ipad/iphone. A very digital experience but great for unique drummers at £450*!

*Price October 2016

My rating: 3/5

2. Axus Digital AXK2 Electric Drum Kit.

AXK2-300x300In terms of an entry level drum kit, the Axus Digital AXK2 in my opinion has everything you need. It has a unique song bank and all of the recording abilities you need for a practice kit and home studio use. The frame is built with an extra stability bar to ensure it can handle all types of rigorous playing. Similar to some of the other kits – it can fold into itself. Although this is not as compact as the others it still acts as a space saver. It offers a generous 108 voices and 10 preset kits with option to generate your own kits and extra responsive cymbal pads. Not bad for only £264*!

*Price October 2016

My rating: 4/5

1. Alesis Electronic Drum Kit with Nitro Module

dm6It was a tight call between the Alesis Nitro and the Axus AXK2 on the top score. The Alesis Nitro has slightly more responsive pads and rim shot ability, which for a beginner moving from an acoustic to electric kit will help the transition feel more natural. It is the kit that you can carry on to an intermediate and advanced stage if you are serious about drumming. It is packed with great features such as + 40 play a long songs and 108 different drum voices. This kit is £386* and definitely hits the spot for a budding drummer!

*Price October 2016


My rating: 5/5

If you want any more information on buying you first electric drum kit then please do not hesitate to contact me on 01283 535333 option 1 or e-mail Lizzie@normans.co.uk and I will be happy to answer any questions you have.

About the author

Lizzie joined Normans after graduating from university in Popular Music with Music Technology. She has been playing the drums for most of her life and gained a great insight into both the technical and live aspects of them. As well as the drums, Lizzie loves to play guitar and will have a go at any instrument she can get her hands on!




  • Dave 31/08/2015 at 9:47 am

    This is a good list but still I am bit confused. Names like Tama, dw is not here!

    • Lizzie Ball 01/09/2015 at 9:01 am

      Hello Dave,

      Thanks for your comment.

      The blog is based on the brands that we directly supply and unfortunately Tama and DW are not amongst those.

      I hope this helps. If you need anything else then just let me know.

      • Dave 10/09/2015 at 6:01 am

        I understand. Thanks for your quick response.

  • Suzanne 31/10/2015 at 9:58 pm


    my eight-year-old has just started learning the drums. We have a small house and he shares a room with his older brother so space is an issue, but he really wanted to learn so I gave in to the lessons, even though I knew we didn’t really have space for a drum kit. What is the smallest kit he could realistically learn on? Thank you!

    • Lizzie Ball 11/11/2015 at 4:53 pm

      Hi Suzanne,

      Thanks for your e-mail.

      In terms of size, all electric drum kits are able to fold in slightly to save a bit of room. The one I would recommend if you are having drum lessons is the Axus AXK2 (http://www.normans.co.uk/p-4768-axus-digital-axk2-digital-drum-kit.aspx) as this has the bass drum pad which your son will be used to in his lessons. I would say it extends out around 30-35cm when folded in.

      I hope this helps. If you need anything else then just let me know.

  • Sarah Browne 13/11/2015 at 2:01 pm

    I am looking to learn the drums on electronic kit. I am a complete beginner so which would you recommend that’s not too expensive but decent sound. thanks

  • Paul Gray 20/11/2015 at 11:10 pm


    I suppose similar to Sarah I am complete beginner and see that the two you recommended for her.

    Do these both include drumming lessons/things to follow to help you learn or would these need to be purchased separately?

    Do they also include the ability to play along / learn to play certain tracks e.g. If you have favourite songs you want to learn to play?
    Sorry being a complete beginner I have lots of questions.


    • Lizzie Ball 30/11/2015 at 5:30 pm

      Hi Paul,

      Thanks for your comment.

      None of the drum kits come with lessons so they would be purchased separately or done via YouTube.

      All of them have an auxiliary input which you can plug your iPod in and play along to your favourite songs!

      A good kit I would recommend if you want built in lessons is the Alesis Electronic Drumset with Portable Folding Rack (http://www.normans.co.uk/p-5570-alesis-electronic-drumset-with-portable-folding-rack.aspx) as this has a light up feature for simple drum techniques.

      I hope this helps. If you need anything else then just let me know.

  • Aadil 11/12/2015 at 6:40 pm


    I’m learning drums at school and I’m currently doing my grade 5 (rockschool). I want to replace my normal drum kit as I can’t really use ’cause it distracts my family. What would you recommend to be a good drum kit for my level that’s not too expensive? (size isn’t really an issue)

    Thank you!

  • chris 16/05/2016 at 5:09 am

    Hey all, I can’t find the song that the Alesis demo drummer is playing along to. I’ve tried Shazam and find nothing. sounds like a great song. anyone know who it is? thanks.

  • Jules 10/02/2018 at 1:14 pm

    Hi there, looking to purchase an electronic drumkit for my son who will be 15 next week. He had lessons at school on traditional drumkit but due to him not choosing music for his options, no longer qualifies for the lessons. Space is limited, I have already had the Yamaha DTX450X recommended to me, but do not know if it folds, and what the dimensions are if it does. Could you help? Also, would you recommend this kit as I notice from previous threads there aren’t any Yamaha kits mentioned? Many thanks in advance, Jules