Top Ten Best Drum Brands


The Top Ten

1 Pearl

I have a masters in lime sparkle fade. Always gets compliments from other drummers and sound engineers on its sound and looks. The hardware is pretty good as well. I use a demon drive pedal which is solid and fast.

Best best best

Nicest all round tone. Excellent hardware. Kick ass accessories. Nce hard wearing finish that always looks fresh. Toby "Sioux" Allison

Pearl is incredible five stars 2 thumbs up. I have been playing with a pearl vision birch drum set and it sounds as great as it looks. I definitely recommend any product from pearl. They definitely give you a hell of a lot of bang for your buck. It may not be top dollar professional set but I know I will enjoy it for years. I have played on a number of sets including yamaha gretsch and tama but nothing that matched the sound quality or durability of my pearl set.

Thank you you. This helps me. I'm trying to figure out which drum brands are good and of a price lower than $1,500. - Feirceraven

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2 Tama

DW kits sound great too, but in my opinion Sonar should be in the 1, or 2 spot. Tama, however is always ahead of the competition. By far the best hardware. They thought out every detail. Tama is king of the soon to be extinct Bubinga kits. I can go on, and on, but I've never been disappointed anytime I sat behind a Tama kit!

Best one hands down

Offer quality at every price point

The best for me

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3 DW Drums

Solid, nice tone, very adjustable, good-looking.

to me they come like perfect. I never put heads on my drum set until the other day. and they sound fine with out the heads you dnt hear any extra noise after you hit it. then with the Evans g2 heads they sound so crisp.

I think drum workshop is the best. I don't own a kit but have their pedals and couldn't be hapier. Dw is definitely up there in quality and looks. Also sound. I love dw

They are quite expensive, but worth it. Any of their sets are comparable with the "top of the line" kits from other brands; which sometimes are more focused on the aspiring-drummer market

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4 Mapex

Love my Mapex Mars

I have a Mapex Horizon and this sounds amazing. The heavy strong sound of the skins of all the drum part simply blows people!. I never had a problem with this set ever since 5 years. Tuning and built in facilities are not complicated to manipulate. So thus in my opinion Mapex is an excellent brand and deserves to be ranked in the! !

I love Mapex. I've played my teachers Saturns, and my MYdentity's are on the way.

Soud is like whoohoo...

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5 Sonor

Sonor clean warm round sound
I love that drum sound

My Sonor kit sounds amazing - better than any other brand I've played. In addition, just by looking at how well the set it built shows that it is higher quality than other brands such as Pearl. Take a look inside the drum itself sometime, the shell is stronger, thicker, and the hardware overall is too.

I've owned a sonor delite series kit from 2001 and it is the finest set of shells I've come across. I keep getting tempted to buy DW but they just don't do it for me. Sonor seem to make instruments that are not only technically brilliant but also the overall sound and feel is just as good. I would love to visit the Sonor factory one day.

I get a lot of compliments on the kit. Especially the kick drum. But you have to change the head. I put a Aquarian snare head on it. Cut a 4in. Hole on the front. And mic it. Sounds like a 22in. Kick drum. I like my Martini

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6 Gretsch

Nothing beats gretsch

Gretsch Is Underated I Feel The There Renown Maple Kills The Tama Superstar Fusion, And Pearl Is Completly Overated!

A magic sound for the Renown Maple limited edition

Renowns are fantastic sounding and great looking. The new 57;s are stunning.

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7 Yamaha

I don't know why yamaha isn't top. Best sound kit for any music. I can crank my snare for a studio sounding rock/pop sound or higher for a jazz. The recording customs are the nicest drums ever and you can't beat there hardware.

I own 4 kits presently... 2003 Ayotte customs, 2005 DW Collectors, 2011Yamaha Recording Custom Anniversary kit and 2011 Gretsch New Classics. I love them all, but have to say the Yamaha's just sound incredible... Easy to tune, warm rich fully rounded tone. They are my favorite kit, but I have an attachment already as this is a remake of the early 80's RC kit... I owned a 1980 set just like these and had them for 16 years before handing them down to my son who still plays them today.

I've played on Yamaha kits and I use their hardware and I think it is all quality made. The precision and clarity from each product released is wonderful. However, I think Yamaha needs to be higher on the list.

Sounds really good and durable I really want to get these drums. I want to learn drums and want a long lasting kit. I have 2 friends who play drums and I'm not sure what they have

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8 Zildjian

Definitely the best brand for cymbals

I have zildjian set and a 5a maple dip drum stick which is amazingly awesome

Symbols alone. Enough said.

Best cymbal brand out there and Sabian a close second, but as their motto states they are the "only serious choice"

9 Spaun

One of the best sounding drums on the planet

10 PDP

Pdp is by far my favourite drum kit to play and that's speaking from experience with pearl,sonor,ludwig,tama,natal and Yamaha. Their kits are great for the value with awesome build quality and am awesome sound I have the concept maple 7pc and the concept hardware which is also exceptional

pdp have the best sound especially for metal the rev uses them and he was one of the best drummers of all time

R.I.P jimmy "The REV" sullivan

Great Quality build, warm tone, and have nice looks! The main part is the shell's durably and sound quality, hardware is not to bad!

Even the not expensive PDP sets sound as good as any high grade drum kit.

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The Contenders

11 Premier

You should always be in the top tens!

Premier artist series is both affordable and qiven the quality of finish and sound its not surprising many a pro use the artist series for studio work

Premier will always be the best sounding drums ever made.

Most awesome drum sound ever I guarantee it

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12 Ludwig

How is this not #1!

Everyone has tried to copy Ludwig, but their drums have their own distinctive sound and no manufacturer makes a better maple plywood shell than Ludwig. Their oak/maple shells are some of the fattest, punchiest drums I've ever played. In business for 110 years.

You were one of the best and you always will be

Some of the best drummers ever used ludwig

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If you have the money to spend on quality, expensive drums, go with OCDP. They sound great and give you a bang for every penny. They also have many custom paint jobs inspired by the great Travis Barker.

OCDP rocks! The bass is like a cannon and the toms sound great with the right drumheads. The drum finishes are good too, especially the lacquer ones. Also, there are many great drummers sponsored by them like Travis Barker.

I strongly recommend orange county drums they have amazing quality in durability, style, and best of all the sound is amazing. I put ont the evans g2 coated for toms, evans coated powercenter reverse dot on snare, evans emad on the kick, and some zildjian zxt cymbals its is phenomenal, youll never regret buying OCDP

14 Sabian

I love the sabian cymbals I really like the AAX 16 inch stage crash

I have been using Sabian for 40years and they still sound the same as the first day I bought them!

you can't get a better cymbal quality nowadays

15 Vic Firth

Cosistent quality

Best sticks on the planet they have amazing quality and feel to them. The top drummers including grant Collins and Dave weckl use them

Good quality and also low price

Best Drum Sticks Ever

16 Truth

Good drums, man!

17 Peace

Very affordable, sounds great. If you are a beginner, then I recommend you to go for PEACE.

With the most favorable price and the SUPER quality, Peace rocks!

For me the High and Mid level kits are great for the price, but the low end kits sucks

18 Evans

How is this so low? Evans has amazing quality and sound?

Good drum heads

Evans makes the best of the best drum heads, like the EMAD and the G2. Their sets are not that great, but overall Evans is a great drumming brand!

19 Rogers
20 Craviotto

The best. Solid shells

21 SJC

Great Drum Kits! used by jay weinberg, tre cool, and josh dun.

This Drum can give a quality Sound, Design, Material, Price, Durability, Stocks, Wood, Shape, Costume. Just check the it out.


SJC is the greatest customized set you can get! Leaders in this range by far.Excelent!

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22 Sound Percussion
23 Remo

Remo..such a great drumheads

24 Jinbao

Very sound has jinbao

Quite a God's brand

25 Tornado
26 Astro
27 Maxtone

Is this good

28 Dixon

Affordable and best sound

29 Slingerland

I have own slingerland drums for 50 years still sound great!

I shouldn't have refurbished my set... bad move

Best price for vintage drums that sound as good or better than its contemporaries

30 Aquarian

The most amazing drum heads you could ever play on. Especially for Jazz, Latin, Blues.

31 Percussion Plus

Good drums

32 Mes

Has great quality, sound and good looking with a variety of colors to choose from depending on your choice and taste. It is suitable for any type of music. It's symbals are nice and strong and most important of all the drum lasts for a long time.

33 Pork Pie


My first drum set, sounds great and customer service was absolutely amazing, I will have this set for many years!

Way underrated, some of the best feeling & sounding drums I've owned were Pork Pies.

34 Odery

Teak custom drums sound amazing.

Handcrafted drums made in Brasil.

35 Guru Drums

The most high quality drums in the world in my opinion. Best sounding too. The Origin series especially is to die for.

Hey, I finally found my name. Thanks for whoever put me here. - CityGuru

36 Allegra

Best hands down, no need for detailing

37 Drum Craft

Perfect brand from germany. The design isn't everyone's thhing, butthe sound is unique. The best one is "serie 8"

38 Peavey

The drums sound awesome!

39 Ayotte Customs

Here's my list of best sounding and I'm talking about only their top of the line kits
1) Ayotte custom (Ray era)
2) Sonor designers or SQ2
3) DW collector series tied with Yamaha recording customs from 1980s
(I have owned all of these kits at one time and a few others, just my opinion, and I realize there are many nice kits out there that I have not played on yet)

40 Ford Drums
41 Harry's Drum Craft
42 Club
43 Noble & Cooley

One of the best custom made drum kits around the world. By far, not a beginners set, but if you make a living playing, you couldn't own a better kit. Oldest drum company in the U.S.

Nothing fancy, just custom made drums of TOP quality made from wood cut down in their own back yard, also one of the oldest drum companies in America, older than Gretsch.

44 CB Drums

The CB Drums are Pretty Good for starters and I heard a lots of good reviews from that brand.

I only have CBs so I vote them I am a starter but I do wanna get some yamahas soon

Buen sonido en vivo.. !

45 Sunlite Drums

A Lots of people will not have a clue about sunlite drums. I have the Sunlite Drums for 2 years or somthing. But There is some Youtube videos that has it, just give it listen and think about the sound. I kindly Recommand this brand, because it's sounds good and come in handy for Starters. And Also you least upgrade the Drums like the heads, Bass drum, and Buy a Better Cymbals, Because they have their own Cymbals.

46 Q Drum Co.

A big masterpiece

47 Lazer
48 C&C
49 Crush Drums

I have two kits,both chameleon, one ash red, and the other birch, black wrapped, the ash kit nice lows, great tone and all around great kit, my black wrapped birch is also a very good kit, nice highs,and lows, I think for a newer company I would give a 4 star,out of 5

Great drums nice sound to the especially with evans heads on them



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