Top Ten Best Drum Brands


The Top Ten

1 Pearl

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

My parents recently bought me a pearl 12 piece master custom it cost them 8000 dollars for the drums only without cymbals, I have 7 rack toms, 2 floor toms, 1 gold plated ford corian snare and double bass drum. I also got 16 zildjian k series cymbals set, which include 7 crash, 4 splash, 2 china, 2 rides, 1 hi hat. I think the k series ride sounds bad, so recently I've bought a stewart copland blue bell ride, which cost me 1000 dollars. I found the best sound drums of pearl is the rack toms, they sounds so sharp and it doesn't even need a plastic ring to stop the sound continuing. The reason I choose pearl is because they sound too awesome for their low price. They are also the best looking drums ever made! My pearl master custom rocks with all my cymbals!

Pearl is the best, hands down. The hardware is heavy duty and weighs more than other brands because it's quality. Plus, it sounds great. Even lower series kits sound like you could take the stage with Halen and at least sound like you should be there. Highly recommended brand.

Not wrong they say "the best reason to play drum"

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2 Tama

Just got a Tama set and I LOVE it! I could never get my toms to the low pitch I liked without sacrificing head tension on my old set and with my Tamas I can even go lower than I want to have. love them!

Best rock drum I've heard for the price

Solid, well made kits that record really well in the studio and perform great at live gigs, I've tried most other drum manufacturers over many years but for me it's got to be Tama just for the reliability, Quality and sound.

The best for me

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3 DW Drums

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

The drums are amazing and their customer service is top-notch. On a personal level, it’s also rewarding to play drums made my company that was founded by a drummer.

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4 Mapex

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! !

this is a badass drum, I have been playing for 4 years and mapex never let me down

Mapex Meridian Maple works for me. New Evans G2 heads, and a Pearl Masters Premium Legend snare (and some lovely cymbals) have made it as good as most kits around, unless you are spending really serious money of course. Still, if I had cojones to spend the money I'd get Mapex Saturn Shells.
But in truth most of the main brands produce some great kits.

Soud is like whoohoo...

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5 Sonor

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

I think there has to be some consideration for price and/or value.

I play a Pearl Masters kit, because I think of performance as a function of cost, a good 4-piece drumset (without a snare) plateaus at about $2,400 before you start getting into absurd over-engineered features that cost a ton but don't improve the sound that much. Pearl Masters would get this classification, and there are plenty of professional drummers who choose Pearl. I choose Pearl Masters because, as a price-conscious consumer, I wanted to get a professional kit relative to the least amount of departure with my wallet (at the time).

That said, with unlimited funds or an endorsement deal, I would have gotten a Sonar SQ2 or a DW Collectors. Sonar is the definition of over engineered - you could pay $12,000 for a custom SQ2 kit, but all you're getting is quality... If Pearl is the Audi of drums, Sonar is the Lamborghini of drums. Sonar not only produces the warmest sounding drums on the market, their ...more

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6 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.

Gretch is what I've been using for about a year now. I have a Gretch energy with muted heads and I love it! Great for contemp rock, jazz, funk, et cetera. I would recommend a Gretch for anyone who is trying to find a drum kit for intermediate players.

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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.

The Yamaha Absolute drums are maple shells at their finest. These drums sound more amazing than most, and the bass drum thumps you in the chest. The snare sounds like a gun shot.
Tuning is a breeze...just a pleasure to own/play.

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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 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

Premier will always be the best sounding drums ever made.

Most awesome drum sound ever I guarantee it

The best chrome hardware in the world!

You should always be in the top tens!

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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

13 Ludwig

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.

I have had a ludwig 8 piece double bass set for years, and it still looks and sounds brand new. It was WELL worth the money. The shells sound similar to my friends pearl with the same heads. I'm not sure why they are so low..

Compare ludwig epic to any other maker.Sound is top notch/looks are sharp, price is 1000s less than others.match this kit against your pearl masters and some would wonder at the 4000 $ price difference.Love your brand but know your drums.Ludwig drums are awesome in the studio.There are very few drummers who can tell the difference at this level of sound.

You were one of the best and you always will be

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14 Sabian

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

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

15 Vic Firth

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

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

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

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

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19 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!

20 Craviotto

The best. Solid shells

21 SJC

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

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


Sjc drums are definitely the future of drumming! The ability to customize your kit how ever you want is amazing! Here are my favorite drum, cymbal, heads and stick brands!

1. Sjc
2. Truth
3. Tama
4. Pearl
5. Dw

1. Zildjian
2. Paiste
3. Sabian
4. Soultone
5. Meinl

1. Evans
2. Remo
3. Aquarian
4. Attack
5. Earthtone

1. Vic Firth
2. Zildjian
3. Batter
4. Pro mark
5. Los carbos

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22 Jinbao

Quite a God's brand

23 Sound Percussion
24 Remo

Remo..such a great drumheads

25 Tornado
26 Astro
27 Dixon

Affordable and best sound

28 Maxtone
29 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.

30 Odery

Teak custom drums sound amazing.

Handcrafted drums made in Brasil.

31 Percussion Plus
32 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

33 Allegra

Best hands down, no need for detailing

34 Drum Craft

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

35 Slingerland

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

36 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.

37 Peavey

The drums sound awesome!

38 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)

39 Aquarian

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

40 Harry's Drum Craft
41 Club
42 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.

43 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.. !

44 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.

45 Q Drum Co.

A big masterpiece

46 Ford Drums
47 Lazer
48 Crush Drums

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

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



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