Best Electronic Drum Set For Under $1500

Before you start browsing you may want to take a look at our article on Acoustic vs Electronic and our overview of the best electronic drum sets for beginners as they have a lot of useful information about what to look for as well as the pros and cons of e-drums.

 

Big Bucks

If you are here then you are really looking to empty your bank account. This price bracket will open up the world of electronic drums to you. In fact, it is in this price range where e-kits start to really come into their own. With the less expensive models, you will find that the pads and cymbals are more basic and they don’t have the right response, whereas with these the hardware and software is starting to become higher end. The receptors pick up the pressure of your stroke and the zones are ultra sensitive so the feedback on the headphones will much more closely represent acoustic drumming and give you a more accurate, skin-like experience.

Unfortunately, e-drums are not cheap. With any other instrument if you were looking to spend this much you would be well into the top end of things, sadly this is not the case with electronic drums as $1500 is considered mid-range! You actually want to spend upwards of $2000 to start to hit the top end of things, but as a beginner you do not want to this. In fact, we would highly recommend considering these reviews as a guide to what is good and then trying to find the sets 2nd hand from a reputable store like Guitar Center for under $1000.

 

Top 3 Best Electronic Drum Kit for Under $1500

As we said, this bracket is where the kits start to shine, with more responsive mesh heads that pick up on the subtleties of your drumming these are competent bits of gear that should enhance your drumming progress, not hinder it.

 

ModelName/ RatingSummaryCheck Price
Best Electronic Drum Set for Beginners

Yamaha DTX562K

Score:    (4.75 / 5)

Stunning! High-end kit at a mid-range price. Most realistic response and sounds
AMAZON
GUITAR CENTER
MUSICIAN'S FRIEND
Best Electronic Drum Set For Under $1500

   Roland TD-11KV  Score:    (4.60 / 5)

Supremely useable module, great functions, authentic pre-loaded sounds, incredibly realistic feel.
AMAZON
 
 
Kat KT4 Percussion Advanced Kit

  KAT Percussion KT4 

Score:    (4.65 / 5)

Library of professional high-end drum sounds. 9 sophistcated pads. Best bang for your buck
AMAZON
SWEETWATER
 

Yamaha DTX562K

Best Electronic Drum Set for Beginners
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The magnificent DTX562K comes equipped with all the latest programmes and technology and its response is remarkable. With a wonderfully versatile module, this kit represents incredible value being packed with Yamaha’s ingenuity and high-end hardware, at an extremely reasonable price for what you are getting. This kit is perfect to practice on and learn your trade as well as traveling around and using it for gigs, sampling and recording. All in all this intelligent, compact kit can easily carry you through the start of your drumming journey and much further. In fact, once you have played this, you may never bother with an acoustic set at all.

Pros

  • Incredibly authentic feel, response and sound
  • Great cymbals (inc hi-hat!) with features like muting, choking and swells
  • Sturdy hardware and pads
  • Huge memory and preloaded sounds
Cons

  • None

Roland TD-11KV V-Series

Best Electronic Drum Set for Beginners
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Roland are widely held as the best electronic drum makers, rivaled only by Yamaha and with this kit you can see why. A perfectly compact life-like set, ideal for any starter with limited space or who values portability. Enhanced with Roland’s SuperNATURAL power module this set does have something quite magical about it in its response and range. With an incredibly realistic playing experience, the 11KV is a great way for a fledgling drummer to start their electric journey, getting the full range of e-functions and programme without compromising on the natural touch.

Pros

  • Superbly realistic and responsive feel
  • Incredible and easy to use onboard functions
  • Authentic pre-loaded sounds
  • Clever in-built coaching system
  • Dual-triggering technology and tri-trigger for hi-hat
Cons

  • Pads are a bit small
  • Hi-hat a bit heavy and not sensitive enough

KAT Percussion KT4

Kat KT4 Percussion Advanced Kit
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Coming in at our number 3 spot and the most inexpensive on this list is the KAT Percussion KT4, which granted isn’t a household name like Yamaha or Roland, but has re-staked its claim in the e-kit world since being taken over by Drum Workshop. With the K4 they have produced their most advanced digital drum set and high-performance model to date and it has earned its place up here with the two powerhouses that are Yamaha and Roland. Weighing in with a whopping 5 drum pads and 4 cymbals, KAT haven’t simply gone for quantity over quality, as their tech is here to make a statement. With dual-zone drum pads, a new 8-inch mylar bass drum pad and three-zone cymbal pads they have gone all out to offer a diverse authentic drumming experience at a mid-range price. You are getting a lot of bang for your buck with this kit nad we would go as far as to say that this is the best value kit under $1500!

Pros

  • 5 x drums, 4 x cymbals and a DW stand for well under $1500
  • Incredible library of high definition professional drum sounds
  • A realistic head response, especially the upgraded kick head
  • Easy to assemble
Cons

  • Hi-hat needs tweaking
  • The module is not as intuitive as competitors
  • Fairly basic design

Read before you buy!

After looking at the models above you are probably struggling to look at anything else. This would be a big mistake. As a beginner, you should not be spending this much on electronic drums unless money is no object or you have lots of drumming experience but are a beginner on the electronic drums. These are professional standard instruments that could be used for recording. If you are seriously considering these then we would not try and sway you to the cheapest category or even under $500 as you will notice the quality difference and how unreceptive these kits are in comparison. If here then you are serious about what you are buying. That being said we would strongly advise you to look at those under $1000. Failing that, look at buying a 2nd hand kit. For $1000 you will be able to buy some of those listed above and unlike acoustic sets where can be a litany of problems buying used, it is much easier with electronic gear.