The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today

20th May 2014 | 09:00

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
UPDATED FOR 2014: Outstanding pads and sets for all budgets

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 best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Alesis PercPad
£79

MusicRadar's verdict:

Alesis may have discovered a market niche for themselves with the new PercPad - it is competitively priced, conveniently compact and as easy to use as rattling a maraca.

FULL REVIEW: Alesis PercPad review

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Alesis Samplepad
£99

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The ability to play any sample, alter its tuning and add a sprinkling of reverb turns the Samplepad into a powerful little box of tricks.The potential is immense while the price isn't.

FULL REVIEW: Alesis Samplepad review

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Roland Handsonic HPD-20
£880/$1049

MusicRadar's verdict:

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


The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Aquarian InHEAD Kick And Snare Pack
£169

MusicRadar’s verdict:

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

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Gear4Music WHD DD516-Pro
£549

MusicRadar's verdict:

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

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Korg Wavedrum Oriental
£575

MusicRadar’s verdict:

Last year's Wavedrum was great, this one is even better. And for all its oddities, we wouldn't have it any other way.

FULL REVIEW: Korg Wavedrum Oriental review

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Roland SPD-SX Sample Pad
£585

MusicRadar’s verdict:

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

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Roland TD-4KP Portable kit
£649

MusicRadar’s verdict:

This kit offers full portability (and is therefore incredibly easy to transport), with little compromise - it is also easily stowable, which will appeal to those not wishing to fill up their valuable space with drums - the rack design could well set a new trend.

FULL REVIEW: Roland TD-4KP Portable kitreview

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Alesis DM10 X
£899

MusicRadar's verdict:

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

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Yamaha DTX522 Kit
£966

MusicRadar’s verdict:

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 Kitreview

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Roland TD-11KV
£1,350

MusicRadar's verdict:

The TD-11KV offers a no-nonsense compact kit solution which, despite its compact size, remains capable, commendable and sounds great. It's worth the extra cash for the mesh heads.

FULL REVIEW: Roland TD-11KV review

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Yamaha DTX562 Kit
£1,526

MusicRadar’s verdict:

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 Kitreview

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
2Box DrumIt Five
£1,799

MusicRadar's verdict:

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

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Drum-Tec Diabolo Rock Kit
£2,116

MusicRadar’s verdict:

The Diabolo is an excellent e-kit alternative which perfectly partners the TD-9 drum module.

FULL REVIEW: Drum-Tec Diabolo Rock Kit review

The best electronic drum kits and pads in the world today
Pearl E-Pro Live drum kit
£2,725

MusicRadar's verdict:

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

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