Drum Sets Under $400

The 3 best drum sets under $400

If you are looking for an inexpensive drum set, now is a great time to shop because we a lot of good options in stock. And if you are new to the world of drums, it can be hard to know what to look for. We wrote this quick review for three of our beginners kits so you can compare and find the best deal. (hint: we’ll give you our opinion at the end)

So here is our review of the

3 best drum sets under $400

ddrum D2Ddrum D2R Rock Lime Sparkle beginner drum ket

Four piece starter set with cymbals, throne and sticks.

• Basswood shells: 8″ tom, 14″ floor tom, 14″ snare drum, 18″ bass drum
• Hardware: throne, hi-hat stand, snare stand, bass drum pedal and cymbal arm
• Cymbals: 16″ crash, 14″ hi-hats
• Available colors: Lime Sparkle, Silver Surfer, Black Metallic

Price: 499.99
Sale: $399.99

Pros: One of the best things about the D2 kit is that everything is included: drums, hardware, cymbals, even a set of sticks. And even though it’s not a high-end kit, the drums tune up well and sound really pretty good. Plus the D2 comes in a bunch of great color options like Lime Sparkle, Silver Surfer and Black Metallic.

Cons: One draw back here is that ddrum only included two toms here, instead of the usual three. You’ll have to get creative when you go for that amazing Phil Collins drum fill. The other issue we have is the cymbals you get with the kit are on the flimsy side. You’re going to want to replace them pretty quickly.

YamahaYamaha Gigmaker Drum Set GM2F5 - 5 piece drumset in Burgundy Glitter Gigmaker

Five piece drum kit with basswood/poplar shells.

• Basswood shells: 10″ and 12″ toms, 14″ floor tom, 14″ snare drum, 2o″ bass drum
• Ball mount and clamp tom holders, real wood bass drum hoops and and seamless triple-flanged hoops
• Available colors: Burgundy Glitter and Metallica Black

Price: 669.99
Sale: $399.99

Pros: It’s nice to know that even though it’s a beginner kit, it’s still the well-known Yamaha brand. This translates into real wood drums that come with seriously impressive hardware and better heads on it.

Cons: While the kit itself is under $400, the cymbals and stands are sold separately. So you’ll have to shell out a little more cash to get up and running with this one. We did find the Gigmaker didn’t tune up quite as easily and consistently as some of the others in the same price range.

Stagg TIM122B
Stagg 5 piece drumset with cymbals and hardware in Metallic Blue

Five piece drum set plus cymbals and hardware.

• 6-ply basswood shells: 12″ and 13″ toms, 16″ floor tom, 14″ snare drum and a 22″ bass drum
• Hardware: Bass pedal, hi-hat stand, snare stand, cymbal stand and drum throne
• 14″ crash and 13″ hi hats
• Available colors: Metallic Blue or Wine Red.

Price: 599.99
Sale: $399.99

Pros: The main advantage of the Stagg drums is the price; you get a full five piece drum set with all the cymbals and hardware included for under $400.

Cons: There are a few noticeable places that Stagg cut corners with this kit. The heads that come on it are thin and cheap, the lugs are uneven which makes tuning a chore and the hardware isn’t super sturdy.


There you go; three great choices under $400, with all their pros and cons. With so many good options and even more color choices; it’s going to be hard to pick. We thought we could help by giving you our humble opinion.

Of the three drum kits reviewed, we felt like the ddrum D2 was the winner. It was the easiest to tune and set up but most importantly, it just sounds great. Big and loud, like a rock drum set is supposed to sound. For the price, you really can’t find a better kit.

Come see all these drum kits at our store in Batavia!