Top 10 Quiet Drum Sets For Noise Free Practice

Drums create a lot of noise.

Thankfully electronic quiet drum sets allow you to practice in almost silence.

You can then play in your home without waking up kids or disturbing the neighbors.

If you're looking for the perfect quiet drum set for yourself, your kids or as a gift for someone else then you've come to the right place.

The Best Quiet Drum Sets:

1. Alesis Drums Serge Mesh Kit

Alesis Surge Mesh Kit | Eight-Piece Electronic Drum Kit with Mesh Heads | 40 Kits, 385 sounds, 60 Play-Along Tracks | USB/MIDI Connectivity

Alesis are a name which have been synonymous with drums and electronic drums for years.

Their serge mesh drum is one of their newer additions that boasts a great natural sound and supreme quietness.

It manages to achieve highly realistic drum sounds thanks to their mesh drum heads which give both a great natural feel, are far quieter than other alternatives and are more comfortable on your wrists.

If you buy this electronic drum set here's what you'll get in the box:

Number of Pads5 mesh drum pads
Snare pad size10" / 25.4cm
Number of symbals3
Sounds385 included
Frame / standTheir premium 4-Post chrome rack
Play-Along Tracks60 included
Recording Function
Aux input & USB MIDI Connectivity
Drumsticks

...don't forget to invest in a good pair of headphones, you will need these to be able to play silently.

You can pay a lot more for a mesh headed drum kit, but at this price range you wont find any that are better.

This is one of the best quiet electronic drum kits available for this kind of price (click the image to check the price or use the bottin below).

It can also easily be folded away to save space once you're finished with it.

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2. Alesis Drums Nitro Mesh Kit

Alesis Drums Nitro Mesh Kit | Eight Piece All Mesh Electronic Drum Kit With Super Solid Aluminum Rack, 385 Sounds, 60 Play Along Tracks, Connection Cables, Drum Sticks & Drum Key Included

This is one of the cheaper electric drum kits available on the market right now and is a step down from the Alesis Serge drum kit above.

Don't be fooled by its low cost though it still performs very well and is a great choice for beginners and intermediate drummers.

Be aware that not all of the drum pads are mesh, one is rubber which tends to be slightly noisier when hit than mesh.

If you buy this electronic drum set here's what you'll get in the box:

Number of Pads4 mesh drum pads & 1 rubber drum pad
Snare pad size8" / 20.3cm
Number of symbals3
Sounds385 included
Frame / standA 4-Post chrome rack
Play-Along Tracks60 included
Recording Function
Aux input & USB MIDI Connectivity
Drumsticks

...don't forget to purchase some good quality headphones to ensure that you can hear what you are playing.

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3. Roland TD-25K

Roland High-performance, Mid-level Electronic V-Drum Set (TD-25K)

Roland are famed for their incredibly high quality, durable drum sets.

The TD-25K is no exception, it is a step up from their earlier TD-11 & TD-15 sets with better sounds and improved build quality.

If you're simply after a quiet drum set to give a low volume alternative to your acoustic drums then the TD-25K is an expensive option, but if drums are important to you and you then it may be worth investing in a TD-25K.

Number of Pads4 mesh pads & one rubber pad
Snare pad size10" / 25.4cm
Number of symbals3
Recording Function
Aux input & USB MIDI Connectivity
Drumsticks

...be aware this drum set doesn't include headphones which will be necessary to play it quietly. It also doesn't include a kick pedal or high hat stand.

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4. Aerodrums

Aerodrums Digital Air Drums, Electronic Drum Kit with Virtual Reality Option, MIDI Support and Unlimited Drum Pieces

Aerodrums are something altogether different from all the other quiet drums we talk about on this page, this is because they are entirely invisible and therefore 100% silent!

They are virtual reality drums that turn your air drumming into real drumming.

Aerodrums consists of two drumsticks with sensors and two foot sensors as well as a camera and small light.

The light reflects of the sensors and feedback into the cameras so that the software can work out how they are being used and what sounds to play.

Be aware that due to the use of light reflection Aerodrums work best in lower light settings.

This information is then relayed into your computer (you just need to download the Aerodrum software) and it plays as a normal electronic drum kit would play.

The software also allows you to customize your drum setup as much as you want, you can have whatever drum types you want and you can put each piece exactly where you want it.

While purists will understandably be unwilling to switch out their drumset for these they are a handy alternative to have in your drum arsenal.

They are completely silent because you're not hitting anything...that is also the main drawback as it feels quite unnatural initially until you get used to them.

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5. Carlsbro CSD130

Carlsbro CSD130 Electronic Drum Set with Realistic Kick Pedal

This 8 piece electronic drum kit is a great option for beginners and advanced drummers alike.

Offering hundreds of high-quality percussion sounds, this drum set is incredibly quick to setup and fold away making it ideal for use in places where space, as much as noise, is at a premium.

Number of Pads3 tom pads & 1 rubber drum pad
Snare pad size7.5" / 19cm
Number of symbals3
Sounds250 included
Frame / stand3-foot collapsible stand
Recording Function
Aux input & USB MIDI Connectivity
Drumsticks

...as with all of these drums don't forget to buy some headphones to allow you to play it quietly.

Be aware that this drum set isn't the quietest because it doesn't use mesh heads, instead it uses cheaper tom pads (which help bring the price down) which make slightly more noise when hit as they are harder than mesh.

However so long as your pair it with headphones then it is significantly quieter than an acoustic drum set!

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6. HXW SD61-2

HXW SD61-2 Electric Drum Set Compact 8 Piece Electronic Drum Kit, Dual-zone Mesh Head Snare and Cymbal Pad with Choke, 200+ Sounds, Easy Assemble Rack, Drum Sticks & Drum Key Included

HXW (also known as Avatar) are relatively new to the American market but they have been a popular drum set manufacturer in Asia for some time so don't be put off if you don't know the brand name, they are very experienced..

...and it shows!

This compact entry-level drum is an excellent choice for beginners or intermediate drummers.

The set features a mesh snare head for quieter performance, 3 rubber tom pads (these are slightly noisier than mesh), 3 cymbal pads, a quiet kick pad and kick pedal, a drum rack and a drum module.

Number of Pads3 rubber tom pads
Number of symbals3
Sounds227 included
Frame / standCompact 3 post rack
Recording Function
Aux input & USB MIDI Connectivity
Drumsticks

It's very compact and easy to setup with simple easy to follow instructions.

While rubber heads typically produce more tapping noise and they have a less realistic feel than mesh heads the tapping on this kit is actually very quiet.

As this price range this is a great, competitively priced option which does a great job.

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The Best Quiet Drum Sets For Kids:

Kids love making noise and drums are excellent at doing that, below are a few affordable quiet options for kids.

If your child falls in love with the drums and shows a desire to progress and develop their skills then you can always purchase a more professional kit later on.

1. Aeroband Drum Sticks

AEROBAND Drum Sticks Air Electronic Drum Set with Light, Bluetooth Wireless Connection Pocketdrum, 3 Modes Portable Drumsticks Indoor/Outdoor Travel Using- 1 Pair

Aeroband drum sticks consist of a pair of bluetooth enabled wireless drumsticks which interact with their Android & IOS compatible app.

They work much like the Aerodrums we mentioned above, they record the motion and position of the sticks to simulate real drumming through your phone.

The USB chargeable drumsticks are of course completely silent as you don't actually hit anything with them you just simulate it.

With it's colourful lightsaber style lighting this product appeals to both kids and adults alike.

Be aware that it is well worth running through the tutorials so that you know exactly what you are doing and how best to use them.

These probably aren't best for very young kids, however kids 7 years and up will get good use out of them. Aeroband drum sticks have been known to keep kids entertained for hours!

One thing to be aware of is that if you use these with headphones (which you should if you want the experience to be quiet) then do not use bluetooth headphones.

Because the drum sticks also use Bluetooth it seems that the Bluetooth system gets overwhelmed resulting in very sound noise quality.

Instead use wired headphones for a far better experience.

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2. Paxcess Electronic Drum Set

PAXCESS Electronic Drum Set, Roll Up Drum Practice Pad Midi Drum Kit with Headphone Jack Built-in Speaker Drum Pedals Drum Sticks 10 Hours Playtime, Great Holiday Birthday Gift for Kids

This Paxcess drum set is an affordable drum kit designed for kids, it is super compact and portable as it can be rolled up.

It comes with a built-in speaker (so it has the potential to be noisy if a child decides to unplug the headphones).

It is best suited to young kids (3+) who are old enough to keep the headphones on and plugged in!

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3. Pyle Electronic Roll Up MIDI Drum Kit

Pyle Electronic Roll Up MIDI Drum Kit W/ 9 Electric Drum Pads, Foot Pedals, Drumsticks, & Power Supply | Quick Setup | Tabletop Roll Up Drum Kit | Pre-Loaded W/ Drum Electric Kits & Songs (PTEDRL14)

The Pyle electronic dum kit is a more professional roll up kit.

Featuring seven drumming pads and two foot pads as well as twelve pre-recorded songs to drum along to and seven different sound types you can use.

It also features the ability to transfer music files it to a computer allowing you to edit and compose pieces.

This kit is also designed to work well if you just want to play with your hands.

It has a built-in speaker so make sure you keep the headphones (not included) plugged in to keep noise levels down.

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4. QoQoba Drum Set

QoQoba Electronic Drum Set for Kids | Adult Beginner Pro MIDI Drum Practice Pad Kit Incl. Foldable Headphone | Drum Sticks | Great Holiday Birthday Gift for Kids Drum Set (RAINBOW)

This colourful drum kit is perfect for young kids.

It's one of the few drumsets that comes with headphones included - essential for keeping the noise down.

The foldable drum pads include all the drum noises you could need: a snare, 3 different tom pad sounds, 1 crash, 1 ride, 1 hi-hat pad, 5 timbres as well as 8 preset songs.

It comes with a charger, manual, headphones, two foot pedals and of course the drum sticks.

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Things To Be Aware of When Buying A Quiet Drum Set

Electronic drums are vastly quieter than acoustic drums, however that doesn't mean they're completely silent.

Pad Noise

Typically cheaper models will create more noise when played due to lower quality pads.

Mesh pads are generally the quietest followed by rubber pads.

These both absorb a certain amount of impact when hit, helping to reduce the noise.

Kick Pedal Noise

Kick pedals are often an area which people forget about when it comes to noise, they are often the noisiest part of an electronic drumset.

When the kick pedal is pressed the vibrations go straight through the floor and can disturb downstairs neighbors.

Tennis Ball Riser Platforms

A common method that drummers use to prevent sound traveling through floors is to create a raised platform built on tennis balls - check out this video to see how it's done.

If you want to go the whole hog you could soundproof a room for drums and put your tennis ball riser in it.

Headphone Quality

A key thing to consider when buying a quiet drum kit is the headphones you use.

If you use poor quality headphones then even a premium drum set will not sound great.

Ideally, you should use high-end wired headphones to get the best possible audio quality with minimal latency.

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