Science has proven that musical expression in toddlers is great for development and coordination and should be encouraged at a young age.1 Drum sets are a fun and active way for children to learn musical skills.
The best drum set I found for toddlers is the IQ Toys My First Drum Set.
I gathered information and compared highly reviewed toddler drum sets, ranking them by quality, practicality, and fun. The list includes electronic and non-electronic drum sets. All sets were created for toddler-aged children, although some sets seem to be made for older toddlers.
|Best Toddler Drum Sets||Why It's Best||Mom Rating|
|IQ Toys My First Drum Set||Adjustable volume, 4 Modes of Play, Not annoying or obnoxious||♥♥♥♥♥|
|VTech KidiBeats Drum Set||4 Modes of Play, Lightweight and portable||♥♥♥♥♥|
|PlanToys Musical Band||Ecofriendly, Noise not overwhelming||♥♥♥♥♥|
|Union 3-Piece Toy Drum Set||Design based on real drum set||♥♥♥♥♥|
|VTech Zoo Jamz Drums||Bass pedal, 16 melodies, Includes seat||♥♥♥♥♥|
2019 Best Drum Sets for Toddlers
IQ Toys My First Drum Set
The My First Drum Set by IQ Toys makes our #1 spot in this list for providing a “full package” drum set that encourages sensory development in a fun way, without the obnoxious sound some drum sets can come with.
Each drum pad and cymbal has it’s own sound, helping toddlers with sensory development as they connect the sounds with their respective drum parts. Being an electronic drum set, toddlers will enjoy the various modes of play that teach numbers, colors, and rhythm.
Conveniently this 24″ tall set comes with a stool which sits at 8″ providing a nice average height for most toddlers. The option for your child to stand and play or sit and play is nice.
The best part of this drum set is that customers rave over the fact that this set is not annoying! The volume can be adjusted and the sounds are not obnoxious, which is a huge plus for parents.
The only downfall of this set is that it is lightweight (5.6 lbs – which is great for portability) but some customers have complained that the set easily falls down if pushed.
- Recommended for 3 years or older
- Sensory development
- Adjustable volume
- Not loud or obnoxious
- Good height for toddlers (drum 24″, stool 8″)
- Chair included
- 4 modes of play (numbers and colors, drum and cymbals, pedal and microphone)
- 5 songs, 10 snippets of songs and 3 different beats
- Lightweight set could fall easily
The IQ Toys My First Drum Set is the best option if you’re looking for a “full” set with stool, without the real (and loud) sound of an actual drum set. The adjustable volume makes listening to your toddler learn and play along that much better!
VTech KidiBeats Drum Set
The KidiBeats Drum Set by VTech comes in second for it’s electronic light and sounds feature and for it’s portable size.
Toddlers will enjoy hearing specific sounds (drums, animal sounds, silly sounds, DJ voice) and watching the LED lights light up and as they drum on each pad. Nine melodies are included ranging from rock to dance styles.
Since the drum set is only 1.98 lbs, it can easily be taken along on road trips and moved around by your toddler. It does have a short height of 11.5″ which is convenient for kids to sit and play, but some customers complain that they were expecting a taller drum set.
This drum set is not only fun, but educational as well, with play modes including learning letters and numbers. A downfall of this set is that the “talking voice” seems to annoy parents, constantly speaking throughout play.
- Recommended for 2-5 years
- Sensory development
- 9 melodies
- 4 modes of play (free, letters, number, follow-along)
- Inexpensive price
- Small size/height
- Talking background noise
For an educational drum set that sits low to the ground, the VTech KidiBeats Drum Set is a great choice at an inexpensive price. If you can tune out the voice that speaks throughout game play, you and your toddler will enjoy this set.
PlanToys Musical Band – PlanWood
At #3, the Musical Band by PlanToys is a wooden eco-friendly drum set with a more modern aesthetic.
Using leftover sawdust and wood chips from production, PlanToys has created a drum set that is environmentally safe and free from formaldehyde and chemicals. This company seems to have high eco-friendly production standards.
The drum set itself is more of a basic set – no electronics or “real drum” sound. Some customers have complained that for the price, the drum set does not deliver much other than looking cute. A main complaint has been about the cymbal: it tends to fall off easily during play.
Another complaint is about the height of the set. Sitting at 12″, this drum set is shorter than expected and may not be a good fit for older or taller toddlers.
- Recommended for 3-6 years
- Promotes intellectual development
- Safe from chemicals
- Noise not overwhelming
- High price
- Questionable quality (cymbal falls off easily)
- Smaller than expected
The Musical Band is more tailored for a younger toddler and overall is a safe and eco-friendly choice. While this wooden drum set boasts a modern look, it does not perform well for the price.
Union 3-Piece Toy Drum Set
The 3-Piece Toy Drum Set by Union lands in our #4 spot for providing a true drumming experience for beginners.
Union has put together a toddler drum set including the real things: a bass drum (with pedal), tom tom, and snare drum, plus cymbal. Each drum can be tuned, creating an in-depth learning experience for your future drummer.
Available in three different colors, this set can be tailored more towards your toddler’s likes. It does carry a heavier weight than it’s competition, but is not unreasonable for a smaller version of an actual drum set.
- Recommended for 3+ years
- 3 color options (blue, pink, red)
- Real tunable drums
- Great for beginner drummer-to-be’s
- Weight (17 lbs)
- High price
If you and your toddler are serious about drumming, this is a good starter set. If you’re just looking for a drum set that your toddler may like to play for fun, I’d go with a different, less technical, drum set at a cheaper price.
VTech Zoo Jamz Stompin’ Fun Drums
The Zoo Jamz Stompin’ Fun Drums by VTech offers a playful electronic drum set with bass pedal and stool.
Lights and sounds are all over this set in addition to a moving elephant trunk any time the bass pedal is stepped on. A plastic stool is included with this set creating a real-life drumming experience for your little one.
There are various modes of play and buttons to push on the Zoo Jamz Set, providing a variety of play and lots of play time. Unfortunately a huge complaint of this set is that the talking voice just talks way too often, creating annoyance for listeners. In addition, many have complained about the set “glitching,” and repeating itself.
- Recommended for 18mo – 4 years
- Cute elephant look
- 4 modes of play (counting, catch the lights, follow the leader, free style)
- 16 melodies, 6 sing-along songs, 4 drum styles
- Includes small stool and bass pedal
- Annoying talking voice
- Glitchy/repeating same comments too frequently
Visually, the Zoo Jamz Drums is easy to want. It’s cute and provides a lot of drumming fun. Unless some manufacturing changes are made, the risk is too high of going crazy from glitches and never-ending talking (unless you don’t mind wearing noise-cancelling headphones).
Buying Considerations – Toddler Drums
The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of toddler drums is the noise! That’s why you don’t want a real drum set at this age: it’s just too big and too loud. When shopping for the best toddler drum sets, be sure to think about the following features:
- Noise. Think about both the type and intensity of the sound. For example, the Union drum set has real drum sound, but it doesn’t have the gimmicky toddler music of the VTEch Zoo Jamz Drums. Also, see if the volume is adjustable!
- Size. Most of these are miniature sized and will fit in a small corner or on a shelf. A few do require some room to operate, so make sure you’ve got the space for your toddler to jam.
- Batteries. I can attest to the fact that a couple of these toys are real power hogs. Invest in some rechargeable batteries now!
- Skills. Can your toddler just go bang around and make some noise, or do they need to have some idea of how drums work? Do they need musical knowledge, or just pent up energy? Keep that in mind when buying. And don’t forget that kids grow fast, so a set that gets played with now and later is a great choice.
FAQ’s for Toddler Drums
Do these drum sets come with a stool?
The IQ Toys My First Drum Set, Union 3-Piece Toy Drum Set, and VTech Zoo Jamz Drums comes with a stool.
Do I have to assemble toddler drum sets?
The Union 3-Piece Toy Drum Set comes with mounting hardware so keep that in mind if purchasing because it will involve some time getting everything put together.
Otherwise, most of these drum sets are more like toys, so they come put together and ready to rock!
What is the age range for toddler drums?
A toddler drum set works well from about ages 2 to 4. Some might be better at a younger age, while some will get use up until the early elementary school age.
Here’s the specifics:
IQ Toys My First Drum Set: 3 years +
VTech KidiBeats: 2-5 years
PlanToys Musical Band: 3-6 years
Union 3-Piece Toy Drum Set: 3 years +
VTech Zoo Jamz Drums: 18 mo-4 years
Do toddler drum sets come with a foot pedal?
The IQ Toys My First Drum Set, Union 3-Piece Toy Drum Set, and VTech Zoo Jamz Drums include a foot (bass) pedal. If your toddler truly wants to play drums in the future, this is a good feature to help them get used to the real deal.
Your toddler will no doubt love a drum set. It’s a chance for them to pay with music and move around a bit! It’s certainly a lot more exciting than piano lessons.
For a fun “lights and sounds” drum set with a stool, the IQ Toys My First Drum Set is the best toddler drum set for the price.
If you’re looking for a mini model of a real drum set, the Union 3-Piece Toy Drum Set is the way to go.