The Best Alesis Drums on the Market – Review 2017

The Alesis electronic drum sets are a name to reckon in the percussion instruments segment. They come with the promise of delivering excellent quality of sound at affordable prices along with modern features and functions suited to the current music scenario.

Best Alesis Sets List for 2017:

  1. Nitro Kit
  2. DM10 Studio Kit (Mylar Drum Pads)
  3. DM10 Studio Mesh Kit (Mesh Drum Pads)

The Alesis drums are digital sets come with versatile features and sounds that are suitable for a variety of requirements from beginner’s practice kits to professional playing styles. The Alesis Nitro kit, for example, is an 8-piece set which contains everything required for playing and meets professional standards.

The Alesis DM10 studio kit with Mylar percussion instrument pads and the Alesis DM10 studio set with mesh pads spell versatility and can meet requirements ranging from live performances to studio recordings. These reviews on the best Alesis only intend to give a complete description of the products along with the highlighting features to help you make an informed choice.

Nitro Kit

Alesis Nitro Kit | Electronic Drum Set with 8" Snare, 8" Toms, and 10" Cymbals

DM10 X Kit

Alesis DM10 X Kit | Ten-Piece Professional Electronic Drum Set with Chrome XRack (Mylar Drum Pads)

DM10 X Mesh Kit

Alesis DM10 X Mesh Kit | Premium Ten-Piece Professional Electronic Drum Set with Chrome XRack (Mesh Drum Pads)

Item weight 21 pounds 70.4 pounds 91 pounds
Dimensions of the item 27.6 *47.3 *43.3 inches 23 *47 *12.8 inches 45 *15 *35 inches
Product model no Nitro kit DM10STUDIOKIT DM10 STUDIOMESHKIT
Colour name Black Aluminium rack Aluminium rack
Review ratings 3.9 out of 5 stars 3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 out of 5 stars
Date first available January 2016 onwards October 2001 onwards March 2015 onwards.

The Nitro Kit:

This Alesis, an 8-piece comprises of 3 dynamic 8” tom pads, an 8” dual-zone snare pad, a kick pad with pedal, 3 10” cymbals and a 4-post solid aluminium rack to mount your set on.

This kit is the latest innovation to provide a powerful Nitro electronic module which includes 385 varying, cymbal, and percussion sounds, 40 different kits and 60 built-in play-along tracks.

This Nitro module comes with a LCD screen and navigating across the controls is easy and the layout resembles a traditional kit so it doesn’t take much time to figure out the kits and blend and create your own kit.

This set comes with its own 40 ready-to-play kits which can be customised to suit your tastes and preferences.

The Nitro kit from Alesis has some standard features of any electronic drum set, like that of having a USB port, a MIDI jack plus stereo output to connect it to any amplifier or recording console and a headphone jack for private practice. So, the versatility and range is vast in this kit.

This product has garnered good reviews because the kit is very responsive and simple to set-up. However, there are some points that don’t go well, like the absence of a drum throne, the relatively shorter length of the connecting cables, and the cymbals and pads a little uncoordinated,when compared to the far-reaching quality of the other parts of the Nitro kit.

This is a slightly upgraded and innovative version of the Alesis DM7X kit which has the same amazing sound quality and refined features at competitive prices. Read the Full Review HERE

The DM10 Studio Kit (Mylar Pads):

TheAlesis drums are another premium offering with a “DM 10 brain” suitable for a wide range of music options which include a ‘live’ performance to incredibly silent practice sessions.

This is a 6-piece electronic kit that comes with 6 pads with DM-10 high definition drum module that give authentic sounds.

A set of DM-pad cymbals and a regular DM studio kit which includes 10” snare pad and four 8” tom pads that come with the dual trigger zones.

The Mylar heads use triple-flanged counter hoops and the kick pad is adequate to accommodate both single as well as double pedals.

The control module for this studio kit is effective and has the regular features of USB port, an on-board sequencer,and a MIDI I/O. Overall, the sound experience is as realistic and effective as that of an acoustic set. The Dynamic Articulation is a great feature of the Alesis studio range which changes the sounds’ timbre along with the dynamics of different levels of playing.

The kick pedal is not included and but the ease and flexibility in playing, that this et provides, makes it one of the most noteworthy kits in its range. Read the Full Review HERE

The DM10 Studio Mesh Kit (Mesh Pads):

The mesh pads are the current rage in electronic drumming because they give an almost indistinguishable feel as that of an acoustic kit.

That said, the Alesis with mesh pads has some great features and functionalities at a very cost-effective price.

This is a 6-piece DM10 kit with the trademark efficiency of the DM10 module known to offer an excellent playing experience.

This particular drum set offers 3 12” pads, a snare pad and 2 tom pads. There are 2 10” pads for the small toms and an 8” bass drum. The mesh heads ensure great and effective response along with excellent sound quality.

Well, the DM10 mesh head comes with USB connectivity and is fully compatible with any smartphone or PC.

The set is very easy to put together and the aluminium rack gives a solid and sturdy support to the entire unit. Read the Full Review HERE

The difference between the mesh heads and Mylar pads:

Drum heads or pads are the skin of the Mylar polymer film have been popular in electronic sets till the mesh heads became a rage. The Mylar heads provided for a very good sound quality.

The mesh heads give an excellent sticky bounce and it is reputed to be more silent than the Mylar drum pads. Also, the mesh heads give an authentic feel and response to the beat that is closest to the acoustic kits.


The Alesis drums that have been mentioned above are packed with great features and the latest offerings in electronic technology. The sound quality and the response have received positive reviews.

All these come packaged at competitive prices. Choosing a set that meets all your requirements may seem a formidable task because of their different functions. However, brands like Alesis are a safe bet and one can always make an informed choice.

Bob M.
Alesis Drums
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