The 6 Best Drumsticks

Updated December 15, 2016 by Steven John

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We spent 22 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Though they may be the simplest part of any musical instrument, the right drumsticks can make all the difference to your playing ability and sound. Find the right pair for your style from our selection, which includes a few that will let you dazzle a little as you bang away. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best drumstick on Amazon.

6. Zildjian 5B Nylon

These Zildjian 5B Nylon sticks have a large teardrop shaped head that delivers plenty of power to the cymbals and drums, but without creating too sharp of a sound. Their black coloration is stylish and subtle, suiting many types of musical ensemble.
  • good for electronic drum kits
  • sturdy midsize shafts
  • paint comes off quickly
Brand Avedis Zildjian Company
Model 5BNB
Weight 3.5 ounces
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. On Stage

For the drummer on a budget or the school music program that needs to equip multiple musicians with decent sticks, this twelve-pair set from On Stage is a smart choice. They are made using sustainably sourced Chinese maple wood.
  • wood is kiln dried
  • sticks are fully sanded and sealed
  • prone to break with heavy play
Brand OnStage
Model MN5A
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

4. RockStix2 HDs

A pair of RockStix2 HDs will literally light up the stage at your next gig. These novelty drumsticks are made from a rugged polycarbonate material that houses bright color-changing LEDs. The sticks flash with thirteen different colors as you drum away.
  • batteries come included
  • unique gift idea
  • not weighted like standard sticks
Weight 5 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

3. Tinksky Jazz Drum Rod Brushes

These Tinksky Jazz Drum Rod Brushes use bundles of bamboo rods that allow for solid, clean taps on the drums and cymbals, but that won't let the drum set overwhelm the piano, trumpet, or other instruments played by the rest of the band.
  • comfortable grip wrapping
  • offer excellent control
  • shorter than standard drum sticks
Model pending
Weight 3.2 ounces
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

2. Vater Percussion Color Wraps

These Vater Percussion Color Wraps don't necessarily handle or play better than any other decent drumsticks, but they certainly have more aesthetic appeal. Their brightly colored wraps add only a negligible amount of weight.
  • solid wooden tip
  • available in multiple colors
  • made in the united states
Brand Vater
Model VCP5A
Weight 4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Vic Firth American Classic 5A

With a pair of Vic Firth American Classic 5As in your hands, you'll be ready to practice percussion for hours in your studio or garage, to set the tone and tempo for a high school's jazz band, or to rock the crowd of a sold-out arena show. These are simple, sturdy sticks.
  • priced in range for all
  • sourced from low flex hickory
  • great reviews from musicians
Brand Vic Firth
Model 5A
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

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Last updated on December 15, 2016 by Steven John

When not writing or spending time with his family, Steven tries to squeeze in some mountain climbing. In addition to writing for several websites and journals, Steven has published multiple novels.

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