7 Best Drum Pads For Home Practice

If you haven’t decided yet what to buy think about the purpose of a drum pad for home practice.

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself:

  • What size of a drum pad I want/need?
  • Does it need to be very quiet?
  • Do I want a drum pad that I can carry everywhere?
  • What is my budget?
  • Do I need a drum pad or a drum pad kit?
This is my case: I live in the apartment and I like my pad to be quiet and I want the rebound as close to the real drum. If you are in the similar situation go with Sabian Quiet Tone Mesh Pad
 

I don’t want to be too subjective on this cause many pads from this list differentiate and I try keeping the various choices in my articles. Maybe you need 4 surfaces, or you want to keep the budget low or want a full kit.

Having all these options in mind I picked 7 best drum pads for home practice I was able to find so, check it out.

Drumeo P4

4 Surfaces

9.5

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p4 drumeo pad

Movement Drum Co

Editor's choice

9.8

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drum pad for home practice

Vic Firth Pad 6

Gold standard

9.2

ThatScore

best drum pad

Evans Realfeel 2

Best value for money

9.2

ThatScore

drum pad for practice

Sabian Quiet Tone Mesh

The most quiet pad

9.6

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mesh drum pad

Remo Tunable

Read drum head

8.7

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practice drums at home

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Practice drum kit

9.2

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4 Surfaces

p4 drumeo pad

Drumeo P4

9.5

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Highly versatile

drum pad for home practice

Movement Drum Co

9.8

ThatScore

Gold standard

best drum pad

Vic Firth Pad 6

9.2

ThatScore

Value for money

drum pad for practice

Evans Realfeel 2

9.2

ThatScore

The most quiet

mesh drum pad

Sabian Quiet Tone Mesh

9.6

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Real drum head

practice drums at home

Remo Tunable

8.7

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Practice drum kit

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DW Go Anywhere

9.2

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Drumeo P4

9.5Expert Score
4 surface drum pad

Built quality
9.7
Suitable for apartment
9.4
Mimic real drum
9.3
Value for money
9.5
Pros
  • 4 surfaces
  • Verstatility
  • Unique
Cons
  • Higher price

This drum pad offers the most practice options, it is versatile and creative.

It is designed by Pat Petrillo. The main idea is to mimic different surfaces that real drum kit has.

Some drum pads have too much rebound so, Drumeo wants to avoid that with this drum pad.

This is one of the best drum pads on the market currently and it is one of a kind. 

What I like

4 different surfaces make this drum pad very unique.

Foam on the bottom is the great feature that will lower down the volume of the pad.

It will make practising very interesting.

What I don’t like

Uniqueness comes with the price so the main question is “Is it worth it”?

It’s up to you. P4 is the only drum pad with 4 surfaces so if you decide you need that feature this would be the only option.

Verdict

This is a premium drum pad. All materials used on this drum pad are high-quality.

Like every premium product, it is not for everyone.

But, if you want the best rubber pad on the market this would be the one.

It is perfect for drummers who want the best drum pad on the market currently

Movement Drum Co

9.8Expert Score
Double-sided practice pad

Built quality
9.9
Suitable for apartment
9.8
Mimic real drum
9.6
Value for money
9.7
Pros
  • Extremely customizable
  • A great simulation of the real drums
Cons
  • Price is a little bit higher

Movement Drum Co offers us a high-quality product that includes three practice surfaces- a pad, a rubber that you can use to be quieter, and a plastic piece that can imitate a snare drum.

Keeping all accessories in mind, you would think that this pad is heavy. But, this is a light pad that is very portable, so it is easy to jump into practice everywhere you go.

If you are not satisfied by the three layers of Movement Drum Co Practice Pad, there is a softer bottom side, which makes it perfect for beginner drummers and people who just want to be quiet while practising.

What I like

The most important thing that distinguishes this model from others is the number of options at your disposal.

Apart from three customizable parts, it has a nice back surface. Another bonus is the plastic rims that you can further use to enhance the experience.

What I don't like

The main dealbreaker for this drum pad is the price. While it justifies its price, it will be the thing that drives away amateurs from this model.

Also, while it is surprisingly light, it is a little heavier than other pads that I have reviewed.

Verdict

Movement Drum Co has succeeded in making a drum pad that tries to imitate the real deal with the amount of customization that they offer.

Advanced and professional drummers should consider this practice pad, and if you are an average drummer that needs an upgrade, this is a very good choice.

Vic Firth Pad 6

9.2Expert Score
Gold standard that lasts forever

Built quality
9.9
Suitable for apartment
8.7
Mimic real drum
8.5
Value for money
9.8
Pros
  • Durability
  • Great price
Cons
  • Stronger rebound than on real drum

One of my favorite regular rubber pads is Vic Firth’s drum pad. Regular rubber pads are really similar so I will review the Vic Firth pad. 

The rubber of the pad is high quality.It can be mounted on a cymbal stand. It is quiet and softy. Similar to Vic Firth drum pad is Evans “Real feel”, Vater pad, Rock Jam drum pad… These drum pads and many more are very similar. 

They are made of wood and rubber or two types of rubber. The one used on the bottom as a support and the other used for actual practice. This type of drum pad is most commonly used among the drummers

What I like

I am using it for many years and it is very durable.

It is very soft so, the rebound is great.

What I don’t like

All rubber pads are bad at simulating the real feel from the acoustic drums.

The stick tends to bounce too much. Yet, they are very good for practicing finger control.

Verdict

When it comes to regular rubber pads it is usually one time only purchase.

They are all very durable, made out of quality rubber that will last for a long time.

Vic Firth pad is not expensive, it is made out of great materials and it is not too loud

Evans Realfeel 2

9.2Expert Score

Built quality
9.8
Suitable for apartment
8.8
Mimic real drum
8.5
Value for money
9.7
Pros
  • Excellent price
  • Great for beginners
Cons
  • Build quality

Here we have one drum pad that is perfect for both beginners and intermediate musicians. Evans presents us with a classic model that is affordable to anyone.

This particular practice pad comes in three sizes and two variants. The 6-inch, 7-inch, and 12-inch models vary in price significantly and may be one-sided or two-sided.

Smaller-sized models are ideal for children who aspire to be drummers. Parents can determine if their child will take interest in drumming without buying the expensive drum kits.

A two-sided practice pad has a hard surface on one side, and a rubber surface on the other. The rubber side will provide you with enough rebound, while the other is your standard neoprene practice pad.

What I like

This particular practice pad does not have anything innovative, but it checks all boxes. It enables you to practice anytime and anywhere, it is relatively silent and it is affordable.

Evans does isn’t very fancy, but it helps you save the money for cymbals or other drum parts that are easily more expensive.

What I don't like

The only thing that I don’t like is the build quality of the pad. Some people have reported that their product glue has started to fall off after some time. But, for this price, build quality is decent.

Verdict

Evans offers us a standard model that does everything that any good practice pad should do. It’s portable, it has enough rebound, and it’s affordable.

If you are a guy who likes his acoustics the most and just looks for an affordable practice tool, you should consider this price range.

Sabian Quiet Tone Mesh Pad

9.6Expert Score
The most quiet drum pad

Built quality
8.7
Suitable for apartment
10
Mimic real drum
10
Value for money
9.7
Pros
  • Quiet
  • Best imitation of real drum
Cons
  • Mesh heads tear up

There are very few mesh pads out there, my favourite is Sabian QTM10 Mesh pad.

When it comes to reproducing a real feel on the drums, the mesh pads are the best you can get.

You can tighten them to get more rebound or lose them to get more of a reel feel.

The main flaw is that you will have to change a mesh head when it cracks which is inevitable.

The whole drum set made out of this kind of pads is Pearl “Rhythm traveler”.

My choice is definitely a mesh pad, it is quiet and it mimics acoustic drums realistically.

What I like

If I ever decide to buy a new drum pad for practice I will definitely buy one of these.

Nothing simulates the real feel quite as good as the mesh pad.

Possibility of adjusting the head proves that.

It is perfect for silent practice.

What I don’t like 

It is the only drum pad with changeable drum head.

The fact that this drum head will crack from time to time is bad.

Verdict

If you want to practice silently and with a real feel this is a drum pad for you.

QTM10 is my choice when it comes to a practice drum pad.

Remo Tunable

8.7Expert Score
Customizable real drum head

Built quality
8.1
Suitable for apartment
8.2
Mimic real drum
9.7
Value for money
8.8
Pros
  • Affordable
  • Customizable and mountable
Cons
  • Too small for an adult drummer
  • Has real drum head that can crack

This particular practice pad from Remo can seem just like a budget pick for you. But, this pad is a quality product with a surprising amount of customization.

The first thing you will notice when you see this pad are the screws that you can use to customize the tension to your liking.  Having that option certainly is a big plus.

Remo’s practice also has a rubber bottom to ensure that the pad isn’t slipping and is easily mountable on a stand.

It comes in 6-Inch, 8-Inch, and 10-Inch variations. Smaller ones are dedicated to the younger drummers, while the 10-Inch variation is for adults.

What I like

I didn’t expect I would find tension screws at this price range. Tension levels are game-changer, but it is a nice feature to change a daily practice routine.

Due to its smaller size, you can carry it anywhere. You can practice in front of the  TV, on the bus, even during study breaks.

What I don't like

While it is a nice feature, most people probably won’t experiment with the screws. With this price, Remo is targeting beginners, and they probably don’t want to customize too much.

The biggest variation may seem small compared to standard practice pads. 

Verdict

Remo Practice Pad won’t rock your world with features, but it offers, in my opinion, one of the best product at this price range.

If anything, it is a budget product that you can carry with you the whole time and enjoy drumming anytime you want.

DW- Go Anywhere

9.2Expert Score
Best multi-pad solution

Built quality
9.5
Suitable for apartment
8.9
Mimic real drum
8.9
Value for money
9.5
Pros
  • Firm hardware
  • 5 pads
  • Easy foldable
Cons
  • Takes more space
  • Loud kick

I have used one of these for a couple of years and I am still sorry that I sold it. The reason was I needed cash.

If you live in an apartment,you will be able to play Go Anywhere drum kit without hearing your neighbors complaint. It is important to mention that drum throne and a pedal don’t come with a set.

Design of the hardware is very simple so you can pack it up in a few minutes and you are good to go.

What I like                        

You can wrap it up very fast and put it away.

It doesn’t take a lot of space so you can carry it around when you travel.

The rebound is great and it is not too loud either. Hardware is firm and quality.

What I don’t like

The fact that it doesn’t have some imitation of cymbals is a minus.

I am playing a double pedal so, it would be great to have a larger bass drum surface.

Verdict

You will be able to put away this drum kit easily in a few minutes.

This works for me due to a fact that I don’t have a room for a drum kit in my apartment.

It is very durable and silent, this makes it perfect for practising on the road.

Conclusion

For almost 13 years I am using a Vic Firth’s PAD6. It is very good and durable and I am satisfied with it. This works fine for me because I do not need anything fancy for practice. I rather spend my money on cymbals and lessons.

Recently I discovered Sabian Quiet Tone and it is quite a revelation.

Also there is an option of making a drum pad yourself.

Before you make a final decision I suggest what Dave Weckl has to say on drum pads.

My name is Denis. I am a drummer, percussionist, music enthusiast, and blogger. Drums have been my passion for 15 years now. My idea is to write about the things I like and I am interested in. I want to share my drum passion with fellow musicians who walk, talk, and breathe drums.

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