Let’s start from the very beginning. We’ve heard that’s the very best place to start! The name says it all, many drummers would consider these drumsticks classics, and they are made in the U.S.A, so the American part of the name is true as well. They are 5As and have wood tips and the whole stick is made from hickory. The best thing with hickory is that it’s very durable and can withstand a lot so they are unlikely to break easily. Since they are 5As they are not meant to be used for extreme drumming but rather lighter, consistent, fast playing. They are good for all modern genres.
These are basic drum sticks that do the trick and are good all-round drum sticks. They have a high-quality feel to them and would suit both beginners and more advanced players.
+ Wood Tip
+ Most Popular with Buyers
Why We Liked It – These drum sticks are for light playing and will not disappoint you. They are high-quality 5As made from hickory with a wood tip and produce a great, versatile sound. They definitely deserve to be part of any drummer’s arsenal of drum sticks and we highly recommend them. They are a go-to and a safe choice if you’re not quite sure what to go for.
2. CooperGroove Performance
Let’s move on to number 2 on our list of the top drumsticks. They are the CooperGroove Performance and a wonderful option especially for beginners and young drummers. These drum sticks are the drum sticks to go for if comfort is important to you. The grip you get is remarkable, so you don’t have to worry about dropping your drum sticks. The best thing with the extra good grip is that you don’t have to hold on to the drum sticks for your life, which helps your hands to relax and is really good especially for drummers having pain in their hands.
Another aspect of comfort that these drum sticks help with is that they prevent hand sweat and assure that your hands will be as dry as possible, which will be a great relief to many people that suffer from this.
The drum sticks are 5Bs and made from hickory with a wood tip.
+ Great grip
+ Keeps your hands dry
+ Wood tip
Why We Liked It – 5B hickory drum sticks with extra good grip which makes them ergonomic and keeps your hands dry. You won’t have to worry about dropping them and that means that you don’t have to squeeze them tight, allowing you to use proper technique. These are outstanding drum sticks that are a must-have for many drummers. The feel in these drum sticks is fantastic, very much like a new pair of expensive jeans that fit perfectly or a new spice that will make your cooking become gastronomy- you just know that they will become a classic that you can’t live without.
3. Vater VH5AW Wood Tip
Next on our list are these drum sticks 5As from Vater. They are the ideal alternative for someone who wants to save money but still get good quality drum sticks. They’re made from hickory and have wood tips. The best thing about these drum sticks is that they’re very well balanced since they’re heavier towards the tip and Vater themselves say that that helps with “fast attack and response on drums”. This is a great, well thought-through feature that makes these sticks an excellent option for any drummer.
Vater are very particular with what hickory they use, and they’re only satisfied with the best. It has to have the right moisture content, straightness and grain structure, which guarantees that their drum sticks are high quality.
The drumsticks are also available in Sugar Maple, their Nude Series, Eternal Black and Color Wrap so you can be sure to find a version that’s perfect for you.
+ Well balanced
+ Wood tip
Why We Liked It – Superb drumsticks made from only the best hickory. They have wood tips and are 5As. They are extremely well balanced thanks to the heavy tips and are available in multiple colors. Really nice drum sticks that we can highly recommend, and for a good price, too!
4. Pocket Stix Maple
Number 4 on our list is the Pocket Stix set. If you are looking for drum sticks for your child these drum sticks are the ones to go for. They are slightly shorter than normal drum sticks. Most other drum sticks measure 16” but these are only 15”, and this is the very reason for the name ‘pocket stix’.
The drum sticks are recommended for kids from eight years old and up, but we’ve heard about parents that have given them to kids as young as three years old. A guess as to why they have this age recommendation is that kids that age are unlikely to harm themselves or others with them, but our opinion is that if you for example have a responsible, dependable six-year-old then there should really not be a problem.
The drum sticks are 5As made from maple with a wood tip.
+ For kids from 8 years old
+ Wood tip
Why We Liked It – These are great drumsticks for kids since they are smaller than normal drum sticks. They are 5As maple drum sticks and fit right into your pocket! Adults can use the drum sticks – primarily as workout drum sticks. We never knew drumsticks could be this cute!
5. Zildjian Maple Green Dip
Vic Firth American Classic… Wait a minute… Wasn’t this number one on our list? That’s very observant of you but not exactly. So which ones are best for you? These drum sticks are slightly different so let’s focus first on the similarities and then on the differences between the two.
The similarities are that both are hickory drum sticks in size 5A and they’re obviously from the same brand, namely Vic Firth, which is a good brand. Let’s look at what is different between them now.
The American Classics with Vic grip have a nylon tip, which makes them ideal for rock and jazz or if you’re playing on a digital drum kit. They also provide a better grip than the other model. The grip material rubs off a little if you use them often so it would probably be best not to use them for hours every day but for normal practice they’re really good!
+ Nylon tip
+ Good grip
+ Nice design
Why We Liked It – These are high-quality drum sticks with coating that helps with the grip. They are ergonomic and help you use the right technique. They are 5As with nylon tips suitable for jazz, rock and other music that uses cymbals a lot. The drum sticks have a cool design and would be good for any beginner that needs to be encouraged to practice.
7. Color Changing LED
For number 7 on our list we have found something completely different to the other products. These drum sticks flash in different colors! We can think of surprisingly many occasions when color changing, flashing drumsticks would be awesome. Kids love them, so any kid that needs to practice more should definitely be given a pair of these drum sticks.
They would also be a fun gift, work well when playing at a party and so on. True, they might not be the best sticks when it comes to the actual playing, but they work and they change color every time you strike with them. This means that they’re not lit all the time but just flash when you use them. They have 7 different colors.
The drum sticks are made of poly-carbonate and are size 5B. A plus is that batteries are included, so you won’t have to look through drawers in search for batteries before you can try them out!
+ Flashing with 7 different colors
+ Batteries included
Why We Liked It – Fun flashing drum sticks that change color every time you strike them. The best party trick for a drummer or gift for a kid that needs to practice a bit more. 5Bs made of durable polycarbonate. Batteries are included.
8. Maple Wood
Back to the normal, yet good drumsticks again! If you’re looking for versatile drum sticks that are good for practically all music these sticks are the best. They are designed to be all-round drum sticks and are 5As, which is the most common size. They are made from maple, which is lighter than hickory and they are easy to play with. Since they are so light, they are easy to play fast with.
They have an oval wooden tip to put wide spectrum of sounds in your music toolbox and they have a soft and warm tone.
+ Wood tip
Why We Liked It – These sticks are the ideal sticks to go for if you’re not quite sure what you need in your drumsticks. Perhaps you’re just starting out playing and just want to get started without overcomplicating things. You want something that works well for most music genres and enables you to play as fast as possible. It’s a good thing picking drumsticks can be this easy sometimes!
9. Vater VHFN Fusion Nylon Tip
If you liked number three on our list but sort of wished they came with nylon tips then these are the drum sticks for you! The size is practically the same, these drum sticks are between 5A and 5B and they are also made from hickory. And as mentioned they have a nylon tip making them ideal for cymbals and rock, pop and jazz. The nylon tips also mean that this model is more durable and will last longer than the wood tips.
+ Between a 5A and 5B
+ Nylon tip
Why We Liked It – Good sticks that are made from hickory and are between 5A and 5B. They have a nylon tip and are suitable for most modern genres. The tips are pretty small and round, which gives the cymbals clarity. Vater guarantees that the nylon tips don’t fall off, which can sometimes be a problem in cheap nylon tips.
10. Personalized Laser Engraved Wooden
The last pair of drumsticks on our list are something quite special. Personalized laser engraved drumsticks! We believe that we have just discovered the best gift you can give a drummer (within reason, of course you could give them a drumkit but those are slightly more expensive…).
Personalized items are often the finest gifts and these drumsticks are no different. The drumsticks with nylon tips can have anything you want written on them with up to 20 characters. There are many different fonts to choose from as well, so you can really change them however you like.
They are not the sturdiest of drumsticks, so we would not recommend that you actually play very much with them, but it’s a really nice ornament. They would also do nicely as a favor gift at a wedding or a gift to a drum teacher.
+ Up to 20 characters of your choice
+ Nylon tip
Why We Liked It – Nice, unique and cool gift for any drummer you can think of. Personalized gifts are, well, personal, and gifts that are personal are always appreciated. The drumsticks should probably just be seen as an ornament since they aren’t nearly as good for playing as the rest on our list, but we feel like this doesn’t really matter because they are so lovely.
A wonderful gift for any drummer you might know, or why not for yourself?