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Electronic Drums - Rubber Pads Vs Mesh Drum Heads. Which Are Better?

Technology, like everything else in today's society, has made things that appeared impossible previously a reality. Electronic drums began as a passing craze that many assumed would go away. Today, drummers are besieged with a plethora of electronic kit alternatives (including mesh and rubber heads) that compete with professional acoustic kits.

Whatever brand they choose, their electronic kits will feature hard rubber and/or mesh pads/heads. They're the most common kind of material for your kick drum, snare, and toms, and cymbal pads are nearly always comprised of some sort of rubber.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss more on what are the differences as well as the pros and cons to help you determine which one you should choose between rubber pads and mush drum heads!

Rubber Pads Vs. Mesh Heads

The two types of electronic kits available will primarily revolve around rubber or mesh heads.

Many kits will include variable numbers of extra accessories or components, such as extra pads for cymbals and toms, as well as other capabilities such as many samples, MIDI, USB, and more.

Aside from these additional features and components, electronic drum kits rely on the drummer hitting drum pads to trigger sounds, and the drum pads are typically hard rubber or mesh. Each type of drum pad offers a large difference in feel during playing, as well as offering different acoustic qualities.


Rubber pads and mesh drum heads have differing qualities in a variety of areas when directly examined. They primarily differ in rebound, attack, and response, with a notably different feel when compared to an acoustic set.

You may have a kit that has all rubber pads, all mesh heads, or rubber pads for your toms/kick and a mesh head for your snare, for example.

Everything is determined by the cost of the package.

Electronic kits were initially designed with practise in mind. Roland then introduced mesh heads, which were designed to mimic acoustic drum heads.


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Pros & Cons of Rubber Pads and Mesh Heads

Comparison Rubber Pads Mesh Head


Pros :

  • Feel similar to practice pads

Cons :

  • Same rebound on every pad
  • Arms and hands to fatigue more quickly

Pros :

  • More realistic feel
  • Easy to switch from mesh to acoustic in terms of technique
  • Offering a much wider spectrum in terms of sounds and dynamics


Pros :

  • Compact design
  • Slimmer build, perfect for small practice place

Cons :

  • Cant adjust tension

Pros :

  • More realistic size
  • More accurate in size when compared to acoustic kits

Cons :

  • Can be large depending on the size of the kit


Pros :

  • Are smaller than mesh heads
  • Able to adjust and compensate for reading how hard you play (loud and soft)

Cons :

  • Lower quality than that of mesh pads
  • Noticeably reduced rebound

Pros :

  • Better technology than rubber heads allowing for different sounds and play styles
  • Can adjust tension

Cons :

  • Some drummers think the drum heads can be too soft or spring-like


Pros :

  • Are much cheaper than mesh heads and kits
  • Ideal first set to kickstart your drum journey

Cons :

  • Many rubber pads electronic kits are in the budget entry-level category

Pros :

  • High-quality drumming experience

Cons :

  • Expensive due to the material and technology itself

Which Kit Should I Buy: Mesh or Rubber?

Based on the above explanation, we may infer that mesh heads outperform rubber heads in terms of feel since they closely resemble acoustic heads.

Furthermore, they are closer in size to acoustic heads than rubber heads and provide more adaptability when it comes to playing a variety of instruments (even brush sweeps).

As a result, we can assert that mesh heads are better overall than rubber heads since they provide a lot better experience, although they are more pricey.

Rubber heads, on the other hand, are an excellent alternative to mesh heads because they are more cheaper and smaller.

A rubber kit would be a terrific alternative if you are a beginner and do not want to spend a lot of money to get started with your interest. Remember that rubber kits aren't all bad, and thousands of drummers use them and love them.

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