Alesis Surge Mesh Kit - Electronic Drum Set


90 out of 100. Incorporating 1200+ ratings and reviews.

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Alesis Surge Mesh Kit

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Our rating of 90/100 is based on analysis of 1200+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments section.

The Alesis Surge Mesh Kit is a complete drum kit with 5 drum pads, 3 cymbal pads, drum stand and accessories, including both the kick and hi-hat pedals, and drum sticks.

What's even better is that the drum pads have two zones, and you can tighten or loosen the mesh to your preference - and it does all these while retaining an entry level price point.

As for the drum module, it comes with 385 different drum and percussion sounds, along with 24 different kit sounds.

Other features include 60 play-along practice tracks, MIDI connection via USB, and an Aux input for playing along with your favorite tracks.


  • 1 x 10" Dual-zone Mesh Snare Pad
  • 3 x 8" Dual-zone Mesh Tom Pads
  • 8" Mesh Kick Pad Tower
  • 10" Hi-Hat Pad
  • 10" Crash Pad - With Choke
  • 10" Ride Pad - With Choke
  • Hi-Hat Pedal and Kick Pedal
  • Surge Drum Module with 385 sounds
  • 24 Preset kits and 16 User Kits
  • 60 built-in play-along tracks
  • USB/MIDI connection for using it as a MIDI controller with your computer
  • Headphone output, Aux Input


Many of the positive comments that this kit gets are from drummers who are happy with its playability. They appreciate the quality of the mesh pads, and how it responds to nuances in their playing. The quality and usefulness of many of its drum sounds also got a lot of thumbs up, even from experienced drummers. Overall build quality and value for money also comes up quite often when people talk about the Alesis Surge Mesh Kit.


There are a some users who are not too happy with some of the kit's limitations, specifically with the hi-hat which only provides an open or closed sound with no semi-open sound, but this is to be expected given the price point. There are also a few reports of volume balancing issues between various sounds.


All in all, the Alesis Surge Mesh Kit is a great buy for what it can do, a great first, even second drum kit for those with budget and noise limitations. If you're looking for something a little cheaper, then take a look at our recommendations for Electronic Drum Sets Under $500.