How to Find the Best Drum Pedals

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Things to Consider When Buying a Drum Pedal

When it comes to determining which drum pedal is best for you, there are literally hundreds of alternatives to consider. Long or shortboard? Belt or chain drive? What exactly is a “cam,” and why does it matter if it is “offset”? Not to mention the numerous firms to pick from. Here are the most crucial factors to consider when narrowing down your options to what is the best suit for you and your playing style.


Begin by locating the appropriate footboard. Consider if you are the type of player that smashes the kick with your heel/tow approach or with your foot flat on the pedal. While shortboards are generally sufficient for a flat-footed player, a longboard offers more motion and possibilities. It is not only best suited for the heel/toe player, but it also allows a player to execute double strokes with more ease. Another benefit of the longboard is that it is more suited to players with large shoe sizes. The bigger board allows for a bit more space for a larger foot.

Pedal Sensitivity

How hard do you strike? A direct (or belt) drive may be your best choice if you have a light touch. It feels lighter on the foot than the chain drive. A chain drive, on the other hand, will likely fit your playing style if you prefer to bury the beater into the kick drum. They offer a little extra stability and durability for tough players. Some pedals allow you to choose between single and double chain driving. A double chain means more stability and durability. A player, on the other hand, may feel less responsive or “in sync” with the board rebound. Finally, you’ll just have to try out a few different possibilities to discover which one best matches your playing style.


Cams are the final option to consider. Cams are installed between the bottom of the drive and the top of the board. Not all pedals offer cam settings, but those that do may allow the player to have an offset cam for a greater “whip” effect with foot movement. The cam may be changeable, allowing the player to choose a setting that best matches his or her style and feel.

Some Foot Pedals I Recommend

My recommendations are always made with a broad range of applications in mind. While I acknowledge that pricing typically corresponds with quality, it doesn’t matter how excellent a pedal is if you can’t justify the price! I consider both drummers who seek the most bang for their money and those who can extend their budget and go for a higher-end bass drum pedal. I spent hours speaking with expert drummer pals, summing up the most suggested pedals in online forums and groups where drummers hang out, watching videos. I went to my local music store and evaluated some of the candidates myself to come up with the final list. While “best” is a somewhat subjective phrase when it comes to music gear, I believe my selections are all very excellent choices, and will at the very least serve as a wonderful starting point for your own study.

Tama Iron Cobra 900

Tama Iron Cobra 900 Power Glide Double Bass Drum Pedal
Cam/travel: Linear or offset 
Footboard: Standard hinged
Beater type: Flat, dense foam
Features: Cobra Coil footplate return, Speedo Ring, Quick-Hook spring release, Swivel Spring Tight assembly, Power-Strike beater, hard case
Double pedal available: Yes, right or left-footed
With one of the greatest bass drum pedals available, you can join the fang club.
Since its debut over 30 years ago, the Iron Cobra pedal has evolved and improved to suit not just the needs of today’s drummers, but also its clear mission statement: “rock solid strength and adaptability.”
The most recent version has a larger footplate and frame to prevent side-to-side motion, as well as new lightweight cams (derived from the Speed Cobra) in both Rolling Glide (linear) and Power Glide (offset) designs. For maximum impact, a smaller Power-Strike beater head design employs solid foam rather than felt. Furthermore, the Iron Cobra is outfitted with Tama’s Cobra Coil, which helps to make the pedal seem lighter, even at higher spring tension settings, and the entire pedal provides lots of adjustability, including beater angle, beater face angle, spring tension, and footplate height.


  • 30 years of service
  • Designed for today’s drummer
  • There is a lot of room for customization


  • On the pricey side

DW 5000 Bass Drum Pedal

DW DWCP5000AD4 Accelerator Single Bass Pedal
Drive: Dual Chain
Cam/travel: Linear or offset (cams available separately)
Footboard: Standard hinged
Beater type:
Features: Dual-Bearing Spring Rocker, Tri-pivot clamp, single-post slave pedals, padded carrying bag
Double pedal available: Yes, right or left-footed

Yamaha FP9C Bass Drum Pedal

Yamaha Single Bass Drum Pedal Chain-Drive with Case
Drive: Chain/belt or direct
Cam/travel: Adjustable linear/offset
Footboard: Standard hinged
Beater type: Flat, felt
Adjustment: Beater angle, spring tension, footboard angle
Features: quick-access spring tension, weighted beater, carrying case
Double pedal available: Yes, left-footed chain only
Big brand Yamaha takes on the foot pedal game

While Yamaha has traditionally developed some of the greatest hardware throughout its range of kits, its bass drum pedals have always been on the safe side, best described as ‘solid’ rather than mind-blowing. The FP9 series, on the other hand, replaces that with some high-end features and appearance.

Available in a chain or direct drive configurations (priced the same). There is a wide range of adjustments available, including separate control of the footboard and beater, as well as a sliding control over the cam’s response between linear and offset. The springs include a self-locking mechanism to keep everything safe, and the FP9 comes with beater weights in aluminum and brass for further experimenting.

The whole thing has a cutting-edge, space-age vibe to it, and we believe that whatever flavor of FP9 you select, it will likely give some more established pedals a run for their money.


  • Engineering masterpiece
  • Springs that self-lock


  • Yamaha is new to producing foot pedals

Tama Speed Cobra Bass Drum Pedal

Tama Speed Cobra 910 Single Bass Drum Pedal
Drive: Chain
Cam/travel: Linear
Footboard: Longboard, hinged
Beater type: Flat, rubber
Adjustment: Beater angle, beater height, spring tension, footboard height
Features: Cobra Coil footplate return, Speedo Ring, Quick-Hook spring release, Swivel Spring Tight assembly, Accu-Strike beater, hard case
Double pedal available: Yes, right or left-footed
This foot pedal is almost too good to be true!

The Speedo ring, Vari-Pitch beater head, Oiless bearing hinge, Cobra Coil, and other characteristics are shared by the Tama Speed Cobra and the Iron Cobra. The Speed Cobra, on the other hand, is supposed to feel lighter than the Iron Cobra, with everything set up to respond like a Cobra after a couple of shots of espresso.

The footboard has been lengthened, and the pedal is only available with Tama’s Rolling Glide cam. The theory is that the linear response aids in maintaining faster playing speeds without the need for more pedal resistance. The Speed Cobra, unsurprisingly, has a lighter feel than the Iron Cobra, which is especially handy for double-kick action.

This pedal is a delight to use and easily lives up to its name. If you want a rapid pedal but don’t want to give up the hefty feel of a chain-driven pedal, we think this may be a revelation. We have a twin Speed Cobra for review. This pedal is without a doubt without a flaw. Simply said, it does its purpose as intended.


  • Even more effective than the Iron Cobra
  • Excellent for speed
  • The double pedal is incredible


  • Pedals can become squeaky
  • The mechanism in the pedal may start to grind

DW 9000 Bass Drum Pedal

DW Drums 9000 Series Single Bass Drum Pedal with Bag
Drive: Chain
Cam/travel: Adjustable
Footboard: Standard hinged
Features: Dual-Bearing Spring Rocker, Tri-pivot clamp, single-post slave pedals, padded carrying bag, footboard weights, and stacker heels
Double pedal available: Yes, right or left-footed
The signature chain-drive pedal from DW
The 9000 series pedal is part of DW’s signature 9000 hardware range, and it takes some thunder away from the trusty 5000. With a floating rotor, relocated spring, and nearly infinite modification of the drive cam between Accelerator and Turbo settings, you can truly customize the 9000’s feel.
As if that wasn’t enough, DW now offers a Pedal Customising Kit, which includes footboard weights and stacker heels for fine-tuning the 9000s’ responsiveness even further. The utilization of three different-sized heel parts that may be utilized in conjunction with one another results in a nine-position Elevator Heel Plate configuration, the higher the stack, the greater the control.
So, how do they manage? To be honest, they’re a lot of fun to use. These pedals have a fantastic response as well as an unrivaled grace and beauty. Both pedals perform well and give the sense that they are cooperating with you.


  • Adaptable to your preferences
  • It’s a joy to play
  • Sturdy


  • A bit pricey for a single pedal

Trick Pro 1-V Bass Drum Pedal

Trick Drums P1VBF1 Pro 1-V Bigfoot Single Bass Drum Pedal
Drive: Direct
Cam/travel: Linear
Footboard: Longboard, hinged
Beater type: Flat, rubber
Double pedal available: Yes, right or left-footed

One of the top bass drum pedals in terms of responsiveness and comfort

Trick’s Pro 1-V is a trendy, sleek-looking direct-drive pedal made of machined aluminum. A compression spring is at the core of the pedal’s sensation, and all moving points have ball bearings to maximize the pedal’s smooth motion. Trick was also able to incorporate a design element that allows for incredibly rapid and easy tension adjustment due to the usage of compression springs. To firm up or slacken the pedal feel, grab hold of the knurled knobs and turn them. It’s as easy as that.

The Pro 1-Vs have a surprising directness of reaction and consistency of pedal sensation, and they seem as though they’re connected to your head rather than your feet.

The delightfully simple method in which you can set up and customize the feel of the Pro 1-Vs makes them a true contender for anyone with a large enough wallet to cover the pricing. Yes, these are pricey options, but cutting-edge design and engineering have never been cheap.


  • Excellent for technical players.
  • Exceptional adaptability
  • Excellent response


  • It’s really quite investment because of the price

Pearl Eliminator Redline

Pearl P2052C Eliminator Redline Chain Drive Double Bass Drum Pedal

Drive: Chain or belt

Cam: 4x interchangeable 

Footboard: Standard hinged

Beater type: Quad-sided plastic/felt, round/flat

Features: Ninja bearings, locking spring cradle, reversible footplate insert, side-access pedal clamp

Double pedal available: Yes, right or left-footed

Enough cams to share!

Pearl’s legendary Eliminator pedals have been a common choice among professional and amateur drummers alike, and their popularity may be attributed to its dependable dependability and the enormous breadth of personalization available. The Eliminator Redline takes this a step further. The revolutionary interchangeable cams (the pedal starts with four, but two more are available) and the ‘Powershifter’ function, which allows the entire footboard to be shifted up and down on the base are original Eliminator features. Control Core Quad beaters (two felt sides and two plastic), Click-Lock Spring Adjustment, and NiNja precise axle bearings are among the gleaming ‘Redline’ features.

The latter is well-known skateboard bearings, such as those used in Pearl’s signature Demon Drive pedals. According to Pearl, this added feature allows the Redline to outperform its predecessor in velocity tests by 85 percent.

The Redline is offered in single and double models with chain or belt drive. Despite its nearly limitless customizability, the Redline functions admirably right out of the box, with the replaceable cams making a significant difference in the pedal’s feel. It may take some time to work your way through each variant and select a preference, but for those willing to fiddle away the hours discovering their perfect set-up, the Pearl Eliminator Redline truly has a pedal for everyone.


  • The power shifter feature is fantastic
  • Optional chains or belts


  • Precise setup might take some time

Sonor Perfect Balance Standard Bass Drum Pedal

Sonor Perfect Balance Standard Bass Drum Pedal

Drive: Belt
Cam/travel: Linear
Footboard: Standard hinged
Beater type: Round, felt
Double pedal available: No

For mere simplicity, this is one of the greatest bass drum pedals

Sonor’s Perfect Balance Standard pedal streamlines the architecture of Jojo Mayer’s trademark pedal. It’s a belt-driven pedal that’s only available as a single pedal, and Sonor has removed the folding mechanism from Jojo’s signature pedal. Other alterations include an un-etched heel plate and a footboard that has not been polished.

The same drive design continues, with the goal of delivering the, eh hem… ideal balance between the beater’s forward motion and rebound. The Perfect Balance replicates your foot movement for a silky-smooth motion that’s ideal for individuals searching for a pedal that doesn’t have too many bells and whistles but yet delivers high-level performance.


  • Jojo created the design
  • It’s quite easy to use


It’s not really for everyone

Mapex Falcon Bass Drum Pedals

Mapex PF1000 Falcon Single Bass Drum Pedal
Drive: Chain
Cam/travel: Interchangeable
Footboard: Standard hinged
Beater type: Flat, felt/plastic
Features: Dual-chain, side-access clamp, reversible beater, interchangeable cams
Double pedal available: Yes, right and left-footed

Allow your feet to fly

Mapex takes a giant stride ahead with the Falcon single (PF1000) and double (PF1000TW) bass drum pedals. It comes with two cams – linear and offset – that can be switched in a matter of minutes, and the pedal overall feels light to use (although fairly heavy, physically).

The pedals are suitable for players who play with their heels raised. The small footboard is ideal for stomping with your toes halfway down the board. It nearly forces you to play quicker. While for heels-down, we discovered that if we pushed our toes up beneath the stop, our average size 9s sat precisely on the heel plate for comfort. The Falcon boasts a plethora of adjustment options, including spring tension, beater angle, and footboard angle, yet still manages to feel effortless.


  • Feel free to experiment
  • It includes two cams
  • Excellent for heel up players


  • An old school design

Ludwig Speed Flyer Bass Drum Pedal

Ludwig L204SF Speed Flyer Single Bass Drum Pedal
Drive: Chain
Cam/travel: Linear
Footboard: Standard, hinged
Beater type: Felt
Features: Smooth action bearings, hinged footplate, ‘speed’ sizing, improved toe clamp
Double pedal available: No

The Ludwig Kings modern upgrade

Ludwig’s renowned Speed King pedal was released in 2020, and it was immediately followed by the streamlined Speed Flyer. While it is based on its renowned forefather, the Speed Flyer has a slew of mainstream upgrades. The retro aesthetic features of the original pedal remain, yet this is very much a current player’s tool. An upgraded heel with smooth action bearings, a stronger and bigger baseboard for more stability and strength, and an anti-slip cam to ensure you never miss a beat are among the upgrades over the original.

The Speed Flyer is also more adjustable than the Speed King. It’s a tweaker’s dream, with everything from spring tension to cam angle and footboard height adjustable. The Speed Flyer is a burlier pedal, to be sure, but these welcome new features don’t detract from the speed and performance. Ludwig has even included a drum key attachment for the completists.


  • Based on an icon
  • Dependable construction
  • Designed for power and stamina
  • Lots of experimenting


  • At certain adjustments, the footboard can hit the nut on the toe clamp
  • No included bag
  • As of now, I have seen no Loctite on screws, over time screws may loosen

PDP Concept Bass Drum Pedal

PDP By DW Concept Direct Drive Single Bass Drum Pedal with Extended Footboard
Drive: Direct
Cam/travel: Linear
Footboard: Longboard, hinged
Beater type: Reversible, felt/plastic
Features: Extended, brushed aluminum footboards, side-access clamp
Double pedal available: Yes, right and left-footed

The Concept Series pedals are available in both chain-drive and direct-drive configurations, with the latter being the topic of this review. Aside from the eye-catching cobalt blue drive linkage, other features include XF extended brushed aluminum footboards, offset toe clamps, retractable spurs, DW air beaters, DW spring rocker adjustment, lightweight black aluminum baseplates, and needle bearing hinges.

Several of these capabilities have been inherited from pro-level DW models such as the 5000 and 9000, as you may have seen. Which, given that they have become widely recognized as the industry standard for bass pedals, should not be overlooked.


  • A fantastic first direct drive pedal
  • Perfect for intermediate players
  • There are several DW-level characteristics
  • Excellent value


  • Beater may lose resistance after time


With all these different pedals in mind, each with unique and varying qualities. I believe the pedal with the best bang for your buck while keeping quality in mind would be Tama Iron Cobra Bass Pedal. The redesigned beater is likely to be the first thing that draws your attention to the new model. The beater faces are much smaller in diameter than a standard sized beater, but much deeper.

Tama says that the Iron Cobra’s Power-Strike beater employs solid black foam to create a forceful low to mid frequency sound from the bass drum.

The angle of the face is adjustable, like with other Iron Cobra beaters, to provide a square contact on the drum head. The mechanism that connects the pedal to the hoop has been entirely redesigned (again for both pedals), adding more support and stability to the pedal.


Question: How Much Should I Expect to Spend?

Answer: This is largely based on your individual budget, as the price range for this type of goods varies substantially. If you need to be very frugal with your money, you can spend less than $100. However, if you want to splurge and get one of the greatest items on the market, you should be prepared to pay up to $700 for a double pedal. Before narrowing your search, it’s a good idea to browse around a bit to get a better sense of the various pricing ranges.

Question: How Do I Know If I am Ready to Buy a New Drum Pedal?

Answer: If you’ve made it this far in the article, it’s a fairly strong indication that you’re ready to get a new bass drum pedal. You’re especially prepared if you’re a passionate drummer looking to improve your performance and practice abilities.

Question: What is The Difference Between a Single and Double Drum Pedal?

Answer: If you read through the choices above, you will notice versions of the models here that are double bass pedals. The term “dual” merely refers to the connection of two pedals. If you have two bass drums on your kit, you might want to check into double bass pedals. If not, this isn’t a feature you’d want. Another personal preference for drummers is to get a double bass set.

For some further reading on interesting drum gear, check out the following articles:

Best Double Base Pedal Options: To Get that Perfect Kick!

Alesis Turbo Mesh Kit Review and Guide: Here’s Why I Wouldn’t Recommend It

How to Find the Best Drum Cymbals

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