After spending 19 days researching and testing various budget bass drum pedals, I think that the PDP by DW 400 Series Single Bass Drum Pedal gives you the best bang for your buck.

PDP by DW 400 Single Bass Drum Pedal

PDP by DW 400 Single Bass Drum Pedal

It offers the best playability and response for a single bass drum pedal at its price point. I explain our choice in greater detail in a later part of this article as well. (click here to skip to it now)

Please do note that due to the budget and price point, you’ll notice that the pedals in this guide are mostly entry level single drum pedals.

But first, let’s start with our pick of the top budget bass drum pedals:

Top Budget Single Bass Drum Pedals

Single Bass Drum PedalPedal DriveSmoothnessCam ActionPlaying FeelBuild QualityEase of MaintenanceOverall VerdictPrice Range
PDP by DW 400 Single Bass Drum Pedal

PDP by DW 400 Single Bass Drum Pedal
Single Chain Drive****Offset**********A top quality pedal, for economical priceBelow $60
Tama HP30 Stage Master Single Bass Drum Pedal

Tama HP30 Stage Master Single Bass Drum Pedal
Single Chain Drive****Offset*********Another good quality pedal that you can get on a tight budget.Below $60
ddrum RXP RX Series Single Bass Drum Pedal

ddrum RXP RX Series Single Bass Drum Pedal
Single Chain Drive***Offset*******It does what it needs to, without breaking.Below $60
CODA DH-208 200 Series Pedal

CODA DH-208 200 Series Pedal
Single Chain Drive**Offset****If you are really tight on budget but still need a pedal, this is it.$30 and below

Continue reading to learn more, here’s a quick table of what we’re covering. Click on your section of interest to skip right to it:

A Note on ‘Budget’

Before we go on ahead, let’s define ‘budget’.

After all, my understanding of ‘budget’ will be very different from that of someone like Ringo Starr’s.

For this article, we focused on budget bass drum pedals below $60.

Why $60?

The average price of a budget bass drum pedal is about $100 but if you’re reading this, you probably have a tighter budget.

With $60, you can still get some pretty good, mid-tier pedals.

Of course, if you are looking for a cheap bass drum pedal below $30, we’ve also included one model here. It is difficult to find many pedals that could fit into that tighter budget.

Now that we are on the same wavelength in terms of budget, let’s get right into it!


Best Budget Single Bass Drum Pedal

As mentioned above, our pick of the best budget bass drum pedal is the PDP by DW 400 Series Single Bass Drum Pedal.

PDP by DW 400 Single Bass Drum Pedal

PDP by DW 400 Single Bass Drum Pedal

Here are the reasons why it won out the rest:

Why the PDP by DW 400 Series Single Bass Drum Pedal?

1 – Durability & Build Quality

Of the pedals we have considered in the article, the PDP 400 single bass drum pedal has the best durability and build quality. This is agreeable even among real users, as seen from reviews. 

Although it might not last for decades, you can expect it to last at least 3 to 5 years depending on your usage and how you maintain it.

And hopefully by then, your drumming would have improved and you would probably be ready to get a pro grade pedal, or a double bass pedal. 

2 – Playing Experience

At its price point, many users agree that the PDP 400 Single Bass Drum Pedal’s playing experience has been on par with DW’s pedals, which cost at least three times as much.

This says alot about the PDP 400. 

And we agree that it provides a smooth playing experience that doesn’t seem to falter even when you go at the bass drum fast.

You’ll very well be able to train your double beat kicks on the pedal with no issues at all.

3 – Price Point

Well, it’s relatively cheap for an entry level single bass drum pedal. Most pedals would cost you about $80-100.

You can read more reviews and experiences from real users on Amazon here.


Best Cheap Single Bass Drum Pedal below $30

If your purse strings are tight, consider the CODA DH-208 Single Bass Drum Pedal.

CODA DH-208 200 Series Single Bass Drum Pedal
CODA DH-208 200 Series Single Bass Drum Pedal

Okay before we proceed any further, here’s a disclaimer!

We did not test all the bass drum pedals in this category, simply because most of them failed to hit our requirements before we had the chance to actually test them.

The only one that made it is the CODA DH-208 Single Bass Drum Pedal.

And oh, we kinda cheated because it was about a dollar above $30 at the point of writing. You can check the latest price here.

Although we’d urge you to increase your budget for a single bass drum pedal, this is why the CODA DH-208 made it into this list:

Why the CODA DH-208 Bass Drum Pedal?

1 – Price

Let’s face it, it’s cheap and functional. 

If you need a single bass drum pedal that works in the short term, this is your go-to option. 

2 – Least crappy out of the $30 budget pedals

With bass drum pedals going for $30 and below, you’re really taking a risk

A bass drum pedal is exposed to the full strength of a drummer during every drumming session, along with a high amount of vibration and frequency of movement.

It should ideally be made of sturdy material, which can be difficult to produce at such low prices. 

Hence, if you want a pedal for less than $30, do keep in mind that you’ll be getting a pedal that is flimsy and less likely to last. 

The CODA DH-208 seems to exceed this expectation with some users claiming that it can last for years, with low usage. 

It has also been recommended as a budget bass drum pedal for electronic drum kits. 

3 – You can still go relatively fast on this

Yes, speed is key when choosing a pedal…on top of its durability. 

And you can go relatively fast on the CODA DH-208, although you might need to be prepared to deal with the noise from the pedal.

But hey, it’s cheap and it works, so what more can you ask for at this price point right?


Budget Bass Drum Pedal Reviews

In this section, we review each of the budget bass drum pedals that made it onto our list, you can find the summary of the pedals in the table above. (click to skip back to it)

This will give you an idea of our selection and thought process which may come in handy when you are choosing between pedals.

PDP By DW 400 Series Single Bass Drum Pedal Review

  • Pedal Drive: Single Chain Drive
  • Cam Action: Offset
  • Smoothness: ****
  • Playing Feel: ***
  • Build Quality: ****
  • Ease of Maintenance: ***
  • Overall Verdict: A top quality pedal, for economical price
PDP by DW 400 Single Bass Drum Pedal

PDP by DW 400 Single Bass Drum Pedal

A top quality bass drum pedal at an affordable price.

DW produces some of the best pedals in the market, and PDP happens to be their mass market brand. With the same intel and manufacturing processes in place, many PDP pedal users have been left impressed with the quality of PDP pedals.

Some even swear that they’d be switching over the PDP instead of paying for the more expensive DW pedals!

The PDP 400 single bass drum pedal is very smooth which definitely helps if you want to play fast. (There have been users who mentioned that their pedals were quite stiff out of the box, this issue was often easily resolved with lubricant.)

Here’s how it sounds and feels:

Its design also allows for easy spring tension adjustment via its Three-Position Stroke Adjustment.

We also like that the designers have included a drum key clip for you to store and hold your drum key while you play.

This is particularly useful if you’re gigging and don’t own a stick bag, or don’t like the feeling of the drum key sticking into your thighs (common issue if you have it in your pocket) as you play.

If you’re looking for a budget drum pedal that will last, this is your bet.

And if you’re a beginner drummer who wants an upgrade from your stock drum pedal, this is definitely a great option too. (Of course, if you have a bigger budget, you could take a look at better options that are >$100)

On the flip side, some users have experienced an issue with the beater being stuck onto the bass drum head as they play. This could be a manufacturing error in the beater head and does not seem like a common issue.

You can read more reviews and experiences from real users on Amazon here.

Our thoughts:

We loved the PDP 400 Single Bass Drum Pedal for its great build quality and value. If you’re a drummer looking for a good bass drum pedal on a budget, this is one that you should consider.

Many users have compared it with the top range pedals from DW and have found little differences, so you’d truly be getting a great deal with this pedal.

Unfortunately, you should take note of the beater issue, as mentioned above.

Tama HP30 Stage Master Single Bass Drum Pedal Review

  • Pedal Drive: Single Chain Drive
  • Cam Action: Offset
  • Smoothness: ****
  • Playing Feel: ***
  • Build Quality: ****
  • Ease of Maintenance: **
  • Overall Verdict: Another good quality pedal that you can get on a tight budget, it has relatively lesser reviews.
tama-hp30-single-bass-pedal
Tama HP30 Stage Master Single Bass Drum Pedal

Very similar to the PDP 400, the Tama HP30 Stage Master is another option that you might want to consider.

It features the same offset cam design that is used in Tama’s signature Iron Cobra Power Glide pedal too.

On top of the cam design, the spring tension adjustment on the HP30 stage master is also inspired by the Iron Cobra’s “spring tight” design.

According to Tama, traditional twisting springs will reduce pedal smoothness, it’s Spring Tight design features a crescent shaped spring tension rod that helps retain smoothness and power transmission.

Another unique feature of the Tama HP30 Stage Master is the ability to adjust the beater angle and footboard angle. This is not common in pedals of this price range.

Here’s a summary of the Tama HP30 Stagemaster’s features:

Our thoughts:

The Tama HP30 Stagemaster is another value for money pedal, especially for new drummers or drummers who want a relatively good pedal on a tight budget.

The only reason it lost out the the PDP 400 on our list is that it has relatively lesser support documentation and reviews online.

It appears to be a less popular option and many smaller music shops may not carry it.

Hence, if you need a reliable pedal or want after sales support, you’d be better of purchasing this from a local store if they promise to provide after-sales care.

ddrum RXP RX Series Single Bass Drum Pedal Review

  • Pedal Drive: Single Chain Drive
  • Cam Action: Offset
  • Smoothness: ***
  • Playing Feel: **
  • Build Quality: ***
  • Ease of Maintenance: **
  • Overall Verdict: It does what it needs to, without breaking
ddrum RXP RX Series Single Bass Drum Pedal
ddrum RXP RX Series Single Bass Drum Pedal

The ddrum RXP Single Bass Drum Pedal is a chain driven bass drum pedal that is relatively easy to install.

However, there is almost no documentation, even on their website. This is not much of a big deal, until the day that the pedal fails to work.

Hence, we’d prefer to get a pedal with proper documentation or manual.

The build quality also feels more flimsy compared to the PDP 400 and Tama HP30. And that’s not just my opinion, other users have also feedback that on top of feeling flimsy, it doesn’t seem to last with heavy use.

Hence, if you plan to be drumming daily, or happen to be a heavy kicker, you might want to consider another pedal.

However, if you are planning to use it less frequently, the ddrum RXP single bass drum pedal is an affordable bass pedal.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a budget bass drum pedal for your electronic drum kit, it makes a great option due to the beater on the RXP single bass drum pedal.

Our thoughts:

Overall, the ddrum RXP Single bass pedal functions well, but it didn’t really leave an impression.

At a similar price point, you might want to consider the PDP 400 series or the Tama HP30 instead.

CODA DH-208 200 Series Kick Bass Drum Pedal Review

  • Pedal Drive: Single Chain Drive
  • Cam Action: Offset
  • Smoothness: **
  • Playing Feel: *
  • Build Quality: **
  • Ease of Maintenance: *
  • Overall Verdict: If you are really tight on budget but still need a pedal, this is it.
CODA DH-208 200 Series Kick Bass Drum Pedal
CODA DH-208 200 Series Kick Bass Drum Pedal

“Why spend $60 for a pedal when you can get 2?” – if this is your belief and durability isn’t an important factor on your list, the CODA DH-208 is an excellent choice.

But be forewarned, you are getting what you paid for.

The DH-208 can be creaky and noisy, although that noise will be easily overpowered by the bass drum when you play.

It is also lightweight and relatively less sturdy when compared to the rest of the pedals on this list.

On top of that, due to its key structure design along the footboard, the DH-208 tends to move around while you play, especially when you are going fast. This is a key issue that many users have complained about. You can work around this by pasting it down with velcro or getting some anti-slip pads for the base.

Due to the its price point, its no surprise that the CODA DH-208 is made of relatively cheap and thin material.

It also doesn’t seem to come with any documentation or manuals, even on their official website.

Several users have complained about its durability as well as the tendency for various parts of the pedal to come loose.

Our thoughts:

Only consider this if you are very tight on budget, or if you’re getting this for a junior drum kit that may not be used too often or for decades.

Otherwise, you might be better off looking for cheap second hand pedals, or save up a little more to get the PDP 200 series single bass drum pedal instead.


Our criteria for selecting the best budget bass drum pedal

The single bass drum pedal market is huge. You’ll be spoiled for choice when shopping for these.

This article was written with the aim to help you narrow down your options fast by doing the bulk of the research for you.

Our research process consist of three main portions;

  1. Product Features: We look at the pedal’s specifications, features and selling points and compare across our selection to give you the best budget bass drum pedals.
  2. Reviews – We then read all the user reviews that we can get our hands on, this helps us to determine if the pedal is really as good as what its manufacturer says.
  3. Sound demo & Test – We look out for sound demos and tests of the actual product, to determine if the product really works well for a drummer.

Most of the budget bass drum pedals will be eliminated in steps 1 and 2.

We ask these questions during our research process;

  • Price: Does it fit our $100 budget?
  • Positive vs Negative Reviews: On top of reading the reviews, we also look out for common and unique complains. Common complains that are spotted across all reviews will give us an idea of the downside to the product. Unique complains tend to highlight issues that only happen to 1 or 2 units of the product, but if the consequence of such complains are too serious, we will avoid the product. For example, if the belt or chain of a drum pedal breaks and injures someone, we will avoid that product, even if it has only happened once.
  • Playing Requirements: We look out for the playing experience of the pedal. We ask; Does the pedal do what it is supposed to do? Does it provide a smooth drumming experience? How fast does it allow the drummer to go?

How to choose a bass drum pedal? (for clueless drummers)

If you’re selecting a bass drum pedal for the first time and need some guidelines, read our guide to “How to choose a Bass Drum Pedal“.

You’ll learn about the basics of how a drum pedal works as well as the key components of a drum pedal that affects your playing experience.

We also cover the four main things to look out for when choosing a bass drum pedal, in greater detail.

These are the very same criteria that have been included in our research process.


Conclusion

Our pick for the best budget bass drum pedal is the PDP 400 series single bass drum pedal.

We hope that this article has helped you to speed up your research process and come to an easier conclusion for a budget drum pedal that suits your needs.

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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