Best Ukulele Brands

Are you looking for the best ukulele brands for beginners? If so, you have come to the right place. In this article we will be sharing with you 15 of the top ukulele brands currently on the market. We will also be reviewing a few models we think you will love.  

The three things that make the ukulele so popular is that it's affordable, portable, and doesn’t require an amp. You can literally pick it up one minute, and be playing a song the next. 

What songs can you play? Well that’s a topic for a different article. But some of the most popular ukulele songs include I’m Yours by Jason Mraz, Riptide by Vance Joy, and our absolute favorite, Hey, Soul Sister by Train.

If those songs don’t get you excited about playing the ukulele, we don’t know what will. Okay, let’s get back on track.

While this guide will focus quite a bit on the best ukulele brands, it will also cover other important topics such as how much you should spend on a ukulele, what to look for in a ukulele, the different types of ukuleles, and so much more. 

The goal is to help you avoid some of the more common pitfalls beginners tend to make. We also want you to have a better understanding of the ukulele, and what all it entails. 

With that being said, let’s dive right in and talk about some of the best ukulele brands currently on the market.

What Are The Best Ukulele Brands?

As with most products, there are always a few brands that everyone knows about. These are the brands that control the most market share.

Quick overview - the best ukulele brands are:

  1. Fender
  2. ADM
  3. Kala
  4. Cordoba
  5. Donner
  6. Diamond Head
  7. Lohanu
  8. Sawtooth
  9. Hricane
  10. Oscar Schmidt
  11. Pomaikai
  12. Luna
  13. Lanikai
  14. Hola!
  15. Mahalo

For example, when you think of shoes, most people will think of Nike or Adidas. Or, when most people think of guitars, they think of Fender. This is because Fender dominates the guitar market.

Well the same goes for ukuleles. There are certain brands that immediately come to mind when it comes to ukuleles. 

The problem is, there are so many great ukulele brands currently on the market. Because of this choosing the right one can be a bit of a challenge. 

Most people underestimate the importance of choosing the right brand. But choosing the right ukulele brand could be the difference between you falling in love with the instrument, or giving up on it after only a few weeks. 

To help you navigate through this process, we have put together a comprehensive list of the best ukulele brands out there. 

These brands are perfect for beginners and intermediate players. All of these brands are known for producing quality ukuleles. Each brand also has a few affordable ukuleles in their product line. 

Later on in this guide we will review some of the best ukuleles for beginners. For now, it's time to discover the best ukulele brands. 

Fender

Fender is a brand that most people have heard of. What most don’t realize however, is that it is one of the top brands when it comes to ukuleles. 

Fender has a history of making some of the most iconic guitars known to man. They are experts at creating high quality acoustic instruments. 

Because of their expertise, it was only natural for them to move into creating high quality ukuleles. 

Many of the Fender ukuleles are a great option for complete beginners. As far as design goes, you will notice they have some features that are similar to the guitar. 

The ukuleles designed by Fender have an amazing sound and are very comfortable to play.

ADM

Unlike Fender, ADM is a brand that most have probably never heard of. However, they are a brand that is known for producing good quality ukuleles. 

If you are just now learning how to play the ukulele, their entry level range is one of the best on the market. Their lineup is centered around functionality, which is important for beginners. 

Kala

Based in sunny California, the Kala brand has something for everyone.  They have a huge range of ukuleles, with new models being released on a regular basis. 

It doesn’t matter if you are a complete beginner, a professional, or on a tight budget, within the Kala line of ukuleles, you are sure to find what you need. 

Many of the best ukulele players use Kala. That alone should tell you how important this brand is. 

Cordoba

When it comes to high end classical guitars, there is no brand that can compete with Cordoba. They took that same knowledge and experience, and used it to create some of the highest quality ukuleles on the market. 

Just like Kala, Cordoba offers a wide selection of ukuleles for beginners.

Donner

When compared to other brands on this list, Donner is the new kid on the block. While they don’t have a long history like brands such as Fender, they do have a history of manufacturing good quality ukuleles. 

If you are on a tight budget, they have ukuleles you can purchase for less than $100. This is perfect for those who are just testing the waters. 

Donner is also known for manufacturing ukuleles that are quite unusual. For example, Donner has an electric bass ukulele. Which by the way is not ideal for the beginner. But it is cool nonetheless. 

Diamond Head

Similar to ADM, Diamond Head is not a well known brand. However, not being well known doesn’t mean they don’t produce quality work. 

Their entry level ukuleles aren’t always pleasing to the eye, but they do produce high quality sound. 

If you can look past a few craftsmanship errors, you are sure to get a good ukulele. 

Lohanu

The interesting thing about Lohanu is its based out of Canada. Canada is not known for designing ukuleles. This company has changed all of that. 

However, one look at their ukuleles, and it's obvious they drew their inspiration straight from Hawaii. Even the name of the brand pays homage to Hawaii. 

With thousands of purchases, they are easily one of the top ukulele sellers on Amazon. They have also been named the highest ranking ukulele brand by Gearank.com. 

One thing we really love about Lohanu, is that they offer a lifetime warranty. This shows they have the ultimate confidence in every product they create. 

Knowing you are protected if something goes wrong makes you trust a brand even more. 

Sawtooth

Sawtooth is a great brand for entry level users. And while they aren’t known for their high end ukuleles, their beginner models took the market by storm. 

Sawtooth makes quality ukuleles at very affordable prices. If money is tight, we highly recommend Sawtooth.

Hricane

When compared to other brands, Hricane has a somewhat small range of products. They do, however, have a few ukuleles that are a great choice for beginners. 

They make ukuleles using different materials and in different sizes. One of the materials they use is Koa. 

Koa is the wood that was originally used to make ukuleles. It also gives the ukulele a very traditional sound, which is what most people want. 

With Hricane you will get superior craftsmanship, at an affordable price. That’s a great combination!

Oscar Schmidt

Acoustic guitars and Oscar Schmidt go hand in hand. Every instrument they make, even their ukuleles, are top of the line. 

While the Oscar Schmidt brand isn’t that well known, they do have a very loyal fanbase. People who use their instruments almost always fall in love with them. 

Pomaikai

For most people, Pomaikai wouldn’t make it on their list when it comes to the best ukulele brands. 

We thought, being that many of their products are extremely affordable, it would be a good idea to include them on this list. 

For complete beginners, and those on a tight budget, this is the best brand to deal with. Many of their products can be purchased for $50 or less. 

They also have models that are great for children. You would be surprised how many aspiring ukulele players have got their start using this very affordable brand.

Please don’t confuse cheap with poor quality. Pomaikai is known for their well made ukuleles. 

Luna

Luna is a well known brand that doesn’t focus exclusively on ukuleles. They do however have a great reputation for producing quality instruments, no matter what type they are. 

As far as ukuleles go, they make good quality high end ukuleles, as well as good quality beginner models. 

Lanikai

Located on the beautiful island of Oahu, Lanikai is a brand that understands the rich history and culture surrounding the ukulele. 

Their motto, which is “Makes Me Happy”, is a direct reflection of their understanding of what the ukulele is all about. 

From entry level to high end, Lanikai is known for their wide range of products. Their most popular product is their affordable ukulele models. 

Hola!

Hola! is a brand that is not all that well known. However, over the last few years they have become more and more popular. 

Beginners tend to take a liking to the Hola! ukuleles. Their entry level products are of decent quality and very affordable. 

Mahalo

Most ukulele players got their start using a Mahalo ukulele. If you are a beginner, Mahalo is easily the most popular brand in that category. 

As a matter of fact, their sole focus is on designing ukuleles for beginners. So if you are just starting out, this is a brand you will want to look into.

The Top Ukulele Models For Beginners

Now that you know the top ukulele brands, your next question may be, “what is the best model for a complete beginner”?

Lucky for you, we’ve got you covered. With so many great ukulele models, it's hard to narrow down the best one. 

And, being that everyone is different, the best one will depend on a variety of factors, including your personal preferences. 

Below you will find several of the top ukulele models for beginners. For each model, we will give a brief overview, and then break down the pros and cons.

The goal is to make it a little easier for you to find the one that will work best for you.

Here’s the best ukuleles for beginners:

  1. Kala KA-15S Soprano Ukulele
  2. Pomaikai Rainbow Soprano Ukulele
  3. Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele
  4. Fender Venice Soprano Ukulele
  5. Lanikai LU-21C Concert Ukulele
  6. Donner DUC-1 Concert Ukulele
  7. Mahalo Kahiko MK1TBR Soprano Ukulele
  8. Hricane 4-String Ukulele (Sapele/Koa)
  9. Mahalo Hano MH2 Concert Ukulele
  10. Cordoba 20CM Concert Ukulele
  11. Hola! HM-21 Soprano Ukulele
  12. Cordoba 15TM Tenor Ukulele
  13. Luna Honu Soprano Ukulele
  14. Diamond Head DU-200C Concert Ukulele
  15. Luna Malu Maluhia Concert Ukulele
  16. Oscar Schmidt OU5 Concert Ukulele

The Kala KA-15S Soprano Ukulele is one of the most popular ukuleles for both beginners and advanced players.

The all mahogany body gives it a very solid build. The mahogany body also ensures the sound is balanced, and very consistent. 

The Kala KA-15S is a little heavier than other similar models in the same class. But, we love the price which is one of the main reasons we put it on this list.

Overall, this is a great ukulele that can grow with you as you improve your skill level.

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Great Quality.
  • Great Tone.
  • Reliable.

Cons

  • This particular ukulele can be a little rough around the edges.  It also requires proper setup which can be a bit much for a beginner.

While you probably won’t see the Pomaikai Rainbow being used on a big festival stage,  it is still a great ukulele for anyone just starting out. 

Because of its small size, this model is great for small children. 

If you are looking for a ukulele for less than $50, the Pomaikai Rainbow is what you need. While it could use some improvement, it has enough features to help you get started. 

Just know it probably won’t last very long. You will need to upgrade if you want to go to the next level.

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Produces a nice sound.
  • Has a sturdy build.

Cons

  • Not the best tone.
  • Not as durable as other models.

The Lanikai LU-21 is probably the most popular soprano ukulele for beginners. It has a great build and was designed using some very interesting materials. 

As you learn more about ukuleles, you will learn that the materials play a huge role in how the instrument feels and sounds. 

The body of this ukulele, which is full nato, is not all that common these days. And if we had to describe the tone in one word, it would be great!

This ukulele has proven its worth over and over again. And while it may have a few flaws, they are quickly overshadowed by the overall quality of the product.

Pros

  • Great craftsmanship.
  • Great tone.
  • Comes with a decent set of strings. (not as common as you might expect)

Cons

  • Can be a little pricey.
  • May arrive with a few flaws.

When you see the Fender Venice Soprano Ukulele, it will immediately capture your attention. The design alone makes it stand out in the crowd. 

Based on its design, it is easy to tell it was manufactured by a guitar brand. And the telecaster headstock makes it very clear that the brand is Fender.

If you have been playing the guitar for a while, and you know you want to try the ukulele, this particular model is all you need. 

Though Fender is not known for manufacturing ukuleles, this model has been received quite well. 

Instead of using a traditional ukulele wood, this model is made using basswood. Basswood is affordable and produces a quality product. It's exactly what you would expect from an instrument that has been designed by Fender.

Pros

  • Has that unmistakable Fender design.
  • Comes with various accessories such as a gig bag.
  • Available in more than one finish.

Cons

  • Doesn’t use traditional ukulele wood.

While the name is similar to a previous Lanikai model we reviewed, there are some key differences. The most obvious difference is the fact this is the concert model. 

The body construction is the same as the soprano version. It also features the same white binding and mare.

This version is a bit larger and has wider frets. It is also able to produce a louder sound. If you have bigger hands, you would prefer this model over the soprano.

The LU-21C is not without flaws. However, in its category, it is the best concert ukulele available.

Pros

  • Full nato body.
  • Great quality.
  • Has a great tone.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • A few craftsmanship flaws.

Donner is known for producing a wide range of instruments. Ukuleles however, have never been their specialty. 

Even still, there’s no denying they have produced some strong, high quality ukuleles. 

The great thing about Donner is they screen all of their wood. They even let it dry naturally over the course of several years. 

This is something you don’t see happening that often in this day in age. Most brands are trying to get their product to market as quickly as they can. But not Donner. They take their time.

This attention to detail is what makes them a brand like no other. Their workmanship is literally second to none. 

The mahogany body gives the DUC-1 a nice, bright tone. The rosewood bridge is very comfortable and the fretboard is easy on the fingers.

It ships with extra accessories including a bag, a strap, and an extra set of strings.

Pros

  • Comes with accessories.
  • Made using mahogany.
  • Comes in different sizes.
  • Has a great tone.

Cons

  • Not your most professional model out there.

The Mahalo Kahiko MK1TBR features a very simple, and basic design. It is one of the few extremely affordable models that we feel comfortable recommending. 

Though it is a basic model, the quality is relatively decent. It is not the most aesthetically pleasing model, but don’t let that throw you off. 

It is still one of the best ukuleles for beginners.

Based on the price, there really isn’t much more you should expect from the Mahalo Kahiko MK1TBR.

Could the aesthetics be better? Sure. But in the bigger scheme of things, that’s not all that big of a deal. It is still a great ukulele for a beginner who is on a tight budget.

Pros

  • Quality build.
  • Affordable.
  • Decent tone quality.

Cons

  • Very basic design.
  • You will more than likely need to change the strings.

The Hricane 4-String has made quite a name for itself over the last few years. Go to Amazon and you are sure to see hundreds of positive reviews. 

This model is available in soprano, concert, and tenor designs. It also comes in two different types of wood, Sapele and Koa. Both of which have their own unique tonal qualities. 

Koa wood is the most popular type of wood for this ukulele. Most people prefer it since it is what the original ukuleles were made of. 

One thing we really like about Hricane is they offer a 12 month warranty. If anything happens to the ukulele during that time, they will take care of it.

Be sure to read the terms to make sure you understand what’s covered and what’s not. They also offer a 30 day money back guarantee. 

Being that their ukuleles are very high quality, we doubt you will need to use the warranty or the money back guarantee. 

The Hricane 4-String looks good and produces the most wonderful sound you will ever hear. For less than $100, it is a great deal for the price.

Pros

  • Affordable.
  • Great sound.
  • Excellent customer service.

Cons

  • Comes with only a gig bag.

This ukulele can be best described in one word...Beautiful! It is one of the only Mahalo concert models we felt deserved to be on this list. 

Segnon, which is a very uncommon wood, is the type of wood used to design the Hano MH2. This ukulele has a well balanced tone and is easy to play.

As far as price goes, you will find very few concert ukuleles cheaper than this one. 

The Hano MH2 offers you the biggest bang for your buck. Not only does it sound good, but it looks good.

Pros

  • Uses a unique tone wood.
  • Quality build.
  • Affordable.
  • Balanced.

Cons

  • Intonation is not very consistent.

When you see the Cordoba 20CM, you will understand why many believe Cordoba is one of the top ukulele brands. 

The all mahogany body is a sight to behold. When it comes to tone, there isn’t much better. It has the three key factors that make a great ukulele. Volume, clarity, and resonance. 

The one thing that might throw you off is its price. It is quite expensive. But we believe it is well worth it. 

Though a bit on the pricey side, it is the perfect ukulele for anyone who plans on being in this for the long haul. It is durable and will last a long time.

Pros

  • Amazing build.
  • Amazing tone.
  • Comes with a great set of strings made by Aquila Night.
  • Great quality.

Cons

  • Expensive.

When it comes to being interesting, this ukulele gets a 10! The all maple design gives it a brilliant finish while also providing decent performance. 

The sound can best be described as crispy, with great balance. 

While this ukulele is great for beginners, at some point down the line, you may need to do a completely new setup job. 

The HM-21 is a great ukulele for the price. It’s not for someone who performs on stage, but it is perfect for someone who is just getting started. 

Pros

  • Very impressive build.
  • Affordable.
  • Mahogany body.

Cons

  • You may notice a few small craftsmanship errors.
  •  Intonation might be a little off.

The Cordoba 15TM is easily the best tenor ukulele for the price. It is 100% mahogany and has a very clean finish. 

If its great tone you want, that’s exactly what you will get with the Cordoba 15TM. It has a very rich low end which is vital for a good tenor. 

With all this ukulele has to offer, you would expect it to be priced much higher. But it is surprisingly very affordable. 

Pros

  • Great craftsmanship.
  • Great build.
  • Affordable.
  • Has the trademark tenor sound.

Cons

  • We didn’t find any issues with this ukulele.

The Luna Honu ukulele isn’t like any other ukulele you have ever seen. The mahogany body, with all its little details, is quite stunning. 

When it comes to craftsmanship, Luna went above and beyond. Ever better is the tone this ukulele brings. It's nice and crisp. 

Compared to some of the other models covered on this list, the Luna Honu is a bit pricey. However, with what it brings to the table, the price is well worth it. 

As far as tone and craftsmanship goes, this is one of the best ukuleles on the list. Yes, it is a bit pricey. But the level of detail, and the quality of its build, make it worth it.

Pros

  • Quality build.
  • Aesthetically pleasing.
  • Nice tone.
  • Great intonation.

Cons

  • A bit on the pricey side.
  • May need to invest in better strings.

The DU-200C is a very traditional concert ukulele. When it comes to tone, the clarity and resonance is superb. This is thanks to the entire instrument being made out of mahogany. 

From top to bottom, this is a very solid instrument. For a full sized concert ukulele, it is one of the most affordable out right now.

The DU-200C provides great value for the money. While Diamond Head is not known for their ukuleles, they are known for making quality instruments.

Pros

  • Quality build.
  • Designed to enhance the tone.
  • Produces a great sound.
  • Affordable.

Cons

  • May notice a few craftsmanship errors.
  • May need to change the strings.

This is yet another great model in the line of Luna ukuleles. Much like the Luna Honu, the Luna Malu is the perfect combination of sound and detail. It is also very reasonably priced.

It too is made entirely out of mahogany. One thing we find really interesting is the word “peace” being engraved around the sound hole in various languages. 

Even cooler is the fact the sound hole is designed in the shape of the peace sign. But don’t worry, this unique design does not affect the tone. 

As a matter of fact, the sound is better than you might imagine. 

Pros

  • Quality build.
  • Great sound.
  • Amazing detail on the top of the instrument.
  • Fair price.

Cons

  • You will need to swap out the factory strings.

We would describe the OU5 as a traditional ukulele. It is 100% Koa which is usually something you only see on old school ukuleles. 

The neck is designed using Nyatoh which gives it a great feel. It also features abalone binding on the neck and body.

The tone is versatile which is great for those who love to experiment. 

The one issue we have with the OU5 is its price. It is more expensive than most models on this list. 

However, the craftsmanship and tone make it a great investment. 

When Oscar Schmidt was taken over by Washburn, one of the first things they did was improve the quality of all the instruments. 

Because of this, the quality of the OU5 is above expectations. It is also the perfect choice for beginners.

Pros

  • 100% Koa body.
  • Great quality.
  • Great craftsmanship.
  • Versatile tone.
  • Great intonation.

Cons

  • On the expensive side.

The Four Different Types and Sizes of Ukuleles

When one refers to the different sizes of ukuleles, they are usually referring to the different types.

There are four different types of ukuleles, each one based on the quality of tone it produces. And just like the voices in a choir, the type of ukulele will depend on the depth of tone it can produce.  

The four types of ukuleles are as follows:

Soprano

As you can imagine, the soprano ukulele is a very high pitched instrument. When most people think of ukuleles, this is the one they think of. 

If you have bigger hands, the soprano ukulele will not be a good fit for you. This is because there isn’t a lot of space on the fretboard.

However, for those with smaller hands, it's the perfect fit.

Some of the best soprano ukuleles include the Kala KA-S Mahogany Soprano Ukulele, Rogue Soprano Ukulele (Starter Pack), and the Kala Makala Dolphin Soprano Ukulele.

Concert

When it comes to design, the concert ukulele is a tab bit larger than the soprano. It also has a long neck which makes it a lot easier to play. 

If you have bigger hands, this is the type of ukulele you will want to get.

While the concert ukulele has more depth than the soprano, as far as the tone goes, it's almost identical.

Other than the ones already on this list, some of the best concert ukuleles include the Kala’s 1KOA-C Elite Concert Ukulele, Martin’s C1K Concert ukulele, and the Kmise’s UK-24.

Tenor

If you enjoy playing solo, you will enjoy playing the tenor ukulele. It has actually become popular for this very reason. 

The one thing we love about the tenor is its ability to cover a wide range of frequencies. Its sound and tone is somewhat similar to that of the classic guitar. 

If you are a beginner, the tenor is probably not a good place to start. Start with the concert and work your way up.

Other than the ones reviewed in this article, some of the best tenor ukuleles are the Donner DUT-3, Kala KA-15T, Fender Montecito, Oscar Schmidt OU28T, and Kala 3KOA-TG Elite.

Baritone

When it comes to popularity, the baritone ukulele is at the bottom of the list. They are however being more widely used these days.

The baritone ukulele uses a different tuning method than the other ukuleles. This makes it very difficult to play other ukulele models.

As a matter of fact, some believe the baritone ukulele should not be classed as a ukulele due to the way it is tuned. We however disagree with that sentiment.

For the best sound you should tune it in the same way you would tune a bass guitar, using D-G-B-E. (we will discuss that more below)

If you are looking for the classical guitar sound, the baritone ukulele can deliver. 

The baritone should only be played by experienced users.

Some of the best baritone ukuleles, other than the ones already reviewed in this article, include the Kala KA-SA-B, and the Oscar Schmidt OU52-A-U.

Tuning Your Ukulele

While not all ukuleles are created equal, the one thing they have in common is that they must be properly tuned. There is nothing worse than playing an out of tune instrument.

When your ukulele is out of tune, the sound it produces is not pleasant. And the most important part of playing the ukulele, is making sure it produces that refreshing, Hawaii sound. 

Tuning the soprano, concert, and tenor ukulele is done in the same way. Tuning the baritone is done differently.

G-C-E-A is the most common tuning method. However, there are two different versions of this particular way of tuning. 

The first version, G-C-E-A, is exactly what it sounds like. The second version is a little different. Instead of just G-C-E-A, it is g-C-E-A. 

While the letters are still the same, the lowercase “g” signifies the G string should be tuned one octave higher. 

There are alternate tuning methods that are used on special occasions. If you are a beginner, it's best to stick with the basic tuning methods. 

Leave the alternate methods for those with a little more experience.  

The baritone ukulele is the only ukulele that uses D-G-B-E for tuning. This is because it is tuned lower like a guitar. 

While it is possible to tune a baritone using the same tuning as the soprano, concert, and tenor ukulele, it is not recommended. 

In order to produce the best overall sound, the baritone must be tuned using D-G-B-E.

What Is The Best Type of Ukulele For Beginners?

As far as the best type of ukulele for beginners goes, the soprano, tenor, and concert are all great options. The baritone, however, is not ideal for those who are just learning to play. 

If you are a beginner with big hands, the soprano ukulele will not be a good fit for you as the fretboard will be too small. 

If you need more room on the fretboard, the tenor and concert ukuleles can provide that. They also provide a fuller sound than that of the soprano.

The key is to find the ukulele you are most comfortable playing. You must be able to hold your hand in the right positions so you can fret properly. 

If you are unable to hold your hand in the right position, you won’t be able to put the chords together. 

As just stated, the soprano, concert, and tenor ukuleles are all tuned the exact same way. This is great for beginners as you can easily transfer to one of these types without too much of a learning curve. 

The Best Materials For Designing a Ukulele

The materials used to design a ukulele are extremely important. The type of materials used will not only affect the quality of tone the instrument produces, but it will also affect the durability of the instrument.

The type of wood used will have a huge impact on the overall sound as well. Most ukuleles will have hardwood on the sides and back of the instrument. 

On the top of the instrument you are more likely to find a softwood. This is to ensure you get the best possible resonance. 

The reason this type of design is so popular is because it helps the instrument project sound better. It's why you can play the ukulele without needing to hook it up to an amp.

When it comes to comfort, the wood on the fretboard will determine just how comfortable it is to hold the instrument. 

Take for instance rosewood. Both guitars and ukuleles use this material on the fretboard for one reason. It's comfortable!

The wood, which is responsible for the tone, will vary depending on the model of ukulele you are using.

However, you will find that the best ukuleles will almost always use Koa wood. 

When the ukulele was first invented, it was Koa wood that was used to create it. Koa wood is very popular in Hawaii. It is what gave the original ukulele that “traditional” sound we have all come to know and love. 

Though Koa wood is loved by many ukulele designers and players, that doesn’t necessarily mean it's the best type of wood to use.

Even still, most people will opt for it because of its history. If you want a unique ukulele, get one made out of Koa wood. 

Other popular woods used to design ukuleles include cedar, rosewood, spruce, and mahogany. As far as appearance goes, mahogany is the most beautiful.

None of these woods are better than the other. Each one is unique in its own way and brings something different to the table. 

As a beginner, the type of wood used doesn’t really matter. As long as you are comfortable playing the instrument, that’s what matters at this point.

As you grow and become a better player, you can then experiment with different woods to see how they impact tonal quality. 

How Much Should You Spend on a Ukulele?

Ultimately, how much you spend is completely up to you. And it will be different for everyone based on their own wants, needs, and preferences. 

However, there are a few important factors you should consider. First, how much can you afford? You should actually sit down and figure out how much you want to spend. It is important you invest in a ukulele you can truly afford. 

Secondly, how serious are you about playing the ukulele? Is this more of a hobby, or is it something you plan on taking seriously?

There is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a ukulele if you aren’t sure how you feel about it. 

As a beginner, it's best to go with the most affordable option. You can then upgrade if you find that you want to take it more seriously.

Luckily you can find a decent ukulele for around $50. This is the price range we recommend you stay around. Especially if this is more of a hobby for you.

Don’t be tempted by the ukuleles selling for $20. Yes that is a great price. But the quality also tends to be very poor.

If you start off playing a poor quality ukulele, the chances of you sticking with it will be very low.

Even the top brands have affordable options, with many having ukuleles for $100 or less. You will find that ukuleles that fall in this price range are great for both beginners and intermediate players. 

Some of the best ukuleles for under $100 include the Kala Learn to Play Ukulele Starter Kit, Hola! Music HM-121BU+ Soprano Ukulele Bundle, Caramel CT103 Acoustic-Electric Ukulele Bundle, Fender Seaside Soprano Ukulele, and Hricane Cutaway Tenor Ukulele.

If you are interested in playing an instrument, the ukulele is one of the cheapest instruments to start with. 

While some of the professional models cost over $500, as a beginner you won’t need anything that expensive. 

How To Choose The Best Ukulele For Beginners - 5 Factors To Consider

Looking for the best ukulele for a beginner? Here are the 5 most important factors you should consider. These factors will ensure you get a quality ukulele, at an affordable price.

Is It a Ukulele Kit?

For many different reasons, hobbyists tend to love ukuleles. Because of this, the ukulele market for beginners is quite large. 

A ukulele kit is a kit that comes with more than just the ukulele. It also comes with things such as a gig bag, a tuner, and in some cases, lessons. 

The great thing about ukulele kits is they give you everything you need to get started immediately. 

So always look for a ukulele kit.

Is It Reliable?

Reliability is an important factor when it comes to choosing a ukulele. A reliable instrument will be less likely to break down, won’t constantly need new strings, and will be a lot better at staying in tune.

All of these things are important, especially for beginners. When an instrument is reliable, that means you will save money over the long haul. 

How Does It Look?

While looks aren’t the most important thing to consider, they do indeed matter.  We as humans naturally want something that we are attracted to. 

If you don’t like the way your ukulele looks, you will be less likely to play it. So yes, the design of your instrument is important. 

If you like the way it looks, you will take great pride in it and be more likely to actually use it. 

Some ukuleles come in various colors. There are even painted designs for children. 

No matter what your taste, you are sure to find a ukulele you actually like. 

Is It Easy To Play?

This one is a bit abstract but it's very important. Whether or not a ukulele is easy to play will depend on the individual. 

The good news is, finding reviews online is fairly easy these days. Reading what others have to say can help you decide if a particular ukulele is right for you.

Other than playability, you also want a ukulele that is comfortable to use. The size of the instrument, the fretboard, and the neck all play a role in how comfortable an instrument is. 

If you can comfortably play an instrument, it will be very difficult to get good at it.

What Brand Is It?

In this article we have focused a lot on brands. And for good reason. Brands matter. The brand you choose will determine the quality of instrument you recieve. It will also determine the level of customer service you receive.

A quality brand will always have a higher resale value. This means if you no longer want your instrument, you may be able to get more than what you paid for it.

Before purchasing any ukulele, be sure to consider these five very important factors. You should also take the time to research several brands to see which one will work best for you.

If you have a music store in your local area, go by and try out a few ukuleles. Feeling it in your own hands is the best way to choose the one that’s right for you.

Our Final Thoughts

Ukuleles are one of the cheapest instruments to purchase. They are also cheap to manufacture. Because of this, many brands have decided to try their hand at manufacturing ukuleles. 

With so many different brands, the one thing there is no shortage of is choice. You will have access to different varieties as well as different designs. 

But just remember. Not all brands are created equal. There will always be some brands that are better than others. 

The purpose of this article is to help you understand the different types of ukuleles, and figure out which one will work best for you.

For most people, the most important thing to look for is affordability. Especially if this is their first instrument.

And while we understand the importance of affordability, it's only important if you are 100% sure this will only be a hobby. 

Otherwise we would recommend you opt for something a little more expensive. Keep in mind expensive in the world of ukuleles starts around $100. 

So when you really think about it, it's still affordable. The ukuleles that fall in this price range are able to hold their value a little better. They also provide a better overall experience.

When it comes to the best ukulele brands, there are many different brands to choose from. Keep in mind personal preference will also play a role in which brand you choose. 

Whether or not you choose a classical design, or a more traditional design, will all boil down to your personal preference. 

No matter what brand you end up choosing, it is vital you take the time to evaluate each brand and what they have to offer. Take your time and do plenty of research. 

You want to make sure you are getting exactly what you want, at a price you can afford.

As a beginner, understanding the features a ukulele has to offer will help you make a well informed decision. 

Hopefully this article will serve as a short guide to help you decide which ukulele you should invest your money in. 

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