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Having the right drum throne is important, especially if you spend hours on end behind your kit.
However, finding the right one for your needs isn’t that easy. With so many different models to choose from, you can easily get lost amongst various models and their specs and features.
Lucky for you, we’ve decided to compile a list of the best drum thrones on the market, as well as a quick buying guide referencing specs you should have on your mind when buying one.
First of all, let’s take a look at what you should consider when looking for a drum throne!
Spectrum AIL DT Heavy Duty Drum Throne
PDP By DW 700 Series
Spectrum AIL DT
Rockville RDS30 Deluxe
DW Drum Workshop 5000
DW Drum Workshop CP9120AL 9000
Your height is an important factor
Even if you're not extremely tall or short, your height is an important factor when buying a drum throne.
Your first step should be getting to know which sitting position suits you best. This goes for your back and legs. Are you most comfortable sitting up straight, or with slightly a bent back? What about your knees? What’s the angle that feels best?
All this is important so you could measure out if a potential throne goes low or high enough for your sitting preferences.
Weight is crucial
This goes for your weight, as well as the weight of the throne.
Most thrones are rated to a certain capacity when it comes to weight. Unless you are a big person, this won’t matter much but pay attention nonetheless.
The weight of the throne and its dimensions may not be that important if you don’t tour often, and play only in your garage. But if that’s not the case, make sure that it’s not absurdly heavy, because you will have to carry it every now and then.
This is probably the hardest decision to make when you’re looking for a new drum throne, as you can’t really tell what suits you best.
You can always think about previous thrones you’ve had the chance to try out. Different shapes require different positioning and weight distribution.
Depending on your sitting style and body build, some shapes and padding stiffness levels can leave you with an aching back or even make your legs go to sleep.
At the end of the day, you can always go to a music shop and ask to try out different types and shapes of thrones. Just keep in mind that you need to be sitting and playing for longer than just a couple of minutes to actually tell if it’s comfortable or not.
Base type and size
When it comes to different base types, you can usually choose between thrones with three or four legs, flat bottoms, etc.
The most important thing you should consider here is whether the throne and its base are going to get in the way of the rest of your gear.
Manual or pneumatic?
A manual seat requires you to adjust the height well, manually. A pneumatic system is like the one found in an office chair.
Pneumatic thrones are more practical but tend to be noticeably heavier and way more expensive than manual ones. Ask yourself, is it worth the extra weight and buck?
Backrest - yes or no?
Besides personal preferences, going for a throne with or without a backrest really depends on your posture.
Some drummers find the rest as restraining, while others feel like it’s helping them keep a healthy posture when it comes to their back.
If you haven’t tried a throne with a backrest, I highly suggest doing so. But before you go out and buy one, make sure you’re fully comfortable with it being there. Here's a video below if you need a second opinion:
Now that you know what to look for, let’s take a closer look at our pick of the best drum thrones for drummers!
1. Gibraltar 6608 Heavy Drum Throne
The 6608 heavy drum throne by Gibraltar is a reasonably priced drum throne that offers stability and comfort, even after hours of playing.
Weighing in at 10 pounds, it’s definitely on the heavier side. Something to consider if you plan on going on tours often.
It can extend from 18 to 24 inches tall and offers a memory lock for extra convenience. It doesn’t have a pneumatic system, so you do have to adjust it manually.
The foam padding is surprisingly comfortable, and the motorcycle style vinyl seat lets you move your legs freely.
The base is double braced, so you don’t have to worry about the legs bending or breaking.
2. PDP by DW 700 Series Drum Throne
If you’re already familiar with drum-related gear and accessories, you probably know that you can hardly go wrong with buying just about anything from PDP. The 700 series drum throne is no exception.
Falling on the lightweight side at only 4 pounds, this throne is a blessing for anyone that has to carry around their equipment often.
The height goes from 20 to 25 inches, perfect for taller drummers, or those who simply prefer this height over the shorter thrones.
The round top seat not only feels very soft, and features a lot of give in space, but is large enough for you to either sit on the edge or the whole seat.
The legs are double-braced as well, and rock rubber feet in order to prevent unwanted skidding while playing.
3. ChromaCast CC-DTHRONE
Marketed as not only a drum throne but a keyboard and guitar one as well, the ChromaCast CC-DTHRONE is definitely a budget-friendly solution for anyone looking for a throne.
The 2.5-inch padded seat feels cheaper and less comfortable than the two previously mentioned models, but it’s not bad.
However, the height of the whole throne can only be adjusted by sliding the tripod legs.
The overall build quality of this throne is questionable, as it’s definitely not as good as ones coming from known drum- related brands.
At the end of the day, this may not be a bad option if you’re on a really tight budget, or simply need a backup throne.
4. Spectrum AIL DT Heavy Duty Drum Throne
The AIL DT heavy duty drum throne by Spectrum features a relatively lightweight design but is still able to withstand the weight of the heavier drummers out there.
The seat is noticeably thinner than the one on the PDP or Gibraltar models, but still feels more than decent. It also swivels, with an option of locking it into place if you don’t want it moving.
The height of this throne can be adjusted from 18 to 22 inches manually.
What makes this throne special is the fact that the build quality and the double bracing design allows it to comfortably endure drummers up to 250 pounds, and even a couple of pounds over the official rating.
So if you’re a big guy, definitely consider this model, as the around $30 price tag is more than justified.
5. Cannon UP197 Drum Throne
Until I’ve stumbled upon this model, I had no idea that Cannon was manufacturing drum thrones. To say the least, I was pleasantly surprised by the overall looks, feel, and performance of the UP197.
For just under $50 you’ll be getting a very good looking throne. Even though that may not be important for some of you, I’ve found this model to be the best looking, at least in this price range.
The height can be adjusted from 19 to 25 inches, and the weight rating is 150 pounds, with the throne itself weighing in at around 7 pounds. Even though it’s relatively heavy, it’s worth the extra weight.
The foam padding is surprisingly comfortable, and the motorcycle style vinyl seat lets you move your legs freely.
The base is double braced, so you don’t have to worry about the legs bending or breaking. The seat feels soft to the touch and is pretty comfortable even after a couple of hours of playing. You can also take it off for easier transport.
6. Rockville RDS30 Deluxe
The RDS30 Deluxe by Rockville is yet another great option for you big drummers out there.
Rocking an extra thick padding, it’s very comfortable, especially if you’re on the heavier side. The seat is also marketed as being perfect for “fatigue-free hours of drumming”, on which we can agree. It’s surprisingly well built and soft, considering the under $50 price tag.
The height goes from 15 to 28 inches tall, so it can cater to just about anyone’s needs. The fact that the weight capacity goes up to 265 pounds makes this throne even better.
You’d expect that a thick padded and heavy-duty throne like this would be extremely heavy, but that’s not the case. At around 6.5 pounds, the RDS30 Deluxe balances excellent features and a lightweight design quite nicely.
7. DW Drum Workshop 5000 Series
The DW Drum Workshop 5000 series drum throne is a lot more expensive than the previously mentioned models, but you definitely get what you pay for.
The tractor seat design allows your legs to move more freely while still being very comfortable. The cushioning is noticeably stiffer than on most other thrones, but the molded layout makes it very enjoyable to use, even after hours of playing.
At 16.2 pounds, it’s a very heavy throne, so keep that in mind. It will definitely help with your posture and back pain, but not if you find yourself hauling it all the time!
An oversized locking nut makes keeping it at the right height a piece of cake, and the double-braced base guarantees stability.
If you’re ready to spend more than $100 on a drum throne, the DW 5000 series throne is definitely a good idea.
8. Mapex T775 Double Braced Throne
No article regarding drum equipment would be complete without mentioning something coming from Mapex.
Their T775 double braced throne is a great example of their high levels of engineering and craftsmanship.
The thick padded saddle- style seat features very soft and comfortable cushioning, alongside a molded design which makes sitting for longer periods of time a very pleasant experience.
The throne goes from 18 to 25 inches, and the height is adjusted via a threaded spindle with a memory lock that is easily adjustable.
The backrest is covered with soft vinyl, so even if you plan on playing shirtless, it should still be quite soft and nice to the touch.
All of the four legs are double braced in order to improve stability and support higher loads without any problems.
If you’re seeking a high- quality throne with a backrest, the T775 is without a doubt a great choice.
9. Vangoa T900
Finding a well- built, tractor seat style drum throne for under $100 can be pretty difficult. The T900 by Vangoa manages to implement great design and mechanism at an affordable price point.
The first thing you notice when looking at this model is the large and thick seat. We’ve already stated the benefits of molded, tractor- style seats, and this one is no exception. It almost feels as if the whole throne is way more expensive. That’s something you can rarely say, especially considering that Vangoa is not as famous as Mapex or other drum- affiliated brands.
The threaded mechanism makes adjusting the height from 20 to 25 inches a very easy task. The rubberized feet on the 3 braced legs keep the whole thing from skidding across the stage.
If the around $80 price tag is still a bit too much for you, keep track of the Amazon link, as Vangoa often offers special promotions and discounts!
10. DW Drum Workshop CP9120AL 9000 Series
And finally, at number 10, we have the DW CP9120AL 9000 series drum throne. Though it is pretty expensive, it has a lot to offer.
This model is the only one on our list that utilizes a hydraulic, or pneumatic height adjustment system. While this does mean the process of adjusting the height is easier, keep in mind that it also makes the whole throne considerably heavier.
At 24 pounds, the CP9120AL is a beast, which might be a dealbreaker for some drummers.
The molding on the seat provides ultimate comfort as well as great heat management. The creases allow more air to pass through than in other models, meaning you probably won’t have soaked underwear and shorts on a hot day of drumming.
The base model comes without a backrest, but you can always opt for getting one, as it is supported.
For just under $250, the CP9120AL by DW is a high-quality drum throne you won’t regret buying.
This was our choice of the best drum thrones for drummers. We hope that you found this article helpful!
Thank you for reading, and we will see you in the next one!