The best ukuleles for beginners

Have you been searching for the best ukuleles for beginners?  In this article, I will guide you on some of the best ukuleles you should consider as a beginner. Let us first go through some of the factors you should consider when buying a ukulele.


  • The price- It is important to find the price of your instrument. Some of the cheapest brands are not great in quality. When you want to purchase a good tool, you should be willing to spend a few dollars if you are looking for quality.
  • The brand –There are various brands, which are available in the market. Each brand has its advantages and disadvantages. You can consider where the instruments were made from; most brand comes from Hawaii If you are thinking to buy a ukulele you should check the collection of the tools online. You can get a better price online since there is no overhead.
  • Size – They come in four larger sizes, which include tenor, soprano, baritone, and concert. For a beginner, the most suitable instrument would be soprano since it is the standard size that produces sound, which is most associated with ukuleles.

Here are the best ukuleles for beginners.

  1.    Makala Dolphin Soprano Ukulele

This type of ukulele is very cheap. It costs less than $50. It comes with a cracking reputation. It is made of plastic, but it has a great tone and playability. You will only need to purchase better strings; the ukulele will give you a great sound.  It is ideal for starters on a budget. It comes in different colors.

  1.     Lanikai LU-21 Soprano Ukulele

It is perfect for those who do not like a plastic ukulele. It is a laminate wood ukulele but has an attractive appearance of the real thing. You should tune the strings frequently depending on how hard you play. The only problem with this ukulele is that the intonation is not perfect higher up on the fretboard.

  1.     Octopus Soprano

It is very cheap. If you would prefer to do custom artwork on it. It has unbranded geared tuners and a well-finished rosewood fretboard with Aquila strings. Its body is usually covered with a thick layer of paint, which makes it look attractive. The buttons are not smooth to turn, but they do not grind to a noticeable extent. It produces a great sound.

  1.    Diamond Head DU-150 Ukulele

Diamond Head DU-150 Ukulele

It is very affordable, and you might consider purchasing even if you are not sure whether you will get any lessons. It costs less than $40. It is made from maple, but it is stained to look like mahogany. The sound is very crusty and beautiful. Natives of Hawaii usually play it.

  1.    Kala KA-T Mahogany Tenor Ukulele

For people with larger hands or bigger fingers, you might find this a bit hard to play. You can look for a tenor sized ukulele. A tenor ukulele is great and feels comfortable to play and hold if your hands are big. Kala is a renowned ukulele maker.  Kala also makes this ukulele in concert or soprano sizes. If the tenor ukulele is expensive for you, you can look for a smaller version of this ukulele.

  1.    Mahilele Soprano

This is made of plastic and has a laminate soundboard. The saddle, fingerboard, and slotted bridge are all made of plastic. The neck has a very smooth wood and has geared tuners, which are fixed to the headstock. It has a set of Aquila strings. It has more than 15 frets, which are right for a soprano ukulele. It is durable, affordable and sounds great.

  1.    Cordoba 15CM

It costs the same as other entry ukuleles. It has a bound fingerboard and also has faux abalone rosette. This makes it look a bit more expensive than the sticker price. Its construction is tight and clean and also easy to play. Its sound is also great.

  1.    Oscar Schmidt OU2

It is less expensive as compared to other ukuleles. You can get it for as little as $69 online. They are relatively clean and well built. They have black nylon strings though they do not sound as good as the Aquila strings. It’s a god instrument for those who would like to save a few bucks on a real ukulele.


Have you learned something? Those are some of the best ukuleles for beginners. As we have seen, there are various varieties of ukuleles available in the market. As a beginner, you should try an instrument, which will give you a great experience. With all the above types, it is my hope that you will be able to choose the best. Most of them are affordable but the most important feature to consider is the quality of the instrument. I will really appreciate your views in the comments below. Feel free to share in case you liked it.


Dominga V. Slavens: I’m a stay-at-home mother of 4 who is passionate about her kids, writing, reading, music and anything technology related.

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